Southeast Louisiana People in Business for Feb. 10. 2019 – The Advocate

Southeast Louisiana People in Business for Feb. 10. 2019 – The Advocate


La Capitol Federal Credit Unionhas namedChristy Casselsas human resources director.

She has 15 years of experience in the human resources field and was with MeridianLink, formerly CRIF Lending Solutions, and previously with Pelican State Credit Union.

Jennifer Rieshas been named president of the Louisiana division ofAtmos Energy.

Ries was vice president of rates and regulatory affairs in the Colorado-Kansas division of Atmos Energy. She has 17 years of experience in operations, compliance, engineering and rates with the company in several divisions. Ries received her mechanical engineering degree from Texas Tech University. She replaces Tom Hawkins, who announced his retirement.

Phyllis McLaurinhas been named chairwoman of the board of trustees atBaton Rouge General.

She has served as vice chairwoman since 2016 and is also a past chairwoman of the Baton Rouge General Foundation board of governors. McLaurin worked in banking for 42 years, retiring in 2012. She served as senior vice president and market manager of JP Morgan’s Private Wealth Management for the Baton Rouge and Lafayette markets.

Outgoing Chairman Joseph E. Juban, counsel with theLong Law Firm, will continue as a board member.

Three new members, each serving a three-year term, areDr. Jacques de la Bretonne,Gwen HamiltonandScott Kirkpatrick.

De la Bretonne is a retired radiologist and was a partner in Baton Rouge Radiology Group from 1979 until 2014, serving as president of the group from 1993-2007. He was a member of Baton Rouge General’s medical staff, as well as other area hospitals. Hamilton has served as an ex officio member of the board in her role as chairwoman of the Baton Rouge General Foundation board. She is the director of community affairs for New Schools for Baton Rouge. Kirkpatrick is an attorney at Roedel Parson’s Baton Rouge office, where he is a lobbyist on state issues. He will serve as an ex officio member in his role as the incoming chairman of the foundation board.

Meshhas promotedJaime Littleto team principal andEllie Youngto brand manager.

Little has been with the agency for two years and will provide client service team leadership and strategic guidance. She was a marketing and social media manager at All Star Automotive Group. Young was associate brand manager and is a graduate of LSU, with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and concentration in digital advertising.

Dr. Kathy Guidryhas been elected chief of the medical staff ofWoman’s Hospitaland will chair the medical executive committee and serve on the Woman’s Hospital board of directors. Guidry is an obstetrician and gynecologist withSchwartzenburg, Lafranca, Guidry and Chapman.

Other medical leadership includesDr. Jill Bader, vice chief of staff;Dr. O’Neil “Jay” Parenton, secretary;Dr. Julie Martin, chairwoman of OB-GYN clinical service;Dr. Michael Puyau, chairman of surgery;Dr. Charles Pearson Jr., chairman of medicine;Dr. Stephen Sanches, chairman of pediatric clinical service;Dr. Beverly Ogden, chairwoman of cancer clinical service and medical director of pathology;Dr. Dewitt Bateman, medical director of anesthesiology;Dr. Marshall St. Amant, medical director of maternal-fetal medicine/high-risk obstetrics;Dr. Steven Spedale, medical director of neonatology; andDr. Steven Sotile, medical director of radiology.


Lara Whitehas been named professor of practice in business and legal studies and executive director of executive and professional education at the A.B. Freeman School of Business atTulane University.

White is a former partner at Adams & Reese. She holds a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Tulane University.

The board of directors ofJ.H. Menge & Co. Inc.has electedGary James Buquoito vice president.

The Louisiana native has more than 20 years of experience in sales and been with the company seven years. He previously owned a business and had worked for Bengal Products Inc. in Baton Rouge as regional retail sales manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Nicholls State University.

Tim Woodardhas been promoted to head the newly opened greater New Orleans office of global insurance brokerLockton Cos.

Woodard was the marine and energy practice leader of Lockton Cos.’ Houston office. He has business and legal degrees from LSU and previously practiced marine and insurance law in New Orleans.

Metairie Bank and TrusthasSean M. Brunoto its board of directors.

Bruno has more than 25 years of experience. He began his career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche LLP; joined Bruno & Tervalon LLP; and in 2009 started Sean M. Bruno CPAs, focusing on audits of colleges, universities and nonprofits. Bruno sits on a number of boards and commissions, and serves as the chief administrative officer for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Bruno is a graduate of Morehouse College.

Wade Websterhas been named a partner inChaffe McCall’s New Orleans office in the law firm’s business practice.

Webster has more than three decades of experience in corporate law, litigation, taxation, business planning and successions, and experience with real estate transactions and financing, and is a title insurance agent. He graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received his juris doctorate from Tulane Law School in 1982.


Darryl LeJeune, of East Baton Rouge Parish, has been elected president of theLouisiana Notary Association.

Other officers areSamantha Bloemer, of St. Tammany Parish, vice president;Theresa Martin, of East Baton Rouge Parish, secretary; andBrandi Miller, of Ascension Parish, treasurer.

Directors arePaula Vincent Johnson, of Jefferson Parish;Clorissa Caillouet, of Lafourche Parish;Winnie Guillory, of Calcasieu Parish;Gary O’Neal, of Livingston Parish; andNan Riffe, of Ascension Parish.

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