2019 Board Elections
To: All Members of the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce
From: Melissa Bordelon, President and CEO
Re: Election of Directors for 2019
After careful discernment, the Nominating Committee, in accordance with Article IV, Section 2 of our by-laws, hereby presents a slate of two officers to serve for the year of 2019, and five nominees for directorship to serve a three-year term, from 2019-2021. Each candidate is an active member in good standing and has agreed to all responsibilities of directorship. Incoming Chairman Ginger Cangelosi, Executive Director with Tangipahoa Economic Development, will have the opportunity to appoint up to five non-voting, advisory board members to serve during her term as chairman.
Nominees for Officer Positions are:
Rick Sedberry has been in the mortgage industry for going on 19 years, and is currently a loan officer with Movement Mortgage. He considers it a blessing that most of his business is referral-based. Rick is currently a member of the Greater Hammond Chamber Board of Directors, having previously served as an ambassador. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for almost 17 years and they have two daughters, Madison and Kaylee.
Kristin Spano Braud
Pedelahore & Co., LLP
Kristin Spano Braud is a lifelong resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. She and her husband, Dean, have two young boys, Myles (6) & Brady (4). She is currently a senior accountant with Pedelahore & Co., LLP. For the last 9 years, she has worked closely with small businesses and individuals to improve their operations and maintain tax compliance while working together to minimize tax liability. Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009, where she was a top graduate. She is a member of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants and the Private Practice Sector of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Nominees for Board of Directors are:
Dr. Alecia Cyprian
Chief Executive Officer
Southeast Community Health Systems
Dr. Alecia Cyprian, a native of Independence, is Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Community Health Systems (SCHS), a Federally Qualified Health Center. SCHS provides primary care, behavioral health, dental, WIC, and Outreach and Enrollment services in four parishes (East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa) with 22 service delivery locations including 14 school-based health centers. Dr. Cyprian earned her Master’s and a Doctor of Philosophy in Administration from the University of New Orleans. She serves as a board member of the Louisiana Primary Care Association and on the Executive Committee as Parliamentarian. She is married to Mr. Gary Porter, principal of Amite Elementary Magnet School and is the mother of Caleb Cyprian.
City of Hammond
Marcus McMillian graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor's in Computer Science. He is married to Jessica McMillian and the father of two, Myles & McKenzie. The Information Technology Director for the City of Hammond, Marcus also recently designed the souvenier poster for the 2018 Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow.
Director of Property Services
Hammond Square/Stirling Properties
Lindsey Palmer serves as the Director of Property Services managing many levels of support for Stirling’s Property and Asset Management divisions. She is responsible for overseeing the hiring, training, and supervision of Stirling’s Property Managers, as well as property services support and maintenance staff, while continuing to manage the day-to-day operations of multiple retail and office properties throughout the region. She also played a key role in the development of some of Stirling’s premier properties, including Hammond Square Shopping Center and Fremaux Town Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in Finance and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.
She is also the mother of a 7 month old baby girl, whom is her greatest adventure and blessing.
Tom Pistorius, originally from Hammond, spent a decade starting his architectural career in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2006, he returned to Hammond to start PA Architects. Tom graduated from Hammond High Class of 1986. He spent three years at Southeastern Louisiana University studying business management and transferred to LSU to receive his bachelor of architecture in 1993. Tom has produced award winning projects that showcase his environmentally sensitive, yet expressive style of architecture. He is involved in all types of markets, but primarily focuses on private work. More specifically, his attention is placed high on commercial, healthcare, office, assisted living and custom residential design projects.
He has three daughters, Rachel, 19, Madeline 16 and Lily 12.
Noland Stewart Salon
Jessica Shirey is a lifelong resident of Hammond, America, graduating from Hammond High in 1994. She attended both Southeastern Louisiana University and LSU, graduating from LSU with her bachelor of science in dentistry. A retired dental hygienist, she is a former member of both the American Dental Association and American Dental Hygiene Association. She is currently the general manager of Noland Stewart Salon and commercial property owner within the Downtown Development District, serving as Vice Chairman for the Hammond Historic District Commission. She serves on many event committees for various private and nonprofit organizations, including the Hammond Blues and BBQ festival.
She is married to local business owner and hairstylist Noland Stewart, and is the proud mother of two children.
Nomination by petition:
Additional names of candidates for director or officers can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least twenty (20) active members in good standing of the Chamber. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. All petitions must be delivered to the Chamber office at 400 NW Railroad Ave., Hammond, La.
If no petitions are filed, this slate of two Officer nominees and five nominees for Directorship will be approved automatically.
If additional candidates are presented by qualified petition, a ballot will be prepared in order drawn by lot and mailed to the membership on October 10. The five Directorship candidates, Chairman-Elect candidate and Treasurer candidate receiving the greatest number of votes will be declared elected by the 2018 Board of Directors.