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Larry Meese

Larry Meese

Lane Regional Medical Center Names Larry Meese as CEO
Lane Regional Medical Center’s Board of Commissioners has unanimously chosen Larry Meese as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer effective February 21st. Meese comes to Lane from Jackson Hospital in Marianna, Florida, as its CEO for the past eight years. He will succeed Randy Olson who is retiring from Lane in early March after serving the organization for almost 14 years.
Meese is originally from Pittsburg, PA with more than 12 years of healthcare leadership experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a 10-year veteran of the United States Army.
“We are looking forward to creating long-lasting relationships by becoming involved in the community and its many organizations,” Meese said. “It is a privilege for me to continue the great work of Mr. Olson, and I am committed to ensuring the highest quality patient care and extraordinary customer service the region knows and expects.”
Beauchamp appointed president of West Feliciana School Board
Kevin Beauchamp has been appointed as the West Feliciana Parish School Board president for 2017-18 by a vote of 5-2, after last month coming to a stalemate on the appointment. Beauchamp has served as board president for the past six years.
National Academy of Sciences honors LIGO researchers
In February of 2016, the LIGO team announced that they had made the first direct detection of ripples in space and time—gravitational waves—first predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years earlier. The twin 4-kilometer-long LIGO detectors— one in Hanford, Washington, and the other in Livingston, Louisiana—both picked up the ever-so-slight signal of gravitational waves produced from the merger of two black holes 1.3 billion light-years away. A second, similar detection was announced in June of 2016.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is honoring members of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) team with two distinguished prizes. The Henry Draper Meda, is being given to Barry Barish, and the NAS Award for Scientific Discovery is being awarded to three scientists responsible for leading the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), a group of more than 1,000 scientists who help carry out the science of LIGO. The three scientists are: David Reitze, executive director of LIGO at Caltech, who led the project through the phase when it made its first detection of gravitational waves; LSC spokesperson Gabriela González of Louisiana State University; and Peter Saulson, professor of physics at Syracuse University.
LA Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus announces new officers
The Louisiana Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (LACVB) voted to install a group of tourism industry leaders as new officers for its board of directors during the association’s January meeting in Morgan City, La.
“We are thrilled that our members have selected a slate of industry leaders from throughout the state to lead this organization as we work to position the convention and visitor industry as an important economic driver and provide members opportunities to market their communities as travel destinations,” said Jill Kidder, LACVB president and CEO.
New officers installed on the board include the following: Travis Napper, with the Ruston-Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau, as president; Kimmie Carlos, with the River Parishes Tourist Commission, as vice president; Eric Edwards, with the Livingston Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, as secretary; Timothy Bush, with the Bayou Lafourche Area Tourist Commission, as treasurer; and Paul Arrigo, with Visit Baton Rouge, as immediate past president.
Livingston Parish public schools ranked #3 in Louisiana for academic performance
The Louisiana Department of Education awarded Livingston Schools an “A” grade and a District Performance Score of 109.5, making it one of the state’s highest performing districts overall, and the top-performing district among large public school districts. Livingston Parish has a public school enrollment of nearly 26,000 students in grades K-12.
The Livingston Parish Public School System serves over 26,000 students ranging from Pre-K through grade twelve. We continually strive to upgrade our schools to provide a climate that enhances learning. Our instructional programs and other related programs and services are focused to meet the needs of our student population and the requirements of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Thie school board noted that none of this would be possible without the continued support of the Livingston Parish community and issued their thanks to everyone.
School board joins class action suit over I-12 barrier
The Livingston Parish School Board recently voted to join a class action lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation and Development and Interstate 12 contractors over the role they believe a concrete median barrier played in the flood of 2016.
In introducing the matter to the board, Superintendent Rick Wentzel said the concrete barrier, which extends 19 miles from East Baton Rouge Parish into Livingston Parish, acted as a flood wall, retaining water north of I-12.
Joshua Palmintier of DeGravelles Palmintier Law Firm told the board that a team of world renowned hydrologists and knowledgeable attorneys have been put together to offer their expertise and knowledge on the issue. He said the cities of Denham Springs and Walker, the Livingston Parish government and the City of Central have also joined the suit. The school board will not incur any expenses joining the class action lawsuit.
The city of Walker was first to file and class action suit and has since been joined by the city of Denham Springs and the Livingston Parish Council.

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