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Eric E.Bosch was named President and Chief Executive Officer of LaPorte CPA and business advisors.

Bosch joined LaPorte in 1990 and has held various management positions within the company.

Former President and CEO Ted Mason will remain with the company and focus on supporting the industry group’s strategy and customer development.

LaPorte is one of the region’s largest independent accounting and business advisory firms, with more than 190 employees in offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Covington, Houma and Houston.

vanessa levin was recently promoted to Executive Vice President of Housing Development and Executive Director of Renaissance District Development Corporation.

She previously served as Development Manager at Renaissance for five years before being promoted to Director of Development, a position she held for another five years. Levine is also a licensed architect and has worked for various companies for nearly seven years on senior and affordable housing developments in Northern California.

the Young Leaders Council appointed its 2022 Board of Directors.

The Executive Committee will be headed by the President Andrew Koehler, from Intralox. Yelena McCloskey, of IberiaBank/First Horizon, will serve as Past Chairman, with Patrick Hernández, of Propeller and Roulaison Distilling, as president-elect.

Two new directors will join the committee: Blake Eckert, of Sev1Tech, will serve as Vice President of Communications and Erica Sensenbrenner, of Adams, and Reese will serve as general counsel. Completing the ranks of the Executive Committee are Josie Delaune, of Sev1Tech, as vice president of memberships; Gavin Pitre, de Lucid as treasurer; Esteban Largaespada, of Optimism Online, as Vice President of Projects; and Laurent Michel, of Tulane University, as vice president of development.

On the Board of Directors, YLC welcomes three new members: Morgan England, from Tulane; Jamelle Lacey, the PepsiCo Foundation; and Ryan Estaris, from Canon Health.

Returning as members of the General Council are Graham Williams, by Sternberg, Naccari & White; Stephen Sewell, from Tetra Tech; Danielle Boveland, the Louisiana State Bar Association; Jeremy McMullin, from Ernst & Young; Cory Cheramie, Re/Max generations; Kristie Kaaa, de Bevy; Diane Hernandez, public relations strategist and event planner; Catherine Hammer, the Hand Center of Louisiana; Liz Waller, of Accruent; Damon Carraby, to teach for America; Cassie Carreras, the Louisiana Bar Foundation; and Olivia Mertensmeyer, of Humana.

Michelle Wales was hired as director of development for New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter.

Wales, a New Orleans native, has 10 years of fund development experience and launched his own consultancy firm in 2016, Right Words. Through her business, she is contacted by agencies and organizations to manage the compliance management of funded projects, monitor budgets, maintain records, and maintain partnerships with funders.

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She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from LSU and a master’s degree in public administration from Southern University.

Patrick Johnson Jr. was named managing partner of the New Orleans office of Akerman.

Johnson will remain a partner in the Bankruptcy and Reorganization practice group. He focuses on commercial litigation, bankruptcies, restructurings, loan restructuring and collections.

Ryan Gootee General Contractors, de la Métairie, recently hired two former summer interns.

Jake Hammant and Jake Rando are now full-time project engineers.

Ryan Gootee specializes in new construction, renovation and historic restoration with experience in public and private projects.

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Eric J. Waechter was appointed for a three-year term to serve on the Baton Rouge General Foundation Board of Governors.

Waechter is Resident Director and Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch. He has also served on the boards of the Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA and the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from LSU.

Ginger Laurent was elected Director General by the Louisiana Bankers Association Board of Directors.

Laurent has been with the association for almost 22 years, holding the position of General Manager for 14 years. Prior to working at the association, she was a banker in the Acadiana market for nearly 16 years. Laurent is the first woman elected CEO in the association’s 122-year history.

Laurent succeeds Bob Taylor, who retired on December 31 after serving as CEO since 2007.

Dr. O’Neil “Jay” Parenton was elected to a one-year term as Chief Medical Staff of women’s hospital, the highest elected leadership position among medical personnel.

He is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare.

Parenton graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge.

Additional 2022 medical leadership at Woman’s includes:

  • Dr Emily Magee, deputy chief of staff
  • Dr. Kristin Chapman, Secretary
  • Dr. Allyson Boudreaux, president of the clinical service of obstetrics-gynecology
  • Dr Mindy Bowie, surgery chair
  • Dr. Stuart LeBas, chair of medicine
  • Dr Beverly Ogden, President of the Clinical Cancer Department
  • Dr. D. Stephen Sanches, president of the pediatric clinical service.

Ross Kinchen was appointed to Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

He is the founder and managing director of The Kinchen Group, a surveying, property management and real estate consulting firm located in Albany.

Kinchen is also Chairman of Planning and Zoning for the City of Albany and a member of the Livingston Parish Senior Planning Committee representing District 9.

Emergent method made several staff promotions:

  • Tracy Bennet is general manager.
  • Neighborhood Corey is a manager.
  • Luisa Cantillo is a senior consultant.
  • Meagan Collman is a senior consultant.
  • Kaylee Jones is a senior consultant.
  • Corrie Hale is a senior partner.

William “Willie” J. Kolarik II was elected in partnership with Kean Miller.

Kolarik has provided tax advice to many of the world’s largest companies across multiple industry groups including Energy, Financial Institutions, Industrials, Retail, Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Entertainment and public services.

He earned a BS and MS in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, a law degree from LSU Law Center, and an LL.M. in taxation, with honors, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Bernhard Capital Partners, a private equity management firm focused on services and infrastructure, announced the following promotions:

  • Mark the spender was promoted to partner. Prior to joining Bernhard in 2015, Spender was managing director of the Global Industrials Group at Credit Suisse. In his more than 15 years in investment banking, Spender has focused on a variety of industry subsectors, including engineering, construction, building products, building materials and industrial distribution. . He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with highest honors from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
  • Catherine Cusimano was promoted to principal. Prior to joining Bernhard, Cusimano was a vice president at HPS Investment Partners in New York. Earlier in his career, Cusimano was an associate on the E&P equity research team at Capital One Securities. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and a master’s degree in energy management, both from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
  • Bryan Poppler was promoted to principal. Prior to being hired by Bernhard, Poppler was a senior analyst at Stephens in Dallas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a bachelor’s degree in economics with financial applications from Southern Methodist University.
  • Chris Ringswald was promoted to principal. Prior to joining Bernhard, Ringswald was a partner at Stellus Capital Management in Houston, a partner in the strategic planning group at Seneca Resources Corp. and Analyst in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group at RBC Capital Markets. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from LSU.
  • Jason Badeux was promoted to senior partner. Prior to being hired by Bernhard, Badeaux was an analyst at Simmons & Co. International, the energy and power investment banking group of Piper Sandler in Houston. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from LSU.

Around Louisiana

jerry knight joined Denmark as General Manager of Project Services.

Prior to joining Danos, Knight worked at Williams for nearly 14 years where he held several positions, most recently as Technical Services Manager for the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to Williams, he worked at Occidental Chemical Corp. for 16 years.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from LSU.

Danos also promoted Nicole Williams to the marketing and communications manager.

Williams, who has nearly 30 years of marketing experience, joined Danos in 2008 and was previously responsible for the company’s external communications.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University.

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