The Advocate

Thirty-nine Baton Rougeans joined an exclusive club June 7 when they became the 30th class to graduate from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program, led by Mary Beth Chevalier. The celebration took place at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center. Adding to the sentimentality of the evening was the fact that Mary Beth is stepping down after leading the program for five years.

Graduating were Shannon Abney, Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge; Branden Barker, NAI/Latter & Blum Realtors; Haley Blakeman, Center for Planning Excellence; David Blanchard, ExxonMobil; Kim Boneno, LUBA Workers’ Comp; Jason Broha, Turner Industries; Jason Brown, Kean Miller; Matthew Caillouet, WHLC Architecture; Jody Caraccioli, Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Laura Davis, Our Lady of the Lake? Regional Medical Center;Brandon DeCuir, DeCuir Clark & Adams; Carl Dillon, Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp.; Nadine Donner, BRAC; Uyuho Eduok, Eduok Associates; Mark Emonet, Lipsey’s; Emi Gilbert, LSU Foundation; Terrence Ginn, Louisiana Board of Regents; Liz Goad, Manship Theatre; and Katie Graves, Regions Bank.

Also, Ted Jones, Jones Walker; Brandon Lagarde, Postlethwaite & Netterville; Tommy Langlois, Ochsner Health System; Symil LeDoux, Baton Rouge General Hospital; Scott McKnight, BancorpSouth Insurance Services; Andrew Mouledous, Capital One Bank;Sarah Munson, Starmount Life Insurance; Ai Nguyen, Dow Chemical; Allison Reeves, Williams Anderson Ryan & Carroll; Theo Richards, Capital Area Transit System; Kurt Scott, Woman’s Hospital; Janet Simmons, Hope Ministries of Baton Rouge; Brian Skelton, Whitney Bank; Tiffany Stewart, Pennington Biomedical Research Center; Tommy Talley, Tommy’s TV; Akilah Taylor, United Healthcare Community Plan; Tejas Vora, Go Physical Therapy; Trey Williams, City Pork Restaurant Group; Trey Williams, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; and Tim Young, HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two.

The program was founded to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. There are now more than 1,000 graduates of the program.