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LANO Announces 2016 Community Leaders-Baton Rouge Class

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, September 1, 2016

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2016


Contact: Kay Irby



LANO Announces 2016 Community Leaders Class


Baton Rouge, LA- The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) through a partnership with the Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation and Capital One, is pleased to announce the 2016 LANO Community Leaders class. Celebrating its 2nd year in Baton Rouge, the LANO Community Leaders program is a resource vital to sustainability and building capacity for Baton Rouge nonprofits as it teaches professionals and civic leaders the fundamentals of board service.


The LANO Community Leaders program is a 5-part series of workshops that focuses on key topics of board services including: Board Roles and Responsibilities, Conduct and Procedures of the Board, Financial Leadership and Fund Development.


The 2016 LANO Community Leaders class includes:


DeShanna Brown, Louisiana State University

Egypt Eaddy, The Dow Chemical Company


Mitchell Garsee, Reputation Capital Media Services


Emmy Hicks, LSU- 4H Youth Development, FOTCPM Board


Seth Irby, Emergent Method




Susan Karimiha, LSU AgCenter International Programs


Morgan Kastner, Reputation Capital Media Services


Lauren Michaud Knotts, Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX)


Sean Nguyen, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital


Natalie Noel, Tech Advocate Group


Jonathan Rills, Audubon Healthcare


Dominique Rodgers, Reputation Capital Media


Lisa O’Beirne, Louisiana Economic Development


Dana Maghee Shaw, SEMS, Inc.


Shaun Shepherd, ADP


Philip Smith, Baton Rouge Community College Foundation


Clovier Torry, Louisiana State University - The Graduate School


Rachel Totaro, Covalent Logic LLC


Nicholas Totaro, Louisiana State University


Edwin Walker, Southern University and A&M College


George Woods, State of Louisiana



Participants in the Community Leaders program are challenged to raise $300 for the interactive fundraising component, The Change Fund, housed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF). A request for proposals from local nonprofits is announced annually and Community Leaders review and vote on an organization to be the recipient of The Change Fund.

“The LANO Community Leaders program is a resource for community minded advocates serving or interested in serving on nonprofit boards.  Community Leaders are trained in board governance, financial management and fundraising – applying best practice to their roles as board members.  Our 2015 class worked diligently to promote the YWCA program and to raise money for a significant program in the Baton Rouge area,” said Kelly Pepper, President of LANO.


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is a member based nonprofit organization who strives to be the go-to source for Louisiana’s nonprofit organizations by providing high quality information, tools, resources and member benefits that deepen the impact of Louisiana nonprofits.


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