Good to Know is a monthly roundup of news, business and other information happening throughout Shreveport-Bossier City.

Municipal Hosts Backstage Music Tours, James Burton to Perform Christmas Tribute

This holiday season, Elvis Presley fans will have the opportunity to stand on the stage where Elvis made his radio debut and attend a Christmas tribute concert featuring members of Elvis’s band in Shreveport-Bossier City.

Throughout December, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium will offer ticketed, public Backstage Music Tours of the historic venue. The auditorium is a National Historic Landmark known internationally for its role in music history. The iconic venue was once home to the radio broadcast program the Louisiana Hayride. From 1948 to 1960, the radio program launched the musical careers of some of the greatest names in American rock and roll and country music history including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and most notably Elvis Presley. On Oct. 16, 1954, Elvis Presley made his national broadcast debut on the Louisiana Hayride.

An expert tour guide will share stories and songs of the stars that have graced the stage of Shreveport Municipal Auditorium since its completion in 1929. The Backstage Music Tours will take place at 2 p.m., Dec. 2, and Dec. 9.

Elvis fans should not miss the James Burton Christmas Concert: Memories of Elvis, 8 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Margaritaville Casino’s Paradise Theater. The concert will feature Elvis’s guitarist James Burton and Estelle Brown who was a member of Sweet Inspirations, a women’s gospel quartet that sang back-up for Elvis from 1969 until 1977. The group is also well-known for singing backup for Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Bee Gees.

General admission tickets are $30 and VIP tickets are $100. VIP ticket holders will have access to a 6 p.m. pre-show featuring an interview and Q&A with James Burton, Estelle Brown, and Sam Thompson, Elvis’s bodyguard.

For a complete list of holiday events in Shreveport-Bossier City, visit www.HolidayTrailofLights.com/Shreveport-Bossier or request a Holly Jolly Handbook to Shreveport-Bossier by calling 800.551.8682.

Centenary Wind Ensemble to Perform Free Concert Dec. 6

The Centenary Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of classic works for band on the Centenary campus at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Hargrove Memorial Bandshell. The concert is free and open to the public. A food truck from La Michoacana will be on hand.

The Centenary Wind Ensemble consists of Centenary students, faculty, and staff along with area educators and musicians. All members perform on a volunteer basis under the direction of Thomas Hundemer, lecturer in music at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music and principal horn of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

The concert features Julius Fucik’s Entrance of the Gladiators March, von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, music from the animated film The Incredibles, and a Mardi Gras preview, March and Procession of Bacchus. There will be two special tributes: Leonard Bernstein’s Danzon in honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday, and the legendary Mexican trumpeter Rafael Mendez’s spectacular La Virgen de la Macarena (The Virgin of the Arena) with Centenary faculty trumpeter Michael Scarlato. Other selections will include music by Bach, Verdi, and Khatchaturian’s Armenian Dances.

LifeShare Blood Center Receives $20K in Incentives from SWEPCO 

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) presented LifeShare Blood Center with a $20,482.71 check for its recent energy-saving upgrade. LifeShare qualified for the incentive money after completing a lighting retrofit project at its Shreveport Donor Center.

A total of 904 incandescent and fluorescent bulbs – 49 outside and 855 inside – were replaced with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The anticipated annual electric savings from this project will be approximately 34 kW in demand and 155,000 kWh in energy. For LifeShare Blood Center, this means the project will yield savings of approximately $13,000 a year or about $1,100 a month.

The lighting upgrade is part of LifeShare Blood Center’s effort to better utilize resources and help conserve energy for future generations.

“We’re connecting donors and the lives they impact, more efficiently,” said Jorge Garcia, LifeShares’ director of property and fleet.

SWEPCO’s Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program provides incentives for facilities to reduce peak electric demand and annual energy consumption, resulting in improved building performance and comfort.

“We’re proud to work with LifeShare Blood Center to help the nonprofit save money on its future energy bills,” said SWEPCO Principal Energy Efficiency & Consumer Programs Coordinator Jeff Thigpen. “The money saved will go toward LifeShare’s good work of saving lives across the tri-state area.”

Incentives are available for both existing buildings and new construction projects and are based on the verified electric energy savings. The commercial program offers incentives for fluorescent and LED lighting upgrades; HVAC upgrades; lighting controls; air compressor system upgrades; motor upgrades and more.

SWEPCO also has energy efficiency programs for residential customers. More information for both programs may be found at SWEPCO.com/Save.

Goodwill Industries of North LA Hires Lynn Stevens as Director of Workforce Development 

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana announces the addition of Lynn Stevens as the director of workforce development. In this position, Stevens will develop, implement, administer and direct all activities related to workforce development practices, outreach initiatives and programs, such as employment services and vocational evaluation. Stevens will also oversee the development and administration of rehabilitative services, training and employment placement services that enable disabled and/or disadvantaged clients to achieve their maximum independence.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stevens to the Goodwill Industries North Louisiana team,” said David Tinkis, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana. “Her passion for helping others shines through in everything she contributes to the community.”

Stevens comes to Goodwill Industries from the United Way of Northwest Louisiana where she worked as the chief operating officer for more than eight years.  While there, Stevens was instrumental in developing, implementing and expanding many of United Way’s community impact efforts, including the re-engagement of the 2-1-1 Helpline.

“I am thrilled to join the Goodwill Industries team and look forward to continuing the tradition of providing the quality and innovative programs that expand the services and help more individuals,” she said.

Stevens has raised more than $30 million for NWLA nonprofit organizations and has been recognized over the years with multiple awards, including the Clarkes Jewelers “Good Works” Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Executive of the Year, Bossier City Chamber of Commerce “Scott Croft” Spirit Award, Athena Award Recognition, and Quota International’s District 21 All Star Award.  In addition, Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker recently signed a proclamation dedicating a day in April for her service to the community.

Stevens is actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Rotary Club of Bossier City, Renesting Project and the Quota Club of Shreveport.  She is also a member of the National Society of Human Resource Management, Grant Professionals Association, and serves on the Natchitoches Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council.

Local Pharmacists Attend PCCA International Seminar

Local pharmacists Douglas and Jennifer Boudreaux recently attended Professional Compounding Centers of America, (PCCA) three-day, compounding seminar in Houston. More than 300 pharmacist and physicians attended the seminar, which featured the latest innovations in compounding the method of custom-preparing medications to meet physician’s and patient’s needs. Participants received 12 contact hours from the America Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).

Boudreaux’s Specialty Compounding Pharmacy has been compounding since its inception in 1962. They employ six pharmacists that are experts in compounding and have collectively over 105 years of experience in the profession of healing. Boudreaux’s Specialty Compounding Pharmacy is locally owned and operated and is proud to be members of The American Pharmaceutical Association, Louisiana Pharmacists Association, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounders and The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.

Topics covered included: the U.S. opioid crisis; evidence-based non-pharmacologic options as well as innovative pain relief strategies that are effective evidence-based solutions to the opioid crisis; emerging research in cellular health; treatment options for dermatology conditions; how to diagnose and treat men and women with low testosterone. 

Douglas and Jennifer Boudreaux attended the seminar to further enhance their abilities to help their patients with hospice care, pain management, and hormone replacement therapy. The Boudreaux family has been providing pharmacy care to Louisiana since 1923.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of LA Board Members Recognized as Natl. Assoc. of Corporate Director Fellows

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana announced that the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently recognized Blue Cross board members J. Kevin McCotter, Jerome Greig, Virgil Robinson, Jr., Dan Borne and Ann Knapp as NACD Board Leadership Fellows, and Judy Miller as an NACD Governance Fellow.

Board Leadership and Governance Fellows — the highest NACD Fellowship® paths – empowers experienced and rising board leaders with a pathway of continuous insights, intelligence, and leading boardroom practices. NACD Fellows who earn NACD Fellowship stand within the highest echelon of those committed to excellence in the boardroom.

“On behalf of the Blue Cross board members recognized as NACD Fellows, we are each honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up the NACD Fellow community and who are committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom excellence,” said McCotter, Board Chair of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. “The resources, insights and connections we have made through NACD Fellowship will be key assets to Blue Cross.”

NACD Fellows provide a snapshot of the caliber of directors engaged in continuous learning with NACD – the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices that more than 17,000 directors rely on to lead with confidence. “Our fellows help advance the highest standards for those who serve in the boardroom, strengthening our businesses, and driving director professionalism. The impact of this program is unmatched and they should be commended for their ongoing commitment to their own professional development,” said Peter Gleason, CEO of NACD.

Citizens Natl. Bank Appoints Bill Allred to Senior VP/CTO

Citizens National Bank announced the appointment of Bill Allred to senior vice president/chief technology officer at Citizens National Bank. Allred brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the field of technology. He began his career in 1980 as an educator with the Bossier Parish School System. During his 36 years in the educational field, Allred served in a number of roles including teaching and school administration. 

For the last 15 years, he held the position of the technology director for the school system and managed one of the largest technology enterprises in northwest Louisiana. Upon retirement from education, Allred provided IT consulting services before initially joining Citizens National Bank as consultant.

“We are pleased to have Bill as a member of the CNB Executive Team. He brings an extremely high level of expertise and professionalism to the technology system of Citizens,” said Jason D. Smith, Citizens National Bank president and CEO.

Allred attended Louisiana Tech University where he received a B.A. and M.A. in education with additional certification in administration and supervision.

Chartered in 1985, Citizens National Bank is a community bank operating in the Bossier City and Shreveport as well as Claiborne, DeSoto and Webster Parishes. With local management and local ownership, Citizens National Bank maintains a strong presence in the community while returning the strength of capital to the market area. 

Shreveport Chamber Announces 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient 

The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Business Development Connection honored Dr. Rosaline Michelle Caldwell as the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient.  

“Dr. Caldwell is the epitome of what it means to be an ATHENA recipient,” said Dr. Timothy Magner, president of the Greater Shreveport Chamber. “Not only is she an accomplished professional in her field, she also uses her talent and voice to engage young women and the community-at-large to make better healthy living choices and strives to encourage all to achieve their best. She truly lives by her mantra: ‘empowered women should empower women.’”  

Dr. Caldwell currently serves as the pediatric surgery nurse practitioner for Pediatric Surgical Associates at Willis-Knighton South Hospital. She has been with Pediatric Surgical Associates for 13 years and has over 21 years of experience providing care to acutely and chronically ill pediatric patients. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Graduate School at Northwestern State University. Dr. Caldwell commits her time to promoting health and wellness in the community. The constant rise in obesity, heart disease, and diabetes has catapulted her into a community educator on living a healthy lifestyle. She has also published six peer-reviewed medical journal articles, is a content reviewer for the third edition of Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient, as well as the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing. She is a regular speaker on the local, regional and national levels. 

Dr. Caldwell was selected from16 accomplished honorees including: Laura Alderman, Sheena B. Bryant, Andrea Butler, Rhonda D. Butler, Kelli Dauphin, Meagan Davenport, Joanna Folse-Alexander, Sarah Giglio, Verni Howard, Angelita Jackson, Valarie Jamison, Robin Jones, Suanne McConathy, Donna Otwell, Susannah Poljak. 

For 28 years, the Greater Shreveport Chamber has awarded the International ATHENA Leadership Award to a woman or man to honor their attainment of the highest level of professional excellence by showing creativity and initiative in their business or profession; to showcase their devotion, time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community in a meaningful way; and to demonstrate how they have opened doors for other women to achieve their full potential. In total, over 450 people from Shreveport-Bossier City have been ATHENA honorees, and Dr. Caldwell is the 50th ATHENA International Award Recipient from our area. Her name will be added to the long list of professionals from across the globe that have been honored for their dedication to community service, professionalism and female empowerment.  

Since the program’s inception in 1982, more than 8,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, Unite Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.