Alecia Cyprian, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer
Alecia Cyprian, Ph.D. joined Southeast Community Health Systems as its chief executive officer in 2014. Since her appointment, Cyprian has provided strategic direction for the non-profit healthcare organization in communities of high need in four Southeast Louisiana parishes. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the organization’s reach. Cyprian is a board of director and serves as board chair of the Louisiana Primary Care Association, a board member for the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Committee for Petra College and National Association of Community Health Centers Legislative Committee & Health Center Excellence and Training Co-Chair. Prior to joining Southeast, she worked in higher education for 18 years as a director, dean, and assistant vice president providing oversight of enrollment management and student finance in addition to having principal roles in ensuring state and federal program compliance. Cyprian earned a master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Corey Hall MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Hall was born in Baton Rouge. He attended both Louisiana State University and Southern University. Corey received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, and completed his residency training in family medicine at the Harrisburg Family Medicine Residency Program in Harrisburg, PA.
Dr. Hall has been a medical doctor for over 20 years, 17 of those years spent providing high-quality healthcare to communities all over Louisiana. In his spare time, Dr. Hall enjoys listening to many genres of music, playing jazz guitar, fishing, canoeing, hunting, and movies.
Gail Williams Dunn
Chief Operating Officer
Gail Williams Dunn brings over 25 Years of expertise to Southeast Community Health Systems. As Southeast Community Health Systems’ Chief Operating Officer, Gail works closely to ensure operations management, facilities management, medical records management, and transportation services are carried out. Prior to joining Southeast Community Health Systems, Gail held positions as Office Manager, Director of Operations, Operations and Compliance Officer with Louisiana Primary Care Association, St. Gabriel Health Clinic and Jefferson Community Health Center.
During her free time, Gail enjoys spending time with family and friends, coordinating events, and traveling. Gail resides in LaPlace.
Chief Financial Officer
Theresa Bankston brings over 20 Years of financial healthcare expertise to Southeast Community Health Systems. As Southeast Community Health Systems’ Chief Financial Officer, Theresa works closely to direct and oversee the financial activities of the organization. Theresa ensures that the company’s financial statements are fairly stated and meet the compliance reporting requirements for federal, state, and local agencies. Bankston prepares financial analysis, budgets and provides strategic planning recommendations to the CEO. Prior to joining Southeast Community Health Systems, Theresa held positions as CFO for a non-profit critical access hospital and many years working at for-profit specialty hospitals; having the inner working knowledge of both not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare companies has provided her a solid foundation as CFO for Southeast Community Health Systems. During her off-time Theresa likes to swim, watch LSU sporting events, and spend time with her family and friends. Theresa lives in Zachary near her three children and five granddogs.
Nanette Bester, B.S., MPA
Director of Outreach & Enrollment
Nanette Bester brings 25 Years of expertise to Southeast Community Health Systems. As Southeast Community Health Systems’ Director of Outreach and Enrollment, Nanette works closely with individuals to obtain insurance through The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare. She also works in collaboration with various community partners to bring awareness to the community about the various services being offered at Southeast Community Health Systems. Bester leads Southeast Community Health Systems’ Outreach team. Prior to joining Southeast Community Health Systems, Nanette held positions as Community Health Educator, Community Liaison, Case Manager, and HR Director. In the realm of nonprofits, her area of responsibility spans from being a director at a group home, developing programs for at-risk youth, working with elderly patients in community group homes, and currently serves as the Social Services Director for her local church. She is a faithful volunteer with The American Red Cross and The United Way.
During her off time, Nanette likes to travel and spend time with her family. She is an avid sports fan and likes to attend various sporting events. Nanette lives in Petal, MS with her husband (Willie), daughter (Latasha), and her granddaughter (Sabreya).
Ashley Clement, MPA, MT (ASCP), CLSSGB
Director of Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement
Ashley Bradford brings 19 years of expertise to Southeast Community Health Systems. In the realm of nonprofits, her area of responsibility spans roles in one of the area’s largest health systems (FMOLHS), including Our Lady of the Lake RMC Clinical Laboratory Services and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly services. Ashley also worked for the LSU Student Health Center.
As Southeast Community Health Systems Director of Quality Assurance, Ashley works closely to ensure the quality of patient care and services provided, along with program growth and oversight of the electronic health record system customization and enhancement. Prior to joining Southeast Community Health Systems, Ashley held positions as Manager of Quality Assurance, Laboratory Supervisor, and Laboratory Compliance and Safety Officer. Ashley has her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. She was also a Board Examiner for the LA Quality Foundation (Baldrige Performance Excellence Award) and a Surveyor for the College of American Pathologists Laboratory. Ashley also served as a Board Member for the EXTRA Study at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
During her time away from work, Ashley loves spending time with her husband and 2 boys. She also enjoys running, biking, hiking, dancing, cooking and entertaining friends and family. She lives in Baton Rouge with her family and their dog, Mia.
Arissa Williams Grizzle, RN, MSN
Director of Nursing
Arissa Williams Grizzle brings 29 years of expertise to Southeast Community Health Systems. Her nursing experience includes higher education, clinical education, emergency room, oncology, med-surg, and home health care. As Southeast Community Health Systems Director of Nursing and Infection Control Coordinator, Arissa oversees the nursing department, the organization’s Infection Control Program, and employee health. Prior to joining Southeast Community Health Systems, Arissa held positions as Hospital Educator and ER nurse at Our Lady of the Lake Assumption Hospital, Clinical Educator at Baton Rouge General Hospital, Nursing and Allied health director at LA Technical College, and Assistant Director of Nursing at Sunshine Home Health Care.
During her time off, Arissa likes to watch sports, especially football and basketball. She also enjoys listening to sports podcasts and watching crime shows. Her priorities in life are her faith and her family. Arissa lives in Belle Rose with her husband, Marc, and their six children (Raenissa, Raelyn, Ray, Kaitlin, Kaziah, and Kadrian). She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Benjamin Larisey, LCSW-BACS,MHA
Director of Behavioral Health
Benjamin Larisey has been a natural advocate, listener, and provider of empathy long before he realized his calling to be a clinical social worker. Like most of us, Benjamin struggled to find a profession that allows him to do what he loves, which for him is to witness and be part of someone's journey toward their own success. In the years since then, he has held positions as a community-based therapist, advocate, school-based therapist, coordinator of behavioral health, and most recently the Director of Behavioral Health at Southeast Community Health Systems. Much of his expertise is in leadership, working with trauma victims, marriage problems, grief, depression, and anxiety, to name a few. He is an Eagle Scout. He and his wife were presented the Red Heart Award by the YMCA for feeding the homeless. He was also granted the Good Citizenship Award from the Sons of the American Revolution. Most recently, he has been part of a national coalition to provide mental health assessments to some of the most vulnerable and traumatized migrants who have sought asylum in the United States. He is a native of Baton Rouge where graduated from Broadmoor High School and then Louisiana State University for both undergraduate and graduate school. He then attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport where he received a second master's degree in health care administration. He now lives in Central, Louisiana with his wife and five beautifully active children. He enjoys woodworking and hopes to witness more success and happiness from the people for whom he leads, counsels, and builds.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Joyce Porter brings 40 years of expertise to Southeast Community Health Systems. As Southeast Community Health Systems Executive Assistant, Joyce works closely with Southeast Community Health Systems’ CEO and partners with the Outreach team for their various events throughout the year.
Prior to joining the Southeast Community Health Systems, Porter worked for the St. Helena Parish Schools, specifically St. Helena Elementary School and the Recovery School District. She currently serves as a School Board Member for the St. Helena Parish School System.
During her free time Joyce likes to travel, read, and spend time with her grandchildren. Joyce lives in Greensburg, LA with her husband, and loves to spend time with her three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Phoenicia Walker, MSM
Corporate Compliance & Health Systems Strategist
Phoenicia Walker joined Southeast Community Health Systems as a Corporate Compliance and Health Systems strategist in 2018. Before joining Southeast Community Health Systems, Walker spent over 20 years in leadership roles in public healthcare and human resources in Northern California. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree of Psychology from California State University and a Master of Science Degree of Business Management from Argosy University. She is currently pursuing an Executive Doctorate’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Walker became a member of the Southeast’s Leadership Team in 2019 where she currently provides oversight over organizational policies, risk management, and regulatory governance compliance. In her free time, she loves social events, traveling, and is an avid collector of multicultural figurines. She is a Tangipahoa Parish native.
Theodis Wright, MA, MBA
Director of Human Resources
Theodis Wright is Southeast Community Health Systems Human Resources director. Wright works closely with all departments to ensure that the organization is properly staffed and that the current staff of the organization is sufficiently engaged with Southeast’s mission. He brings over two decades of expertise to Southeast Community Health Systems. Prior to joining Southeast Community Health Systems, Theo held several key management positions in higher education administration over a span of 20 years.
Jeevan K. Yenuganti, BDS, MSPH, Cert. Oral Medicine and GPR
Director of Dentistry
Dr. Jeevan Yenuganti is a native of Hyderabad, India, and a resident of the New Orleans area for almost 20 years. His dental degree is from a prestigious dental school- Bapuji Dental College and Hospital in Davangere, India. He also has a Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has dual residencies in Oral Medicine and GPR and Conscious Sedation Certificate from LSU School of Dentistry, New Orleans, Louisiana. For the past 15 plus years, Dr. Jeevan has been passionate about providing high-quality dental services to all patients especially those of underserved populations.
Dr. Jeevan’s professional experience includes being Dental Director for Community Health Centers in Louisiana currently serving Southeast Community Health Systems, Hammond, Louisiana. Jeevan's extensive career began at LSU School of Dentistry as an Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine and Hospital Dentistry where he was involved in various course directorships of undergraduate and postgraduate students/residents at LSUHSC School of Dentistry for almost a decade. Within that time at LSU, he also served as the Dental Director for Infectious Disease Clinic serving HIV-AIDS patients for many years. His professional interests and research includes evidence-based dental practice/oral medicine for medically complex and HIV/AIDS patients. In his free time, Dr. Jeevan enjoys relaxing at home with his son and his pets. He is also a performance car enthusiast for all his life, his hobbies include playing cricket, working on DIY home/car projects, etc.