Board of Directors

Behind each great healthcare clown is a great Board! These folks help Prescription Joy to be the very best it can be, advising and steering the organization to success!

Ardice Cotter, Director

Ardice received her MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has had the privilege to work with companies including: Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Webb Management Services. She is the Director of Patron Services for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and the Production and Operations Manager for the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance. In her free time, you can find Ardice performing improv comedy with her team LUMP throughout New Orleans.

Bunny Lushington, Treasurer

Bunny Lushington is the proprietor of The Fortress of Lushington, a black box theater in Marigny, New Orleans and founder of Bunny & Pink, Ink., a creative consultancy promoting clowning, absurdism, and physical theater. Bunny slings data for medical researchers to pay the rent.

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Cortney Busch, President

Cortney received her law degree and LL.M. specializing in legal aid from City University in London. After graduating, she joined a human rights charity based in London, working in the UK, the US, and Pakistan. After moving back to America, she ran various civil rights nonprofits and served as a nonprofit consultant for many more. Her experience spans across organizations including: nonprofit management and governance, fundraising, communications, operations, programmatic work, grant writing, human resources, and financial management. Cortney is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).


Dr. Jose Posas III

Dr. Jose Posas is a graduate of the medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He did his residency training at University of Miami in Neurology where he was a Chief Resident in his final year. He was the inaugural Sports Neurology fellow at Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. He has been practicing Sports Neurology focusing on concussions and post-traumatic headaches, at Ochsner Baptist in Louisiana since 2014. He is engaged at the national level with the American Academy of Neurology having graduated the Diversity Leadership Program in 2017, been part of the Healthcare Diversity Task Force in 2018, and now appointed to the Joint Coordinating Council on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Disparities in 2019. He is passionate about reducing implicit bias towards women, racially and ethnically diverse patient populations and healthcare providers, leveraging technology, education and population based metrics.

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Shannon Flaherty, Secretary

Shannon Flaherty is a performer, arts administrator, and educator originally from New Hampshire. She is co-Artistic Director of New Orleans theatre company Goat in the Road Productions, and is the project director, as well as a teaching artist, for GRP's young playwrights' program, Play/Write. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006 and has been living in New Orleans since 2008.