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Baton Rouge

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has hired two vice presidents in its benefit operations division.

Rochelle Jones is Vice President, Benefit Operations – Customer Service. Jones began her career managing and improving customer service and call centers at IBM. Jones most recently worked at MultiPlan, where she led the medical reimbursement analysis teams in negotiations with clients, providers and members.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in human relations and business from Amberton University, and a master’s degree in health law from the Oklahoma University School of Law. Jones is a certified adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix.

Michael M Carriere II is Vice President, Benefit Operations – Enrollment and Billing. Carriere worked for Blue Cross from 2000 to 2008, first as a claims/processing supervisor and then as Group Account Manager. He spent the last 13 years at Amedisys as Director of Revenue Recovery.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Erin Douglas has joined it Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge as Philanthropy and Grants Officer.

Douget was recently Associate Director of Development and Philanthropy at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Prior to that, she was associate director of the development grants program at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and a member of the board of directors of Girl Scouts Louisiana East.

She earned a master’s degree in community service administration from LSU-Shreveport.

New Orleans

Adam M Laurie joined Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett as CFO.

Laurie’s previous work experience includes positions of increasing responsibility in Macquarie Infrastructure Corp.’s portfolio companies, such as Atlantic Aviation. Most recently, he was Director of Strategic Finance at IMTT, a bulk liquid handling and storage company with 19 facilities across North America.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tulane University, where he is an associate professor at the AB Freeman School of Business. After basic training, he served in the Navy both on active duty and in the reserve as an aviation officer, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

Eileen Angelico joined Deveney as Senior Public Relations Account Executive. Angelico has more than 30 years of experience in strategic communications at national level.

Before joining Deveney, she was Director of Public Affairs for the Home Office’s Office of Safety and Environmental Protection. Her work included leading the media response to the BP oil spill.

Angelico previously worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, overseeing the rebuilding of veterans’ health services in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in journalism from LSU.


Bill Bynum was appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to the board of directors New Orleans branch.

He was appointed for an indefinite term ending December 31, and for a further three-year term from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025.

Bynum is Chief Executive Officer of Jackson, Mississippi-based Hope Credit Union, Hope Enterprise Corporation and the Hope Policy Institute. He is Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and was previously Chair of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.

Dominic R. Moncada was sponsored by Monument of Dignity to the personal care center and managerial area crematoria for the New Orleans Care Center and Metairie Crematory.

He oversees eight funeral homes in the New Orleans area: Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemetery, Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, Westside/Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens, Mount Olivet Cemetery, HC Alexander Funeral Home, Grace Funeral Home & St Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden and Neptune Society.

Tomeka Watson Bryant was appointed general manager of Railroad Commission for the New Orleans Public Belt.

Watson Bryant, a second generation railroader, brings both operational and commercial rail industry experience to lead NOPB. During her five years at NOPB, she was responsible for business development and customer service as manager, sales and marketing director and pioneered a successful safety program.

Watson Bryant is successful Managing Director “Mike” Stolzmanwho will be promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Port NOLA.

Other organizational changes include the promotion of Roland Wendell Executive Vice President/CFO for overall strategy, negotiation and financing of Port NOLA’s revenue and infrastructure projects.

Laura Mellem was appointed chief of staff. Michelle Ganonwho served for six years as chief of staff and vice president of public affairs will retire in August.

Around Louisiana

Ryan Burks was elected chairman of the Port of Southern Louisiana commission council.

Burks, who was appointed to the board in 2020 by St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell, succeeds D. Paul Robichaux, who has served as commission chair since 2014.

Burks is the founder of RYCARS Construction, a specialty company specializing in commercial roofing applications. RYCARS has performed high profile work on objects such as Caesars Superdome and NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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