Mandeville, LA – Leadership St. Tammany (LST) introduced the members of its Class of 2020 at a reception and ceremony on Wednesday, July 24, at The Greystone Venue in Mandeville.
The event recognized the most recent St. Tammany Parish residents selected to take part in LST, a 10-month program that offers participants an in-depth look into the inner workings of government, business, civic and cultural organizations in St. Tammany.
Those chosen for the program this year are representative of diverse backgrounds, professions, ages, accomplishments and length of residency in St. Tammany, and were joined by family members, friends, LST alumni and local dignitaries as they were introduced. The 35 members of the Class of 2020 are Joanna Anderson, Lisbeth “Libby” Andriessen, Owen Birkett, Lieu Vo Clark, Joan Coffman, Stephen Culotta, Michelle Mayne Davis, Richard “Ricky” Galloway, Ashleigh Garner, Mandy Gerrets, Jay Grave, Matthew Greene, Maureen Greer, Kaycee Hopkins, Alvin Hotard, Paul Jones, Richard Kramer, David LeBreton, Meredith Mendez, Nick Mills, Kevin Morgan, Alisha Neal, Amanda Phillips, Derek Rousseau, Daina Short, Corey Steele, Brian Swindell, Jennifer Trosclair, Amy Tucker, Ben Vliet, Michelle Warshauer, Stanley “Skip” Weber III, Jeffrey Wilke, Timothy Wolfe and Keitisha Young.
Jennifer Messina, who this year begins her tenure as chairperson of the LST Board of Trustees, welcomed the group, including Pastor Eddie Swan, LST Class of 2015, who led those assembled in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Messina then introduced each member of the new class, sharing a short biography on each.
“The number and quality of Leadership St. Tammany program applicants is impressive each and every year,” said Camilla Davis, former LST Board of Trustees chairperson and newly-minted program director. “It is extremely difficult to narrow the pool down to 35. That said, we are thrilled with the diverse and talented group of current and future leaders in our Class of 2020.”
Covington Mayor Mark Johnson, longtime LST program director, will lead the classes alongside Davis. The two plan each monthly class, select speakers and locations, prepare presentations and facilitate the classes.
“We work to ensure that each class is educational and thought provoking, and we strive to include a bit of fun,” Johnson said. “We are so happy to welcome this new class and are looking forward to a fantastic year of conversations and collaborations that will most certainly enhance our beloved community.”
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