Baton Rouge area

Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge has named Melissa Parmelee as vice president, community and government relations.

Parmelee was director of development for Kids’ Orchestra and has held leadership positions at Baton Rouge Epicurean Society and Audubon Louisiana. She has over 15 years of experience in annual campaigns and fundraising, event planning and nonprofit development. She earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication from LSU.

SEMS Inc. has promoted Adam Morgan to president.

Morgan was director of industrial services. He is the son of founder Mark Morgan and joined the company in 2002. He is  the third president in the company’s 29-year history. The environmental management company has grown to 100 employees in five offices across the Southeast.

The Louisiana Notary Association has installed Nancy “Nan” Riffe as president.

Other officers are Deirdre “Dee” Primm McGill, vice president; Shane Milazzo, treasurer; and Clorissa Caillouet, secretary.

Board members are Winnie P. Guillory, Paula Vincent Johnson, Brandi R. Miller, Toye Burnella Mosely and Sharon Toups.

Baker Donelson has elected as shareholders Elizabeth Liner and Amanda Spain of the law firm's Baton Rouge office.

Liner is a member of the firm's labor and employment group. She has litigation experience in employment matters, including arbitration, mediation and litigation before state and federal courts and advises clients on employment issues. She is a graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Law at LSU.

Spain is a member of the firm's real estate and finance group. She focuses her practice on real estate financing, disaster recovery and affordable housing. Spain is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law.

Communications and governmental affairs consulting firm The TJC Group has named in recent months Al Barron, Tara Wicker and Lena Venable as project managers; Dennis Nuss as director of Texas operations; Desiree Lemoine, director of governmental relations; and Grayson Touchard as marketing and social media manager.

Barron assists in the firm’s stakeholder engagement and law enforcement advisory council practices. He is the former director of career services at Southern University and has spent more than 25 years in education and communications. Wicker assists in those same practices and also communications and governmental affairs. She recently completed her third term on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council and has a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in public policy analysis. Venable is involved in all areas of the firm’s services and spent 11 years in public and governmental affairs with ExxonMobil.

Nuss has more than 25 years of communications and stakeholder engagement experience and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications. Lemoine returns to the firm after three years with Pointe Coupee Electric and previously spent 11 years with the Louisiana Chemical Association prior to her initial tenure with The TJC Group. Touchard is a 2020 graduate of LSU with a degree in communications.

Gary Patureau, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers, has been appointed to Visit Baton Rouge’s board of directors, filling the member appointment by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

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The executive committee for the 2021 board of directors includes Scott Michelet, chairman, representing the Baton Rouge Lodging Association; Claude Reynaud, vice chairman, representing Preserve Louisiana; Mary Stein, secretary/treasurer, representing the Metro Council; and Norman Chenevert, immediate past chairman, representing the Downtown Development District. Remaining board members are Mickey Freiberg, representing the Louisiana Restaurant Association-Baton Rouge Chapter; Ben Blackwell, representing the Baton Rouge Lodging Association; Kim Ginn, representing the Baton Rouge Area Chamber; Adrienne Moore, representing the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and council member Rowdy Gaudet, representing the Metro Council.

New Orleans area

Scott Theriot has been named general manager of supply chain services at Danos in Gray, leading a new  technology-based service called i2ms that uses people, processes and technology to provide warehousing logistics and inventory management.

Theriot began his career in Danos’ fabrication shop in 2003 and has served in several positions, including personnel coordinator, account manager and, most recently, deep-water operations manager. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Nicholls State University and a master's in supply chain management from Florida Institute of Technology.

Sarah E. Bomhoff has been promoted to investment strategist for ThirtyNorth Investments LLC.

She has been with the firm since 2019 as a financial analyst. The company provides wealth management and investment advisory services to families, institutions and retirement plans, with offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Julia Morton was promoted to client insights manager at MDRG Inc.

She was client insights coordinator. MDRG is a market research firm, serving various industries.

Entergy Corp. announced several leadership changes due to retirements in its Entergy Nuclear business, based in Jackson, Mississippi.

Kimberly Cook-Nelson has been named chief nuclear operating officer, overseeing Arkansas Nuclear One, River Bend Station in St. Francisville and Palisades Power Plant. She joined Entergy in 1996 as the general manager of plant operations at Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station. She has held various leadership positions in engineering; maintenance; operations; continuous improvement and nuclear safety; and the corporate organization. She holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, master's degree in engineering management and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. 

Bill Maguire returns to Entergy Nuclear as a chief operating officer, overseeing Waterford 3, Cooper Nuclear Station and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, after serving a two-year assignment with Entergy's distribution operations in New Orleans. Maguire has served in leadership roles at several Entergy plants, such as safety assurance director, general manager, vice president of operations support fleetwide and site vice president at River Bend Station. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Syracuse University.

Larry Coyle has been named senior vice president, nuclear corporate services. He previously worked as a chief operating officer responsible for ANO, Cooper and Palisades nuclear plants. Coyle has worked as site vice president at Indian Point Energy Center and FitzPatrick nuclear plants. Coyle holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

David Hahn has been named vice president, nuclear independent oversight. He recently retired as a rear admiral from the U.S. Navy after a 35-year career. He served as chief of naval research in Washington, D.C., and held numerous assignments in the Navy. Hahn earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from George Mason University.

David DuBey is vice president, human resources and organizational effectiveness for the nuclear business. He has served as Entergy Nuclear’s director of HR for three years. His career spans from leading teams in multiple states and countries in nuclear, non-nuclear, corporate and retail energy business segments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Palm Beach Atlantic University and an MBA from the University of Arizona.