Advancing our Mission

Our Team

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 Team headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Officers & Division Directors

Steve E. Hicks
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
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Steve E. Hicks

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Provident founder, Steve Hicks, serves as the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Steve has served an integral role in every project undertaken by Provident since its inception and is largely responsible for building and leading the team of professionals that have made Provident one of the leading nonprofit partners in the industry.  Steve’s vision for Provident included the creation of a true, committed nonprofit partner focused on building communities and making essential projects a reality for our partners.  Under his leadership, Provident has successfully financed nearly $5 billion in projects, and currently serves as owner, borrower and/or concessionaire on over $3.3 billion in projects around the country.

Prior to founding Provident, Steve practiced law for 25 years for several prestigious regional and national firms, specializing in the area of public finance with additional concentration in the area of legislative law. He participated in many public finance issues over his 25-year career in a variety of roles including bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and counsel to the issuer. During his time practicing law, Mr. Hicks played a significant role in the formation of the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, one of the nation’s largest issuers of debt securities for a wide range of public projects and served as the principal attorney or supervising partner on approximately$12 billion in project financings for acute care hospitals, nursing facilities, affordable housing, and numerous other essential state and local government projects.  

Mr. Hicks received his Juris Doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University.  

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Proton Therapy
  • National Council of Public Private Partnerships
  • Fellow, Louisiana State University Academy of Politics

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, APP Properties, Inc., New Canaan CT, 2012-present
  • Board of Directors, O'Brien House, Baton Rouge, LA, 2010
  • Board of Directors, American Red Cross – Louisiana Capital Region Chapter, 2000-2006
  • Board of Trustees, East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority, 2005
Christopher Hicks
President | Vice Chairman
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Christopher Hicks

Raleigh, North Carolina

As Provident’s President and Vice Chairman of the Board, Mr. Hicks is a member of the executive team that establishes the company’s strategy, culture and fulfillment of its charitable missions.  Mr. Hicks also spearheads Provident’s public-private partnership financings, working with project partners and beneficiaries, financing partners, investors and rating agencies to ensure successful financial execution and an ongoing commitment to our partners for the life of our engagement.  His role includes management of origination, analysis, and execution efforts for transactions and project relationships across a variety of asset classes. Chris works to foster relationships with state and local governments, public and private universities and healthcare systems, as well as development partners, allowing Provident to utilize its proven financing platform to further not only its non-profit missions, but the missions of each of these partners.

Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Hicks spent 18 years in the Public Finance Department of Citigroup Global Markets Inc., departing in 2019as a Director in their Higher Education and Public Private Partnership Groups. During his time at Citi, Mr. Hicks worked with clients on over $25 Billion in financings.

Mr. Hicks holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Wake Forest University.

Marla Page Scannicchio, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
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Marla Page Scannicchio, CPA

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Marla Page Scannicchio is Provident’s Chief Financial Officer.  She joined Provident in 2001 and has been an integral part of Provident’s growth over the last 20 years. Marla has been involved in the development, construction, acquisition, or ongoing operations of over twenty senior living communities, twenty-seven university housing entities or other university related facilities (such as a wellness center, classroom buildings and a parking lot concession agreement), twelve affordable housing communities, four hotels, and a proton cancer treatment center.  Marla has also participated in more than$3 billion in debt financings.  These transactions involved complex financial structures such as subordinate debt, interest rate swaps, tax-exempt bonds, taxable loans, letters of credit, and accretion bonds.  During her tenure with Provident, Marla has overseen the accounting, payroll, accounts payable, human resources and information technology departments.  Marla’s responsibilities have also included overseeing the Provident audits, tax returns, budgets, insurance, cash management, and tax-exempt bond compliance. She has also overseen the implementation and management of several software programs utilized by the various departments under her supervision. Marla currently serves on numerous committees, as a member and Chairperson for numerous Provident subsidiaries.  

 

Prior to joining Provident, Marla was an accounting manager for a healthcare clinic in Baton Rouge that had over 76 physicians.  She was also an audit manager for KPMG in the not-for-profit and healthcare industry.  Her experience as an audit manager at KPMG involved auditing benefit plans, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes, as well as, preparing and reviewing cost reports and tax returns.  Marla graduated from LSU in 1993 and is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant and is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Donovan O. Hicks, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer
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Donovan O. Hicks, Esq.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Donovan began his professional career in 1987 in private practice specializing in general corporate and tax matters and in the representation of corporate trust departments of state and national banking institutions serving as trustee for various tax-exempt bond financings in Louisiana and other state and local jurisdictions. Since 2001, Mr. Hicks has been a member of the Provident senior management team, responsible for overseeing legal, tax, and corporate compliance issues for Provident and its affiliates, and the acquisition, financing and development of new properties in furtherance of Provident's charitable activities.

Education

  • Master of Laws (Taxation), Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX, 1987
  • Juris Doctorate, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, 1986
  • Bachelor of Science (Accounting), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, 1983

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association (1986-Present)
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross – Louisiana Capital Region Chapter (2006-2011)
David T. Grand Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
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David T. Grand Jr.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

As COO, Mr. Grand is responsible for overseeing the administrative and operational functions of the organization, which includes strategic planning and collaborating with senior management to shape and guide operational efficiencies and the future growth and development of the organization in furtherance of its charitable missions.  Mr. Grand is also responsible for various legal, tax and corporate compliance issues and the financing and development of new properties.  Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Grand practiced corporate and securities law with a focus on complex financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance matters.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Grand worked in project management for a national design-build firm where he managed the construction of multiple health care, financial and hotel construction projects. 

Mr. Grand received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law, magna cum laude, from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and Order of the Coif and received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Louisiana State University.

Pamela G. Forestier, CPA
Chief Accounting Officer
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Pamela G. Forestier, CPA

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Ms. Forestier joined the Provident team is 2014 as its Controller, and more recently became Chief Accounting Officer. Pam oversees Provident’s accounting and financial reporting, including financial statements, budgets, cash management, internal controls, compliance, audits and tax. Ms. Forestier works directly with trustee and banking officials to ensure regulatory and financial compliance for all Provident entities. Ms. Forestier started her career with the international accounting firm of KPMG, where she worked in both the audit and tax divisions. Following KPMG, she worked in the consulting engineering and insurance industries.  Her responsibilities included overseeing the tax, audit, human resources, information technology, risk and insurance, contracts, and accounting functions.  As a regional controller for the subsidiary of a Fortune 300 company, Ms. Forestier was recruited to establish an accounting department. She also participated in the companies’ acquisitions.

Ms. Forestier is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University.

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Public Accountant, Louisiana
  • Member, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Jamey Corkern
Assistant Vice President, Administrative Services
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Jamey Corkern

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

As Provident’s Assistant Vice President, Administrative Services, Ms. Corkern is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the activities for all employees engaged in administrative and support services.   Jamey has over 25 years’ experience in the administrative and accounting field, 17 of which have been with Provident.  She is responsible for reviewing and reconciling monthly construction requisitions for multiple project financings, including expenditure evaluation, contract review and budget analysis.  

In addition, Jamey oversees all bond compliance submissions for all of Provident's projects, ensuring all required bond covenants are met.  Under her leadership, an electronic file database was developed and is maintained for all records for reporting, document management and retention purposes. She uses her advanced administrative and accounting skills in supervising a wide variety of daily administrative functions for Provident, thereby assisting her department in relieving the administrative burden and providing support to the entire Provident team.

Associates

Alan Addison
Accounting Supervisor
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Alan Addison

Accounting Supervisor

Starting his career in Industry Accounting in 2005, Alan joined the Provident Team in 2013.  Through his tenure with the Company, he has worked on multiple missions including Affordable Housing, Education, Senior Living, and CitiState-Hotel/Lodging.  His primary roles as Accounting Supervisor are to train and develop staff, collaborate with third party managers on project performance, review financial statements, assist with all compliance efforts, and work directly with the CAO and Assistant Controllers for budgeting and auditing requirements.

Hometown:  Hammond, Louisiana

Hobbies/Interests:  Alan is an avid league and tournament bowler and enjoys playing disc golf.  He cherishes family time spent camping as well as coaching his two children in youth sports, especially bowling.

Leanne Banta
Accounting Supervisor
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Leanne Banta

Accounting Supervisor

Leanne joined the Provident team in September 2019 after beginning her career in public accounting. Prior to this, Leanne attended Louisiana State University, where she received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. Through her tenure with the Company, she has worked on multiple missions including Healthcare and Education. Her primary roles as Accounting Supervisor are to train and develop staff, collaborate with third party managers on project performance, review financial statements, assist with all compliance efforts, and work directly with the CAO and Assistant Controllers for budgeting and auditing requirements.

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Hobbies/Interests: When outside of the office, Leanne enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter and two German Shepherds.  She is a member of the American Institute for Public Accountants (AICPA) and Society of Louisiana CPAs (LCPA).

Candace Blount
AP / Payroll Manager
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Candace Blount

AP / Payroll Manager

Candace Blount joined the Provident team in 2009 and currently holds the position of Accounts Payable and Payroll Manager. In her role, Candace is responsible for overseeing all accounts payable activities, managing payroll functions, and working with cash management on specific properties within the organization.  In her capacity as Accounts Payable and Payroll Manager she coordinates all payments to vendors, the processing of electronic invoice review items, working with audit requests, completing 1099 reporting, and being a liaison to vendors, employees, management partners, and financial institutions.  Year-end reporting, quarterly reporting, and daily maintenance for all internal payroll items and bi-weekly processing are also managed in this position.

Hobbies/Interests:  Candace enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and two Pomsky puppies. Spending time outdoors and watching LSU Baseball are her favorite pastime activities.

Jamie Drummond
Accountant
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Jamie Drummond

Accountant

Jamie began her accounting career with Provident after her graduation from LSU in 2019. Since joining Provident, Jamie has worked with properties within the Education mission and properties in development. Her responsibilities include producing and analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly requisitions, performing financial analyses and projections, and assisting with the annual budget process. Additionally, she works with project managers and external auditors in completing annual audits.

Hobbies/Interest:  Outside of the office, Jamie enjoys baking for family and friends.

Johnnie Flynn
Administrative Assistant / Receptionist
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Johnnie Flynn

Administrative Assistant / Receptionist

Johnnie, having worked in the professional world for many years, thirty-four years as a managerial assistant at a local Baton Rouge company, and now, seventeen years with Provident, is an administrative assistant in conjunction with her role as the receptionist.

Her interest in learning, educating herself further, in business and in life itself, continues on, as is indicated in her enthusiasm at Provident.

Before coming to Provident, according to Johnnie, she was contemplating retirement, but when asked to fill in, temporarily, here in the office, she immediately answered the call.

That was seventeen years ago. She is still with Provident, eager to assist wherever needed.

 

Hometown:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 

Hobbies/Interest:  Time spent with family, my first love, then, dancing, traveling, and running for health benefits.

Tamara Gilmore
Administrative Assistant
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Tamara Gilmore

Administrative Assistant

Tamara joined the Provident team in2019. In her role as an Administrative Assistant, Tamara works directly with Senior Management to provide high-level support to the entire Provident team. Tamara is responsible for assisting with daily administrative functions that ensure that the corporate office operates efficiently. She maintains the filing systems for the Organization, assists with meeting and event planning, monitors office equipment and stock of all office supplies. Tamara also processes requisitions for projects under construction and assists in the preparation of compliance submissions for all properties.

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

Hobbies/Interests: Creating digital beauty/fashion content, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and visiting different restaurants

Stuart Hicks
Administrative Specialist
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Stuart Hicks

Administrative Specialist

Since joining the Provident Team in 2016, Stuart has worked across multiple divisions and with many ‘Team’ members. In his current role as Administrative Specialist, Stuart is responsible for processing requisitions for projects under construction and assisting with daily administrative duties. In addition, Stuart provides support to the Human Resources Manager with all HR functions such as onboarding, employee relations, compensation, and employee benefits. Stuart also works closely with our Payroll Manager and assists with bi-weekly payroll processing for Provident’ s employees.

Hometown:  Baton Rouge, LA

Hobbies/Interests: In his spare time, Stuart enjoys horseback riding, fishing, duck hunting, and other outdoor activities. He also loves supporting LSU Sports!

William Hicks
Accountant
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William Hicks

Accountant

William joined the Provident team in January 2021. Prior to this, William attended Louisiana State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in finance. Since joining Provident, William has worked with properties within the education portfolio. His responsibilities include producing and analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly requisitions, and assisting with the annual budget process. He works directly with project supervisors, third party managers, and external auditors in completing annual audits.

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Hobbies/Interests: In his spare time, William enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and exercising.

Uriah Kibodi
Accountant
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Uriah Kibodi

Accountant

Uriah joined the PRG team on September1, 2021. He graduated with a bachelors agree in accounting in 2018. He immediately began his accounting career as an Auditor in the Public Accounting field. Since joining PRG, Uriah has worked with properties within the Education portfolio. Uriah’s responsibilities include producing and analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly requisitions, performing financial analyses and projections. Uriah also works and coordinates with project managers and external auditors in completing annual audits.

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Hobbies/Interests: Uriah enjoys lifting weights, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Phuong Nguyen
Assistant Controller
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Phuong Nguyen

Assistant Controller

Phuong has been an Assistant Controller at Provident since December 2013.  She is responsible for reporting financial statements on a consolidated level to the Provident executive team, as well as preparing consolidated schedules, forecasts, and annual reports as required by lenders, bondholders, and committee members. She handles financial statement reporting and compliance for corporate and development properties, as well as some operational properties.  She is responsible for coordinating and assisting with external audits, tax compliance, and budget preparation for all entities.  Additionally, she works closely with accountants, executives, and project managers on project funding requests with trustees.  

Hometown: Ocean Springs, MS

Hobbies/Interest: When outside of the office, Phuong enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two children.  She is a member of the American Institute for Public Accountants (AICPA) and Society of Louisiana CPAs(LCPA).

Rheba Robertson
Executive Assistant
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Rheba Robertson

Executive Assistant

Rheba brings to Provident over 40 years’ experience as a legal and executive assistant – nearly 20 of those years working directly for Steve Hicks, CEO. Her superior organizational skills and detail-oriented work product are the perfect fit for her role as executive assistant to Steve and to Chris Hicks, President. One of her duties at Provident is organizing meetings, taking minutes, and maintaining record books for Provident and its many special purpose entities. For many years, Rheba performed these same responsibilities as a volunteer member of other nonprofit organizations, including the Board of Directors of her local church.

Interests: Rheba is currently working toward certification as a professional genealogist.

Lolitha Spears
Accounts Payable Clerk
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Lolitha Spears

Accounts Payable Clerk

In her role working directly with the A/P and Payroll Manager, Lolitha brings in over 17 years’ experience in Accounts Payable, she has been with Provident since 2011. She is responsible for all aspects of Accounts Payables such as entering all invoices into the accounting system, verifying accuracy and making all payments to the vendors in a timely fashion for Provident and all companies that fall under the umbrella. She also works with vendors to remain compliant with W9’s and 1099 reporting.

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Hobbies/Interest: Lolitha enjoys traveling, reading and most of all spending time with her grandson and family.

Khoa Vo
Human Resources Manager
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Khoa Vo

Human Resources Manager

Khoa joined Provident in 2013 and has over 11 years of experience as a human resources professional. In his current role as Human Resources Manager, Khoa is responsible for overseeing all HR functions including recruitment, employee relations, compensation, employee benefits, performance management, policy implementation, human resources-based compliance and strategic planning.

Hobbies/Interest: In his spare time, Khoa enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and cheering on the LSU Tigers!

Genevieve Warren
Accounting Supervisor
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Genevieve Warren

Accounting Supervisor

Genevieve began her accounting career with Provident after her graduation from LSU in 2016 as a staff accountant before her promotion three years later. Through her tenure with the Company, she has worked on multiple missions including Affordable Housing and Education. Her primary roles as Accounting Supervisor are to train and develop staff, collaborate with third party managers on project performance, review financial statements, assist with all compliance efforts, and work directly with the CAO and Assistant Controllers for budgeting and auditing requirements.

Hometown:  Prairieville, Louisiana

Hobbies/Interests:  Genevieve loves painting and sculpting in her free time. She enjoys traveling, festivals, and spending time with family and friends.

Zulay Williams
Senior Accountant
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Zulay Williams

Senior Accountant

Zulay joined Provident in October 2016 and since then she has been involved with the Senior Living and Education missions.  Her responsibilities include producing and analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly requisitions, performing financial analyses and projections, preparing operational funding requests, and assisting with the annual budget process. Additionally, she works with property managers and external auditors in completing annual audits.

Hobbies/Interests:  Zulay loves spending time with her husband and two sons. She enjoys doing activities with her kids, cooking, listening to music and exercising.