The Ascension Chamber of Commerce announced the new Leadership Ascension class during a reception held on Aug. 24.

Leadership Ascension, like similar programs nationwide, is designed to develop responsible and informed community leaders. Recognized and emerging leaders in the community are selected to represent the diverse demographic of the Ascension Parish Community based on an application outlining each candidate’s work experience, education and community involvement.

The 10-month Leadership Program strives to develop practical leadership skills while promoting personal growth. Sessions are held each month and cover topics including diversity, education, social concerns, health care, law enforcement and government. The program begins with a teambuilding opening retreat and ends with a two-day closing retreat where the students review the sessions, share thoughts on Ascension Parish and present class projects that are developed throughout the year.

The 2017 class members include Kemlyn Bailey-Lomas, of Ascension Parish government; Renee’ Brinkhaus, of St. Elizabeth Hospital; Heidi Burch, of Essential Federal Credit Union; Christen Campbell, Sherri Harlan and Alysha Guillot, of BASF; Kelli Conerly, Holly Daigle, of EHS OneSource; Nannette Crystal, of Action Therapy and Wellness; Larry Dents Jr., of United Community Bank; Joey deVeer, of Smith Tank and Steel; Austin Duhon, of Domain Architecture; Glen Duncan, of River Parishes Community College; Bethany Duplessis, of The Spa House Day Spa; Ryan Falgoust, of Commerce Title; Traci Furlow, of Adam McCarty State Farm; Greta Gordon, Jeremy Lee and Alejandro Munoz, of Methanex; Anthony Keller, of the City of Gonzales; Noel King and Shawn Winchester, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Sharon Morris, of The ARC of East Ascension; Steven Nethken, of the Gonzales Police Department; Sadye Nichols, of St. Elizabeth Physicians; Joshua Ory, of Forte and Tablada Inc.; Damon Scanlan and Sandy Zaher, both of Eatel; Pam Shaffer, of the Ascension Parish Clerk of Court; Craig Stevens, of Genesis 360 LLC; Denicia Thompson, of Cox Communications; Tyler Tramonte, of Stuart and Co. General Contractor; Tracy Triche, of Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Luke Trosclair, of Wealth Management Solutions; Edith Walker, of Ascension Parish Schools; and Lynell Zirkle, of Rubicon.