Staff



Gerrelda Davis
Executive Director

Ms. Davis serves as the Executive Director of LPCA.  She leads the organization, its employees, and members in a unified goal toward ensuring that FQHCs remain viable providers of primary care services throughout Louisiana.  Ms. Davis is steering the organization through several initiatives aimed at strengthening Louisiana's FQHC network.  Under her leadership, the LPCA is embarking on a new and exciting phase of development and growth.

Ms. Davis has previously worked for Louisiana state government for twenty-two years, serving in numerous positions where she worked to identify and pursue opportunities for increased access and funding for primary care and rural health initiatives.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Louisiana State University and her Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare management from the University of Phoenix.

 




Nakeisha R. Cleveland
Deputy Director 

As Deputy Director, Mrs. Cleveland manages the day-to-day operations of the LPCA.  She serves as a technical resource for its members and assists in various Association activities.  She represents the Association and its members on state, regional, and national committees and leads the Association's Advocacy Branch Committee.

Her prior experience includes directing a non-profit organization dedicated to leadership development through community organizing, advocacy, and policy development.  She has worked on the local, state, and federal level as a community advocate for several issues including LaCHIP, affordable housing, education, and public safety.  She has managed media and public relations for a non-profit organization and has previously served as a board member on a Louisiana FQHC.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University.


 





Christine Foerstner
Director of Finance and HCCN

Ms. Foerstner is responsible for the Association's fiscal management, grant, operational budgets, other external fiscal issues, and resource development functions to assure efficient operation of the Association's fiscal affairs.  She is also the designated leader of the development and oversight of the Health Center Controlled Network's goals, its member participants, and contracted affiliations as it relates to the successful development of this collaboration between the Association and its HCCN membership.

Ms. Foerstner has worked in the healthcare industry for over thirty years.  She was formerly the CFO of St. Thomas Community Health Center in New Orleans.  In this role, she gained unique knowledge specific to FQHCs, including the independent review, prioritization, and implementation of appropriate financial plans, capital financing, budgeting, and revenue/expense management.  She has an in-depth knowledge of 330 requirements and criteria for applications and reporting of federal, state, and other types of funding.

 





Susie Hutchinson
Director of Practice Management and Health Center Operations

Mrs. Hutchinson directs practice management and health center operations programs using a data-driven focus that sets priorities for improvements and ongoing strategic imperatives.  She assists FQHCs as they focus on improving operational efficiencies and effectiveness.

Mrs. Hutchinson has over thirty years of health care management experience and is certified through The American Academy of Medical Management as a certified administrator in physician practice management and medical staff recruiter.  She is a graduate of the UCLA/Jonhson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program.  She formerly worked at the Louisiana Department of Health's Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health and served as the Practice Management Consultant Program Manager where she provided technical support and consulting services to rural health clinics, FQHCs, school-based health centers, and hospitals.

 





Tiffany Netters
Director of Health Policy and Governmental Affairs

As Director of Health Policy and Governmental Affairs, Mrs. Netters directs the Association's public advocacy and policy initiatives, guides the implementation of organizational and programmatic strategies, and works with LPCA's FQHC membership to provide structure and support for project management.

Mrs. Netters is a seasoned public administration professional, certified in Project Management, with over ten years of experience in public health programming, strategic partnership management, and healthcare system development.  She most recently served as the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program - Primary Care Capacity Project Manager with the Louisiana Public Health Institute.  She also has over five years of experience working at the Louisiana Department of Health's Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health as Chronic Disease Director and manager of the Tobacco Control Program.

She earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Microbiology and a Master's of Public Administration from Louisiana State University.

 




Shannon Robertson
Director of Clinical Quality

As Director of Clinical Quality, Mrs. Robertson leads the development and implementation of clinical initiatives and manages various grant funding opportunities.  She identifies clinical continuing education opportunities that lead Louisiana's FQHCs in their development as patient-centered medical homes.

Mrs. Robertson previously worked for the Louisiana Department of Health within the Office of Aging and Adult Services.  In this role, she conducted surveys and assessments to verify services were being provided to individuals by providers and that facilities and long-term care programs were in compliance with federal certification, state regulations, and established standards.  Her nursing background includes work in acute care, long-term care, home care, ambulatory care, and psychiatric nursing settings.

She completed her Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing at Our Lady of the Lake Collge in Baton Rouge.  She began work on her Masters in Nursing Administration through the University of Louisiana Lafayette.


 





Doreen Chang
Public Health Associate and HIT Coordinator 

Ms. Chang joined the LPCA as part of the CDC Public Health Associate Program in October 2015.  She works with the HCCN in addressing Health IT needs to improve clinical and operational quality.  She assists the HCCN Director in conducting data analytics, offering technical assistance to HCCN members, and overseeing performance monitoring and outcome improvement.

Ms. Chang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Economics.  She worked on various community-based research projects and helped create newsletters and training materials for autism support classrooms in Philadelphia public schools, as well as developing mediation models for a community-based cohort study on the effects of low blood lead levels on children's behavioral problems.

 






Jordan Leake
Workforce Development Coordinator

Ms. Leake serves as LPCA's Workforce Development Coordinator.  She is responsible for managing and developing LPCA's recruitment and retention program.  She provides technical assistance to FQHC members, attends provider recruitment events across the country, and manages LPCA's Job Listings portal.

A native of Tensas Parish, Ms. Leake previously served as Executive Assistant at Pilgrimage Garden Club, a non-profit organization in Natchez, Mississippi.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in General Studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

 







Kathy Mathews
Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator / Special Projects

As Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, Mrs. Mathews coordinates LPCA's statewide outreach and enrollment efforts including training, technical assistance, and by relaying important information to health center enrollment staff.  She also assists the Association with the implementation of various activities and events throughout the year.  She coordinates LPCA's Annual Conference, workshops, seminars, and other initiatives that LPCA is involved in.

Mrs. Mathews brings many years of progressive work experience through a variety of social work related settings including special needs and substance abuse.  She has previously worked in insurance management and most recently became a Certified Application Counselor through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Mrs. Mathews is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge.

 




Yvette Merritt
Medical Staff Placement Coordinator

As Medical Staff Placement Coordinator, Mrs. Merritt is responsible for recruitment, and retention of dental providers in Louisiana HPSAs.  She also provides technical assistance to dental providers seeking placement in HPSAs and employers interested in expanding or securing access to oral health services.
 
Mrs. Merritt has 10 years of experience in community-based Public Health.  Specifically, she has expertise in needs assessment and improvement planning, coalition building, curriculum design and training, qualitative and quantitative research design and implementation, evaluation, as well as grants management at the federal, state, and local levels of government and in non-profits.  She is also certified in secondary education. 
 
She received B.A. in African American Studies from Georgia State University, M.P.H. from the University of Pittsburgh. 


 





Ryan Sinitiere
Marketing & Community Development Coordinator

As Marketing & Community Development Coordinator, Mr. Sinitiere is responsible for providing technical assistance to local communities and organizations who have an interest in applying to become a FQHC. Working with LPCA's Director of Health Policy and Governmental Affairs, Mr. Sinitiere reviews pertinent legislation and advocates on issues important to FQHCs and their various patient populations.  He leads the organization in its marketing and media outreach and works to promote the Association and its FQHC members to the general public.

Mr. Sinitiere was previously involved in education and outreach efforts surrounding the Affordable Care Act. He has experience in coalition building, grassroots organizing, and program management.  Before getting involved in healthcare, he worked in legislative advocacy and political campaigns throughout Louisiana and Texas.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University.

 




Ann Williams
Executive Assistant and Office Manager 

Ms. Martha "Ann" Williams is the Executive Assistant to LPCA's Executive Director.  She also serves as the Office Manager for the Association.

Ms. Williams has been an executive/office manager for over forty years, serving under the Director of Engineering Technology at Southern University, Stebbins Engineering, the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control, and the Director at Southern University Law Center in the department of Career Services.  Ms. Williams currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Greater New Galilee Baptist Church/C.N, Burrell Christian Academy in Baton Rouge.