Baton Rouge area

Gwendolyn Ferrell has been named LSU Law director of career services.

She has been serving in the position as interim director since September 2019. Ferrell joined the office of career services at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1999 as assistant director of career counseling and was promoted in 2004 to associate director of career services. Before joining LSU Law, she served in administrative human resource roles with Lafayette General Medical Center and in recruitment and academic and career counseling roles with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Girard Melancon, vice chancellor for workforce solutions at Baton Rouge Community College, has been appointed by the National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships to a national Industry Recovery Panel on federal recovery policies for the Biden administration and new Congress.

Between March and July, Melancon will join other business leaders, labor leaders, college leaders and industry training providers to shape policies and ensure they include investments in workforce training and support. Melancon will participate on the manufacturing panel. Other panels are focused on health care, infrastructure and retail/hospitality. 

Sandra Leblanc has joined Woman’s Hospital as director of accounting.

She served as order to cash manager at Community Coffee since 2013 and has nearly 30 years of experience in accounting, with more than 25 years in leadership roles. Leblanc holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting and an MBA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Kris Fryoux has been named director of the telemetry and medical/surgical units at Lane Regional Medical Center.

Fryoux was director of nursing at the NeuroMedical Center Rehabilitation Hospital, and has more than 31 years of health care experience, including case management and nursing care on burn, intensive care and inpatient rehabilitative units. She completed her bachelor's degree at Southeastern Louisiana University.

eQHealth Solutions has named Michael M. “Mac” Fuselier as chief financial officer.

He was chief financial officer at David Raines Community Health Centers Inc. in Shreveport. Fuselier, a certified public accountant, has more than 25 years, serving as chief executive officer, chief finance officer and principal clinical adviser for various health care-based entities. He is a graduate of McNeese State University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, marketing and nursing. He also earned a master's degree in health care management from the University of Phoenix.

Jared LeDoux has been named vice president of human resources at Premier Health.

LeDoux was director of human resources at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System/Our Lady of the Lake since 2016 and has more than 10 years of human resources experience. LeDoux holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from McNeese State University in Lake Charles and master's degree and Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology at LSU.

Jason Curole has been named director of project management at The Water Institute of the Gulf.

He was a data scientist and business leader for three years at GHD, a global professional services company specializing in engineering, construction and architecture, and a project manager at Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for five years. The New Orleans native received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from LSU and Ph.D. in genetics from the University of New Hampshire.

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New Orleans area

Brien Lundin, president and chief executive officer of Jefferson Financial Inc., has been elected as president of the board of directors of the Greater New Orleans Executives Association.

Brien Lundin's career spans four decades in the investment markets and he also serves as publisher and editor of the Gold Newsletter, a precious metals advisory publication since 1971, and as host of the annual New Orleans Investment Conference.

The Leadership St. Tammany Alumni Foundation has named to its 2021 board of directors Susan Strain, president; Janet Fabre Smith, vice president; Gretchen Ockman, treasurer; Lauren Hebert Lee, secretary; and Vincent Cangiamilla, past president.

Newly elected board members are Meredith Mendez, Jeff Wilke and Keitisha Young. Returning members are Jodi Canadas, Christine Foster, Melissa Maresma, Ross Richardson and Noble-Bates Young.

Hancock Whitney has named Philip Gordillo as regional wealth manager for Louisiana.

Gordillo, a senior vice president and 25-year veteran of the Hancock Whitney, was head of its corporate banking group in south Louisiana. He began his banking career with the company’s management training program after earning his economics degree from the University of New Orleans.

Adrianne L. Baumgartner, a member of the Porteous Hainkel & Johnson Law Firm in Covington, is the recipient of the 2020 Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award.

The award is in recognition of her devotion to and excellence in trial practice and for upholding the standards of ethics and consideration for the court, litigants and all counsel. Her litigation practice areas are personal injury and insurance defense. 

Entergy Corp. has named John Weiss as vice president of sustainability and environmental policy.

He succeeds Chuck Barlow, who retired from the company last year.

Weiss was senior director for the last two years at Boston-based sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres. Before joining Ceres in 2013, he spent more than 20 years as a consultant to clients in the public and private sectors on a broad range of environmental and energy-related issues and previously worked at Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Weiss earned a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from Brown University and a master's degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. has promoted Jim Longo to chief strategy officer.

Longo, a co-founder, was senior vice president of sales and research solutions, based in New Orleans.