Kahli Cohran serves as the Vice President of the CATS Board of Commissioners and the President of the Civil Solutions Consulting Group in Baton Rouge. A Professional Engineer, Cohran also serves on the Capital Region Planning Commission and is the Baton Rouge President of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Cohran holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Management and Leadership and Construction Administration from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Linda B. Perkins is a retired AT&T Governmental & Community Affairs management employee. Throughout her 38-year career with AT&T, Perkins also worked in the construction department, business office and the installation and maintenance department. She holds a Bachlelor of Science degree in Business from Southern University.
Antoinette Earthly-Pierre serves as the Secretary of the CATS Board of Commissioners. She is the Project Manager for the City of Baton Rouge Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth in the Office of the Mayor-President. Pierre previously served as a principal in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System for more than 13 years. She also served as a Principal Coach, Program Consultant and Adolescent Literacy Consultant with the Louisiana Department of Education and has worked as a private educational consultant.
Pierre graduated from Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 and also received a master's degree in Educational Leadership in 1999 from Southern University. She is an active member of several professional, community and civic organizations, including Bench and Bar wives, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, International Reading Association, League of Urban Cities Network and Metro Morphosis.
Dr. Peter Breaux is a member of the CATS Board of Commissioners. An Associate Professor of History at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Breaux serves on a number of planning and transportation community boards, including the Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Committee and the Complete Streets Citizens Advisory Committee.
Breaux holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Orleans, a master’s degree from Southern University and a doctorate from Florida State University.
Johnathan S. Hill is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and graduate of Capitol High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Southern University A&M College, a Master of Arts in Ministry from Luther Rice College & Seminary and is a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Leadership at Regent University.
He currently is a Project Manager with Franklin Associates and serves as the Executive Pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church in Ethel, LA. He is an active member of several community organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Capitol High School Alumni Association, Imagination Leads, Jno G. Lewis #261 Masonic Lodge, MetroMorphosis, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the Southern University Alumni Home Chapter.
Councilwoman Carolyn Coleman is serving her first term as CATS board member as a designee of the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council. Ms. Coleman is a Baton Rouge native and proud graduate of both McKinley Junior High and McKinley Senior High School.
Councilwoman Coleman holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Southern University and A&M College. Councilwoman Coleman is also a mother of two sons, grandmother of four and great grandmother of three. She also is supported by her vibrant 91 year old mother.
Councilwoman Coleman is currently serving her first term as a member of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council; she is retired from 40 years of experience in education. In addition to her role within CATS, she is an active member of the Complete Streets Committee, a member of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and a children’s advocate and nontraditional leader within the Greater Baton Rouge Community.
Melissa deGeneres has over 38 years of leadership experience; throughout her career, she has served as the owner and operator of two businesses within the Capital Region.
deGeneres is the current owner of Gulf Coast Gravel & Crawford Aggregate Industries and previously owned a sand and gravel operation.
deGeneres is a retired Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies. She is an active volunteer in with nearly forty years of service to over 17 community organizations.
Patrick Downs is a Civil Engineer at Forte & Tablada, Inc and an officer in the Louisiana Army National Guard. He has over ten years of experience in the civil design, construction, and project management industry.
He has served 12 years in the Louisiana Army National Guard as an engineer officer, with assignments including platoon leader, company commander, and operations officer. In 2021 he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, where he served in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Public Administration, both from LSU.