Simone Theriot Maloz
Restore or Retreat, Inc, ushered in 2005 with a new Executive Director, Terrebonne Parish native Simone Theriot Maloz. Simone works daily on the local, state and federal levels to advocate for the needs of the disappearing Louisiana coast, specifically the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. She has continuously worked on large-scale and long-term projects for the basins such planning for major sediment and freshwater diversions and operation of existing restoration projects such as Davis Pond and Bayou Lafourche.
Since the devastating hurricanes of 2005 and the 2010 oil spill, she has also been tracking the process of the different planning efforts underway, including the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Act (NRDA), Clean Water Act Penalties, the 2012 and 2017 State Master Plan Update and the Louisiana Coastal Area Study projects, all to ensure the needs of the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins are being adequately met with the necessary sense of urgency in the face of what is at stake.
She was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation in the summer of 2014, and is a member and co-chair of the Commission’s Diversion Subcommittee. She is the Infrastructure and Governmental Affairs Co-Chair for the South Central Industrial Association, where she was honored with the Tillman Esteve Outstanding Member Award in 2010. She formerly served as Chair of the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of the Bayou Industrial Group. She is a graduate of both Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Lafourche, where she serves as a board member.
Before joining the organization, Simone worked as a Development Representative for the American Cancer Society’s Houma office, where she was responsible for recruiting and training volunteers and coordinating fund raising events such as Relay For Life. She also worked as Coordinator of Clinical Recruitment and Retention at Terrebonne General Medical Center. Simone is a graduate of Nicholls State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, where she received the Outstanding Public Relations Graduate award.
Simone is the daughter of Rachael and Charles Theriot of Houma, and is married to Wilson Maloz III of Metairie and has two children: Benjamin, 6, and Penelope Grace, 4. She plans on having the Louisiana coast continue to serve as her home and the home of her children and grandchildren.
Special Projects Coordinator
Restore or Retreat is pleased to announce the addition of Victoria Sagrera of Abbeville, as Special Projects Coordinator. Sagrera, a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has worked in different realms of the coastal industry for the last six years.
While attending UL of Lafayette, Sagrera worked as a Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) Rescue Scuba Diver at Marine Survival Training Center and Assistant Associate at Gulf Coast Agricultural Associates, both in Lafayette, La. Additionally, Sagrera served as President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the UL at Lafayette’s Biology Society. After receiving a bachelor’s degree concentrated in natural sciences, Sagrera worked as the Public Outreach Intern for Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA).
An active member of the community with a passion for volunteering, Sagrera is also a member of the Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville and board member of the Louisiana Cattle Festival. Furthermore, Sagrera represented the Louisiana Cattle Festival as their 65th Queen and was selected by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals as their 2014 Queen. Most recently, Sagrera was named the Louisiana Cattle Festival’s Ambassador of the year and Top 15 at Miss Louisiana USA.
Due to her previous employment and agriculturally-rooted, coastal upbringing, Sagrera has developed a strong sense of devotion for coastal advocacy and community resilience. These combined experiences has strengthened her deep appreciation and connection to improving the quality of our coast.