Jim Brandt serves as the president of the CATS Board of Commissioners, bringing his more than 40 years of experience in government administration, public policy research and nonprofit management to the agency. Brandt formerly led both the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) and the Bureau of Government Research (BGR). He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Brandt serves on a variety of community boards, including chairing the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children. He also serves on the WRKF 89.3 Public Radio Board of Directors, the CATS Pension Board, The Advocate Community Advisory Board, the Center for Planning Excellence and the Foundation for the East Baton Rouge School System.
Linda B. Perkins, a retired AT&T Governmental & Community Affairs management employee, is the vice president of the CATS board. 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.
Kevin O’Gorman serves as the treasurer of the CATS board. Kevin is a registered professional engineer and project manager at T. Baker Smith, LLC, an engineering, surveying, and environmental consulting firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. O’Gorman is also a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Baton Rouge Chapter, the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the St. Elizabeth Foundation.
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.
Kahli Cohran is a member 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.
Erika L. Green is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the managing attorney for the Law Office of Erika Green, LLC. She is a board member of the Gloryland Educational Resource Center, Inc., YWCA and the JK Haynes Charter School. She is also an active member of the Baton Rouge Branch of the NAACP, the Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Junior League of Baton Rouge and Forum 35. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Prairie View A&M University. She also received her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.
Erika was appointed to the East Baton Rouge Metro Council as District 5 Councilwoman in January 2016.
Parry "Matt" Thomas was a Sales Engineer from 1979 until 2002 with Flowserve Nuclear Products. He was the 2006 Executive Director for the Louisiana Senior Olympics. Matt has served as the President of The University Lakes Improvement and Preservation Association since 2008 and, since 2017, has owned and operated Parry Matt Travel.