Neel-Schaffer Inc. has named Dishili Young to manage the company’s Louisiana transportation and civil design group and provide client services in Louisiana and a nine-state area.

Young was a project manager/senior engineer for the Baton Rouge office of Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. and has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from LSU.

Charles E. Dabney Jr. has been elected president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.

Other officers elected include Angela Guidry, of the LSU College of Business, vice president; Tiffany Jones, treasurer; and Kearia McCants, of KPMG, secretary.

Bunnie Cannon, executive director of planned giving and stewardship for the Tiger Athletic Foundation, has been appointed to the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives 2018 board of governors.

The organization oversees the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice.


Accounting firm Prejean Romero McGee LLC has named Stephanie Guidry as director of health care services and Molly Scott as tax manager.

Guidry was chief financial officer at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital and has 30 years of health care accounting and management experience.

Scott was corporate controller at AGI Industries Inc., with five years of public accounting experience, as well as seven years of experience in the private industry as a director of financial reporting and corporate controller.


Cerberus has named Jennifer Verges as lead account executive in its Lakeview office.

Verges was senior account executive for Hoffman Miller Advertising for 10 years.

Jones Walker LLP has named Robert E. “Bob” Holden as a partner in the litigation practice group on its environmental team in New Orleans.

Holden's practice focuses on environmental challenges in the energy, chemical and manufacturing sectors. Holden received his juris doctor degree from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and bachelor's degree in engineering science from Florida State University.

Argent Trust Co., which is opening a New Orleans office, has hired Kevin Reed as market president.

Reed was an executive vice president and director of trust, wealth management and institutional banking at First NBC Bank and previously executive vice president, division executive of trust and wealth management for Whitney National Bank. Reed will focus on building a presence for Ruston-based wealth management firm Argent in the greater New Orleans market. Reed holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans.

Gretna attorney Robert Toale has been named to a second three-year term on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Toale sits on the association's death penalty and public defense committees and has been asked to serve as vice chairman of the latter. Toale is a former Jefferson Parish public defender who practices in several New Orleans-area parishes. Toale is a past president of the group's state arm, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of Loyola Law School.


The Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents elected Kim Jones, state 4-H Youth Development instructor, as president-elect; Hannah Duvall, St. Martin Parish extension agent, as secretary; and Lanette Hebert, southwest region 4-H coordinator, as reporter.

Other members of the 2017-2018 executive board are president Esther Boe, Avoyelles Parish extension agent; past president Amy Long-Pierre, St. Tammany Parish extension agent; vice president Katherine Pace, Caddo Parish extension agent; and treasurer Brittany Bourg, Cameron Parish extension agent.