Ruth Kullman, Chair
Ruth Kullman is the owner of Kullman Consulting which specializes in non-profit consulting and political fundraising. She received her B.A. and M.S.W. from Tulane University. Additional community involvement includes serving as past President of Touro Synagogue, Planned Parenthood of Louisiana, and New Orleans Outreach. She currently serves on the Boards of the Institute of Mental Hygiene and New Orleans College Prep Charter School.
Hugh W. Long, PhD, Vice Chairman
Hugh W. Long, PhD is Professor of Health Systems Management and Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane University. He is a past member of Congress’s Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and former chair of the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board. He is a consulting economic expert in health-related civil litigation and a frequent lecturer on fiscal management for the American College of Physician Executives. He also serves as the President of the Board of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Louis K. Good, III, Secretary
Lou Good, who was born at Touro, has owned Fiber-Seal, an interior maintenance company in New Orleans since 1979 and is also an owner and the operator of the University Village Shopping Center. His father served as the Chairman of Touro Infirmary and his mother and grandfather have also served on its board. In addition to the Touro Infirmary Governing Board, Lou is currently the Chair of the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp and is on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Touro Infirmary Foundation. He is also a past President of Touro Synagogue.
Joy Braun, Treasurer
Joy G. Braun is an attorney in the law firm of Sessions, Fishman, Nathan and Israel, LLP where she serves as the firm’s product liability practice area leader. She graduated with honors from Duke University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in 1976, and magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Tulane University School of Law in 1981 where she was the presiding judge of the Moot Court Board. She has also served as a member of Tulane’s adjunct Trial Advocacy Faculty. Her commitment to improve the quality of life in New Orleans is manifested by her service on various boards and community organizations including the South Central Region Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League, WRBH, and most recently Touro Infirmary.
Allan Bissinger, Past Chairman
Allan Bissinger is the President of Electrical Sales Corporation, a family-owned New Orleans telecommunications business. He graduated from Auburn University with a BSEE in 1975 after which he returned to New Orleans. As a resident of New Orleans for the past 55 years he has acquired board experience through his volunteer service with many community organizations. His connection with Touro began with his birth at the hospital and he has continued in the family tradition following in his fathers footsteps as a board member.
Steve Worley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Children’s Medical Center
Steve Worley joined Children's Hospital in 1980 as an assistant administrator, was promoted to chief operating officer two years later and became president and CEO in 1986. With the partnership between Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary in 2009, Mr. Worley was appointed President & CEO of Louisiana Children’s Medical Center (LCMC), the system’s parent corporation, which includes Children’s Hospital, a 241-bed pediatric academic medical center with referrals from throughout Louisiana and the Gulf South; Touro Infirmary, a 347-bed adult hospital; Children's Hospital’s Calhoun Campus, which includes a 75-bed psychiatric hospital; and the 260-bed retirement center, Woldenberg Village. Mr. Worley is a member of the Children's Hospital International Executive Forum, the Board of Regents of Our Lady of Holy Cross College, and the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers. He is a past chairman of the board of the Blood Center for Southeast Louisiana, past chairman of the Louisiana Hospital Association, past chairman of the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans, past chairman of the board of the Child Health Corporation of America. He is a past board member of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts of America, Inroads/New Orleans, and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.
A. Whitfield Huguley, IV, Chair of Louisiana Children’s Medical Center
Whit Huguley is President of E D & F Man Liquid Products LLC, a subsidiary of the London based, global commodity firm, E D & F Man Holdings Ltd. He joined the board of Children’s Hospital of New Orleans in 2000 and currently serves as Board Chair of the Louisiana Children’s Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. He received a B.A. in Economics from Tulane University.
James T. Montgomery, President and Chief Executive Officer of Touro Infirmary
James T. Montgomery,
as a healthcare executive with more than 30 years experience, has an extensive background in hospital management in a variety of hospital settings including non-profit, for profit and academic facilities. He served as Chief Executive Officer at Corpus Christi Medical Center, a healthcare system owned by the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), since September 2007 where he led a group of four hospitals. Prior to his work in Texas, Mr. Montgomery served as CEO of Tulane University Hospital & Clinic for seven years and played an integral role in leading the organization’s post-Katrina recovery efforts. He has also served as President and CEO of the Central Louisiana Healthcare Partnership, a for-profit joint venture between the Rapides Foundation and HCA, and President and CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.
Kim M. Boyle is a partner in the Employment Law Group at Phelps Dunbar LLP. Ms. Boyle has practiced in all areas of commercial litigation, as well as employment litigation, tort litigation and general litigation. She is a former Judge Pro Tempore of Division "I" of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, as well as a former Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law. Kim is a New Orleans native. She graduated from Princeton University before attending University of Virginia School of Law and returning to New Orleans in 1987.
Peter Glaser, D.D.S.
Dr. Glaser is a retired dentist, having graduated from Loyola Dental School in 1963. He is a former instructor at both Loyola and Louisiana State University Schools of Dentistry. Dr. Glaser has been and is presently on the boards of several charity organizations as well as past President of the New Orleans Dental Association. His connection with Touro began with his birth at the hospital.
Jack Jacob, M.D.
Dr. Jack Jeff Jacob has been a member of the medical staff of Touro Infirmary since 1974, having previously done an Internship here from 1969-70. He has served on numerous committes at the hospital over the years, has spent many years on Medical Executive, has been chief of Ob Gyn for 10 years and has been employed by Crescent Cilty Physicians since 1995. He is active in community affairs and has served as President of the Greater New Orleans ObGyn Society.
Attorney Stephen Kupperman has served on the Governing Board since 2000 and as chairman from 2005-08. His father was a Touro Board member for many years. He is a partner and founding member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman & Sarver, L.L.C. He graduated from Newman High School, earned a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
S. David Kushner, CPA, CrFA
David Kushner is a founder partner of Kushner LaGraize, L.L.C. accounting firm. He is a graduate of Alcee Fortier High School and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Texas. His father was a practicing physician at Touro Infirmary.
Stephen L. Sontheimer
Stephen L. Sontheimer, a funeral director/consultant with Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home, is a 4th generation New Orleanian. His late father was a Touro Board Member and Stephen currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board and as a member of the Finance Committee. For over 40 years, he has been an active participant in community affairs having served numerous boards and has been recognized for service to the arts community as well as the Jewish and Catholic communities. He is currently a member of the board of The Greater New Orleans Foundation.
N. Knight Worley, M.D.
Dr. Newland Knight Worley, an otolaryngologist in private practice, has served as an active participant in numerous hospital committees since joining Touro’s medical staff in 1994. Dr. Worley has been a member of Touro’s Medical Staff Executive Committee since 1998 and was a past Vice President from 2002 – 2006, and President from 2006 – 2008. A member of the Touro Infirmary Board of Governor’s since 2006, Dr. Worley also holds positions on the Governing Boards of the Touro Infirmary Foundation and the Orleans Parish Medical Society. He is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine and serves as an assistant clinical professor with the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.
Ellen Zakris, M.D.
Dr. Ellen Zakris is Touro’s Director of Radiation Oncology. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Harvard Medical School. She has extensive experience in comprehensive cancer treatment with special interest in breast, gynecological, pediatric, prostate, lung and central nervous system (CNS) malignancies. Dr. Zakris treats adult radiation oncology patients at Touro as well as pediatric radiation oncology patients from Children’s Hospital.She serves on the boards of several local organizations, including the New Orleans Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Touro Synagogue.