Diane Allen, dean of the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Education and Human Development, is among 14 educators and experts from around the country who have been appointed to a Library of Congress panel formed to develop a new professional development curriculum for K-12 educators. Members of the national review panel were chosen for their expertise and knowledge to represent urban, suburban and rural areas and all levels of education. The online curriculum they are developing will be released in June.
Barbara Auten has been promoted to executive director of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area. Auten has been with the organization for two years, serving as event coordinator and development director.
John Crump of Hammond has joined North Oaks Health System as vice president of information technology. Crump, who brings more than 30 years of personnel management, training and leadership experience to his new role, will oversee IT functions for all facilities in the system.
Gerald Duszynski has been named director of coastal activities at Fenstermaker in Lafayette. Duszynski has 29 years of service with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, where he served as assistant secretary for the Office of Coastal Restoration and Management.
Michael Ferron has been named chief executive officer and director of Chet Morrison Contractors. Ferron previously was the president and CEO of Helix Energy Solutions Group. He holds an master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen.
Kelly Hurtado has been named chairman of the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Hurtado is vice president of Louisiana Business Inc., which publishes Baton Rouge Business Report, 225 Magazine and 10/12 Magazine. Earlier this year, she was honored as the 2008 Marketer of the Year by Sales and Marketing Executives of Greater Baton Rouge.
Jack Khashou has joined North Oaks Health System as vice president of clinics. Khashou will lead the 12 facilities in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes, as well as the North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex in Satsuma, scheduled to open in 2010. Khashou has 12 years of service with Kenner Regional Medical Center.
Charles Landry of Jones Walker Law Firm is now chairman of the board for the LSU Foundation, the primary academic fundraising organization for Louisiana State University.
Hayley Little, former director of legal and political communications for Creative Communications, has been named general counsel of LUBA Workers’ Comp.
Paul Mastio has been promoted to senior vice president of operations and accounting for Stirling Properties. In his new role, Mastio’s responsibilities include strategic plan progress reporting, proposing and implementing changes in procedures and policies and tax planning. He joined Stirling Properties in 1993.
Sarah Mitchell of Ponchatoula has been promoted to assistant vice president of Tangipahoa Parish Clinics for North Oaks Health System. Mitchell will oversee operations of nine clinics. She joined North Oaks as a rehabilitation technician in 1996.
A. Justin Ourso III, a partner at Jones Walker Law Firm, has been appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section’s State Trademark Laws Committee and has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association’s Political Action Committee.
Melanie Peck has been named affiliate services coordinator for Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s non-profit litter-reduction organization. Peck will work with affiliates to help them meet national requirements and assist with grant and other funding opportunities.
Bryan Poirrier, a former corporate accounting manager for Shaw Group Inc., has joined LUBA Workers’ Comp as senior financial analyst.
Troy Prevot has been named senior vice president of LUBA Workers’ Comp. Prevot will continue to oversee LUBA Care, which helps injured employees recover and return safely to work. He will also assist in the company’s daily operations and oversee all aspects of compliance, audit and IT.
Milan R. Shah has been named vice president of business development for Albemarle Corporation. Shaw will target and develop external opportunities for the company to increase its revenues and earnings through strategic initiatives, partnerships, joint ventures and potential mergers and acquisitions. Shah is a former senior investment banker in Deutsche Bank Securities’ Chemicals Investment Banking group.
Roger Smith of New Orleans is the 129th president of the Louisiana State Medical Society. Smith is a neurosurgeon at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.
Kimberly Stephens has joined MidSouth Bank as vice president and commercial loan officer at its Jefferson Highway location in Baton Rouge. The Alexandria native has 23 years of banking experience, most recently at First Bank and Trust in New Orleans.
Jacqui Vines, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Greater Louisiana, is on the CableFAX: The Magazine list of the Most Powerful Women in Cable. The publication is a trade publication for the cable industry.