Glenda is a native of Shreveport La, Glenda holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Grambling State University and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from McNeese State University. Glenda is currently serving her second term as a member of the Calcasieu Parish School Board. She is married to Kenneth R. Gay a native of Natchitoches, LA. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Glenda Gay, board president, has been affiliated with the festival for over 33 years.