Baton Rouge Area Leadership accepting nominations for Class of 2014

Baton Rouge Area Leadership accepting nominations for Class of 2014
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POSTED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 9:04am

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is now accepting applications for the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program class of 2014. The program was founded in 1985 to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. There are now over nine hundred graduates, many of whom serve in leadership positions on boards, commissions, and hold both state and local public offices.

The Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program focuses on key areas of concern such as education, cultural and personal diversity, city and state government, healthcare and social concerns, economic development, the arts and media, the criminal justice system, and the environment. 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 weekend 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 weekend retreat is held in May, followed by a graduation ceremony in June. The program is led by Mary Beth Chevalier.

Nominees are accepted from public and private agencies, corporations, civic and other organizations, and individual nominators. Applicants 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. A selection committee recommends thirty to thirty-five candidates, based on a cross-section of the community in terms of occupation, gender, race, age, and affiliations.

Graduation for the class of 2013 was held June 4, 2013. Graduates in the class of 2013 include:

Chad Bacas, Forte and Tablada, Inc.
Taylor Ballinger, Teach for America – South LA
Joy M. Banks, Episcopal High School
Wendi Barnes, LaPorte, APAC
Leslie Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
Darius Bonton, Bonton Associates, LLC
Robert Boudreaux, Crump Wilson Architects
Steven Brooksher Jr., Our Lady of the Lake Foundation
Ben Broussard, Tiger Athletic Foundation
Barrett Chaix, City Parish Planning Commission
Michelle Clement, Louisiana Hospital Association
Abigail Cook, The Dow Chemical Company
Carla Courtney-Harris, Hammond, Sills, Atkins & Guice
Melanie Couvillon, Manship Theatre
Peggy Dean, Woman’s Hospital
Matthew Doiron, Capital One Bank
Monique Edwards, Family First Medical Clinic
James Fairchild, Daigrepont and Brian, APAC
Cassie Felder, Cassie Felder and Associates
Deborah Ford, Our Lady of the Lake
Jennifer Fowler, LBTC at LSU
Rowdy Gaudet, State of Louisiana
Catherine Giering, Donohue, Patrick & Scott
Edward Hardin Jr., Kean Miller LLP
Stephanie Jackson, LA Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
Eva Kemp-Melder, Recovery School District – LA
Parker Kilgore, Jones Walker
Nicole Kleinpeter, Baton Rouge General
Paul Laperouse, SSA Consultants
Wendi Loup, Lamar Advertising
Duane Mizell, Stuart & Company General Contractors
Dawn Pevey-Mauk, Ochsner Medical Center
Matthew Rachleff, i-mpact
Steve Werner, LUBA Workers Comp
Sevetri Wilson, Solid Ground Innovations, LLC
LuLu Ford, Our Lady of the Lake RMC (Class of 2012)
Barry M. Chambers, CPA, Our Lady of the Lake RMC (Class of 2011)

This list is also available on BRAC’s website at

The program has a June 28, 2013 deadline at 5:00 p.m for consideration for the class of 2014. The online application, as well as program cost and requirements, is available at

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