Our Events Board hosts events for MLK Health throughout the year designed to bring awareness to our work, cultivate community support for our mission, and raise funds to sustain our work to build healthier communities.
Aundrea Emerson is a United States Army veteran. She spent 10 years serving her country as a medic stationed in Germany, Georgia, Texas, South Carolina and Oklahoma, and has an educational background in Business Administration and Nonprofit Management. As a Soldier, her spirit of volunteerism grew as she continued to serve the communities that she resided in by volunteering with multiple organizations such as Susan G Komen, Boy Scouts of America and the American Red Cross. She not only takes her service to the community very seriously, but she is also very committed to her job.
Since she began her employment with Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, she originated their annual Back to School Health Fair which garners over 500
participants each year.
Aundrea currently sits on the board for Families Helping Families as the President, and is the chairperson for the Susan G Komen NWLA Race for the Cure event. She is also the most recent past president for the Norla Preservation Project.
In her free time, Aundrea loves to spend time with her son and 2 dogs traveling. She also loves attending local arts and music events. Grateful for an amazing group of family and friends, Aundrea makes sure that she is as committed to them as she is committed to her professional life.
Garrett Johnson has made Shreveport his home for the past ten years, after leaving his hometown of Mandeville and graduating from LSU in Baton Rouge. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years, supporting local arts and human service organizations with experience in development and fundraising, before becoming the Business Director at Great Raft Brewing. Garrett has been deeply involved with the community of Shreveport whether it’s advocating for cycling infrastructure, creating art and cultural events, hosting his tea tasting and lecture series, chairing charity auctions, or writing for the Heliopolis and 20×49 arts & culture blogs. You can find him riding his bike on rural Louisiana roads, at Ki Mexico on a Friday night, or at the Shreveport Farmer’s Market with his wife Susan and their son Karl.
Megann McDaniel works full time as the Director of Financial Services for Nationwide Marketing Group. She also teaches a variety of fitness classes, a hobby that turned into employment. She genuinely loves to help others. Personal, professional, and spiritual growth are equally important in her life. She strives to live life to the fullest but also help others reach their full potential.
Megann is married to John-Todd McDaniel and they have a 3-year old son, Hayes McDaniel. In her free time, she loves to travel, eat delicious food, run/yoga, attend local festivals/events, and spend time with her friends and family.
LaShina Mitchell completed her undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. She is a wife and mother to one teenage daughter. LaShina has always had an interest in all things creative. Outside of her traditional career as an engineer at AT&T, she dabbles in conceptual & composite photography, writing for her lifestyle blog, The Life of a Fabulous Nobody and in social media content curation. LaShina enjoys celebrating her community and is excited to be a part of the amazing things that MLK Health Center & Pharmacy will continue to bring to the Shreveport-Bossier City community.
Lori Panu, MPH, is a public health educator, strength and conditioning coach, and research coordinator. Lori is the founder and owner of Be the Light Fitness LLC, specializing in helping people improve their lives through health behavior change. Contact info: [email protected]