Leadership River Region announces the graduating Class of 2021

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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LAPLACE — Leadership River Region hosted its 2020-2021 Class graduation for its 17 leaders at the Belle Terre Country Club on June 9, 2021.

Each year, up to 25 individuals are selected to participate in a 10-month educational program that includes an opening retreat, seven monthly day sessions, and a class project. Participants receive in-depth exposure to the critical issues facing the river region parish community through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations and other leadership development activities. Issues to be addressed during the year include healthcare, government and law enforcement, regionalism, education, parish perspectives (two-part session) and arts and culture. The location and format of each session is different. The program enables participants to develop their leadership capacities, build strong relationships, and prepare themselves to grow and engage their surrounding communities.

During the event, Scott Burton, vice-chair of the River Region Chamber of Commerce, gave encouraging regards to the class. In addition, Parish President Jaclyn Hotard, RRCC Executive Director Chassity McComack, River Parishes Tourist Commission Executive Director Jay Robichaux and a few family members were in attendance supporting the graduates.

Graduating Class of 2021 Members

Samantha de Castro    St. Charles Parish

Julia Fisher                 Port of South Louisiana

Andre Watkins            Louisiana’s River Parishes

Lucien Tolbert             Marathon Petroleum Company – Garyville Refinery

Cheyenne Hughes       PJ’s Coffee of Laplace

Shantelle Richard       DENKA

Krisy Rice                   Louisiana Federal Credit Union

Anthony Ayo              St. Charles Parish Government

Shaun Adams              JTA Transportation Services LLC

Shanon Naquin           International Matex Tank Terminals

Pamela Allen              Elite Affairs LLC

Allison Miller             Marathon Petroleum Company

JaJuan Hickerson        St. James Parish Government

Todd Lambert             St. James Parish Hospital

Leah Temple               Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Michelle Jenkins Miller          St. John the Baptist Parish

Matthew Frost             Ochsner Kenner


For more information about Leadership River Region and to receive more information about the Class of 2022 open application process, email leadership@riverregionchamber.org.