New Chair Stresses Dedication, Teamwork for Increasing Local Tourism

"Tourism is essential to the growth of our community," states newly elected chair.

 Peggy Joseph of St. John the Baptist Parish is no stranger to leadership roles in the River Parishes.  Serving as the chair of St. John the Baptist Parish Economic Development Council and leader of the state’s Democratic Executive Committee, Joseph is well known for her dedication to the community. Now, with her new title as Chair of the River Parishes Tourist Commission, Joseph promises to bring that same dedication to the local tourism industry.

Peggy Joseph has been a member of the Tourist Commission for 3 years and previously served as the Secretary/Treasurer. The board elected Joseph along with Louis Kliebert of St. James Parish as Vice-Chair and Angie Matherne of St. Charles Parish as Secretary/Treasurer at the October board meeting.

With an already impressive list of titles, Joseph still says she is “humbled” by her election to chair. “I promise to work hard and do the best job I can to promote tourism to our Tri Parish communities,” states Joseph. She emphasizes the importance of cooperating with members, promising to give 100% in maintaining a good relationship. “I am a team player that highly believes teamwork makes the dream work.”

The Tourist Commission’s board is comprised of 9 members, 3 members from St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist Parish. Each parish president, council members, and Economic Development Council choose commissioners. Commissioners must be members of their respective parish’s Economic Development Council in order to serve on the board.

Joseph replaces former member Paul Aucoin, who served as Chair of the Tourist Commission for 16 years.

About River Parishes Tourist Commission

Nestled between New Orleans and Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River, the River Parishes of St. Charles, and St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes unfold along River Road beckoning visitors to fall in love with the charm, beauty and mystique of Southeast Louisiana.  The area’s rich and vibrant history offers a mixture of culture, cuisine and attractions not easily matched by any one location throughout Louisiana.  For more information about the River Parishes Tourist Commission call 985-359-2562 or visit