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As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

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November Service Member of the Month Spotlight: Francesca Messina

Posted By Amy Cimo, Community Coffee Company, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

This month we’re so happy to introduce Francesca Messina, Research Scientist at The Water Institute. Francesca had been a member of Forum 35 for a while and wanted to be more involved, so she found her place within the Service Committee and hasn’t stopped since! We love Francesca’s energy and are thrilled to have her on board. Learn more about Francesca below.

 

 

How long have you been a member of Forum 35, and how did you hear about the organization?

 

I’ve been a member for a few years. I learned about Forum 35 at work from my colleagues.

 

Why did you choose to get involved with the Forum 35 Service committee?

 

I like the opportunity to meet new people and other young professionals. I am always looking for new friends and I like volunteering and doing something that can be helpful for the community where I live.

 

What has been your favorite thing about Forum/Service since jumping in?

 

I have enjoyed the opportunities to volunteer and do a lot of different activities (i.e., cleaning the lakes, packing books for the kids during the A Box of Knowledge event, etc.). All the activities are very well organized! I like the monthly socials, too!

 

Where is your hometown and how did you end up in Baton Rouge?  

 

I am Italian. I was born in northeast Italy, in Trieste. I grew up in Torino, in the northwest. I moved to Baton Rouge after my PhD three years ago. I accepted a Post Doctoral position at the Water Institute of the Gulf, a not-for-profit organization where I currently work as a Research Scientist.

 

What's your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?

 

The people are very friendly and make me feel at home. I love the warmer fall and winter weather. I also love the sunset on the Mississippi River!

 

Tell us a little about your profession and what you do.

 

I work as a Research Scientist at The Water Institute, a not-for-profit independent applied research and technical services institution with a mission to help coastal and deltaic communities. I am part of the Numerical Modelling Team. We mainly perform numerical simulations to understand the complex dynamics of riverine, coastal, and deltaic systems.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

 

I am a gym-addicted person. I always workout after work. I also like any outdoor activity and swimming. I love to cook and bake. 

 

What are you most looking forward to while being a part of the Service Committee?

 

I want to help Baton Rouge to be a fun place and help young professionals in Baton Rouge to meet each other.

 

Want to get involved? Visit Forum35.org for membership options and corporate sponsorships. For more information on Forum 35’s service events and volunteer opportunities, contact service@forum35.org

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Service Member of the Month Spotlight: KoKo Sims

Posted By Amy Cimo, Community Coffee Company, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

This month we’re so happy to introduce Juaquita “KoKo” Sims, Principal of Celerity Crestworth Charter School. KoKo found Forum 35 through the Public Education Project. She has since joined the Service Committee for personal volunteer opportunities and as a way to help her students give back to the community. We are thrilled to have KoKo and all of her students helping out with Service! Keep reading to learn more about KoKo.

 

 

How did you hear about Forum 35?

 

I heard about Forum 35 when my charter school applied for this year's PEP grant. 

Why did you choose to get involved with the Forum 35 Service committee?

I chose to get involved because I was impressed with the service work being done for schools and wanted to join that effort. I also have been a member of a service sorority for 12 years and Forum 35 falls in direct alignment with our mission. 

 

What has been your favorite thing about Forum and Service since jumping in?

 

My favorite thing has been networking with other business leaders in Baton Rouge and expanding my personal knowledge base about the community

 

Where is your hometown?

 I was born and raised in the great city of Atlanta, Georgia. I've been in Baton Rouge since January 2016.


What's your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?

 

My favorite thing about Baton Rouge is the sense of community. I've called BR a "mini Atlanta" because there are lots of things to do and get involved in but it's still small enough to feel very much part of the community.

 

Tell us a little about your profession and what you do.

I have been a public school educator since 2004. I started my career as an 8th grade math teacher and loved every minute spent in the classroom. I currently serve as Principal of Celerity Crestworth Charter School in north Baton Rouge. In this role, I pride myself on building solid relationships with students and making a lasting impact on their lives.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

 

Sure, my hobbies include reading, watching investigative documentaries, bike riding, and traveling.


What are you most looking forward to while being a part of the Service Committee?

I'm looking forward to getting more involved in the Baton Rouge community, specifically with the K-12 education community. I look forward to more service projects that serve schools and students.

 

Want to get involved? Visit Forum35.org for membership options and corporate sponsorships. For more information on Forum 35’s service events and volunteer opportunities, contact service@forum35.org.

 

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September Service Member of the Month Spotlight: Angela Longs

Posted By Amy Cimo, Community Coffee Company, Wednesday, September 19, 2018

As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

This month we’re so happy to introduce Angela Longs of L’auberge Casino & Hotel. Born in raised in Baton Rouge, Angela enjoys giving back to her community. Since joining Forum 35, she has been a huge help to the Service Committee and has joined several of our projects with St. Vincent de Paul, as well as our summer PEP project with Children’s Charter. Keep reading to learn more about Angela.

 

 

When did you join Forum 35?

 

I joined May of this year. 

 

How did you hear about Forum 35?

 

I heard about it through my boss, Monica Rogers, after she told me about a few events. 

 

Why did you choose to get involved with Service?

 

I’ve always enjoyed giving back, from joining VolunTEENs when I was younger to volunteering in college at Southeastern through various organizations. It makes me feel good that I’m impacting someone in need and dedicating my time to making someone else smile. 

 

What has been your favorite thing about Service since jumping in?

 

My favorite thing about Service is being able to give back. I’ve encountered some of the most high-spirited individuals while volunteering. The smiles are contagious. 

 

What's your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?

 

This city has the best food, hands down. Plus, I have really good memories being raised here. There’s nowhere like Baton Rouge!

 

Tell us a little about your profession and what you do.

 

I work as an advertising coordinator at L’Auberge Baton Rouge and as a social media coordinator for an online women’s magazine. At L’Auberge, I handle the digital side — snapping pictures, managing the website, helping create the cool content playing on the screens around property, and anything digital related that our guests will receive on property or in their emails. As a social media coordinator, I’m responsible for managing content across various platforms, finding relative content to post and updating our website regularly. I do a lot of typing daily! 

 

Do you have any hobbies?

 

I love reading. I also love dancing, going to art exhibits, writing, eating good food, spending time with my loved ones and traveling.

 

What are you most looking forward to while being a part of the Service Committee?

 

I’m looking forward to continuing to serve my community and making someone’s day a little brighter. 

 

 

Want to get involved? Visit Forum35.org for membership options and corporate sponsorships. For more information on Forum 35’s service events and volunteer opportunities, contact service@forum35.org.

 

 

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August Service Member of the Month Spotlight: Daryl Guess

Posted By Amy Cimo, Community Coffee Company, Monday, August 20, 2018

As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

This month we sat down with Daryl Guess of Entergy. Daryl has been a member of Forum 35 for 1 year and has been a very active member of the Service Committee. We asked Daryl to tell us a bit more about why he chose to be involved with Forum 35.

 

 

I joined Forum 35 in August of 2017 after hearing about the Public Education Project and volunteering at one of local schools. Helping schools provide education to students is extremely important to me. The education I received growing up has definitely changed my life by providing me the means to both explore the country and to live an exciting life while also being able to give back to others around me without having to worry if I can afford to or not. I want to help others have the opportunity to be able to provide for themselves and to give back to the community around them. 

 

I'm from the small town of Union, MS (approximately 2000 people.) Moving to Baton Rouge has given me ample opportunity to enjoy my time, whether it's by going to concerts or festivals, enjoying the delicious food in the area, or playing in the many recreational sports leagues such as Mango's volleyball league. 

 

I moved to Baton Rouge from Mississippi State University around 3 years ago to start working at the Nuclear Power Plant outside of St Francisville. My goal growing up was to be able to make power for people to live with, and I'm able to do that every day as an engineer there. 

 

As a member of Forum 35, I definitely want to continue to build relationships with the various other members, so I can have more diverse opportunities in the future in both the community service and the professional development aspect that the organization provides. 

 

 

 

Want to get involved? Visit Forum35.org for membership options and corporate sponsorships. For more information on Forum 35’s service events and volunteer opportunities, contact service@forum35.org

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Service Member of the Month Spotlight: Frances Arledge

Posted By Service Committee, Wednesday, July 25, 2018

As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

This month we sat down with Frances Arledge of Louisiana Hospital Association. After joining Forum 35, Frances dove right into her first service project when we partnered with Habitat for Humanity in June. She braved the heat for 7 hours to help paint and clean houses in the final stages of construction. Keep reading to learn more about Frances and how she feels about service and the community.

 

 

When did you join Forum 35?

 

 I joined in March of this year but didn’t attend my first event until the beginning of June. (Life gets busy sometimes!)

Why did you choose to get involved with Service?

 

One of the things I enjoy the most about my career is the rewarding feeling that I’m helping my community and state. The service committee of Forum 35 and its various projects has allowed me to carry that into my personal life too.

What has been your favorite thing about Forum and the Service Committee since joining?

 

My favorite part about Forum and the Service Committee is the welcoming nature of the members and the “give what you can, when you can” mentality. No project seems too large or small when you’re working alongside others who have a positive attitude about the purpose.

Where is your hometown and how did you end up in Baton Rouge?  

 

I grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. I came to LSU for college, returned to North Carolina for graduate school and moved back to BR to find work after completing my Master’s degree.

What's your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?

 

The pace of life and that it’s wedged right between Lafayette and New Orleans. It’s easy to take advantage of the whole range of South Louisiana culture and cuisine!

Tell us a little about your profession and what you do.

 

I am the Project Manager for the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Grant at the Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation (LHAREF.) The Louisiana Department of Health receives a federal award each year to support hospital and healthcare system preparedness for disasters. They partner with the LHAREF to execute preparedness contracts and complete projects to support readiness for the adverse impacts that disasters have on citizens and our health and medical infrastructure. Additionally, when there is a disaster, I support response at the state emergency operations center.

Do you have any hobbies?

 

Yoglates and golf! Two years ago I signed up for an LSU Leisure Course to learn to play golf. I have really enjoyed learning the game and discovering that it’s more mental than physical. Every year I look forward to playing in the Woman’s Victory Open Golf Tournament, hosted by Woman’s Hospital Foundation, with some incredible ladies to support a wonderful cause. I recently made a hole-in-one playing golf on Bald Head Island, North Carolina!

What are you most looking forward to while being a part of Forum 35?

 

In joining Forum 35, I’m most looking forward to the networking and meeting others with similar interests of making a difference in our community. Today, I believe young adults get so lost in the transition into adulthood (go to college, get a job, buy a car and house, etc.) that taking the initiative to drive communities forward as the next growing generation gets lost. Forum 35 brings that back to the surface!

 

 

 

Want to get involved? Visit Forum35.org for membership options and corporate sponsorships. For more information on Forum 35’s service events and volunteer opportunities, contact service@forum35.org.

 

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Service Member of the Month Spotlight:

Posted By Angela Schifani, Cat Haven, Friday, June 29, 2018

Service Member of the Month Spotlight: Matthew Lawson

 

As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

This month we sat down with Matthew Lawson of Supreme Lending. After joining Forum 35, Matthew jumped into Service for the opportunity to help those in need around within our community. He stepped up recently and helped lead a St. Vincent de Paul lunch service when our regular volunteers could not be there. Keep reading to learn more about Matthew and what he loves about Baton Rouge and Forum 35.

 

 

When did you join Forum 35?

 

I joined when I heard about Forum 35 a year ago from a colleague.

 

Why did you choose to get involved with Service?   

 

I chose to get involved with the Service Committee because I wanted to give back to the community and those in need.

 

What has been your favorite thing about Forum 35 since joining?

 

My favorite thing about Forum has been having the opportunity to connect with other young professionals. While we are building business connections, we are also building lasting friendships along the way.

 

Where is your hometown? How did you end up in Baton Rouge?  

 

I am from Glenmora, Louisiana. I worked in banking for 9 years prior to lending. My career in banking moved me from Alexandria to Lafayette and then here to Baton Rouge.

 

What's your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?

 

My favorite thing about Baton Rouge is that you never meet a stranger… and let’s not forget about the awesome food!

 

Tell us a little about your profession and what you do.

 

I am a Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer at Supreme Lending. Loan origination is not just about taking an application and closing the loan. I help educate my clients on their credit scores, the loan process, and what loan programs are available to them. This allows my clients to make informed decisions while building trust and rapport.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

 

I enjoy spending quality time with friends, family and my two dogs.

 

What are you most looking forward to while being a part of Forum 35?  (Or what do you hope to gain/accomplish by being a part of Forum 35?)

 

While being in Forum35, I am most looking forward to the opportunity to give back to the community as we grow with it.

 

 

 

Want to get involved? Visit Forum35.org for membership options and corporate sponsorships. For more information on Forum 35’s service events and volunteer opportunities, contact service@forum35.org

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Service Member of the Month Spotlight: Coleman Cormier

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

This month we sat down with Coleman Cormier of Acadian Chiropractic & Wellness. After joining Forum 35, Coleman quickly found a love for Service and has jumped in anywhere possible, including working a 6 AM Saturday shift for Blues Festival 2018! New to Baton Rouge and Forum 35, we found out what brought Coleman to the area and why he chose to get involved with the organization.

 

 

When did you join Forum 35? 

 

I joined in February 2018.

 

Why did you choose to get involved with Service?

 

I chose the Service Committee because I want to help improve my community and be part of its growth to create a better future for our city.

 

What has been your favorite thing about Forum 35 since joining?

 

I enjoy Forum 35 because the organization is full of wonderful and dedicated people who work hard to improve their own lives and the lives of others.

 

Where is your hometown and how did you end up in Baton Rouge?  

 

I was raised in Bossier City, La, but I moved to Thibodaux, La to attend Nicholls States University in 2005. After graduating, I moved to Port Orange, Florida for chiropractic college. After graduating, I moved back to Thibodaux, La and worked in Houma, La for two and half years. I then moved to Gonzales to open my own practice in our state capital.

 

What's your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?

 

I love the people, the culture, and the dedication we all share for a better tomorrow.

 

Tell us a little about your profession and what you do.

 

I am a chiropractic physician. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the human neuromusculoskeletal system. I treat everything from headaches, disc herniations, carpal tunnel, whiplash injuries, knee pain, and plantar fasciitis. I use a variety of techniques and methods to improve my patient's quality of life. I also strive to educate my patients and enable them to maintain their bodies and improve longevity.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

 

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, competitive shooting, and hunting.

 

What are you most looking forward to while being a part of Forum 35?

 

I look forward to creating life-long friendships and creating a better future for our city.

 

Want to get involved? Visit Forum35.org for membership options and corporate sponsorships. For more information on Forum 35’s service events and volunteer opportunities, contact service@forum35.org.

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