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Chamber announces 14th Leadership Ascension class

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The Ascension Chamber of Commerce announced its Fourteenth Leadership Ascension class Aug. 14 at a reception held at The Grande Pavilion in Prairieville. 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.

The 10-month program begins with a two-day retreat. From September to May, full day sessions devoted to such topics as Diversity, Education, Health Care and Government are held on the third Thursday of each month at various locations around the parish.  The program ends with a two-day closing retreat where the students review the year, share their thoughts on Ascension Parish and present class projects that are developed throughout the year.

More than 275 individuals have completed the program since its inception.  Many of them participate on the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alumni committee that assists in planning, recruiting and fund-raising for the renowned program.

Members of the Class of 2009 include:  Michelle Anderson, Regions Bank; Scott Bank, EATEL; Wanda Berthelot, United Community Bank; Teri Casso, On The Half Shell; Gasper Chifici, PBS&J; Tara Crocker, The Home Depot; Susan Curtis, Ascension Credit Union; Angela Cutrer, River Parishes Community College; Carolyn Donnaud, St. Elizabeth Physicians; Brandi Duplessis, Ascension Economic Development Corporation; Alicia Edwards, BASF Corporation; Dawn Ewen, Ascension Pools, LLC; Ben Fromenthal, MindWorx Marketing; Erica Gulledge-Bercegeay, Baton Rouge Title Company; Lisa Jackson, River Parishes Community College; Brandi Jobes, St. Elizabeth Physicians; Jeffery King, Northwestern Mutual; Brooke Knight, LeBlanc's Food Stores; Jake Lambert, GSA, Inc.; Eva Lamendola, Accent Optical, Inc.; Erin Lanoux, Percy, Stromberg, Bush & Lanoux; Jill Lee, St. Elizabeth Hospital; Leslie Lovett, New South Federal Savings Bank; David Martin, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office; Anthony Mason, BASF Corporation; Crystal Moran, Ascension Parish Government; Raymond Poche, Ascension Parish Fire District #3; Stacy Sagona, Ascension Parish Clerk of Court; Stacie Saucier, Villar & Co. Real Estate; Erin Sheets, Cox Media; Jeanne St. Germain, Tanger Outlet Center; Ann Stone, St. Elizabeth Hospital; Andree Talbert, EATEL; Elizabeth Tan, St. Michel Day Spa; Maria Thorn, Coldwell Banker ONE; Jennifer Tuttleton, Ascension Parish School Board; Jacob Waguespack, Faulk & Winkler, LLC.

For more information about Leadership Ascension, call the Ascension Chamber of Commerce at 647-7487.