Meet Our Committee

Wesley Lazarus – Chair 

Wesley was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, attended Louisiana Tech University, and is a proud Bulldog!  He is an Assistant Vice President with Progressive Bank and has served in various Banking roles with Progressive for almost 7 years.  He has a deep-rooted connection & love for the Shreveport/Bossier Community and feels privileged to serve in leadership positions for numerous area non-profits, including Visionaries!  When not working or volunteering you can find him at a local restaurant, working with his better half, Alaina, on their South Highlands home, watching Texas Rangers Baseball, or spending time with friends & family. 

Courtnei Gabriel – Service Chair 

Courtnei has been a Medical Laboratory Scientist for Willis-Knighton Health System since 2006. She is currently the Assistant Lab Manager at WK Pierremont Health Center. Courtnei got involved with VOA and Visionaries through her dad, Chris, who has been involved with VOA for the last 25 years. Courtnei has been involved with the local Shreveport theatre community since the age of 3, and still performs in musicals with her local theatre company, Stage Center!

Ashby Davis – Member at Large

Ashby is an attorney at Cook, Yancey, King, & Galloway in Shreveport. He is a graduate of Loyola College Prep, Baylor University, and Baylor University School of Law. He got involved with Visionaries in 2017 by attending Visionaries’ Sip and Serve events. Outside of practicing law, he serves on the Volunteers of America Visionaries Committee and the Board of Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College, and enjoys playing tennis and reading.  

Nick Oliver – Past Chair

Nick is a Business Analyst for the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program in Shreveport. Nick was introduced to Volunteers of America at one of the Visionaries’ first Sip ‘n Serves. Since then, he has gotten more connected to the organization’s work and now leads the Visionaries as Committee Chair. In his free time, Nick enjoys taking in shows and events around the city, dining at local restaurants, and reading about financial markets.