Baton Rouge area

Joseph Francis has been named associate dean of research and advanced studies at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, overseeing its biomedical research programs and advanced degrees.

He began working for the vet school in 2003 and is the Everett D. Besch Professor in Veterinary Medicine and also a professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences. He works in basic and clinical research areas, including the use of natural materials for the treatment of cancer and will help guide the new Center for Biological Research Excellence in Cancer Biology, for which he is a co-investigator.

Francis 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.

Dr. Michael Warshaw has joined BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo as its veterinarian.

He was veterinarian at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a graduate of LSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Neal Johnson, owner and president of Neal Johnson LLC, has started the second of a two-year term on the board of directors of International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants. He serves as a regional director of Region IV, Louisiana.

The association is made up 3,600 professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall specification and design. Johnson’s 40-year career includes expertise in architecture, construction expert testimony, contract compliance review, roofing/envelope consultation and delay claim, and services that include facility condition assessment, defect and damage mapping, infrared thermography, program management, document quality control, code compliance and project closeout. His company is a licensed architect in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Colorado. Headquarters are in Baton Rouge, with satellite offices in Slidell and Boulder, Colorado.

Trent Meyerhoefer has been named chief financial officer of BBQGuys, an online grilling and outdoor living retailer.

He was senior vice president and chief financial officer for Ranpak Holdings Inc. He joined Ranpak following a 24-year career in strategy, merger and acquisitions and finance at Eaton Corp. plc, where he rose to senior vice president and treasurer. Meyerhoefer holds a bachelor's degree from Albion College, majoring in economics and management in addition to completing the honors Gerstacker Program in Professional Management. He earned his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

New Orleans area

Eric Chown has been named asset manager for Providence Community Housing, a nonprofit real estate development corporation focused on affordable housing for individuals, seniors and families.

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Chown was director of acquisitions at Verius Property and has experience in property management and real estate, ranging from operations to business development for small- and midlevel portfolios. He holds a bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and travel administration from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in sustainable real estate development from Tulane University.

Lesley Braxton has been named as principal at Trahan Architects.

Braxton was with Perkins and Will. She designs across higher education, science and technology and corporate typologies. She is a frequent guest speaker and critic at SCAD and Auburn University, where she received a bachelor's degree in architecture and a bachelor's degree in interior architecture.

The South Louisiana Economic Council in Thibodaux has named Laci P. Melancon as program coordinator for the Coastal Technical Assistance Center.

The center was established in 2019 to assist Louisiana-based companies prepare and obtain contracts related to coastal restoration and protection projects. The program is funded by Louisiana Economic Development and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and is housed and managed at the South Louisiana Economic Council. Melancon previously held executive level positions in higher education, technical operations and the nonprofit sector.

Pool Corp. in Covington has named Melanie Housey Hart as chief financial officer.

She succeeds Mark W. Joslin, who is retiring later this year as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer after more than 16 years with the company.

Hart joined the company in 2006 as the senior director of corporate accounting and serves as vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer. She previously was a senior manager in the assurance and advisory business services group at Ernst & Young, where she worked for 12 years.

Around Louisiana

The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association has elected Lavelle D. Edmondson to chair the organization's board of directors and Selby Bush as vice chair.

Edmondson is director of state government and public affairs East for Marathon Petroleum Corp. and a longtime member and supporter of LMOGA. 

Bush is acting head of corporate affairs-petroleum for BHP and a longtime LMOGA board member.