BASF Corp. has named Marlowe Foster as government affairs manager, leading government affairs efforts for the Gulf Coast region, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. He will be based at BASF’s Geismar site.

Foster was global head of industry relations for BASF Plant Science.

St. Joseph Hospice has named Robert Smoot as vice president of operations.

He was regional vice president of operations for Hospice Advantage, which was later acquired by Compassus.

As part of the leadership team for The Carpenter Health Network, Smoot is responsible for managing and coordinating daily operations and administrative supervision of all St. Joseph Hospice locations.

David B. Pearce will join publicly traded home health and hospice company Amedisys Inc. as senior vice president and chief compliance officer, effective July 5.

He was senior vice president and chief counsel for Kindred’s at Home division, a $2.5 billion home health, hospice and community care services business with about 700 locations and 42,000 employees nationwide.

Grady Hazel, chief financial officer of The Dunham School,  has been appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to the State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana.

AST Marketing Group has named Stacey Messina as business development director, growing its marketing and public relations initiatives and spearheading an expansion across the Gulf Coast.

Messina was director of marketing and communications for the LSU Alumni Association and is an LSU graduate.


Peoples Health in Metairie has named Mary Genovese as market clinical director for the New Orleans region.  

Genovese was assistant vice president of medical, surgical and critical care at Touro Infirmary. Genovese earned a bachelor of science in nursing from LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans and a master of science in nursing from Loyola University New Orleans.

Julie Livaudais, a New Orleans partner, at Chaffe McCall LLP has been elected to the law firm’s management committee.

Livaudais also is firm’s labor and employment practice area coordinator..

Dr. Robert I. Hart has been named executive vice president and chief medical officer at Ochsner Health System.

He will succeed Dr. Joseph E. Bisordi, who is retiring effective Sept. 1.

Hart was regional medical director of Ochsner Medical Center – Jefferson Highway. In his new position, he will overseeing physician recruiting and performance, quality improvement and clinical operations within Ochsner’s 11 owned and managed hospitals, over 60 health centers and its group practice of more than 1,000 physicians

Hart served for seven years as associate medical director for primary care at Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge, then medical director. Hart received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas.


The Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences has elected Carolyn Robinson, of East Carroll Parish, as president.

Other officers area Robin Landry, president-elect; Mandy Armentor, past president/historian; Terri Crawford, vice president awards and recognition; Tiffany Williams, vice president public affairs; Saundra Raines, vice president member resources; Layne Langley, vice president professional development; Becky Gautreaux, secretary; and Anne Kean, school of nutrition and food sciences, treasurer.

The Louisiana County Agricultural Agents Association has installed Bobby Bingham, president; Carol Pinnell-Alison, president-elect; Blair Hebert, vice president; Al Orgeron, secretary; and Kurt Guidry, treasurer.

New board members are Craig Roussel, Mariah Simoneaux and Will Afton for the southeast region/campus district; Kylie Miller, Sebe Brown and Lee Faulk for the northern district; and Jeremy Hebert, Vincent Deshotel and Stuart Gauthier for the central/southwest district.