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, MPH 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
Dr. Wallis is the vice president of clinical integration for Peoples Health. He 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. Previously, he served as Peoples Health's market medical director of the New Orleans Westbank, Southland, and expansion 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, Dr. 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.
He 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 in his third year as Medical Director for Luke's House and has volunteered in the clinic for 10 years.
James Comeaux, LCSW Treasurer
James Comeaux, LCSW is the Vice President of Operations, East Division for Access Health Louisiana (AHL). He graduated from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He then obtained his Master of Social Work from Tulane University, New Orleans in 1990. Licensure was obtained in 1992. His 14 plus years post master’s work experience in private psychiatric hospitals, not for profit residential settings, out patient mental health services, directing clinical programs, managing a physician practice and providing social work services in a medical surgical hospital makes him uniquely qualified to lead the behavioral health team. Comeaux currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Mobile Health Clinics Association, as well as on the Board of Directors for Luke’s House Clinic in New Orleans.
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.
Fernando Sosa Board Member
Fernando Sosa was born, and raised in Quito, Ecuador a very long time ago. The rainbow was still black and white, as he remembers. Upon finishing High School he went straight to work at a Bank, and took English classes at the American-Ecuadorian Center. He was granted a scholarship to come to New Orleans, arriving in America on June 9, 1969 (That was a very good year), and graduated in Petroleum Engineering Technology in December 1972.
Fernando worked for a short period of time in the Oil Fields of Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. He came back to America in 1974, and went to LSU to study Chemical Engineering. He worked for three oil companies, and retired from Murphy Exploration and Production after 25 years of service with Murphy in July 2005. Throughout all those years he resided in New Orleans a City that he promised himself that he would never leave.
August 29, 2005 “Katrina”. Newly retired, Fernando dedicated his time to reconstruct his house. He noticed that there were a great number of Latin American people working in the New Orleans area cleaning, and rebuilding. Fernando thought he could volunteer, assist, and translate for people within the Latin community. Eventually Fernando was hire by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital. That is how a new carrier came to Fernando. He has been working in the community for about 10 years with different agencies including Louisiana BEST, Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, and at present for Tulane University as a Community Health Worker. Fernando still volunteers in different capacities any time he has an opportunity.
Somewhere between all those years he married a beautiful girl from Colombia, and had three wonderful boys of whom Fernando is a very proud. He is the father of three son Fernando, Michael and Javier. Proud Grandfather of two handsome boys Oscar and Nicholas of Chicago, IL, three Grand-dogs, and one Grand-cat. We do not think Fernando is planning a full retirement for at least the next 20 years.
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.
Don Zimmerman, PhD Board Member
Donald L. Zimmerman, PhD is a Professor of Health Care Management at the University of New Orleans (UNO). He maintains an active research agenda in public health and patient care management, teaches, and is the founding director of the University's undergraduate health care management program.
Previously, he was Professor and Director of the Graduate Health Care Administration Program at the University of Maryland University College and a Visiting Associate Professor in Healthcare Administration at Cornell University. Before turning to full-time academic work, Dr. Zimmerman was engaged in national and state health policy developments for 20 years as a senior health policy researcher and analyst at George Washington University and Research Triangle Institute.
Dr. Zimmerman has published widely and has served as the project director for many federal, state, and foundation-sponsored research studies. He earned his PhD and Masters in Sociology from Stony Brook University and his BA (with Distinction) from the University of Washington.