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The People Behind the Passion

Meet Our Team

Provident Village was born out of a passion for ensuring the founders’ own parents could have access to the affordable, exceptional personalized care and enriching services they would need to live a full, engaging and joyful life.

Provident Village’s commitment is brought to life by a leadership team with decades of collective experience in the senior living and senior care industry. Each member of our team is widely recognized for creating innovations in senior living communities that empower residents to thrive.

Steve Hicks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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Steve Hicks

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Provident Resources Group Founder Steve Hicks serves as 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. While practicing public finance law, Hicks was the principal attorney or supervisory partner in project financings for acute care general hospitals, nursing facilities, affordable housing, and numerous other health care and other essential state and local government projects.

Steve served as General Counsel to the Louisiana Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs where his primary responsibility was for bond and tax legislation referred to the Committee and the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Research Park Corporation, a public, nonprofit corporation organized by the Louisiana State Legislature to promote the development of high-technology industries and research in Louisiana and chaired the Audit Committee of the Research Park Corporation.

Debra Lockwood
President and Chief Financial Officer
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Debra Lockwood

President and Chief Financial Officer

Debra brings decades of senior living operations to the team – as well as personal experience providing care to her aging mother. As President and Chief Financial Officer of Provident Resources Group, she is responsible for financial oversight and the development and implementation of strategic and operational initiatives of its Provident Village communities. She has 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, Debra served on the Board of Directors of Woman’s Hospital, on the Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and as National Chairman of the American Heart Association®.

Debra’s Passion:

Providing vibrant, out-of-the-box solutions to ensure seniors of all ages have the tools and resources they need to truly enjoy this next chapter in life.

“Watching my mother on her own aging journey and experience with memory decline has made me more determined than ever to ensure people have access to the lifestyle, care and services they need – and deserve. The programming you find in our communities, whether it’s assisted living or memory care, was inspired by caring for my own mother …”

Donovan Hicks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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Donovan Hicks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Donovan began his professional career in 1987 in private law 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. 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 Resources Group and its affiliates, and the acquisition, financing and development of new properties in furtherance of Provident’s charitable activities.

Marla Page Scannicchio, CPA
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
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Marla Page Scannicchio, CPA

Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Marla is our Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining Provident Resources Group, she worked at The Baton Rouge Clinic, AMC as its Accounting Manager. Marla also as an Audit Manager with KPMG, serving health care, governmental, and not-for-profit audit clients. 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. 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.

Marla’s Passion

Creating communities that are an extension of the family core to ensure residents are loved, while having access to amazing food, personalized activities, and exceptional care.

The People Behind the Passion

Meet Our Team

Provident Village was born out of a passion for ensuring the founders' own parents could have access to the affordable, exceptional personalized care and enriching service they would need to live a full, engaging and joyful life.

Provident Village’s commitment is brought to life by a leadership team with decades of collective experience in the senior living and senior care industry. Each member of our team is widely recognized for creating innovations in senior living communities that empower residents to thrive.

Steve Hicks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Read Bio

Steve Hicks

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Provident Resources Group Founder Steve Hicks serves as 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. While practicing public finance law, Hicks was the principal attorney or supervisory partner on in project financings for acute care general hospitals, nursing facilities, affordable housing, and numerous other health care and other essential state and local government projects.

Steve served as General Counsel to the Louisiana Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs where his primary responsibility was for bond and tax legislation referred to the Committee and the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Research Park Corporation, a public, nonprofit corporation organized by the Louisiana State Legislature to promote the development of high-technology industries and research in Louisiana and chaired the Audit Committee of the Research Park Corporation.

Debra Lockwood

Chief Financial Officer

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Debra Lockwood

Chief Financial Officer

Debra brings decades of senior living operations to the team – as well as personal experience providing care to her aging mother. As President and Chief Financial Officer of Provident Resources Group, she is responsible for financial oversight and the development and implementation of strategic and operational initiatives of its Provident Village communities. She has 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, Debra served on the Board of Directors of Woman’s Hospital, on the Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and as National Chairman of the American Heart Association®.

Debra’s Passion

Providing vibrant, out-of-the-box solutions to ensure seniors of all ages have the tools and resources they need to truly enjoy this next chapter in life.

“Watching my mother on her own aging journey and experience with memory decline has made me more determined than ever to ensure people have access to the lifestyle, care and services they need – and deserve. The programming you find in our communities, whether it’s assisted living or memory care, was inspired by caring for my own mother …”

Donovan Hicks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Read Bio


Donovan Hicks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Donovan began his professional career in 1987 in private law 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. 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 Resources Group and its affiliates, and the acquisition, financing and development of new properties in furtherance of Provident’s charitable activities.

Marla Page, CPA
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

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Marla Page Scannicchio, CPA
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Marla is our Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining Provident Resources Group, she worked at The Baton Rouge Clinic, AMC as its Accounting Manager. Marla also as an Audit Manager with KPMG, serving health care, governmental, and not-for-profit audit clients. 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. 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.

Marla’s Passion

Creating communities that are an extension of the family core to ensure residents are loved, while having access to amazing food, personalized activities, and exceptional care.