Tiffany Delcour Board 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 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.
Rev. Jay C. Hogewood, Ph.D. Vice Chair
I want to participate in cocreating peace out of chaos, love from hate, justice from injustice, liberation instead of oppression, and the healing of this world and the people in it. That's about it. (Micah 6:8 is as good as it gets...)
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.
Courtney Stuckwisch Wong Secretary
Originally from just outside of Roanoke, Virginia, Courtney moved to New Orleans to join Teach For America in 2007. After many years teaching high school literature and managing school operations in New Orleans, she joined the City of New Orleans in the Office of Economic Development. As Special Projects Manager, Courtney works to complete projects and implement policies that align with the Mayor’s vision for an inclusive economy. 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, their young son, and two dogs.
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.
Ragan Collins, MPH Board Member
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.
Maureen Davis Board Member
Maureen is originally from Miami Beach, and grew up in Atlanta, she has a Business Administration Degree from the University of Georgia, and has worked in the medical industry in New Orleans for the past 13 years. Maureen has been a volunteer at Luke's House since 2015 and is continuing to serve on the Board after two years as the Board's Chair.
Maureen is a business strategist and project manager with industry knowledge in healthcare, academia, hospitality and financial services. In her current position, Director of Product Management for WellMed, she leads the IT support for Electronic Medical Records to 140 clinics across Florida and Texas.
She is the co-owner of Blue Wave Physical Therapy & Wellness Center in Metairie. The clinic is dedicated to helping clients get out of pain and specializes in aquatic therapy. Maureen is a Licensed Massage Therapist offering a holistic approach to wellness.
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.
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, 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.
Neil Nixdorff, MD, MPH Board Member
Dr. Nixdorff has been a medical volunteer at Luke's House for nearly 5 years since moving to New Orleans. He works as a primary care physician at the New Orleans City Department of Health's Homeless Care Clinic. He holds 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 internship year in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and a residency in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine.
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 in the Tulane Medical School class of 2023. 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 as a medical student as she wishes to work with immigrant communities throughout her career as a physician. Bianka is very excited to continue to work with the Spanish-speaking community here in New Orleans and contribute to the mission of Luke's House as a board member.