The Jefferson Performing Arts Society Leading Ladies Guild installed new officers recently during a luncheon at Vincent’s restaurant in Metairie.

The outgoing president, Kellie Barnes, presented a check for $5,000 to the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, represented by Executive Director Dennis G. Assaf. The Leading Ladies Guild also gave two scholarships to the JPAS summer program and will sponsor a preview party for “My Fair Lady.”

Jefferson Parish Council member Cynthia Lee-Sheng installed the officers and counselors: Carrel Epling, president; Gloria Esthus, vice president; Irene Klinger, parliamentarian; Pat Persaud, treasurer; Rita Nelson, corresponding secretary; Janet Schwary, recording secretary; Kim Hasney, historian; and Howard Bennett, Dianne Breaux, Anita Brite, Brenda Chetta, Ginger Crawford, Anne Favret, Nicole Ferrier, Josephine Haas, Jane Miller, Jolene Ryan, Pat Starnes and Margaret Wagner, counselors.

For information on joining the JPAS Leading Ladies Guild, contact Faith Peperone, third vice president of membership, at