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Forum 35 Announces 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Tuesday, April 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
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BATON ROUGE, LA. April 23, 2019 –On April 1, Forum 35 officially welcomed their new Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 terms. The new board is set to focus on bringing new leadership opportunities and expanding their service projects throughout the Baton Rouge community. With nearly 400 young leaders working in diverse industries and environments throughout Baton Rouge, Forum 35 is the resource for young professionals in our region. We build ties that help further individual careers, forge friendships, encourage collaboration, empower volunteerism, cultivate upcoming leaders, and strengthen our Baton Rouge business community.


“I am very excited for this year’s Board,” said Jessica Trepagnier, Forum 35 President. “We are all focused on creating a place with more engaged leadership at all levels to re-imagine what is possible for our city. We hope by restructuring the focus of our organization, we will excel at what we do best, creating opportunities for young professionals in our community to connect with each other and make a difference on a larger scale."


Recently, the organization announced their new mission and vision, affirming their commitment to the Baton Rouge Community. The new mission: Forum 35’s mission is to create opportunities for Baton Rouge young professionals to grow philanthropically, professionally, and civically, and new vision: To enhance the vitality of the Baton Rouge Community through civic-minded and service-oriented young professionals. 


The 2019-2020 Executive Officers:


President: Jessica Trepagnier, Aetna Better Health of Louisiana

President-Elect: Neva Butkus, Louisiana Budget Project

Treasurer: Amy DeJean, Robert Half Finance and Accounting

Secretary: Chris Simoneaux, Assurance Financial

Vice President of Development: Gregory Pogue, Red River Bank

Vice President of Communications: Amy Cimo, Community Coffee Company

Vice President of Membership: Melissa Thompson, Baton Rouge Area Chamber

Vice President of Arts & Culture: Janel Page, McMains Children’s Developmental Center

Vice President of Service: Morgan Kastner, Baton Rouge Area Chamber

Vice President of Leadership: Meredith LaBorde, Baton Rouge General Foundation

Vice President of Diversity: Gabrielle Roussel, Baton Rouge Area Chamber


The 2019-2020 Board of Directors:


Jessica Keasler, Providence Engineering and Environmental Group, LLC

Vijay Murugesan, CES USA CORP

Ethan Melancon, Baton Rouge Area Chamber

Jeffrey Wale, Louisiana Department of Justice

Ryan Newchurch, Keller Williams Realty


About Forum 35


As Baton Rouge’s largest young-professionals organization, Forum 35 has been striving to improve the quality of life in Baton Rouge for over 25 years through Leadership, Service, Arts & Culture and Diversity. 

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