Born and raised in Chauvin, Louisiana, Kurt is married to Sandra Eschete and is the father of three children: Christopher, Brett, and Sydney. He was among the final graduating class of St. Joseph High School in 1972. Kurt spent 11 years on the Blond and Clyde, trawling the bayous for shrimp. Afterwards, he made his career in the oilfield, working as a production operator. In addition to serving as the president of TAP, he is also the Vice President of Bayou Grace Community Service. After helping Sydney do a family tree project in the early 2000s, he began a project of documenting and recording Chauvin’s history and genealogy. He has a collection of 1000s of photographs that form a visual history of his hometown. Exhibiting his collection regularly for the senior citizens’ club, Kurt is constantly on the lookout for new and previously hidden materials.
Linda Rigamer Lirette
Linda Rigamer Lirette married into Chauvin and considers it her home away from home. In 2005, she founded a traveling creative and performing arts workshop, Enriching Arts, which reaches children ages 3-13 across the New Orleans metropolitan area. A performing artist herself, she has starred in productions of Grease and Hair and has performed professionally throughout the region. She just completed a two year commitment as a Teach for America corps member in Newark, New Jersey.
Jason was raised in Houma and until high school admittedly knew little about Chauvin. However, during his time at South Terrebonne and since, Jason has come to know and love the town and her culture and now realizes the importance of preserving her heritage for future generations. After high school Jason attended Loyola University where he studied economics and graduated with a bachelors degree in business administration. He is now a securities-licensed personal banker with JPMorgan Chase Bank and currently lives in Houma with his wife and son.
Christopher Lirette, originally from Chauvin, Louisiana, lives with his wife, Linda, in Atlanta, Georgia. His writing appears in The Southern Review, Hayden’s Ferry, The Journal, PANK, and Beecher’s among other online and print publication, and he writes about pop culture at his website. He just began work toward a PhD in Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts studying popular texts, Louisiana culture, and new media. He has an MFA from Cornell and lived in Acadie for a year on a Fulbright Grant. Chauvin will always be his first muse.
Senator Norby Chabert was elected to represent the residents of District 20 in August 2009. Senator Chabert was born and raised in Bayou Petite Caillou. He graduated from South Terrebonne High School in 1994. In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Nicholls State University. After college, Senator Chabert began a successful government relations career. In 2006, he formed Chabert Development, LLC, a Chauvin-basedland company. Senator Chabert is an active member of the community, serving in the Houma Rotary Club, The Krewe of Hercules, the Krewe of Terranians, Knights of Columbus Council 5013, The Maple Street Park Association. He also serves as a board member on the Nicholls Colonels Athletic Foundation, The Friends of S.T.H.S., and the Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center Foundation.