The People Behind the Passion 

Meet Our Team


Providing those who have given so much with the resources to lead lives of dignity and respect.

Provident places great importance on serving the special needs of the elderly through our management and operation of senior living facilities. Emphasizing dignity and independence, we help seniors live fuller lives in a compassionate and dignified environment. From the facilities to the staff to the administrative oversight, we are focused on providing residents a variety of care options, including physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation, dementia care, and activities tailored to individual preferences – from pet therapy and senior proms to programs designed to promote community involvement. In recognition of our efforts, one of Provident’s senior living facilities received the prestigious Five-Star Rating from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an honor reserved for the top 10% of America’s nursing homes.

Steven E. Hicks

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer


Steve Hicks


Provident founder Steve Hicks serves as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Steve practiced law for 25 years for a number of prestigious regional and national firms, specializing in the area of public finance with additional concentration in the area of legislative law. He participated in many public finance issues over his 25 year career in a variety of roles including bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and counsel to the issuer. He played a major role in the formation of the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, one of the nation’s largest issuers of debt securities for a wide range of public projects. While practicing public finance law, Hicks was the principal attorney or supervisory partner on approximately $12 billion in project financings from 1973-1996 for acute care general hospitals, nursing facilities, affordable housing, and numerous other health care and other essential state and local government projects.

Debra W. Lockwood CPA

President & Chief Financial Officer

Debra Lockwood Headshot


Since 2002, Ms. Lockwood has been a member of Provident’s senior management team, responsible for financial oversight and the development and implementation of strategic and operational initiatives. Prior to 2002, Ms. Lockwood gained extensive professional experience as a practicing certified public accountant during which time she provided business valuation, audit and tax services, represented numerous health care clients, and participated in several tax-exempt bond financings.

With her commitment to public service, Ms. Lockwood served in healthcare on the Board of Directors of Woman’s Hospital, in affordable housing on the Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and as national chairman of the American Heart Association 2010-11.

Donovan E. Hicks Esq.

Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer

Donovan Hicks


Donovan began his professional career in 1987 in private practice specializing in general corporate and tax matters and in the representation of corporate trust departments of state and national banking institutions serving as trustee for various tax-exempt bond financings in Louisiana and other state and local jurisdictions. Since 2001, Mr. Hicks has been a member of the Provident senior management team, responsible for overseeing legal, tax, and corporate compliance issues for Provident and its affiliates, and the acquisition, financing and development of new properties in furtherance of Provident’s charitable activities.

Marla Page Scannicchio, CPA

Executive Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer

Marla Page Scannicchio


Marla is our Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining Provident Foundation, Inc., she worked at The Baton Rouge Clinic, AMC as their Accounting Manager from 1999-2002. Scannicchio was also employed as an Audit Manager with KPMG in Baton Rouge from 1993-1999, serving health care, governmental, and not-for-profit audit clients in Louisiana. Her health care clients included multi-facility nursing home companies, numerous not-for-profit and governmental hospitals, and the Louisiana State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHH). The DHH contract included reviewing and auditing all nursing home cost reports for the state of Louisiana. In addition, Marla also reviewed and prepared cost reports for several of her hospital clients. She also gained extensive experience in auditing pension and savings plans, and worked periodically in the tax department preparing individual returns as well as charitable trust returns.