Jodi Conachen Named Chief Operating Officer At Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

BATON ROUGE, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has named Jodi Conachen as chief operating officer for the organization. She previously served as vice president of marketing and communications and has been a member of the Cancer Center’s senior management team for almost four years.

Jodi Conachen 6001Conachen is an experienced healthcare leader and has operated in an executive leadership capacity.

“We are so grateful to have such a talented and experienced leader in Jodi,” said Jonas Fontenot, Ph.D., MBA, president and chief executive officer, Mary Bird Perkins. “Through her leadership in marketing and communications, she and her team have played an enormous role in strengthening our organization’s reputation for excellence. I have no doubt she will be successful in her new position as chief operating officer. Jodi is incredibly passionate about our patient community – I know she will do everything in her power to ensure our patients have the best experience with Mary Bird Perkins.”

Fontenot added that in her marketing and communications role, Conachen had taken on many operational challenges over the last few years and was successful in creating and implementing innovative solutions.

As chief operating officer, Conachen will assist with the development and implementation of the Cancer Center’s strategic plan while ensuring alignment with physicians, organizations and companies with whom the organization partners for the provision of quality healthcare services. Her ability to address immediate needs and create visionary plans for the future will serve the growth and agility of the organization, as it responds to community needs.

Conachen has a wealth of communications experience in various industries, including positions with Community Coffee Company, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Woman’s Hospital and several other local employers.

She received her Master’s in Business Administration from LSU in Shreveport and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations/Mass Communications from Louisiana State University.


About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at 10 centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Opelousas, Slidell, and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. Mary Bird Perkins has a strategic affiliation with OneOncology and the largest radiation and medical oncology groups from across the area including exclusive partnerships with Southeastern Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group, which provides radiation therapy throughout Mary Bird Perkins’ service areas, Northshore Oncology Associates, serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, specifically the communities of Covington and Slidell and Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, which services the Greater Baton Rouge area. For more information, please visit