Names in the News: People shaping the future of Lake Area business

Published 10:33 pm Tuesday, December 21, 2021

McNeese faculty recognized

Four nursing faculty members from McNeese State University were recognized at the Legends in Nursing Celebration sponsored by Lake Charles Memorial Health System.

Jane Alcock, nursing skills lab coordinator, Dr. Tari Dilks, head of the graduate nursing department, and Dr. Anita Fields-Gold, dean emeritus, all received the DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Peggy Wolfe, professor of nursing, was also nominated.

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The DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those nurses who have devoted their life’s work to the compassionate care of others.

Recipients of this award are chosen based on their years of distinction, promoting a positive image of professional nursing, engaging in professional development and advocating for the nursing practice and the improvement of patient care.

Knapp named to state board

BATON ROUGE — Leonard K. Knapp Jr. of Lake Charles has been reappointed to the State Police Commission by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The commission was created to provide an independent civil service system for all regularly commissioned full-time law enforcement officers employed by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of State Police, or its successor, who are graduates of the State Police training academy of instruction and are vested with full state police powers, as provided by law, and persons to become such officers.

The commission provides an independent, merit-based, system to empower the state of Louisiana to recruit, develop, and retain a state police force with the highest level of professionalism and proactive engagement in providing service to and protection of Louisiana’s citizens and visitors.

Knapp is the former executive director of Habitat for Humanity for the Calcasieu Area. He was nominated by Tulane University and will represent the 3rd congressional district.

Ned appointed to state council

BATON ROUGE — Dr. Michelle M. Ned of Lake Charles has been appointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council.

The council listens to the concerns of those with disability issues, reviews, analyzes and evaluates the state rehabilitation program, collaborates with other state agencies, organizations and consumer groups.

Ned is an integrated behavioral health consultant for Visions Consulting Firm. She will serve as a representative of business, industry, and labor.

Bowers presidentelect of council

BATON ROUGE — Mallie Bowers of First Federal Bank in Lake Charles has been named president-elect of the Louisiana Bankers Education Council.

The mission of the Louisiana Bankers Education Council is to facilitate banker development and promote financial literacy outreach to Louisiana bankers.

Clemons named to state board

Todd Clemons, a Lake Charles attorney and founder of Todd Clemons Law Firm, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Louisiana to the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.

The statewide 14-member board serves a role similar to a court of appeal. The board, in three-member panels, reviews the reports involving lawyer complaints and discipline from hearing committees from throughout the state. The board then makes recommendations to the Louisiana Supreme Court when discipline is warranted.

Clemons’ term begins in January 2022 and continues through the end of 2024. He is also serving with the Judicial Council of the Louisiana Supreme Court, is a member of the Sowela Foundation Board of Directors and the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Board Admissions/Bar Examiner.

He has served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice as well as a Judge Pro Tem on the 14th Judicial District Court. Clemons received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and graduated magna cum laude from Southern University Law Center.

He founded Todd Clemons and Associates in 2007. The firm’s primary areas of practice are criminal defense, civil litigation, personal injury and family law.

Judson to remain on state board

BATON ROUGE — Sara Judson, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana in Lake Charles has been re-elected to The Council for A Better Louisiana. CABL was founded in 1962 with the mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens of Louisiana.

CABL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan statewide organization that works on issues in the public interest. It does this by raising citizen awareness, advancing sound public policies, holding government accountable, and fostering civic leadership.

CABL values cultural diversity within its programs, and is dedicated to seeking and advocating for solutions that will move Louisiana forward.

Hunt receives internship

Allison Hunt, a McNeese State University management student from Lake Charles, is in Washington, D.C., this fall interning for Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy.

Hunt is also minoring in psychology, history and political science.

Hunt is working directly with members of Cassidy’s staff to conduct legislative research, attending Congressional Committee meetings and serving constituents.