Dr. Louis Barfield has been elected chief of staff for 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Barfield, a colon rectal surgeon with Colon Rectal Associates at Our Lady of the Lake, will participate on the Lake's board of directors and also lead the medical executive committee.

He received his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery at Ochsner in New Orleans. He also completed a fellowship in colon rectal surgery at the Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport.

Debbie Harvill, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Latter & Blum Property Management Inc., has been named 2018 Property Management Council chair for NAI Global, a commercial real estate brokerage firm.

Harvill oversees the management of more than 18 million square feet of commercial space for Latter & Blum.

Capital Area Agency on Aging District II Inc.'s board of directors has named Shirley Merrick as executive director.

Merrick has served as interim executive director/chief financial officer since July 2017. Merrick has worked for agency for more than 40 years, starting out as bookkeeper and being promoted to chief financial officer. The Shreveport native is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Capital Area Agency on Aging's service area includes Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington parishes. 

Vito Zuppardo has been promoted to vice president at Miles Partnership.

Zuppardo has been account director since joining Miles in April 2012 and has more than 18 years of experience, focused on travel and tourism marketing. Zuppardo earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at LSU.

Dr. John Kirwan, executive director of LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center since Jan. 1, has joined the board of directors of the Baton Rouge Health District.

Kirwan has nearly 30 years of research, teaching and service experience in diabetes and obesity. He was the director of the Metabolic Translational Research Center and professor of molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. 

Other health district board members are Chairman John Spain, executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation; Secretary-Treasurer Scott Wester, CEO of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Teri Fontenot, president and CEO of Woman’s Hospital; Eric McMillen, CEO of Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge; Todd Stevens, CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; Edgardo Tenreiro, president and CEO of General Health System; and I. Steve Udvarhelyi, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

First Guaranty Bank in Hammond has named Evan Singer as merger and acquisition director; Adam Johnston as regional manager of the north Louisiana region; and JoEllen Juhasz as Bank Secrecy Act officer, responsible for the bank's Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Program.

Singer will continue to serve as regional manager of the Greensburg Region, supervisor of purchasing and facilities and Bank Secrecy Act/fraud department. Johnston was a lender and has managed the bank's syndicated loan and lease portfolio. Juhasz was Bank Secrecy Act administrator and previously alternative products coordinator. First Guaranty Bank operates 27 branches in Louisiana and Texas.


New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a third-party hotel management company, owner and developer, has named Stephen Borecki as general manager of the 104-room Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown French Quarter Area.

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Borecki was with JenCare Senior Medical Centers. He launched his hotel career at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina before relocating to the New Orleans Marriott and advancing to general manager of the New Orleans Downtown Courtyard, and later, the dual-brand Metairie Courtyard and Residence Inn. Borecki earned his degree in hospitality administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Mark J. Peters, former CEO and president of East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, has been named chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare - Gulf States Region of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Peters has 37 years of medical experience. He completed his family practice residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He received his doctor of medicine degree from Ohio State University in Columbus and holds a bachelor's in chemistry from Valparaiso University, in Valparaiso, Indiana.

The Bart Bernard Law Firm has hired Eric Richard as chief marketing and business development officer of Louisiana to expand its brand and client reach throughout the state.

Richard joins the firm with more than 20 years of experience in brand marketing, advertising, mass market promotions, consulting and business development in Louisiana. He was with USA Today Network of Louisiana, based in Lafayette.

Randy Noel, president of custom home building firm Reve Inc., has been installed as chairman of the board of the National Association of Home Builders.

Noel is a member of the Louisiana and greater New Orleans home builders associations. “We will work this year to keep the housing recovery on track and to reduce burdensome regulations that harm housing affordability and inhibit job creation,” Noel said in a statement. “We will also urge Congress and the White House to ensure that housing remains a national priority and to promote policies that will provide affordable rental housing and home ownership opportunities for hard-working American families.”

Gretchen Hirt Gendron, of Gambel Communications, has been elected president of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana – New Orleans Chapter.

Vice presidents and their areas of responsibility are Anna Corin Koehl, of Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald, programs and also president-elect; Erin Doucette, of The Ehrhardt Group, communications/events; Amanda Chittenden, of Start the Adventure in Reading-NOLA, membership; Christine Rigamer, accreditation; Tamar Meguerditchian Gregorian, of The Marketing Hub, students services.

Taslin Alfonzo, of Transdev, is secretary/historian, and Karman C. Hornsby, of Postlethwaite & Netterville, treasurer.

Awards co-chairs are Marianne Ortiz, of The Ehrhardt Group, and Darcee Snider, a freelance public relations consultant, and social media chair is Amanda Frentz of New Orleans City Park.

Carrie DeVries, of Deveney, is state Public Relations Association of Louisiana representative and past president, and Emily Liuzza, of Le Méridien New Orleans/W French Quarter, is a state Public Relations Association of Louisiana and Southern Public Relations Federation representative.


Deborah Randolph, president and CEO of the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce in Alexandria, has been installed as president for 2018 of the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Other members of the 2018 executive board are incoming President Paula Ramsey, of the Chamber Southwest/Southwest LA Economic Development Alliance; Treasurer Sandra Lindquist, of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce; and Immediate Past President Todd Murphy, of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce.

Serving on the board of directors from the area are Melissa Bordelon, of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce; Camille Conaway, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry in Baton Rouge; Jamie Hanks, of the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; Jeremy Hidalgo, of the Broussard Chamber of Commerce; Dawn Sharpe, of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce; Amy S. Thibodeaux, of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce; and April Wehrs, of the Livingston Parish Chamber.

Greg Schafer, of Schafer & Schafer Law Firm in New Orleans, has been elected president of the Louisiana chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Other officers are Helen Babin, of Gertler Law Firm in New Orleans, president-elect; Rock Palermo, of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson in Lake Charles, secretary; and Valerie Bargas, of Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas, Reed & Helm LLC in Baton Rouge, treasurer.