Sandy Colvin has been named chief development officer for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and Seth Hatsfelt has been named chief operations officer.
Colvin started working for the Food Bank in April 2020 as the vice president of development and philanthropy, major gifts. She previously served as director of development for the LSU Foundation and is co-founder and the founding head of school for St. Lillian Academy.
Hatsfelt has eight years of manufacturing experience with Boise Cascade and Community Coffee. He earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural business from LSU.
Sue Kozik has been named to the board of directors for Nexus Louisiana.
Kozik is chief information officer and senior vice president with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Kozik came to Blue Cross from Seattle-based Group Health and has held senior tech leadership positions at TIAA-CREF, Lucent Technologies and CIGNA.
Ryan Bates is the new vice president of development for IDP Properties. Bates will be responsible for real estate development and new business in the New Orleans market as well as overseeing the eight multi-family properties IDP Properties has in Louisiana.
Bates is a native of New Orleans who earned a bachelor's in business administration from Morehouse College. He began his professional career at JPMorgan asset management where he worked as an investor for large institutions and high net worth private clients.
Jennifer "Jen" Roberts has been named chief executive officer of Agenda for Children, the state's oldest child advocacy organization.
Roberts replaces Dr. Anthony “Tony” Recasner, who recently retired.
Roberts has spent more than 20 years advocating for children. She earned a bachelor's from Bryn Mawr College and a master's in education from Harvard University.
Brian McNamara has been hired as a public administration professor of practice in the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement.
McNamara has 21 years of professional experience in the industry. He earned a bachelor's degree in government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a master's degree in public administration from Old Dominion University, a law degree from the William & Mary Law School and a master of laws in admiralty from Tulane Law School.
Carmen James Randolph has been named founding president and chief executive officer for Women’s Foundation of the South.
Women's Foundation of the South was set up by women and girls to advance gender and racial justice. Randolph will build the team, broker partnerships with women leaders across the South and oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the organization. She has a background in philanthropy leadership and is the former vice president for programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Caroline D. Lafourcade, of Gordon Arata, has been appointed to the 2021-22 Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization Tax Law Advisory Commission for a three-year term.
Lafourcade previously served on a 13 member task force created to study and make recommendations to minimize worker misclassification in Louisiana.
J. Scott Ballard has been appointed to its board of directors for Home Bank.
Ballard is founder, CEO and owner of Ballard Hospitality and co-owner of Ballard Brands. He has served on a variety of leadership boards, including chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, the St. Tammany Hospital Foundation Board, the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Committee of 100 for Economic Development Louisiana and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. Ballard earned a bachelor of science degree in political science from Tulane University.