Board of Trustees & Executive Management

LifeShare Blood Center is led by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of individuals representing all the geographic areas of our service territory. LifeShare’s Trustees are a working management group. Members are selected from medical, legal, financial, community leader, and other areas of expertise that complement and build upon LifeShare’s visionary tradition.

Executive Management



Walter Sanchez 
Chairman of the Board
Attorney - The Sanchez Law Firm, LLC
Southwest Louisiana

Victor Sooter
Vice Chair
Attorney - Sooter & Associates, LLC 
Central Louisiana

Merrilee Leatherman
Community Volunteer
Northwest Louisiana

J Thomas (Tom) Simms III
Immediate Past Chairman
Partner - Carr, Riggs, Ingram, LLC
Northwest Louisiana


John Matessino

Community Volunteer

Southeast Louisiana 

J. William (Bill) Hankins
Community Volunteer
Southwest Louisiana

Ottis M. (Mike) Harris
President - Harris Company
Southeast Texas

Margaret Wallace
Community Volunteer
Northwest Louisiana

John VanHoose, MD
Pathologist - The Pathology Laboratory
Southwest Louisiana

Sharon Pace
Sr. VP - Red River FCU 
Northeast Texas

Wynn Lawrence
Financial Advisor - Edward Jones
Northwest Louisiana

Executive Management:


          LifeShare Blood Center, established in Shreveport, La. in 1942, regularly supplies blood components and related services to more than 100 medical facilities and hospitals throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and accredited by AABB. LifeShare Blood Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community blood bank governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.