Dr. Kishore Gadde has been named medical director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Allen A. Copping In-Patient Medical Unit.

Gadde is a national leader in the field of obesity management and its co-morbidities. He holds the title of professor and has also been appointed as the inaugural Fairfax Foster Bailey Endowed Chair in Heart Disease Prevention.

Gadde was with Duke University, where he served on the faculty in the departments of medicine and psychiatry.

Preston J. Castille Jr., a business lawyer with the Baton Rouge law firm Taylor Porter, has been elected national president of the Southern University Alumni Federation. He is a 1990 graduate and Opelousas native.

Newly elected members of the organization’s executive team include LaQuitta R. Thomas of Dallas, first vice president; Betty J. Fuller of Baton Rouge, second vice president; Pamela Burleigh of Baton Rouge, third vice president; James Mahomes of Baton Rouge, chaplain; Patricia Johnson of College Park, Georgia, parliamentarian; and Janet St. Cyr Moore of Baton Rouge, sergeant-at-arms.

Officers appointed are Shayla McCullough of Washington, D.C., executive assistant to the president; Macqueline Joseph of Florissant, Missouri, recording secretary; Denise M. Armstrong of Houston, treasurer; and Edward “Ted” James of Baton Rouge, legal counsel.

Clark R. Cossé III, chief governmental officer and general counsel to the Louisiana Hospital Association, was elected to an eighth consecutive one-year term as chairman of the Louisiana Patient’s Compensation Fund Oversight Board. Cossé represents hospitals on the LPCF board, which oversees the payment of large medical malpractice claims against private physicians, hospitals and other health care providers.

Steve Allison has been named vice president/director of risk solutions at BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc. — BancorpSouth Insurance Services/Wright & Percy.

Allison was the executive vice president and chief operating office for Sierra Systems Integration Inc. and Sierra Detention Systems Inc. and previously was corporate risk manager for The Shaw Group and vice president of finance for Entergy-Shaw, a specialty power construction company.

Lance LaPlace has been named branch manager of the Baton Rouge office of Professional Service Industries Inc.

LaPlace was a principal at LaPlace Consulting Services LCC, which he founded in 2008 to provide business development services to engineering firms in Louisiana.

Lauren Robertson, who was the sales manager at Baton Rouge-based General Informatics, has joined Lafayette-based GDS as an enterprise sales consultants in Baton Rouge.

Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge has elected to its board of directors Tenika James, chief executive officer of New Decisions LLC; Martha Kirk, independent speech pathologist; Alex Mahon, Capital One Bank; and Todd A. Pourciau, Baton Rouge Community College.


Leona Boullion has been named chief operating officer for the Regional Health System of Acadiana, with administrative responsibility for both Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana.

Boullion has been with Women’s & Children’s for more than 25 years and served in various leadership roles, including chief nursing officer and chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer.

Brent Turner, president of Acadia Healthcare Co. Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of LHC Group Inc. in Lafayette, a national provider of home health, hospice and post-acute healthcare services.


Michelle Zara has been named sales manager at Taste Buds Catering and Events in New Orleans.

Zara previously held comparable positions with the Personnel Consulting Group, Bubba Gulf Shrimp Co. and Travel New Orleans.

Earle Thompson has been promoted to senior vice president, agency division, with WFG National Title Insurance Co.

Thompson, who was vice president, will remain in the company’s New Orleans offices and will continue to manage WFG National Title’s agency operations in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Warren McDonald has been named north shore banking center president by Business First Bank.

McDonald, a native of New Orleans, was president of the Business First Baton Rouge banking center.

Hyatt Hood has been named assistant manager of the Mandeville sales office of Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors.

Hyatt was a sales agent in the Mandeville office for eight years.

St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington has named Kristy Cessna as supervisor for infusion services at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and the hospital’s infusion suite; Andrea Comeaux as clinical medical oncology director of Northshore Oncology Associates, which partners with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital for infusion services; and Brad Villemeur to construction foreman.

Cessna has been with infusion services as a registered nurse and served as charge nurse when the supervisor was not available. Comeaux was supervisor for infusion services at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and the hospital’s infusion suite. Villeneur was environmental services coordinator.


David Camardelle, mayor of Grand Isle, has been installed as president of the Louisiana Municipal Association.

Additionally, he will serve as the head of the LMA’s executive board and chair of the executive committee.

Other officers are Carroll Breaux, mayor of Springhill, first vice president, and Barney Arceneaux, mayor of Gonzales, second vice president.

District vice presidents from the local area are Mayor Kathy Richard, of Arnaudville, District F; Mayor John F. Overton Sr. of Maringouin, District H; Mayor David Villere, of Mandeville, District I; and Mayor Joey Bouziga, of Golden Meadow, District J.