Baton Rouge Business Report Influential Women in Business Award Winners: 1997-2018



Diane Allen, Diane Allen and Associates

Madlyn B. Bagner, State Department of Social Services

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Lieutenant governor

Mary Kay Brown, Public service for schools

Carolyn Woodfin Carnahan, Woodfin-Pontiac Isuzu

Pat Cheramie, WBRZ-TV

Beth Courtney, LPB

Jackie Ducote, Public Affairs Research Council

Mary Frey Eaton, Metro Council member

Teri Fontenot, Woman’s Hospital

Alice Foster, First Lady of Louisiana

Jan Day Gravel, Consultan

Robin Houston, State Department of Labor

Mary Joseph, Attorney

Nanette Noland Kelley, The Powell Group

Catherine “Kitty” Kimball, Supreme Court Justice

Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senate

Linda Lightfoot, The Advocate

Lucy Priddy, Albemarle

Lynn Robertson, Port Allen mayor

Vicki Romero, Woman’s Hospital

Christel Slaughter, SSA Consultants

Nona Thelen, United Way

Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance

Sharon Weston, State Representative



Dr. Laura L. Cassidy, doctor

Holly B. Clegg, cookbook author

Gladys Solomon Brown, restaurateur

Gloria Solomon Carter, restaurateur

Diane L. Dixon, financial consultant

Betsy Hooper, La Capitol Federal Credit Union

Chris Russo Love, InRegister

Donna M. Mayeux, public administration consultant

Phyllis Coleman Mouton, Baton Rouge Community College

Janice Harvey Pellar, EMCO

Betty H. Phelps, Gully Phelps McKey

Janice Shiflett, DSK Realtors

Genevieve Stewart, radio talk show host



Jackie Bartkiewicz, Lunar Media

Andrea Clesi, WBRZ-TV

Sally Fowler, Imelda’s Fine Shoes

Kathryn Grigsby, Hospice Foundation

Lynn Jelinski, LSU

Connie M. Kyle, C.J. Brown Realtors

Phyllis McLaurin, Bank One

Peggy Robinson, Metropolitan Mutual Mortgage

Kathryn Sullivan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield



Brenda Birkett, Southern University

Sally Clausen, Southeastern Louisiana University

Jan Kasofsky, Capital Area Human Services District

Debra Lazare, Methods Technology

Nancy Roberts, La. Resource Center for Educators

Jacqui Vines, Cox Communications

Linda Ward and Carla Jumonville, San Carlin Couture



Robelyn Abadie, Abadie Financial Services

Madhu Beriwal, IEM Inc.

Patti Fox, Chocollage

Pam Freeman, Bank One Louisiana

Sister Mary Michaeline Green, Catholic schools superintendent

Sibal Holt, Louisiana AFL-CIO

Marge Mackey, Coldwell Banker Mackey

Donna Ryan, Pennington Biomedical Research Center



Renae Conley, Entergy Louisiana

Renee Furr, Lamar Advertising

Bonnie Jackson, Greater Baton Rouge Black Pages

Carol Juban, Juban’s Restaurant

Miriam Juban, Juban’s Restaurant

Patricia McMurray, Adams and Reese LLP

Kathryn Smith, Advanced Imaging Solutions

Dionne Viator, General Health System

Candace Wright, Postlethwaite & Netterville



Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, Baton Rouge Community College

Susan Ducote, NeuroTherapy Specialists, Inc.

Regina Hamilton, Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre

Cheri McDaniel, Fireside Antiques

Susan Roland, Fireside Antiques

Ginger Sawyer, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Charlene Smith, Mayor of Zachary

Vicki Zimmerman, WAFB Channel 9



Nancy Dougherty, Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Phillips

Roberta Atkinson Guillory, The Red Shoes

Faith Hansbrough, Pediatric Surgery of Louisiana

Toni Forte Hayes, Courtyard Marriott and Chocollage

Katherine King, Kean Miller

Charlotte Placide, East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System

Kristin Welch Wall, Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corp.

Lynn Weill, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Lela Mae Wilkes, Brown Eagle Group



Laurie Aronson, Lipsey’s and Haspel

Vicki Crochet, Taylor Porter

Angele Davis, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism

Gayle Jackson, Precision Title of Louisiana

Shelley Ogden Landry, Dimensions in Design

Carolyn Martin, Commercial Properties Development Corporation

Trula Remson, Remson Haley Herpin Architects

Leah Simon, Tsunami

Ann Forte Trappey, Forte and Tablada



Cynthia Bridges, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Revenue

Prem Burns, Assistant district attorney

Melissa Flournoy, CEO, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Donna Fraiche, Attorney, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowicz

Leslie Herpin Marx, Owner, Leslie Herpin Interior Design

Rose Hudson, CEO, Louisiana Lottery

Amy Strother Gatz, CEO, United Home Care



Coletta Barrett, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Terri Fairburn Borde, Alvin Fairburn & Associates

Linda Perez Clark, Kean Miller/The Grape

Sue Anne Kleinpeter Cox, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy

Mary Garner DeVoe, Keller Williams Realty

Rannah Gray, Rannah Gray Marketing & Communications, Marmillion/Gray Media

Susan Perry Leake, La Capitol Federal Credit Union

Beth Veazey, Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area

Ann Silverberg Williamson, Department of Social Services



Jacqueline Beauchamp, Co-founder/Chairwoman, Nerjyzed Entertainment

Lynn Bradley, Principal/Co-partner, Bradley-Blewster & Associates

Sandy Breland, Vice president/General manager, WAFB

Sharon Cole, Site director; Dow Chemical Company, Louisiana Operations

Patricia Felder, Owner, Felder’s Collision Parts

Crissie Head, Director, LaPorte Sehrt Romig Hand

Donna Nunnally, Owner/Dermatologist, Dermatology & Aesthetic Institute

Terrie Sterling, Chief operating officer, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Cindy Wale, Member, Livingston Parish Council; Vice president/Branch manager, Capital One Bank



Dana Nunez Brown, President, Brown+Danos landdesign

Jerry del Rio, Broker/Owner, Jerry del Rio Real Estate

Joanie Netterville Dubroc, Senior vice president/South Louisiana community banking executive, Regions Bank

Tia Edwards, Deputy executive director, Louisiana Workforce Commission

Maureen Harbourt, Partner, Kean Miller

Suna Adam Knaus, President/Owner, Gulf South Research Corporation

Katherine Martin, Executive director, O’Brien House

Peggy B. Scott, Executive vice president/COO/CFO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Elizabeth Treppendahl, Vice president, Wright & Percy Insurance



Stephanie Anderson, Senior vice president of finance and administration/Chief financial officer, Woman’s Hospital

Sherrie Despino, President/CEO, Ascension Chamber of Commerce

Renea Duffin, Vice president, cancer programs; Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Gina Dugas, Chief financial officer, LSU Foundation

Ashley Fox-Smith, Owner/Associate publisher, Country Roads Magazine

Kathi Gill, President/CEO, Neighbors Federal Credit Union

Alice Miller, Chief financial officer, Kean Miller

Karen Profita, President/CEO, Capital Area United Way

Deborah Sternberg, Executive vice president, Starmount Life Insurance/AlwaysCare Benefits

Patricia Brignac Talbot, Owner/President, Baton Rouge Duplicating Products



Barbara Auten, Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area

Shelly Dick, attorney

Kay Goodwyn, president & CEO, Roco Rescue

Jamie Haeuser, senior vice president of operations, Woman’s Hospital

JoEllen Kearny, CPA/Financial adviser, Daigrepont & Brian

Dee LeJeune, CEO, St. Elizabeth Hospital

Janet Olson, Relationship manager, Capital One Bank

Christy Reeves, director of community relations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Erin Monroe Wesley, senior vice president of governmental affairs, Baton Rouge Area Chamber

Monica Zumo, managing partner, Hannis T. Bourgeois



Lori Bertman, president and CEO of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation

Nancy Crawford, senior vice president, Medical Staff Services department at Woman’s Hospital

LaRonda Daigle, executive senior sales director for Mary Kay

Karen Deville, senior director, Office of Advancement at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business

Evelyn Hayes, interim president and CEO of Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Carolyn McKnight, superintendent of BREC

Phyllis Perron, founder and president of Phyllis Perron and Associates

Jane Shank, president and CEO of Volunteers of America for Greater Baton Rouge

Allison Young, senior vice president, benefits administration division, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana



Kris Cangelosi, founder of the Cangelosi Dance Project

Tobie Craig, vice president of marketing and workforce development strategies at Turner Industries Group

Kim Ginn, vice president of marketing at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel

Melissa Juneau, executive director at The Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior, and Development

Kristy Nichols, commissioner of administration for the State of Louisiana

Jenni Peters, owner of Varsity Sports

Kimberly Robinson, partner at Jones Walker

Mary Stein, assistant director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library

Lisa Traina, owner and president of Traina & Associates



D-D Breaux, Head Coach, LSU Gymnastics

Melissa Campesi, CEO and Chairman, LCTA Workers’ Comp.

Renee Chatelain, Executive Director, Manship Theatre

Missy Epperson, Senior Vice President, Regions Bank

Debra Lockwood, President and Chief Financial Officer, Provident Resources Group

Andrea Lewis Miller, Chancellor, Baton Rouge Community College

Nanette McCann, Principal, Baton Rouge Magnet High School & Lee High School

Dr. Meredith Warner, Orthopedic Surgeon and Founder, Warner Orthopedics & Wellness

Angela Zeringue, Plant manager, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins



Teri Casso, executive director of the St. Elizabeth Foundation and Ascension Parish councilwoman

Stacey Chiasson, North American Public Relations leader, Dow Chemical

Ann Connelly, founder and owner of of Ann Connelly Fine Art

Barbara Freiberg, president of the East Baton Rouge School Board

Tina Holland, president of Our Lady of the Lake College

Devin Lemoine, owner and president of Success Labs

Jennifer Maggio, founder and CEO of The Life of a Single Mother

Sylvia Weatherspoon, news anchor WBRZ-TV



Sarah Broome, executive director, THRIVE Academy

Camille Conaway, senior vice president, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Helena Cunningham, founder and CEO, National Housing Consulting Services

Karen Holden, CEO, Providence

Kelly Hurtado, executive director, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation

Julie Laperouse, director of training, Emergent Method

Sonia Perez, president, AT&T Louisiana

Gaye Sandoz, director, LSU AgCenter Food Incubator

Monique Scott-Spaulding, franchise owner, Jani-King of Baton Rouge



Beverly Brooks Thompson, president and executive counsel, Brooks Thompson Consulting

Marie Constantin, owner, Marie Constantin Photography

Fran Gladden, vice president Government & Public Affairs, Cox Communications Southeast Region

Sherri Lebas, president, G.E.C. Inc.

Gaylynne Mack, executive director, Big Buddy

Laura S. O’Brien, clinical exercise physiologist, Fitness Design for Women/Councilwoman, City of Zachary

Cynthia Peterson, dean, LSU College of Science

Laura Simpson, president, Dugas Pest Control

Sarah B. Taylor, CEO/Administrator, Gulf Coast Occupational Medicine Inc.

Kathy Victorian, Medicaid Territory Marketing Manager, Healthy Blue