SHERYL M. RANATZA, Board Chair

Mrs. Ranatza retired from the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections in 2011, after serving over 30 years in DOC.  She served in a variety of management positions throughout the Department, with her last position being that of Deputy Secretary.  Mrs. Ranatza was the first female in Louisiana to achieve the designation of Certified Corrections Executive by the American Correctional Association and is a member several corrections affiliated organizations.   She was appointed as Chairman of the Louisiana Board of Parole in February 2012 and Chairman of the Pardon Board in August 2012.  She was re-appointed as Board Chair by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 20, 2016.

BRENNAN C. KELSEY, Committee on Parole

Mr. Kelsey is a Physical Therapist with 20 years of experience, 15 of which were in his own private practice.  Throughout his career, Mr. Kelsey has worked in a variety of settings including mental health outpatient, rehab, and acute care.  Mr. Kelsey received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center and a MBA in General Business and Healthcare from Southeastern Louisiana University.  Mr. Kelsey was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as an at-large member of the Committee on Parole.

JAMES E. "JIMMY" KUHN

Retired Judge Jimmy Kuhn began his career in private practice, after graduating from Loyola Law School in New Orleans.   He served as a State Prosecutor for 17 years.  He was elected to the 21st Judicial District Court in 1990 and was there until he was elected to the First Circuit Appeals Court of Louisiana in 1994 and served in that capacity until 2008.  Judge Kuhn served on the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University since 1991 until 2010, teaching political science, political history, and criminal justice.

KENNETH A. LOFTIN

Mr. Loftin retired in August 2015 after serving as Executive Director of Ware Youth Center in Coushatta for 27 years. Prior to his position at Ware, Mr. Loftin served as a Child Protective Investigator in the State of Louisiana's Office of Community Services.  Mr. Loftin received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in psychology and sociology and a minor in religion from East Texas Baptist College.

ALVIN ROCHE', JR.


Mr. Roche' served as the Director of Library Services at Southern University Law Center from 1990 until his retirement in August of 2007.  Prior to becoming the Director of Library Services, Mr. Roche' served a variety of roles in the Southern University System, including Associate Law Librarian and Associate Professor at the University Library.  Mr. Roche' received his Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Social Science-History with a minor in Library Science from Southern University and a Masters of Library Services from Louisiana State University.  Mr. Roche' serves on the Board of Pardons and Committee on Parole as the victims' advocate.

JIM WISE

After studying criminal justice at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and completing the Calcasieu Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, Mr. Wise served as a Deputy in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for 18 years as supervisor over all uniformed divisions.  He served as an Investigator at Louisiana State Penitentiary after having completed the Corrections Training Academy.  Mr. Wise was first appointed to the Louisiana Board of Parole in 2004 and was appointed to the Pardon Board in August 2012.  He was re-appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 20, 2016.

PEARL WISE, Committee on Parole

Ms. Wise began her criminal justice career as a Probation and Parole Officer in the Monroe District Office of the Division of Probation & Parole.  Her career spanned over 20 years.  She served as community resources coordinator for the district and also supervised of a unit of probation and parole officers.  Ms. Wise received her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisiana Monroe.  She is a veteran of the Louisiana National Guard.  After her retirement from the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Ms. Wise to serve as an at-large member of the Committee on Parole on February 12, 2016.