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Nicole Elmore

Nicole Elmore, Regions Bank branch manager in Denham Springs, has received the June 2015 Regions Bank Better Life Award.

The Better Life Award is the top honor given to a Regions associate for outstanding dedication and job performance, as well as exemplary involvement and commitment to the community, a news release said.

In addition to the recognition, Regions donates $1,000 in the name of the recipient to a nonprofit organization of the winner’s choice. Elmore chose the Pilot Club of Denham Springs.

She is helping the group raise funds to build a baseball field for the local Challenger recreation division, which provides opportunities for special needs children to participate in sports.

Elmore is a member of the Leadership Livingston class. She is part of a leadership team working to raise funds for the Challenger field.

“It will be a joy to see those children who have had so many obstacles be able to fully participate in a game on a field made just for them,” Elmore said.

Before she joined Regions in 2007, Elmore graduated from International Bible College in San Antonio, Texas, and took several mission trips to Haiti and Mexico to build schools and orphanages. Elmore also has been a foster parent to more than 30 children.

Elmore recently adopted one of her foster children and is in the process of adopting another, the release said. She also inspired a bill approved this year by Louisiana legislators to improve conditions for foster children across the state.

“It was always a passion of mine to do this,” Elmore said. “I know how important a safe, stable home environment is for these children.”

As a deputy for the Baton Rouge Constable’s Office, she teaches residents how to protect themselves, their homes and their families, the release said. She also provides security at special events like LSU home football games.

Elmore said desire to serve brought her to the Denham Springs branch.

“We needed someone who could come into the branch and work with the community and be excited about it. We needed Nicole’s leadership,” said Mary Cambre, branch team leader.

Sometimes that on-the-job help takes on unexpected forms for a banker.

“I love working with customers, whether it’s helping them with their finances, jumping off a battery or changing a flat tire in the bank parking lot,” Elmore said.

The Better Life Award is presented monthly to a Regions associate.