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Nurse Leadership - NLI Fellows

Nurse Leader Institute Fellows - 2017 Class

Those who complete the LAC Nurse Leader Institute and the LAC Nurse Leader Mentorship Program are honored as Nurse Leader Institute Fellows by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation. A list of the 2017 class of Fellows is below.



Adams moved to Louisiana as an AmeriCorps volunteer following Hurricane Katrina and began her education to become a nurse shortly thereafter. After graduating from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, she trained as a critical care nurse and then pursued cross-training as an ER nurse. During that time she also worked as a travel nurse.


Adams earned certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 2017 from the University of South Alabama. Currently she works as an emergency room nurse and serves as a contract employee for Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc., a volunteer provider with a local organization called Street Medicine providing care and linking patients in the homeless population to needed services, and through volunteer appointments such as an LSNA representative on the newly-formed Louisiana Opioid Task Force.

Enid A. Carrillo RN, BSN

Carrillo currently serves as the assistant nurse manager of Home and Community Services for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans where she demonstrates leadership by delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. Her work includes organizing the unit-based orientation, training and development of staff, assessing the educational needs of staff and implementing evidence-based educational plans to meet the current needs of the interdisciplinary team. Her nursing experience includes Hospital at Home/home based primary care nurse, facility care coordinator with Heart of Hospice, and several years of nursing experience at West Jefferson Medical Center.


Carrillo earned her BSN from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and is currently enrolled in a MSN program.

Robin Huet, MSN, RN

Huet currently serves as a RN Compliance Officer for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN). In this role, she provides services addressing allegations of potential violations of the Nurse Practice Act and presents educational seminars to the public and schools of nursing. Prior to her position at LSBN, she worked in quality improvement, program development and management, functional analysis and as a clinical instructor.


Huet received her paralegal certification from Louisiana State University in 1988. She completed undergraduate nursing studies at Our Lady of the Lake College in 1998 and then earned her BSN and MSN from Loyola University New Orleans. Additionally, Huet is a National Certified Investigator.

Antionette Jefferson, RN, PhD

Jefferson currently serves as a nurse educator at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. In this position, her focus is coordinating and managing the educational needs of Nursing Service as well as serving as a resource for various aspects of skills training, competency development and implementation of nursing orientation. Her other focus is the coordinator for RN Transition Program at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System.


Jefferson earned a BSN from the University of Holy Cross in 1993, a MSN from Loyola University New Orleans in 2003 and a PhD in 2014 from Hampton University, Hampton Virginia with a dissertation titled "The Impact of Childhood Diabetes Mellitus in Low-Income African American families." Her background consists of various nursing experiences from care of infants and children, nursing education and nurse faculty. Her area of expertise is adult health nursing and the care of infants and children. 

Jeannie Smith, RN, BSN, CMSRN

Smith currently serves as a director of Quality and Risk Management for Cypress Pointe Hospital in Hammond. In this position, her focus is on improving processes and mitigating risk across the healthcare continuum to ensure the delivery of safe, high-quality, evidence-based care. She works closely with hospital executives and department directors to incorporate a multiple-disciplinary approach in her work. He work also includes ensuring the hospital meets all accreditation requirements.  Before becoming director of Quality and Risk Management, Smith worked as the quality generalist.


Smith earned an ADN from Delgado Charity School of Nursing in 2001 and became certified as a medical-surgical nurse in 2009. In 2016 she earned her BSN and will graduate in May 2018 with a MSN through Chamberlain University.   

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