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Leadership Central Louisiana

Released: 01/14/2008

Twenty-nine "emerging leaders" are participating in the 2008 Leadership Central Louisiana program, which provides participants with first-hand knowledge of key community components. The program, which lasts eight months, is administered through the Department of Continuing Education at LSU at Alexandria.

"Participants receive cutting-edge instruction in leadership skills, and they have numerous opportunities to make contact with influential leaders in government, education, arts and culture, military, healthcare, economic development, law enforcement and natural resources," said Cathy Andries, director. "It''s a win-win program for individuals and their employers."

LSUA has coordinated Leadership Central Louisiana for seven years. It was operated through the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce for several years prior to that.

This year''s participants and sponsoring organizations are Elwood Marcott, Ad''s Parish Yellow Pages; Kathy Johnson, Alexandria Eye & Laser Center; Mataline Lemons and Sean McCrory, The Town Talk; Sarah Causey, Alexandria-Pineville Conventiona & Visitors Bureau; Maggie Jarrett, Arts Council of Central Louisiana; Steve Peters and Kim Patnaude, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital; Kristi Ferguson and Terry Taylor, Cleco; Pat McCusker, Diocese of Alexandria; David Brewer, Brewer & Associates; Patrick O''Quin, FSC Securities Corp.; and Buffy Wilson, Brittany Gilchrist and Val Aymond, Gilchrist Construction Co.

Also, Wendy Holmes, Kramer Funeral Home; Lee Moreau, Lloyd N. Moreau; Robert Bash, LSU at Alexandria; Melissa Patterson, Rapides CASA; Daniel Brown and Donna Bailey, Roy O. Martin; Denise Oliver and Calvin Dixon, Rapides Regional Medical Center; Randy Ponthie, Southern Heritage Bank; Jamar Gailes, The Gailes Group; Don Hardison and Tammie Arnold, VA Medical Center; and Shannon Sampson Paragon Casino and Resort.