One of the things that makes Baton Rouge America’s next great city is the willingness of its residents to step up when called upon. Recently 40 area residents stepped up to participate in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Baton Rouge Area Leadership. Another group was recognized for their service as Senior Companions.


Members of BRAC’s 2016 Leadership class were introduced at an Aug. 6 breakfast at the Crowne Plaza. They represent the capital region’s business, civic and nonprofit communities.

Participants include: Shannon Abney, Volunteers of America; Brandon Barker, NAI/Latter & Blum Realtors; Haley Blakeman, Center for Planning Excellence; David Blanchard, ExxonMobil; Kim Boneno, LUBA Workers’ Comp; Jason Broha, Turner Industries; Jason Brown, Kean Miller; Matthew Caillouet, Washer Hill Lipscomb Cabaniss; Jody Caraccioli, Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Laura Davis, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Brandon DeCuir, DeCuir Clark & Adams; Carl Dillon, Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp.; Nadine Donner, Baton Rouge Area Chamber; Uyuho “UU” Eduok, Eduok Associates; Mark Emonet, Lipsey’s; Emi Gilbert, LSU Foundation; Terrance Ginn, Louisiana Board of Regents; Liz Goad, Manship Theatre; Katie Graves, Regions Bank; and Ted Jones, Jones Walker.

Also, Brandon Lagarde, Postlethwaite & Netterville; Tommy Langlois, Ochsner Health System; Symil LeDoux, Baton Rouge General Hospital; Scott McKnight, BancorpSouth Insurance Services; Andrew Mouledous, Capital One Bank; Sarah Munson, Starmount Life Insurance; Ai Nguyen, Dow Chemical; Allison Reeves, Williams Anderson Ryan & Carroll; Theo Richards, Capital Area Transit System; Ryann Sanchez, City Year Baton Rouge; Kurt Scott, Woman’s Hospital; Janet Simmons, Hope Ministries of Baton Rouge; Brian Skelton, Whitney Bank; Tiffany Stewart, Pennington Biomedical Research Center; Tommy Talley, Tommy’s TV; Akilah Taylor, United Healthcare Community Plan; Tejas Vora, Go Physical Therapy; Trey Williams, City Pork Restaurant Group; Trey Williams, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, and Tim Young, HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region II.

After the breakfast, the group left for a weekend retreat kicking off their nine months of training for leadership positions in the community led by program coordinator Mary Beth Chevalier. Everything wraps up with graduation in June.

Senior Companions

Rebecca Brandon and Clara Clay were honored for their 10 years of service as Senior Companions during a program at the St. Martha Activity Center July 31. The program was followed with lunch for the 52 companions recognized.

Honored for five years of service were Bettie Anderson, Hattie Carney, Daisy Edwards, Sandra Hatch, Louise Hill, Janet Isadore and Jean Pugh. Four-year honorees included Victoria Brown, Inez Christy and Elsie Powell; three-year honorees included Joyce Barrett, Ida Farmer, Ada Holmes, Patricia Johnson, David Lee and Olivia Sam.

Two-year awards went to Betty Allen, Rena Barber, Marie Bates, Shirley Bell, Edna Bethley, Annette Bindon, Celestine Hutchinson, Bernice Jenkins, Jacqueline Kirby, Darlene McCormick, Mary Scott, Fay Thompson and Daris Williams. One-year awards went to Cynthia Eby, Rosa Franklin, Carrie Sterling and Brenda Walker.

Sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the Senior Companion program is designed to help low-income elderly stay in their homes. The awards were presented by advisory board member Melvin Hale. Featured speaker for the day was John Lopez with BREC. Joyce Tippy is director of the program.

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