LiveWell Louisiana

Advisory Board

As a community-focused initiative, our advisory board includes educators, health professionals and community-based organizations, private sector companies, and officials from all levels of state and local government who share a stake in our success and are committed to cultivating an environment that encourages everyone to get healthy.

Mike  Reitz

Mike Reitz

CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana

Mike Reitz is the president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA)....

James Montgomery

James Montgomery

CEO, Touro Infirmary

As a healthcare executive with more than 30 years experience, he has an extensive background in hospital management in a variety of hospital settings including....

Brian Landry

Brian Landry

VP, Children’s Hospital

Brian is a native New Orleanean, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from LSU. He is Vice President and Director of Marketing....

Dr. Elizabeth   Fontham

Dr. Elizabeth Fontham

Dean of, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health

Dr. Fontham is the first Dean of Louisiana State University School of Public Health and is Professor of Epidemiology....

Karena Niblett

Karena Niblett

Regional VP, Winn Dixie

As Winn-Dixie’s regional vice president, and past district director, Niblett continues to be active in the local community and assists with partnerships....

Dr. Jayne  Weiss

Dr. Jayne Weiss

Chairman, Dept. Ophthalmology, LSU School of Medicine

Dr. Weiss is a native of NYC, New York. She graduated from State University of Buffalo summa cum laude....

Dr. TJ  Stranova

Dr. TJ Stranova

Assoc. Dean, Tulane School of Public Health

Stranova has held leadership positions with the Ochsner Health System, Tulane University Hospital....

Cleland  Powell

Cleland Powell


A native of New Orleans, Powell earned a B.A. from Tulane University and a M.B.A. from Emory University....

Chris  McMahon

Chris McMahon

CEO, Passages Hospice

Chris McMahon, MS., is a New Orleans native. He has degrees in both business and marketing....

Nicole  Labadot

Nicole Labadot

Executive Director, Legacy Donor Foundation

Mrs. Labadot has 10+ years of experience in the non-profit industry. Ms. Labadot will lead Legacy’s transformative programs to grow the Louisiana Organ....

John  Guzzardo

John Guzzardo

Executive Director, American Diabetes Assoc., Louisiana

John is Executive Director for the Louisiana and Mississippi offices. John believes one of the most rewarding aspects of his job....

John Sartori

John Sartori

Director of Marketing Communications, East Jefferson General Hospital

John is Director of Marketing Communications at East Jefferson General Hospital....

Bill  Davis

Bill Davis

CEO, Slidell Memorial Hospital

Bill Davis serves as Slidell Memorial Hospital's Chief Executive. He holds a master's degree in business administration from....

Dr. James  Caillier

Dr. James Caillier

Executive Director, The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation

Dr. James A. Caillier was the Vice President of External Affairs and Director at Taylor Energy Company LLC....

Dr. Eric  George

Dr. Eric George

CEO, Omega Hospital

Dr. Eric R. George grew up in West Virginia and graduated from university with a double-major in chemistry and political science....

Fred  Martinez

Fred Martinez

CEO, St. Charles Parish Hospital

St. Charles Parish Hospital, under the direction of CEO, Fred Martinez was the driving force in the development....

Nancy  Cassagne

Nancy Cassagne

CEO, West Jefferson Medical Center

Cassagne is a native of Marrero and was born at West Jefferson Medical Center. She earned her Bachelors of Science in accounting at Nicholls State University. During herlife, Cassagne has acquired nearly three decades of skills....

Patti  Ellish

Patti Ellish

CEO, St. Tammany Parish Hospital

Successfully delivering the best possible healthcare to others rests on a foundation of three commitments, Ellish asserts passionately: loyalty to the community you serve, cultivating the caregivers of the future....

Jack Kashou

Jack Kashou

VP, Ochsner Cancer Center

Jack has operating responsibility for medical and radiation oncology services for the metropolitan New Orleans market. This includes seven (7) clinics, three (3) infusion suites and three (3) radiation treatment sites as well as the bone marrow transplant program....

Phyllis  Landrieu

Phyllis Landrieu

M.Ed., President & CEO, Childhood & Family Learning Foundation

Phyllis Landrieu could have retired years ago. Along with honors like being the first female Democratic Chair of Louisiana—not to mention raising ten kids—she’s been a longtime linchpin of the Orleans Parish School Board....


Bivian "Sonny" Lee III

Founder, President, Son of a Saint

Bivian (Sonny) Lee III, is the Founder & President of Son of a Saint Foundation, an organization that enhances the lives of fatherless males through mentorship, education, sports and mental health....