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John W. Barton, Sr. Leadership Development Program Announces Class of 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erinn Sala
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 John W. Barton, Sr. Leadership Development Program Announces Class of 2016

BATON ROUGE, LA – Forum 35’s John W. Barton, Sr. Leadership Development Program has selected its 2016 class. The group of 30 young professionals will be trained in nonprofit governance throughout the duration of the program, which will conclude with a networking session designed to facilitate introductions between 2016 program graduates and area nonprofit organizations interested in identifying candidates to serve on their Boards of Directors.


The selected participants for the 2016 program are:

·         Ryan Allen – Patrician Management

·         James Bayard – Capital South Wealth Management, LLC

·         Anteja Black – EFCU Financial

·         Ashley Bynum – Legacy Title

·         Chavanne Cazayoux – Lamar

·         Mary Colvin – Erlingson Banks

·         Vincent Costa – L’Auberge

·         Erin Douget – Girl Scouts of Louisiana

·         Michelle Esposito – Rogue Services & Solutions

·         Kyle Finan – 1st Lake Properties

·         Monique Harris – L’Auberge

·         Terrance Hinton – ExxonMobile

·         Jeffery Jeter – Jones Walker

·         Paige Johannessen – The Shobe Financial Group

·         Scott Johnson – LaPorte CPAs

·         William McGehee – Tin Roof Brewing

·         Caitlin Mohs – LaPorte CPAs

·         Na’Tisha Natt – LA Small Business Development

·         Kathryn Pittman – Postlethwaite & Netterville

·         Stedman Powers – Iberia Bank

·         Trey Roth – Delta Process Equipment

·         Erinn Sala – LSU Executive Education

·         Brandi Simmons – LSU Museum of Art

·         Lauren Temento – Louisiana Public Service Commission

·         Kimberly Thompson – Postlethwaite & Netterville

·         Melissa Thompson – Baton Rouge Area Chamber

·         Robin Vavasseur – Two Birds, LLC

·         Alex Velazquez – McGlinchey Stafford

·         Jared Williams – Teach for America

·         Matt Zagotti – Ryan, LLC


"The Barton program has a track record of preparing young professionals to more deliberately and effectively engage in community leadership," said Kelly Bienn, president of Forum 35. "We are excited to welcome the next cohort, and look forward to the positive impact they will have on Baton Rouge."


The 2016 Program dates are August 24, August 31, September 14 and September 28. To learn more about the program, visit or contact Daniel Richard at


“I'm consistently amazed at how much energy and passion we see coming from the candidates applying for our program,” stated Daniel Richard, Barton chair. “We're excited to present our revamped curriculum, and are confident that the Barton Leadership Program will not only create value for each candidate, but also for our non-profit community.”


The John W. Barton, Sr. Leadership Development Program is Forum 35’s investment in the present to ensure a lasting impact on the future. The program creates the stepping-stone young professionals need to become more effective leaders, and more importantly to help them use those skill sets in the nonprofit community. LSU Executive Education has partnered with Forum 35 to administer the program since 2014.


Forum 35 is an all-volunteer community comprised of over 600 young men and women improving Baton Rouge. Forum 35 is a nonprofit organization that depends on individual membership and the generosity of corporate partners including L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, Entergy and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. For more information about Forum 35 visit Connect with Forum 35 on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.



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