Maureen Davis Board Chair
Maureen Davis is a business strategist with industry knowledge in healthcare, academia, hospitality and financial services. In her current position, Applications Development Manager for PeoplesHealth, she provides IT project management and support for Electronic Medical Records to 20 clinics across south Louisiana. Maureen has a Business Administration Degree from the University of Georgia, is a Miami Beach native and has worked in the medical industry in new Orleans for the past 9 years. Maureen has been a volunteer at Luke's House since 2015 and is now serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors.
Tiffany Delcour Vice Chair
Tiffany is from a small town in Southern Missouri and attended college at Central Methodist University. In 2004 she moved to New Orleans to continue her education at Tulane University School of Public Health. One year into Tiffany’s education at Tulane Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Upon her return to the city Tiffany finished her degree and remained at Tulane as a research assistant and began to work closely with the Recovery School District and the Environmental Protection Agency to better understand how school facilities and the indoor environment impacted the health of students and staff. Today she continues this work as the Recovery School District's Assistant Superintendent of Operations along with many other volunteer interests she has outside of education. Currently Tiffany is the Vice-Chair of the WWNO Executive Council and the Secretary and Fundraising Chair of Luke's House. She also serves as committee member of the Touro Foundation Gala and completed the Rosenblum Health Care Leadership series in Fall 2016.
J. Brent Wallis, MD Medical Director
As vice president of clinical integration for Peoples Heath, Dr. J. Brent Wallis is responsible for developing, executing and sustaining provider engagement strategies that support key company initiatives and overall goals. He facilitates a collaborative environment between Peoples Health and its network providers to ensure cost-effective, quality health outcomes for members of the company’s health plans.
A physician executive, Wallis brings more than 15 years of experience in the medical field to his position. Previously, he served as Peoples Health market medical director of the New Orleans Westbank, Southland and surrounding regions, providing clinical oversight for the optimization of medical management and quality-of-care programs, as well as educating providers on company resources. Prior to joining Peoples Health, Wallis served as market medical director for JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers and as a practicing physician for one of JenCare’s facilities. He has held several academic appointments throughout his career, including assistant professor of clinical medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans and medical director of the resident clinic for the university’s Program of Medicine-Pediatrics.
Wallis earned a medical degree from Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency in the Program of Medicine-Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. He is board-eligible in pediatrics and holds a certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also the medical director and a volunteer physician at Luke’s House, a nonprofit, free local clinic that provides a doorway to long-term healthcare solutions for uninsured patients.
James Comeaux, LCSW Treasurer
Mr. Comeaux holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Completed 1990). He has worked in a variety of mental and behavioral health settings.
Mr. Comeaux joined management in 2004 at Access Health Louisiana (then St. Charles Community Health Center) and has helped grow the organization to the largest in Louisiana and it is considered a model community health center system. He has extensive experience as a clinician, program manager, and program director for a variety of behavioral health and healthcare organizations. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Operations and supervises all operations for AHL. He also participates in development activities for the organization. He is passionate about creating systems that assist people in achieving their health goals by creating effective and efficient care teams that include patients.
Immediately following hurricane Katrina, Mr. Comeaux stood up mobile medical and relief services that operated in St. Charles, Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. Along with disaster response, he has operated mobile maternity, primary care and outreach screening mobile programs. Because of working in mobile programs, this evolved to presenting at the 2006 Mobile Health Clinics Forum. This was quickly followed by becoming involved in the Mobile Health Clinics Network national advisory board. And since that time has served in multiple capacities as the Network evolved into the Mobile Health Clinics Association a 501c3 Not-for-profit organization.
Mr. Comeaux is the past Chair of the Mobile Health Clinics Association, Treasurer and past Chair of the Board of Directors of Luke’s House Clinic and is on the faculty of the Texas Association of Community Health Center’s Optimizing Clinical Outcomes Collaborative.
Mr. Comeaux lives in New Orleans, Louisiana where he is co-owner of Ice Cream 504.
Kathryn Montgomery, PhD Secretary
Ms. Montgomery is the Julia & David Uihlein Professor Emerita of Medical Humanities & Bioethics andProfessor Emerita of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the author of Doctors’ Stories: The Narrative Structure of Medical Knowledge and How Doctors’ Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine. She began volunteering at Luke’s House in 2008.
Mariana Montero, MBA Board Member
Mariana Montero, the third in a family of seven children, was born in Ecuador and moved to New Orleans in 1992 where most of her family lives. In Ecuador she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Guayaquil, Ecuador and in New Orleans she acquired Masters in Business Administration as well as in Engineering Management in 1999.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of Golden Change, Inc. non-profit organization in Metairie, LA which mainly focuses in Domestic Violence and behavior change prevention. Mariana is certified through the Duluth Curriculum as a facilitator for Duluth classes of non-violence and for 20 years she has worked in the development of Child Prevention.
Mariana has held diverse positions in the corporate and academic arenas, and has extensive experience serving as a volunteer in non-profit organizations in New Orleans as well as in Ecuador. She is part of Board of Directors of Metropolitan Center for Women & Children, Board member of Luke’s House Clinic, Project coordinator of LA Voz de la Comunidad Coalition, Vice-President of the Latin American Civic Association of Louisiana, Inc., member of the National Organization for the advancement of Hispanics, Past President of the Business Professional Women’s Association, Member of Jefferson Lions Club, and volunteer at Make a Wish foundation.
Ragan Collins, MPH Board Member
Mrs. Ragan Collins serves as the executive director for the City of New Orleans Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), a Federally Qualified Health Center improving the overall health and well-being of our city’s homeless, uninsured and underinsured population. She received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. She oversees the management and coordination of the daily operations and provides oversight of the HCH health centers. Working collaboratively with her dedicated team, she ensures all services rendered are of high quality, utilizing best practices based upon evidence-based research.
Mrs. Collins began her career working at and alongside a myriad of grass-root community-based organizations. She engaged multidisciplinary teams at the local, state, and federal level regarding HIV/AIDS, STD and teen pregnancy prevention. While on her path to becoming a community advocate, Mrs. Collins became committed to increasing one’s knowledge of preventable diseases so one can make informed decisions about their health. This commitment led her into the Statewide Outreach Coordinator role for the Louisiana State Health Department. She developed policies and procedures, and ensured reproductive healthcare services were provided in accordance with federal guidelines and accessible in parishes throughout the state of Louisiana. Her increased knowledge of outreach coordination, continuous monitoring of statewide quality assurance and improvement activities enabled her to improve health care services and clinic efficiency statewide.
Julie Cannon Board Member
Julie Cannon is a retired educator who is now working as a Contracted Class Observer of Toddler classes for Agenda for Children. She is active in her church, Mount Zion United Methodist Church as a youth leader and teacher. Her hobbies include listening to music, reading and travel. She has been on the board of Luke’s House since 2015.
Neil Nixdorff, MD, MPH Board Member
Dr. Nixdorff has been a medical volunteer at Luke’s House for almost 5 years since moving to New Orleans. He works as a primary care provider in the City of New Orleans Department of Health’s Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic.
He has advanced degrees in Medicine and Applied Anatomy from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Public Health from Yale University and Bioethics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He completed an intern year in the Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine and a residency in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine.
Jay Hogewood, PhD Board Member
Liberal. Like Jesus.
Over-educated, privileged, middle-aged balding average white guy. Trying to connect with people who really do want to make a difference for good in our community. Think I'm into something good here. And glad for it.