Business Honors for July 21


Fayron Epps, a faculty member in the School of Nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College, has been awarded two fellowships recognizing her research dedicated to improving the quality of life for older African-Americans with dementia and also their caregivers.

Epps was named a 2013-2015 National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Claire M. Fagin Fellow. The fellowship supports post-doctoral research in gerontological nursing. Epps also was selected as a Fellow to attend the 2013 Summer Workshop on African American Aging at the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research.

Dr. John W. Portwood Jr. of Baton Rouge received the Academy of General Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an AGD council, committee or task force member for outstanding leadership capabilities and whose contributions have resulted in significant and fundamental advances toward fulfilling the organization’s mission.

Our Lady of the Lake has been recognized for excellence and quality in stroke care by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes its commitment and success in implementing quality treatment and care for stroke according to national evidence-based practices.

Karen Taheri of Baton Rouge, a licensed professional counselor, has earned the Registered Play Therapist credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy. The credential is based on a post-graduate degree in mental health, experience in play therapy training and clinical experience and licensing from a state board.


Kenneth M. Henke, a partner in the firm of Oats and Marino, has achieved certification in Family and Divorce Mediation offered by the Mediation Institute. He is now certified as a mediator by the Louisiana State Bar Association.

The Gulf States Region of the American Institute of Architects selected +one design & construction as a recipient of its 2013 Gulf States AIA Honor Award for the company’s Scissor House project.

The award honors distinctive works in the Gulf States region. The Scissor House, as it’s come to be known, joins two long, metal clad forms that bisect, mimicking the cutting action of a pair of scissors.


Roy Geesey, previous owner of Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley and Iota, was named the 2013 C.A. Charlet Funeral Director of the Year by Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.

Geesey, a financial adviser with Cullen Investment Group Ltd. of Lafayette and Crowley, was recognized for his integrity, dignity, compassion and respect for the families he serves and dedication to the LFDA and funeral industry.