Keith G. Myers is co-founder of LHC Group and has served as chairman and CEO since 1994. He is a co-founder and serves on the boards of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. Mr. Myers received credentials from the National Association for Home Care and Hospice in 1999 and was granted credentials by the Healthcare Financial Management Association in 2005. In June 2003, Mr. Myers was named the regional Entrepreneur of the Year for outstanding performance in the field of healthcare services and was officially inducted as a lifetime member of the National Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame in November of the same year. He has participated in the preparation of numerous home health policy white papers and presentations to members of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman W.J. “Billy” Tauzin was appointed lead director in 2005. Congressman Tauzin is the former president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group that serves as one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top lobbying groups. He served 12 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Louisiana’s Third Congressional District. From 2001 to 2004, Congressman Tauzin served as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He also served as a senior member of the House Resources Committee and deputy majority whip. Prior to being elected to Congress, Congressman Tauzin was a member of the Louisiana State Legislature, where he served as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and chief administration floor leader. He serves on the board of directors of Entergy Corporation. Congressman Tauzin received a bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University and earned his law degree at Louisiana State University.
Monica F. Azare was named a director in 2007. Ms. Azare serves as senior vice president of corporate communications for Verizon Communications. She previously served as Verizon’s senior vice president of public policy and government affairs. Ms. Azare’s distinguished career also includes service as vice president of federal affairs for Insight Communication, as well as chief counsel to then-House Energy and Commerce Chairman Billy Tauzin. Ms. Azare is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Corporate Counsel of Women of Color. She was a 2006-2007 David Rockefeller Fellow. Ms. Azare serves New York City Partnership Foundation board of directors and the Louisiana State University college advisory board. A Louisiana native, Ms. Azare received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and earned her law degree from the Southern University Law Center.
Sen. John B. Breaux was appointed a director in 2007. Sen. Breaux has served in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Most recently and until his retirement from public service in 2005, Sen. Breaux represented Louisiana in the U.S. Senate for three consecutive terms. Prior to his tenure as a senator, he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1972 to 1987. Sen. Breaux began his career in 1972 with his election to the 92nd Congress in a special election. At the age of 28, he was then the youngest member of the House. As a member of the Senate, Sen. Breaux was chair and ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Aging, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. Sen. Breaux is a director of CSX Corporation, serves on the board of IMG and is a former senior managing director of the Clinton Group, an investment advisory firm. Sen. Breaux is also a partner in the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group, a partnership that offers strategic advice, consulting and lobbying services, which he co-founded in 2008.
John L. Indest, LHC Group’s immediate past president and chief operating officer, has served as a director since 2000 and acts as special adviser to the CEO. He previously served as an executive vice president and senior vice president with the company. Prior to joining LHC Group, Mr. Indest served as president, CEO and co-owner of Homebound Care Inc., a regional home health provider. Mr. Indest has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on healthcare issues and was co-chairman of the Louisiana Task Force on Ethics, overseeing compliance issues applicable to home health and hospice in the state of Louisiana. He formerly served on the board of directors of the National Association of Home and Hospice Care. Mr. Indest is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of St. Francis.
George A. Lewis has served as a director since 2004. Mr. Lewis commenced his auditing career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1958. In 1963, Mr. Lewis joined the firm of Broussard, Poche, Lewis & Breaux, LLP, Certified Public Accountants, where he served as an audit partner until his retirement in 1996. Since 1996, Mr. Lewis has primarily served as an expert audit and accounting defense witness with respect to litigation involving various nationally recognized accounting firms. Mr. Lewis has served on various committees of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, including the auditing standards board, and has served as a member of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Lewis has authored an education course to train CPAs to deal with issues related to the elderly. He holds CPA certificates in Louisiana and Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Lewis received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.
Ronald T. Nixon has served as a director since 2001. Mr. Nixon is a founding principal of The Catalyst Group, which has managed two small business investment companies, one participating preferred SBIC and six private equity investment funds. Prior to joining The Catalyst Group, Mr. Nixon operated companies in the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors. Mr. Nixon has served or presently serves on the boards of directors of numerous private companies. Mr. Nixon holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
Christopher S. Shackelton was appointed a director in 2012. Mr. Shackelton is co-founder and managing partner of Coliseum Capital Management, LLC, in Stamford, Conn. Coliseum is a private investment company that invests with a long-term orientation in undervalued companies. Coliseum focuses its capital and effort behind strong management teams and boards, demonstrating a willingness to work alongside companies to facilitate further value creation. Mr. Shackelton previously served as an analyst with both Watershed Asset Management, LLC, and Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Shackelton has significant corporate directorship and charitable trusteeship experience. He serves on the board of directors of Providence Service Corp. and previously served on the board of directors of Rural/Metro Corp. and Interstate Hotels & Resorts Inc. In addition, he is a trustee for the W.S. Johnson Foundation and New Haven Community Outreach. Mr. Shackelton is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD, has served as a director since 2010. Dr. Thorpe is the Robert W. Woodruff professor and chair of the department of health policy and management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He also co-directs the Emory Center of Health Outcomes and Quality. Dr. Thorpe has held similar faculty positions in public health at Tulane University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard University and Columbia University. He was deputy assistant secretary for health policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1995. In this capacity, he coordinated all financial estimates and program impacts of President Clinton’s healthcare reform proposals for the White House. Dr. Thorpe directed the Clinton administration’s efforts regarding Congressional healthcare reform proposals during the 103rd and 104th sessions of Congress. Dr. Thorpe has testified before several committees in the U.S. Senate and House on healthcare reform and insurance issues. In 1991, Dr. Thorpe received the Young Investigator Award presented to the most promising health services researcher in the country under age 40 by the Association for Health Services Research. Dr. Thorpe has authored and co-authored more than 85 articles, book chapters and books and is a frequent national presenter on issues of healthcare financing, insurance and healthcare reform at healthcare conferences, on television and in the media. Dr. Thorpe received his doctorate from the Rand Graduate School, a master’s degree from Duke University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Dr. Thorpe presently serves as the executive director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, a national and state-based coalition committed to raising awareness of the No. 1 cause of death, disability and rising healthcare costs in the United States — the rising rate of preventable and treatable chronic diseases.
Dan S. Wilford was appointed a director in 2005. From 1984 through 2002, Mr. Wilford served as president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas. Mr. Wilford also served as CEO of a community-based, not-for-profit, multi-hospital system in the greater Houston area. Prior to that, he was associated for 10 years with Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla., and was president of North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo, Miss. He presently serves on the board of directors for the publicly traded Healthcare Realty Trust, as well as 12 not-for-profit organizations, most of which are related to the healthcare industry. In March 2009, Mr. Wilford was inducted into Modern Healthcare’s Hall of Fame.