Administration

Port operations are managed by an executive director supported by legal, accounting and engineering professionals.

Lynn Hohensee
Lynn Hohensee
Port Director

Hohensee has served as port director since January 2015.  He owns and operates LEH Communications, LLC, a communications consulting company in Lake Charles, La. Through his company, he also serves as director for the West Calcasieu Port.  Hohensee served as Executive Director of The Chamber Foundation/Southwest Louisiana in Lake Charles prior to opening his business in August 2005.  He joined The Chamber/Southwest Louisiana in June 2003 as the Director of Economic Development & Investor Relations for the Chamber/SWLA.  He also worked for 30 years in the petroleum industry for Shell and Conoco and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1999 from the U.S. Army after 28 years of active/reserve duty.  A 1966 graduate of Worthington (Minn.) High School, he received a B.S. degree in journalism and geography (double major) from South Dakota State University in 1971.  He also is a graduate of the Department of Defense Information School and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.  Hohensee and his wife, Marie, reside in the Moss Bluff area north Lake Charles and have one daughter.

Joseph "Jay" A. Delafield
Joseph "Jay" A. Delafield
Port Attorney

Delafield was born in St. Louis, Mo., but has lived in Southwest Louisiana virtually all of his life.  A 1967 graduate of Landry High School in Lake Charles, La., he received a B.S. degree from McNeese State University in 1971 and a J.D. degree from Louisiana State University in 1974, the same year he was admitted to the Louisiana Bar and various federal courts.  Formerly with the Carmouche Law Firm in Lake Charles, he has been a sole practitioner since January 1998, specializing in municipal finance, industrial development, housing, revenue/general obligation, tax-exempt securities and commercial banking law/litigation.  He is a member of the SWLA and Louisiana State Bar Associations, National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Chamber/Southwest Louisiana and the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce.

Lee Lancon, Jr., P.E.
Lee Lancon, Jr., P.E.
Board Engineer

Lancon was born in Sulphur, La., but has lived in Southwest Louisiana virtually all of his life.  A 1975 graduate of Sulphur High School in Sulphur, La., he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from McNeese State University in 1980 and was licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana in 1988.  Formerly with the engineering firm of Meyer and Associates, Inc. in Sulphur, he has been the co-owner of Lancon Engineers, Inc. since January 1997, specializing in commercial, municipal and state capital improvement projects.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Louisiana Engineering Society, and the Chamber/Southwest Louisiana.

Mary Vice
Mary Vice
Port Secretary

Vice was hired part-time in 1999 as Secretary of the Vinton Harbor and Terminal District and in 2000 as Secretary of the Gravity Drainage District #2 of Calcasieu Parish.  A life-long resident of Vinton, Vice is a 1982 graduate of Vinton High School and  a 1985 graduate of McNeese State University.   She served as deputy clerk for the City of Vinton from 1988-1999.  In January 1999, she was named City Clerk, the position she currently holds.   Prior to working for the City of Vinton she worked for the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital for four years.   Vice is a member of the Louisiana Municipal Clerk’s Association and has achieved the Master Municipal Clerk Certification from the association.  She served as President of the Louisiana Municipal Clerk’s Association in 2011, and she is serving her second term on the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System Board.  She is an active member of the Welsh Memorial United Methodist Church.