Baton Rouge area

Calvin Mills Jr., chief executive officer of SLT Technology Inc. and CMC Technology Solutions LLC, has been elected to serve a 3-year term on the board of trustees for the nonpartisan National Small Business Association in Washington, D.C.

Mills has been active with the organization for several years and is active in various local and regional organizations as an advocate for small-business issues with elected officials. Mills was selected as the national organization's 2019 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year. The New Orleans native is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, with a bachelor's degree in computer science and business. 

Baton Rouge Community College has named Donavan L. Johnson as dean of students.

Johnson was assistant to the dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. Johnson received his doctorate of education in higher education and administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. The Bay Springs, Mississippi, native also holds a master’s of science in student affairs and a bachelor’s of science in history, both from the University of West Alabama.

Lori LeBlanc has been named vice president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.

LeBlanc, of Houma, has worked with the organization in a consultant role as director of the offshore committee since 2014. Her experience includes crafting and promoting policy initiatives within the energy and environmental industries, as well as helping local agencies develop public support for large-scale infrastructure projects for flood control and coastal protection. She has also served as the executive director for the Gulf Economic Survival Team and the managing director for the Morganza Action Coalition. She also served as deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. LeBlanc has a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Auburn University and a master’s degree in environmental toxicology and policy from LSU.

Sonja J. Miller, human resources director and office management administrator at Tipton Associates APAC in Baton Rouge, has been elected president of SDA Baton Rouge.

Other SDA chapter officers are Mandi Parsons, of Ritter Maher Architects in Baton Rouge, secretary; Katharine Simon, of Crump Wilson Architects APA in Baton Rouge, treasurer; Tonya Busch, of Gassaway Gassaway Bankston Architects in Hammond, director at large. SDA Baton Rouge is one of 16 SDA chapters across the United States and Canada made up of personnel in the architecture, engineering, construction, landscape, and interior design professions.

The LSU Foundation has elected as new board members LSU alumni Bradie James of Fairview, Texas; Dr. George E. Robinson III of Chicago; Elizabeth H. Ronn of Palo Alto, California; and Jyric Sims of Arlington, Texas.

James, a businessman, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from LSU in 2003 and was an All-American linebacker at LSU. He was a team captain for the Dallas Cowboys and is a retired NFL linebacker.

Robinson earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He also holds degrees from the Howard University School of Medicine and Southern University. He is the president and CEO of Heartland Veterinary Partners, a Chicago-based veterinary support organization, and formerly owned and operated veterinary hospitals in Louisiana.

Ronn is a 1976 graduate of LSU with a degree in economics and holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Ronn is a partner at Innovation Portfolio Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that helps CEOs and the top management of Fortune 500 companies find and develop products and services. She co-founded Butterfly Health Inc., which sold to Domtar in 2015.

Sims is a 2005 graduate of LSU, with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He also holds a master's of science degree in health care administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a certificate in health care leadership from Harvard University. Sims serves as president and CEO of Medical City Fort Worth and previously served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Tulane Health System in New Orleans.

New Orleans area

Jones Walker LLP has elected in New Orleans as new partners former special counsel attorney Clint Smith and former associates Sarah Dicharry, Micah Fincher, Adam Matasar and Ford Wogan.

Smith is a member of the corporate practice group and the firm’s corporate, securities and executive compensation team, counseling clients in corporate securities and capital markets law. Dicharry is a member of the litigation practice group and of the firm’s energy, environmental and natural resources industry team. She focuses on counseling exploration and production companies on federal oil and gas leases and government-initiated enforcement actions. Fincher is a member of the litigation practice group and advises clients on intellectual property and technology matters. Adam Matasar is a member of the corporate practice group and focuses on transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, hospitality and entertainment ventures, corporate governance and public disclosure. Wogan is a member of the maritime practice group and focuses on maritime and oilfield litigation, including personal injury/death, collisions and allisions, and oilfield defense.

Baker Donelson shareholder Steven F. Griffith Jr. has been elected a member of the firm's board of directors for a second three-year term.

Griffith is co-chair of the firm's business litigation group and a member of the audit and finance committee. He has a national practice assisting clients in various industries, including affordable housing, construction, hospitality and marine. He is a graduate of the Loyola University School of Law.

Kathryn Collins has been named senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Entergy Corp. and will serve as a member of the company’s Office of the Chief Executive.

She was chief human resources officer for Arcosa, which was formed by Trinity’s spin-off of its infrastructure-related business units into a standalone publicly traded company serving construction, energy and transportation markets. Collins has more than 30 years of leadership experience spanning human resources, talent acquisition, HR systems, diversity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness and communications. She has worked for Texas Instruments, JCPenney and RealPage. She has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington, a master's in business administration in industrial management from the University of Dallas and a master’s degree in organizational development and change management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Julie D. Livaudais has been elected managing partner of Chaffe McCall.

She has been a lawyer with the firm since 1982 and served on the management committee and as practice area coordinator of the firm’s labor and employment practice group for many years. Livaudais counsels corporate clients ranging from local businesses to multinational corporations, as well as educational institutions and area nonprofit organizations in employment litigation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her juris doctorate from the Tulane University Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review.

Holley Haag has joined The First, a National Banking Association Financial Institution, as New Orleans region market president, responsible for leading commercial, retail and business banking activities.

Haag was a senior vice president and relationship banker at First Bank & Trust Co. in New Orleans. She has more than 25 years of financial banking experience in the New Orleans area. She serves on several regional and local boards. The New Orleans native graduated from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and attended the University of Mississippi.

Adams and Reese has named to its executive committee Edwin C. Laizer, who is a partner in the firm’s New Orleans office.

The firm’s executive committee is the management body of the firm and consists of six partners, each elected by their fellow partners to a three-year term. Laizer represents clients in the insurance, energy, marine, transportation, construction and commercial arenas. He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and received his B.B.A. from Loyola University.

The World Trade Center New Orleans has elected to its board of directors Robert DiCianni, president – global benefits at Pan American Life Insurance Group; Michael Olivier, chief executive officer of the Committee of 100 for Louisiana Inc.; Greg Rusovich, CEO of Transoceanic Development; and Brenda Stelly, president of Oil Center Research International LLC.

Vincent Sciama, consul general of France in Louisiana, and Erin Butler, director of U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans, were elected to the board, ex-officio.

Around Louisiana

The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana has installed two area representatives to its board: Lotte T. Delaney of Slidell, chief financial officer at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Tia T. Mills of Baton Rouge, a student services teacher at Eden Park Academy of Ethics and Excellence.

Delaney represents members employed in District 2, which includes in Orleans, St. Tammany and Washington parishes. She has been a TRSL member for 26 years and is serving her first term on the board. Mills represents District 3, which includes Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. She has been a member of TRSL for 14 years and has been a trustee since 2015.

Editor's Note: A correction was made Feb. 3, 2020, to the Adams and Reese announcement regarding Edwin C. Laizer.