New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for June 6, 2021 | Business News

New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for June 6, 2021 | Business News


New Orleans area

Louisiana’s River Parishes Tourist Commission has named Kiki Leigh Mannear as small meetings and events sales manager.

The St. Charles Parish native will act as a liaison between the River Parishes-based events and meeting venues, including the St. John Center and prospective meeting and events planners, and oversee relationship development with meeting, sports, events and reunion managers. Mannear was tourism sales manager for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, the director of marketing for Outlets of Little Rock and marketing support manager at the Highpointe Hotel Corp.

Louisiana Appleseed has selected Kenn Barnes and Kimberly Silas as co-chairs of its 13th Annual Good Apple Gala.

Barnes is an attorney with the Kenn Barnes Law Firm, where he practices criminal defense, personal injury and business development. He is a of LSU Law graduate. Silas joined Entergy Services LLC in 2019 as senior counsel in its regulatory litigation department. She received her juris doctorate from Southern University Law Center.

Baton Rouge area

Dr. Britta Leise, associate professor of equine surgery, has been named associate dean for faculty affairs at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, effective July 1.

She was a clinical instructor in equine emergency and critical care at Ohio State University, where she completed her Ph.D. in comparative and veterinary medicine. She was an assistant professor of equine surgery and lameness at Colorado State University and returned to LSU in 2015 as an assistant professor of equine surgery. Leise received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in animal sciences, earned a master’s degree in equine reproductive endocrinology from LSU and graduated from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed an internship at the University of Georgia in large animal surgery and medicine. She completed a residency in equine surgery at the LSU vet school.

Neel-Schaffer Inc. has named Jeff Decoteau to the newly created position of water resources engineering manager to grow its water resources group across the company’s nine-state footprint.

He served as project manager to the Louisiana Watershed Initiative’s data and modeling efforts. Decoteau has over 30 years of experience as a project engineer, project manager and operations leader. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from LSU.

Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has named Dr. Tara Jarreau to lead its specialized cardio-oncology clinic. The clinic works with Our Lady of the Lake’s Heart & Vascular Institute to assess heart issues a patient may have prior to cancer diagnosis, as well as any side effects that can occur from chemotherapy and radiation. 

Jarreau joined Louisiana Cardiology Associates in 2012 and is on the teaching faculty of the LSU Internal Medicine Residency Program. She also has served as the director of the cardiac MRI program at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center since 2013. Jarreau received her bachelor’s degree from LSU and earned her medical degree. She completed her internship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey and completed her residency in internal medicine at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. She completed a fellowship program in cardiovascular disease at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.

Investar Bank, N.A., has named David Campbell as a commercial market manager, senior vice president in the Baton Rouge region.

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Campbell was with Capital One Bank as a senior business banker/director. He has 10 years’ experience in banking, primarily in commercial real estate lending and underwriting. Campbell managed a portfolio of $89 million for his clients across various industries. The Baton Rouge native is a graduate of LSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.

Sam Bentley, the LSU vice president of the Office of Research and Economic Development, has been elected to the board of directors of the Environment and Health Council of Louisiana.

The nonprofit organization was founded in 1983 to facilitate independent, balanced and factual assessments of health issues related to the environmental and economic well-being of Louisiana. The organization is governed by a voluntary board of directors representing business, government, academic, industry and nonprofit organizations. Bentley holds the Billy and Anne Harrison Professorship in Sedimentary Geology in the LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Around Louisiana

Jerry Ledet, president and chief executive officer of Synergy Bank in Houma, has been installed as the 2021-2022 chairman of the Louisiana Bankers Association.

He succeeds Gary S. Littlefield, Baton Rouge market president of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co.

Other officers are Chairman-elect K. Brent Vidrine, of Bank of Sunset, and Treasurer Joseph F. Quinlan III, of First National Bankers Bank in Baton Rouge.

Regional directors elected are northwest region’s John C. Cole, of Gibsland Bank and Trust; south central region’s Steven J. Crispino, of South Louisiana Bank in Houma; and northeast region’s Paige B. Oliver, of Bank of Oak Ridge.

Other association directors continuing to serve are southeast region’s Chris Ferris, of Fidelity Bank in New Orleans; Acadiana region’s Jason P. Freyou, of Home Bank N.A. in Lafayette; southwest region’s Justin Holt, of The Evangeline Bank and Trust in Lake Charles; southeast region’s Chip Knight, of Hancock Whitney Bank in New Orleans; capitol region’s H. Brooks Lewis, of Citizens Bank and Trust Co. in Baton Rouge; central region’s Bryon C. Salazar, of Red River Bank in Alexandria; at-large member Rose M. Miller, of First National Bank of Louisiana in Lafayette; and Robert T. Taylor, chief executive officer of the Louisiana Bankers Association in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division presented its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award to Sherron Phae Williams, the director of human resources for the city of Shreveport and owner The SPD Firm LLC handling estate planning and personal injury matters; the Honorable Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award to Roya S. Boustany, of Lafayette, a felony assistant district attorney for the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; Pro Bono Award to Candace B. Ford of Baton Rouge, an associate in the commercial litigation practice group of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP; YLD Rookie of the Year to Megan S. Peterson of New Orleans, a partner at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn LLP and the young lawyer representative on the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates; and Award of Appreciation to Betty A. Maury, of Gretna, law clerk for 24th Judicial District Court Judge Lee V. Faulkner Jr. in Jefferson Parish.

Bat P. Sullivan Jr. Chair Awards went to Rachal Cox Cassagne, of Gretna, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and District 2 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Council; Collin R. Melancon, of New Orleans, a partner/owner of Mansfield, Melancon, Cranmer & Dick LLC and District 1 representative; and Megan E. Réaux, of Lafayette, an associate at Hill & Beyer APLC and District 3 representative.

Program of the Year went to the Baton Rouge Bar Association Young Lawyers Section for its Belly Up with the Bar fundraiser for Baton Rouge Bar Foundation youth education programs and Outstanding Local Affiliate to the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Inc.

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