FIRST FIVE YEARS…
Belinda was born on a military base in Corona, California to parents, Vivian and Charles Brown.
Belinda’s dad, fondly known as “Colonel Brown,” called himself the original “Charlie Brown.” He was a pilot in the Marine Corps, so Belinda and her brother moved…
…from California to Baton Rouge where they stayed with grandparents while her dad was stationed in Japan… to Virginia…. to Oklahoma… and then a transfer to the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station and a rent house in Gretna…
Next, the decision to retire and stay in Plaquemines Parish for good! Belinda’s family built a home in Braithwaite.
They planted orange trees, and the Brown family settled into life in their new community.
Belinda started the second grade at Woodlawn and completed high school at Promised Land Academy.
No one could say “no” to Mrs. Mary Lou… so, Belinda participated in the Orange Fair and Festival…
Belinda followed in her mother’s footsteps and graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Shortly after graduation from LSU, Belinda married her high school sweetheart, Donald Hazel, from Pointe-a-la-Hache. Donald is still Belinda’s sweetheart!
Babies were born!
First born was Amanda Hazel, now Dietz. Amanda and her husband, Kevin, have a one year old son, Charlie, named after Belinda’s dad. Amanda, Kevin, and Charlie live in New Orleans and Amanda works in Belle Chasse, and Charlie is the very favorite (so far) grandchild.
Aubrey Hazel was born three years after Amanda. Aubrey is named after Donald’s dad, Aubrey “Dooley” Hazel who moved to Pointe-a-la-Hache to take a job in the oil industry. Aubrey lives in Braithwaite and works in Belle Chasse.
Belinda’s Dad started Belle Chasse Real Estate, Inc. upon retiring from the Marine Corps. Years later, Belinda earned her real estate Broker’s license and a license as a LA General Certified Appraiser (License #G-0105) and became the sponsoring Broker and practicing appraiser for Belle Chasse Real Estate, Inc.
Belinda appraised camps and houses and acreage and marsh and commercial properties and industrial properties. As an appraiser, Belinda traveled all over Plaquemines Parish from Braithwaite to Bohemia and Belle Chasse to the Jump. Plaquemines Parish was her appraisal territory!
In 2008, Belinda was appointed to the Louisiana Tax Commission representing Public Service District 1. Belinda served a four-year term on this regulatory agency charged with rule-making and oversight of Assessors and hearing property tax appeals state-wide.
In 2012, Belinda joined the staff of the Plaquemines Parish Assessor’s Office, earning her certification as a Louisiana Deputy Assessor.
And, Donald retired after 32 years of working for the same oil and gas production company that his Dad had worked for…on the grounds where he grew up in Pointe-ala-Hache.
Belinda serves as Chief Deputy Assessor
in Plaquemines Parish, supervising both Real and Personal Property departments.
And THIS YEAR…
Belinda is a CANDIDATE for ASSESSOR in the October 24th election!
Who’s her best campaigner?
Belinda is a member of Belle Chasse United Methodist Church. She is a past Board Chair and currently serves as Lay Leader.
For several years prior to Katrina, Belinda was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) advocating for foster children in the judicial system. Belinda was the CASA for three children over several years and was featured once on Sally Ann Robert’s “Quiet Hero” series.
Belinda thinks gardening is a “fun and creative” thing to do!
National Association of Realtors
Louisiana Association of Realtors
New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors
International Association of Assessing Officers
Appraisal Institute Practicing Affiliate