Courtney Stuckwisch Wong Board Chair(President)
Originally from Virginia, Courtney moved to New Orleans after college to teach. After many years of teaching high school literature and managing school operations in New Orleans, she joined the City of New Orleans in the Office of Economic Development. Courtney works toward the mayor’s vision for an inclusive economy for all New Orleanians. Outside of work, Courtney enjoys spending time at her church, Rayne Memorial UMC, volunteering at Crescent City Cafe, and serving on the board of Luke’s House Clinic. Courtney lives in Central City with her husband and two sons.
Ragan Collins, MPH (Vice President)
Ragan P. Collins joined the City of New Orleans Health Department in March 2015 to serve as the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Executive Director. She oversees the operations of the health center and its expansion; sustains and secures funding; maximizes reimbursements; and assures barriers to care are eliminated. Since receiving her MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Mrs. Collins has been committed to improving the lives of those who lack access to quality health care.
Mary Butler Treasurer
Laurent LeBien Board Chair(Secretary)
Laurent LeBien has spent his career in health care working for government, non-profit, and for-profit entities. His experience includes working as an administrator for a large physicians group practice, as a manager of public health units, as the administrator of a nursing home and adult day healthcare center, as a hospital staff chaplain, and as a contract author for an insurance company. He has been a successful grant writer. Laurent received a Master of Health Systems Administration from the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. He is committed to health care equity, public health, and the provision of holistic medical care
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.
Helen Ignatiou Georgio Board Member
Helen is a Registered Nurse with a focus on Psychiatry. Her educational background includes an MA in Forensic Psychology. Her twenty-year experience in the mental health field includes case management, crisis intervention (CPI certified), and home health. Volunteering history includes crisis intervention for 9/11 survivors and families. She recently moved to New Orleans from New Jersey in 2021.
Wendy Rihner Board Member
Wendy Rihner, a retired Delgado Community College English professor, learned of Luke's House Clinic upon joining Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church 16 years ago. Her relationship with Luke's House Clinic started as a financial donor but now includes her role as "head gardener" at the clinic's pollinator garden. Rihner considers herself lucky to be a member of the board and looks forward to getting to work.
Tiffany Delcour Board Member
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 at NOLA Public Schools as the Chief Operations Officer. Currently Tiffany is the Chair of Luke's House and also serves as a board member of the Touro Infirmary Foundation.
Alexis R Hernandez, MPH Board Member
Alexis is a second-generation Cuban American born and raised in New Orleans. After graduating from Colorado College, she obtained a Master in Public Health with a focus in International Health from Tulane, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala working in Maternal and Child Health. She returned to New Orleans and found work helping immigrant and Spanish-speaking families navigate the health care system before applying and being accepted to LSU School of Medicine. In her second year, she serves as clinic coordinator for Luke's House, teaches sexual education through the New Orleans Adolescent Reproductive Health Program, and is a member of the Latino Health Scholars and Policy Honors programs. She hopes to become an OBGYN and specialize in family planning care.
Bianka Northland Board Member
.Bianka Northland is originally from Miami, FL and one of nine children in her Chilean-American family. She first came to New Orleans for college at Tulane University where she studied Public Health. After college, she moved up to New York City where she worked in HIV/AIDS Vaccine research and PrEP access for adolescents with the Columbia Research Unit. While she was up North, she always knew she wanted to return to New Orleans for medical school, and surely enough, she did! Bianka is now an MD/MPH student graduating in May 2024. She started off at Luke's House as a student volunteer and leader for Tulane's student volunteers, and joined the board in late 2020. Her experience at Luke's has been very formative during her time in New Orleans and she is excited to continue serving on the board.
Carolyn Lonon Board Member
I am a child of the Most High God, member of Mount Zion UMC, mother of 1, grandmother of 2, retired full time from pharmacy after 38 years, currently working 3 or 4 days per month.
Mariana Montero, MBA Board Member
Mariana Montero, originally from Ecuador, moved to the United States 30 years ago and is a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Guayaquil (Universidad de Guayaquil) in Ecuador and a double Masters in Business Administration and Engineering Management from the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. She holds a certification as a Prevention Educator and Duluth Curriculum Domestic Abuse Facilitator. Ms. Montero is the Founder and Executive Director of Golden Change, Inc., a non-profit organization in the Greater New Orleans Area. With the mission to empower ethnically diverse communities by providing the necessary tools to prevent violence and yield positive behavioral change, thus improving the quality of life for individuals and families. As a passionate servant leader, Ms. Montero volunteers for numerous charitable organizations and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Metro Centers for Community Advocacy and The Luke's House Clinic. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Boards of the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS), LA-CEAL CAB, the LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans /Tulane University Health Sciences Center National Institutes of Health (NIH) "All of Us Research Program" and the community Advisor member of Tulane CAB, LA AoU Krewe, and Tobacco-Free Living. She also is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and an active volunteer with the Hispanic Apostolate/ Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Minolfa C. Prieto Board Member
Mike Coatney Board Member
I am a member of Rayne Memorial Methodist Church and a financial supporter of Luke's House Clinic for many years. I hope that my experience as Chairman of Acme Truck Line and as a CPA can be beneficial.
Patrick Johnson III Board Member