Leadership Lafayette Class XXXIII Announced

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) today announced the members of the Leadership Lafayette Class XXXIII. The selected participants represent a cross section of the community’s business, civic, and non-profit sectors.

Members of the 2020 class include:

Vanessa Adamson, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Katie Bernhardt, Standard Law

Jonathan Bostick, T. Baker Smith, LLC

Dorian Brabham, Lafayette Police Department

Rachel Brown, Lafayette High School/Lafayette Parish School System

Brandi Clay, Lafayette Parish School System

Evan Daniels, Lafayette Education Foundation

Lizzie Domingue, Nutty Scientists of Acadiana

Terry Dugas, Acadiana Area Human Services District

Katy Dupre, CGI

Dustin Duval, M&E Consulting, Inc

Mick Essex, Vantage Health Plan

Corey J. Frank, SWLA Black Chamber of Commerce

Rusty Frioux, Sparkhound

Bobby Fruge, Under Pressure LLC

Lauren Gardner, Onebane Law Firm


Jake M. Guidry, b1Bank

Jamie Hebert, Moncus Park

Brandon Journet, Townsquare Media

Brennon Kelly, RISE Chiropractic

Randi Landry, United Way of Acadiana

Lindy LeBlanc, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity

Melissa Llewellyn, the705: Young Leaders for a Better Acadiana

Michelle Mahne, On Track by 5- LPSS

Keely Miller, One Acadiana

William Ness, Lafayette Economic Development Authority

Jude Ramsay, Hancock Whitney

Fumy Rita, LAGCOE and South Louisiana Community College

Monica Rougeau, Elevare Intl

Sally Sabandith, Woman’s Foundation

Karli Sherman, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lindsay Smythe Doucet, Académie Franco-Louisianaise de Sunset

Cynthia Simon Spadoni, Office of the District Attorney, 15th Judicial District, Lafayette Parish

Will Thiele, Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC

Lisa W. Thomas, L.W. Thomas and Associates

Leadership Lafayette was established in 1987 to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. The program lays the groundwork for a well-rounded understanding of the community, sparks community involvement, and exposes participants to a variety of community leaders, new opportunities, and leadership skills.

The program focuses on topic areas such as education, city and state government, economic development, arts and culture, and social services. Graduates leave the program with first-hand knowledge of the issues facing our region and the potential for a positive civic-engagement.

The eleven-month program begins with a two-day retreat in February. From March – November, the class devotes an entire day each month for discussion with community and business leaders, trips throughout the community, and engaging exercises pertinent to the program topics.



LIA is a non-profit dedicated to a mission of building community through leadership. Founded as an executive leadership program to provide civic and professional leaders with an in-depth view of their community, LIA is constantly evaluating new opportunities to improve the leadership capacity throughout Acadiana.


For more information, contact Ashley Mudd at 337-408-3677 or Ashley@OneAcadiana.org