LAC Steering Committees - Leadership



The Leadership Steering Committee is responsible for directing LAC’s work in the area of nurse leadership development. Current plans include development of a Circle of Leaders program and fielding of a nurse leadership survey to provide baseline data related to nurses serving on boards, nurses in leadership positions, nurse mentorship, nurse leadership competencies and other relevant subjects.


Leadership Steering Committee Members


Denise Danna, DNS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

Core Leadership Team member, Louisiana Action Coalition

Chief Nursing Officer, University Medical Center New Orlean

Other members:

Barbara Morvant, MN, RN
Core Leadership Team member, Louisiana Action Coalition
Louisiana Nurses Foundation, Vice-President

Donna Carter, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Minden Hospital

Deborah Ford, RN, MSN

Johnathan Little, RN
Post-Acute Medical Specialty Hospital, Director of Business

Karen Lyon, PhD, RN
Core Leadership Team member, Louisiana Action Coalition
Executive Director, Louisiana State Board of Nursing

Caroline Marceaux, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Acadia General Hospital

Clair Millet, DNS, RN
Core Leadership Team member, Louisiana Action Coalition
Chief Nurse, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health

Deborah Olds, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Willis-Knighton Health System

David Planchard, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Cypress Home Health

Crystal Sides, ADN, RN, MBA
Nurse Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Bradley Taylor, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital


Mary Pat Thevenot, MSN, RN
Director of Education, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital

LAC strategic Leadership goals:
  • Inventory and adopt a set of leadership competencies.

  • Advocate securing resources for continuing education and training.

  • Partner with others to develop and implement governance and leadership training.

  • Develop a model for coaching and mentoring.



  • Campaign for Action Leadership talking Points (PDF)

  • Tips and Tools for Leadership (PDF)

Campaign for Action

The Campaign for Action is working on both the national level and in every state, engaging with consumers, nurses, other clinicians, insurers, health care systems, employers, educators, funders, and public policy makers—all the stakeholders who need to be involved in system change.


Our vision: Everyone in Louisiana can live a healthier life, supported by nurses as essential partners in providing care and promoting health equity and well-being.


Louisiana Action Coalition

543 Spanish Town Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

  • Twitter - Black Circle
  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • YouTube - Black Circle

© 2021 Louisiana Future of Nursing