New Orleans area
Lester Millet III, president of InfraGard Louisiana and safety risk agency manager for the Port of South Louisiana, was awarded the 2020 Government Technology & Services Coalition Homeland Security Today Citizen of Mission Award.
The award goes to an individual who devotes their personal time, energy and resources to work for causes related to homeland security. Millet joined the InfraGard Louisiana in 2008, making contributions in planning and organizing conference and training experiences and developing the All Hazard School Safety Toolkit. InfraGard Louisiana has more than 1,200 members assigned to four subchapters in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Acadiana and north Louisiana. Infragard’s mission is to foster information sharing between the FBI and the private and public sectors to protect the nation’s critical infrastructures against attacks or failure caused by either foreign or domestic threats, and to support all FBI investigative programs, especially counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cybercrime. Millet also serves as sector chief and chairman for a large Facility Security Officer workgroup and has served on more than 10 boards and committees including the U.S. Coast Guard Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee.
Lisa LaCour has been named vice president, head of global communications at Gramercy Labs, a media and technology incubator in New Orleans.
LaCour will leverage her experience in digital and entertainment media and marketing to spearhead internal and external communications for GeistM and Gramercy Labs’ other portfolio companies. The NOLA native moved back after more than 25 years in New York and Los Angeles, working with companies such as Outbrain, Endeavor, AOL, Madison Square Garden, MGM and top musicians.
Meaghan McCormack, executive director of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, has been named to GNO Inc.’s 2021 Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy.
Coalition members include 26 business professionals from throughout greater New Orleans aiming to become informed advocates for sustainable restoration efforts in Louisiana’s wetlands, river, delta and coastline.
Baton Rouge area
Brew Agency has named Ross Lowinske as creative director.
Lowinske joined Brew in 2020, working remotely from Milwaukee. He has more than 20 years of executive level experience with various agencies, providing work for clients such as Sears, GE, Kimberly Clark, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, ESPN, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, and Maine Department of Tourism. He received a bachelor’s degree in English, advertising and film from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
The Louisiana Orthopaedic Association has installed Dr. Claude Williams as president, Dr. Leslie Sisco-Wise as second vice president and elected Dr. Kevin Riché as a board member.
Williams is an orthopaedic surgeon, with a certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand. He practices in New Orleans with Southern Orthopaedic Specialists.
Sisco-Wise serves as the section head of hand surgery for the Ochsner Health System. She is also the director of the hand center for Ochsner Baptist Hospital in New Orleans and a consultant for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Riché will serve as the regional director for greater Baton Rouge. He practices orthopedic surgery at the Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic.
The Louisiana Travel Association honored 21 graduates of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy, designed to equip participants with knowledge and skills to strengthen their organizations and the statewide tourism industry.
Graduates are William Bloom, Louisiana Office of Tourism; Holly Cope-Lynn, city of Broussard; Gina dePingré, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourism Bureau; Nancy Dessens, Renaissance Publishing; Jill Dryden, The Advocate; Kathryn Shea Duncan and Kaitlyn Gallegos, both Visit Lake Charles; Lindsey Fruge, Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Pamela Hayes and Bill Sherman, both Office of the Lieutenant Governor; Jessica Hebert and Amber Slinin, both LBA Hospitality; Tara Lusignan and Abbey Palagi, both New Orleans & Co.; Lizzie Moss, Myrtles Plantation; Steven Perrilloux, Historic Riverlands; Brittany Perrin, Airboat Adventures; Mike Roebuck, Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission; Julie Rogers, DeSoto Parish Tourist Bureau; Anna Strider, St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission; and Jerianne Fitzgerald Thomas, Alexandria-Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Louisiana Master Farmer Program, an LSU AgCenter-led initiative that teaches about conservation, graduated its 2020 class with certifications going to Andy Gagliano, Tangipahoa Parish; Casey Towns, Union Parish; Demeter Properties, Tangipahoa Parish; Shooting Star Bull Dogs LLC, Tangipahoa Parish; and William Dobson, of B Bar D LLC, Bossier Parish.
Also, Mead Hardwick, of Tensas Parish, was named the 2020 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer. He is a partner in the Hardwick Planting Co., which produces cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat and grain sorghum in Newellton using conservation-minded practices.