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Central Louisiana Leadership Graduates 22

Released: 08/27/2008

Twenty-two local businesspeople have graduated from the 2008 Leadership Central Louisiana program coordinated annually by the Office of Continuing Education at LSU at Alexandria. The program focuses on aspects of leadership and networking in the areas of arts and culture, the political process, military, local economy, education, tourism and hospitality, public safety and law enforcement, and the environment and natural resources.

Graduates are Tammy Arnold, public affairs officer, VA Medical Center; Valerie Aymond, vice president of human resources, Gilchrist Construction; Donna Bailey, human resources manager, Roy O. Martin Lumber; Robert Bash, director of auxiliary services, LSUA; Daniel Brown, accountant, Roy O. Martin Lumber; Calvin Dixon, director of respiratory therapy, Rapides Regional Medical Center; Kristi Ferguson, energy accountant, Cleco; Jamar Gailes, President/CEO, The Gailes Group; Brittany Gilchrist, administration, Gilchrist Construction; Don Hardison, chief of environmental services, VA Medical Center; Maggie Jarrett, executive director, The Arts Council of Central Louisiana; and Elwood Marcotte Jr., account executive, AD’s Parish Yellow Pages.

Also, Sean McCrory, deputy director/managing editor, The Town Talk; Lee Moreau, estimator/project manager, Lloyd N. Moreau; Denise Oliver, director of rehabilitation, Rapides Regional Medical Center; Patrick O’Quin, financial advisor, FSC Securities Corp.; Kim Patnaude, director of fiscal services, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital; Mellissa Patterson, advocate supervisor, Rapides CASA; Steve Peters, director of medicine and rehabilitation, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital; Randy Ponthie, vice president, Southern Heritage Bank; Terry Taylor, assistant controller, Cleco; and Buffy Wilson, financial reporting director, Gilchrist Construction.

Leadership Central Louisiana participants meet one day a month January through August. The program has been operated through the LSUA Office of Continuing Education for six years. The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce oversaw it for more than 20 years prior to that.

“Leadership Central Louisiana builds leadership equity in a variety of local businesses and organizations,” said Cathy Andries, director of continuing education. “We invite businesses to make this investment in their organization and their employees.”

The deadline for applying for the 2009 class is Nov. 21. Information is available from Andries, 473-6492, or Shere’ Thaxton, 473-6512. The cost is $800 per participant.