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.


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

Verni Howard
Shreveport Trustee

Wynn Lawrence
Financial Advisor – Edward Jones
Northwest Louisiana

Executive Management