Baton Rouge Area Leadership Announces Class of 2018

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


Borghardt Law Firm


Eric S. Borne

Engineering Alliance Group Head



Jeffrey Wayne Boykin

Chief Administrative Officer

Boykin Brothers LLC, LA Concrete Products


Bridgette B. Coleman


Coleman Consulting Group


Eugene Lawerence Collins

Director of Prevention



Tokesha Collins-Wright


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


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


Capital South Wealth Management, LLC


Nathalie Nicole Godfrey

Asst. Commissioner for Public Affairs

Louisiana Board of Regents


Melissa M. Grand


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


Jones Walker LLP


Eric B. Landry


Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson


Christen Mae Losey-Gregg


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




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


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

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


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