CareSouth’s Matthew Valliere announced as new Heart Walk Chair

BATON ROUGE, La. – February 8, 2024Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the Greater Baton Rouge area and Matthew Valliere, CEO of CareSouth Medical and Dental, is working hand-in-hand with the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, to change that. Valliere will serve as chairperson for the 2024 Capital Area Heart Walk and lead this community event focused on engaging local companies, corporations and their employees to join the fight against heart disease and stroke. 

The 2024 Capital Area Heart Walk will begin at 9 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, April 6, at Rhorer Plaza in Downtown Baton Rouge. At 8 a.m., there will be family activities, hands-only CPR demos, healthy snacks, music, giveaways and more. Be sure to come back after the walk for our exciting t-shirt contest and more activities.

As chair of the 2024 Heart Walk, Valliere will lead a team of 13 Baton Rouge area executives to recruit companies and organizations in raising $750,000. Through this event, the leadership team and supporting organizations will raise funds for the American Heart Association, while leading action-oriented conversations about employee health, corporate engagement, community health and community transformation. The executive committee members include:

Cheri Johnson - Women’s Hospital

Dean Beeson - First Horizon

Kase Gonzales - Higginbotham

Raneesha Ford - Baton Rouge General Pharmacy

Patrick Bull - Cintas

Tre’ Nelson - Ochsner Health

Ryan Landry - Our Lady of the Lake

Tasha  Bergeron - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Ron Sancho - Cardio Health Solutions

Roman Banks - Southern University Athletics

Derrick Smith - Luxury Lawn Care

Danielle Kelley - Jumpstart Your Heart

"Prioritizing a workplace culture that values and supports the well-being of our staff is important to me and our company. But even more so because heart disease and stroke have impacted a number of my family and friends,” said Valliere. “By serving as the chairperson for the Capital Area Heart Walk, I am able to empower others to improve their quality of life, while also uniting individuals, businesses, and organizations to further community action in tackling heart disease. This dual focus on personal well-being and community solidarity underscores the transformative impact that can be achieved when we come together for a common cause.”

The 2024 Capital Area Heart Walk is a way to get moving while socializing with friends, family and co-workers leading up to and on the day of the event. Walking in the Heart Walk boosts your heart health AND mental health while helping many others at the same time. The Heart Walk unites the community in celebrating health and honoring heart disease survivors.

“We are incredibly grateful for Matthew and the Heart Walk executive committee leaders who are stepping up to move the needle when it comes to heart disease and stroke” said Kerin Spears, executive director, American Heart Association, Greater Louisiana. “Through the Heart Walk, we are able to drive maximum impact through employee engagement and corporate fundraising. Together, we can save lives right here in Capital Area.”  

Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable and how you eat, move and manage stress impacts your well-being, physically and mentally. The funds raised at the walk supports the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives while supporting priority issues in Baton Rouge.

For more information about the Heart Walk, or to get your company involved, contact or visit the website at


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

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