Baton Rouge, La. (June 6, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) concluded its 32nd year of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program on Tuesday, June 5, graduating 38 participants from the 2018 class into its alumni base of more than 1,000.

The program focuses on key areas such as education, diversity, 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 the Capital Region and the potential for a positive community experience through volunteerism.

Participants are accepted from public and private agencies, corporations, civic and other organizations, and individual nominators. Participants are accepted on the basis of demonstrated leadership ability through career or community achievements, concern for the future of the Baton Rouge Area, and commitment to the program.

The graduates of the 2018 class are:

  • Matthew Lane Adams, Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Pranjal Lalwani Banthia, Cox Media
  • Melissa Lindsey Bezet, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana
  • Franz N. Borghardt, Borghardt Law Firm
  • Eric S. Borne, ExxonMobil
  • Jeffrey W. Boykin, Boykin Brothers, LLC
  • Bridgette B. Coleman, Coleman Consulting Group
  • Eugene Lawrence Collins, HAART Inc.
  • Tokesha M. Collins-Wright, Kean Miller
  • Melissa Curits, Council for A Better Louisiana
  • Lynn Daigle,Latter & Blum, Inc.
  • Karmen Rochelle Davis, LED FastStart
  • Kyle J. Finke, Louisiana Resource Center for Educators
  • Heather Allyson Folks-Givens, Guarantee Restoration Services
  • Ann Dang Fontenot, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Ryan Christopher Gisclair, Capital South Wealth Management, LLC
  • Nikki Godfrey, Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Melissa M. Grand, McGlinchey Stafford
  • Michelle Hardy, Turner Industries
  • Timothy Emile Johnson, Baton Rouge Community College
  • Theresa Broussard Jones, Theresa B. Jones Consulting
  • Brandon L. Kelly, Home Bank
  • Megan Howard Kelly, MHK Consulting
  • Sara Landreneau Kleinpeter, Louisiana’s Community & Technical College System
  • Emily May Kline, Woman’s Hospital
  • William D. Lampton, Jones Walker LLP
  • Eric B. Landry, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson
  • Christen Losey-Gregg, Losey Insurance and Financial Services
  • Heather N. Maturin, Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge
  • William S. Mulina, West Baton Rouge Schools/Brusly High School
  • Adrian Annette Owen, LSU Foundation
  • Marie Brewer Powell, BREW Agency
  • Erik Thomas Showalter, Baton Rouge General Foundation
  • Kimberly Ming-Gee Tang, Teach for America
  • Frederick Link Thomas, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Melissa M. Thompson, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • George Wilton Town,Red River Bank
  • Dawn Rube Vick, M.D., The Baton Rouge Clinic

About the Baton Rogue 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 brac.org/leadership.

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 brac.org.

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