Meet Our Committee
Nick Oliver – Chair of Visionaries
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.
Wesley Lazarus – Vice Chair
Wesley is a Banking Officer at Progressive Bank. He considers himself a Shreveport native, graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Texas Rangers fan, and proponent of all things local. Wesley believes in the strength of our community and is proud to further serve that cause through Visionaries.
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!
Julia Grubb – Social Chair
Julia is a Grant and Project Funding Specialist at BRF (formerly the Biomedical Research Foundation), where she works on a range of projects in K-12 education, entrepreneurship, digital media, molecular imaging technology, and more. She became involved with Visionaries by attending Sip N’ Serve events and through a desire to become more involved in the community. Julia enjoys running and recently completed her first marathon and ultra-marathon.
Marcus Moore – Outreach Chair
Marcus is a Background Investigator for Federal Employment. He became involved with Visionaries through his first Sip N’ Serve which he remembers bringing socks and toothpaste for the children we serve- he then delivered the supplies! In his free time, Marcus enjoys working on local films in our city. He is passionate about theater and film art.
Sara Patronella – Member at Large
Sara is a Grants Officer at the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. She is native of Houston, TX, but moved here to attend college where she earned her Bachelors of Music from Centenary College. Sara has been an active member of Visionaries planning since we launched in 2015. Sara also serves on the board of the Shreveport PRAL (Public Relations Associaltion of Louisiana) chapter. She enjoys lending a helping hand in the community.
Frannie Meehan – Member at Large
Frannie has been involved with Volunteers of America for most of her life- she remembers volunteering for the first time at the LightHouse program as a middle schooler. Frannie is getting married to her fiance, Michael Powers, in July. They just adopted their five year old golden-doodle, Lois. In her free time, Frannie likes to read, go to pilates, and support the community.
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.