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Erica Brown Barousse
Current Fellow - Operations
Louisiana State University

Erica Brown Barousse

Erica is a Louisiana native who moved to New Orleans after earning a B.A. and a J.D. from Louisiana State University. As an attorney, she gained extensive business experience providing counsel to businesses and non-profits in major corporate transactions, government regulatory matters, and economic development projects, such as the 2009 renegotiation of the New Orleans Saints’ contract with the Superdome. In August of 2012 she graduated with a M.P.H. in Health Policy and Systems Management from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She was grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Ochsner’s efforts to reduce preventable hospitalizations as part of her M.P.H. coursework. Erica currently lives on the Lakefront in New Orleans with her husband, William.

Stephanie Bissell
Current Fellow - Finance
Louisiana State University

Stephanie Bissell

Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Stephanie Bissell has lived in Louisiana for 8 years. After graduating from Tulane University with a BSM in Marketing, she worked in professional and collegiate sports for several years. She received her MBA with a concentration in finance from Louisiana State University and is currently in the second year of the finance fellowship. She is excited to be back in New Orleans and working for Ochsner and is looking forward to the new Tulane Stadium.

Laura Carleton
Current Fellow - Finance
Louisiana State University

Laura Carleton

Laura Carleton graduated from LSU with her degree in Management in May 2011 and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance in May 2013. She received the University Medal during commencement ceremonies in May 2011 for maintaining the highest grade point average of her graduating class with a perfect 4.0. Laura was active in the Flores MBA program serving as the Vice President of Women MBA International and as a cohort leader of the MBAA. Laura competed for the LSU track team during both her undergraduate and graduate programs and holds school records in the 5k and 10k. She was the SEC Indoor 5000m Champion and was named an Academic All-American in 2013.

Bridget Fitzpatrick
Current Fellow - Operations
Virginia Commonwealth University

Bridget Fitzpatrick

Bridget Fitzpatrick graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a degree in African American Studies and a minor in History. Her interest in leadership began during a management role in the restaurant industry. Her desire to serve on a larger scale in community health led her to pursue a Master of Health Administration degree at VCU. While attending graduate school, Bridget worked in the Department of Care Coordination at VCU Health System. Her work included data analysis, process improvement, and project implementation. She is excited to continue her education through an immersion experience that will exposure her to various levels of hospital operations. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new cities, running, and finding culinary treasures.

David Grimes
Current Fellow - Finance
University of Virginia

David Grimes

David is a native of southern California and moved to New Orleans in 2012 after five years in Washington, DC. David graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development and a minor in American History. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Before joining Ochsner, David worked in finance and program management for a mechanical engineering firm in South Pasadena, CA and as a corporate finance, supply chain, and operations consultant in Washington, DC. David has a wife, Elizabeth, and one son, David, and is now in the second year of the Finance concentration of the Administrative Fellowship.

Tiffany Henriques
Current Fellow - Finance
Loyola University of New Orleans

Tiffany Henriques

Tiffany was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she stayed to earn both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Loyola University of New Orleans. Her business management concentration as an undergraduate student piqued her interest in many aspects of business. She chose to stay at Loyola to earn her Master of Business Administration, graduating in the fall of 2010. While earning that degree, she completed the coursework necessary to sit for the CPA exam. As a certified public accountant for KPMG LLP, an international accounting and advisory firm, she developed a wide range of skills and gained knowledge about various business entities. Her clients included oil and gas companies, law firms, and various other corporations and partnerships. In the spring of 2013, Tiffany chose to leave public accounting and prepare to use her knowledge of business operations and finance in the healthcare field. She currently lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans and is eager to begin her Finance Fellowship with Ochsner Health System.

Tiana Lukas
Current Fellow - Operations
Pennsylvania State University

Tiana Lukas

Tiana is originally from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and has recently graduated with an integrated BS/MHA degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State. Her passion for public health and enhancing the patient experience has been influenced by her work as an HIV testing counselor and through academic consulting work with a community hospital to expand their Diabetes Network. Focusing on the health of care providers has become a recent interest of Tiana’s through her independent research in understanding the effects of a usual source of care on employee absences. This focus was strengthened by her recent academic consulting work with the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to explore the link between employee and patient safety, in order to provide recommendations for organizations seeking to improve employee well being. Tiana will be working at the Baton Rouge hospital and clinic locations.

Dolev Melamed
Current Fellow - Operations
Union College

Dolev Melamed

Born in Israel, Dolev Melamed grew up just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Union College in upstate New York for her undergraduate studies, graduating in 2010 with a major in Spanish, and minors in Neuroscience and Anthropology. She went on to continue her graduate studies at Union Graduate College, graduating in June 2012 with her MBA in Healthcare Management. During her studies, she worked as an Assistant Manager at the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine, a private practice just outside of Albany, New York. Dolev fell in love with New Orleans back in 2009 when she was here along with other Union students to help with Post-Katrina rebuilding efforts, and is happy to be back. She is excited and grateful to be a part of the Ochsner fellowship program, and is looking forward to all of the learning opportunities!

Jason Moran
Current Fellow - Operations
Southern College of Optometry

Jason Moran

Jason is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and currently performing his residency year in pursuit of an MHA/MBA degree from Baylor University. He primarily serves as an optometrist and holds the rank of Major in the United States Army. Previous assignments include staff optometrist, Fort Campbell, KY and Chief, Optometry Clinic Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic, Germany. MAJ Moran’s clinical leadership roles included Performance Improvement Officer and Team Leader for Joint Commission accreditation. Jason now lives in Mandeville, Louisiana with his wife and two kids.

Rachel Pittman
Current Fellow - Human Resources
Louisiana State University

Rachel Pittman

Rachel Pittman joined Ochsner Health System in February 2012 as an Administrative Fellow in Human Resources. At Ochsner, she has been an integral part of several change projects, such as MyHR, the Decentralization of Regional Pool, the HR Policy Project, and the Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center acquisition. Prior to Ochsner, Rachel’s experience includes working as an Operations Manager for the Louisiana State University Athletic Administration Office. A majority of her HR experience, however, was in third-party staffing as an Agent for Randstad U.S. in Ft Lauderdale FL, and Professional Placement Recruiter for Spherion in Baton Rouge, LA. In both roles, she was responsible for building and maintaining relationships with her clients through temporary and direct placement services, as well as large-scale projects like staffing the store opening of IKEA in Sunrise, FL. In addition to her Masters, Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Meredith Sarringhaus
Current Fellow - Operations
The Ohio State University

Meredith Sarringhaus

Meredith was born and raised in Cleveland OH, and received her Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Business Administration from Ohio University in Athens, OH. She worked in quality management at the local community hospital throughout her time at Ohio University. Immediately after undergrad Meredith moved to Columbus to pursue Master of Health Administration at The Ohio State University, where she graduated in May 2013. She did her residency at the Columbus VA where she established tele-medicine clinics throughout the state of Ohio. She continued to work at the Columbus VA throughout her Master's degree as the interim Director of the Department of Surgery. Meredith now lives in the Garden District of New Orleans and is excited to be part of the Ochsner team.

Elizabeth Stowers
Current Fellow - Operations
Vanderbilt University

Elizabeth Stowers

Elizabeth Stowers received her MBA with concentrations in Health Care and Operations in May 2013 from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. While at Owen, her health care coursework included IT, Finance and Accounting, Law and Regulation, Innovation and Evaluation, and Economics and Policy. While working for Hospice Compassus, a hospice care provider headquartered outside Nashville, TN, she performed strategic growth planning and market penetration analysis. She also analyzed patient safety and outcome data for HCA during her first year at Owen to identify high impact areas for improvement in patient care quality. Before returning to business school, Elizabeth spent six years in San Francisco working in the finance industry for Symphony Asset Management. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Yale University in 2005. In her spare time, she likes to explore new restaurants, read, and take her dog, Cooper, to NOLA City Bark.