Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area People in Business for Aug. 4, 2017



Plaquemine Bank and Trust Co. has named Kirk Maynard as senior vice president and chief lending officer.

Formerly with Investar in Baton Rouge, he started with Hibernia National Bank in 2001. The Metairie native, who lives in Ascension Parish, graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

BancorpSouth Insurance Services has promoted Timothy Rodrigue to vice president of communications.

Rodrigue joined the agency in 2014 as the Louisiana region’s marketing and communications manager and in 2015 was named director of communications for the entire organization.

Edmund J. Giering IV, general counsel of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, was appointed to the board of directors of the Louisiana Bar Foundation to represent the philanthropic community-at-Large.

His practice emphasizes corporate law and governance, corporate, real estate and complex gift transactions, risk management, and nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. He received a bachelor's degree in history, juris doctor degree and Master of Business Administration degree from LSU.

Marla Elsea has been named digital content editor by Phi Kappa Phi honor society, leading editorial efforts of its website and developing the online presence for the society’s Phi Kappa Phi Forum magazine.

Elsea was with The Advocate as an editor/reporter. She received a bachelor's degree in business management from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Elizabeth McCollister has been named chief marketing officer and will join the executive team at Louisiana Business Inc.

She has served as an account executive at the company with InRegister and senior account executive for 225 Magazine.The company also publishes Business Report, 10/12 Industry Report, Daily Report and other magazines, e-newsletters and events. McCollister is an LSU graduate.


Dr. Charles Fiore, of Culicchia Neurological Clinic, has been appointed medical director of Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital of New Orleans.

In addition, physicians from the Culicchia Clinic will oversee and lead Cobalt’s inpatient rehab services with Fiore serving as medical director of the 60-bed state-of-the-science rehab facility at 3801 Bienville St. in the Mid-city area of New Orleans.

The Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital serves patients with a range of conditions such as stroke, trauma, hip fracture, brain injuries, concussions, orthopedic, Parkinson’s disease and other inpatient and outpatient diagnoses.

Advertising and public relations firm Zehnder Communications, with offices in Louisiana and Tennessee, has named Minette Chan as senior media planner/buyer.

Chan was digital media strategist for Anthology Marketing Group in Honolulu. She has experience in multicultural and general market advertising in New York, San Francisco and Honolulu, and has worked for numerous national brands. Chan earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s in global marketing from Emerson College in Boston.

Tulane Health System has named Scott Strickland as patient safety director.

He served as a risk manager with the health system, and has more than 20 years of experience in quality, risk and patient safety.

Strickland holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, a master’s in emergency and disaster management and a graduate certification in homeland security, all from Trident University International in Cypress, California.

E. Fredrick Preis Jr., a partner in the New Orleans office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP, has been named to LeadingAge's nursing home advisory group and compliance and business ethics advisory group.

LeadingAge is an association founded in 1961 by a group of organizations for the aging, focused on education, advocacy and research.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival has elected as new board members Sara Barnard, Kelly Harris-DeBerry and Dr. Megan Holt.


James E. Cathey Jr., CEO emeritus of North Oaks Health System in Hammond, has been elected chairman of the Louisiana Hospital Association board of trustees.

Charles D. Daigle, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport, is immediate past chairman.

Other officers are David L. Callecod, president of Lafayette General Health, chairman-elect, and Phyllis L. Peoples, president and CEO of Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, treasurer.

At-Large trustees elected from the area are Dr. William Lunn, CEO of Tulane Health System in New Orleans, Greg C. Feirn, president and CEO of LCMC Health in New Orleans. Rene J. Ragas, president and CEO of Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, was elected southeast district trustee.

Julie W. Breithaupt, of Red River Pharmacy in Alexandria, has been elected president of the Louisiana Pharmacists Association board of directors.

Other officers are Immediate Past President William Kirchain, of Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans; President-elect Aurdie Bellard, of Bellard’s Family Pharmacy in Eunice; and Treasurer Kenny Wilson, of Don’s Pharmasave in Marksville.

Regional directors from the area are Bayou Region, Jason Bergeron, of Walgreens in Houma; Capital Region, J. Scott Black, of Gulfcoast Pharmaceutical Specialty in Prairieville; Orleans Region, LaKeisha Williams, of Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans; Pontchartrain Region, Michaelle Scelfo, of Wolfe-Scelfo Pharmacy Consulting in Metairie; and Southwest Region, Mark Mouton, of Wal-Mart Pharmacy in Abbeville.

Directors-at-large from the area are David Darce, of Thrifty Way Pharmacy, St. Martinville; Errol Duplantis, of Lloyd's Remedies in Gray; Faith “Nikki” Hollier, of Hollier's Family Pharmacy in Breaux Bridge; Robert LeBas, of Glenn's Family Pharmacy in Opelousas; and Blake Pitre, of B&J Pitre Pharmacy Inc. in Larose.

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