Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Announces New Board Leadership

BATON ROUGE, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is pleased to announce that new board leadership has been elected to help carry out its mission.

Cordell HaymonCordell H. Haymon was recently elected to serve as board chair. Haymon succeeds Thomas “Tom” J. Adamek, who will remain on the board for an additional two years as immediate past chair.

“Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has made significant advances toward fulfilling its mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer,” said Haymon. “I know I speak on behalf of the entire board when I say that we are proud to play a role in ensuring cancer patients have access to the highest quality care and the most robust cancer services available anywhere in the Gulf South.”

Other officers elected include H.N. “Hank” Saurage, IV, Vice Chair and Gerald “Jerry” T. Goss, Secretary/Treasurer. Katherine “Kate” O. Castle M.D. serves as medical director and Jonas D. Fontenot, PhD, MBA, serves as president and CEO.

Rebecca Nelson was newly elected to serve on the board for a three-year term. Matthew “Matt” L. Mullins and Gerald “Jerry” T. Goss were re-elected for an additional three-year term. Additional board members include John C. Boyce, Terrell “Tee” Brown, Sandra C. Brown, DNS, Mark K. Dearman, Kyle M. France, Catherine “Cathy” S. Giering, Vanessa O. Graham, David S. Hanson, M.D., Steven J. Moore, Anthony B. O’Connor, Cynthia B. Peterson, PhD, Mawuena “Mawe” Takyi and Nathaniel Tannehill.

Art E. Favre, Laurie Lipsey Aronson and Eric Lane were recognized for their leadership and dedication to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center with an appointment to the honorary position of Director Emeritus. Favre has served on the board since 2010. Aronson and Lane have served on the board since 2013.

“Volunteer leadership is vital to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The organization greatly benefits from the perspectives and areas of expertise all board members contribute to the mission,” said Jonas Fontenot, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “The board is an exceptional group of volunteer leaders who generously dedicate their time, talent and resources to support the Cancer Center’s mission.”


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