Leadership Ascension Class of 2014


Leadership Class


The Leadership Ascension Program Graduates Its 19th Class

Gonzales, LA—June 20, 2014—Leadership Ascension, a program of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, was proud to graduate its 19th Leadership Class at  Parc 73 on June 19, 2014.


There were 37 participants in this year’s Leadership Class and each were put into teams with the task of researching and implementing a project that would positively affect the Ascension Community. This year’s projects included a career mentoring program for Ascension Parish High School  Students; a successful venture  to enhance & provide the needed improvements to the Council on Aging centers on the East and West Banks of Ascension Parish; The Good Neighbor Project whose mission was to strengthen a sense of community across Ascension Parish by inspiring neighborly behaviors; and the Health And Nutrition Alliance (HANA), an effort to offer grant opportunities to public school teachers interested in funding for health and nutrition initiatives.


All of these amazing projects will undoubtedly benefit the Parish for years to come, but the team implementing the Health and Nutrition Alliance was chosen as this year’s winner. Winning team members include: Jacob Balfantz, Mollie Burke, Kesslie Carbo, Taren Daigle, Amy Hathorne-Lambert, Chris McDowell, John McGee, Tina Prejean and Keith Robert.


In addition to benefitting the community, the Leadership Ascension Program has a positive impact on those who participate. This year’s participants included: Kathy Achee, St. Elizabeth Hospital; Jacob Balfantz, St. Elizabeth Physicians; Crystal Boudloche, RE/MAX Professional; Jennifer Boudreau, BASF; Beth Broadway, Ochsner Healtcare; Tracy Browning, Ascension Parish Tourism; Mollie Burke, Domain Design Architecture; Dawn Caballero, Ascension Parish Government; Kesslie Carbo, Ascension Parish Clerk of Court; Taren Daigle, BASF; Kim Decoteau, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office;  Jenn deFrances, The Ascension Fund; Beau Diez, Pelican Point Properties; Alsie Dunbar, Motiva Enterprises, LLC; Lindsey Duplessis, Red River Bank; Donna Duplessis, City of Gonzales; Nate Gautreau, Professional Archive Solutions; Kim Gautreau, Waguespack & Associates Insurance; Chris Geraci, United Community Bank; Amy Hathorne-Lambert,  Impala Warehousing, LLC; Michelle Hyatt, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; Lisa Laws, Ascension Economic Development Corporation; Lisa Le, St. Elizabeth Physicians; Chad Lynch, Ascension Parish School Board; Chris McDowell, Skid Marks Tires & Auto Service; John McGee, BASF; Matt Percy, Percy, Lanoux & Mumphrey; Tina Prejean, Prejean Computer Consultants; Keith Robert, Roland J. Robert Distributors, Inc; Layne Salvant, The Bug Man; Larry Schexnaydre; Center Stage; Shane Sedotal, Cox Communications; Darryl Smith, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Ray Stonemark, Don’s Seafood; Melissa Tullier, EATEL; Jason Verdigets, 23rd Judicial District Attorney; and Chris Wilson, Cabela’s.


Leadership Ascension started in 1996 with the mission of preparing emerging community leaders for leadership positions in local government and business. The 10-month program accepts students by application only and offers team-building and educational sessions covering topics such as Economic Development, Healthcare and Cultural Diversity. 

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