Business Honors for March 20, 2016 _lowres

Jyric Sims, Tulane Health System


Turner Industries was presented the national Construction Users Roundtable Workforce Development Award. The award recognizes extraordinary and innovative training and education programs that encourage people to pursue a career in the construction industry or enhance their construction skills. This is the third time Turner has received the award.

Lauren Davis, museum system curator for the Secretary of State Museum Division at the Old State Capitol, received recognition from the Louisiana Association of Museums as the state’s “most exemplary and distinguished” museum professional.


Jyric Sims, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Tulane Health System in New Orleans, has been named the 2016 outstanding alumnus of the year by the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Master of Health Administration program.

The Baton Rouge native graduated from the program in its Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health in 2007.

“Jyric is one of our program’s most distinguished young graduates who has represented our program with distinction,” said Richard Ault, director of the MHA program. “To be the chief operating officer of a major health system at this stage of his career is a remarkable achievement.”


Danica Williams, of Lacombe, the Fisheries Extension Program manager for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, has been selected for the Governor’s Award — Conservationist of the Year for 2015 by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

She is being recognized for her volunteer leadership with Wish to Fish Louisiana Foundation, which in 2015 provided fishing opportunities to children with disabilities; children of deployed active duty parents; and young boys who have lost their fathers to violence, natural causes or long-term incarceration.

Other winners from the local area for outstanding conservation achievements are:

Christopher Reid, of Baton Rouge, state biologist for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Natural Heritage Program, for working with private landowners in southwest Louisiana to conserve and restore coastal prairies on their property.

Pamela Kay Connery, of Eunice, founder and volunteer executive director since 2010 of Louisiana Bobcat Refuge, for her volunteer leadership of the bobcat rehabilitation center.

Taylor Renee Wagner, of Thibodaux, for her conservation efforts at Edward Douglas White Catholic High School and starting the E.D. White Ecology Club.

ORA Estuaries, of New Orleans, for its innovative approach to coastal habit protection and developing the OysterBreak, a stackable ring of concrete and oyster shell that is designed to prevent erosion and serve as a breeding ground for oysters.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Program, for providing women with opportunities to learn about hunting, fishing and outdoor skills.

Bo Boehringer, of Baton Rouge, for raising public awareness about the state’s Whooping Crane Project in his role as public information director for the Office of Wildlife at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, from which he recently retired.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for its efforts to return harvested oyster shells to Louisiana’s coastal waters though its Oyster Shell Recycling Program.