James Comeaux, LCSW Board Chair
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.
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.
Susan Berry, MPH MD Board Member
Dr. Berry is a practicing developmental pediatrician and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center.. She is also the Director for the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at the Louisiana Office of Public Health. She was the founding medical director of Luke's House and served in that role from November 2007 through December 2014.