The Leadership Institute of Acadiana has announced the people who will be participating in the 34th class of Leadership Lafayette.

This program that was initiated in 1987 as a way to help prepare professionals in our community to seek out leadership roles in the community in the future. The training process is one that is geared at learning about their community, leadership and getting involved with community initiatives.

This year's class features the following individuals:

  • Angelle Adams, Junior League of Lafayette
  • Kisharra Angelety, 232-HELP, Inc.
  • Gerren Benoit, Robbie Breaux & Team
  • Cynthia Beverly, APRN, AXIS Behavioral Health and Recovery
  • Noah G. Brandon, MBA, Unitech Training Academy
  • Kalli Christ, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana
  • Marie Collins, LPC, LMFT, LAC, The Family Tree Education, Information, & Counseling Center
  • Lashonda Dean, CGI Technologies and Solutions
  • Boyer P Derise, Good Eats Kitchen
  • Kimberly Dooley, RN, MBA, Ochsner Lafayette General
  • Mary Farmer-Kaiser, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Brandon Foster, Pelican State Credit Union
  • Benjamin Gaines, Esq., Gachassin Law Firm
  • Rachel Gibson, Woman's Foundation Inc.
  • Zachary Hager, CEcD, One Acadiana
  • Rachel Holland, Downtown Development Authority
  • Katrena Ann King, Esq., Acadiana Planning Commission
  • Shamika Mamou, NP, South Louisiana Community College
  • Adele Files Mayeaux, Adley Services
  • Kramer G. McDaniel, MSW, LCSW-BACS, Agape Therapeutic Solutions
  • Neka S. Mire, 232-HELP, Inc.
  • Angelle B. Pearce, M.S., UL Alumni Association
  • Annie Perret, LHC Group, Inc.
  • Alex Prochaska, Jones Walker, LLP
  • Desiree' Provost, MS, Ochsner Lafayette General
  • Michael L. Roebuck, Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission
  • David Romero, Home Bank
  • Erin Strenge, LEDA's Opportunity Machine
  • Joseph Thibeaux Jr., Crossfit Acadiana/Fuse Media
  • Alexa Thibodeaux, Townsquare Media of Lafayette
  • Christina M. Victor, PharmD, MedImpact Healthcare Systems
  • Laurence Vincent, MSN, Ochsner University Hospital and Clinics


As you can see by the names and organizations listed that the individuals included in this year's Leadership class cuts across a cross section of the community.

Through an eleven-month program, each person will start to understanding the interworking of local government, they will find out about the benefits of further community involvement, how to serve in a public capacity, and the class fosters the honing of leadership skills for participants.

Leadership Institute of Acadiana Executive Director Ashely Mudd says,

The Leadership Institute is proud to announce the selection of thirty-two resilient and dynamic leaders for the 2021 program year. We live in complex and challenging times and strong local leadership has never mattered more.

These are some of the areas that the almost year-long program will focus on:

  • Education
  • City and State Government
  • Economic Development
  • Arts and Culture
  • Social Services

Mudd adds,

In 2021, participants will experience a hybrid program focuses on local assets and challenges. These shared experiences will transform individual participants into a network of leaders prepared to shape our community's future.






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