Board of Directors
Gregory N. Marcantel, CPA, is CEO and Chair of the Executive Committee of Better Day Health. He has been an accountant since 1976 and a CPA since 1990. He served as the Mayor of the City of Jennings for 14 years and before that held the position of City Clerk. He is currently the financial adviser to the Economic Development Board and the Landfill Commission. Marcantel is the financial adviser for numerous healthcare-related businesses.
John Noble, Jr., MD, is President of the Board of Directors of Better Day Health. He is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and earned his undergraduate degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles. He received his Medical Degree and completed his orthopaedic residency at LSU Medical School – New Orleans. He also completed a fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Noble has over 20 years of private practice experience. He joined Center for Orthopaedics in 2000. As an investor and board member of Better Day Health Dr. Noble is following his interest in helping develop improved business tools for providers and hospital systems.
Donald H. Bauman, Jr., is CEO of Isabel Healthcare. He joined Isabel in April 2010 and brought with him more than 20 years of experience in healthcare software sales and marketing activities. In his recent tenure in healthcare safety solutions, Mr. Bauman has served as vice president of sales and marketing for InformMed, a provider of innovative medication safety solutions, LMS Medical, a leading provider of obstetrical decision support solutions, and Cereplex Inc., an early stage market innovator in automated infection prevention solutions. His experience includes direct sales, numerous area and national sales leadership roles, product marketing and partnership development at Premier, Inc., Bridge Medical, McKesson, CliniCom and Community Health Computing. Mr. Bauman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.
Andre duPlessis has numerous years of senior level healthcare management experience. He served in academic medicine as Chief Operating Officer of Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. He also served as incident commander at the Tulane Lakeside Hospital during Hurricane Katrina. duPlessis also served as COO of Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and COO of ICON Eyecare in Denver, CO. He currently is a Financial Adviser at Centennial State Financial in Denver. duPlessis completed his B.S. at The University of Texas at Austin and his M.H.A. from Tulane University.
Gary B. Ferguson, PhD, PharmD is Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer at AeroWall Dynamics. Gary is an entrepreneur with a distinguished career. In addition to starting or turning around five technology companies, all with successful exits, Dr. Ferguson has served as a master business mentor for Jump Start, LaunchTN, and, most recently, the National Science Foundation. He has a deep passion for creating success through others, being first to market, and doing things that have never been done before.
David E. Marcantel, JD, received his B.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1971, and his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University in 1976. He was admitted to the Louisiana Bar and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, in 1976. Since 2002, David has served as the Chief Public Defender for the 31st Judicial District of Louisiana. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Jefferson Davis Parish Bar Association, and The Louisiana Association for Justice. He has also been a state licensed title insurance Broker/Producer since 1982, and is an agent of First American Title Insurance Company. David has engaged in the general practice of law since 1976, and specializes in Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Successions, Wills, Estate Planning, Real Estate Sales, Mortgages and Donations.
Stephen Van Hook, PT, is co-founder of The Therapy Center in Jennings, LA. He has served as a healthcare provider and healthcare executive since graduating from LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1996. His background includes more than twenty years of experience on both the business and clinical sides of healthcare, including contract care (acute and inpatient rehab hospitals, home health, nursing home) and outpatient, sports medicine clinics. His involvement in business operations and development, marketing, and administration has been a contributing component to the success of The Therapy Center. Professionally, he is a member of APTA-PPS, LPTA, HFMA, NASL, and NARA. Stephen's commitment to community involvement includes service as city councilman and president pro tem for the city of Jennings, LA and former Finance Chairman and President of a local school board. He has also participated in meetings and presentations to members of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.