Leadership: Board Members, Medical Advisory Council

Board of Directors

Barbara Guerard, RN, MBA, DSc

Board Chair

As Senior Vice President  of Health Services for Peoples Health,  Barbara Guerard  provides administrative  oversight to the Medical Management department, including  strategic planning,  overall direction  of the clinical and nonclinical functions  of the department, and development of programs for Peoples Health plans that improve outcomes for plan members.   She is also responsible for establishing measures for appropriateness of care, utilization  management, member satisfaction,  and compliance with state and federal regulatory guidelines.

Guerard brings 30 years of healthcare management and clinical experience to Peoples Health,  having begun her career as a nurse practitioner.  Her senior management experience includes  strategic planning, operations, policy formation and systems enhancements.  Guerard  also spent 18 years in clinical positions, including  as senior administrator  at the Harvard Community  Health Plan in Boston.  Prior to joining Peoples Health,  Guerard  was Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for both LSU Healthcare Network and Faculty Practice at the University of Vermont College of Medicine/Fletcher Allen Health Care.  She also served as Vice President  of Adult Multi-Specialty Services for the University of Tennessee  Faculty Practice in Memphis.

Guerard  earned  her Doctorate in Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Business Administration  from Suffolk University.

Robin Brou Hatheway RN, MSN

Board Secretary

Robin Brou Hatheway, RN, MSN, is a faculty member and instructor in psychiatric mental health nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and an adjunct instructor at Loyola University School of Nursing Graduate Program in New Orleans.  She is an acute psychiatric care nurse who has been named one of the Great 100 Nurses by the New Orleans District Nurses Association.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey College in New Orleans, and her Master’s degree in Nursing from University of Phoenix New Orleans Campus. She is a native New Orleanian who lost her father to a ruptured AAA.

Joseph Oliveri, MBA

Board Treasurer

Joseph Oliveri has more than 20 years of experience in management, accounting, human resources and finance through working with the higher education arena and for New Orleans nonprofits. Oliveri also worked for a large CPA firm on projects dealing with nonprofits in the South. His BS degree in finance is from the University of New Orleans, and he earned an MBA. Oliveri is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans region who plays golf in his spare time.

Lucie Agosta, PhD.

Board Member

Dr. Agosta is a nurse practitioner at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge as well as associate professor at  Southeastern Louisiana University graduate School of Nursing in Baton Rouge and Hammond. She is a leader in the state nursing organization, and has served on community boards such as Susan G. Komen For the Cure and March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. She is an active presenter, publisher and researcher in chronic disease management and other specialties. She recently lost her mother and grandmother to ruptured AAAs.

Anthony Feret

Board Member

Anthony Feret is a finance professional who has spent more than 15 years working in a variety of functions within the Capital Markets arena including investment banking, institutional sales, and equity research.  His experience includes financial statement forecasting and analysis, merger and acquisition feasibility studies, and asset valuation work performed while helping raise $1.2 billion via equity issuance and M&A transactions for investment banking and private equity firms.  Since relocating to New Orleans in January 2016, Feret has served as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Loyola University, as well as a financial subject matter expert for Propeller, a New Orleans-based non-profit dedicated to supporting social innovation.  Most recently, Anthony joined the New Orleans Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association.

Don Lanman

Board Member

Don Lanman is a business professional with over 30 years of executive level leadership experience with expertise in strategic planning, executive coaching, new business development, corporate positioning, branding, multi-channel cross-platform marketing, targeted advertising, public relations, sales, process management, fundraising, business operations and non-profit management. A sought after subject matter expert and speaker on leadership, marketing and fundraising. His professional background includes experience in the banking, financial services, insurance, healthcare and non-profit industries with organizations including; American Express Financial Services, Bank of America, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies, Palm Beach State College, Hospice-VNA and First State Bank.

Don is a graduate of the University of Nevada with a BA in Journalism with postgraduate business studies at St. Mary’s College in California, a graduate of Leadership Monroe County and is a Veteran, serving as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army.  His civic, community and philanthropic dedication includes a history of service with non-profit boards including Palm Beach State College Foundation, Florida Veterans Foundation, Workforce Alliance South Florida, Visiting Nurses Association-Hospice, Area Agency on Aging and American Red Cross.

 Catherine F. Penrod, MPA

Board Member

As President/CEO of Alfalit International,  Ms. Penrod has over 25+ years in nonprofit management and has worked with United Way, American Red Cross, ActionAIDS, and the Arthritis Foundation in various states. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University and currently serves on numerous community boards and task forces. Her family has been affected by the sudden death of a family member due to a ruptured AAA.

Malachi G. Sheahan III, MD

Board Member and Liaison, Medical Advisory Council

Malachi G. Sheahan, MD is the Claude C. Craighead Jr. Professor and Chair of Vascular and Endovascular at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. For more than 10 years, he has also been a staff physician at four hospitals in New Orleans: Touro Infirmary, LSU Interim Hospital, Children’s Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center, in nearby Marrero. He earned his Doctorate in Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine in 1994 and his Fellowship in Vascular Surgery from the Beth Israel Deaconess program at Harvard Medical School in 2003. He runs the Fellowship in Vascular Surgery as well as the Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency for the LSU School of Medicine. With his wife Claudie, who is also a vascular surgeon, he has three children.

Donald L. Zimmerman, PhD

Board Member

Professor Zimmerman leads the Healthcare Management program at the University of New Orleans. Previously, he was Professor and Director of the Graduate Health Care Administration Program at the University of Maryland University College and before that post, Executive Director and Associate Professor at the Center for Healthcare Management Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has had experience with two kinds of aneurysms. He lives with his wife in the New Orleans area.

Ken Tillman PhD, RN

Ex Officio Board Member and Past Chair

Ken Tillman, PhD, RN, is Dean of Health Sciences and Nursing at Northshore Technical Community College in Hammond, LA. Ken is a member of several professional nursing organizations, and has served in various chapter board leadership positions within these organizations. In addition, he previously served as president and as a member of the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART) in Louisiana, and as a member of the Louisiana Advisory Council for the State Documents Depository Program.

Ken’s interests as a nursing faculty member include teaching both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in leadership and management, as well as community and public health. His areas of research interest include: qualitative methodologies, men’s health issues, obesity, spirituality, men in nursing and nursing education practice issues.

Ken received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama, his master’s degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston and his PhD from Louisiana State University.

Medical Advisory Council

Throughout its history, AO has worked closely with vascular surgeons, health care professionals, medical students, nurses, sonographers and others individually and through partnerships with medical centers and professional organizations. The Medical Advisory Council has been an important part of the organization’s leadership and vision, with previous members including R. Clement Darling III, MD; Thomas Maldonado, MD; Dave Parlato, RVT and Karen R. Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, NP, CVN.

Bernadette Aulivola, MD, FACS    

Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Jean Bismuth, MD   

Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX

Alfio Carroccio, MD

Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of NY, NYC, NY

 Rabih Chaer, MD    

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

 Audra Duncan, MD

Western University (Ontario, Can), London, Ontario

Jason Lee, MD         

Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA 

Mark A. Mattos, MD           

Michigan Vascular Center, McLaren Flint Hospital, Flint, MI,

Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, MI, Hurley Medical Center, Flint MI

Erica Mitchell, MD, M.Ed   

Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, OR

John Rectenwald, MD         

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

David Rigberg, MD 

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, CA

Murray Shames, MD           

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Bruce Torrance, MD           

Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

J B Hunt, Executive Director

Through more than 30 years of work with nonprofits, Mrs. Hunt has led teams in providing lifesaving health screenings, responding to record-setting natural disasters and changing the futures of children. Working closely with volunteers and board members, she has developed successful fundraising events, written training manuals and implemented large-scale community outreach programs. She lost her father-in-law to a ruptured AAA in 1996.

Sheila Arrington, Founder

In 1999, Sheila Arrington founded Aneurysm Outreach Inc. (AOI), a regional first-of-its-kind non-profit organization based in Louisiana to raise awareness for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) following her father’s sudden unexpected death from the disease at an early age. Sheila dedicated her life to educating individuals about the risk factors for AAA, as well as helping patients and their family members affected by the disease. In 2012, a campaign with a shared mission integrated with Aneurysm Outreach Inc., to form AAAneurysm Outreach, a new national non-profit organization for AAA in the United States.

Prior to founding the organization, Sheila participated in a medical research program on AAA at Rutgers University. Due to her dedication and work associated with AAAneurysm Outreach, Sheila was honored as one of Baton Rouge’s Outstanding Healthcare Professionals and has been named a Health Care Hero in New Orleans.