Ascension Parish community photo gallery for July 2, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Ginger Davies -- Gathering to celebrate Leadership Ascension’s 20th graduating class June 18 in Gonzales, front row from left, are Jane Rabalais, Kim Melancon, Michelle White, Aleaha Morgan, Tevora 'Tee' Tabor, Tammy Williams, Danielle Dawson, Jada Mayon and Craig Beaman; middle row, Lorie Bercegeay, Justin Champlin, Khalli Hagan, Jo Broadway, Donna Gaignard, Eddie Smallhorn, Jaime Malveaux, Yvonne Pellerin, Edward Prejean, Joey Mayeaux, Phillip Wright and Sherrie Despino; and back row, James Flanagan, Ethan Babin, Tracey Zimmerman, Monica Marchand, Shannon Sing, Christy Burnett, Liz Canfield, Garrett Ganucheau, J.W. Smith and Jenny Heroman. Not pictured are Jason Bonaventure, Jeffrey Delaune, Trey Cline, Brant Mayer and Andrew Pecquet.

Leadership Ascension, a program of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, graduated its 20th leadership class at Clarion Inn & Conference Center in Gonzales on June 18.

This year’s class had 35 participants who were put onto teams to research and implement a project that would positively affect the Ascension community, a news release said.

The projects included Project Red Carpet, a campaign to educate Ascension Parish high school students about the dangers of smoking/using synthetic drugs; SNAP 2015, which raised funds to buy and install street signs at major intersections in Ascension Parish; ASCENSION Connecting to Success, a business conference for high school students; and The Leadership Pirates, who raised funds to buy musical instruments for Kidz Kove Discovery Park.

Project Red Carpet was chosen as this year’s winner. Team members were Lorie Bercegeay, Garrett Ganucheau, Monica Marchand, Joey Mayeaux, Brant Mayer, Aleaha Morgan, Andrew Pecquet, Yvonne Pellerin, Tammy Williams and Phillip Wright.

This year’s Leadership Ascension graduates are Ethan Babin, Pelican Point Golf Course; Craig Beaman, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Bercegeay, Ascension Parish Clerk of Court; Jason Bonaventure, Bonaventure Law Firm; Jo Broadway, Don’s Seafood; Christy Burnett, Ascension Parish Government; Liz Canfield, BASF; Justin Champlin, Ascension Parish Assessor’s Office; Trey Cline, Five S Construction; Danielle Dawson, Regions Bank; Jeffrey Delaune, Waguespack & Associates Insurance; James Flanagan, BASF; Donna Gaignard, City of Donaldsonville; Ganucheau, EFCU; Khalli Hagan, River Regions Community College; Jenny Heroman, EATEL; Jaime Malveaux, St. Elizabeth Physicians; and Marchand, United Community Bank.

Also Mayeaux, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Mayer, Commerce Title & Abstract Company; Jada Mayon, Hughes Insurance; Kim Melancon, Ascension Parish School Board; Morgan, GSA Consulting Engineers, Inc.; Pecquet, BASF; Pellerin, St. Elizabeth Hospital; Edward Prejean, Prejean Computer Consultants; Jane Rabalais, Red River Bank; Shannon Sing, Professional Archive Solutions; Eddie Smallhorn, Cox Business; J.W. Smith, LaQuinta Inn & Suites; Tevora “Tee” Tabor, Primerica; Michelle White, Domain Architecture; Williams, City of Gonzales; Wright, Pelican Point Golf Club and Tracey Zimmerman, Kopy Kats Printing.

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, health care and cultural diversity.

To apply for the upcoming class or learn more about Leadership Ascension, visit or call (225) 647-7487.