Friends of Louisiana Museum of Natural History Officers

Sydney LeJeune : President

Sydney LeJeune is a past president of the Geoscience Associates, which has since merged with the Friends of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History. She has been a volunteer with the organization since 1984. Currently, Ms. LeJeune is the owner of The Office Helper Bookkeeping Services. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council, she feels that a new natural history museum could be an important economic development tool for the Baton Rouge area.

Barry Meyer : Treasurer

Barry Meyer has served as the Executive Director of The Arc Baton Rouge for the past 19 years.  Barry has over forty years of administrative, direct service, advocacy and public policy experience with children and adults with disabilities and their families. He is honored to serve as a board member and Immediate Past President of the National Conference of Executives of The Arc. Barry has also served on the following: The Arc of United States Board of Directors, Louisiana Association of Non-profit Organizations (LANO) as PastChair, Louisiana Budget Project as Advisory Committee Past Chair, and Louisiana Health Care Alliance and Business Group on Health as Past Chair, The Louisiana Health Care Reform Collaborative, and Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge as Past Treasurer.  He participates in the following committees and organizations:  Louisiana Conference of Executives as Past Chair, Capital Area United Way Executive Council as Past Chair, Southern University Department of Rehabilitation Counseling Advisory Committee as Chair, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, ITI Technical College as Board member and Sunrise Rotary of Baton Rouge as Secretary. Barry also participates on numerous local, state, and national study committees and task forces and has presented at state, regional and national conferences.

Barry has been honored to be named a John W. Barton Fellow, and receive the Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and to receive the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the National Conference of Executives of The Arc as well as Professional of The Year Award and the Presidents Cup on two occasions from The Arc of Louisiana.

Bertha Hinojosa: Secretary

She is a native of Texas, a retired elementary school teacher, and a full-time teacher of young gifted children.  She was the East Baton Rouge Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2006 and an Angel Award finalist in 1995.  She was the 2008 Classroom Teacher of the Baton Rouge Symphony. She received Fulbright Scholarships to study the school systems in Viet Nam and Japan. She has traveled widely and has visited museums all over the world.

Friends of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History Foundation Board

Marc Dupuy Jr., JD, Marksville, LA ;
Jan Dyson, Baton Rouge, LA;
Bertha Hinojosa, Baton Rouge, LA;
Janet Lee, Baton Rouge, LA;
W. H. Lee, Baton Rouge, LA;
Sydney Lejeune, Baton Rouge, LA;
Bruce J. MacFadden, PhD, Newberry, FL
Barry Meyer, Baton Rouge, LA
Robert Neuman, Robeline, LA
Edward B. Picou, Jr., New Orleans, LA;
Gary Stringer, PhD, West Monroe, LA