Board of Commissioners

Dick Kennison


Sulphur resident Joseph R. “Dick” Kennison was appointed to the West Calcasieu Port Board of Commissioners by the Sulphur Mayor Ron LeLeux in 2009. Kennison is chairman & CEO of Sulphur-based Kennison Forest Products, Inc. A native of Port Barre, La., he is a graduate of Port Barre High School and attended Grayson City Junior College. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force, with a tour in Vietnam. He served six years on the Sulphur City Council (twice as council chairman), and as a member of the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce (president in 2003), the Chamber Southwest Louisiana (chairman in 2008), Rotary Club of Sulphur, Maplewood-Hollywood Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Care Help Inc. of Sulphur, Sulphur Industrial Development Board, West Cal Cam Hospital Finance Committee and IRB Board for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. He was named the City of Sulphur’s Volunteer of the Year and the WCAC Citizen of the Year, and received the Habitat for Humanity Outstanding Service Award and the YMBC President’s Award. Kennison and his wife, Fran, are members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and have four children and 11 grandchildren.

Wilmer Dugas

Vice President

Wilmer Dugas was appointed to the West Calcasieu Port Board of Commissioners by the Sulphur City Council in 2008. Dugas is a member of the management team at Tarver Ford in Sulphur. Prior to that, he worked in law enforcement and the financial field. A native of Erath, La., Dugas is a graduate of Erath High School and attended the University of Southwest Louisiana. He served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

He served on the Sulphur City Council from 1986 to 2006, and served as the council’s chairman and vice chairman. He is a member of the Sulphur Kiwanis Club, the Sulphur Group, Sulphur Lions Club, West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce, Serra Club of West Calcasieu, Optimist Club, and the Knights of Columbus. He serves on the Care Help board of directors. Dugas is married to Barbara Brown Dugas.

Tim Dougherty


Tim Dougherty was appointed to the West Calcasieu Port Board of Commissioners in 1992 by the Lake Charles Central Trades Labor Council. A 1969 graduate of Sulphur High School, Dougherty has been employed by Citgo Petroleum for 33 years as a machinist. He is a longtime member of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, and has served as president of IAM Local 1317 and IAM District Lodge 161, and on the IAM Local 1317 negotiating committee. He is a member of the Southland Airfield Board of Commissioners. Dougherty and his wife, Lydia, reside in Sulphur and have two sons and four grandchildren.

Jennifer Mabou

Board Member

Sulphur businesswoman Jennifer Mabou was appointed to the West Calcasieu Port five-person board of commissioners by the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce. Mabou’s appointment was confirmed by resolution of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury on Oct. 6, 2022. Her term will expire in October 2026. A Carlyss native and resident, Mabou has been a State Farm Agent since 2016 after working for the company for 14 years. She has been licensed in Property/Casualty and Life/Health insurance in Louisiana since 2002. Since opening their doors, Mabou and her team have been recognized as a Chairman’s Circle Agency, an elite honor given to only the top 3 percent of company’s agencies nationwide. She also debuted as a Top 100 New State Farm Agent her first year in agency and has received the Honor Club recognition every year she has been an agent. A graduate of Sulphur High School, Mabou earned a B.S. degree in business administration from Northwestern State University with a minor in marketing. She is an active member of the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce, the Sulphur High School Booster Club and the Golden Tornado Marching Band Booster Group. She is also a Partner in Education with Sulphur High School. Mabou, her husband, Courtney, and their three daughters are members of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church.

Buddy Reams

Board Member

Buddy Reams serves as NACE International’s first Chief Maritime Officer, a position he started in April 2016 after retiring from nearly three decades of service to the United States Coast Guard (USCG). In his current role, he leads the development of corrosion control programs and services to meet increasing demand from all maritime industries, including notably the shipbuilding, shipping and offshore sectors. Reams is also the principal head for all NACE initiatives within the International Maritime Organization and with global industry peers such as INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, Active Shipbuilding Experts Federation and other leading maritime-related organizations. Prior to his role with NACE International, Reams successfully led USCG activities ranging from commercial vessel safety policy and standards development to major incident responses, notably establishing and leading two globally recognized National Centers of Expertise. His last assignment was as Chief of Maritime Prevention Operations for the Seventh Coast Guard District. Reams holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the USCG Academy and the University of Michigan respectively. He also holds a Master of Science in Industrial Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.