Joseph E. Juban, counsel with the Long Law Firm, has been named chairman of the Baton Rouge General/General Health System board of trustees. Vice chairwoman is Phyllis McLaurin, who retired as vice president and market manager of JP Morgan’s private wealth management for the Baton Rouge and Lafayette markets.

Other board members are Perry Franklin, Gary Graphia, Margaret Hart, Dr. Roy G. Kadair, Isabelina Nahmens and the Rev. Ronnie L. Williams and ex officio members Dr. Andrew Olinde and Mark F. Slyter, the General’s president and chief executive officer.

BASF Corp. has named Jolen Stein as southeast U.S. region communications hub manager and Blythe Lamonica as external communications manager in the southeast hub. They are based in Geismar.

Stein was site and community relations manager for BASF’s Louisiana sites.

Lamonica was with Harris, DeVille & Associates Inc., a public affairs and issues management firm in Baton Rouge.

Corey Sarullo, branch manager and business development officer of the Guaranty Bank & Trust Co. branch in Grosse Tete, has been elected president of the board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. He represents Iberville Parish.

Other officers are Bobby Watts, of Central, retired from the East Baton Rouge Parish Tax Assessor’s Office, vice president; and Evans “Jimmy” Sanchez, regional process safety management coordinator for Enterprise Products Co. in Geismar, secretary.

Watts represents East Baton Rouge Parish and Sanchez Ascension Parish on the commission.

William “Bill” Dufrene, of the Alliance Safety Council, has been named vice president of the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils, serving on its executive committee.

Lori Prochaska, an architect, and Scott D’Agostino, a landscape architect urban planner, have been named senior associates at the Tipton Associates architectural, interiors and planning firm.

Prochaska has served as a studio leader in the firm’s education and civic studio.

D’Agostino has served as the leader of the firm’s landscape architecture and planning studio.

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co. has named Suzanne Marquette as senior vice president in commercial lending for its Baton Rouge market. She was a financial analyst in the consulting group at Postlethwaite and Netterville and previously senior vice president in the commercial banking group at JPMorgan Chase Bank.


David Kerstein, president and chief executive officer of The Helis Interests in New Orleans, including Helis Oil & Gas Co. LLC, has been named chairman of the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region.

The 2016 executive committee also includes Paul Flower, Vanessa Brown Claiborne, David Darragh, Charles L. Rice Jr., Henry Coaxum, Lee Anne Sciambra, James “Jim” Cook, Karen DeBlieux, L. Ronald “Ron” Forman, David Gallo, Lee Jackson, Merritt Lane, Dennis Lauscha, James “Jay” M. Lapeyre Jr., Mark Mayer, Suzanne T. Mestayer, Alden J. McDonald Jr., Gregory Rusovich, Mike Siegel, Gary Solomon and Bruce Thompson.

Garrity Solutions has elected to its board of directors Amy Brennan Kernion, director of database operations, and Calissa Bart, director of administration.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas has reappointed to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council Chairwoman Michelle Whetten, vice president and impact market leader of Enterprise Community Partners Inc. in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest, has re-elected as board officers Demetric M. Mercadel, a customer service specialist and low-income champion with Entergy New Orleans, president; Donna Santiago, an attorney with experience in arts, entertainment and nonprofit management, first vice president; Kathleen Turner, who has experience as a manager of performing arts centers and touring Broadway productions, second vice president; Jeffrey Goldring, a director of the Sazerac Co., secretary; and David Francis, executive vice president and publisher of and The Times-Picayune, treasurer.

Elected as new board members are Judge Sidney H. Cates IV, of the Civil District Court for Orleans Parish, and Richard F. Cortizas, an attorney and partner at the Jones Walker law firm.

Newly elected advisory council members are David A. Kerstein, president and chief executive officer of The Helis Interests in New Orleans, including Helis Oil & Gas Co.; Ellen M. Lee, director of housing policy and community development for the city of New Orleans; Ronald P. McClain, executive director of the Institute of Mental Hygiene; Howard L. Rodgers III, executive director of the New Orleans Council on Aging; and Kathy C. Saloy, program officer for community and economic development with Hope Enterprise Corp. /Hope Credit Union.

Joey Donaldson has been named branch manager of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co.’s branch at 3916 La. 22 in Mandeville.

Donaldson was a vice president/branch manager with IberiaBank.


Amber Beezley, interim assistant vice president of university planning at Tulane University, has been elected board chairwoman of the U.S. Green Building Council in Louisiana.

Other officers are Monica Gonzales, regional program director for Enterprise Community Partners, vice chairwoman; Heather Tank, an engineer with TLC Engineering for Architecture, treasurer; and Matt Hedrick, a sales representative with Republic Services, secretary. Michael Pousson, general manager of Lillibridge Healthcare Services, will serve as ex-officio member of the executive committee.

New board members are Richard Longman, of WHLC Architecture; Stephen Ortego, architect; Casius Pealer, of Tulane University; Scott Poole, of Martin Cos.; and Erin Ryerson, of CBRE.

Returning board members are Donna Barry, of Entergy Corp; Monica Derbes Gibson, of Liskow & Lewis; Craig Turner, of Make It Right; Gretchen Vanicor, of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and Jason Zuckerman, of McDonnel Group.

The Louisiana Supreme Court announced appointments to the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana: Suzanne H. Stinson, retired court administrator of the 26th Judicial District Court of Bossier and Webster parishes; Philip B. Sherman, a partner in the Chaffe McCall law firm; and Fred Herman, of the Fred Herman Law Firm.