Names in the News: The People Shaping the Future of Lake Region Businesses – American Press
Regional Director Fletcher at the Clinic
Fast paced health Troy FlecherDNP, CFNP, is now Regional Director of Orthopedics.
Fletcher was born in Lake Charles and graduated from Sam Houston High School. He then obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1993 and worked in intensive care and emergency.
He received his Masters in Nursing in 2001 with a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. In 1996 he started working for a local orthopedic group where he gained valuable knowledge as a first assistant in surgery and orthopedic assessments.
Later in his career, Fletcher worked as an employee health and workers’ compensation consultant for a local refinery. In 2009, he returned to orthopedics and worked for an orthopedic group for 11 years, where he helped start up a fracture clinic, assisted in surgery, and continued training in orthopedic assessment.
In 2011, he completed his doctorate in nursing practice and continued his training in orthopedics. In 2020, he joined Fast Pace Health and began his role as Regional Director of Orthopedics.
FSA Election results announcement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Calcasieu-Cameron County Agricultural Services Agency announced that Jeanne Habetz of Vinton was elected to represent her Local Administrative Area 5 (LAA) in the recent county committee election.
Anna DuhonStokes de Sulfur will serve as the first alternate.
Robert Denison of Iowa, Louisiana was elected to represent its Local Administrative Area 1 (LAA). Wilfred Danos Jr. of Iowa will serve as the first alternate. Gregory Simien of Lake Charles will serve as the second alternate.
Each FSA office is served by a county committee made up of local farmers, ranchers and foresters elected by local growers. Other members currently serving on the FSA County Committee include John Gary Wicke and Keith Hensgens.
County committee members provide a service to local growers through their decision-making and ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA agricultural programs in their counties. They are responsible to the Secretary of Agriculture.
Members conduct hearings and reviews at the request of the state committee, ensure that underserved farmers, ranchers and foresters are fairly represented, make recommendations to the state committee on existing programs, monitor changes in agricultural programs and inform farmers of the purpose and provisions of FSA programs.
Theriot is part of the Fast Pace team
Jacob Theriot FNP-C has joined the Fast Past Health team.
Theriot, a Sulfur native, graduated from Sulfur High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McNeese State University. From there he worked in medical telemetry and in intensive care as a registered nurse.
Theriot found his passion for orthopedics at his next job, where he worked for six years in orthopedic surgery.
He then earned his master’s degree in nursing from McNeese State University. He is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. During his masters studies, he was able to work with an orthopedic specialist to gain valuable experience as an orthopedic healthcare provider.
Theriot joined the Fast Pace Health team in 2020. He practices at the Beglis Clinic in Sulfur, as well as the Jennings Clinic.
Cormier, Moncrief appointed to the board
James “JC” Cormierrepresenting the West Calcasieu Community Center Authority, and Nicole Moncriefselected by the City of Lake Charles, were recently appointed to the Visit Lake Charles Board of Directors.
Cormier has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations over the years, including serving on the Louisiana National Air Show Committee, Red Cross Board of Directors, Zoo Wish Board of Directors, Board of Directors of Team Citgo, on the Board of Directors of the Citgo Employees Club and as President of March of Dimes. A graduate of Westlake High School and a student of McNeese State University, his professional life spanned the Lake Charles Police Department, Citgo Petroleum as well as an EMT for West Cal Ambulance Service.
He retired after 40 years working at Citgo, and he currently serves as Chairman of the Westlake Planning/Zoning Board, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury appointed to the West Cal Hospital Finance Committee as well as well as the West Calcasieu Parish Community Center Board of Directors. Directors.
Moncrief is the human resources manager for Sasol Chemicals America and since 2010 has held a wide range of positions including positive employee relations and collective bargaining management, diversity and inclusion initiatives, development human resources skills for leadership and management of occupational health cases. In addition to volunteering for numerous local nonprofits and community service organizations such as the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District Neighborhood Alliance and the Black Heritage Festival Gallery, Moncrief is also a board member of the Council for a Better Louisiana. , Christian Baptist Church and the Louisiana Workforce Development Board.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in human resource management from Grambling State University. In 2018, Moncrief founded What Works, a 501(c)3 that specializes in providing unique life experiences for people of all ages. In her spare time, she leads career development and planning workshops statewide to help individuals visualize their potential.
The CVB is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors. Willie Mount, appointed by the South-West Chamber, is its president; Nick Zaverrepresenting the Southwest Louisiana Lodging Association (City of Sulfur), is vice-president, and Kane Mitchell serving on behalf of the West Calcasieu Trade Association is the Secretary/Treasurer.
The hospital is the first to use ExcelsiusGPS
Christus Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana announced the addition of the world-class robotic guidance and navigation system called ExcelsiusGPS to its strong pipeline of innovative tools.
Bringing ExcelsiusGPS to the region was made possible with the help of the Christus Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana Foundation and its generous donors who donated more than $1.1 million.
The ExcelsiusGPS Neurosurgical Robot is designed to improve safety and precision in the operating room through better visualization of patient anatomy during procedures to optimize patient treatment.
This robotic navigation platform is the world’s first technology to combine a rigid robotic arm and full navigation capabilities into an adaptable platform for precise alignment in spinal surgery.
two to lead Operation HandUp
The Southwest Louisiana/Chamber SWLA Economic Development Alliance announces the addition of two staff members who will lead Operation HandUP – a new agency initiative that will provide technical assistance to disadvantaged small businesses in need of operational support. Michael Thomas will act as the commercial coordinator of the program and Donna Aucoin will serve as the data entry specialist.
Thomas has over 30 years of business leadership and entrepreneurial experience. He was an active Phi Beta Sigma member, store manager, loan officer and business owner. As a business owner, he was recognized as owner of a Diamond Elite franchise generating over $350,000 in gross sales. Thomas has been a mentor and coach for many local small businesses in the area. He graduated in 1994 from McNeese State University with a business degree. In his role, Thomas will work directly with businesses registered with Operation HandUp. His duties will include business interviews, assessments and the creation of action/service plans for companies enrolled in the program.
Aucoin has 34 years of work experience in bookkeeping, training, public relations, human resources and office management. She graduated from Sowela Technical Community College. His duties will be in support of Thomas.