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Photo provided by Jefferson Chamber of Commerce—Members of the 2015 Leadership Jefferson class include, from left, Jesse Watson, Ashley Gambino, Anthony DiGerolamo, Jamie Sablich, Anne Wolff, Sal Scardino Jr., Nick Helinski, Cindy Hart, Greg Fenn, Stephen Robinson, Wesley Hawley, Maegan O’Brien, Jana Sikdar, Jennifer Zerangue, Taylor Collins and Gretchen Hirt.

The Jefferson Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Jefferson program graduated its 2015 class May 7 in a ceremony at the New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway. This year’s program was sponsored by Peoples Health.

The graduates are: Taylor Collins, Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy; David Coons, Adams & Reese LLP; Keith Darcey, Ochsner Health System; Anthony DiGerolamo, West Jefferson Medical Center; Greg Fenn, Entergy; Ashley Gambino, Jefferson Financial Credit Union; Cindy Hart, New Orleans Saints/New Orleans Pelicans; Wesley Hawley, Atmos Energy; Nick Helinski, Trane; Gretchen Hirt, Gambel Communications; Maegan O’Brien, Renaissance Publishing; Stephen Robinson, Ochsner Health System; Jamie Sablich, Whitney Bank; Sal Scardino Jr., First NBC Bank; Jana Sikdar, Greater New Orleans Inc.; Jesse Watson, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy; Anne Wolff, Peoples Health; and Jennifer Zerangue, Postlethwaite & Netterville.

Leadership Jefferson is a nine-month program designed to develop a diverse network of dedicated business and community leaders with the capacity to improve the quality of life for all citizens in Jefferson Parish and the greater New Orleans region.

A professional leadership team facilitates interactive workshops that expose participants to local leaders and activists working to resolve critical issues facing Jefferson Parish. Specific session topics include education, health care, quality of life concerns, criminal justice, diversity and economic development.

Leadership Jefferson is accepting applications for its 2016 class until Aug. 10. To get an application, visit the “Community Involvement” section of jeffersonchamber.org or call the chamber office at (504) 835-3880. The cost is $1,350 for chamber members and $1,500 for others. There is a $50 application fee.