Staff

Lynn Hohensee
Lynn Hohensee
Port Director

Lynn Hohensee has served as port director since 2006. He owns and operates LEH Communications, LLC, a communications consulting company in Lake Charles, La. Through his company, he also serves as director for the Port of Vinton. Hohensee served as Executive Director of The Chamber Foundation/Southwest Louisiana in Lake Charles prior to opening his business in August 2005. He joined The Chamber/Southwest Louisiana in June 2003 as the Director of Economic Development & Investor Relations for the Chamber/SWLA. He also worked for 30 years in the petroleum industry for Shell and Conoco and retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1999 after 28 years of active/reserve duty. A 1966 graduate of Worthington (Minn.) High School, he received a B.S. degree in journalism and geography (double major) from South Dakota State University in 1971. He also is a graduate of the Department of Defense Information School and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. Hohensee and his wife, Marie, reside in the Moss Bluff area north Lake Charles and have one daughter.

Glen James
Glen James
Attorney

Glen James serves as port attorney for the West Calcasieu Port, a position he has held since 1970. James owns and operates a law firm in Sulphur. A 1964 graduate of Texas A&M University, he received his law degree from Louisiana State University and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1969. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve for 13 years and served one tour in Vietnam. He is a former city attorney for the City of Sulphur and served on the board of Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles for 11 years. He and his wife, Darlene, reside in Sulphur and have five children and three grandchildren.

Darla Perry
Darla Perry
Port CPA

Darla Perry serves as the Certified Public Accountant for the West Calcasieu Port, a position she has held since 1998. Perry has been a practicing CPA since 1975, and owns and operates Perry & Company CPAs, APC, in Sulphur. She graduated from Sulphur High School as valedictorian in 1972. She earned a B.S. degree in accounting from McNeese State University in 1975. She received her CPA state certification from the Louisiana State Board of CPAs in 1976. She is a member of the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Lake Charles Chapter of Certified Public Accountants. She has been named the Honorary Secretary of State of Louisiana. Perry and her husband, Danny, reside in the Sulphur area and have three daughters and four grandchildren.

Chuck Stutes
Chuck Stutes
Engineer

Chuck Stutes serves as Port Engineer for the West Calcasieu Port, appointed in June 2006. A graduate of Lake Charles High School, Stutes received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from McNeese State University. He is employed as Project Engineer/Project Manager for Meyer & Associates. A Certified Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer in the State of Louisiana, he is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society and the National Society for Professional Engineers. Stutes’ engineering background includes the design of potable water systems, site civil development and marine infrastructure. His professional experience with potable water systems includes design including water wells, treatment plants, storage tanks and distribution systems. Stutes’ on-site civil projects include earthwork, railroads, roads, water/sewer service and drainage. His marine projects include the design of bulk terminals, ship loaders and conveyors, warehouses, docks, retaining walls and dredging. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children and five grandchildren and reside in Lake Charles.

Sheila Burton
Sheila Burton
Recording Secretary

Sheila Burton serves as Recording Secretary for the West Calcasieu Port, a position she has held since October 2006. Sheila has also been serving as the Recording Secretary for Southland Field Executive Airport since August 2014. Sheila currently works as an AP Clerk for Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino, a position she has held since November 2010. Sheila graduated from Vinton High School in 1984 and then went on to earn her A.A.S. degree in Court Reporting from Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas in December 1987.   She received her Texas State Certification in Court Reporting in 1988 and began her career as a Freelance Court Reporter in Houston, Texas at that time. After returning to Louisiana in 1996, Sheila earned her Louisiana State Certification in Court Reporting in 1997 and began working as a Freelance Court Reporter in the Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas regions until 2001, at which time she then began working as a Freelance Legal Videographer through 2007. She and her husband, Ron, reside in Vinton with their 2 beloved dogs Boon & Zeke.