People in Business for Feb. 23


Nick Stracco has been elected chairman of the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club.

Other officers are Vance Levesque, vice chairman; Wendy King, secretary; and James Guilbeau, treasurer.

Ryan Mouledous has been named executive vice president of Broadmoor LLC, the Metairie design-build firm.

Mouledous formerly was Broadmoor’s director of pre-construction services and rejoined the firm after serving for several years as a vice president of The Lemoine Co.

Nakisha Ervin-Knott and Walter C. “Bubba” Morrison IV have been named members, which is the equivalent of partners, at New Orleans law firm Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer LLC.

Ervin-Knott’s practice focuses on medical negligence cases in addition to automobile, personal injury and class-action matters. Before joining the firm, she served as a staff counsel for LAMMICO, the largest insurer of health care providers in Louisiana.

Morrison’s practice focuses on medical negligence and personal injury litigation. Prior to joining Gainsburgh Benjamin, he was a partner at Sessums, Dallas & Morrison PLLC in Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Michael Levitzky, professor of physiology and director of the basic science curriculum at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, has been elected to a three-year term on the administrative board of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ council of faculty and academic societies.

Levitzky is one of two representatives from the American Physiological Society.

Tommie A. Vassel, president of Global Profit Strategies LLC, has been named chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, an umbrella agency providing health and human services those in need in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Other new executive officers are Michael O. Read, vice chairman; Lloyd A. Tate, treasurer; and Michael F. Hulefeld, secretary.

New board members are the Very Rev. Rodney P. Bourg, Anh “Joseph” Cao, Dr. Pierre Detiege, Janice Martin Foster, Demetric M. Mercadel, Brian J. Rotolo and Mark J. Spansel.


Campus Federal Credit Union has named Richard C. Miller as statewide retail lending manager and Kevin Schexnayder Jr. as business credit analyst.

Miller was vice president and district manager for Capital One Bank in Lake Charles. Schexnayder was assistant branch manager with Capital One at the Highland Road Branch in Baton Rouge.

Jeff W. Fails has been named vice president at Ford, Bacon and Davis LLC, in Baton Rouge, and as general manager of its Lake Charles operations.

Fails was vice president of operations with Furmanite/Lake Charles.

Ford, Bacon and Davis is an engineering, procurement, project management and construction management company with offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, West Monroe and Lake Charles and Greenville, S.C.

Former Gov. Murphy J. “Mike” Foster Jr. has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corp.

Other officers are James N. “Jim” Hall, vice chairman; and Byron Craig Thomson, secretary.

Andy Blouin, representing the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Baton Rouge chapter, has been elected chairman of Visit Baton Rouge, the convention and visitors bureau.

Other officers are Mark Drennen, representing the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, vice chairman; and Francis Grayson, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, secretary-treasurer. Otis Washington, Office of the Mayor-President, is immediate past chairman.

New board members are Carolyn McKnight, Metro Council; and Lani Guilbeau, Downtown Development District. Other board members are Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle, Flynn Foster, Ralph Ney and Kenneth Rafferty.

First Bank and Trust has made advisory board appointments. Representing the banking industry are Gary Blossman, First Bank president and CEO; and Baton Rouge market President Dennis C. Shill, who will serve as interim chairman.

The health care industry is represented by Chuck Mock and the construction, engineering and real estate industry by Wayne Sledge, David Brantley, George Knost, Hank Saurage, Carlos Alvarez and Tommy Cockfield. Politics is represented by Chris Loar, chairman of the Ascension Parish Council.


The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation announced Chauncey Davis, of Ben E. Keith in Sulphur, has joined its board of directors.

Other board members are Helen LeBourgeois, of TLC Linen Services in New Orleans, chairman; Lenny Raymond, Ben E. Keith in Sulphur, vice chairman; Donna Stephenson, Atmos Energy in Monroe, secretary/treasurer; and Fabian Castillo, La Casa Del Sol in Houma and Thibodaux, immediate past chairman.

Also, John Eastman, Auto-Chlor Services in Jefferson, industry representative; Bruce Attinger, Outback Steakhouse in Baton Rouge, LRA chairman; Dwight Barnes, Crescent Crown Distributing in New Orleans; Lucien Gunter, Acme Oyster House in Metairie; Octavio Mantilla, Besh Restaurant Group in New Orleans; Peter Sclafani, Ruffino’s Restaurant & Ruffino’s on the River in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed new and re-nominated members to serve on the Louisiana District Export Council to support the mission of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce by encouraging and supporting exporting.

Alta Baker, president and CEO of Safe Haven Enterprises Inc. in Jennings, has been named chairman of the council.

Members from the local area are Geralyn C. Contini, CEO of Schaffer International Services LLC in Baton Rouge; Bryan L. Greenwood, assistant vice president/community banking at Regions Bank in Baton Rouge; and Edwin G. “Ned” Jewett Jr., owner of CMI Consultants in Baton Rouge.

Also, Robert M. “Bobby” Landry, chief commercial officer at the Port of New Orleans; Jimmy E. Sauceda, international account executive at United Parcel Service in Kenner; Katherine A. Smith, president of It Straps On Inc. in Covington; Robert B. “Bob” Wetta, president and CEO of DSC Dredge LLC in Reserve; and Ricky G. “Rick” Williams, sales manager at Safeguard Printing and Promotional Products in Youngsville.