Diverse group continues tradition of preparing region’s next cohort of leaders

Baton Rouge, LA (August 8, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the members of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Class of 2018. The selected participants represent a cross section of the Capital Region’s business, civic and non-profit communities.

Members of the 2018 class include:

 

Matthew Lane Adams

Assistant Commissioner for Policy &
Legislative Affairs

Louisiana Board of Regents

 

Pranjal Lalwani Banthia

Business Operations Manager

Cox Communications

 

Melissa Lindsey Bezet

Compliance & Regulatory Affairs

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana

 

Brittni Diane Blankenship

Director of Marketing

Quality Engineering & Surveying

 

Franz Nicholas Borghardt

Attorney

Borghardt Law Firm

 

Eric S. Borne

Engineering Alliance Group Head

ExxonMobil

 

Jeffrey Wayne Boykin

Chief Administrative Officer

Boykin Brothers LLC, LA Concrete Products

 

Bridgette B. Coleman

Owner

Coleman Consulting Group

 

Eugene Lawerence Collins

Director of Prevention

HAART Inc.

 

Tokesha Collins-Wright

Partner

Kean Miller

 

Melissa Kay Curtis

Director of Marketing & Development

HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge

 

Lynda Alyssa Daigle

Commercial Sales & Leasing

Latter & Blum, Inc.

 

Karmen Rochelle Davis

Senior Training Specialist

LED FastStart

 

Corey Brian Dinkel

Project Controls Manager

Performance Contractors, Inc.

 

Kyle J. Finke

Director

Louisiana Resource Center for Educators

 

Heather Allyson Folks-Givens

Human Resource Consultant

Guarantee Restoration Services

 

Hien Dang Fontenot

Manager, Marketing Operations & Business Development

Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA

 

Ryan Christopher Gisclair

Owner

Capital South Wealth Management, LLC

 

Nathalie Nicole Godfrey

Asst. Commissioner for Public Affairs

Louisiana Board of Regents

 

Melissa M. Grand

Attorney

McGlinchey Stafford

 

Michelle Flemming Hardy

Corporate Resource Coordinator

Turner Industries

 

Timothy Emile Johnson

Program Manager-PBI/Project ROAR

Baton Rouge Community College

 

Theresa Broussard Jones

President & Founder

Theresa B. Jones Consulting

 

Brandon Lacey Kelly

VP, Community Reinvestment Act Officer

Home Bank

 

Megan Howard Kelly

Creative Director

Treygan Productions

 

Sara Landreneau Kleinpeter

Coordinator of Board Services

Louisiana’s Community & Technical College System

 

Emily May Kline

Major and Annual Giving Officer

Woman’s Hospital

 

William Dunnica Lampton

Partner

Jones Walker LLP

 

Eric B. Landry

Partner

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson

 

Christen Mae Losey-Gregg

Principal

Losey Insurance and Financial Services

 

Heather Nicole Maturin

Director of Pharmacy

Ochsner Health System

 

Jeff David Mosely

VP of Facilities & Construction

Our Lady of the Lake

 

William S. Mulina

Arts Coordinator/Teacher

WBR Schools/Brusly High School

 

Kenny Khiem Nguyen

CEO

ThreeSixtyEight

 

Adrian Annette Owen

Director of Prospect Management

LSU Foundation

 

Marie Brewer Powell

Principal/Brand Strategist/Creative Director

Brew Agency

 

Erik Thomas Showalter

Major & Planned Gifts Officer

Baton Rouge General Foundation

 

Kimberly Ming-Gee Tang

Director/Teacher Leadership Development

Teach for America

Frederick Link Thomas

Commander/Scotlandville Substation

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Melissa Meghan Thompson

Director of Talent Development

Baton Rouge Area Chamber

 

George Wilton Town

Senior Vice President

Capital One Bank

 

Dawn Rube Vick

Pediatrician

The Baton Rouge Clinic

 

Chloe Constance Wiley

Founder/School Director

Baton Rouge Bridge Academy

 

The Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program was founded in 1985 to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. The program’s goals are:

  • to seek out, train, and promote high achievers for positions of voluntary responsibility in the community;
  • to provide these developing leaders with practical information concerning community issues and problems;
  • to establish a communication network among the existing and emerging leaders of the community; and
  • to challenge these leaders to increase their involvement in community affairs.

The program focuses on topic areas such as education, diversity and inclusivity, city and state government, health care and social issues, economic development, the arts and culture, and the criminal justice system. Graduates leave the program with first-hand knowledge of the issues facing our region and the potential for a positive community experience through volunteerism.

The program commences nine months of training with a two-day retreat in August. From September to April, the class devotes an entire day each month for lectures, discussions, field trips and practical exercises pertinent to community issues. To conclude the program, a two-day retreat is held in May, followed by a graduation dinner in June. The program is led by Emily Stich.

About the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program

The Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program was founded as a program of BRAC to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. There are now more than 1,000 graduates of the program, many of whom serve in leadership positions on boards, commissions, and hold local, state, or federal elected offices. More information is available at http://www.brac.org/investors/become-involved/#brleadership.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, midsize firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at www.brac.org.

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