Kingsley House Announces New Board Nominations
NEW ORLEANS — Kingsley House announced their new board nominations for 2019-2020, for a three-year term: Shannon Joseph, Ralph Mahana and Zwila Martinez. Details were shared in a press release.
Shannon Joseph is the workforce development director for Ochsner Health System. Prior to joining Ochsner, she served as assistant secretary of workforce development for the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Most recently, Joseph forged a partnership between Ochsner Health System to bring the Medical Assistant Now program to the River Parishes and developed a partnership with Delgado Community College to provide intensive services for veterans and their spouses. She has extensive experience working with federal and state funded programs and a solid understanding of the needs of job seekers and individuals needing training or support services in order to get into the workforce.
Ralph Mahana is the general manager of the Windsor Court Hotel. Mahana has been with Windsor Court for the past 13 years and, prior to assuming the top post, served as the hotel’s assistant general manager, where he was responsible for all hotel operations and functionality. He is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Isadore Newman School and Tulane University.
Zwila Martinez is the president and CEO of Social Bridges, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for under-served youth to learn languages and become immersed in diverse cultures. She currently serves as a community representative to the Kingsley House Board and her son, Zen, is a KH preschool alum. Martinez earned her doctorate in education from Xavier University at Louisiana. She has educated many scholars from two historically, Black high schools in New Orleans in Spanish. She has also taught Spanish to students as early as Pre-K. Currently, she continues her research with improving vocabulary acquisition with at-risk early readers using a Latin-based intervention. She is married and has a 7-year-old daughter.