Alix Gruden has been promoted to partner at Latuso & Johnson, CPA, LLC.

Gruden’s practice focuses primarily on audits of governmental, not-for-profit and nonpublic entities.

Dr. Joshua K. Best has been elected chief of staff at Lane Regional Medical Center.

Other medical staff officers are Dr. Thomas J. Kang, vice chief of staff; Dr. Juan C. Medina, secretary/treasurer; and Dr. Bradford J. Smith, medical staff representative to the board.

Lance Kinchen has been elected chairman of the YMCA of the Capital Area board of directors.

Other officers are Chris Spencer, vice chairman, finance, and Ralph Bender, associate vice chairman, finance; Norman Chenevert, vice chairman, construction, building and grounds; Edmund Giering, vice chairman, comp committee and vice chair-elect; and Kathi Gill, secretary.

Incoming board members are Paul Douglas, Mark Goodson, Alan Kierstead, Scott Mabry, Kristy McKearn, Maggie Richardson and Corey Webster.

The Louisiana Hospital Association has named Scott Cornwell as vice president of healthcare reimbursement and Greg Waddell as vice president of legal, governmental and regulatory affairs.

Cornwell was director of reimbursement for the Ochsner Healthcare System. Waddell was vice president of legal affairs and general counsel for the Louisiana State Medical Society.

Anne St. Romain Gauthier, chief financial officer of St. Romain Oil Co. LLC in Mansura, has been elected as secretary of the Louisiana Oil Marketers and Convenience Store Association.

Dr. Michael Fleming, chief medical officer for home health and hospice provider Amedisys Inc., has been named to the advisory board of Nashville-based health care predictive modeling company Medalogix.

Mark Drennen has been elected as chairman of Visit Baton Rouge. He represents the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Other officers are Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle, vice chairman, representing the Metro Council; Carolyn McKnight, secretary/treasurer, representing the Metro Council; and Andy Blouin, immediate past chairman, representing the Louisiana Restaurant Association- Baton Rouge Chapter.

New board member the Rev. Lee T. Wesley represents the Office of the Mayor-President.


Alex B. Lincoln has been named president of Fenstermaker.

He succeeds Kam Movassaghi, who retired.

Lincoln spent three years in Germany on assignment with Huels, a chemical and plastics corporation. He has worked in various industries including chemicals and plastic, transportation, petroleum, construction and pipeline.


The Louisiana Consular Corps has elected as dean of the organization James R. Sutterfield, the honorary consul general of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Other officers are Consul General of France Grégor Trumel, vice dean; Honorary Consul of Iceland Greg Jamison Beuerman, secretary; and Honorary Consul of Korea William H. Langenstein III, treasurer.

The Louisiana Consular Corps represents 56 countries on five continents through the work of both honorary and career consuls. These consuls work to foster trade and commercial, educational and cultural exchange between the nations they represent and Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

J.B. Hunt has been named executive director of New Orleans-based health agency AAAneurysm Outreach.

Hunt worked in management, fundraising, disaster response and board development with American Red Cross, recruiting and developing volunteer teams in four states.

Thomas E. Brenan, president of Altus Global Trade Solutions in Kenner, has been inducted as president of the International Association of Commercial Collectors.

Stanton F. McNeely III, vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Delgado Community College, has been elected president for the Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

Executive board members are Theo C. Sanders III, chief executive officer of LAMP Inc.; Preston J. Favorite, of Entergy New Orleans; Tonia Moore, associate director of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living; and Kristine H. Strickland, executive dean at the Delgado Community College West Bank Campus.


Porteous, Hainkel and Johnson LLP has named as partners Matthew Mann in its Baton Rouge office and Darrin O’Connor in its Covington office.

Mann’s practice is primarily in civil defense and the defense of insurance companies.

O’Connor’s practice is focused on insurance defense, including first-party claims typically involving bad faith allegations and matters handled by the special investigative unit of a respective insurer.

Edward T. Hayes, a partner in Leake and Andersson LLP and honorary consul of Ukraine, has been appointed as chairman of the board of The World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Robert G. Evans Jr., president of Con-Tech International, is vice chairman.

New board members are Paul Aucoin, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana; Tom Cole, president of Republic National Distributing Co.; Jason French, director of government and public affairs at Cheniere Energy; and Stephen Hanemann, a partner in Kean Miller LLP.

James M. Lapeyre Jr., president of Laitram LLC in Harahan, has been elected chair of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

Other officers are John J. Finan Jr. , president/CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. Inc. in Baton Rouge; vice chair; Art Favre, president of Performance Contractors in Baton Rouge; secretary; Tim Stine, chief financial officer of Stine Lumber Co. in Sulphur, treasurer; and Brent Wood, state governmen affairs manager for Chevron Corp. in Covington, immediate past chair.

New board members from the local area are Greg Bowser, executive vice president and director of public affairs for the Louisiana Chemical Association/Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance in Baton Rouge and serving as 2015 trade association representative; Ron Erickson, executive director of the Central Chamber of Commerce in Central and serving as president of the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; Lester Hart, general manager of Nucor Steel Louisiana LLC in Convent; Martin Mayer, president of Stirling Properties Inc. in Covington; Marjorie McKeithen, a partner at Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre in New Orleans; Jessica Monroe, director of state government affairs at Johnson & Jonson HCS in Baton Rouge; John Overton, of Turn Key Solutions LLC in Baton Rouge and serving as small business council representative; and Hicks Winters, land, environment and public affairs at Lafarge North America Inc. in Mandeville.

Editor’s note: People in Business was changed on Feb. 9, 2015, to correctly identify Anne St. Romain Gauthier as chief financial officer of St. Romain Oil Co. LLC in Mansura.