New Orleans Native Rev. Tilton Knighted by French Government

OurTown2The Rev. Dr. Cornelius Tilton has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms) for his work in advancing education and the French culture at a ceremony Dec.15 at the French Residence in New Orleans’ Garden District.

The Order of Academic Palms was founded in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte, who established the awards for devotion and accomplishment in the areas of teaching, scholarship and research. Since being raised to the status of the Order under the Minister of Education in 1955, this award has three ranks Chevalier, Officier and Commandeur. French citizens living abroad and foreign (Non-French) nationals may receive this award for contributing significantly to furthering French intellectual, scientific, and artistic achievements in the world.

Since 1988, Rev. Tilton has been the pastor of the Irish Channel Christian Fellowship Church; and since 1999, he has served as president of the Christian Bible College of Louisiana. Tilton has served on the governing board of Audubon Charter School, French and Montessori Education, Inc., for eight years as the board’s Vice Chair and for the last three years, its chairman.

Among public schools, Audubon Charter School is ranked third best Middle School in the state of Louisiana. Its French program is accredited from Pre-K3 through eighth grade by the French Ministry of Education – the only public school in Louisiana to bear that distinction.

Tilton worked with the school’s administration and the French Consulate to ensure all necessary requirements were met to secure that recognition.

Pastor Tilton is a 1979 business administration and French graduate of Dillard University. He has theological education from the Christian Bible College of Louisiana, including a doctorate of divinity, conferred in 1999. He is also a graduate of the 25th class of the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum.

Tilton is a past recipient of the New Orleans NAACP Education Award, the New Orleans General Hospital Eagle Award for Community service and numerous civic commendations and certificates. Additionally, he has been the volunteer leader of several nonprofit community and government boards.

Fara Elizabeth Jenkins Joins Creative Marketing as Media Buyer

OurTown3Fara Jenkins recently joined Creative Marketing Sales Inc., as its new media buyer. The Richmond, Virginia native relocated to New Orleans in 2011.

With experiences in television, radio, social media, search engine optimization, search engine and digital marketing and public relations, Jenkins joins Creative more than 15 years of combined marketing, media buying and public relations experience.

Dr. Takeisha Davis Named CEO of New Orleans East Hospital

OurTownMayor Mitch Landrieu, Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A (HSD) and LCMC Health recently announced that Takeisha Davis, MD, MPH, will serve as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the New Orleans East Hospital (NOEH) beginning on Jan. 11, 2016.

Dr. Davis has spent the last ten years at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) where she currently serves as the director of the Center for Community and Preventive Health, medical director and assistant state health officer for the Office of Public Health (OPH).

Dr. Davis is a New Orleans native who earned a doctorate of medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master’s in public health from Harvard University, has extensive experience in clinical care, community engagement and healthcare systems management.

As CEO of NOEH, Davis will be directly employed by LCMC Health, the management partner for NOEH, and will report to the 13-member HSD Board, which is comprised of business and civic leaders, healthcare providers and operators, as well as New Orleans East residents.

Dr. Davis was born and raised in New Orleans. The daughter of two public servants, she graduated from Eleanor McMain Secondary School and Xavier University of Louisiana.

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