LERN is governed by a 29-member Board that represents a diverse set of stakeholders. LERN’s enabling legislation specifies a stakeholder organization to nominate qualified candidates (at least four) for each LERN Board seat. Nominees are submitted to the Governor for consideration and appointment to serve a three-year term.

Executive Committee Members

John D. Jones, MD
Chair of the Board
Emergency Department Medical Director
Baton Rouge General Medical Center – Bluebonnet
Nominating Entity: LHA Rehab Constituency Group

Granville A. Morse III, MD
Vice-Chair of the Board
Deputy Coroner Jefferson Parish
Medical Director Hospital Service Lines – Ochsner Health
Nominating Entity: Louisiana State Coroners Association

Deiadra J. Garrett, MD
Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Pediatric Surgeon
Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital
Nominating Entity: Louisiana State Medical Society

Karen O. Wyble, DNP, MSN, MHA, MBA, RN
Treasurer
Vice President of Rural Health and Workforce Development
Ochsner Lafayette General Health System
Nominating Entity: Rural Hospital Coalition 

John P. Hunt, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Committee Member
Professor of Surgery
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans
Nominating Entity: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans

Joseph Kanter, MD
Executive Committee Member
State Health Officer
Louisiana Department of Health
Nominating Entity: Louisiana Department of Health

Porter Taylor, IV
Executive Committee Member
Director of Operations
Acadian Ambulance  & Air Med Services, LA & MS
Nominating Entity: Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance

Members

Honorable Regina Ashford Barrow
Senator
Louisiana State Senate
Nominating Entity: Louisiana State Senate
Jeffrey E. Carter, MD
Medical Director – UMC Burn Center
University Medical Center – New Orleans
Nominating Entity: American Burn Association
Tara DiSandro
Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Health
Nominating Entity: Louisiana Department of Health
LTC Robert “Neal” Fudge
Asst. Deputy Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
GOHSEP
Nominating Entity: Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
Venkata S. Gadi, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Cardiovascular Institute of the South, APMC
Nominating Entity: Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Cardiology
Paul Gladden, MD
Associate Professor and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
Tulane University School of Medicine
Nominating Entity: Louisiana State Medical Society
Dan C. Godbee, MD, FACEP, NREMT-P, FP-C, CCP-C
Medical Director
East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services
Nominating Entity: Louisiana Association of EMS Physicians
Honorable Jonathan Goudeau
Representative
Louisiana House of Representatives
Nominating Entity: Louisiana House of Representatives
Tomas H. Jacome, MD
Trauma Medical Director
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Nominating Entity: Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons
Eva Lamendola, O.D.   
Optometrist
Accent Vision Care
Nominating Entity: Optometry Association of Louisiana
David Marcus, NRP
Operations Manager
Northshore EMS
Nominating Entity: Louisiana Association of Registered EMT
Brandon J. Mauldin, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
Nominating Entity: Tulane University Health Sciences Center
Honorable Buddy Mincey, Jr.
Representative
Louisiana House of Representatives
Nominating Entity: Louisiana House of Representatives
Monica S. Nijoka, MHA, BSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Nurse Consultant
Nominating Entity: Louisiana State Board of Nursing
J. Patrick Smith Jr., M.D.   
Trauma Medical Director
St. Francis Medical Center
Nominating Entity: Louisiana Hospital Association
Michele Sutton, FACHE
President/Chief Executive Officer
North Oaks Health System
Nominating Entity: Louisiana Hospital Association – Service District Hospital
Keith Van Meter, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine, LSU HSC/NOLA
Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Tulane School of Medicine
Nominating Entity: Louisiana American College of Emergency Physicians
Carl J. Varnado, Jr.
Deputy Director
National Emergency Number Association
Nominating Entity: National Emergency Number Association
Honorable Mack “Bodi” White
Senator
Louisiana State Senate
Nominating Entity: Louisiana State Senate
Robert K. White, MD
Chairman and Professor for the Department of Surgery
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
Nominating Entity: LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport
Richard M. Zweifler, MD
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Ochsner Health Systems, Neurology Department
Nominating Entity: American Stroke Association
Other Nominating Entities:
Louisiana Association of EMS Physicians – Medical
Louisiana Medical Association

 

Board meetings are held at the LERN office and are open to the public. Public members with a disability recognized by the American with Disabilities Act or a designated caregiver of such a person may participate in the LERN Board Meetings or Regional Commission meetings by contacting (225)756-3440.

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2019

2018

Previous Years

For Board meeting minutes from 2010-2017, please visit the Louisiana Boards and Commissions site.

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2020

2019

2018

Previous Years

For Board meeting agendas/notices from 2010-2017, please visit the Louisiana Boards and Commissions site.

Regional Commission meetings are held at various locations around the state. Public members with a disability recognized by the American with Disabilities Act or a designated caregiver of such a person may participate in the LERN Board Meetings or Regional Commission meetings by contacting (225)756-3440.

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