Stephanie Anderson will retire later this year from his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Women’s hospital.
Anderson has worked at Woman’s for 31 years, playing a key role in the financial management of the hospital. She oversaw the sale of $ 319.5 million in tax-exempt bonds that funded construction of the hospital’s current campus. She has also been involved in other aspects of the hospital, such as helping to start an HIV transmission prevention program, with the aim of protecting newborns from contracting the disease from their mothers. And she helped create the Woman’s Center for Wellness, which offers fitness programs, occupational therapy, audiology, and other services to women with cancer.
Originally from Lafayette, Anderson is a two-time LSU graduate and a fixture in the Baton Rouge business community. A graduate of the Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Greater Baton Rouge programs, she has served on the Boards of Directors of Capital Area United Way and the American Heart Association at the local and national levels, as the 2018-19 President of the Chapter and President of Baton. Red. of the Go Red for Women 2020 event.
Cantrell Dawn was promoted to Senior Vice President, Health Services Operations for Louisiana Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Cantrell, who has worked for Blue Cross for 35 years, will now lead strategies towards profitable and market-leading healthcare operations.
Cantrell received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Southeast Louisiana. She sits on the board of directors of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, an organization she has long volunteered for and led pro bono volunteer efforts through Blue Cross over the years, and is a member of the board of directors of the Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation.
Other Blue Cross employees have also recently been promoted to key leadership positions in the Health Services division, including:
- Dr Deirdre Barfield, now vice-president, medical management. She held the position on an interim basis. Barfield has served as Senior Medical Director since 2015. She received a BA from LSU in Shreveport and an MD from LSU Medical Center Shreveport.
- Angela Gauthier promoted to Vice President, Supplier Networks and Contracting. She has been with Blue Cross since 1999. Gauthier received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the former University of Southwest Louisiana and a law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.
- Nathalie McCall promoted to Vice President, Healthcare Value. She has been working for Blue Cross since 2014 and has held the position on an interim basis. McCall received a Bachelor of Science and Business degree from the University of Notre Dame.
- Michelle stevens promoted to Vice President, Healthcare Systems and Support. She has been Director of Value Based Operations since 2016. Stevens received a BA and MA in Business Administration from LSU.
- Dr Jeremy Wigginton promoted to vice-president, health quality and innovation. He has been with Blue Cross since 2016. Wigginton holds a BS in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MD from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
Dr Steven Heymsfield, professor and director of the Metabolism and Body Composition Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, was named Amazon Scholar.
The Amazon Scholars Program is designed for academics who want to tackle large-scale technical challenges while continuing to teach and conduct research at their universities.
Heymsfield will help develop digital health and wellness tools for the Amazon Halo organization. This is a new health and wellness subscription that helps customers understand and manage different facets of their health in one place, the Halo app.
Susanne Romig was appointed general manager of Port city businesses, a Port Allen-based service provider for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Romig, a native and resident of Brusly, will expand services throughout West Baton Rouge parish and beyond to address the lack of resources for people with special needs and their families.
She was the director of community relations for the Arc de BÃ¢ton Rouge for four years, before taking over as general manager in 2018.
Dionne Rousseau is the new president of City Year Baton Rouge Advisory board.
Rousseau, a partner at Jones Walker, has served on the advisory board since 2015. She holds a BA in history from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
United Community Bank has made the following additions and promotions.
- Monique Blackwood was appointed banker and internal auditor.
- Dustin Arcement was appointed assistant vice president and credit analyst.
- Andrea Steib has been promoted to the position of Commercial Director / Banking Officer.
Kendra Smith-Parks and Carlisle Rieveschl were promoted by Gambel Communications.
Smith-Parks, a communications strategist, joined Gambel earlier this year and most recently served as communications coordinator. As a communications strategist, Smith-Parks manages media relations, community relations and social media for clients from various industries. She received a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Rieveschl, communications partner, joined the company in 2020 and most recently held the position of communications associate. Rieveschl’s responsibilities include media and community relations, as well as social media and digital marketing for clients representing a wide variety of disciplines. She received a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of Mississippi.