Here’s some background on the Board and what’s involved.

CrescentCare (previously the NO/AIDS Task Force) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 community-based organization whose mission is to offer comprehensive health and wellness services to the community, to advocate empowerment, to safeguard the rights and dignity of individuals, and to provide for an enlightened public. CrescentCare’s budget is $46 million with a staff of over 275 individuals.   

NO/AIDS Task Force was founded in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and has served the community in New Orleans for 33 years.   In 2013, the organization expanded its mission, became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and changed its name to CrescentCare.  It offers an array of services including primary medical care, dental, behavioral health, case management, health education, food and nutrition, housing, legal services, financial coaching, counseling and testing for HIV, Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases, and a syringe access program.    

  • Representative of the community and patient population (sex, gender, ethnicity)
  • 51% of board members must receive care at CrescentCare
  • No more than one half (50%) of the non-consumer board members may derive more than 10% of their annual income from the health care industry.
  • Between 11 and 25 members (we currently have 14 members)
  • The needed professional skills and experience to support the organization (finance, medical, real estate, legal, etc.)
  • Applications are referred to the Board of Trustees’ Governance/Nominating Committee – along with any information the applicant provides (résumé/CV, biographical sketch)    
  • The Governance/Nominating Committee reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the Board.   
  • New terms start July 1st and the term is 3 years. Board members may serve two consecutive three year terms.  
  • Attend Board meetings (usually held on the first Monday evening of every month at 6:00 pm at 1631 Elysian Fields Ave.).  The meetings usually last about an hour and half  
  • Serve on at least one committee of the Board (Governance, Quality, or Finance)
  • Support the fund development efforts of the Agency to the extent possible
  • Approve policies, hours of operation, locations
  • Ensure effective, efficient, and financially sound operation of the agency
  • Short and Long Term Strategic Planning
  • Evaluate the CEO  
  • Board self-evaluation
  • Serve as an advocate and ambassador for the organization
  • Duty of care, loyalty, and obedience to the organization

Our Current Board:

Dorian-Gray Alexander
Policy Fellow/Intern
Co-Chair: 2016- 2018
Trustee: 2014 –2017, 2017- 2020

Angela Bowlin
Attorney, Legal Partner-Frilot LLC
Co-Chair: 2017-2019
Trustee: 2015 – 2018, 2018-2021

Jessica Boykin
Director of Programs & Services at ALS Association
Trustee: 2018-2021

Benita Chatmon
Assistant Dean of Clinical Nursing Education
LSU Health N.O. School of Nursing
Trustee: 2019-2022

Jeffrey Coco, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Touro Infirmary
Trustee: 2016-2019, 2019-2022

Khalilah Collins
Social Worker & Director
Making Connections
Trustee: 2019-2022

Chris Duni
Teacher & Response to Intervention Coordinator
KIPP New Orleans Schools
Trustee: 2017-2020

Sergio Farfán
LLHC Co-Founder, Consumer Advocate
Trustee: 2014-2017, 2018-2021

Bill Leech, Jr.
Manager, Personal Trainer
Treasurer: 2017-2019, 2019-2021
Trustee: 2016-2019, 2019-2022

Deborah Palmer
Licensed Psychologist
Co-Chair: 2018-2020
Trustee: 2017-2020

John Keith Parchman
Senior Attorney, Dept. of Treasury
Trustee: 2018-2021

Raymond Poliquit, M.D. FAAP
Physician Executive
Trustee: 2016-2019, 2019-2022

Catherine Roland
Therapist, Private Practice
Trustee: 2019-2022

Shawn (Pepper) Roussel
Attorney & Director
Culinaria Center for Food Law, Policy & Culture
Trustee: 2018-2021

Todd Tartavoulle
Nurse Educator
LSU Health N.O. School of Nursing
Trustee: 2018-2021

Susan Todd
US Director Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Movember Foundation
Trustee: 2019-2022

Ed Trapido
Professor & Associate Dean of Research
LSU School of Public Health
Trustee: 2016-2019, 2019-2022

Hardell Ward
Staff Attorney
Southeast Legal Services
Trustee: 2015-2018, 2018-2021