Baton Rouge area

Brandon Ivey, owner of Ivey Construction LLC in Central, has been elected chairman of the board of directors for the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge native has 16 years of construction and reconstruction experience throughout Baton Rouge and North Carolina. He also holds a commercial contractor license and is the owner/operator of the Central Pit in Greenwell Springs, which provides aggregates and fill material.

Other executive committee officers of the association are First Vice Chair Shane Marler, of Marler Construction Co.; Second Vice Chair Brian Aucoin, of Meridian Homes; Associate Vice Chair Jacob Cohn, of Arrow Termite & Pest Control; Treasurer Chris Van Pelt, of M&M Glass; Immediate Past Chair Diane Baum, of Baum Environmental; Board of Supervisors representative Rusty Golden, of Le Jardin; General Counsel Gregory Callihan, of Callihan Law Firm; and association President and CEO Karen Zito.

Board of directors are Luke Gehbauer, of LA Custom Construction; Willie Martin, of Martin Construction Inc.; Aaron Lodge, of Entergy; Gil Broussard, of Gil Broussard Builder; Carol Smith, of Harvey Smith Construction; Taylor Braud, of Traditions; Brandon Craft, of Brandon Craft Development; Lee Foster, of DSLD; Chris Pike, of Canebrake Builders; Dana Rushing, of DRCB; Craig Stevens, of Genesis 360; Mike Gorman, of Gorman Brothers; Matthew Holmes, of Holmes Building Materials; Daniel Kennedy, of ProSource; Mike LeBas, of Southeast Engineers; and Robert Carroll, of Carroll Construction LLC.

Elizabeth Harris, firm administrator at Kevin Harris Architect LLC, was elected president of SDA Baton Rouge  and is co-chair of the national SDA marketing and communications committee.

Other SDA Baton Rouge chapter officers include Vice President/President-Elect Kayla Broome McKenzie, of RHH Architects; Secretary Tonya Busch, of Gasaway Gasaway Bankston Architects in Hammond; Treasurer Katharine Simon, of Crump Wilson Architects; past President SonJa Miller, of Tipton Associates APAC; and Director-at-Large Elizabeth Carter-Thibodeaux, of Frost-Barber Inc. SDA chapters across the United States and Canada are made up of personnel in the architecture, engineering, construction, landscape and interior design professions.

Cheri Johnson, senior vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer of Woman's Hospital, has been selected by the American Hospital Association to serve on its 2021 Maternal and Child Health Council.

The council represents AHA-member women's and children's health provider organizations and participates in its advocacy, policy and resource development. Johnson will have the opportunity to work toward addressing and solving disparities in maternal health on a local and national level. She joined Woman’s in 2006 and previously served as vice president of perinatal services and as director of obstetrical services. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience in labor and delivery, intensive care, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care and emergency room care. 

The LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture has named Monica Guient as assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion and opportunity.

Guient was an assistant dean for academic diversity and inclusive excellence at the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University, which is part of the State University of New York system, and was preciously with Xavier University of Louisiana. A native of Texas, Guient holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of New Orleans. She is  pursuing a doctorate in leadership and human resource development at LSU and participating in a Cornell University certificate program in diversity and inclusion.

New Orleans area

Todd Rauch has been named vice president and chief financial officer at Metairie Bank and Trust.

Rauch, who began his banking career in 2018, previously served as senior accountant/treasurer with American Bank and Trust in Covington and was an audit supervisor with Hannis T. Bourgeois, specializing in financial institutions. Rauch earned his bachelor’s degree in management at LSU and his accounting degree from the University of New Orleans.

Law firm Perrier & Lacoste has named as members Jordan M. Jeansonne and Cory T. Stuart.

Jeansonne joined the firm in 2017. His areas of law practice are trucking transportation, personal injury, first- and third-party property damage claims, and insurance coverage and bad faith. He graduated from LSU and earned his juris doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

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Stuart joined the firm in 2017. His areas of law practice are transportation, wrongful death, personal injury, products liability, general casualty, first- and third-party property damage claims, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage and bad faith. He graduated from LSU and earned his juris doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Joshua Webb has been named to the newly created position of innovation leader at Palmisano, overseeing strategic innovation, new technology adoption and a data analytics practice.

Webb was new product development leader at Laitram, leading a global team in the development and commercialization of automated, robotic food processing systems. He previously was a business and technology leader for General Electric, where he drove digital transformation for the company’s New Orleans Technology Center.

Daniel Rebeor has been named chief operating officer at CivicSource.

He was chief operating officer and general counsel at BLVCKDOT LLC and has 20 years of leadership experience in real estate, legal and technology services.

Michael Landry has been named chief financial officer and general counsel at Obatala Sciences.

He previously advised health information technology, pharmaceutical and biotech startups, including Obatala, as a consultant and at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and philosophy from Syracuse University. Landry received his juris doctorate and Master in Business Administration from Tulane University and practiced disability and federal administrative law.

John Deveney, president and chief executive officer of DEVENEY, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Public Relations Society of America New Orleans Chapter’s annual Fleurish Awards. This is only the second time the honor has been bestowed.

The award recognizes a local PR leader who has exhibited extraordinary achievements and demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations.

Jenirose McCormick has been promoted to family service manager for St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens.

McCormick was an administrative assistant for Dignity Memorial New Orleans.

Around Louisiana

Phelps has named to partnership Trevor Haynes in its Baton Rouge office and Ashley Heilprin and David Topping in its New Orleans office.

Haynes practices in the firm’s business and finance groups handling clients' real estate, banking and commercial transactions. 

Heilprin practices in the litigation group, counseling clients in commercial disputes. Topping also practices in the litigation group, handling environmental issues for clients.