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Three members of the Pattons Fine Jewelry team garnered key awards from the Jewelers of Louisiana at its annual convention at the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street.

Tenisha Jason-Moore was named Jeweler of Louisiana, one of the association’s top honors.

Melinda Wallace took first place in the 2021 Jewelers of Louisiana Design Competition in Category Three (designs retailing for $6,000 or more).

Ara Chanakian took second place in the design competition in Category One (designs retailing for up to $2,000) and third place in Category Two (designs retailing between $2,000 and $6,000.)


The LSU College of Agriculture has named Allen Rutherford executive associate dean.

Rutherford has served as director of the college’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, interim associate dean in the College of Agriculture, interim department head of the Department of Experimental Statistics, interim director of the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences and interim head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

A professor of fish ecology, Rutherford has been with LSU for more than 36 years.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Baylor University and a doctorate in zoology from Oklahoma State University.


NTB Associates Inc., a professional surveying and engineering services firm, announced an internal ownership transition.

After 35 years with the company and the past 21 years as owner Paul Brian Rossini Sr. has turned over his position as president to Aaron Grant Bunch, who is in the corporate headquarters in Shreveport. John Wayne King will assume the role of chief operations officer, and Bryan Turner Bunch will be executive vice president. Both work in the Zachary office.


Kristin Thomas-Martin is the new ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Plastics plant manager. Thomas-Martin replaces Angela Zeringue, who has been named senior operations planning advisor, ExxonMobil Chemical Company Global Operations. Zeringue will remain in Baton Rouge.

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Thomas-Martin began her career in 2006 with ExxonMobil at the Baton Rouge Chemical Plant after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a chemical engineering degree and working at Dow Chemical Company for two years. She left Baton Rouge in 2010 and worked at ExxonMobil plants in Houston and Brussels. In 2019, she began working as operations manager at the Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant.


Clare Falcon is the the new state geologist and director of the Louisiana Geological Survey.

She brings more than 25 years of professional geoscience experience, most of which has been in industry, to the state leadership position.

Most recently, Falcon has worked in Houston for BHP, a global resources company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2017, she served as a leadership coach, a geoscience manager and a geologist on Gulf of Mexico exploration and appraisal projects in the U.S. and Mexico. Previously, she led the Gulf of Mexico exploration team as an exploration sedimentologist for Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni.

She has also worked for Amoco, Schlumberger and Statoil. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Liverpool University and her doctorate from the University of Leeds.

Erin Kennedy Ryan has been named chief legal officer for BBQGuys. 

Ryan brings more than 15 years of legal and business experience with a record of supporting consumer and e-commerce divisions on corporate legal issues for some of the world’s leading public and private companies, including Sherwin-Williams. At BBQGuys, she will lead the company’s legal strategy, M&A advisory, ethics, compliance and corporate governance functions.

Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.


New Orleans Career Center Founding Executive Director Claire Jecklin has been tapped to chair the Youth Committee of the New Orleans Workforce Development Board.

The youth committee chair serves as the liaison between NOLA Youth Works and workforce board and reviews and recommends for approval the budget available to support youth development programming.

Jecklin has served as a member of the board since 2019.

She also serves on the city’s COVID-19 Re-Opening Task Force and YouthForce NOLA Community Steering Committee. Jecklin earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s in education leadership from National Louis University.


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