Business Honors for Aug. 31, 2014 _lowres

Boyd Mothe Jr., Mothe Funeral Homes in New Orleans


Kayanush Aryana, an LSU AgCenter researcher and professor of dairy foods technology in the LSU College of Agriculture, received the International Dairy Foods Association Award in Dairy Food Processing at the American Dairy Science Association conference.

The award recognizes individuals “whose research findings have allowed dairy foods processors to develop new products and make a significant improvement in the quality, safety or processing efficiency of dairy foods.”

Aryana’s research focuses on functional dairy foods and probiotic characteristics. His research has facilitated the creation and introduction of novel dairy products with health benefits.

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center has received the designation as a Magnet hospital by American Nurses Credentialing Center for the second consecutive time.

The designation identifies health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing and quality patient care and outcomes. It is based on an on-site evaluation and interviews.

Kevin F. Knobloch, a financial adviser working with The Knobloch Poché Burns Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, has earned the chartered adviser in philanthropy designation from the American College of Financial Services.

The designation is based on education requirements.

Capital One Bank has been presented an “Impact Award” from Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge & Acadiana for helping Junior Achievement attain its mission in classrooms across the region during the 2013-2014 academic year through volunteerism, fundraising and corporate contributions. Ninety-nine employee volunteers dedicated 683 hours to teaching K-12 students how to create, save and spend wealth wisely, while the company contributed $87,000 for JA programs and sponsorships. Capital One also was recognized for its team’s fundraising efforts at the JA Bowl-A-Thon, winning Company of the Year at the event.

Rachel Calandro, a graphic artist and photographer with Layne Photography, won first place in electronic imaging at the Professional Photographers of Louisiana annual print competition. Calandro’s print titled “Dead Woman Walking” took the Best in Louisiana award along with a National Fuji Masterpiece Award and Best First Time Entry award. Another print by Calandro of a mermaid titled “Let’s Make Waves” was also placed in the Exhibition Prints Court of Honor at the competition held in New Orleans.


Boyd Mothe Jr., a fifth-generation funeral director and embalmer and vice president of Mothe Funeral Homes in New Orleans, received the 2014 C.A. Charlet Funeral Director of the Year award from the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.

Mothe was recognized for his contributions to the funeral industry through his integrity, leadership and service. He is the south district governor and a laws and legislative committee member, as well as a past president of LFDA. He is active in multiple community organizations, provides continuing education across the state and was awarded the LFDA Outstanding Distrcit Award in both 2013 and 2014.