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2018 Professional Development Conference

Keynote Speakers

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré

Keynote Abstract - Lt. General Russel L. Honoré helps organizations develop a culture of preparedness and problem solving with strategies for transforming individuals into take-charge leaders.

Honoré R Photo small HEADSHOTKeynote Presenter Bio - As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, he became known as the “Category 5 General” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. A decorated 37-year army veteran and global authority on leadership, Gen. Honoré is the go-to expert on CNN on emergency and disaster preparedness and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria crisis management.
RH Don't Get Stuck On Stupid.jpgDrawing on his in-the-trenches experience managing conflicts of both the natural and man-made variety, his disciplined leadership takeaways inspire audiences in a range of fields, including business, management, government, military and education. His third book, “Don’t Get Stuck on Stupid,” challenges society in the age of the new normal—a business environment where change and unpredictability are constants, and individual resilience is mandatory.

Authentic and uplifting, Gen. Honoré delivers a bracing dose of candor in his talks with real-world leadership lessons that equip audiences with a preparedness mindset. Gen. Honore shares his no-nonsense approach to getting the job done and instills confidence in tomorrow’s leaders.

Stacy Melvin

Title: Driving Change through Strategic Program Management



Stacy Melvin is the Vice President of the Project Management Office at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA. Stacy has served for 15 years in progressive leadership roles at Ochsner including Operations Management, HR-Organizational Development and Project Management. Stacy’s responsibilities include leading a team of Program Managers and Process Improvement Managers that support the organization’s top strategies to make care better and more affordable including the Lean Continuous Improvement program. Stacy received her MBA from University of New Orleans and has been a certified Project Management Professional through PMI since 2012 and a certified Master Change Agent through GE Healthcare since 2005. Stacy also teaches a Healthcare Project Management Immersion course as an Adjunct Instructor for Loyola University in New Orleans and has served as a Guest Lecturer for Tulane University in New Orleans.

Presentation Abstract:

Stacy will discuss how Project Management is playing a role in the redesign of healthcare within Ochsner Health System and across the healthcare industry. During a time of great industry and local change, successful strategic program management has been a cornerstone for Ochsner to successfully navigate the healthcare landscape. Stacy will share Ochsner’s journey to gain expertise in strategic program management and continuous improvement in their quest to make care better and more affordable in the region.


Fernando O. Rivera, MBA, FACHE

Director, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System  


Fernando O. Rivera was appointed Director/CEO of Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 11, 2015.

With an operating and activation budget of $500 million, SLVHCS employs approximately 1,900 employees and serves over 66,466 enrolled Veterans in the 23 parishes of Southeast Louisiana. The health care system provides primary and mental health care at all sites and specialty care at selected sites including eight community based outpatient clinics in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Slidell, Hammond, Bogalusa, Franklin, Houma and St. John Parish, as well as a new Veterans Medical Center in New Orleans. SLVHCS supports nearly 560,000 outpatient visits.  SLVHCS is affiliated with Tulane and LSU medical schools and was designated as one of nine VA Emerging Centers of Innovation for patient centered care.  SLVHCS is a recognized leader in several unique clinical programs and nationally recognized programs, including Home Based Primary Care, Hospital at Home, Health Care for the Homeless, and the Community Resource and Referral Center, which is the first in the country to integrate federal, city and private sector resources to serve both homeless Veterans and non-Veterans. SLVHCS was recognized by the National Alliance for Ending Homelessness for being a leader in ending Veteran homelessness.

Mr. Rivera also was responsible for the opening of the $1 billion replacement VA Medical Center in New Orleans that serves as a model for health care of the future and sets the standards for patient-centered care, flexibility and sustainability. The state-of-the-art facility reflects the culture of the region and is the cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in Louisiana. It includes a 200-bed tertiary care regional referral center that is projected to serve 70,000 enrolled Veterans and is designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America's Veterans, medical education, medical research and national emergency preparedness & response.

Mr. Rivera has served Veterans for 30 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Immediately prior to his appointment as SLVHCS Director/CEO, he was the Director/CEO of the VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) in the national capital region. Prior to that position, he served as Director/CEO at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, the Director/CEO at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, and the acting Director/CEO at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. From 1984 to 2004, he served in various positions at the VA Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, including Associate Director/COO.

In 2017, Mr. Rivera received the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Outstanding Achievement in Service for Homeless Veterans and the 2017 Employee Wellness Award.  He was awarded the 2017 Extraordinary Employer Support Award, 1st in the State of Louisiana. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Federal Executive Board Outstanding Agency Head, 2015 Recipient of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, 2014 VHA Mentor of the Year Award, and 2012 VHA Preceptor of the Year. He is a recipient of a 2009 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. In 2008 and 2007 he was awarded the VHA Communicator of the Year Award and in 2008 he earned the Matthew McNulty Award from the National Capital Health Care Council. He is actively involved in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in which he received the 2017 ACHE Governor’s Award. He is a fellow in ACHE, an ACHE Regent-at-Large for District 6. In 2014, he was awarded the Exemplary Service Award and in 2012 with the Federal Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Award.

Mr. Rivera earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from the University of New Orleans. He was named VA “Engineer of the Year.” Mr. Rivera is committed to community service on many levels.  He is an honorary member of the Vietnam Memorial Wall Washing Crew and has received the Military Order of the Purple Heart Distinguished Service Award, the Marine Corps League Distinguished Service Award and the AMVETS Leadership in Service Award.  He served as Assistant Scout master in Troop 1444 of the National Capital Region Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Rivera and his wife Stacie reside in New Orleans, Louisiana with their three children.

Bob Becker  

BeckerToday New Orleans City Park’s CEO, Bob Becker, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research. The Excellence in Government Awards took place at the The Westin Canal Place. Established in 1994, the BGR recognizes government employees for outstanding performance and creative problem-solving. Winners have a minimum of 15 years in service and are dedicated public employees who deserve great recognition for their accomplishments. 

Bob took the helm of City Park in 2001, at a time when the Park was facing difficult financial circumstances.

In early 2005, Bob led the team to create the Park’s Master Plan for the future: City Park 2018.  He was at the helm in August of 2005, when hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levees, in his words, ‘annihilated the Park.’ He led the team to push through the devastation and to keep pushing the Master Plan forward. Bob made a vow saying, “We’re going to make it better than it was before. We’re going to build a world class Park.” The Master Plan called for money to be raised and improvements to be made. A target date of 2018 tied the plan to the city of New Orleans’ 300th birthday.

Julie Couret 

Julie Couret is the Chief Executive Coach of her Julie management consulting firm, 7602 Business Performance and has been training leaders and developing team communication and problem solving skills for 15+ years. She helps leaders reach their most effective potential through focused and results driven coaching and training. Additionally, Julie facilitates for strategic action planning sessions her client’s executive committee and board of directors.

Active in business community Julie serves as President of the Greater New Orleans Executive Association and serves on both the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and the Advisory Council of the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

Presentation Abstract:

The Leadership Edge Advantage. The 5 Musts of Being Effective and Straight up Awesome. Julie Couret is no stranger to leadership and has an innate drive to always be at the leading edge of what it takes to deliver great leadership.

Darryl Moore, PgMP

Darryl Moore is an accomplished leader enriched through risk-inherent, mission critical programs and projects working as an employee of three different management and operations contractors to the Department of Energy Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) from 1985 to present. Prior to joining the SPR, Mr. Moore was recruited by Shell Oil Company at the University of Missouri-Rolla and hired in May 1973 to work within its regional oil and gas operations here in New Orleans. Shortly after earning an MBA degree by taking evening courses on-campus, Darryl accepted a management development opportunity in June 1979 under the tutelage of an Executive Vice President within the Cities Service Company head quartered in Tulsa, OK.

From 2011 through 2014, Mr. Moore served as an adjunct professor working part-time with the Loyola University MBA Program teaching project management methodology using courseware he authored. Innate skills as a fourth generation educator, deeply rooted by his maternal lineage of educators, were honed though this inspiring opportunity.

His focus shifted in 2014 to teaching the Project Management Performance Excellence course he authored to a broad spectrum of technical professionals as well as emerging project leaders. Several hundred individuals working from two of our nation’s renowned military medical institutions have participated in this course so far which is offered through a PMI® Registered Educational Provider. Teaching individuals who want to succeed is how Darryl prefers to invest his vacation entitlement while continuing to be an asset to the SPR. Upon exiting full time employment, Darryl plans to focus on teaching and authoring endeavors.

Darryl’s year-long journey toward earning PgMP® (program management) certification ended successfully on July 28, 2016. This tough, personal initiative cemented the overarching theme for the final chapter of his first book endeavor entitled: “Ignite Your Uniqueness: Achieving Strategic Relevance in Your Distinctive Way”, released in March 2018.

Andrew Marsh 

Andrew MarshAndrew Marsh is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Entergy Corporation, a role he assumed in February 2013. Headquartered in New Orleans, Entergy is an integrated energy company that owns and operates regulated and merchant power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of generating capacity. The company’s Utility business serves nearly three million customers in four states in the U.S. Gulf South; its merchant portfolio, among the strongest in the country, comprises nuclear plants that primarily serve the country’s northeastern states, including the New York metropolitan area.

Marsh holds responsibility for corporate finance, accounting, tax, internal audit, treasury, investor relations, corporate development and planning. He also serves as a member of the Office of the Chief Executive, the company’s senior most executive office, and is an officer of numerous Entergy subsidiaries.

Marsh also sits on the Board of Directors of Entergy Arkansas, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana, Entergy New Orleans, Entergy Mississippi, Entergy Texas and System Energy Resources.

In his 17 years with Entergy, Marsh has held a number of other leadership positions, including vice president of system planning and operations, vice president of planning and financial communications, director of corporate planning and performance and vice president of strategic planning. He also served as vice president of strategic planning at Entergy-Koch, LP.

Marsh joined Entergy in 1998 as an associate in the strategic planning and special projects group. As finance project manager for that group, he played an integral part in developing the company’s national nuclear company strategy.

Marsh has a master’s degree in management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

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