Ron FormanMark SurprenantJoanna Brochado and Daniel LaGrone will be honored by Louisiana Appleseed at the organization's 14th annual Good Apple Gala.

Louisiana Appleseed is a nonprofit based in New Orleans that focuses on research-oriented approaches to policy change by recruiting attorneys to provide free services.

Forman, the outgoing president and CEO of the Audubon Nature Institute, and Surprenant, with Adams and Reese, are the community justice honorees. 

Brochado, of Entergy Texas, and LaGrone, vice president and deputy general counsel at Pan-American Life Insurance Co. and immediate past president of the Association of Corporate Counsel-Louisiana, will be honored for their pro bono work.

The Good Apple Gala will be held at the Sazerac House, 101 Magazine St. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at


Scott Bardwell will continue to serve as chair of the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge in 2024.

Bardwell is the president of Bardwell Homes. 

The other members of the board are: Chris Pike, Canebrake Builders, first vice chair; Angela Poirrier, Acadian House Design + Renovation, second vice chair; Michael LeBas, HOUSETIPS, associate vice chair; Daniel Kennedy, ProSource Wholesale, treasurer; Rusty Golden, Le Jardin Development, board of supervisors representative; and Karen Zito, president and CEO, HBA|GBR, ex officio.

The board of directors for the association is made up of Scott Alexander, Assurance Financial; Russell Alleman, Manchac Homes; Taylor Braud, Traditions; Shane Dantin, Pinnacle Exterior Construction; Fritz Embaugh, Plus One Design + Construction; Lee Foster, DSLD Homes; Mike Gorman, Gorman Brothers — Appliance/Lighting; Geno Guercio, G & B Building Specialists; Matthew Holmes, Holmes Building Materials; Kathy LaBorde, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership; Erik Mollerberg, GSE Integrated; Carol Smith, Harvey Smith Construction; Nathan Spicer, Spicer Construction; and Chris Van Pelt, M&M Glass Co.