New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Announces Class of 2016

Colleen Monaghan, Renaissance Publishing LLC – NORLI Class of 2015-2016

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) announced its selection of 41 business, civic and community leaders throughout the 10-parish region that have been named to the 2015-2016 class.

         As the preeminent regional leadership institute, NORLI provides a nine-month intensive training program for emerging and established community leaders. This geographically, programmatically and demographically diverse program not only enhances the participants’ knowledge base, but also encourages deep, thoughtful and meaningful dialog on the key elements of building and maintaining thriving and healthy communities. Participants derive benefits from the active interaction with the session experts and leaders. Alumni enjoy the benefits of an extraordinary network of individuals with the common goal of regional community building.

         According to Christe Brewton, AVP of Operations at University Medical Center New Orleans and Chairman of NORLI, “NORLI gives each class member a valuable experience; time is spent networking with other regional leaders, learning about the challenges and opportunities of the New Orleans area, and further developing oneself as a leader. Upon completion of the curriculum, members of the Class of 2016 will join over 500 NORLI alumni serving as leaders and making an impact on a local scale and beyond. This program is unique and key in ensuring leaders are part of important efforts to continuously improve our region.”

         The NORLI curriculum examines public policy, education, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability and will focus on how all of these issues affect economic development and quality of life. Starting September 2015 through May 2016, the NORLI program consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions.

         Chosen candidates come from a variety of backgrounds and are expected to utilize their leadership abilities for the long-term benefit of the Greater New Orleans region.

         The Class of 2015-2016 includes the following individuals:


• Mindy Nunez Airhart, Southern Services and Equipment, Inc.

• Matthew Almon, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C

• Dr. Jennifer Avegno, LSUHSC – New Orleans Emergency Medicine

• Elizabeth Bates, Camelback Ventures

• Erica Beck, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

• Cheryln Boutan, East Jefferson General Hospital

• Kerri Callais, Callais Ice Service, Inc.

• Aaron Cancienne, Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC

• McKenzie Lovelace Coco, FSC Interactive

• Michael Crane, Jr., Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry

• Brandon Davis, Phelps Dunbar LLP

• Karen DeBlieux, Capital One Bank

• Michael DePetrillo, Jones Walker LLP

• James Hance, Eustis Engineering

• Tommy Hebert, International Matex Tank Terminals

• John Herman, Ochsner Medical Center

• Bryan Hodnett, DonahueFavret Contractors

• Maria Huete, Junior League of New Orleans

• Natalie Kaharick, New Orleans College Prep

• Allison Kuhn, Dow St. Charles Operations

• Frank Loria, Personnel Consulting Group, LLC

• Patrick Mansfield, Gulf Search Capital

• Jennifer McMahon, Metropolitan Hospital Council of N.O.

• Erin McQuade-Wright, Lighthouse Louisiana

• Colleen Monaghan, Renaissance Publishing LLC

• Michelle Nailor Octave, St. James Parish Government

• Lori Natividad, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Atlantic- New Orleans

• Shawn Préau, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

• Clayton Randle, Quiwa Holdings

• Chantell Reed, PACE GNO

• Christine Rigamer, Gambel Communications

• Troy Roussel, Cox Communications

• Slade Simons, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company

• Jyric Sims, Tulane Health System

• Clay Smith, JP Morgan Chase

• Jeff Teague, Greater New Orleans, Inc.

• Roland Vandenweghe, Jr., Adams and Reese

• John Voorhorst, Entergy Corporation

• Thea Wall, Windsor Court

• Sevetri Wilson, Solid Ground Innovations, LLC

• Jill Zeringue, Louisiana Federal Credit Union


         The mission of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) is to help promote regionalism. NORLI provides current and emerging leaders with a more thorough understanding of issues and an enhanced ability to collaborate for the greater good of the community. The institute selects a diverse group of leaders to participate in a thought-provoking, nine-month educational program. Participants experience a variety of statewide issues presented through lectures, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, simulations, and other leadership development activities.

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