People this week: new recruits, promotions, rewards


Advertising/Public Relations

Amanda Robert joined Gambel Communications as a communications strategist.


Gould Evans changed his name to multi-studio.

Banking/financial services

Equitas Capital Advisors LLC has appointed Derek Fossier president and hired Rohit Punyani as a senior wealth advisor.

Metairie Bank has hired Patrick Becker as Vice President, Commercial Lender, Julie Otlio as a community development worker and ryan monica as Assistant Vice President, Sales Manager for the Covington branch. The bank promoted Monique Dupéire to the Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance and Operations Officer; Todd Rauch to the Senior Vice President; Ronshawn “Shawn” Williams the David Drive branch sales manager; Bryan House to sales manager for the Airline branch; and Diane Ledet to the operations manager of the Metairie Road branch.


Financial Director of the Episcopate of Saint-Martin Robin Lunsford retire and Jennifer LeCoq was appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer.

International High School of New Orleans has hired Erin’s Hill as internal substitute teacher and Santa Cruz-Davis Charity as a social worker.

Colleges of Distinction named Holy Cross University a 2022-2023 College of Distinction, Louisiana College of Distinction, and Catholic College of Distinction.

General business

Anne Thibodeaux was promoted to senior vice president of accounting for Associated Terminals and Turn Services. Thomas Cagle was promoted to Vice President of HSSE and Training for Associated Terminals and Turn Services.

The American Heart Association has named Coretta La Garde executive director in New Orleans.

Cliff favors joined Lockton Dunning as vice president of human capital and benefits for the Gulf Coast region.

Charri Hearn President joined Providence Community Housing as Senior Project Manager.

People Who Think LLC has launched a new post-production company, Cadence station.

Health care

general surgeon Daniel Linarello joined North Oaks Surgical Associates in Hammond.

Joe Ramos was named head of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.


Brian Marcelle, Alex Robertson and Jacques Mestayer formed Marcelle Robertson Mestayer LLC (MRM). MRM will defend those involved in railroad and train accidents, marine incidents, serious motor vehicle accidents, asbestos exposure, insurance disputes, hurricane property damage disputes and Other Personal Injury Areas Throughout Louisiana.

Degan, Blanchard & Nash promoted Travis Bourgeois, Phil Brickman and Matthew Morgan to partner with its New Orleans office.


Tafaro Tanner joined Athena Real Estate.

Patricia Christovitch joined Corporate Realty, Inc. in the new role of Vice President, Finance and Administration.


The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel has named Kilian Werner chief executive and Spiros Dimitriou Executive Deputy Head. Other new additions to the team are Reginald Jackwho joins as director of food and beverage, and Jason Gunn as sous-chef at the Pelican Bar.

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