Windell A. Curole has worked as the General Manager of the South Lafourche Levee District for the past 33 years overseeing hurricane and flood protection projects. He has worked to negotiate and administer cost share agreements and grants on federal, state, and local levels worth millions of dollars in several areas which include flood related, environmental and cultural activities.
His past experience as Assistant Director for the Lafourche Parish Emergency Preparedness made him responsible for making the decision of when to evacuate the citizens of South Lafourche when faced with approaching hurricanes or tropical storms.
Mr. Curole has spent the past 37 years working on coastal issues for South Louisiana. His involvement in coastal activities has led him to serve on various committees and organizations including the Governor’s Coastal Restoration and Conservation Advisory Commission (2002 – 2006) and presently the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. He also served on the Lafourche Parish Coastal Zone Management Committee for over 13 years and was the CZM Administrator. In addition, Mr. Curole served as Chairman of the Management Conference for Barataria Terrebonne Estuary Program for seven years, is the current President of the Cheniere Hurricane Centennial, served as the Extension Service Sea Grant Agent for five years, and is a former President of the Chamber of Commerce of Lafourche and the Bayou Region. He currently serves as chairman of the local DFIRM and NFIP groups.
Mr. Curole holds a B.S. in Science of Biology and has received his teacher certification from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. His dedication in hurricane and flood protection has earned him the National Hurricane Conference Award for two years.
He is married to Julie Pellegrini Curole. He has one daughter, Alex Curole and one son, Raine Curole.
What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.
Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)
Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.