Chamber board leadership changes hands _lowres

Photo provided by Liz Laurent -- The Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 board of directors includes, first row from left, Patrice Pujol, Katie Gibbons, Erin Lanoux, Nathaniel Tannehill, Sherrie Despino and Scott Richard; and second row, Malcolm Carter, Janet Britton, Michael Buturla, Mark Dearman, Bridget Hanna, Kendal Matassa, Matt Pryor, Paul Salvant, Paul Claxton, Brad Walker and Dan Braun.Not pictured are member Marie Broussard and Tom Yura.

Ascension Chamber of Commerce board Chairman Kendal Matassa recently handed over the chairman’s gavel to 2016 Chairwoman Bridget Hanna.

Chamber President and CEO Sherrie Despino thanked Matassa for his dedication to the chamber in 2015.

She also thanked outgoing board members Miles Holley, of Skid Marks Tire & Auto Care; Sue Knight, of St. Elizabeth Hospital; and Donna Whittington, of River Parishes Community College, for their years of dedication and service.

New to the board of directors in 2016 are Malcolm Carter, of The Scotts Company; Mark Dearman, of Rubicon LLC; Patrice Pujol, of the Ascension Parish school system; and Scott Richard, of St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The mission of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce is to facilitate and foster economic growth for its members, Despino said.

For more information, call (225-647-7487 or visit www.ascensionchamber.com.