New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for July 18, 2021 | Business


New Orleans area

Ryan Gootee General Contractors has promoted David Barbier to executive vice president; Kevin Sprehe to project executive; and Chad Leibe and Randy Robert, both to senior superintendent.

Barbier was vice president of preconstruction and has been with the company since its inception in 2004. He will continue to manage estimators and lead all aspects of preconstruction. He has more than 33 years of experience, with emphasis on preconstruction services, budget forecasting, estimating, contract negotiations and the design assist project delivery method.

Sprehe was senior project manager and for more than a decade at the company has been involved in planning and fieldwork on commercial construction projects. He will be providing communication between the executive team, leadership and management to the project managers, assistant project managers, and will assist with the field operations teams. 

Leibe and Robert were project superintendents. They will transition to leadership and management of project superintendents, assistant project superintendents, carpenters, laborers and subcontractors on all company projects. Leibe has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, six of those with the company. Robert has been with the company since it was formed in 2004, and his career spans more than 30 years. Leibe and Robert have been involved in implementing the company’s safety and lean processes.

New Orleans Entertainment Coalition has named Nadia Alhashimi as the nonprofit’s executive director.

Born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and raised between London and rural Louisiana, Alhashimi is a Fulbright scholar and worked in journalism across Jordan and neighboring countries, coinciding with and following the Arab Spring civil unrest. She launched Luxury Magazine, a multinational lifestyle publication, for which she served as managing editor. In 2014, she returned from Jordan to New Orleans and in 2020 graduated with a master’s degree in communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her scholarly work has included exploration of the economic impact of women in the arts and culture, the representation of women in media and trends in media and technology.

She has served as a consultant to nonprofits and organizations, including New Orleans Business Alliance, Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business, New Orleans Ballet Association’s BRAVO and The Club of New Orleans. As the chief financial officer of the National Association of Women MBAs, she has focused on serving minorities and women, and on interweaving messaging of tolerance and acceptance. 

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has named Clark Bucko as director of family services, overseeing its first-time homebuyer and incubator rental programs.

Bucko was the director of continuing education and interim director of grants and community engagement with Southern College of Optometry. Bucko has more than 18 years of nonprofit experience, including serving with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Native American Youth and Family Center. Bucko earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s in English from Loras College.

Public relations firm Gambel Communications has named April Catarella as a communications strategist.

Catarella served as the executive director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and also served as Einstein Charter Schools’ communications manager. The New Orleans native graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, with a concentration in public relations and began her marketing career working in minor league sports, first for the Louisiana IceGators hockey team in Lafayette, then for the Montgomery Biscuits Double-A baseball affiliate in Alabama.

Baton Rouge area

Oliver Garden has been named dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug. 31.

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He succeeds Joel Baines, who has served as dean since 2014 and will resume his position as a full-time faculty member within the school.

Garden is chair of the department of clinical sciences and advanced medicine and the Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Garden has served in positions at the Royal Veterinary College, University of South Carolina, Cornell University and Imperial College London, U.K., and as visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London. Garden received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology with basic biomedical sciences from King’s College London, U.K.; a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Royal Veterinary College, U.K.; and a Doctor of Philosophy in gastrointestinal immunology from the Royal Veterinary College. 

The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education has appointed Tracey Rizzuto as interim director of the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development.

She replaces Reid Bates with his retirement.

Rizzuto, associate director of the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, has been at LSU since 2004. She holds the Mary Ethel Baxter Lipscomb Memorial Endowed Professor of Human Resource, Leadership and Organizational Development. Rizzuto received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in industrial and organizational psychology, with a minor concentration in information systems and technology and master’s in industrial/organizational psychology. Her bachelor’s degree in psychology is from LSU.

Lafayette area

Acadian Cos. has promoted in its accounting department Kelly Delhomme to assistant controller; Roslyn LeBlanc to accounting supervisor; Jamie Clements to payroll and accounts payable supervisor; and Phoebe Hebert to accounts payable lead.

Delhomme has served as director of accounting and joined Acadian in 2002 as a staff accountant. The Lafayette native is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

LeBlanc was a senior accountant, handling monthly accounting responsibilities and assisting with reporting and budgeting for the Air Med and fixed-wing divisions. The Maurice native has been with Acadian since 2008 and is a graduate of the UL.

Clements has been with Acadian since 2010, starting as a receptionist for the Safety Management Systems division then moving to the accounting department as an accountant. The Lafayette resident is a graduate of the UL.

Hebert has been with Acadian since 2008, working in various roles within the accounting department. The Branch resident is a graduate of Acadiana Area Career College.

Julia Bagnall-Andrews has been named to the executive sales team member for Liberty Energy Services, a Texas-based subsidiary of the Safety Management Systems division of Acadian Cos.

She will be responsible for expanding Liberty Energy’s mid- and downstream clientele while providing continued support for current customers, with a focus on pipeline, craft inspection and safety and environmental compliance services. The Houston native has more than 20 years of sales experience in the oil and gas industry.

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