Beard Construction Group LLC in Port Allen has named Chris Black as director of business development and Dallas Weems as assistant corporate safety director.

Black was business development manager for Cajun Deep Foundations LLC. Weems was safety compliance specialist for Crosstex Energy Services.

Covalent Logic has named Christina Stephens as senior public relations manager, Daniel Duvic as art director and Kishia Grayson as senior account manager.

Stephens was director of public affairs at the Louisiana Housing Corp. and previously communications director for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the state Department of Health and Hospitals. Duvic was creative director of Marucci Sports. Grayson was public relations manager for AlwaysCare Benefits/Starmount Life Insurance in Baton Rouge.


Ken Wells has been named president of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors in Houston.

Wells is the founder of Lifeline Strategies, a safety and regulatory management consulting company in New Orleans serving the oil and gas industry.

Les Calvin has been named operations manager of both New Orleans franchises of Two Men and A Truck.

He was customer service representative.


Lisa H. Nice, of Post Architects in Baton Rouge, has been elected 2015 president of the Louisiana chapter of the American Institute of Architects board of directors.

Other officers are Ron S. Martinez, of Scairono Martinez Architects APAC in New Orleans, first vice president/president-elect; Kevin J. Morris, of Holly and Smith Architects in New Orleans, secretary/treasurer; George W. Minturn, of Natchitoches, vice president District A; Angela M. Morton, of Mathes Brierre Architects in New Orleans, vice president District B; Brent A. Frick, of Don J. O’Rourke and Associates Ltd. of Lafayette, vice president District C; and William A. Tudor, of Alliance Design Group LLC in Alexandria, immediate past president.

Stephen J. Herman, a partner at Herman, Herman & Katz in New Orleans, has been named president of the Louisiana Association for Justice.

Other officers are P. Craig Morrow Jr., an attorney with Morrow, Morrow, Ryan & Bassett of Opelousas, president-elect; Daniel S. Foley, co-owner of Barker, Boudreaux, Lamy & Foley in New Orleans, immediate past president; Leah Guerry, chief executive officer; and Constance A. “Connie” Koury, executive director, secretary/treasurer.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has made appointments and reappointments from the local area to three state boards and commissions:

  • Governor’s Advisory Council on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation: David Cresson, of Baton Rouge, executive director and chief executive officer of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana; Mark Delesdernier Jr., of New Orleans, owner, president and CEO of River Marine Services Inc. and of Rampart Real Estate LLC; Joel Landry, of Plattenville, owner of Landry Farms LLC and co-owner/manager of L&J Land Co., a commercial and farm real estate holding company; Simone Maloz, of Thibodaux, executive director of Restore or Retreat Inc., a nonprofit coastal advocacy group; Alfred “Al” Sunseri, of New Orleans, owner and general manager of P&J Oyster Co. Inc.; and Linda Zaunbrecher, of Gueydan, a rice farmer and third vice president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Inc.
  • Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists: Dr. Joseph Comaty, of Baton Rouge, a private consultant and previously chief psychologist for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Behavioral Health.
  • Louisiana State Board of Examiners for Sanitarians: Alexander “Butch” Martin Jr., of Hammond, a licensed sanitarian.