Announcing the Livingston Future 5! Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for the Livingston Future 5 award. One of the great resources of Livingston Parish is the young professionals who work, live and volunteer here. We are honored to recognize the five recipients. Find out more about them below.

Blake Harris - Blake practices law and is specialized in estate planning, successions and real estate transactions. He plans to work with his firm’s expansion of a new office to provide full title & closing services. He has been appointed Attorney for the Denham Springs/Livingston Parish Mortgage Finance Authority by the authority’s board of directors. He was able to help clients litigate against insurance underpayments and fraud by out-of-state contractors following the 2016 flood. He is a recent graduate of the Leadership Livingston 2019 class and through the class helped provide legal advice and secure funds to his project group on a Mural on the Arts Council of Livingston Parish’s building. He volunteers with the National Wild Turkey Federation and Next Level Youth Baseball. 

Kacie Stewart - Kacie is the manager and co-owner of her business. In the future, she plans on becoming a Certified Rural Health Professional to provide an even higher level of care to the patients. She is invested in giving back to Livingston Parish, especially through the School System and the Chamber of Commerce. She partners with the Career & Technical Education students and was appointed to the Student Health Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Livingston Parish Chamber Board of Directors and the following chamber committees, Governmental Affairs Committee, was part of the inaugural Women’s Leadership Program, LP EXPO Chair. She is a graduate of Leadership Livingston, through which she helped raise awareness of Foster Care needs in the parish.

Nikki Lavergne - In Nikki's role, she has contributed many initiatives to the school system, including satellite training for teachers across the school district. She has also helped teachers explore different teaching methods from other successful educators and is creating videos to help further share resources across the system. She also helped convert a retired school bus into a mobile maker space called the STEAM Express that allows the school system to engage parents and under-served communities with STEAM activities. Moving forward, she hopes to expand the professional development programs in the school system. She also wants to carry the success of the STEAM Express forward.

Ashley Freeman - Ashley has been in her current position for 2 and ½ years as the Administrative Assistant for the Town of Albany where she works to ensure that office operations are competed as efficiently as possible. She also serves on several local improvement committees including the Albany Community Park Committee and the Planning and Zoning Committee as secretary. She has helped complete several impactful projects including creating a system to track work orders on town projects and securing grants to construct a new town hall and police station following the flood of 2016. She is in the process of becoming a Certified Municipal Assistant. She enjoys being able to prepare and repair her community by assisting town departments such as Water Works, the Fire Department and the Maintenance Department during declared disasters.
Jamie Felder - Jamie has been working in the accounting profession since the age of twenty-three. At Twenty-six, she started her own accounting firm until she was offered a position of CFO at the Sheriff’s Office where she oversees a substantial budget. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Government Financial Manager plus will be one of the first people to earn a Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Certification of Excellence. Jamie is a member and or active participant of more than 10 organizations including the Nick Tullier Strong Foundation and was recently inducted into the DSHS Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2019, she completed the Chamber’s Leadership Livingston program where she was selected by her peers as the class spokesperson.