Shelina (Foderingham) Davis

Louisiana Public Health Institute

Shelina (Foderingham) Davis, Chief Executive Officer,  Louisiana Public Health Institute

Shelina (Foderingham) Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Public Health Institute

We are excited and honored to announce that Shelina (Foderingham) Davis will become the next Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). 

Shelina was selected following a comprehensive national recruitment effort. Her appointment will become effective May 1, 2019. She will succeed Joseph Kimbrell, the founding and current CEO of LPHI who will retire in May after 19 years of distinguished service to LPHI and to the public health community within Louisiana and nationally. 

“I am delighted with the selection of Shelina as the new LPHI CEO. I have followed her distinguished career as a public health leader and know she brings the kind of commitment, depth of experience, values and skills that the position requires,” shared Joe Kimbrell. In Shelina, we have found an outstanding leader who has a strong vision for advancing public health in Louisiana. She was selected with confidence and enthusiasm from an impressive pool of highly qualified candidates. Shelina is a public health social work professional with extensive experience focused on primary-behavioral health care integration, public health and behavioral health interconnection, and health equity. She has a strong background in facilitating change management principles within public health and health care systems using a health equity framework. 

Shelina holds master’s degrees in public health and social work from Tulane University and earned her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. 

Shelina is a New Orleans area native and former LPHI employee who led the Institute’s behavioral health work and in 2013, went on to serve in a leadership role at the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, D.C., most recently as Assistant Vice President of Practice Improvement. In this role, Shelina has significantly advanced and expanded the Council’s public health portfolio. In addition, she has provided strategic guidance and expertise to community-based organizations, community behavioral health organizations, and federal, state, local, and tribal agencies in a variety of areas, including primary-behavioral health care integration, health information technology implementation, and tobacco and cancer control and prevention.