Baton Rouge, New Orleans People in Business for September 19, 2021 | Business

Baton Rouge

Donovan Segura has been appointed associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity, inclusion and Title IX at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. 

Segura, a native of Crowley, has held positions at Southern including quality enhancement plan director, assistant director of institutional effectiveness and assessment, and assessment director /title III activity director and assessment/testing coordinator. He is an adjunct professor of political science at the university.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in social science and a doctor of philosophy in public policy administration, all from Southern.


Dr. Renee Cowan and Dr. Evan Smith have joined the gynecologic oncology team at Woman’s Hospital

Cowan recently completed two fellowships from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Cancer in New York. She earned a bachelor’s in biology from Cornell University and her medical degree along with a master’s in public health from Temple University. She went on to complete her residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Smith also recently completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology from Memorial Sloan Kettering. The Opelousas native earned his bachelor’s in biology from LSU, and his medical degree from LSU Health-Shreveport. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

New Orleans

Meghan Donelon has joined Red River Bank as market president for its New Orleans expansion.

She is a New Orleans native and an LSU graduate. Donelon has financial services experience in large markets, most recently in Dallas, and more than a decade in the New Orleans area.

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Ryan Gootee General Contractors, of Metairie, announces the following hires:

  • Robert Grantham as an estimator
  • Dustin Ducote as an assistant project manager
  • Jessica Sigmundsson as marketing manager


Dr. Shaminder Gupta has been named to Quanta Dialysis Technologies‘ North American Medical Advisory Board.

Gupta is the corporate medical director of Monogram Health, a kidney disease benefit management and care delivery company, and chief medical officer of Monogram Kidney Care Clinic. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine and LSU Health-New Orleans.


Christopher LeBato has been named chief executive officer of M C Bank & Trust.

LeBato started his banking career at AmSouth Bank. In 2011, he joined IberiaBank where he served as New Orleans retail market manager and the bank’s retail banking executive overseeing Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.

LeBato earned a bachelor’s from Spring Hill College. He was designated a Certified Commercial Investment Member through the CCIM Institute in Chicago and is a recent graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School through the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.