Krewe of Gemini XXII Royalty

Captain Jeff Free

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Captain Jeff's hometown is right here in Bossier City, Louisiana. Jeff has been a life-long resident of Bossier City with the exception a brief six year tour through the Mid-West. Then it was a quick return to God's country where he met his soul mate and the love of his life Lisa Caskey. Jeff & Lisa will be celebrating 27 years of marriage this January and have three beautiful daughters, Jacque Leigh (25), Rachael Ann (22) & Audrey Morgan (15).  Jeff graduated from Louisiana State University-Shreveport with a degree in Business Management and worked as the Director of Human Resources prior to acting as Network Administrator for the Patterson Insurance Group. In addition he managed the company's Real Estate investment assets at which time he quickly acquired his love for Real Estate.  Currently, Jeff is an associate broker in Residential sales for Coldwell Banker J.
Wesley Dowling & Associates and has been an active Realtor for the past nine years. During this time, he earned both the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. In addition, Captain Jeff is:
  • Current President of Bossier Crime Stoppers
  • Vice President of Bossier BNI Networking Group
  • An active member of the River Bend Rotary Club
His involvement with the Krewe of Gemini includes 2 years on the Board of Directors and acting Float Lieutenant during Robby Wood's year as Captain for Gemini 22.
 

King Michael Acurio & Queen Lynne Manno

King_-_Michael_AcurioKing Michael T. Acurio, M.D.

King Gemini XXIII was born in Jacksonville, Florida on November 10, 1960.  However, he grew up in South Shreveport where he graduated from South Wood High School in 1978.

He then attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982 with a Bachelor of .Science. Degree.

In 1986, King Michael completed medical studies at Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, then went on to complete his internship at LSUMC-Shreveport.  Our King completed his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1991.  He then returned to Shreveport/Bossier and is currently in Private Practice as an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana.

His special areas of interest are joint replacement surgery, hands, sports and cartilage cell transplant

King Michael is a member of:

  • American Association of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and is Board Certified
  • Bossier and Shreveport Medical Society
  • Louisiana Orthopedic Association

He is affiliated with:

  • Specialists Hospital of Shreveport
  • Willis Knighton Health System
  • Schumpert Health System.

King Michael’s personal interests are traveling, scuba diving, snorkeling, lobster fishing, running, bicycling, marathons, triathlons, snow skiing and water skiing.  In addition, he is a member of the sons of Italy and devotes some of his time to St. Jude’s Cancer Funding because it is such a very special cause.  He is also a former Duke of Texas, having served the Krewe of Gemini for “Party Time,” in 1999

But most of all, King Gemini XXIII enjoys spending time with his wife Shelley and their six boys Michael Jr, Adam, Justin, Alex, Jacob, Cayden.

 


Queen_-_Lynne_MannoQueen Lynne Manno

Queen Gemini XXIII, was born and raised in Shreveport, LA and has resided in Bossier City since 1987.

She graduated from Captain Shreve High School and continued her education at Northwestern State University.  While at NSU she became a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Lynne met the love of her life in 1979, John Manno and they were married in 1982.  John and Lynne are the parents of two wonderful children, Jay 26, the immediate past Duke of Louisiana for Gemini XXII, and Mary 23, a former Princess of Gemini.  Jay went off to college and then returned to work in the family business and Mary will begin graduate school at the University of Texas this fall.

In 1993 Lynne and John joined the Krewe of Gemini - and that’s when their Mardi Gras story began.  In addition to serving as Consort and then First Mate to her husband John when he was King and then Captain, Lynne proudly served as the Duchess of Louisiana for Gemini IV.  She says it is through the Krewe that they gained many wonderful, lifelong friends and have enjoyed more special and unique events than most people will experience in a lifetime.

An avid sports fan, Queen Lynne enjoys attending and cheering for the LSU Tigers, the NSU Demons and her beloved New Orleans Saints.  Fall is her favorite time of the year.  In her spare time our Queen enjoys reading, working out and being a huge animal lover, taking care of way too many dogs.  Yep!  There are seven of them!!

 

Dukes & Duchesses

AR_Duke_-_Mark_BoydstunThe Duke of Arkansas, Mark Boydstun was born right here in Shreveport, however he spent most of his life in the historic town of Natchitoches. The youngest of four, he enjoyed attending various Louisiana festivals where he munched on Crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice; all still his favorite foods.

The new Duke of Arkansas married his college sweetheart, whom he met while attending Nicholas State University.  During those college years, he also attended Northwestern State University where he became fraternity brothers with two past Gemini kings, John Manno and Cliff Poimboeuf.

He enjoys traveling, snow skiing, snorkeling, fishing, golfing, and hunting.  He also enjoys spending time in his log cabin on the lake and vacationing with his friends and family.

Our Duke worked in the banking industry for 12 years.  He later purchased Parks Concrete, and has owned Boydstun Industries for the past 18 years.  For the past 17 years he has called Bossier City his home.  He and his wife Janie have been married 29 years and they have two children-Melanie 24 and Matthew 20.

 

 


 

AR_Duchess_-_Gloria_WhitakerThe Duchess of Arkansas, Gloria Whitaker is a charter member of the Krewe of Gemini. She and her late husband, Whit, enjoyed the growth of Gemini and made so many lifelong friends.

This duchess has two daughters, Missy and Tonya, one of whom is a member of the Krewe. She is the proud grandmother of three. Her oldest grandson, Taylor, served as prince under the reigh of King Louis and Queen Noreen.

And, her other grandchildren, Abby and Aiden, enjoy riding the kids float.

She worked has a banker and served on several boards for the chamber of commerce and the Republican Women’s Club.  She is committed to her community and family.

Along her side is Tinkerbelle, a precious min pin, who brings laughter and love into her life.

 

 

 


 

LA_Duke_-_Michael_SterrittThe Duke of Louisiana, Michael Sterritt, Jr. was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from Captain Shreve High School.

After graduation he moved to Tyler, Texas, where he attended Tyler Junior College and received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.  After receiving his degree from TJC, he went on to pursue and achieve his Bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  Following graduation he moved back to Tyler where he started his career with Greene’s Energy Group.  Over the past 10 years has grown with the company and has served as the Ark-La-Tex sales manager for the past 6 years.

In his spare time he loves to play golf, watch football and travel (especially to New Orleans).  His fondest memory from the past couple of years is going to Super Bowl 44 where he watched his beloved Saints win the big one.  He has been a member of the Krewe of Gemini for four years.  He says he is very excited and honored to be your Duke of Louisiana for the Royal Court of Gemini 23.

 

 

 


 

LA_Duchess_-_Cherie_RaynerThe Duchess of Louisiana, Cherie Rayner was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University where she studied Nutrition/Dietetics & Nursing.  It was in nursing school that she met Mark, her best friend and the love of her life, who she later married

Following graduation from Louisiana Tech, she moved to the Shreveport area.  She has been working in the medical field as a Registered Nurse for twelve years at Louisiana Shreveport Health Sciences Center with five years in Labor and Delivery and seven years in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Code team, S.T.A.R.T.

Our Duchess and her husband have been together fourteen years and happily married for nine of those years. They have two "children" they love to spoil, Lulu and Lillie (dachshunds), who have their hearts and rule the roost.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, speed walking, working out, tennis, dancing and spending time with friends and family. She plans one day upon entering heaven's doors to ballroom dance with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

She also loves the saying by Christian Dior "Happiness is the secret to all beauty; there is no beauty more attractive that is attractive without happiness".

Our Duchess has been a proud member of Krewe of Gemini for three years, has developed some friendships that will last a lifetime and has loved every moment of it.

 

 


 

TX_Duke_-_Donny_YoungThe Duke of Texas, Donny Young was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He is a graduate of Woodlawn High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Louisiana Tech University.

He is an Architect and partner in the firm LeBlanc & Young Architects.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Louisiana Architect’s Association.  Donny is proud to say he is an Eagle Scout and both of his boys Craig (32) and Bryan (29) are also Eagle Scouts.

He has been married to the “love of his life,” best friend and Gemini 23s Duchess of Texas, for 36 years.  His hobbies include traveling with his family and friends, spending long weekends at Lake Greeson, watching football, fishing, and being a member of Gemini.

Our Duke has served as Float Lieutenant for the past two years and has been a member of Gemini since 2008.  His membership in the Krewe has brought him a treasure for life, the many special friends he has made. He is very excited and honored to be a part of the Royal Court of Gemini XXIII and looks forward to many more exciting years with the Krewe.

 

 


 

TX_Duchess_-_Diane_YoungThe Duchess of Texas, Dianne Young was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She graduated from Southwood High School and attended LSUS where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision.  She also holds an Educational Specialist Degree from LSU’s main campus in Baton Rouge.

Obviously, she is an avid (perhaps even rabid) LSU fan!  Currently she is employed with Caddo Parish Schools as an Instructional Coordinator.

She married her high school sweetheart and “love of her life,” the Duke of Texas.  They have been married for 36 years and, as mentioned earlier, have two sons.

Our Duchess’s favorite pastime is traveling with her family and friends.  She also enjoys reading, shopping, fishing, watching LSU football, and scrapbooking.  She treasures the many lifelong friends she has made since joining the Krewe of Gemini in 2008.  She is looking forward to many more years of fun and laughter with the Krewe.  And, she is honored to serve as the Duchess of Texas for Gemini XXIII.

 

Prince & Princesses

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Pictured L to R - Princess Meghan Marie Johnston, Prince Hunter Douglas Talley, Princess Ashley Anderson

Princess Meghan Marie Johnston

Daughter of Jayson Johnston and Blake and Tiffany DeBlieux. Sister to Macy DeBlieux. Meghan was born in Charleston, South Carolina but has called Shreveport, Louisiana home since 1999. Meghan is a junior at Byrd High School. She is an active member of the drama club, French club, Astra club and student council. Meghan is a member of Brookwood Baptist Church where she is very active in her youth group.

Her hobbies include tumbling and cheerleading for the Louisiana Rebel Allstars, a local competitive cheering group. She has been cheering competitively since the age of 4 having won numerous National championships. She loves shopping and spending time with her friends and family and anything “Paris”. Meghan‘s plan is to attend college at the University of South Carolina upon graduation from Byrd High School in 2013. This will be her 3rd year to participate in the Krewe of Gemini and is both honored and proud to represent the Krewe as Princess of Gemini XXIII.


Prince Hunter Douglas Talley

Son of Doug & Connie Talley.  Grandson of Jerry and Barbara Talley.  Hunter was born in Shreveport on February 24th, 1995.  He was one sister and one brother. 

Currently Hunter is a junior at Caddo Magnet High.  He plays the bass in the chamber orchestra and is active in the JROTC.  He also enjoys hunting and fishing.  After high school, Hunter plans to enlist in the US Marine Corp and attend Texas A&M to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.


Princess Ashley Anderson

Ashley is a Senior at Caddo Magnet High School and has a GPA of 3.85/4.0.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Youth Art Council of America Representative, Impact at Broadmoor Baptist Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and interned at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport. 

Awards that Ashley has received are 4th District Congressional Art Contest, Award of Excellance - April 2011; 2nd Place, Colored Drawing, YACA State Convention - February 2011;  Caddo Magnet Sampler Literary Magazine - 2010 and 2011; Caddo Magnet Portfolio Art Magazine - 2010 and 2011; Juror's Choice Award, Artbreak - April 2011 and 2010...just to name a few.