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Leadership Tangipahoa

Press Releases

Date Press Release
08/12/2008 Leadership Tangipahoa Program Announces 2008-2009 Class

For Immediate Release:                                                                                   8/12/08
Contact:                                                                                                          Cheri Viola        
                                                                                                                       985-386-1030

Leadership Tangipahoa Program Announces 2008-2009 Class

The Leadership Tangipahoa program is pleased to announce that 26 qualified applicants have been selected to participate in the 2008-2009 Class of Leadership Tangipahoa. This year’s participants were chosen after careful consideration by an anonymous selection committee, unidentified to even the board. The class selection process is held to a high standard each year to ensure that the most qualified applicants are selected to participate in the program. Applicants are required to submit a personal letter of commitment, their resume, and three letters of recommendation; one each of personal character, professional, and civic/organizational commendation.  To be considered for the class, you must either reside or work in Tangipahoa Parish.

The following local emerging leaders will comprise the 2008-2009 Leadership Tangipahoa class: Robin Abrams, TARC; Deborah Anderson, City of Ponchatoula; Amber Burch, U.S. Senate; Kim Coates, Encore Development; Justin Crossie, U.S. Congressman Scalise; Andy Currier, Tangipahoa Parish Government; Jennifer Drude, Bobby Drude & Associates Realty; Cindy Grega, Indymac Bank; Brandi Hartman, Kentwood City Hall; Farah Laciura, Southeastern Louisiana University Small Business Development Center; Joseph Mier, Joe Mier and Associates; Chuck Muse, City of Hammond; Kim Notariano, Notariano Inc & Tangipahoa Parish City Councilman; Christine Patrick, Tangipahoa Home Builders; Christina Rusca, Ponchatoula Jaycees; Brandon Schanzbach, Emery & James Ltd; Elsbet Smith, Seale & Ross; Terry Lynn Smith, Hammond Downtown Development District; Sheila Tate, Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation; Heather Thompson, First Guaranty Bank; Tom Tolar, Tangipahoa Parish Government; Patti Tregle, Tregle Marketing; John Vaughan, Parish National Bank; Dennis Wallette, Tangipahoa Parish Mosquito Abatement; Heather Williams, H. Williams LLC; and Melanie Zaffuto, North Oaks Health System.

Leadership Tangipahoa seeks out individuals who are interested in developing their skills as leaders, increasing their knowledge of our community, and learning what they can do to actively participate in community affairs. Through this program, participants develop a civic network and emerge with an increased knowledge of the diversities of our communities. In addition to learning specific leadership skills and gaining a broad exposure to the community, participants will also meet peers in other fields and form contacts that will benefit their volunteer and professional activities. It is our goal to ensure a class composition that is well diversified in not only professional background and experience, but also in demographics.

The Leadership Tangipahoa program consists of one weekend retreat and nine all-day sessions, occurring once a month. Each session focuses on a specific aspect of Tangipahoa Parish, including leadership competencies, economic development, understanding diversity, education, culture and tourism, judicial system, community health care, and government. The continued growth of Tangipahoa Parish signals a need for the development of trained, informed and responsible leadership. During the next nine months these qualified individuals will develop a heightened awareness of the integral role that they can play, and the impact that they can make in their own parish.

To learn more about Leadership Tangipahoa, visit our website at www.leadershiptangi.org or call 985-549-3831.

Not pictured are:  Tom Tolar and Melanie Zaffuto