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Baton Rouge Area Foundation Announces New Cohort of Development Fellows

25 leaders selected to receive training in the field of development 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The Baton Rouge Area Foundation today announced the 2024 cohort of Development Fellows, a program of the Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence. One of the Foundation’s signature programs, Development Fellows is a workshop series that teaches fundraising fundamentals to enhance the skills and effectiveness of new development professionals. 

A cohort of 25 fellows have been carefully selected to participate in this program. Established in 2010, the Development Fellows Program is a series of workshops aimed at boosting proficiency in the field of development. Each workshop features a formal presentation by a local funder or development professional, followed by in-depth group discussions. The program provides the fellows with access to high-caliber experts, fostering opportunities to build contacts within the local community. 

While the program is not designed for seasoned development professionals, it offers significant benefits to staff at area non-profits seeking to expand their knowledge. Selection criteria prioritize current and future potential as a development professional, transferrable skills, and a demonstrated interest in contributing to the not-for-profit sector in Baton Rouge.  

Members of the 2024 cohort are: 

  • Staci Arceneaux, North Oaks Foundation 
  • Kimberly Bainguel, Rise Foundation 
  • Christine Beavers, Northshore Community Foundation 
  • Bryce Benzine, Girl Scouts Louisiana East 
  • Cindy Bonin, Gardere Initiative 
  • Angelle Bourgeois, Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation 
  • Chelsea Brumfield, American Cancer Society 
  • James Carter, Christian Outreach Center 
  • Amber Cefalu, Baton Rouge Area Foundation 
  • Lauren Coco, Community Volunteer 
  • Sarah Davis, GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship 
  • Victoria Faulkner, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank 
  • Sabrina Fidalgo, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra 
  • Patti Freeman, IRIS Domestic Violence Center 
  • Emma Granier, Center for Planning Excellence 
  • Mimi Guercio, St. Lillian Academy 
  • Stephanie Hughson, American Heart Association 
  • Jason Langlois, Manship Theatre 
  • Alex Leader, Evergreen Life Services 
  • Austin Lowrance, HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge 
  • Susan Maxwell, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center 
  • Tamiera Nash, Louisiana Budget Project 
  • Shielda Perkins, National Child and Family Services 
  • Ajohnee Rodney, Southern University Athletics 
  • Nicole Scott, The Bridge Agency, Inc. 

For more information about the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, please visit