Fran Loves Danos and Wins Employee of the Year


By: Samantha Magee

At a celebratory gathering full of former employees of the year, Owner Mark Danos announced Case Manager Frances Kosak as the 2020 Danos Employee of the Year on June 22, 2021.

2020 was a challenging year from many aspects, but no one was better equipped or more well-suited to help Danos navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Coworkers described her as a “North Star” and a “guiding light during dark times.” Frances’s “light” was formed by years of experience.

Safety Director Issac Dantin says Frances lives the Danos purpose, “with a servant’s heart. Frances has held the hands of so many that have been injured or had non-occupational-related issues. She has not only cared for our employees during the pandemic but has also helped their spouses gain knowledge. Her care for our employees extends beyond just their health; she works hard to get them back on the clock. She has demonstrated our purpose in the loudest and brightest way in 2020.”

Frances’ life has been shaped by her strong desire to help people and advocate for those who do not have a voice.

She studied pre-law and social science at the University of New Orleans. After graduation, she began her career as a paralegal working for a private litigator who focused mostly on civil rights issues. Later, she became a legal liaison for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, where she served in various capacities for nearly 10 years.

Frances’s desire to help others is a calling. She has always liked being in the field with her boots on the ground (although truth be told, she prefers high heels!), especially when people need her most. After Hurricane Isidore in 2002, she played a major role in establishing a shelter in Plaquemines Parish, providing the vulnerable with food, shelter and resources. Guided by her years of training with State and Federal partners, Frances responded as part of the incident command team following Hurricane Katrina, assisting countless people.

After Katrina, Frances left the state to focus on consulting with her own training company. She entered the world of oil and gas upon request in 2010 following the Deepwater Horizon explosion. After six months as the medical incident manager for the St. Bernard Parish response, BP requested that she stay on with them as their Louisiana incident manager. Frances reduced the recordable incident rate by 55% and was asked to take over Florida, Alabama and, eventually, Mississippi in her role as safety incident manager.

"She was indigenous and the most assertive case manager," said her BP supervisor.

From there, she met Owner Eric Danos and joined Danos in 2012 as a safety technician. Frances had other offers but chose Danos because of the company’s purpose and values.

“I felt called to work at Danos because its purpose and values spoke to my heart,” says Frances.

She transitioned to the position of safety compliance coordinator before her current role as safety case manager. As case manager, Frances responds to all accidents and emergencies Danos employees encounter. She guides them and counsels them on the next steps to ensure their best care. Frances is always on call, and it is not uncommon for her to accompany an employee to a doctor’s visit or meet someone at the hospital. In addition, she vets occupational medical clinics for qualifications and quality of service to ensure our employees receive the best care.

“Frances does not consider what she does a job,” says Shale Safety Manager John Able. “She considers it a passion and a personal mission to treat and take care of every employee in our company. She has demonstrated her passion while helping an employee even when it goes beyond that of the workplace.”

“As a licensed medical provider, patient care has always been first for me,” says Frances. “My role is a cross-disciplinary and interdependent specialty practice – a niche position. Since asked to join the Danos organization, I have directed my motivation from the Danos purpose, its values and vision.”

In her time with the company, Frances has also become the Danos historian. She conducted research and recorded the Danos history story per Hank Danos’ request. During the process, her respect for the family’s values deepened as did her faith.

“It brought a spiritual change in my life,” she says. “God put me where I needed to be.”

A New Orleans Native, Frances currently lives in Terrytown. She has three adult children, sons Shawn and Taylor and daughter Farran, and she has three grandchildren Leila, 13, Rylan, 9, and Amelia, 9-months. She is a licensed paralegal, a licensed healthcare practitioner, a certified workers’ compensation professional (CWCP) and holds many certifications in national incident management.

A two-time Employee of the Year nominee, Frances says, “I work for Danos because I love the family, I love the company, and I love to make a difference. I am incredibly thankful for the support of the Danos organization.”


Samantha Magee

Samantha Magee joined Danos in 2018 as media relations coordinator. She has over ten years of marketing and communication experience in oil and gas, education and nonprofits. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.


Rene Vidrine || 19-Jul-2021 10:02 AM
Nice job Frances, congrats!
Rick Keen || 16-Jul-2021 11:27 AM
This is a very informative article that makes me even more appreciative of having such an outstanding co-worker!

Well deserved! Way to go Frances!
Tish Hebert || 16-Jul-2021 10:02 AM
Great article Sam and Congrats again Frances, well deserved honor!

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