Leadership Baton Rouge Announces Class of 2019

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

Baton Rouge, LA (August 2, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the members of its Leadership Baton Rouge class of 2019. The selected participants represent a cross section of the Capital Region’s business, civic and non-profit communities.


Members of the 2019 class include:


Aaron Bayham

Director of Studio Operations

Celtic Studios


Jonathan D. Blake

Associate Attorney

Hammond, Sills, Adkins and Guice LLP


Crystal H. Blanchard

Account Executive

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana


LaMiesa D. Bonton

Director of Operations

Bonton Associates


Emily L. Cooper

Director of Assessment & Accountability Administration

Louisiana Department of Education


Adonica Y. Pelichet Duggan

Managing Director of External Affairs

New Schools for Baton Rouge


Alsie R. Dunbar

Laboratory Supervisor/Process Engineer

SGS Oil & Gas North America


Christine N. Dupuy

Director of Development – Events & Community Partnerships

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center


Bryan L. Fontenot

Executive Vice President

Brown & Brown Insurance


Thomas E. Freel


LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors


Garret Lance Glaser

Strategic Procurement Manager

Performance Contractors, Inc.


Brace B. Godfrey III

Executive Director

100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge


Carissa J. Graves

VP of Community Engagement

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School


LaDonna B. Green

Vice President

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group


Druit G. Gremillion Jr.


Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP


Ann E. Scarle Guillory

Assistant Vice President

Ochsner Health System


Sarah C. Haneline

Workforce Development & Communications Specialist



Stuart D. Helo

Director of Business Management

CSRS, Inc.


Joshua G. Hollins

Legislative Director

LA Department of Transportation


Elizabeth J. Howard

Philanthropy Officer

Woman’s Hospital Foundation for Woman’s


Monica Cristina Hughes

Director of Investor Relations

Baton Rouge Area Chamber


Seth D. Irby

Senior Consultant

Emergent Method


Dorothy R. Kemp

Director of Educational Support Services/Learning Specialist

LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes


Matthew J. LaBruyere

Associate Commissioner for Finance & Administration

Louisiana Board of Regents


Amanda B. LaCerte

Director of Early College & Workforce Development

University View Academy


Anne S. Manint

Senior Director/Human Resources

General Health System/BR General


Kristy M. Mayes

Director of Development

Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation


Elizabeth B. Minton

Director, Alumni Impact

Teach for America


Antoinette K. Patterson

Real Estate Broker/Owner

American Dream Realty


Rawlston D. Philips III

Vice President/Managing Partner

Sun Plus, Inc.


Kathryn E. Pittman

Associate Director

Postlethwaite & Netterville


Brandis Rawls

General Manager

Springhill Suites Baton Rouge North


Daniel B. Richard


Louisiana Scrap Metal Recycling


Pheriche P. Robinson

Managing Director of Academic Programs

Baton Rouge Youth Coalition


James T. Rutledge

Senior Vice President – Team Leader

Red River Bank


Mardrah M. Starks-Robinson

Deputy Director – Bureau of Community Preparedness

Louisiana Department of Health


Brittany R. Sykes

Education Program Coordinator

Urban League of Louisiana


Eric L. Troutman

Risk Services Liaison

Louisiana Companies


Katherine J. Valenciano

Assistant Director of Advancement – Alumnae & Constituent Relations

St. Joseph’s Academy


Todd M. Weldy


Jones Walker, LLP


Leadership Baton Rouge 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 the 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 Leadership Baton Rouge

Leadership Baton Rouge 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 and 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, mid-sized 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.


Morgan is the Marketing Manager for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. In her role, she manages writing organizational publications and materials, oversees BRAC’s social media and blog, and coordinates timelines for all internal marketing projects.

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