Leadership North Alumni Association Inc. has announced its creation as a nonprofit group with community leaders who are dedicated to the promotion of sustainable economic growth and the improvement of quality of life throughout the north capital region through unification of communities, volunteerism and leadership development, Director Carla Sibille said in a news release.

Originating as a class project of the Leadership North program of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, LNAA gives graduates of the Leadership North program a way to use their leadership skills and economic development knowledge to bring effective change and smart growth to the areas of East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes and the communities of Baker, Central and Zachary while working in conjunction with local, regional and state-level officials and organizations, the release said.

LNAA’s Board of Directors are Sibille, Tracy Bethley, Ben Cavin, Charmaine Efferson, Chris Norris and Ryan Talbot.

Current officers are Sibille as president, Bethley as vice president, Talbot as director of public relations, Ryan Vivian as secretary and Jeree Chaney and Kathryn Richard as co-treasurers.

Membership to LNAA is open to all graduates of the Zachary Chamber’s Leadership North program, which is now accepting applications to its 2015 session.

The annual leadership program is designed to engage emerging leaders by preparing them to meet the future needs of their communities by becoming informed, resourceful, civic-minded and committed to making the region a better place to live and work.

Through the exchange of viewpoints and experiences, participants are exposed to challenges, opportunities and the vital issues affecting the north capital region. The program is open to people from the East Baton Rouge communities of Baker, Central and Zachary, and East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes.

The next Leadership North class begins March 19. Applications are available at the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, 4633 Main St., by calling (225) 654-6777 or emailing kate@zacharychamber.com.

For information on LNAA, email Sibille at carla.sibille@gmail.com or call (225) 235-9476.