Tuesday, June 6, 2017

University of New Orleans Alumni Recognized as Leaders in Medicine, Law and Community

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Several University of New Orleans alumni were among those recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness as having distinguished themselves both as professionals in the fields of medicine and law and as leaders in the local community. Barry Faucheux, David Gaines and Patricia Prechter were highlighted as “Health Care Heroes,” and Tad Bartlett and Georges Legrand were honorees in the 13th edition of “Leadership in Law.”

Barry Faucheux attended the University of New Orleans before earning a degree from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing. Since 1988, Faucheux has worked as a registered nurse, first in intensive care at Ochsner and Charity Hospital and then with nursing agencies. He has been with Gifted Healthcare for seven years. His work brings him to health care settings across the region, and he spends a significant amount of time doing pediatric infusions for 5 sick children. In addition to his nursing duties, Faucheux teaches an 8-hour course on nonviolent physical crisis intervention to other nurses at the agency.

David Gaines earned a political science degree from UNO in 1989. No doubt it has been useful in navigating the foundational changes in health care over the last decade. Gaines is CEO of system retail services and senior vice president of public affairs for Ochsner Health System, southeast Louisiana’s largest nonprofit, academic, multispecialty healthcare delivery system, according to the organization’s website. Gaines worked in venture capital prior to joining Ochsner in 2010.

Patricia Prechter’s achievements are many and varied. Now dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health as well as chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of Holy Cross, she first arrived there in the 1980s and proceeded to write its nursing curriculum. Also during that time, Prechter served 30 years in the Louisiana National Guard with deployments to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. Her military work earned her the rank of deputy commander of her unit, and she became the first female colonel in the Louisiana National Guard. Between the two deployments, she earned two doctoral degrees in education from UNO.

Tad Bartlett seems to pursue environmental justice and creative growth with equal vigor. As a member of the law firm Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison LLC, Bartlett has spent the last several years working on behalf of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East toward holding private sector entities accountable for the impacts of coastal land loss. He also founded the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance and expanded its participation from 10 writers to 43 across six states. In addition to having his non-legal writing published in the U.S., Canada and Europe, Bartlett has earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from UNO.

Georges Legrand earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNO and went on to pursue a law degree from Loyola. His legal expertise is in maritime law, and he founded the Offshore Marine Services Association to help share his knowledge and experience with boat operators in the Gulf region. While he enjoys the diverse nature of maritime law and helping others avoid legal trouble, Legrand says his proudest accomplishment is “hopefully being a good father and husband.”