New board members and officers were elected at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation on August 16, 2019.
Leading the Foundation for the upcoming 2019-2020 fiscal year is newly-elected Chair, Keith Wimberly. Joining him on the Executive Committee are Missy Amidon, Vice Chair; Courtney Storer, Secretary; Eligha Guillory, Jr., Treasurer; and Members-at-Large Laura Leach, Michael Pendergast and Kevin Holland, CEO, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana.
Keith Wimberly has served on the Foundation Board since 2011 and is the founder of Louisiana Mortgage Associates. He now has locations in Sulphur, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Southeast Texas. He acquired his degree in Finance and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from LSU. He and his wife, Kelli, were born and raised in Lake Charles and have two sons and one daughter. Keith is very active in the community and currently serves as the Chairman of the Wishing Well Foundation of SWLA and Chairman for The Better Business Bureau (BBB). Previously, he has served on numerous Boards and has always assisted multiple charitable organizations. He holds the most prestigious designation in the mortgage industry, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS). The CMPS Designation is achieved by less than 1% of mortgage lending professionals, and Keith is one of only two with the CMPS designation in Louisiana.
New Board Members are Dr. James Jancuska, Blake Soto and Alan Trantina.
Returning members to the Board of Directors are Brian Abshire; Sawsan Abu Shamat; Carl Ambrose, Sr.; Nancy Burleigh; Bob Chandler; Jamie Chapman; Myrna Conner; Marion Fox; Jordan Haman; Glenda McCarty; Dorothy McDaniel; Eric Mire; Faith Scott; Kimberly Caldarera-Theriot and Gregory P. Thibodeaux.
The Foundation oversees the philanthropic efforts of CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick and CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospitals, which includes Children’s Miracle Network.