The Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) is excited to announce the Leadership Lafayette Class XXXVII, an assembly of 36 diverse leaders from a wide array of industries. This group, selected for their achievements and potential, hail from sectors as varied as healthcare, academia, government, and non-profit, demonstrating the program's commitment to a cross-sectional representation of Lafayette's vibrant community.

The 2024 class stands out for its representation of a wide range of industries. The cohort includes leaders from healthcare, such as Dr. Brittny Antoine from Shift Acupuncture and Wellness and Shantell Dugas, MSN, APRN, FNP-C from Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center. The education sector is represented by professionals like Professor Philip Auter of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Raven A. Woods, MAT, M.Ed. from LPSS-Carencro Middle School. The business community is also well-represented, with figures like Christi Carter from Halliburton and Adam Lopez from Awardmaster.

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The full list of the Leadership Lafayette Class XXXVII is as follows:

1. Christopher Amos, II - Parc De Oaks
2. Dr. Brittny Antoine - Shift Acupuncture and Wellness
3. Professor Philip Auter - University of Louisiana at Lafayette
4. Christi Carter - Halliburton
5. Lindsey Q. Champagne, DPT - Louisiana Orthopedic Specialists
6. Ellen Hopper Clements - University of Louisiana at Lafayette
7. Shantell Dugas, MSN, APRN, FNP-C - Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
8. Lindsey Faulk - One Acadiana
9. Alena Fields - Lafayette Consolidated Government
10. Cecilia Fruge - Cecilia Marie Events
11. Jennifer Glass Gaines - LHC Group, Inc.
12. Amanda Gary - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana
13. Blair Werner Green - Catalyst Bank
14. Dr. Madeleine Groth - Madeleine Groth, DDS, LLC
15. Tray Guillory, MBA - Our Lady of Lourdes Health
16. Billy Hobbs - BWPR
17. Mitch Karam - Emergent Method
18. Jacelynn Lafleur - Tides Medical
19. Gus Laggner - Liskow & Lewis
20. Patricia Lanier - University of Louisiana at Lafayette
21. Steven Lavergne - Legacy Cooling and Heating
22. Lance LeBlanc - Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission
23. Adam Lopez - Awardmaster
24. Dr. Arial Moore - Safe Havynn Education Center
25. Dianne Mouton-Allen - NCBI Lafayette
26. Micah C. Nicholas, MSNPA - United Way of Acadiana
27. James Proctor - LaPlace Coterie
28. Dr. Elizabeth Romar-Chavis, DC - Connect Chiropractic
29. Jena M. Roussel - Atmos Energy Corporation
30. Nancy Roy - South Louisiana Community College
31. Abby Stutes, MBA - SCP Health
32. Chiara M. Theard - Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center
33. Valerie Thompson, MS, RD, LDN - Second Harvest Food Bank
34. Sean VanCourt - Rudick Construction Group
35. Torilyn Williams - Home Bank
36. Raven A. Woods, MAT, M.Ed. - LPSS-Carencro Middle School

LIA is delighted to host its Annual Meeting on February 27th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel to celebrate the new class and the 2023 accomplishments of the organization.

Leadership Lafayette, established in 1987, is a cornerstone program for developing informed and engaged leaders in the Lafayette community. The diverse backgrounds of Class XXXVII illustrate a commitment to fostering leadership across various sectors, vital for the holistic development of the region.

Katrena King, the Executive Director of LIA, emphasizes the unique composition of Class XXXVII, remarking on the array of experiences and perspectives each member brings. This year's class is a testament to LIA's ongoing mission to nurture leaders who are ready to face the evolving challenges and opportunities in Lafayette.

The program's curriculum covers essential areas like government, economic development, and social services, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for effective civic engagement.

LIA, a non-profit dedicated to leadership development, continuously seeks innovative ways to enhance the leadership landscape in Acadiana, reflecting its commitment to the community's growth and prosperity.

For more information, contact Katrena King at 337-408-3662 or

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