BATON ROUGE AREA

Lisa Skemp, professor of nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College, was inducted as a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing for her leadership in education, management and policy focused on improving health and also as a fellow by the Gerontological Society of America for outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology.

The distinction recognizes activities that include research, teaching, administration and public service.

?The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce has recognized Our Lady of the Lake Livingston as Large Business of the Year; Blount General Contractors, Medium Business of the Year; L.A. Champagne & Co. LLP, Small Business of the Year; Holmes Building Materials, Member of the Year; Belk, New Business of the Year; and Salassi Jewelry & Fine Gifts, Main Street Business of the Year.

AROUND SOUTH LOUISIANA

Louisiana Appleseed, a nonprofit that recruits professionals to donate pro bono time to advance social justice, has presented Good Apple Awards to Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer LLC for dedicated legal research and appellate advocacy work benefiting Louisiana Appleseed and other area nonprofits and its work related to housing issues and assisting Louisiana’s homeless population; Lee Reid and Jennifer Barriere of Adams and Reese, LLP for researching and editing the Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook, as well as developing and presenting related continued legal education programs; and Kyle Wallace and Andrew Graeve, of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC, and Amy Duncan, of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, for drafting a white paper addressing ongoing systemic issues related to the debt-buying industry in Louisiana and advocating on behalf of consumers affected by predatory debt collection practices. The awards are given to outstanding community members who have shown tremendous generosity and commitment to pro bono excellence.

Ruben Dauzat of Avoyelles Parish was chosen as Outstanding Master Farmer for 2014 as part of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. Master farmer certification was awarded from the local area to Brett Chiasson, of St. Charles Parish; William J. Husband, of Vermilion Parish; and Harrison John-Louis, of West Baton Rouge Parish. Certification is based on coursework and a dedication to adopting conservation practices.