Meet Our Staff
The heart of the Milk and Dairy Unit for the Louisiana Department of Health is the Amite Milk Lab, located at 104 N. 1st Street in Amite, LA (Tangipahoa Parish).
The majority of the state's dairy farms are located in this region and this laboratory facility processes all of the milk samples collected across the state. Additionally, several of our MDU staff are domiciled in this location.
(Click on a staff member's name to see his or her contact information. Note that the coverage areas shown on the linked directory pages reflect Food and Drug Unit activity, not Milk and Dairy Unit activity.)
Marshall Cutrer is the Assistant Administrator for the Milk and Dairy Unit. Marshall directs the activities of all MDU sanitarians and coordinates with the lab scientist supervisor to determine sampling schedules. Mr. Cutrer is a Sample Surveillance Officer for the state of Louisiana and teaches milk haulers the proper procedures for taking raw milk samples.
Delos Thompson is a Sanitarian Program Specialist with the Milk and Dairy Unit. Mr. Thompson conducts regular inspections of area dairies, collects routine samples, and is also an experienced milk processing plant inspector.
Corey Lea is a Sanitarian Program Specialist with the Milk and Dairy Unit. Mr. Lea is currently in training and is gaining valuable experience in the program.He most recently worked in Field Operations for Sanitarian Services in Livingston Parish.
Patricia Watson is the administrative coordinator for the inspection staff at the milk lab. She maintains the inventory spreadsheets, answers phone calls, notifies dairies of lab results, and performs other administrative tasks as needed.
The remaining staff engaged in MDU work are located in different areas of the state. All milk staff are trained to do Food and Drug work as well, and some Food and Drug Unit sanitarians likewise count among some of their duties aspects of MDU program activities.
Ed Kelley is a Sanitarian Program Manager and an experienced milk inspector who is currently training to become a state rating officer for plants and dairies. Mr. Kelley works out of the St. Tammany regional office in Abita Springs, LA.
Rob Schexnayder is a Food and Drug Program Specalist who is also training to be state rating officer. Mr. Schexnayder works from the Marksville parish office and covers the Borden pasteurization plant in Lafayette as well as other milk firms in the Central Louisiana area.
Katherine Dilosa is a Food and Drug Program Specialist who is also qualified to collect milk samples. She collects samples at the pasteurization plants in the Baton Rouge area (Kleinpeter and LSU Dairy).
Tamika Carron is a Food and Drug Program Specialist who is training in milk work; she will assist with routine inspections, sample collections, and equipment checks for Borden in the future. She works out of the Lafayette regional office.
Sophia Airhart is a Food and Drug Program Specialist who is training in milk work; she will be working with some of the dairies and producer-processors in the southwestern part of the state. She works out of the Vernon Parish Health Unit.
Shanta F. Hamilton is a Food and Drug Program Specialist who is cross-trained in milk work; she works with some of the dairies in northeastern Louisiana. She works out of the Lincoln parish office in Ruston, LA.