About the Team
Founder and President
TJC Group Founder and President Tim Johnson has spent his entire 32-year career helping clients communicate with and connect more closely to the communities where they operate and the elected officials who represent those communities. A graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU), Tim is a leading national consultant in local stakeholder engagement and has worked with the world’s largest and most recognizable global industrial companies. He is known across the United States for his ability to assist TJC Group clients in building knowledge, understanding, and trust among all their critical stakeholders.
Manager of Administration Olivia Gulino is the newest member of the TJC Group team. Olivia has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies with a concentration in Moral Theology from Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology. She has experience in team management, strategic planning, content creation and writing, and project administration through her previous work as an associate director for the Diocese of Baton Rouge and her former role as a teacher in secondary education.
Director, Governmental & Regulatory Affairs
Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Desiree Lemoine has over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Desiree is a LSU graduate with extensive knowledge in strategic communications, lobbying, issues management, and public relations. She is well known for her honest, effective, and straightforward communications skills.
Director, Communication Services
Communication Services Director Lana Venable is a strategic thinker, skilled communicator, decisive leader, and diplomatic problem-solver with more than two decades of experience in communications and stakeholder engagement, including more than a decade as public and government affairs advisor for ExxonMobil Baton Rouge. She has a proven track record of cultivating effective relationships with community leaders, elected officials, policy makers and other key influencers to achieve advocacy and policy goals. Her expertise in leveraging media contacts at all levels has generated positive media coverage and helped clients define the narrative on complex issues across multiple platforms.
Director, Community Engagement
Project Manager Tara Wicker is a stakeholder engagement, community engagement, and governmental affairs specialist with twenty years of experience who served for twelve years as a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish (County) Council, serving a diverse district that included the Louisiana State Capitol, all of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, and Southern University. She is a member of the International City/County Management Association. Tara has a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Tara’s degrees are from Southern University.
Dr. Audrey Kennedy
Project Manager Dr. Audrey Kennedy is an association management and graphic arts specialist with more than thirty-five years of experience. She is the Program Manager for the National Maritime Education Council (NMEC). The NMEC is a national, member-based industry trade association that she was instrumental in establishing in 2012 and that is now under the management of The TJC Group. The NMEC is working to develop a national workforce system for the maritime industry. In addition to her association management work, Audrey is a skilled graphic artist and web developer. She earned her B.S. degree in Liberal Studies from Athens State University in 1998 and her M.A. degree and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Alabama in 2003 and 2010, respectively. Audrey is also an NCCER Certified Master Trainer.
Dr. Al Barron
Project Manager Dr. Al Barron is a stakeholder engagement professional and specifically, a community advisory council / panel specialist with more than 25 years of experience in helping organizations and corporations connect more closely to and communicate more clearly with their communities and individual stakeholders. Dr. Barron holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Studies, and a Doctorate in Education Administration. He has been published in The Black Collegian and The Black Student’s Guide to High School Success. Dr. Barron travels extensively speaking to companies and organizations about the need for more education, books, help and training at minority institutions to give students the edge and professionalism to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.
TJC Group Project Manager Robert Kidder is a veteran of the advertising agency business, Robert spent 28 years balancing the creative side with research, media planning and account service, serving as executive creative director and account supervisor on a mixed bag of financial, retail, tourism, manufacturing and non-profit clients. Robert is a stakeholder engagement specialist and experienced advisory council panel facilitator. He has supervised and facilitated dozens of focus groups and more public meetings and charrettes, commissioned and supervised market research, and produced and directed live-event presentations. In his long marketing career, he has produced and directed 200+ television commercials and industrial videos.
Project Manager Nick Johnson is a stakeholder engagement specialist who brings energy and fresh perspective to the TJC Group. He is involved with all TJC Group clients and projects and is specifically responsible for advisory council/panel management. Nick’s strengths are his ability to communicate and to build and maintain relationships. His specific experience is customer service.