1A Announces 2023 Leadership

Lafayette, LA – One Acadiana (1A)’s leadership has announced new appointments to the board. The Board of Directors of the economic development organization and chamber of commerce will focus in 2023 on business development, policy, and membership initiatives.

The region’s business leaders elected the following 2023 Officers:

  • Blaise Zuschlag, Acadian Companies, 2023 Chair
  • Mary Desormeaux, Community First Bank, Treasurer
  • Al Patin, Ochsner Lafayette General, Secretary
  • Jerry Prejean, First Horizon Bank, 2024 Chair-Elect
  • Charles Fenstermaker, Fenstermaker, Immediate Past Chair

"As incoming chair, I am proud to be supporting One Acadiana's goal of setting a vibrant, unified vision for our region’s economy,” said Blaise Zuschlag. “Our efforts in attracting and retain high-paying jobs, ensuring regional infrastructure investments, and strengthening Acadiana’s workforce while attracting skilled talent, will help us achieve our commitment to enhancing Acadiana’s quality of place and business environment, and supporting businesses locally and regionally.”

Three-year Elected Directors:

  • Dr. Nancee Sorenson, LSUE
  • Jady Regard, Cane River Pecan Company
  • Dave Matthews, AssuredPartners

Ex Officio

  • Jillian Dickerson, The 705
  • Monique Boulet, Acadiana Planning Commission
  • Alex Lazard, Leadership Institute of Acadiana

For a full list of One Acadiana’s leadership visit:

"We are thrilled to have such a talented and committed group of leaders joining the executive committee and board of directors at One Acadiana,” said Troy Wayman, President & CEO of One Acadiana. "This is an exciting time for our organization, and I am confident that our new directors will help us further our mission of creating a vibrant economy for our region."

About One Acadiana
One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in south Louisiana. With more than 700 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is based in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of roughly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit.


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