Senior Staff

Kyle Viator

Kyle Viator

Market President

As Market President of AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Kyle C. Viator is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and leadership of AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, including the daily operations of the Member Services, Provider Services, Network Management, Information Services, Quality, Care Management, Community Education, Regulatory, and Legislative Affairs departments. 

Kyle joined AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana in June 2014 as Director of Plan Operations and Administration, a role in which he managed the plan’s business systems, community education, and provider operations areas.

He has 13 years of experience with multiple Louisiana health care organizations, including 10 years at the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals (now the Louisiana Department of Health), many of which were spent working directly on the state’s Medicaid and CHIP programs. He was a leader in the state’s effort to dramatically reduce its rate of uninsured children from more than 20 percent to less than 5 percent.

From 2009 to 2011, he was the Deputy Medicaid Director, overseeing the agency’s $6.5 billion budget for Medicaid administration and services that provided care to over 1 million members. 

Kyle holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from Louisiana State University. 

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Thomas Kyle Godfrey

Thomas Kyle Godfrey

Director, Plan Operations and Administration

Thomas Kyle Godfrey joined the AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana team in December 2021. Thomas Kyle has nearly 20 years of experience in the health care field, beginning his career supporting an ambulatory surgical practice with locations in multiple states. From there, Thomas Kyle transitioned to the regulatory side of health care and supported the Office of the Commissioner, James J. Donelon, in the Legal Division of the Louisiana Department of Insurance.

To round out his experience in health care delivery, Thomas Kyle has also gained experience from several Fortune 500 health insurers and managed care organizations, including UnitedHealthcare, Wellcare, and, his most recent role, prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, as Chief Operating Officer for Molina Healthcare of Mississippi.

Thomas Kyle is a graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He also graduated from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

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Rodney Wise, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Rodney Wise, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Market Chief Medical Officer

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rodney Wise is continuing his career-long devotion to improving health outcomes in Louisiana, especially for women and children. A graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine, Dr. Wise completed his residency in OB/GYN at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Shreveport and served on the OB/GYN faculty there. 

From 2009 to 2012, he was the Medicaid Medical Director for the Louisiana Department of Health. Dr. Wise currently serves on the Louisiana Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality.

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Rhonda Baird

Rhonda Baird

Director, Quality Management

Rhonda Baird is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation, measurement, and improvement of AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana’s Quality Management Program.

Rhonda has more than 25 years of nursing experience in both clinical and administrative capacities within the health care industry. Her clinical nursing background included emergency medicine, flight nursing, and air rescue. Rhonda joined AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana in 2015 and has served within the Quality Department over the past six years. Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Rhonda served as a Program Manager for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (now Louisiana Department of Health) with a focus on health care quality improvement, provider services and education, and health care data analysis.

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Lesli Boudreaux

Lesli Boudreaux

Director, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs

Lesli Boudreaux joined AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana as Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs in January 2019.

She has a wealth of experience in Medicaid, including more than two decades with the Louisiana Department of Health. Lesli worked in Medicaid eligibility for more than 10 years before transitioning to Medicaid Managed Care plan relations. Her duties included oversight of the Enrollment Broker, MCO grievances and appeals. Lesli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from University of Southwest Louisiana (now University of Louisiana, Lafayette).

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Paula Brooks

Paula Brooks

Director, Communications & Marketing

Paula Brooks joined AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana as the Director of Communications and Marketing in January 2022.

Paula has more than 23 years of experience in the health care industry. Her background includes claims, customer service, appeals, quality assurance, project management, communications, and marketing.

Prior to her current role, she was the Marketing Communications Manager for Magellan Healthcare in Louisiana and Virginia. Paula also worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana for more than 15 years before transitioning to Medicaid managed care.

Paula holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of Phoenix and received her undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

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Harrison III

Grover Harrison III

Director, Community Education

A lifelong resident of West Baton Rouge, Grover Harrison attended Southern University on a full academic and athletic scholarship and graduated with a bachelor degree in education. His career highlights include being an educator and coach for West Baton Rouge and Iberville Parish school systems, as well as mentoring community youth.

He has served on many advisory boards and is the former president of the South Baton Rouge Kiwanis Club. Before joining AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Harrison served as Program Director and then Executive Director at the Baranco-Clark YMCA in Baton Rouge for eight years.

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Shannan Herring

Shannan Herring

Director, Finance

Shannan Herring is responsible for the accounting and finance operations of AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, including budget development, accounting systems, financial reporting, and all financial audit activities.

Shannan has more than 20 years of financial experience in the health care industry, working in hospital accounting as well as commercial health insurance. Before joining AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana in 2017, she was the Director of Accounting for Coventry Health Care of Louisiana and Senior Controller for Physicians Medical Center. Shannan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans.

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Loretta Sonnier, MD

Loretta Sonnier, MD

Behavioral Health Medical Director

Dr. Loretta Sonnier is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. She is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 2006 to 2013. In 2023, U.S. News & World Report named Cincinnati Children’s #1 in the nation in their Best Children's Hospitals rankings.

Dr. Sonnier obtained board certification in four medical specialties: pediatrics, psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Sonnier completed an additional fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in 2019 at the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

From 2016 to 2023, Dr. Sonnier served as a full-time faculty member at Tulane University School of Medicine where she served as an assistant professor in the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Division of Forensic Psychiatry. From 2020 to 2023, she served as Associate Program Director for Tulane’s Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship.

Throughout her career, Dr. Sonnier has provided clinical treatment, training, and consultation services in many different settings. These include state forensic hospitals, children’s hospitals, inpatient psychiatric units, Veterans Affairs medical centers, jails, juvenile detention centers, prisons, schools, intensive outpatient programs, integrated care clinics, community mental health centers, civil and criminal courts, and a private practice. Dr. Sonnier is passionate about advocating for patients with complex needs and finding individualized solutions to maintain their wellness.

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Kelli Nolan

Kelli Nolan

Director, Provider Network Operations

Kelli Nolan has more than 10 years of experience with managed care organization startups. Before joining AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana in 2011, she worked managed care Medicaid as the Louisiana Fiscal Intermediary in Provider Services.

In 2012, Kelli was promoted to Provider Network Manager and then promoted to Director of Provider Network Operations in 2015.  

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Lori Payne

Lori Payne, MHA

Director, Health Equity Program

As Health Equity Program Director, Lori Payne works to embed health equity across the organization by making equity a part of internal processes, quality improvement and population health initiatives, member engagement practices, provider relationships, program innovation, external partnerships, and overall organization performance.

She spearheads development of health equity practices and policies that improve outcomes for AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana’s diverse populations.

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Jeanine Plante

Jeanine Plante, Pharm.D.

Pharmacy Director

As Pharmacy Director, Jeanine Plante’s responsibilities include serving as a liaison between AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Health as well as overseeing the activities of our Pharmacy Benefits Manager, PerformRx. She is a key resource for colleagues, providers and community pharmacists. Jeanine serves as the point of contact with the local pharmacies in Louisiana to help address any concerns that the pharmacists may have.

Jeanine is a graduate of the University of Houston and Xavier University of Louisiana where she received her pharmacy degree in May 2007. Jeanine brings extensive experience from different aspects of the pharmacy industry. She began her career at Walgreens as a pharmacy student and continued with the company as a retail pharmacist upon graduation. She was quickly promoted to Pharmacy Manager and held that position for two years before joining Ochsner Medical Center ― Baton Rouge as a staff pharmacist. Jeanine joined AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana in 2015 and currently serves on the Medicaid Pharmacy Advisory Council.

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Yolonda Spooner

Yolonda Spooner, M.D.

Network Medical Director

Dr. Spooner is board-certified in Family Medicine and has over 20 years of combined clinical practice and administrative experience. She joined AmeriHealth Caritas in 2012, initially in the role of Network Medical Director and later transitioned into her current role in the utilization management department.

Dr. Spooner received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY and her medical degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

Dr. Spooner came to AmeriHealth Caritas from the Baton Rouge General Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as medical director for the Family Health Center’s north and south locations and was a member of the Family Medicine faculty. Earlier in her career, Dr. Spooner practiced in various settings such as a primary care group practice, veterans’ outpatient clinic, university student health center, emergency department/urgent care and residency education.

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Suconda Smith, RN, BSN

Suconda Smith, RN, BSN

Director, Market Clinical Population Health

Suconda Smith served as AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana’s Manager for Complex Case Management for eight years prior to becoming the Director of Market Clinical Director of Population Health in 2023. Suconda has more than 25 years of nursing experience that includes Medical, Surgical, and Cardiac Intensive Care.

Prior to her roles with AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Suconda worked in multiple divisions of the Louisiana Department of Health including the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (Assistant Director of Nursing), Office of Public Health (Supervisor, Emergency Preparedness) and the Office of the Secretary (Supervisor, Special Investigations Unit).

Suconda is active in the National Black Nurses Association and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is currently working toward the completion of a Master of Science in Nursing degree in Leadership and Administration at Capella University.

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Trampas Cranford

Trampas Cranford

Director, Data and Tech Services

Trampas Cranford joined AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana in January 2012. Prior to becoming Director of Data and Technical Services in March 2021, he worked in Enterprise Analytics as Manager, Plan Analytics. 

Before joining AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, he worked for a surgical hospital and was responsible for reporting and all functions of information technology. He graduated from Southeastern University with a degree in applied mathematics.

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Gwen Matthews

Gwen Matthews

Director, Provider Network Management

Gwen Matthews is responsible for maintaining network adequacy, provider contracting, and education of AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana Provider Network Management team.

Gwen has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry and 10 years of experience with managed care organization startups. Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana in July 2011, she worked for the Louisiana Medicaid Fiscal Intermediary in Provider Relations.

In 2015, Gwen was promoted to Manager of Provider Network Management at AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana and promoted to Director of Provider Network Management in February of 2023.

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