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Leaderboard: September 2023

by BIZ Magazine

SWEPCO wins Trade Partner of the Year for involvement with St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway 

Tracing its partnership to the first St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway, Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has helped power a fundraising campaign that today is part of one of the largest fundraising programs for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC), which raises funds and awareness for St. Jude, awarded SWEPCO the 2023 Trade Partner of the Year. 

“Across SWEPCO we believe in having an attitude of gratitude for the work we do, the opportunities we have to serve and the impact that we can help make in the lives of our customers and in our communities,” Brett Mattison, SWEPCO President and COO said. “We are honored to work with such a wonderful partner in our community.” 

The winner of this prestigious award is selected from among hundreds of trade partners who support the 40+ Dream Homes across the country; including the Bossier City, Louisiana home located in SWEPCO’s territory. Mattison, along with Debra Miller, SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Programs Manager, accepted the award at the St. Jude Dream Home® Builders Summit in Memphis that took place Aug. 28-30.   

BPCC’s Jennifer Robison featured in new exhibition

Jennifer Robison, Bossier Parish Community College Director of Communication Media, is one of five photographers invited in the upcoming exhibition titled “Line, Form, Fashion! The Art of Style” at the prestigious R.W. Norton Art Gallery.

This dynamic showcase presents 40+ diverse fine art pieces, exploring the art of fashion through renowned artists like Christian Dior. Robison’s collection incorporates pieces from BPCC Theatre’s costume archives to create a dialogue between the power of fashion and costume design, demonstrating how our garments and textiles shape character choices and influence the projection of one’s intended image into the world.

Robison’s invitation seamlessly brings together editorial photography, theatre design, and art in the realm of visual communication. Her collection was exclusively created in BPCC Communication Media’s advanced creation lab, using resources available to our students.

Ochsner LSU Health Announces New CFO

Following a nationwide search, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport has named John Shaughnessy as Chief Financial Officer for the North Louisiana region. A certified public accountant with more than a decade of experience in healthcare, Shaughnessy will oversee the organization’s accounting, financial planning and analysis.

From 2017 to 2023, Shaughnessy served as the Chief Financial Officer for Christus Health in Alexandria, La. He led the financial and operational performance of three acute care facilities, a nursing home, the ambulatory surgery center and outpatient clinics. He was also responsible for the oversight of the system’s public-private partnership and developed strategies that led to significant cost savings, improved operational efficiency and increased revenue streams.

Prior to relocating to Louisiana, Shaughnessy worked in finance at McLeod Health and Clarendon Health System, both located in South Carolina. Shaughnessy earned bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and finance from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. He is married to Becki Shaughnessy and together they have 2 children.

Southwestern Energy donation expands programming at Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana

Southwestern Energy (SWN) donated $60,000 to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, the partners announced today, launching the organization’s first Mobile Food Van and supporting existing child hunger and disaster relief programming.

In line with the company’s efforts to combat hunger and support the local community, the Mobile Food Van will deliver fresh and nutritious food directly to underserved neighborhoods across Northwest Louisiana. By bringing food assistance closer to those in need, the Mobile Food Van aims to bridge the gap between available resources and those who have difficulty accessing traditional food bank locations.

Funds from SWN’s donation will also support the Food Bank’s Backpack Program in Red River Parish, which provides children from low-income families with food to take home for the weekend and holidays. Filled with nutritious snacks and easy-to-prepare meals, these backpacks are discreetly distributed at schools to ensure children have access to nourishing food even when they are not in the classroom. SWN donated $25,000 to the Backpack Program in 2022, which brings the company’s total donations to $85,000 since the company moved to Louisiana in 2021.

Four NWLA companies land on the LSU Tiger 100

LSU is pleased to announce the 2023 LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses list. The LSU100 is a highly competitive annual program that celebrates the 100 fastest-growing LSU graduate-owned or LSU graduate-led businesses in the world.

Four companies from northwest Louisiana made the list this year: BC Restaurant Holdings, Bossier City; Hargrove Roofing LLC, Shreveport; Romph and Pou, Shreveport;  Vintage Realty Co., Shreveport.

Companies must apply each year to be considered for the list. Out of all the companies that apply for the LSU100, the ROARING20 list recognizes and celebrates the 20 highest revenue-generating LSU graduate-owned or LSU graduate-led businesses. The company rankings for the LSU100 and the ROARING20 lists will be revealed at a private gala in October 2023.

LSU Health Shreveport Human Research Protection Program awarded reaccreditation

LSU Health Shreveport’s human research protection program (HRPP) recently earned reaccreditation from the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) for five years. The recent site visit and AAHRPP reaccreditation indicates that LSUHS adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards for human research protection and participation.

The human research protection program (HRPP) is a comprehensive system to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of participants in research. The HRPP is a multifaceted program comprised of institutional leaders, committees, researchers, faculty, staff, employees, students, and community members. AAHRPP is an independent, non-profit accrediting body that uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence – through policies, procedures, and practices – of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

As the “gold seal,” AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances – to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public – that an organization’s human research protection program is focused first and foremost on excellence. AAHRPP remains the only accrediting body for HRPPs in the United States.

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