Baton Rouge area

Professor Keith B. Hall has been appointed director of The LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center. He had been serving as interim director of the center for about a year.

Hall has been an LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center faculty member since 2012. As Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law, he teaches courses in mineral rights, energy law and regulation, international petroleum transactions and civil law property. Hall has also served as director of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute at LSU Law since 2012.

The Water Institute of the Gulf has named Gerry Galloway Jr., Christy Brown and Efi Foufoula-Georgiou to its board of directors and Robert Twilley to its science and engineering advisory council.

Galloway is the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, where he focuses on issues of water resources policy and management, disaster resilience and national security.

Brown is managing director of NOLA Holdings LLC, chairman of the McIlhenny Co. and vice president and director of Avery Island Inc. a family land management company.

Foufoula-Georgiou is a professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science and the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of California, Irvine with research focusing on hydrologic prediction and climate impacts.

Twilley is executive director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program.

Roco Rescue has named Chris Carlsen as director of training.

Carlsen has worked part-time with Roco Rescue since 2004, first as a standby rescue team member, and later as an instructor. He was promoted to chief instructor in 2012 and has served in that role for the past eight years while concurrently serving Albuquerque as a firefighter. There, he served as fire suppression training instructor and later as program manager for technical rescue. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Special Ops Program Management course.

New Orleans area

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has named Annette LeBlanc as chief financial officer and Kevin Hebert as director of strategic innovation.

LeBlanc has 30 years of financial leadership experience in the New Orleans community, having held positions with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and the Archdiocese of New Orleans and served as the chairman of the board of directors for Jefferson Council on Aging. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting and minor in management from the University of New Orleans.

Hebert has worked since 2015 as director of construction for the agency. Previously, he worked in the acquisition and renovation of distressed properties in the Chicago area and in the advertising industry. Hebert earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from LSU.

Ryan Mattingly has been named executive director of the Louisiana Green Corps.

Ryan previously led workforce development functions of the city of New Orleans YouthWorks program. The La Green Corps is a jobs-training program for youth 18-25 years.

Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux LLC has promoted Peter J. Segrist to partner.

He was an associate at the firm and practices primarily in commercial litigation, banking and lender liability, bankruptcy, and oil and gas practice areas. He also represents orthodontic and dental practices in various litigation and transactional matters. He received his law degree from Loyola University and served as editor-in-chief of the Loyola Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, majoring in cell and molecular biology and English.

Paul Piazza & Son Seafood Inc. has named Jim Flanders as regional sales manager for foodservice and Brian Mesman as director of retail sales, representing wild-caught Gulf shrimp products.

Flanders was director of fresh sales for Sysco Foods West Coast Florida and spent 16 years as a corporate executive chef and seafood specialist for Sysco in the Dallas and the Gulf Coast areas. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Mesman spent 25 years at Superior Foods Co. working as retail account manager, purchasing manager, retail sales manager and national sales manager. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Around Louisiana

Plaquemine Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves Jr. has been named the chairman of the Louisiana Energy and Power Authority board of directors for 2020.

Reeves has been on the board since 2017, serving as vice chairman in 2019, and as secretary/treasurer in 2018.

Other officers are Mayor Chuck Robichaux of Rayne, vice chairman; Mayor Buz Craft of Vidalia, a second term as secretary/treasurer; and remaining operating committee members Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi of Morgan City and Mayor Jeff Hall of Alexandria.

LEPA is a joint-action agency made up of 17 member municipalities, each owning their own municipal electrical systems.

A.A. “Chard” Richard III, executive vice president and managing director at Alliant Employee Benefits in Baton Rouge, has been elected president of the board of directors for the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum.

Other new officers are Ruth Kennedy, health policy director at Southern Strategy Group in Baton Rouge, secretary/treasurer; Dr. Michael Fleming, retired from Fleming Advisors in Shreveport, immediate past-president; and Daniel Burke, director of corporate benefits at Turner Industries in Baton Rouge, member at large.

New to the board from the local area is Tom Sawyer, founder of Sawyer & Associates in Baton Rouge. Returning board members from the area are Dr. Chuck Burnell, chief medical officer at Acadian Companies in Lafayette; Wes Hataway, legal and policy director for the Louisiana Nursing Home Association in Baton Rouge; and Cheryl Tolbert, chief executive officer at Louisiana Business Group on Health in Baton Rouge.