The Ascension Chamber of Commerce announced its 20th Leadership Ascension Class Aug. 19 at a reception held at Parc 73 in Prairieville.

The class, one of the program’s largest, has 38 members.

Leadership Ascension, like similar programs nationwide, is designed to develop responsible and informed community leaders, a news release from the chamber said.

Recognized and emerging leaders in the community are selected to represent the diverse demographic of the Ascension Parish community based on an application outlining each candidate’s work experience, education and community involvement, the release said.

The 10-month leadership program strives to develop practical leadership skills while promoting personal growth. Sessions are held each month and cover topics including diversity, education, social concerns, health care, law enforcement and government. The program begins with a team-building opening retreat and ends with a two-day closing retreat where the students review the sessions, share thoughts on Ascension Parish and present class projects that are developed throughout the year.

More than 500 residents ranging from business owners to government officials have completed the program since its inception.

Many of the program graduates participate in the Chamber’s Leadership Alumni Committee, which assists in planning, recruiting and fundraising for the leadership program.

Members of this year’s class include: Ryan Andrews, Cabela’s; Ethan Babin, Pelican Point Golf Club; Craig Beaman, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Lorie Bercegeay, Ascension Parish Clerk of Court’s Office; Jason Bonaventure, Ogwyn Bonaventure LLC; Jo Broadway, Don’s Seafood; Christy Burnett, Ascension Parish Government; Elizabeth Canfield, BASF; Justin Champlin, Ascension Parish Assessor’s Office; Trey Cline, SBS Construction; Danielle Dawson, Regions Financial Corporation; and Jeffrey Delaune, Waguespack and Associates.

Also, James Flanagan, BASF; Donna Gaignard, city of Donaldsonville; Garrett Ganucheau, E Federal Credit Union; Khalli Hagan, River Parishes Community College; Jenny Heroman, Eatel Corp.; Jaime Malveaux, St. Elizabeth Physicians; Monica Marchand, United Community Bank; Joey Mayeaux, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Brant Mayer, Commerce Title and Abstract Company; Jada Mayon, Hughes Insurance Services; Kim Melancon, Ascension Parish School Board; Aleaha Morgan, GSA Consulting Engineers Inc.; Andrew Pecquet, BASF; Yvonne Pellerin, St. Elizabeth Hospital; Edward Prejean, Prejean Computer Consultants; Jane Rabalais, Red River Bank; Chancie Sibley, United Medical Rehabilitation Hospital; Olivia Simpson, Tanger Outlets; Shannon Sing, Professional Archive Solutions; Eddie Smallhorn, Cox Business; J.W. Smith, LaQuinta Inn and Suites; Tevora Tabor, Primerica; Michelle White, Domain Design Architecture; Tammy Williams, city of Gonzales; Phillip Wright, Pelican Point Golf Club; and Tracey Zimmerman, Kopy Kats Printing.

To learn more about Leadership Ascension, visit www.ascensionchamber.com or call (225) 647-7487.