The Lake Area business community is constantly evolving, with new individuals making significant contributions to its growth and success. In this edition of Names in the News, we highlight some of the people who are shaping the future of Lake Area business.
First on the list is Leesville Mayor Rick Allen, who has been named vice chairman of the Solutions to Achieve Viability and Efficiency (SAVE) Task Force. This task force was created to assist distressed Louisiana municipalities facing financial difficulties. With his experience as the first vice-president of the Louisiana Municipal Association, Allen is well-equipped to contribute to the development of solutions for these struggling communities.
Lake Charles Memorial Health System has also welcomed two new physicians to its team. Dr. Jessica Cole, an obstetrics & gynecology physician, has joined Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women. Originally from Moss Bluff, Dr. Cole received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and recently completed her OB/GYN Residency at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. Additionally, Dr. Eric Linville, a general surgeon, has joined the General and Trauma Surgery team. Dr. Linville brings a unique background to his role, starting his medical journey as a registered nurse before earning a Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He has a passion for medical mission trips and has provided care to people in need all over the world.
Angelia “Angie” Bellow, Chief Administrative Officer of Southwest Louisiana Credit Union, has been inducted into the Louisiana Credit Union Hall of Fame. Bellow has been with Southwest Louisiana Credit Union for 30 years and has played a crucial role in its growth and success. This prestigious honor recognizes Bellow’s leadership, dedication, and contribution to the credit union movement.
Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion, has received the 2023 Chester L. Krause Distinguished Service Award from the American Numismatic Association. This award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of numismatics. Fuljenz’s work in combating counterfeits in the marketplace has been recognized by numerous organizations and has been instrumental in protecting consumers.
Attorney Micah O. Clemons has been selected for the 2023/2024 Leadership Class of the Louisiana State Bar Association. This leadership class provides participants with an understanding of how the LSBA functions and addresses pressing issues facing the legal profession. Clemons has a diverse legal background and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Christina Hernandez has been named the assistant branch manager of Lakeside Bank’s Oak Park location. Hernandez has been with Lakeside since 2019 and has worked her way up from a teller to a new accounts representative. Her experience in customer service and administrative roles will undoubtedly contribute to her success in her new role.
Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO of Visit Lake Charles, has been appointed to the 2023-2024 Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Destinations International. This global trade association represents convention and visitors bureaus and tourism boards. Edmiston’s involvement in this organization will allow him to contribute to the growth and promotion of tourism in the Lake Charles area.
Lastly, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Motors deputies deserve recognition for their recent achievements. Sergeant Casey Steech, Sergeant Jeremy Dansby, Corporal Jordan Trahan, and Corporal Kerrick Gabriel were among the deputies who competed in the Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship. This event not only showcases their exceptional skills but also raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research.
These individuals and their accomplishments demonstrate the talent, dedication, and innovation that is driving the future of business in the Lake Area. Their contributions and achievements deserve recognition as they continue to shape the economic landscape of the region.