stephen loy | Executive Director
Stephen Loy is an invaluable asset to the Tech Park. Joining the team in 2004 as director of communications, he has made his way up the ranks, from handling the Park's public relations, to being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the incubator. This means developing strategies to continue attracting early-stage companies to apply for membership. In April 2008, the board of directors named Stephen Louisiana Tech Park’s interim executive director. In 2011, the board named him executive director.
Prior to joining the Tech Park, Stephen handled PR and legislative issues for the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. He began his successful career with LSU’s Office of Public Relations.
Stephen is accredited in Public Relations and is a past President of The Public Relations Association of Louisiana—Baton Rouge Chapter (PRAL-BR). He served as Treasurer of the Southern Public Relations Federation Board of Directors and is a past President of the Louisiana Business Incubation Association. Stephen currently serves on the board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).
kasey frioux | facilities director
As the longest tenured employee at the Tech Park, Kasey's been here pretty much since the beginning, and continues to build on her immeasurable amount of institutional knowledge. As such, she wears many hats at the Tech Park and is the 'go-to' person for just about everything. Before coming to the Tech Park, Kasey spent over 13 years in the automotive industry, working for some of the largest dealership networks in the South. She leverages that business background on a daily basis by working closely with Tech Park members, ensuring they're able to put their best corporate foot forward. Her title is facilities director, and boy, is it a big facility! Kasey oversees the maintenance and upkeep for the nearly 40,000 square feet we have under roof; that's 16 office suites, nearly 200 light fixtures, 14 A/C units, three biometric retinal scanners, 10 security cameras, and the list goes on! But Kasey makes it look easy, and her contributions keep our clients from having to worry about a thing, except creating that next groundbreaking technology.
Joan garner | administrative coordinator
Joan stands on the front line for the Tech Park and our members, greeting visitors and answering the phones for each company. Bringing with her a wealth of experience from both the public and private sector, it’s her persona, her patience and her sincere devotion to each member that helps make that all-important, positive first impression. On top of all this, Joan also maintains scheduling for the Tech Park’s multiple conference rooms, training lab and other meeting spaces, and she can also provide general clerical duties to our members, from filing to data-entry, and just about anything else that allows them to remain focused on running their business. Joan is a two-time graduate of Louisiana State University, as well as a graduate of the University of Hawaii.
Claudie fanning | director of marketing strategy
Claudie is a member of the senior management team at Louisiana Technology Park. He helps advance the mission of LTP through managing day-to-day communications and enhancing its brand, as well as providing strategic business planning and support to incubator members. Prior to joining the Tech Park, he served as Louisiana Economic Development’s Assistant Director for State Economic Competitiveness, and most recently worked with LSU as Manager of Strategic Sourcing and Spend Analytics. He brings a wealth of applied experience in business consulting, strategic planning and research, quantitative analysis, and strategic communications. Claudie holds a BA in Political Science with Dean’s List Honors from Emory University and a MBA from the Goizueta Business School with a specialization in Decision Sciences and Strategy.
connor tarter | marketing and communications manager
Connor is the newest member of the Tech Park staff, coming to us in November of 2016 after serving as a communications specialist for a global industrial material distributor. His expertise lies in messaging, branding and other creative skills like graphic design and copywriting. He is tasked with maintaining the Tech Park's public image through our web properties, press releases and printed collateral. He also serves as Marketing and Communications Manager for the Tech Park's sister company, NexusLA.
rpc board of directors
The Louisiana Technology Park is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Research Park Corporation, and governed by the Research Park Board of Directors listed below:
Dr. Kalliat (K.T.) Valsaraj
Vice President, Office of Research & Economic Development, Louisiana State University • Designee of Dr. F. King Alexander, President
Mr. James Chappell
Director, State Economic Competitiveness, LED • Designee of the Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development
Ms. Dima Ghawi
Founder, Breaking Vases
Mr. Calvin Mills, Jr. (Vice Chair)
CEO, CMC Technology Consulting • Designee of the Mayor-President, City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge
Mr. Isaac Thomas
Designee of the Economic Freedom Association
Dr. Michael Stubblefield
Vice Chancellor, Research & Strategic Initiatives, Southern University System • Designee of Dr. Ray Belton, President
Mr. Edmund Giering, IV (Chair)
General Counsel, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Mr. Quentin Messer
President & CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance
Mr. Mike Moles (Immediate Past Chair)
Vice President, Managed Services, Sparkhound