Baton Rouge area

Joseph Francis, the Everett D. Besch Professor in Veterinary Medicine at LSU, has been named associate dean of faculty affairs at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, effective July 1.

Francis will be responsible for matters that affect faculty, including promotions and tenure, professional development, mentoring, retention and recruiting, academic policies, and faculty-related human resources issues. He is a professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences. He received his veterinary degree and master’s in veterinary virology and immunology from Madras Veterinary College in India. He received his Ph.D. in neuroimmunoendocrinology from Kansas State University. He began working for the LSU vet school in 2003. His research interest is on understanding the role played by central nervous system cytokines in the pathophysiology of heart failure, hypertension and renal diseases. He also has started researching inflammatory molecules in the brain in post-traumatic stress disorder.

Investar Bank National Association has named Tom D’Antoni as asset quality director and senior vice president.

D’Antoni spent the past 10 years as regional special assets manager at Regions Bank and has 45 years of experience in the banking industry. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from LSU and holds an MBA in finance from the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber graduated 45 participants in its 34th year of the Leadership Baton Rouge program, designed to educate potential leaders on the resources, assets and issues facing the Capital Region. The program focuses on key areas such as education, diversity, city and state government, health care and social concerns, economic development, the arts and culture, and the criminal justice system.

The 2020 graduates are Jason R. Andreasen, Baton Rouge Gallery; Tasha Bergeron Parms, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Erin H. Blake, Baton Rouge Community College; Crystal Blanchard, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Christina P. Brown, Mesh; Anita M. Byrne, SSA Consultants; Joseph J. Cefalu III, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP; Ryan M. Cross, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Summer Dann, EBR Career and Technical Education Center; Tonnisha N. Ellis, Louisiana Board of Regents; Andrew V. Fitzgerald, Baton Rouge Area Chamber; Sarah Gardner, Baton Rouge Area Foundation; Nenette L. Gray, Lemonade Creative Marketing LLC; Letrece R. Griffin, Knock Knock Children's Museum; Deon A. Guillory, WVLA Local 33; Angela B. Hammett, Woman's Hospital; Laura B. Hawkes, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition; Teddi Hymel Hessburg, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation; Jason C. Hughes, Capital City Collision; Raushanah S. Hunter, City Year Baton Rouge.

James Jefferson III, Louisiana State Police; Johnathan A. Landor, Woman's Hospital; Mel Landry, Department of Commerce - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration; Michael K. Leachman, Jones Walker LLP; Regina B. Leingang, Baton Rouge General; Chrislyn M. Maher, Tiger Athletic Foundation; Steven J. Malik, Turner Industries Group; Na'Tisha N. Natt, Louisiana Housing Corp.; Robert W. Powell III, Cardinal Capital/University of Arkansas; O. Reed Richard, BREC; Dana P. Salisbury, Productive Dentist Academy; Laura A. Siu-Nguyen, New Schools for Baton Rouge; T. W. Smith, Dubb Hubb Marketing Group LLC; Dianne P. Teal, Ochsner Health System; Linda M. Thompson, St. Joseph's Academy; Stephanie W. Tomlinson, Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana; Tiffani Brown Traupman, Choices of Louisiana Inc.; Jessica M. Trepagnier, Aetna Better Health of Louisiana; Monica M. Vela-Vick, Phelps Dunbar LLP; Rachel C. Veron, LSU Foundation; Matthew L. Wallace, Easterseals Louisiana; Tracy N. White, Cox Communications; Chloe Wiley, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation; Jared C. Williams, Teach For America; and Marcus J. Williams, CSRS Inc.

Lafayette area

C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates LLC has named Mark Dubroc as senior engineer.

Dubroc has more than 37 years of experience and is the former owner and president of Dubroc Engineering in Lafayette from 1994-2017. His career portfolio includes site planning, design and construction management of roadways and bridges, structures, residential land developments, drainage systems, municipal water treatment plants and sewer collection facilities. He served as director of the Public Works Department of the Lafayette Consolidated Government from July 2017 to January 2020. Dubroc holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from LSU.

New Orleans area

Jan M. Hayden, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's financial services department, has been elected to a second term on the American College of Bankruptcy board of directors.

Hayden has more than 40 years of experience handling bankruptcy and insolvency issues, concentrated in restructuring and creditors’ rights both in and out of bankruptcy proceedings. She has represented creditors and debtors in mass tort bankruptcies.

The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Financial Planning Association has as its 2020 president John H. Gin, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial.

Other elected board members include Desiree R. Kelley, financial adviser with Raymond James, secretary; Sharon B. Cassiere, director in the Postlethwaite & Nettervielle Tax Services Group, treasurer; Kevin Conley, of Doubleday Conley LLC, community outreach director; Kenneth J. Aucoin Jr., financial adviser with Edward Jones, director at large; and Allen M. Kuhn Sr., senior adviser consultant at Franklin Templeton Investments, director at large.

Tulane Health System has named Niki Marcelle as vice president of cardiovascular and pulmonary services, leading growth, service and operational initiatives for those service lines.

Marcelle was cardiovascular and interventional radiology service line leader at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Previous experience includes leading the diagnostic service line at another Green Bay health system as well as director-level leadership roles in radiology and nuclear medicine in Richmond, Virginia, and Greenville, North Carolina. Marcelle earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear medicine and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Lewis "Lew" Derbes has been named chief financial officer for Bernhard, an engineering, mechanical and electrical contracting firm based in Metairie.

Derbes has more than 20 years of experience in finance and accounting and spent six years as chief financial officer at HRI Properties, a New Orleans-based real estate development firm, and formerly CFO and treasurer of the Stewart Enterprises death care company until its acquisition in 2013. Derbes holds a bachelor's degree in business administration in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Around Louisiana

The American Bar Association has presented its 2020 On the Rise — Top 40 Young Lawyers Award to Danielle Borel of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP in Baton Rouge and Daiquiri Steele, a Forrester Fellow on the law faculty of Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.

Borel practices in both commercial and health care litigation, primarily in health care provider licensing and payment disputes; fraud and abuse defense; opioid litigation; trademark disputes; unfair trade practices and competition; contract disputes; and general business and commercial issues. She graduated from LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Steele joined Tulane from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she served as chief diversity officer for the law school and taught employment discrimination, education law, equal educational opportunity, and legislation and regulation. She formerly served as a civil rights attorney with the U.S. Department of Education.

Kaleb Lemoine of Elton has been elected president of the Louisiana FFA Association.

Other officers of the farm organization are Secretary Emmerson Lyons of Beau Chene; Vice President Elizabeth Richwine of Florien; Vice President Sydni Walker of Lacassine; Vice President Sadie Foster of St. Amant; Treasurer Haley Faciane of Ponchatoula; Reporter Megan Chiasson of south Lafourche; Sentinel Faith Thibodeaux of Plainview; Parliamentarian Bryson Johnson of Tioga.