Meet Our ThinkFirst Team

Donna Cavanaugh, B.A.

Donna is the Louisiana State Chapter Director for ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and Executive Director of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter. She is responsible for the development and implementation of all the activities of the local chapter based in Shreveport and the coordination of ThinkFirst Chapters throughout the state.

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Denise Gresens

Denise is the Office Administrator. She provides the behind-the-scenes organization and administration necessary to allow ThinkFirst to operate at maximum efficiency.

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Kathie Rowell

Kathie is the Media Relations and Social Media Consultant for ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex. She writes a monthly safety column for The Times, covers ThinkFirst events and posts to both the ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex Facebook page and the teen-focused ThinkFirst Drive Smart Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Program Coordinators

The program coordinators develop, coordinate and conduct injury prevention education programs for the chapter. They effectively execute ThinkFirst programs that best impact each target audience. They also work to recruit and train new VIP (Voice for Injury Prevention) speakers for ThinkFirst programs, and actively promote ThinkFirst's message by building and maintaining collaborative partnerships within the community. 

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Board of Directors

Dina Utter, President

J.D. Smith, Treasurer

Joe Duke, Secretary

Mary Smith, Past President

Jessie Boswell

Dr. Marie Vazquez Morgan 

Sponsoring Physician

 David A. Cavanaugh, MD