Administration

Larry M. Graham

CEO/President

Mr. Graham is the CEO/President of the Corporation and has served in that capacity since December 1, 2006. Mr. Graham has over 42 years of experience in healthcare administration. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in Texas.

Mr. Graham is a Fellow of the American College Executives and is an ex-member of the Federation of American Health Systems. Currently, he is a board member of Vizient, formerly known as the Voluntary Hospital Association (VHA). Mr. Graham is a past chairman of the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) and has also served as the chairman of the Louisiana Hospital Associations Political Action Committee (HOSPPAC) and Legislative, Regulatory & Policy Council (LRPC) of the Louisiana Hospital Association, on the advisory board for Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO).


Charles P. Whitson, CPA

Executive Vice President - Finance/CFO/Treasurer

A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, Charles Whitson joined Lake Charles Memorial Health System as Business Office Director in February 2002. Mr. Whitson has served as Senior Vice President of Finance for the Corporation since November 2007 and Vice President of Finance since July 2004. Mr. Whitson has served as Assistant Vice President of Finance and Business Office Director.

Mr. Whitson previously served as a Medicare Consultant at Broussard & Company, LLC, Administrator of Charter Behavioral Health Systems of Lake Charles, and Administrator of Charter Woods Behavioral Health Systems in Dothan, Alabama, Assistant Administrator/CFO and Administrator of Meadow Pines Hospital in Longview, Texas. Mr. Whitson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southwest Texas State University, is a CPA. Mr. Whitson is a member of the Louisiana Society of CPAs, the Healthcare Finance Managers Association serves on the Louisiana Hospital Association Finance Committee.


Anna Cazes, DNS, RN

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Cazes received an Associates Degree in Nursing from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She went on to achieve a Bachelor in Science in Nursing from Loyola University in New Orleans, then a Master of Science in Nursing from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Cazes also holds a Doctorate in Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Prior to joining Memorial, Cazes worked at Baton Rouge General Medical Center where she served as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. She is the current president of the Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives, a member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives and American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.


Manley Jordan, MD

Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jordan, board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, has been a practicing Pulmonary physician since 1989 and joined Pulmonology Associates of Southwest Louisiana, a part of the Memorial Medical Group, in 2004. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

As CMO of Memorial Health System, he will be instrumental in aligning clinical best practices across all affiliated hospitals, clinics and physician practices and responsible for decisions relating to clinical quality assurance. He will work closely with system administrators to develop and assess quality metrics used to strategically drive excellence in the delivery of health care at Memorial and assist in the continued pursuit of building a strong, cohesive medical team and a better patient experience.


Gerald Bryant

Executive Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Gerald Bryant serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer for Lake Charles Memorial Health System. He previously served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at Memorial in the early 2000s.

Bryant is a resident of Welsh. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisiana Monroe. His post-graduate training includes a Masters of Science in Nursing from McNeese State University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech Health Science Center.

Bryant has more than 15 years of operational and clinical senior executive leadership experience. Before returning to Memorial, he served as the Chief Nursing Officer for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and Clinics in Temple, TX. He was named the Texas Hospital Association/Texas Organization Nurse Executes Nurse Executive of the Year in 2019. Bryant is a board certified nurse executive and a member of American College of Healthcare Executive and American Organization of Nurse Executives.


Kathleen DeRouen

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Kathy DeRouen has served as Senior Vice President of Marketing since 2007 and is responsible for directing the facility's annual marketing plan and budget to increase market share, increase service utilization in targeted areas and build public awareness. Ms. DeRouen brings more than 22 years of marketing and public relations experience to the position, most recently having served as Director of Marketing for Ochsner Health System, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Universal Health Service’s New Orleans market hospitals, Chalmette Medical Center and Methodist Hospital.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University School of Journalism and graduate education from the University of New Orleans Masters Degree Program in Business Administration, she has been involved in numerous professional and civic organizations during her career. In particular, she is a member of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing and the Louisiana Hospital Association’s Society for Marketing and Public Relations.


Leif Pedersen

Senior Vice President, Philanthropy

Immediately prior to joining Memorial, Pedersen served as Vice President of Louisiana Medical Center & Heart Hospital in Lacombe, Louisiana, where he was responsible for marketing, physician relations and managed care oversight. He also served as Chief Development Officer for Methodist Health System in New Orleans and was instrumental in obtaining over $23 million in gifts for the system Foundation during his 18 year tenure.

In his “past life” Pedersen traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad as the featured vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for more than 6 years and had his own night club act for an additional 8 years. In 1998 he was inducted into the Southeastern Louisiana University Music Hall of Fame and currently leads his own 14-piece orchestra, The 1944 Big Band.


Jason Rashall

Senior Vice President, Physician Services

Jason Rashall joined Lake Charles Memorial Health System as Vice President of Business Development in August 2013. He is responsible for business development, physician recruitment, & government advocacy.

Mr. Rashall is a native of Lake Charles and a 1993 graduate of McNeese State University. He also achieved a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Louisiana State University in 1997.

Prior to joining Memorial Health System, Mr. Rashall served as Vice President of Physician Alignment for CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group in Lake Charles. He was also the Vice President of Operations at Medical Provider Services, Inc. in Lake Charles and Regional Director of Managed Care for IASIS Healthcare Corporation’s Texas region. Mr. Rashall has worked in the medical field since 1997.


Bernita Loyd Brown

Vice President, Support Services, Chief Privacy Officer & Moss Memorial Health Clinic Administrator

In her role as Administrator, Brown oversees the day-to-day operations of the Memorial Moss campus including the urgent care clinic, various outpatient clinics, diagnostic department and pharmacy. As Vice President of Support Services for Memorial Health System, Bernita Loyd Brown is responsible for the operations of the environmental services, nutritional services, security, and valet parking departments, as well as the Breast Health Center. She also serves as Chief Privacy Officer for the hospital and is responsible for overseeing and monitoring all aspects of HIPAA privacy and security programs.

A Colfax, Louisiana native, Ms. Loyd joined Memorial in 1990 as a clinical dietician. During her tenure she has also served as a diabetes dietician, clinical nutrition and dietary manager, Director of Nutritional Services and Assistant Vice President of Business Development.

A graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition, and McNeese State University in Lake Charles with a Masters in Business Administration, Ms. Loyd is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, McNeese State University Graduate Board, Southwest Louisiana Center for Healthcare Services Board, and the Fellowship of Christian Student Athletes Board.


Donna Shields, RN

Vice President, Patient Care Services

A native of Chalmette, Louisiana, Donna Shields joined Memorial Health System in October 2007 as Vice President of Patient Care Services. A graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she furthered her education at Loyola University.

Ms. Shields began her nursing career at Chalmette General Hospital, which subsequently became Chalmette Medical Center. For 30 years she held a variety of positions in case management, supervision and as unit director. She was Chief Nursing Officer for the last 17 years of her tenure, which ended when the hospital sustained major damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina.Immediately prior to joining Memorial, she served as Chief Nursing Officer at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas.


Wendy Fournet

Vice President, Human Resources

Wendy Fournet serves as Vice President of Human Resources for Lake Charles Memorial Health System. She came to Memorial in March of 2018. Fournet is responsible for directing all human resources functions such as recruitment, benefits, and employee policies across the Memorial Health System.

Fournet brings more than 12 years of human resources management experience to Memorial. She served as the Chief Administrative Officer for eQHealth Solutions, before that she was the company’s Chief Human Resource Officer. Fournet is the former Corporate Director of Human Resources for Burrow Global, LLC, Executive Director of Human Resources for US Anesthesia Partners at St. Lukes and Director of Human Resources for CHRISTUS Louisiana Health System.

Fournet received her Bachelors in History from Lamar University in Beaumont. She went on to obtain a Masters in Human Resources/Leadership Development from Louisiana State University and is a PhD candidate in Human Resources/Leadership Development from Louisiana State University. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management.


Daniel Aguillard

Vice President, Specialty Services

Daniel Aguillard serves as Vice President of Specialty Services. Aguillard oversees Memorial’s inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, including the Archer Institute.

Aguillard is a native of New Orleans. He graduated from Loyola University with a degree in religious studies and a minor in business. His post-graduate education includes a masters in social work from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a masters in hospital administration from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Aguillard has worked as the president and/or the chief operations officer overseeing behavioral health facilities in Louisiana since 1990. Before coming to Memorial he served as the president of Seaside Healthcare, which provides services throughout Louisiana and North Carolina.


Dawn Johnson-Hatcher

Vice President, Finance

Dawn Johnson-Hatcher serves as the Vice President of Finance for Lake Charles Memorial Health System. She comes to Memorial with more than 25 years of healthcare financial experience.

Prior to joining Memorial, Johnson-Hatcher served as the Chief Financial Officer for CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital. She has also served as the Assistant Chief Financial Officer and Financial Security Officer for Northwest Medical Center Oro Valley and Assistant Chief Financial Officer of El Dorado Hospital both located in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a degree in business administration and a master’s in business administration, both from the University of Phoenix in Tucson.


Alesha Alford

Vice President, Women’s Services & Memorial for Women Administrator

Alesha Alford serves as Vice President of Women’s Services and Administrator of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women. She is responsible for strategic planning and day to day operation at Memorial for Women.

Alford has held positions in clinical and administrative areas having come from Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria where she served as a nurse manager in labor and delivery. This is Alford’s second stint at Memorial for Women. She worked there as a shift nurse and staff leader from 2009 to 2012.

Alford is a two-time graduate of McNeese State University. She holds Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor’s in General Studies.


Robbin Odom

Vice President, Quality & Safety

Robbin Odom is the Vice President of Safety & Quality for Lake Charles Memorial Health System. She came to Memorial in 2019 with more than 25 years of nurse executive experience and is responsible for infection control, nurse education and quality regulations.

Before coming to Memorial, Odom served as the Administrator, Vice President of Ancillary Services at CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital. She previously held the titles of Interim CEO and Chief Nursing Officer while at Lake Area.

Odom is a registered nurse who has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Health Administration from Kennedy Western University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is a current member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.