Meet the Executive Staff
Secretary - Madison D. Sheahan
Madison D. Sheahan is the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Prior to serving the State of Louisiana alongside Governor Jeff Landry, Madison worked for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in various leadership positions. While working in her official capacity, she focused on various legislation relating to wildlife, agriculture, and the state's natural resources. She also played a major role in passing one of the strongest bills in the nation protecting women’s sports.
Madison is actively involved with varsity rowing at her alma mater, The Ohio State University. She led her team to multiple BigTen championships and other conference accolades as a member of team leadership. Madison also served as an Ohio FFA state officer. In this role, she focused on career success and leadership development for agriculture education students across Ohio.
Madison has a bachelor’s degree in public affairs, public management, leadership, and policy and agri-business from The Ohio State University. She also minored in community and business leadership.
Madison grew up on Lake Erie and worked on her family’s farm in Northwest Ohio, where her family ran a group of small businesses. She is an avid hunter and sportsman, enjoying time in the field with her older brother, who is a dedicated conservationist. Above all else, Madison values her family, who taught her the importance of hard work, determination, and leading with grace.
Chief of Staff - Tyler M. Bosworth
Tyler M. Bosworth, is the former Advocacy Director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL). As Advocacy Director, Tyler was charged with executing the organization’s state and federal policy efforts and managing its community outreach department. Prior to his role with CRCL, Tyler was a legislative staffer with the Louisiana House of Representatives where he served the House Committee on Retirement and the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. He specializes in Louisiana’s natural resources law with a focus on coastal issues and wildlife resources management and has extensive knowledge of the state’s legislative process. Tyler is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and the Southern University Law Center. Tyler is an avid recreational fisherman and enjoys spending weekends with his wife and two children at their family’s camp in Chauvin, Louisiana.
Deputy Secretary / Assistant Secretary of Wildlife - Stephen Clark
Stephen Clark started his law enforcement career as a “Game Warden” with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1994. Stephen has served in multiple positions for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service including Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Resident Agent in Charge, and Special Agent. He has over 29 years of natural resource conservation experience. In addition to his duties as a Special Agent, Stephen was an airplane pilot for the government where he was assigned to pilot different U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service airplanes on law enforcement operations across the country. Stephen was most recently a Special Agent in Charge with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement. In this position, Stephen was responsible for all U.S. Fish and Wildlife law enforcement operations for the southeastern United States.
Stephen graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in management. While attending college, Stephen enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard where he served for 6 years. As a veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, Stephen was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Army Lapel Button, the National Defense Service Medal, the Louisiana War Cross, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
Assistant Secretary of Fisheries - Ryan Montegut
After graduating with a B.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University and a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Ryan began his career managing wetlands restoration projects along the Louisiana coast, while pursuing post-graduate studies in wetlands ecology and environmental biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Ryan then served as General Counsel for the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s’ Department, maintained a private law practice for approximately 15 years, and most recently served as an assistant attorney general in the Lands, Environmental, and Natural Resources section in the Civil Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice.
Undersecretary - Bryan McClinton
Bryan McClinton has been with LDWF since 2008 and has served as Undersecretary since 2013. He oversees the Office of Management and Finance (OMF), which is responsible for fiscal and human resource management, licensing, procurement and general administrative services. The OMF was awarded the Louisiana Performance Excellence award Level 1 in 2019, becoming the first state Agency to receive the honor. McClinton, a native of Livonia, LA, previously served as a budget manager for the Louisiana Department of Corrections. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University, and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.
Enforcement Division Colonel - Rachel Zechenelly
Col. Rachel Zechenelly was promoted to Colonel, the highest position in LDWF’s Enforcement Division, in June of 2023.
Col. Zechenelly completed the LDWF Cadet Academy in 2000. Named Lt. Colonel in 2020, Zechenelly oversaw the administrative side of the Enforcement division, including the budget, joint enforcement agreement program, training, recruiting section and communications to name a few of her duties.. She served as major from 2014 until her promotion to Lt. Colonel and was put in charge of emergency services, maritime and homeland security, policy and procedure, and supervisor of half of the patrol regions across the state. She was also named the state’s safe boating law administrator during this time. She also served as an enforcement captain from 2010-2014, an enforcement lieutenant from 2008-2010, an enforcement sergeant from 2005-2010 and an enforcement senior agent from 2000-2005. Zechenelly, from Pearl River, has earned numerous awards during her LDWF career. She has been honored with the LDWF Meritorious Service Award (2005, 2011, 2016, 2017, and 2021), named Statewide LDWF Agent of the Year (2008), and LDWF Chief’s Award (2022).
General Counsel - Cole Garrett
LDWF’s Legislative Liaison and Policy Attorney since 2010, Cole Garrett oversees legislative, policy and legal matters for the Secretary. Prior to his employment with LDWF, he served as a clerk for the Honorable Guy Holdrige. Garrett holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a J.D. from Louisiana State University Law School.