Our Lady of the Lake College acknowledged a distinguished alumni, a distinguished recent alumni, and a Baton Rouge-area community service leader Saturday at the Our Lady of the Lake College annual luncheon.
For several months, the college received nominations from alumni, faculty and the community, and the individuals were selected based on stories of their professional success, personal commitment and service, a news release from the college said.
The Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Recent Alumni — chosen from graduates from the past 10 years — are selected from among the college’s 90 years of graduates, the release said.
The Franciscan Impact Award recipient must exemplify elements of the College’s mission and must be active in community service efforts within the Greater Baton Rouge region, the release said. This community member must give of their time, leadership, guidance or other personal support to those most in need.
The 2014 Distinguished Alumni award went to nurse Barbara Anthony, of the class of 1972. In her many roles — as a registered nurse, director of nursing and a compliance officer for Veterans Affairs long-term care facilities, long-term care supervisor and field office manager for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and a highly sought-out legal nurse consultant — Anthony has worked for more than 40 years as an advocate on behalf of the elderly, the release said. As the cofounder of Louisiana Enhancing Aging with Dignity, Empowerment and Respect, Anthony has worked at the local, state and national levels to reduce the inappropriate use of anti psychotic drugs on nursing home residents with dementia and vulnerable elderly Louisiana citizens.
“Barbara embodies Our Lady of the Lake’s dedication to serving the unique needs of the elderly. She spends countless hours on state and national conference calls, collaborating with other community and state agencies, healthcare professionals, family members and interested consumers to raise awareness. She has a genuine compassion for elderly Louisianans and a life-long commitment to improving their quality of life,” according to the nomination form.
The 2014 Distinguished Recent Alumni went to Dr. W. Chandler LeBoeuf, of the class of 2011. LeBoeuf, a 2011 graduate of the bachelor of science in Human Medicine program, was a student leader during school and has distinguished himself as a leader in higher education, most recently serving as the director of Student and Alumni Engagement at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette, the release said.
“Once I asked Chandler if he felt ready to take on academic leadership roles,” an excerpt from the nomination form said. “He answered, ‘I feel passionate about helping students. I give credit to Our Lady of the Lake College for helping me to grow academically and now it is my turn to help others to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.’ I am very humbled to have Chandler as a great friend and to stand beside him as an alumnus of Our Lady of the Lake College. In my mind, he is what I consider a Distinguished Alumni.”
The 2014 Franciscan Impact Award was presented to nurse Coletta C. Barrett, the vice-president of Mission, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
In her role as vice president, Barrett ensures that high quality health care is delivered with compassion, respect and dignity, and has demonstrated a record of service that extends throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond, the release said. Drawing on years of knowledge as a cardiovascular nurse specialist, Barrett has influenced lifestyle choices as chairman of the Board for the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative in Baton Rouge, created a statewide trauma system as a member of the Emergency Response Network Board of Directors, and ensured community safety as a member of the executive committee awarding state grants for Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness. Nationally,?she has served as the past chairman of the board for the American Heart Association and on the Advisory Council for the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute.
“Known for her facilitation skills and collaborative style, Coletta is a coalition builder and articulate leader,” an excerpt from her nomination form said. “She has consistently given her time, leadership, guidance, personnel and support to those most in need. I earnestly believe she deserves this award because of her innovations and constant ability to not only provide and direct care in many areas, but especially to inspire, challenge and enable others to extend their roles — ensuring the mission of service is extended beyond that of one individual at this time, and thereby impacting our entire community for times to come.”
Offering doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees, Our Lady of the Lake College is a four-year, independent institution, providing a foundation in the liberal arts and continuing its health sciences and nursing programs.