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Cenla Boardbuilders graduates Class of 2009

Twenty Central Louisiana professionals graduated on Nov. 19 from Cenla Boardbuilders, a Community Development Works program that trains emerging leaders to become active in their communities as members of nonprofit Boards of Directors.

Community Development Works is a program funded by The Rapides Foundation.

The professionals went through a series of sessions this fall to learn the roles and responsibilities of being an effective board member. After completing the training, they were each matched with a nonprofit organization and will now serve on their boards. In addition, they were each assigned a seasoned board member to guide them during their first year as new board members.

Akeshia Singleton, Community Development Works program supervisor, commended the graduates for their committed and active participation. "Having successfully completed this process of learning and engaging in intense reflection, others will clearly note the confidence, understanding, energy and drive that you bring to your year of service on a nonprofit Board of Directors,” she said.
This is Cenla Boardbuilders' sixth graduating class. The graduates and the nonprofit organizations that they were matched with are:
• Janine Allen of Pineville, branch manager at BancorpSouth; United Way of Central Louisiana
• Tracy Alletag of Pineville, senior vice president at BancorpSouth; Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare
• Larry Attenhofer of Alexandria, market president at Hancock Bank; Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center
• Donna Bailey of Oakdale, human resources manager at RoyOMartin; Central Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition
• Kimberly Brady of Alexandria, portfolio manager at Red River Bank; Rapides Symphony Orchestra
• Keary Coffin of Alexandria, Realtor at Keller Williams Realty; Boys & Girls Clubs of El Camino Real
• Jacqueline Green of Alexandria, medical certification specialist (RN) at Department of Health and Hospitals, Health Standards; American Red Cross
• Charlotte Harper of Pineville, project manager of Region 6 Easter Seals of Louisiana; Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition
• Roderick Hill of Alexandria, manager/project engineer at Procter & Gamble; Friends of the Alexandria Zoo
• Julie Jacob of Marksville, casino host at Paragon Casino Resort; Family Counseling Agency
• Winnifred Jett of Alexandria, retired; Friendship House Adult Day Services
• Michael Joseph of Pineville, manager of Insurance & Claims at Cleco; United Way of Central Louisiana
• Corey Lair of Alexandria, vice president of premier banking at BancorpSouth; Renaissance Home for Youth
• Angela Lavalais of Pineville, branch manager of BancorpSouth; The Food Bank of Central Louisiana
• Aaron Nation of Pineville, system engineer at Turning Point Solutions; Volunteers of America, North Louisiana, Central Louisiana Division
• Clara Scott of Alexandria, retired; The Shepherd Center of Central Louisiana
• Terrie Simms of Pineville, retired; Red River Chorale
• Michael Stevenson of Alexandria, MPO practitioner at Procter & Gamble; Rapides Habitat for Humanity
• David Walker of Alexandria, site training leader at Procter & Gamble; YMCA of Central Louisiana
• Hilary Welborn of Boyce, executive assistant for Medical Programs at Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services; Wellness Works in Cenla.
Cenla Boardbuilders is a service offered free of charge to people, employers and nonprofit organizations located in Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Natchitoches, Vernon and Winn parishes.

For more information, call Community Development Works at 1-800-803-8075, or visit www.communitydevelopmentworks.org.
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