Sara M. Downing has been named managing partner of TWRU CPAs & Financial Advisors.

She started with the firm in 1991 and became a partner 2002. She specializes in audits, income tax planning and business consultations.

Matthew W. Bailey, managing partner of Walsh & Bailey LLC, has been elected president of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.

The ADTA is an invitation only group of trial attorneys engaged in the defense of litigation throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and London.

Ross Nichols, of FHS Inc.’s Gonzales office, has joined the company’s Bartow, Florida, office as the parts department manager serving customers in Florida and southeastern states.

FHS specializes in overhead cranes and hoists, conveyors, storage solutions and clock and door equipment.


Katie Broussard Falgout has been named brand manager and public relations director at Right Angle.

She was director of training at Bizzuka Inc and has experience in health care marketing and website development and training.


Ronald P. Barreca has been named financial adviser/vice president at MB Investment Services LLC, a division of Metairie Bank.

He was an independent financial adviser with LPL Financial Services and has a background in retirement and estate planning with some financial institutions.

Kris Pottharst has been named executive director of Project Homecoming Inc.

She succeeds the Rev. Jean Marie Peacock, founder of Project Homecoming, who will be executive director of a new nonprofit, Westbank Community Ministries, initiated by Faith Presbyterian Church in Harvey.

Pottharst has executive leadership experience in nonprofit organizations, including New Orleans Food and Farm Network, Advocates for Science and Math Education Inc., and founding roles in the Parkway Partners Community Gardens Project and the Education Department of the Contemporary Arts Center.

“Project Homecoming is embracing its expanding vision of neighborhood health and stability with this appointment,” board Chairwoman Mary Alexander said.