Governor’s Fellowship Program Graduation Held in BEC Rotunda

August 8, 2019

BATON ROUGE – The 2019 Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program completed the 10-week program with graduation held August 8, 2019, in the Business Education Complex Rotunda. Thirteen fellows received certificates from Governor John Bel Edwards; Mark Cooper, chief of staff for the Office of the Governor; and Jared Llorens, director of the Department of Public Administration.

The keynote was given by the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Kimberly Lewis Robinson, followed by a speech given on behalf of the 2019 Fellows class by Sarah Procopio, a fellow from the Louisiana Department of Health.

In his closing remarks, the Governor encouraged the class to continue leading with common sense and compassion and doing what they could regardless of what the limitations are while also accepting that there is more we can do. Governor Edwards said their final proposals given at the end of the program built upon this and he hoped the fellows continue to remain optimistic as he is optimistic for the future of our state and country after his interactions with the fellows as well as other young people around the state.

The 2019 Fellows Class:

  • Grace Bordelon, Baton Rouge, LA; Communications, Office of the Governor; Louisiana State University
  • Alacia Brew, Farmerville, LA; Community Programs, Office of the Governor; Southern University
  • Hayden Cresson, Baton Rouge, LA; Office of Juvenile Justice; Fordham University
  • Richard Davis, Slidell, LA; Department of Corrections; Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Donald Dunbar, Hammond, LA; Department of Revenue; Southern University
  • Jacob Ellis, Natchitoches, LA; Alcohol and Tobacco Control; Northwestern State University
  • Robert Kyte, Ruston, LA; Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA); Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Elise LaFleur, Abbeville, LA; Policy, Office of the Governor; Catholic University of America
  • Robert “Yancy” LeGrande, Coushatta, LA; Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Louisiana State University
  • David Lehman, Baton Rouge, LA; Louisiana Economic Development; Louisiana State University
  • Justin Malone, Quitman, LA; Louisiana Workforce Commission; Grambling State University
  • Sarah Procopio, Baton Rouge; Louisiana Department of Health; Louisiana State University
  • Christopher Ward, Leesville, LA; Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Louisiana Tech University


Grace Bordelon

brewAlacia Brew


Hayden Cresson

davisRichard Davis
dunbarDonald Dunbar
ellisJacob Ellis
kyteRobert Kyte
lafleurElise LaFleur
legrandeRobert "Yancy" LeGrande
lehamDavid Lehman
maloneJustin Malone
procopioSarah Procopio
wardChristopher Ward


About the Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government

The Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government is an opportunity for college and university students to experience public policy in action, learn the rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government, and earn three hours of academic credit. Each Fellow will be assigned to a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by collaborating with agency leaders on existing projects, observing firsthand the Governor’s leadership strategies and learning how state policies are developed. Fellows will also participate in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance their overall experience and understanding of the Louisiana government and current affairs.


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business