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Dr. James Andrews, M.D.
A native of Homer, Louisiana, Dr. James Andrews is a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon. His clients have included a virtual Who’s Who of professional athletes including Drew Brees, Michael Jordan, Roger Clemens and Jack Nicklaus. He is best known for his development of the procedure known as Tommy John Surgery. It takes tendons from other parts of the body to replace torn tendons in pitching arms.
Dr. Andrews is one of the founding members of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also a founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) a non-profit institute dedicated to injury prevention, education and research in orthopaedics and sports medicine. He has mentored more than 275 orthopaedic/sports medicine Fellows and more than 55 primary care sports medicine Fellows who have trained under him. Dr. Andrews is also a founding partner and the Medical Director of the Andrews Institute and the Andrews-Paulos Research and Education Institute also dedicated to prevention, education and research.
He graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1963, where he was Southeastern Conference indoor and outdoor pole vault champion. He completed LSU School of Medicine in 1967 and completed his orthopaedic residency at Tulane Medical School in 1972. He had surgical fellowships in sports medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1972 with Dr. Frank McCue, III and at the University of Lyon, Lyon, France in 1972 with the late professor Albert Trillat, M.D., who is known as the Father of European Knee Surgery.
In addition to his prowess as a surgeon, Dr. Andrews has also been recognized for his scientific and clinical research in the prevention and treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow injuries. In addition, he has made major presentations around the world, and has authored numerous scientific articles and books.
Ferriday Native, Mickey Gilley is a six-time Academy of Country Music award winner with 17 number one country hits and another 22 top ten songs. Gilley along with famous cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart played piano together as children, singing boogie-woogie and Gospel music.
Record Historian Joel Whitburn ranks Mickey Gilley among the Top 50 Country Music Hitmakers of all time. Gilley scored his first string of consecutive #1 hits in the mid-1970’s by performing traditional honky tonk songs and a few years later became a smooth crooner of country love songs and distinctive updates of romantic classics.
Throughout the years, he’s maintained a history of being in touch with the needs and pleasures of country music fans and leading the way in creating new directions of country music entertainment. His decision to develop his own nightclub, Gilley’s Club, and make it “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk” inspired the 1980 hit movie Urban Cowboy. The Country remake of the soul standard "Stand by Me”, rose to the top of the Country charts in 1980. Gilley’s Club later served as a prototype for hundreds of other large, dance-oriented country clubs.
Baton Rouge native Gayle Hatch was the coach of the 2004 U.S. Weightlifting Team. Considered one of the pioneers of Olympic style strength training in the United States, Hatch has been enshrined in the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame, the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame and the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. The Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team has won 49 USA Weightlifting National Championships. Gayle Hatch-coached athletes competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Weightlifting Teams and were members of 12 USA World Teams. Some of the distinguished lifters include Olympic and World Team members Bret Brian, Tommy Calandro, Blair Lobrano, and Matt Bruce.
At Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Hatch starred in basketball and set numerous school records. Coach Hatch is a member of Northwestern State Athletic Hall of Fame. On October 15, 2004 Coach Hatch was inducted into Northwestern State University’s "Long Purple Line". It is the university’s most prestigious honor and recognizes former students whose career accomplishments enhance the reputation of the school. Northwestern State is one hundred and twenty years old and only sixty-five alumni have received this honor.
The contributions that Coach Hatch has made extend beyond the reach of the athletes he has coached. Many of the current top U.S. Weightlifting coaches say they have patterned much of what they have done after the Gayle Hatch Program. He has helped countless strength coaches at the professional, collegiate and high-school levels reach a better understanding of explosive strength training for all athletes. His philosophies have been utilized in recent years by strength coaches at LSU, Alabama, Miami and Tennessee.
Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Linda Thomas-Greenfield was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia on July 18, 2008, by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Upon arriving in Monrovia, she soon became known as the “People’s Ambassador” – a moniker reflecting her candor, compassion and commitment to supporting Liberians. Over the past three years, the Ambassador has challenged individuals and institutions to find their place in a peaceful and democratic Liberia, encouraging illiterate women to go back to school, ex-combatants to play a constructive role in rebuilding the country, and American companies to invest in its future.
Since beginning her Foreign Service career in 1982 as a Consular Officer at Embassy Kingston, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has risen through the ranks to the Minister Counselor level. She has served in Jamaica, Nigeria, The Gambia, Pakistan, and Switzerland, in addition to work in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the Office of the Director General of the Foreign Service. Most recently Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau for African Affairs from January 2006 to July 2008 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration from June 2004 to January 2006.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught Political Science at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also completed work towards a doctorate.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is a Louisiana native with a reputation for her culinary prowess. She is married to a retired Foreign Service Officer and has two grown children.
Richard Zuschlag is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acadian Ambulance Service which he founded in 1971. Mr. Zuschlag serves on the Bush-Clinton Coastal Recovery Fund committee and was instrumental in developing the Lafayette 911 system. He has served as Chairman of the Lafayette Parish Communication District, was a member of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Hospital Association, Acadiana Safety Association, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, 232-HELP, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association, and Council for a Better Louisiana. Mr. Zuschlag has headed fundraising efforts for the Boy Scouts, United Way, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, St. Thomas More Catholic High School, Ascension Day School, St. Pius Church, and Opus Christi Magnum.
Mr. Zuschlag was named the 1980 Louisiana Businessman of the Year, 1988 Marketer of the Year and received the 1995 Golden Mike Award, 1995 Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award, 1996 Lafayette Civic Cup Award, was king of 2005 Washington Mardi Gras and honored as 2005 Inc. Magazine Honorable Mention Entrepreneur of the Year.