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Visit LC hires Bush, Strider

Visit Lake Charles has announced the addition of staff Timothy Bush as Chief Marketing Officer and Anna Streicher as Head of Digital Strategies/Online Marketing. Bush and Strider have been in the travel industry for years and bring experience and expertise in destination marketing.

Most recently, Bush was Chief Tourism Development Officer for OneSpartanburg, Inc. with a mission to build a vibrant Spartanburg through business, economic and tourism development. He was President/CEO of Cajun Bayou Tourism in Louisiana for nearly six years, where he led the strategic vision along with the development of tourism products to create more economic impact on the community. Bush was Marketing Manager at Visit Macon for nearly two years after serving as vice president of sales and marketing at Experience Ruston for over seven years.

Bush began his career in journalism as a staff writer for the Beauregard Daily News before embarking on a lifelong career in tourism as Executive Director of the Beauregard Tourist Commission.

A graduate of the University of Louisiana Monroe, Bush earned a BA in journalism/public relations. He received his Certified Destination Management Executive designation from Destination Marketing Association International and completed the Southeast Tourism Society’s Travel Marketing Professional program. Bush has served as chair of both the LA Association of CVBs and the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition and was also recognized as one of the 2012 Forty for the Future: Travel’s Leading Talent.

Strider began her tourism career with the St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission/Louisiana Northshore, where she distinguished herself as a marketing and public relations manager, promoting the destination through a range of programs from media buying and strategic planning to online Promoting and representing St Tammany at culinary festivals, PR events and consumer fairs. She also directed film projects, developed social media campaigns, and participated in community and national public relations initiatives.

Strider began her tourism and events management degree at George Mason University School of Business in Virginia before relocating to Louisiana to complete her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management at Southeastern. Strider earned her MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2018 and completed the Louisiana Travel Association’s 2020 Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy program. Strider launched the Southeast Tourism Society’s three-year Travel Marketing Professional program in 2021.

Fence breaker enters the office

Sigler, Arabie & Cannon of Lake Charles is pleased to announce this Alexandra A. Fencebreaker joined the firm as an associate.

Zaunbrecher’s primary practice areas are estate planning and administration, corporate planning and transactions, and tax. She grew up in Lake Charles and graduated from Barbe High School.

She graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Zaunbrecher received his Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Civil Law degrees cum laude from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana in 2017.

After being admitted to the bar in Louisiana in 2017, she received a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2018 and was admitted to the Texas bar in 2019. Zaunbrecher was a senior associate in KPMG’s Mergers & Acquisitions Tax Group and was most recently an associate at Meadows Collier in Dallas, where she practiced estate planning and administration and business transactions.

named Judson to the state panel

BATON ROUGE Sara M Judson of Lake Charles was appointed to the Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority.

The Chenier Plain CRPA is a political subdivision of the state of Louisiana and is organized through its Board of Directors with the primary purpose of erecting, constructing, operating, or maintaining flood control works related to hurricane control, floodwater inundation, and saltwater penetration and preservation. A secondary responsibility of the Board is to establish flood control, adequate drainage associated with tidal or river flooding, and water resource development, including but not limited to the construction of reservoirs, diversion channels, gravity and pump drainage systems, erosion control measures, and swamp management, and is authorized to enter into contracts and agreements.

Judson is President of the Southwest Louisiana Community Foundation. She was nominated by the police jury of the municipality of Calcasieu.

Felder joins AMERISAFE

Matt Fields is the new Director of Marketing and Communications at AMERISAFE.

He oversees the company’s internal and external communications and marketing efforts, including public relations, publications, social media channels, video production and websites.

Felder comes to AMERISAFE with more than 15 years of experience, most recently as communications director in the marketing department of the Lake Charles Memorial Health System for 10 years. He also worked as a field editor for the Texas Farm Bureau organization and as a reporter and host for various television stations across Texas.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University at College Station and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas at Denton.

Johnson, Shiver finish academy

ALEXANDRIA – The Louisiana Travel Association celebrated the completion of Visit Lake Charles Tara JohnsonMeeting Sales Manager and Kristen SchauerVisitor Experience Manager, from the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy at the Association’s 2022 Annual Meeting.

The 24 members of the LTLA class spent 2021 developing their leadership skills while learning from seasoned professionals from across the tourism industry. The goal of the program is to equip each class member with knowledge and skills that will enrich their tourism-related organizations, thereby strengthening the tourism industry nationwide.

Class members also gave back to the tourism community by selecting companies within the industry for pro bono projects. Overall, the value of tourism product improvement and marketing work performed by the class exceeded $100,000.

Edmiston elected Chairman of the Board

alexandria — Kyle EdmistonPresident/CEO of Visit Lake Charles, recently appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Travel Association at the association’s annual meeting.

Recurring members of the Board of Directors include two members of the Lake Charles hospitality industry – Mike Buckley of the Golden Nugget Casino and Resort and Nimesh Zaver with hotels of Lake Charles — and John Crook the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Vernon.

The Board Members and Board Members are elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Chairman of the Board of Directors elects each year a Nominating Committee composed of members who are not standing for re-election and are not running for office. This body is responsible for providing the members of the association with a list that recognizes all regions of the country and all segments of the tourism industry.

Feazell appointed BHS Director

That’s what Beauregard Health System announced in DeRidder Haley Feazell came to the BHS as the new head of mother-child care.

Feazell is a graduate of Northwestern State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2016.

Since then, Feazell has worked as a nurse and has received much praise for her hard work and dedication to patients and their care.

Chief Nursing Officer Kie McNabb praised Feazell, noting that she is a great asset to BHS Labor and Delivery staff.

“Feazell’s commitment to providing patients with the appropriate care they deserve brings an energy to our labor and delivery staff that is second to none,” said McNabb.

Sowela faculty, staff honored

Sowela Technical Community College faculty and staff were recently honored at the annual Louisiana Community and Technical College System conference. The winners were nominated by other Sowela employees. The conference and awards ceremony this year were held virtually, with awards being given to the following individuals:

Distinguished Faculty Member: Johnathan Darbonne.

Darbonne is a Welding Assistant Master Instructor at Sowela and has been with the College for 10 years. Darbonne is also a graduate of Sowela with a technical diploma in welding. His credentials include NCCER CORE, Craft Instructor Certifications and 6G Welding Certifications in SMAW, GTAW, GMAW and FCAW. He also brings years of work experience as a structural and pipe welder and foreman at WPS Industries, Shaw Modular Solutions, CB&I and DSI.

Outstanding professional staff: Laura La Fleur.

LaFleur has 24 years of experience at Sowela Technical Community College. She is the Registrar and has held many key positions in the Admissions Office, Test Center and Registrar’s Office. She is the point of contact for campus-wide registration, the creation of policies and procedures, and data mining and analysis of student data. LaFleur is a proud graduate of Sowela.

Outstanding professional support staff: Tammy Abraham.

Abraham is the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor in Sowela. Abraham was part of the rescue team after Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Her positive attitude went a long way in helping her colleagues during this challenging time. As a proud Sowela graduate, she is the first to arrive and the last to leave, ensuring the team runs smoothly and effectively.

Deserving pensioner: Jo Scherneider. After 30 years of service, Schexneider retired from her position as chief information officer at Sowela last year. Schexneider is an IT pioneer at Sowela, developed the IT department from the ground up and has been an integral part of its leadership and development. She played a pivotal role in eLearning and the college’s transition into the digital landscape. It would creatively optimize technology offerings through grants, capital and working capital. Schexneider has held many positions at Sowela, from trainer to member of the management team. She worked tirelessly in the wake of Hurricane Laura to bring the buildings back online and provide students with the connectivity so they can continue their programs.

Bruce appointed strategist for BBA

The Beauregard Baptist Association has named Tom Bruce as a new mission strategist.

Bruce previously served as a pastor in the First Baptist Church of Sulfur for more than 20 years.

Consisting of 44 churches in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Rapides and Vernon, the association serves as a resource for churches and as a liaison to the Louisiana Baptist Association and the Southern Baptist Association.

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