The St. Francisville Area Foundation has welcomed Wanda G. Davis, Carter Leake IV, Hollis Milton and Ricky Sparks to its board of directors.
The nonprofit foundation was created in 1998 in support of initiatives aimed at protecting, restoring and enhancing the natural beauty, cultural charm and quality of life for West Feliciana Parish communities, a news release said.
In addition to the four new members, the foundation’s board includes Executive Director Lauren Field, Chairman Mark Drennen, Treasurer Susan Davis, Secretary Donna Wright and Doug Cochran, Rob Field, Bryan McClendon, Jim Roland and the Rev. Olton Scott.Davis, a native of Baton Rouge, moved to Jackson 15 years ago.
A graduate of Southern University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting, she has more than 25 years of banking experience and is the vice president and branch manager of Whitney Bank in St. Francisville.
Davis’ family history is in West Feliciana, as her parents grew up in St. Francisville and graduated from Dawson High School.
She and her husband, Henry, have two daughters.
Leake joined the Bank of St. Francisville as executive vice president and chief lending officer in August 2014.
He is a licensed certified public accountant, who earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from LSU in 1997. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s National Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University and now attends the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.
Leake served six years as vice president and controller within the engineering, construction and maintenance segments at CB&I (previously The Shaw Group) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has served in multiple financial roles within Shaw at its Baton Rouge office. A graduate of the Charlotte Leadership Forum, Leake spends much of his time mentoring youth through nonprofits, including Big Buddy, Young Life and Rotary International, as well as through local sports programs and his church.
Carter serves on the board of directors for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and is co-chairman of the Young Life Committee in West Feliciana Parish. He and his wife, Brittany, and their four children live in St. Francisville.
Milton has been superintendent of the top-ranked West Feliciana Parish school system since June 2010. He is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and has a master of educational leadership degree from LSU. He has been recognized twice as a Teacher of the Year and once as Principal of the Year in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Milton serves on numerous boards for local, state and national organizations including: St. Francisville Rotary, West Feliciana Concerned Citizens Group, American Institutes of Research, School Leadership Center of New Orleans, the Louisiana Math and Science Academy and the HMH Education Leadership Council.
He has served on the Chief Council of State School Officers Network for Transforming Educator Preparation, the St. Francisville United Methodist Church’s board of directors, the West Feliciana Economic Development Board, Leadership Louisiana sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana and the North Baton Rouge Leadership Academy.
Also, he is president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents and chairman of the Parish Superintendent’s Advisory Council.
Milton lives in West Feliciana with his wife, Nikki, and their two children, Anna and Eli.
Sparks serves as senior executive officer at The Highlands Bank in St. Francisville, where he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations.
He has more than 22 years’ experience in community banking within the Greater Baton Rouge area and has served in various senior management positions, including chief administrative officer and chief financial officer.
Prior to banking, Sparks worked 10 years in public accounting and real estate management as a certified public accountant with an emphasis in auditing financial institutions.
Sparks has served on various community boards as a member and officer, including the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, Leadership West Class of 2002, the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and The Bluffs Property Owners Association.
He is a member of the Louisiana Bankers Service Corporation Board and the Louisiana CPA Financial Institutions Committee. Sparks lives near St. Francisville with his wife, Renee, a West Feliciana Middle School teacher, and their four children.