Release Date: 01/18/2008

Robert Barham, newly appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), announced today two key appointments to the executive team that will assist him in directing agency activities.

Janice Lansing, LDWF's Undersecretary since 2004, will continue to serve in that position, overseeing the Office of Management and Finance which is responsible for fiscal and human resource management, information processing systems, licensing, procurement, and general administrative and public information services.

Lansing began her state service in 1992 as a fiscal analyst in the Legislative Fiscal Office and served previously as Undersecretary at the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for five years. She holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master's degree in public administration from Louisiana State University.

Randy Pausina has been named the new Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fisheries. Pausina has worked within LDWF's Marine Fisheries Division for 14 years, serving most recently as manager of the department's Marine Research Laboratory on Grand Isle.  He began his state service as a field biologist with the Division's Coastal Ecology Section.

In his new role, Pausina will oversee the department's Marine and Inland Fisheries Divisions which are charged with managing marine and freshwater fish populations and habitats for the conservation and improvement of recreational and commercial fishing.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Pausina earned a bachelor's degree in forestry, wildlife and fisheries, concentrating in aquaculture/fisheries management.  He has served on the Jefferson Parish Marine Fisheries Advisory Board and the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, and worked with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.  He is currently the department's representative on the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council's Special Red Drum Scientific and Statistical Committee.

For more information, contact LDWF Press Secretary Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.louisiana.gov.