BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced five new
members of its Board of Trustees, each elected to serve a three-year term
beginning January 1: Annette Barton, Rhoman Hardy, Ryland Percy, Christopher
Tyson and Raju Vatsavai, M.D.
Annette Barton recently served as co-chair of the Baton Rouge General Foundation’s
successful RISE Campaign and is also chair of the Foundation’s Annual
Fund. In addition to her involvement with the Foundation, Barton is on
the board for various community organizations, including Baton Rouge Area
Foundation, Baton Rouge Green, Burden Foundation and Pennington Biomedical
Research Foundation. Born in Baton Rouge, Barton earned a bachelor’s
degree from the University of Oklahoma and worked for Chase Bank for many years.
Rhoman Hardy is Vice President for Shell’s Gulf Coast and Pennsylvania
manufacturing locations and general manager of Shell’s site in Geismar.
He began working for Shell in 1988 while studying electrical engineering
at Louisiana State University and has worked in various positions in Shell’s
manufacturing business as well as the company’s distribution and
pipeline business. Hardy, who also holds an executive MBA from Rice University,
is on the board of the Louisiana Chemical Association, Shell Pension Trust,
Arts Council of Baton Rouge, and Baton Rouge Area Chamber. He has previously
served on the board of directors for Capital Area United Way.
Ryland Percy is senior partner in the law firm of Percy, Mumphrey and Skias
and has practiced in Ascension Parish for more than 40 years. He serves
on the governing boards of the Ascension Parish Library and the Louisiana
Super Region Rail Authority, and previously served on the boards of the
Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and
River Parish Community College Foundation. A 37-year veteran of the U.S.
Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral in 2006, Percy has also worked as attorney
for the City of Gonzales and the Pontchartrain Levee District. He holds
a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from LSU, a Master of Science
in Administration from the University of Guam, and a Juris Doctor degree
from LSU Law Center.
Christopher Tyson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Build
Baton Rouge, where he leads Baton Rouge’s land development and blight
elimination efforts. Currently on leave from his position as the Newman
Trowbridge Distinguished Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center, Tyson
has previously worked at Accenture, Jones Walker and in the Washington,
DC Office of Senator Mary Landrieu. In 2015 he was the Louisiana State
Democratic Party nominee for Louisiana Secretary of State. While unsuccessful,
Tyson earned the largest number of votes of any black candidate at that
point in Louisiana’s history. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture
degree with honors from Howard University, his Master of Public Policy
degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and his Juris Doctor degree from
the Georgetown University Law Center.
Raju Vatsavai, M.D., a faculty member of Baton Rouge General’s Internal
Medicine Program, earned his medical degree from Siddartha Medical College
in Vijayawada, India, and completed his Internal Medicine residency at
Cleveland Clinic. He also completed a clinical research fellowship in
the department of Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Vatsavai is board
certified in internal medicine and also serves as Assistant Professor
for Tulane University School of Medicine.
Other members of the BRG
Board of Trustees are:
- Phyllis McLaurin, Chair
- Charles D’Agostino, Vice Chair
- Jacques de la Bretonne, M.D.
- Gwen Hamilton
- Brian A. Jackson
- Joseph E. Juban
- Roy G. Kadair, M.D.
- Scott Kirkpatrick, Ex Officio Member
- Louis Minsky, M.D., Ex Officio Member
- Isabelina Nahmens, Ph.D.
- Andrew Olinde, M.D.
- Edgar S. Starns
- Edgardo Tenreiro, Ex Officio Member
||Raju Vatsavai, MD
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University
School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including
a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine
Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine
Fellowship Program. For more information, visit
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