Baton Rouge area

Jan Laughinghouse has been named executive director of Capital Area Human Services.

She served as interim executive director for the past seven months. Laughinghouse joined the agency in 2014 and served as addiction recovery program director of agency’s addiction recovery services division. She received her doctoral degree in human development and family studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a licensed clinical social worker and board-approved clinical supervisor.

CAHS provides mental health, addiction recovery and developmental disabilities services in Ascension, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville and Pointe Coupee parishes.

Baton Rouge Community College has named Michelle D. Dennis as dean of nursing and allied health.

Dennis will oversee degrees and certificates in nursing, practical nursing, medical assistant, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical technician, pharmacy technician, surgical technology and veterinary technology.

Dennis is the director of nursing within the medical-surgical division with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and has a 20-year career in nursing, the first 12 years spent at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.  Dennis obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and in nursing from the University of Alabama, a Master of Public Administration, with a health care concentration, and doctorate of philosophy in health care public policy degrees from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

The LSU Foundation board of directors has five new members and has named LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Dampf as its Board of Supervisors representative through 2022. New foundation board members, serving four-year terms, are Sarah Borders, of Atlanta, a partner with law firm King & Spalding; John M. Engquist of Baton Rouge, executive chairman of the board of H&E Equipment Services Inc. in Baton Rouge; Suzette Kent, of Frisco, Texas, a global business transformation executive and, most recently, served as the federal chief information officer for the United States within the Office of Management and Budget; Christel C. Slaughter, of Baton Rouge, chief executive officer of SSA Consultants; and Milford “Mike” Wampold III, of Baton Rouge, chairman, CEO and founder of Wampold Companies.

New Orleans area

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, has promoted John Blender to director of respiratory therapy and cardiology, having served in an interim role over the past four months.

Blender has been with Lakeview Regional since 2015, serving as cardiopulmonary supervisor. Blender received his bachelor’s degree in cardiopulmonary science from the LSU Health Sciences Center in 2007, and began his career as a respiratory therapist. He is a Louisiana native who grew up in Baton Rouge and resides in Madisonville.

Patrick Barrett has been named general manager of the Loews New Orleans Hotel in the Art District.

The New Orleans native was area managing director for Fillmore Hospitality LLC. He is a 25-year hospitality veteran whose career spans across Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels, Choice Hotels and independent hotel companies.

Barrett earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in hotel, restaurant and tourism at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Construction firm Palmisano has named Craig Floyd to the newly created role of regional growth leader, responsible for expanding the company’s business across the Southeast.

Floyd has spent the past 18 years as a leader with Branch Builds in Roanoke, Virginia, starting as an assistant project manager and working his way up to president during 2010-20. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Building Construction program.