Personnel moves at Ochsner Baton Rouge, Southern University, Marcus & Millichap, LSU vet school | Business

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Baton Rouge

Steve Greer has been hired as associate regional manager in Marcus & Millichap’s Baton Rouge office.

Greer brings knowledge of the area and the local real estate market. He previously was lead agent with Berkshire Hathaway United Properties and senior adviser for SVN Commercial Real Estate.

Greer owned Highland Mortgage Company and was a partner in Title Plus.

Bethany Robicheaux has been hired as executive director of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge.

She most recently served as senior director of operations and finance at Louisiana Resource Center for Educators

Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge transforms high school students into entrepreneurs and gets them to develop business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to investors and launch their own startups.

Katara Williams has been named vice chancellor for institutional advancement and external relations for the Southern University Ag Center.

Williams currently serves as the chief of staff and executive director for strategic initiatives with the Southern University College System. She will start the new job on July 1.

She has over 20 years of experience in the areas of public relations and policy, with stints at the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Regents.

In 2020, Williams was recognized by the HBCU Campaign as one of 10 HBCU alumni to watch.

She earned a bachelor’s in mass communications, a master’s in public relations and a doctorate in public policy, all from Southern.

Bunnie Cannon has been named senior director of outreach and strategic initiatives for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

She is a fundraising and public relations professional with more than 30 years of experience working for LSU. Cannon spent 10 years working for the LSU President’s office. Her recent work included management, major gift fundraising, cultivation and stewardship at Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Rob Nading has been promoted by Campus Federal to vice president of purchasing and facilities.

Nading was hired in 2006 as the credit union’s purchasing and facilities coordinator. During that time, he has been responsible for overseeing major renovations and the construction of four new locations. He’s currently overseeing the construction of the Siegen Lane Mortgage and Business Center, set for completion in early 2023.

Before arriving at Campus Federal, Nading was an instructor and assistant professor at Southwest Texas State University and Eastern Illinois University.

He earned a bachelor’s from Stephen F. Austin University and a master’s from Texas State University.

Ochsner Baton Rouge recently welcomed several new leaders:

Stephen Pepitone, vice president, patient flow center and clinical services. Pepitone joined Ochsner in January 2011 and held roles of increasing responsibility including manager of financial operations at OMC–New Orleans and director of finance for system partnerships and integration. He most recently oversaw the opening and operations of Ochsner Hospital for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from LSU and a master’s in hospital administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Coty Rome, interim chief financial officer. Rome joined Ochsner in 2008 and has held multiple leadership roles in finance with progressive levels of responsibility and oversight for the Baton Rouge and Lake Charles regions.

Isabel Aguilar, assistant vice president, finance and analytics. Aguilar joined Ochsner in 2018 as the finance and analytics manager over the Baton Rouge clinics. She earned a bachelor’s in management from Georgia Southern University and a master’s in business administration from Nicholls State University.

Terri Edwards, assistant vice president-nursing. Edwards joined Ochsner in 2018 as the director of obstetrics services. She earned dual degrees in nursing and psychology and a doctorate in nursing, all from Southern University. She was a member of the Honors College.

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Jason Hawkes, interim assistant vice president, clinic operations. Hawkes joined Ochsner in 2014, entering the outpatient setting after a 14-year inpatient career as a registered respiratory therapist and director of cardiopulmonary. He has led 13 different medical specialties at the manager or director level during his time in the Baton Rouge region. He earned a bachelor’s in cardiopulmonary sciences from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He currently serves as treasurer of the Louisiana Medical Group Management Association.

Elizabeth Stanley, director of pediatrics, Ochsner Medical Center–The Grove. Stanley joined Ochsner in 2015 as a clinical services manager and previously served as family medicine residency coordinator for Baton Rouge General. She has led several surgical specialties and primary care clinics across the Baton Rouge region and took on the additional role of acting interim director of pediatrics in January 2021.

She earned a bachelor’s in biology from Millsaps College, a master’s in healthcare management from the University of North Alabama and a doctorate in healthcare administration from the University of Mississippi.

Plaquemine Bank and Trust Company has promoted Tabatha “Totsie” Dupuy Tempanaro and Janet Bergeron Campo.

Tempanaro is now executive vice president, chief financial officer and cashier. She joined Plaquemine Bank in 1992. She is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Campo is now senior vice president. She joined Plaquemine Bank in 1997. She is a loan officer serving in the areas of consumer, real estate and commercial lending. Campo is also the bank’s compliance and CRA officer.

New Orleans

Tulane University School of Professional Advancement has added professional staff members to its PreK-12 Education Program.

Hazel Parker has been named associate director and professor of practice of the program. Parker has 23 years of education experience. She earned a bachelor’s in early childhood education and a master’s in developmental reading from the College of New Jersey and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a minor in urban studies from the University of New Orleans.

Trung Nguyen has been named professor of practice. Prior to coming to Tulane, Nguyen worked as an assistant professor of elementary education at McNeese State University. He earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Pennsylvania State University.

Erica Smith has been named professor of practice. Smith is the academic director of both the Tulane Center for K-12 STEM Education and the Strategic Summer Programs. Smith started her career as a science educator at Brown University where she earned a master’s in teaching. She earned a doctorate in curriculum instruction and the science of learning from SUNY Buffalo.

Claudine Davis has been named program manager. Davis most recently served as a school administrator and an adjunct professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate-level education courses. She earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Mercer University.

Sharon Truxillo has joined Gambel Communications as a senior communications strategist.

Truxillo will develop and manage communications strategies and solutions for a variety of accounts, including New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter, Plush Appeal, The River District and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. She served previously as public affairs director for Cox Communications.

Truxillo has more than 20 years of strategic communications experience, with clients such as the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, Louisiana Partners for Healthy Babies and the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency.

She earned a bachelor’s in journalism from LSU.

Brian Marcelle, Alex Robertson and Jacques Mestayer have formed the law firm of Marcelle Robertson Mestayer.

MRM will advocate for those involved in railroad worker and train-related accidents, maritime incidents, serious car crashes, asbestos exposure, insurance disputes, hurricane property damage disputes and other areas of personal injury

Marcelle is a nationally-recognized litigator with 25 years of courtroom experience, having tried nearly 100 jury trials in both state and federal courts. He previously served as assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish and an assistant U.S. attorney in New Orleans.

Robertson worked at the New Orleans defense firm Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore litigating and trying high-stakes personal injury for corporate defendants. He then became a plaintiff lawyer. He earned his law degree at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, graduating ninth in his class and serving on the editorial board of the Louisiana Law Review.

Mestayer is a former law clerk to Judge W. Eugene Davis of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented hundreds of plaintiffs across Louisiana in wrongful death, maritime, railroad, motor vehicle accident and property damage cases.

Charri Hearn Schairer has joined Providence Community Housing as senior project manager.

Schairer will work on all development programs including portfolio rehabilitation and recapitalization as well as strategic acquisition.

She worked as the urban development manager for Neighborhood Urban Renewal Areas in Portland where she promoted neighborhood revitalization and economic opportunity programs and projects. Before that. Schairer spent 10 years leading professional teams and managing multi-million-dollar portfolios at public development and project management corporations

She earned a bachelor’s in social welfare and public policy from University of California, Berkeley and a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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