Forum 225 Announces 2020 Barton Leadership Cohort

Forum 225 announced the members of its premier training program, the John W. Barton Sr., Community Leadership Development Program 2020 cohort. The selected participants represent a cross section of Baton Rouge’s business, civic, and non-profit sectors.

The Barton Leadership Program is Forum 225’s premier leadership training program that enables members to develop their leadership skills while promoting community involvement and volunteerism in Baton Rouge through training sessions. “Amidst the pandemic, we are thrilled to offer a revised, virtual Barton Leadership Program for 2020,” said Morgan Kastner, Forum 225 president-elect. “We have an outstanding, diverse group of young professionals on the roster who are dedicated to growing philanthropically, professionally and civically. We can’t wait to see what each individual takes from the class and uses to help lead our community.”

Members of the 2020 cohort include:

  • Amy Pirtle
  • Becca Kleinpeter, The Tatman Group
  • Carlton Jones, Material Management Resources, Inc/Client ExxonMobil
  • Chloe Riviere, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Cynthia Young, Capitol Area Reentry Program
  • Darian Graivshark, DOW Chemical
  • Erin Kruppner, Baton Rouge General Foundation
  • Hunter Kinchen, BXS Insurance
  • Jacob Wilkerson, BASIS Baton Rouge
  • Jessica McDaniel, East Baton Rouge Parish Library
  • Josef Ventulan, The Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Jovontee Curlee, Robinson Law Firm, LLC
  • Leigh Lamonica, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Mallory Richard, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office
  • McKenzie Jacobs, Gatorworks
  • Michelle Dennis, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
  • Samantha Laramore, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP
  • Scott Graham, Louisiana State University
  • Therese Walker, Emergent Method

Classes began in September and will conclude in December 2020. Forum 225’s Barton Leadership program includes in-depth sessions on Baton Rouge’s arts and culture, issues facing Baton Rouge and how young professionals can make a difference, honing skills for service in the community, and learning how to break down the barriers that divide the Baton Rouge community. The revamped 2019 program kicked off an exclusive Mentor Connection Program which paired participants with executives and community leaders and will also be offered for the 2020 cohort.

For more information, visit Questions regarding the program can be directed to Brian Melancon at