Tobie Craig, of Turner Industries, has been elected chairman of Capital Area United Way’s board. Other board officers are Christy Reeves, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, chairman-elect; Scott Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, resource development chairman; Mike Albano, Dow Chemical, resource development chairman-elect; Michele Crosby, Jones Walker, community investment chairman; Tara Wicker, Metro councilwoman, community investment chairman-elect; Kenneth Riche, Smith Barney, treasurer/finance chairman; Joanie Netterville, Fidelity Bank, treasurer/finance vice chairman; Gerald Garrison, Garrison and Associates, relationship development chairman; Jeff Wright, Wright Feigley Communications LLC, relationship development chairman-elect; Jude Bursavich, Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson LLP, secretary; Jay O’Brien, McGlinchey Stafford, past chairman/governance chairman; Ryan Elliot, Citizen’s Bank and Trust, parish council chairman; Ruthie Golden, Coldwell Banker One, leadership giving chairman; Daniel Richard, LaPorte Sehrt Romig Hand, audit committee chairman; Brian Haymon, SGS Petroleum Corp., major gifts/planned giving; Bob Jacobs, YMCA of the Capital Area, partner agency representative; and Karen J. Profita, Capital Area United Way, president/CEO. Among new board members are Michael Anderson, Merrill Lynch; Sherrie Despino, Ascension Chamber of Commerce; Les Gatz, Hancock Bank; KC Gilbert, United Parcel Service; Dr. Stewart Gordon, Earl K. Long Medical Center; Joe Kelly, Farm Bureau Insurance Co.; Stephen Lousteau, Capital One Bank; Terrie Sterling, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; and Jere Ducote, Jacobs Engineering.
Amy N. Varnado has been promoted from manager to senior manager in the client services division of Hannis T. Bourgeois LLP, Certified Public Accountants.
Donny Schmitt has been named field unit director with Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana-Baton Rouge. Schmitt was a financial representative.
Eileen B. Kennedy has been elected to the national board of directors of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, a philanthropic corporation that provides scholarships and grants to members of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity.
Cathy S. Newhouse has been named senior vice president of clinical program development and innovation at Lafayette-based LHC Group Inc. Newhouse was senior vice president of sales and clinical program at Almost Family in Louisville, Ky.
MidSouth Bank has named Melissa Schmidt as assistant vice president, senior internal auditor in Lafayette and Trisha Ledet as banking center manager at its Towne Center facility in Baton Rouge. Schmidt was an internal auditor. Ledet was a universal banker.