Bernadette Lucas Named Interim CEO of Liberty’s Kitchen

Lucas to replace Dennis Bagneris who leaves the organization June 30th

For Immediate Release

Contact: Elizabeth Smith

            Longtime Liberty’s Kitchen Chief Financial Officer Bernadette Lucas has been appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Liberty’s Kitchen, a Mid City-based non-profit organization dedicated to youth development, youth empowerment and food security through programs designed to help provide employment and life skills training for inner city youth.

            Bernadette joined Liberty’s Kitchen as CFO in 2017 following several years of related experience in both the non-profit and private sector. She is a graduate of Dillard University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. She will replace current Liberty’s Kitchen CEO Dennis Bagneris, whose retirement takes effect on June 30th after 11 years with the organization and four years as CEO.  

            “Our board is delighted to have the experience and continuity Bernadette will provide for Liberty’s Kitchen as we transition to a new era of leadership,” said retired Judge Calvin Johnson, board Chair.  “We are most grateful to Dennis for the value he brought to the organization over several years and we wish him all the best in health, happiness and future success,” said Johnson.