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Otha “Tre” Nelson III has joined Ochsner Baton Rouge as regional director of economic development and community initiatives.

A Baton Rouge native, Nelson will focus on developing and nurturing Ochsner’s relationships with community organizations, partners and stakeholders, as well as expanding its economic footprint.

Nelson previously worked for Baton Rouge General Medical Center and has experience in government relations. He is a cum laude graduate of Northwestern State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

Grace Hebert Curtis Architects announces the following promotions in its Baton Rouge office:

Gary “Jimmy” Hebert Jr. and Jody Gascon were named architectural senior leaders. Catherine “Cat” Kogel was named administrative senior leader.

Barry Lann, architect; Kelsey Adams, interior design; and Rebecca Moses, business development, were named associates.

Luba Workers’ Comp has added two executives to its leadership team.

Luke Blalock was hired as vice president, controller, a new position for the company.

Blalock spent 12 years with Guaranty Corp., and its subsidiary, Guaranty Income Life Insurance Co., a national life and annuity insurance carrier.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from LSU and a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans.

Ryan Inzenga was hired as assistant vice president, underwriting manager.

Inzenga brings nearly 15 years of workers’ comp experience having worked in several different markets including Louisiana, New Mexico, Iowa and North Carolina.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and an executive MBA from the University of New Mexico.

New Orleans

Thomas Plagemann has been named chief financial officer of PosiGen.

Plagemann has nearly 30 years experience handling finance and investments for energy and infrastructure businesses.

PosiGen is a leading provider of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions for low- to moderate-income homeowners.


Fidelity Bank announces the following personnel moves:

Jim Schoen has been promoted to senior vice president, small business banking manager.

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Schoen has 37 years of banking experience in retail and small business sales at several national and regional bank. He has served as commercial relationship manager at Fidelity Bank since 2019.

Bryan Bode has been named senior vice president, human resources.

Bode is a 25-year veteran in the banking industry. He previously served as second vice president of human resources for New Orleans-based Pan American Life insurance Co.

Steve McNeal, vice president and treasurer of Entergy Corp., announced he plans to retire in spring 2022.

McNeal joined Entergy in 1982 and has worked in a several roles across the finance department. He was promoted to treasurer in 1998.

Barrett Green, vice president, commercial operations for Entergy Wholesale Commodities will succeed McNeal, with an effective date to be confirmed in early 2022.

In this role, Green will lead the company’s treasury function, including financing, risk and investments.

Green has held various roles at Entergy since joining the company in 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Mississippi, a master’s in engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Larry Borda has joined the construction industry team at Phelps.

Borda has a background working with architects, engineers and construction companies, both as an attorney and as an insurer.

Stewart Interior Contractors, a drywall and metal framing contractor is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive board and officers of the company.

The new board members are:

  • Gordon Stewart, president and CEO
  • Patrick Lind, executive vice president
  • Sarah Robertson, vice president and secretary
  • Hunter Robin, vice president of estimating
  • Maggie Morvant, chief financial officer and treasurer

In addition to the above newly elected board members, Stewart has hired a project manager, Allison Barganier.


Dr. Denise Basow has been named as the first chief digital officer for Ochsner Health.

Basow will join the executive team, leading strategy and growth of Ochsner’s digital health programs, building new digital businesses and expanding clinical businesses regionally and nationally to create a more convenient, cost-effective experience that delivers better outcomes for patients.

She spent 25 years with global information, software and professional services leader Wolters Kluwer and health care start-up UpToDate, where she leveraged innovation and technology to better care for patients’ health care needs.

Basow received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins University