FNBD Bank promotions

DERIDDER — First National Bank DeRidder (FNBD) welcomed the new year with the following promotions and new hires:

Robert “Robie” Touchette was promoted to SVP, Chief Banking Officer on Beauregard Parish and Calcasieu Parish.

Matt Fruge was promoted to SVP, Chief Operations Officer.

Mandy Thomas was promoted to AVP, commercial lender of the Sulfur branch.

Heather Hardy was promoted to director of operations for the Sulfur branch.

Chad Blankenbaker was engaged as a secondary market lender.

Council appoints 2022 Board of Directors

The Board of Trustees of the SWLA Arts and Humanities Council has appointedRandy Partin of Amalash Corporation as Chairman of the 2022 Board of Directors at its annual meeting of the Board of Directors.

Partin served on the Arts and Humanities Council for four years.

The board also approved a new slate of executive committee members, includingJana Crainde Scofield, Gerard, Pohorelsky, Gallaugher & Landry Attorneys at Law as Senior Vice President;friend herbertof KPLC as second vice-president; Caleb Waldmeier of Merchant & Farmers Bank as Treasurer;Logan Fontenot of the First Federal Bank of Louisiana as secretary; and Mitchell Woods of Merrill Lynch as a full member.

Twelve new directors were appointed to bring the total number of directors to 37. The board now includesAlyson Antoon, Ann Barilleaux, Charla Blake, Curry Burton, Aryca Bussell, Dr David Chang, Ashley Chrétien Williams, Dr Philip Conner, Madison Crain, Daneisha Davis, Michael Dawson, Amanda Donaldson, Emily Dupin, Meghan Fleming, Michael Gardner, Robert Goodson , Karen Hartfield, Jennifer Jones, Nichole Lanthier, Tracy LeMieux, Allie Livingston, Angie Manning, Luci Mireles, Lauren Morris, Amy Nyberg, Jennifer Spees, Lindsay Taylor, Kristina Webster, Carolynn White, and Mary Williams.

Aguillard appointed to the board of directors

Assessor of the parish of Calcasieu Wendy Curphy Aguillard was named to the 2022 Louisiana Assessor’s Association Board of Directors.

Aguillard has served the LAA as president, vice president, and treasurer. She has already been honored by being named Louisiana’s 2015 Evaluator of the Year.

Aguillard began her career in the office of Calcasieu Parish Assessor in 1996 and has served as an assessor since her first election in 2011. She was re-elected to her third term in 2019.

She is a three-time Louisiana Certified Assessor with over 700 hours of IAAO-accredited coursework and continuing education.

Alaribe named vice president of mission integration

Christus Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana is thrilled to welcome the newest addition to its leadership team. Father Felix Okechukwu Alaribe, also known as Father Okey, recently accepted the position of Vice President of Mission Integration.

Okey is new to Christus Ochsner campuses, but has been part of the Christus family for over 14 years. In 2007, he became Resident Chaplain at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler, Texas, then joined the Christus System as Chaplain at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.

Most recently, he served as Director of Mission and Spiritual Care at Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System in Shreveport.

In his role, Father Okey helps safeguard the ethics and integrity of Christus Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana as a Catholic healthcare system. He will work in the community to build relationships with faith leaders and organizations, while identifying key needs and developing strategies and resources to respond to each. He will also ensure that Christus Ochsner Associates, patients and the community have access to quality spiritual care.

Manual joined MC Bank

MORGAN CITY – Christopher LeBato, CEO of MC Bank, said: “I am delighted to announce that Marie-Manuel is officially part of our management team and will act as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources. His unique blend of legal and human resources experience along with his passion for helping others will play a key role in the growth of our community bank.

Manuel comes to MC Bank from IberiaBank/First Horizon, where she worked for seven years, first as Regional Human Resources Manager and then as Associate Relations Manager.

Manuel is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and she later continued her studies at LSU, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she earned her JD and graduated with honors.

Prior to entering banking, she practiced law for 18 years at the law firm Onebane in Lafayette.

Manuel is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Society for Human Resource Management and is a Certified SHRM-Senior Professional. She has held leadership positions in community and professional organizations, including as former state director of the Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management, former president of the Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management, former president of the chapter of LSBA Labor and Employment Law, and is a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

The Bank welcomes Latiolais, DeLoach

Home Bank is pleased to welcome Kevin Latiolais as Senior Vice President/President of Acadiana Market and Bryant DeLoach as Vice President/Senior Commercial Relations Manager. The two new additions join the company having recently worked in the commercial division of Hancock Whitney.

Latiolais brings 33 years of commercial lending experience to his new role at Home Bank, where he will lead the commercial team in Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana. Previously, he was Group Director of Commercial Banking at Hancock Whitney Bank, and prior to that worked for MidSouth Bank for over 30 years, most recently serving as Regional President of Southwest Louisiana.

Latiolais is from Breaux Bridge and a longtime resident of Youngsville. He is known for his interest in community and relationship lending, and he attributes his success to growing loan portfolios by focusing on the unique lending needs of the client, whether large or small.

Latiolais graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He served in the Louisiana National Guard and holds a master’s degree in International Leadership Report. Latiolais is a member of the board of directors and former treasurer of the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. He volunteers with the United Way of Acadiana, devoting many hours to hurricane response in 2020 after Hurricane Laura hit the Lake Charles area.

DeLoach is a Lafayette native with 20 years of expertise in business banking and lending, most recently as an Acadiana middle market lender for Hancock Whitney. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and he serves on the finance committee of One Acadiana.

APG Announces Board Members

The Alliance for Positive Growth has announced the appointment of five new members to its 2022 Board of Directors.

They are Dr John Noble with Noble Development; Ryan Hess with Hancock Whitney Bank; Dean Robert with Stream Wetland Services; Guy Richard with Rain for Rent, LLC; and Joe Banks with Liberty Plaza Properties. These new members of the Board of Directors will have a term of three years.

APG is an organization of professionals in real estate, development, construction, and all other interested parties, working together to promote strong and beneficial growth in Southwest Louisiana. Since its inception in 2017, the APG has grown to include 120 members. The group holds regular meetings and events for its members and has active committees dealing with the most critical issues affecting business growth in the region.

For more information about APG and membership opportunities, visit APGrowth.org or call