Baton Rouge area

Jessica Cormier, of Prairieville, has been appointed to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation board. She is director of finance for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association in Baton Rouge.

Cormier serves as president-elect of the Society of Louisiana CPA’s Baton Rouge chapter and has served on various national organization committees. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from LSU.

The foundation board supports the next generation of CPAs through education, scholarships and a focus on increasing the representation of minorities in the profession.

Investar Bank, National Association, has named Kerry Babin as consumer lending director, senior vice president; Mike Creed as business banking president, executive vice president; and Brandy Patrick as loan operations manager, executive vice president.

The changes are attributed to new technologies and streamlined processes allowing Investar to align loan products and processes into three areas of focus: consumer lending, business banking and commercial banking.

Babin has been with Investar seven years and was direct consumer credit manager, vice president, and has more than 20 years of banking industry experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Creed has been with Investar as corporate business development officer for three years and joined Investar through the acquisition of The Highlands Bank. He has 45 years of experience in banking.

Patrick has been with Investar for 14 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master’s in Business Administration from LSU.

Neel-Schaffer Inc. has named David J. Hebert structural engineer manager for its southwest region offices in Louisiana and south Texas, based out of its Baton Rouge office.

Hebert has nearly 25 years of experience as a civil/structural engineer manager, working for several consulting firms, including previously with Neel-Schaffer. He has experience in highway bridge design; bridge foundation design and industrial structures design; and project management. Hebert is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Texas and Missouri. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from LSU.

The College of Human Sciences & Education at LSU has named Jackie Bach as academic liaison for development and alumni relations; Renée Boutte Myer as assistant dean for diversity, advocacy and civic engagement; Paul Manthei, director of logistics for online and continuing education partnerships; Petra Robinson, director for faculty affairs and professional development; and Arend Van Gemmert as associate dean for research and graduate studies.

Bach is associate dean for academic programs and services in addition to her new liaison role in academic relations overseeing undergraduate online programs; academic support for the preparation of proposals for fundraising and state matches; and representing the college on university committees.

Boutte Myer was the college's director for advocacy and outreach, a role she held since 2013. In her new role, she will support the dean and college leadership on a variety of student, staff and faculty matters as they pertain to diversity, advocacy and civic engagement.

Manthei previously served as an assistant professor of professional-practice in the School of Education. In his new role, he will provide college-wide leadership in developing and implementing academic programs offered via distance learning as well as professional education and lifelong learning.

Robinson is an associate professor in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development. In her new role, Robinson will assist with faculty recruitment and searches; monitor faculty recruitment goals and targets; and in designing, implementing and assessing staff development.

As permanent associate dean for research and graduate studies, Van Gemmert will work with the dean to develop and implement the college’s strategic research plan; facilitate graduate faculty research; identify sponsored program opportunities, support faculty; and increase funding through external grants, gifts and contracts. He also oversees and tracks the college’s graduate recruitment and enrollment efforts, facilitates graduate advising and monitors all graduate programs.

The Louisiana 811 board of directors has named Brent Saltzman as executive director of the nonprofit organization.

He was manager-damage prevention at LA 811 since 2013 and previously worked at Allen Construction Co. as construction manager/public relations and at Eatel as the business manager and outside plant engineering supervisor.

Louisiana 811 was set up to have utility lines marked before excavation or digging is conducted in the state.

First National Bankers Bankshares Inc. has promoted Pax Mogenson to president of its First National Bankers Bank subsidiary as part of a long-term management succession plan.

Jim Hudson will remain chief executive officer.

Mogenson has helped lead the expanded Louisiana-Mississippi region and taken on other leadership roles and special projects since arriving in Baton Rouge in 2018. He will work with Hudson on bankwide strategic initiatives.

First National Bankers Bankshares Inc. is a holding company with four subsidiaries serving the correspondent bank needs of community financial institutions across the southeastern United States.

New Orleans area

Meaghan McCormack has been named executive director of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, the public-private partnership charged with economic development for the parish.

McCormack was vice president of program management and strategic partnerships at the World Trade Center New Orleans. She worked in numerous areas of the organization, with a focus on industry committees, educational programming and investor relations. She helped streamline operations, cut costs, grow program revenue and managed all aspects of partnership development, building relationships with Louisiana Economic Development, Greater New Orleans Inc. and ports across the state. Her top priorities focus on developing a robust business attraction strategy, promoting the parish as a desirable destination in which to live and work and building and strengthening relationships with regional and local partners. The upstate New York native has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Loyola University New Orleans.