Acadiana Journalists: LFT Director Honored by Aviation Organization | Company

Steve Picou, director of Lafayette regional airport received the Airport Project Award for the new LFT terminal and the Commercial Service Airport Award from the South Central Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Picou has held various positions during his 25 years in the aviation industry, including supervising airport facilities and operations and managing construction projects. He oversaw the construction project for the LFT terminal which opened in January.

The South Central Chapter of the AAAE is a trade association made up of individuals and companies involved in the management of airports in certain regions of the United States and Central America.

Picou was elected secretary/treasurer of the organization for 2022-23.

Shawntel-Landrygraduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, retired as president of the American College of Education after 13 years in leadership positions.

Landry oversaw an era of record student growth and the institution’s outstanding performance in its finances and in all areas of specialty. The college specializes in online and affordable higher education.

Landry previously worked in K-8 classrooms and later served as a curriculum writer, editor and director of Voyager Learning and also worked as a researcher at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. She earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from TCU.

david johnson has been named senior vice president of sales for FlyGuys Nationwide Drone Service.

Johnson will be responsible for all global sales, business development, strategic planning, pricing and ultimate profitability of the business. He has over 20 years of experience in the industrial services industry. He graduated from Sam Houston State University.

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Lafayette Acadian Home Caremember of the LHC Group’s family of home health care providers, has achieved the first official certification for Heart Failure in Home Health from the American Heart Association.

Certification provides an evidence-based framework for evaluating home health agencies against American Heart Association scientific standards for patients with heart failure, including program management, patient education and support, and caregivers, care coordination, clinical management and quality improvement.

Dr. Richard Pratt and Nurse Practitioner Josh LeJeune were appointed to Our Lady of Lourdes and Lourdes Physician Group.

Pratt earned a medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in New Orleans before completing a pediatric internship and residency at LSU Health Sciences Center. He then completed a one-year sports medicine fellowship in the General Family Medicine Residency Program in Baton Rouge before joining a pediatric practice in Metairie.

LeJeune earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he completed his education as a family nurse practitioner. He has extensive experience caring for pediatric and adult intensive care unit patients, including additional certifications for pediatric intensive care and advanced burn life support.

Jackelyn Gallo was named regional market manager for JD Bank as the Jennings-based bank expands into the Baton Rouge and North Shore areas.

Gallo will lead expansion efforts while also serving as the commercial lender for this region.

She has over 21 years of experience in the banking industry and has trained and led investment banking professionals in portfolio management, relationship management, customer experience, prospecting, profitability, monitoring and risk management. She graduated from the University of New Orleans and earned an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Virginia S. Braud