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Avon Knowlton, IOM, CCE

Executive Director

She is a native and life-long resident of Beauregard Parish and is fully invested in the economic and community development of SWLA and Central Louisiana. Her professional work is focused on ushering prosperity and opportunity into the region. 

Knowlton, along with others, was instrumental in the formation of LAFA. She consults and mentors community leaders, Chambers of Commerce and non-profits across Louisiana and the United States, working as a facilitator for boards, policy procedures, economic and community development, leadership programs, strategic planning, workforce development and project management. She is dedicated to working for a better quality of life for our military and their families, advocating in Washington and raising awareness for Louisiana Armed Forces Alliance.  Knowlton also served 16 years on the Fort Polk Progress Board of Directors.

She received her Certified Chamber Executive Certification (CCE) from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2012, making her one of only two certified Chamber of Commerce executives in Louisiana. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia Institute of Organizational Management, through the US Chamber of Commerce.

She has been married to Edward Knowlton for 33 years and is the mother of Garrett and Dylan and grandmother of Bowen, Boone, Josie, Krue, Tad and Ruby.

Christine E. Colton

Membership Director

Christine Colton a life-long resident of Vernon Parish, has joined the team at Louisiana Armed Forces as Membership Director. Ms. Colton is a 1991 graduate of Evans High School and is the mother of Brooklon Chaney and Davin Chaney and the grandmother of Wylder. 

 In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in her community and visiting new places.  Ms. Colton is a volunteer with the Wreaths Across America Program, in conjunction with Arlington National Cemetery, coordinating efforts locally with Veterans and other volunteers. 

Colton will work with existing members and drive membership across a five-parish region.


Address: P.O. Box 279, Leesville, LA 71496

+1 (337)424-7007,

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