Michael Kaller has been named vice president of the LSU chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, headquartered in Baton Rouge. Kaller is assistant research professor and coordinator of undergraduate programs in LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources and associate rector of the Agriculture Residence College.

Darienne Wilson Mobley, co-executive director of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, has been elected to serve on the U.S. Travel Association’s board of directors.


Knight Oil Tools in Lafayette has named Mickey Broussard as chief operating officer; Sid Lyons as executive vice president; Franklin McLaughlin as senior vice president of operations; Nicholas Knight as senior vice president of global resources; Rod Warmke as executive vice president; Mike Foster as vice president of Operations; Chris Rosson as director of global business administration; Barret Lemaire as director of information technology; and Chris Camos as vice president of real estate and construction.

Broussard was vice president of fishing services and rental tool services. Lyons was vice president of sales. McLaughlin was senior vice president of Knight Resources. Knight was vice president. Warmke was director of operations-mid-continent region for the rental tool services business unit.

Foster was regional vice president-South America. Rosson was global business manager. Lemaire was network manager. Camos was promoted from a domestic to global role with the same title.

Greene’s Energy Group in Lafayette has promoted Blayne Prejean to operations manager of Cherokee Services, a division of the company. He was assistant operations manager.


Lauren Jardell has been promoted to vice president of government relations and operations at Sabiston Consultants. Jardell was an associate.

Marc Nuar has been named a senior solutions designer at Solutient, heading its information technology services business unit in the development of new business opportunities and the support of IT clients.

Nuar was IT project manager and business analyst at GCR and Associates Inc. in New Orleans.

Bob Brown, managing director of the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region, will transition to a consulting role effective Dec. 31. He has been managing director for six years.


Gov. Bobby Jindal has made appointments and reappointments from the local area to several state boards and commissions.

  • Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West Bank: Kendall Gaddy, of Slidell, a civil engineer and manager of project evaluation at Crescent Technology Inc. in New Orleans.
  • Louisiana State Polygraph Board: Lt. Don Zuelke, of Baton Rouge, a retired commander from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and was in charge of the polygraph division; James Richie Johnson III, of Brusly, a certified polygraphist serving in the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Patient’s Compensation Fund Oversight Board: Joseph Donchess, of Baton Rouge, executive director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.
  • Louisiana Board of International Commerce: Chet Chaisson, of Cut Off, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.
  • Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council: Kristopher Hebert, of Broussard.
  • Prison Enterprises Board: Charles Chatelain, of Carencro, an Army veteran retired from chairing Delta Media Corp.
  • Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training: Jeffrey Wiley, of Gonzales, Ascension Parish sheriff; Jacob Dickinson, of Harahan, chief of police of Harahan.
  • Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission: Dr. Laura Badeaux, of Thibodaux, director of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government at Nicholls State University; Kathleen Mix, of Metairie, vice chancellor for workforce development and education at Delgado Community College in New Orleans; Pamela Egan, of Covington, a nurse practitioner and co-founder of Egan Healthcare Services.
  • Louisiana Board for Hearing Aid Dealers: Scott Sayer, of Prairieville, a hearing instrument specialist with Audibel Hearing Healthcare; Kenneth Fogg, of Denham Springs, general counsel for Plantation Management Co.
  • Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority: James “Jim” Besselman, of Metairie, owner and president of Ernst Café and principle-owner of the Besselman & Littly Agency; Frank Quinn, of Jefferson, is the general manager of the Riverwalk Marketplace in downtown New Orleans.
  • State Parks and Recreation Commission: Kathryn Bedenbaugh, of Hammond, owner of Kathryn Bedenbaugh Interiors; Clifton Murphy, of Baton Rouge, former regional chief sanitarian for the Department of Health and Hospitals.
  • The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board: Sarah Voisin, of Houma, owner of Motavit Seafood LLC and Wine Island LLC.
  • Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East: Stephen Estopinal, of Baton Rouge, an Army veteran and senior engineer and land surveyor for CSRS.
  • Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District: Russell Cornette, of Greensburg, a millwright for Jacobs Field Services; Willie George Lee, of Denham Springs, a member of the St. Helena Parish School Board; Kenneth Welborn, of Central, East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office; Alvin Bargas, of Baton Rouge, president of the Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.; Ben Babin, of Prairieville, retired manager of BellSouth and retired Army colonel.
  • Louisiana Highway Safety Commission: Dwayne “Poncho” Munch, police chief for Westwego; Franklin Kyle III, of Mandeville, president of Kyle Associates LLC.
  • Louisiana Sentencing Commission: Mark Graffeo, of Port Allen, clerk of court for West Baton Rouge Parish; Robert “Rusty” Barkerding Jr., of Metairie, president and owner of Admiral Security Services Inc.
  • Louisiana Public Defender Board: Leo Hamilton, of Baton Rouge, partner at Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP.