Advancing our Mission

Officers & Division Directors

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.

Steve E. Hicks
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Steve E. Hicks

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Provident founder Steve Hicks serves as the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Steve practiced law for 25 years for a number of 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. He played a major 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. While practicing public finance law, Hicks was the principal attorney or supervisory partner on approximately $12 billion in project financings from 1973-1996 for acute care general hospitals, nursing facilities, affordable housing, and numerous other health care and other essential state and local government projects.Hicks served as General Counsel to the Louisiana Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs (1976-1980) where his primary responsibility was for bond and tax legislation referred to the Committee and the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority from 1974-1980.He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Research Park Corporation, a public, nonprofit corporation organized by the Louisiana State Legislature to promote the development of high technology industries and research in Louisiana and Chaired the Audit Committee of the Research Park Corporation.Education

  • Juris Doctorate, Louisiana State University School of Law, Baton Rouge LA, 1973
  • Bachelor of Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, 1970

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
Donovan O. Hicks, Esq.
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Donovan O. Hicks, Esq.

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

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)
Christopher Hicks
Executive Vice President – Capital Markets & Corporate Development
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Christopher Hicks

Executive Vice President – Capital Markets & Corporate Development

Mr. Hicks spearheads Provident Resources Group’s public-private partnership financings, working with Provident’s 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. In addition, Mr. Hicks 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 2019 as a Director in their Higher Education and Public Private Partnership Groups. During his time at Citi, Mr. Hicks worked with municipal clients across the country on over $25 Billion in financings.

Education

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

Securities Registrations

  • Series 52 – Municipal Securities Representative
  • Series 63 – Uniform Securities Law
  • Series 79 – Investment Banking Representative
Marla Page Scannicchio, CPA
Executive Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Marla Page Scannicchio, CPA

Executive Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer

Marla is our Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining Provident Foundation, Inc., she worked at The Baton Rouge Clinic, AMC as their Accounting Manager from 1999-2002. Scannicchio was also employed as an Audit Manager with KPMG in Baton Rouge from 1993-1999, serving healthcare, governmental, and not-for-profit audit clients in Louisiana. Her healthcare clients included multi-facility nursing home companies, numerous not-for-profit and governmental hospitals, and the Louisiana State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHH). The DHH contract included reviewing and auditing all nursing home cost reports for the state of Louisiana. In addition, Marla also reviewed and prepared cost reports for several of her hospital clients. She also gained extensive experience in auditing pension and savings plans, and worked periodically in the tax department preparing individual returns as well as charitable trust returns.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Public Accountant, Louisiana
  • Member, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Healthcare Financial and Management Association
  • Member, Medical Group Management Association
Pamela G. Forestier, CPA
Senior Vice President & Controller
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Pamela G. Forestier, CPA

Senior Vice President & Controller

Ms. Forestier joined the Provident team is 2014 as its Controller. She 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, Ms. Forestier 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 in 1985.

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Public Accountant, Louisiana
  • Member, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
David T. Grand Jr.
Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel
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David T. Grand Jr.

Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel

Mr. Grand is 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 in the Houston office of Thompson & Knight LLP where he focused on complex financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance matters. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Grand worked in project management for HBE Corporation, a national design-build firm, where he managed the construction of multiple health care, financial and hotel construction projects valued at over $100 million. 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.