National Advisors Council

The Provident Group is governed by a Board of Directors with advice and consultation from its National Advisors Council. Provident's day-to-day activities are directed by its Senior Management headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Charles A. Landry
Chairman, National Advisors Council
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Charles is Managing Partner of the Baton Rouge office of Fishman Haygood LLP (2015 to Present). Charles concentrates in the areas of real estate development, real estate finance, land use and zoning, and business and commercial law. He has also been very involved in advancing Greater Baton Rouge's high-tech, information, and entrepreneurial economic sector. He was instrumental in the formation of the Louisiana Technology Park, and serves as General Counsel to the Research Park Corporation. Since 1993, Charles has been annually selected for inclusion in the publication The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.) as one of a few attorneys chosen in Louisiana in the area of Real Estate Law. He was ranked in Real Estate by Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers 2005 and 2006. He was also selected for 2007 Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Real Estate.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1977
  • Bachelor of Science in Business, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1975
Vicki Romero Briggs
FACHE
Lafayette, Louisiana

Vicki has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry including CEO and CFO of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA; President of the Baton Rouge Market for HCA; and CEO of hospitals in Texas and Alabama with Triad Hospitals. She has held leadership positions in numerous organizations including the Federation of American Hospitals, American Hospital Association, Texas Hospital Association, Louisiana Hospital Association, Alabama Hospital Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Alabama Chapter of the March of Dimes, United Way in Louisiana, Texas and Alabama, and the National Perinatal Information Center.

Briggs was the recipient of a number of awards including Modern Healthcare's "Up and Comer" in 1991 and 1991 Notable in the 2007 Modern Healthcare Yearbook of "Up and Comers," 2007 Birmingham Top 100 in Healthcare, and a 1994 Emerging Leader by The Healthcare Forum.

Vicki is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham, AL. From June 2009 to September 2011, she was the Chief Executive Officer of The Regional Health System of Acadiana, which includes Lafayette-based Women's and Children's Hospital, Southwest Medical Center, and Dauterive Medical Center in New Iberia. In addition, from August 2008 to May 2009, Briggs was the Vice President of Operations for Healthcare Management Associates ("HMA") based in Naples, FL, with responsibility for strategy and operations for 12 hospitals in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Pennsylvania.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, Brock School of Business at Samford University, Birmingham, AL, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
  • Named one of Nicholls State University's top 50 graduates in school history.
  • Distinguished recipient of the Nicholls State University Alumni Federation's James Lynn Powell Award

Fred T. Brown, Jr.
FACHE
Charlotte, North Carolina

Fred T. Brown, Jr., MPH, LFACHE, Colonel (ret) USAF is President of the Brown Consulting Group LLC, a small healthcare consulting firm located in Charlotte NC. The focus of the practice is hospitals and healthcare systems, turnaround of financially challenged hospitals and group practices as well long term (smart) planning.

Brown retired in 2015 as CHS Group Senior Vice President for Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte NC where he wrote the business plan and implemented an initiative that eventually added 24 managed hospitals and health systems to the organization. Previously Brown served as Managing Principal for Pershing, Yoakley and Associates, one of the largest dedicated health care consulting practices in the Southeast and for five years as Executive Vice President of Novant Health, Winston-Salem NC. Earlier in his career, Brown established a regional office for VHA, a major national health care cooperative, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Carolinas-Tennessee Regional Healthcare System for 11 years. Prior to this, he had more than 16 years experience in roles as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of acute care community hospitals, a regional referral centers and a large academic medical center.

Brown retired as a Colonel in the North Carolina Air National Guard after 32 years of active duty and reserve military service as a Commissioned Officer in the 82nd ABN Division, the 101st ABN Division, the NC Army National Guard and the NC Air National Guard, where he served as Commander of the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron for 18 years including 10 months in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Shield and Storm. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with “V” and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army and Air Force Commendation Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal with two Silver Oak leaf Clusters plus numerous other awards and decorations. He has over 2500 hours in the C-130 aircraft including 238 Combat hours during Desert Storm. He has over 125 military parachute jumps and is a graduate of the Army HALO School. Col. Brown was awarded the General I.G. Brown Command Excellence Award in 1988. He was named outstanding Medical Service Corps Officer of the year in the Air Force in 1991. He has earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Chief Medical Service Corps Badge. He was inducted into the Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 1996.

His professional affiliations include serving as a Life Fellow and North Carolina Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Secretary of the Board of Directors of The Long Term Care Foundation, Adjunct Full Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and President, Board of Directors, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Foundation.

Brown earned a Master's of Public Health Administration from the University of North Carolina's School of Public Health and a Bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina where he was an all conference guard on three conference championship football teams.

On 13 October 2012, he was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne University Sports Hall of Fame. He was named Outstanding Alumni UNC School of Public Health in 1992, and Outstanding Alumni of Lenoir-Rhyne College in 2002 and awarded the Lenoir-Rhyne Community Service award in 2009. He is a 2002 recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the State of North Carolina's highest civilian award.

Education

  • Master of Health Administration, School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1980
  • Bachelor of Arts, Lenior-Rhyne College, Hickory, NC, 1969
John Byrne, Ph.D.
Newark, Delaware

John Byrne is Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) and Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Delaware. He has contributed to Working Group III of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Panel.

Dr. Byrne is chairman of the board of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE), an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization originally founded as a supporting organization of Provident Resources Group Inc.. FREE was established to promote a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods. FREE is now an independent organization.

Dr. Byrne’s work in the United States includes service as an advisor to the National Council for Science and the Environment (U.S.) and the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice, coordinated by the U.S. EPA. He conceived the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) model and co-chaired the nation’s first SEU (created by the Delaware General Assembly) during 2007-2012. He is the architect of its innovative energy efficiency finance program which executed its first tax-exempt bond sale in 2011 with a rating of AA+. This bond model recently received White House recognition as part of the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Challenge. His work has been funded by the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, the Asia Foundation, the Blue Moon Fund, the National Science Foundation (U.S.), U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others. He has published 17 books and over 160 research articles.

He is co-founder and co-executive director of the Joint Institute for a Sustainable Energy and Environmental Future, an innovative research and policy advocacy organization headquartered in South Korea with the mission of promoting sustainable policy options in East Asia. He is also a founding member of and served as the first research chair for the International Solar Cities Initiative – a pioneering program to assist cities around the world in building sustainable futures. In 2011, Dr. Byrne was appointed Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Energy at the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, a new university created by South Korea to lead its plan for green energy technology and policy development. He received a Fulbright Senior Lecturer/Researcher Award to teach environmental policy at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University and to conduct research on a National Greenhouse Gas Abatement Strategy for the Korea Energy Economics Institute. He was appointed a Policy Advisor to the Environmental Forum of the Korea National Assembly (the only non-Korean to serve in this capacity) and he has held advisory appointments with China’s State Environmental Protection Agency, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI in India) and the Korea Energy Economics Institute, among others.

Education

  • Ph.D., Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware, 1980
  • M.A., Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware, 1973
  • B.A., Economics, University of Delaware, 1971

Gen. Gene Renuart
Commander, North American Aerospace
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

General Victor E. Renuart Jr. is the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Gen. Renuart entered the Air Force in 1971 following graduation from Indiana University. He was commissioned through the Officer Training School in 1972. He has commanded a NATO support group and two fighter wings. He served as Commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and supported Operation Deny Flight as Director of Plans for the NATO Combined Air Operations Center at Headquarters 5th Allied Tactical Air Force. In addition, he commanded Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia and 9th Air and Expeditionary Task Force-Southwest Asia, responsible for control of Operation Southern Watch. The General has served as the U.S. Central Command of Operations, wherein he oversaw the planning and execution of all joint and allied combat, humanitarian assistance and reconstruction operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces, where he was responsible for Air Force and Air Component Command activities for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. He has flown combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Deny Flight, Northern Watch and Southern Watch.

Prior to assuming his current position, Gen. Renaurt was the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington DC. He served as the principal immediate office adviser to the Secretary in all matters pertaining to the Department.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Production and Industrial Management, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1971)
  • Master of Arts, Psychology, Troy State University, Troy, AL (1975)
  • Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB AL (1977)
  • Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB AL (1979)
  • Army War College, Carlisle Baracks PA (1992)
  • Senior Officers in National Security Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD (1997)

John P. Giere
President and CEO, Openwave Mobility, Inc.
Redwood City, California

John Giere has over 20 years of wireless industry management experience in sales, product management, marketing and business development. Prior to his role as President and CEO of Openwave Mobility, John served as GM of the mediation business unit for Openwave Systems. Before Openwave Systems, John served as CMO for Alcatel-Lucent and CMO for Lucent Technologies. Before joining Lucent in 2003, John worked for Ericsson in various strategic marketing and business development roles. John currently serves on the Board of Sonim Technologies.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science, Georgetown University