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23 Graduate from 2016 Leadership Livingston Program, Impacts Thousands in Parish

On the evening of Tuesday, June 21, the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce hosted a graduation event in celebration of their Leadership Livingston class of 2016. This concludes the 4th successful year of the Leadership program.

This year’s graduating class of 23 tackled a total of 4 community projects. Combined, these projects influenced multiple communities over the entire parish.  Projects included lighting in Denham Springs Antique District, a community park in Town of Albany, a helipad in Killian, and new shoes for students parish-wide.  Overall, the total impact was concluded at cash and in kind contributions totaling $120,652, at least 1600 volunteer hours and impacted thousands of residents.

In ongoing efforts due to great needs, Chamber’s Leadership Alumni will continue the shoes program. J&N Albany Community Park will also be seen through to completion.
Three individuals were acknowledged for going “Above & Beyond.” Class participants were asked to nominate an individual from their group for going beyond expectations to ensure completion of their projects. Above & Beyond was awarded to Amy Konieczka, Lighting the Night; Kay Landry, Team Vision; and Todd Peters, Heart & Sole.
Leadership Class sponsors Regions Bank, North Oaks Health System, and First Guaranty Bank were also recognized as well as class presenters; lunch sponsors; venue sponsor, Ferrara Fire Apparatus; and event sponsors.

Leadership Livingston Class of 2016
Front from left: Lana Guay, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce; Kay Landry, Realtor; Craig McGehee, Mayor of Killian; Jennifer Seneca, Livingston Parish Library
Middle: Clint Trant, First Guaranty Bank; Carl Duplessis, Jefferson Financial; Mary Kistler, Livingston Parish President’s Office; Michele Crosby, Attorney; Sabrina Puryear, Ochsner Health Systems; Amy Konieczka, Amy K & Co.; Amie Barton, Regions Bank; Michael Sanchez, Labarre Associates, Inc.
Back: Wayne Mack, Livingston Parish Assessors Office; Steven Bernard, Client Technology Services; Tracy Girlinghouse, Livingston Parish Council; Lori Steele, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office; Todd Peters, Our Lady of the Lake; Denisse Velazco, Papi’s of Watson; Brittni Blankenship, Quality Engineering and Surveying LLC; John Blount, Blount General Contractors
Not Pictured: Percival Kane, North Oaks Health System; David Hobbs, Media Choice LLC; and Cheryl Jeane, Triton Healthcare

Above & Beyond Award Winners
Pictured from left: April Wehrs, Chamber President/CEO; Kay Landry, Covington & Associates; Amy Konieczka, Amy K & Co.; and Todd Peters, Our Lady of the Lake.

About Leadership Livingston: Leadership Livingston is a program of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Leadership is for any existing or potential leader who resides or works in Livingston Parish. Participants undergo 10 months of instruction focused on development, community services, and professional growth. Each attends at least one outside social, civic or community event, have active involvement in their community project.

For more information on the program, projects, or applying, visit