Former Avoyelles State Representative dies in accident

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Sources have confirmed that Monica Walker-Weisul, who served as a Louisiana State Legislature has died from injuries apparently received in her home.
She has been living in Montana.

Her website states her experience as a legislator and names several boards she was active on after moving from Marksville:

Member Board of Directors, Missoula Country Club, December 2014 – Present (1 year 10 months)

Chair Bylaws Committee & Treasurer, Missoula Country Club Women's Golf Association, October 2012 – Present (4 years)

Founding Board Member, Vice-Chair, The Recovery Center, April 2012 – Present (4 years 6 months)

Founding board member of first inpatient addictions treatment facility in Western Montana

Board Member, Bitterroot Economic Development District (BREDD), March 2012 – Present (4 years 7 months)

Auction Committee Member, Missoula Art Museum, August 2011 – Present (5 years 2 months), Western Montana Mental Health Center

Board Member, Western Montana Mental Health Center, January 2011 – Present (5 years 9 months)

Board Member, Humane Society of Western Montana, August 2010 – August 2013 (3 years 1 month)

Legislative Committee Chair, Humane Society of Western Montana, January 2012 – May 2013 (1 year 5 months)

Chair of first legislative/advocacy committee in Montana
Missoula Art Museum (MAM) Auction Committee member
Chair Silent Auction/Raffle Sub-committee, Missoula Art Museum Auction Committee, September 2011 – February 2012 (6 months)
Committee member, Community Medical Center Foundation Round-Up fundraiser, January 2011 – June 2011 (6 months)
Co-chair, 2011 American Heart Association Go Red for Women, October 2010 – February 2011 (5 months)
Co-chaired Go Red For Women luncheon with my husband, Jonathan Weisul MD, Louisiana House of Representatives
State Representative District 28 (Monica Walker), Louisiana House of Representatives, January 2003 – January 2008 (5 years 1 month)
Louisiana State Representative / District 28
• Enacted and implemented laws, reviewed and amended the state budget, and serviced district constituents. Proposed legislation related to healthcare services and economic development.
• Supervised clerical staff and administered a $25K annual legislative office budget.
Significant Accomplishments

Drafted, promoted and passed legislation creating the Avoyelles Parish Economic Development District (ACT 87). Incorporated nine municipalities in the parish and served as president the first year.

Partnered with the governor to champion an initiative to create the Louisiana Children and Youth Health Insurance Program. Collaborated with both parties to pass the legislation in 2007 (ACT 407).

First woman to run and be elected parish-wide as a state representative. Represented small business owners and introduced legislation to support small business throughout the state.

Served as vice-chair of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee; and member of Health and Welfare, Civil Law and Education committees.


Carter Integrated Services d/b/a PACES Healthcare

January 1996 – May 2004 (8 years 5 months)
• Spearheaded all operations of a mental health management and consulting firm with 55 staff and $2.3M+ in annual gross revenue. Forecast, planned and developed a $1.9M corporate budget.
• Led and directed executive staff in all areas of strategic planning, organization and development of unit specific programs. Directed all business development and contract acquisition with rural hospitals.
• Recruited, certified, accredited and licensed physicians and units. Researched and analyzed the healthcare market, remained current on industry trends, and educated the community on mental health issues.
• Provided management skills training to senior executives designed to optimize unit operational efficiency, including four program directors, the COO and a marketing director.

Significant Accomplishments
Launched and grew the company from $1,000 investment capital to $2.3M+ within six years.
Negotiated and acquired contracts for four geriatric inpatient units and two out-patient programs in four rural hospitals.
Achieved and maintained a recidivism rate of less than 20%.
Developed and instituted a corporate-wide strategy to meet hospital target inpatient census levels.