Thursday, April 18, 2024

YPI names its 40 Under Forty class of 2023

by BIZ Magazine

The Young Professionals Initiative of Northwest Louisiana, a program of the Greater Shreveport Chamber, is pleased to announce the 40 Under Forty Class of 2023.

“It is truly a privilege to honor this outstanding group of young professionals for their contributions to our community,” said Liz Chreene, YPI Executive Committee Chair and Director of Marketing for Visit Shreveport-Bossier. “We cannot wait to get to know this year’s class better and to celebrate their accomplishments and continued efforts to make Northwest Louisiana a better place to live, work and play.”

The 40 Under Forty Awards honor forty professionals under the age of 40 who have excelled in their careers, education, professional development, community leadership, and volunteer efforts. One honoree is chosen out of the 40 to receive the Young Professional of the Year Award for exemplary efforts in each category and will be announced at the 40 Under Forty Awards Gala on December 1st, 2023, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino.

Sara Nelms, YPI 40 Under Forty Chair and Director of Sports at the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission said, “It was so challenging for our selection committee to choose from all the strong applicants this year. We are very excited to celebrate this class of honorees and showcase their contributions to northwest Louisiana! “

The 2023 40 Under Forty honorees are:

KaDavien Baylor, KaDavien Baylor LLC
Liz Buhler, Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC
Jeremy Burge, Louisiana Truck Stop & Gaming Administration, LLC
Dr. Kiran Chahal, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
Kelli Cole, Good Granoly
Cory Joy Craig, Bossier Parish Schools
Shocker Creal, City of Shreveport
Krystal Critton, Junior Achievement of North Louisiana, Inc.
Krysta Cyr, Red Ball Oxygen Co., Inc.
Meagan McDuffy Davis, CenterPoint Energy
Biskie Duncan, KSLA News 12
Lakeisha Florence, Providence House
Christena D. Francis, Magnolia School of Excellence – Upper
Wanda Gertin, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ally Real Estate
Bridgetta Jene’ Giles, Choices, INC
Lariana Graham-Taylor, LCSW-BACS, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
Tamika Hayden, Louisiana State University
Chris Henry, CMD, Willis Knighton Health System Radiation Oncology
Dominique Horton Washington, City of Shreveport
Jodi Hutto, Keller williams Realty
Clarke Jackson, Shreveport Fire Department
Dr. Ryan Jacobsen, Overton Brooks VAMC
RJ Johnson, McElroy Metal LLC
Erin Johnston, Healing Minds LLC
Dr. Jimmy Jones, PhD, Axom Development
Rodjerick Larry, Alloy Piping Products
Shawn McNeil, MD, LSU Health Shreveport
Paige Melton, United Way of Northwest Louisiana
Lucas Morgan, LSU Shreveport
Matt Oates, Home Federal Bank
Corrie Parker, Holy Angels Residential Facility
Dr. Sierra Pollock, University Veterinary Hospital
Thomas Pressly, Pettiette Armand Dunkelman Woodley & Cromwell LLP
Krista Queen, LSU Health Shreveport
Allison Richardson, Volunteers for Youth Justice
Jason Shidiskis, Praeses, LLC
Matt Stephens, Willow Chute Financial
LaToria Stewart, Caddo Parish Schools
Nikura Tucker, Community Care Partners, Inc
Brittany R. Willis, City of Shreveport

YPI exists to create a network of community leaders under the age of 40 to enhance the development of Northwest Louisiana for the attraction and retention of young professionals in our region. YPI is proud of the role we play in the economic development of Northwest Louisiana.

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