2016 – 2017 Fellows

Allison Padilla-Goodman

Title: Regional Director

Employer: Anti-Defamation League’s South Central Regional Office

Education: University of New York, PH.D, Tulane University – Masters Latin American Studies

Candice Bates Anderson

Title:  Chief Judge of Juvenile Court

Employer: Louisiana Supreme Court

Education: Clark Atlanta University, Tulane University – School of Law

Civic Engagement: Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., Pontchartrain Chapter of the Links, Inc., Historic Faubourg Treme Neighborhood Association

Robert Wilton

Title: Lead Pastor, Vintage Church; Chaplain, New Orleans Saints

Employer: New Orleans Saints

Education: North Greenville University(B.S.), New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary (Masters of Divinity), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry)

Civic Engagement: Numerous faith based organizations and initiatives in New Orleans and across U.S.

Caroline Hernandez

Title: Freelance – Self-Employed

Education: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Professional Bachelors in Architecture

Civic Engagement: Mensaje, Youth Volunteer; FOunder & President of Latin American Student Club & Tutoring Afterschool Program at Alfred Bonnabel High School; New Orleans, UNISAL – Chinameca, El Salvador Earthquake Housing Outreach Program Member; GET ON BOARD!; Urban League New Orleans Young Proffesionals; SouthernRep Theater; Appointed to the Louisiana State  Council on the Provision of Governmental services to latin Americans – August 2009-2010; LatiNola; EngageNOLA; Puentes New Orleans, Inc.; Human Rights Campaign Volunteer 2016

Michael Hecht

Title: President & CEO

Employer: Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Education: Yale University (BA), Stanford University (MBA)

Civic Engagement: Co-chair, New Orleans 2018 Tercentennial Media & Branding Committee, United Way of Greater New Orleans (Board Member), Delgado Community College (Board Member), University of New Orleans (Board Member), Tulane Hillel (Board Member), NexusCity (Board Member)

Henderson Lewis, Jr.

Title: Superintendent of Schools, Orleans Parish School Board

Employer: Orleans Parish School Board

Education: Southern University (BS), University of New Orleans (M Ed), Mississippi State University (PhD)

Civic Engagement: 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

Kara Tucina Olidge

Title: Executive Director

Employer: Amistad Research Center

Education: Spelman College (BA), University of New Orleans (MA), University of New York at Buffalo (PhD)

Civic Engagement: TriPod, Editorial Committee Member; New Orleans at 300, Editorial Committee Member, New Orleans Tricentennial Anthology, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Program Steering Committee, The Tricentennial Symposium, New Orleans Tricentennial Commission

Clifford M. Kenwood

Title: President

Employer: AMCREF Community Capital, LLC

Education: Rollins College (BA), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Master of Regional Planning), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MBA)

Civic Engagement: New Markets Tax Credit Coalition (Board Member)

Dana Broussard Labat 

Title: Orleans Psychology and Wellness, LLC, Partnership with Pelts, Kirkhard & Associates

Employer: Self

Education: Fisk University (BA), The Pennsylvania State University (MA), The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (PhD)

Civic Engagement:  Louisiana Psychological Association, Crescent City Area Psychological Society, American Psychological Association

Kellen Mathews

Title: Attorney

Employer: Adams and Reese, LLP

Education: Millsaps College (BA), LSU Law School (JD, BCL)

Civic Engagement: Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (Member), City Year Baton Rouge (Member, Associate Board), City Year School House Rock Gala Host Committee

Quentin Lamont Messer, Jr.

Title: President & CEO

Employer: New Orleans Business Alliance

Education: Princeton University (BA), Columbia Law School (JD), Columbia Business School (MBA)

Civic Engagement: Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership, Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.

Mark L. Quinn

Title: Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship

Employer: Xavier University of Louisiana

Education: University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University

Civic Engagement: Global Awareness Committee at Xavier University of Louisiana (Member), Board of the Xavier University Employees’ Federal Credit Union (Former Member), Governance Committee of the Association for Economic Opportunity (Former Member, Chair)

Randy G. McKee 

Employer: McKee Law Firm, LLC

Education: Xavier University, Tulane University Law School

Civic Engagement: Holy Family Catholic Church Pastoral Council (President), Xavier University Pre-Law Director Search Committee 

Rhonda M. McMillan

Title: Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

Employer: Liberty Bank and Trust Company

Education: Southern University A&M College( BS), Clark Atlanta University (MBA), SW Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University

Civic Engagement: Junior League of Baton Rouge, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Tommy Screen

Title: Director of Government and Legal Affairs

Employer: Loyola University

Education: Louisiana State University, Louisiana State University Law School (JD)

Civic Engagement: Mystick Krewe of Louisiana (Member), Board of Trustees at Stuart Hall School for Boys (Member), Eucharistic Minister at St. Francis of Assisi Church

Michael G. Sherman

Title: Principal

Employer: Sherman Strategies

Education: Tulane University, Georgetown University Law Center (JD)

Allen Square, Jr.

Title: Principal

Employer: Square Button

Education: Tulane University (BS), Southern Methodist University (MS), Wharton School of Business (MBA)

Civic Engagement: Operation Spark, New Orleans Startup Fund, Power Moves, Nexus

Stephanie Powell

Title:  Executive Director, Young Leadership Council

Education: University of Georgia

Susan Hutson

Title: Independent Police Monitor

Employer: City of New Orleans, Office of the Independent Police Monitor

Education: University of Pennsylvania (BA), Tulane University School of Law (JD)

Takeisha C. Davis, MD, MPH

Title: President and CEO

Employer: New Orleans East Hospital, LCMC Health

Education: Xavier University of Louisiana, John Hopkins School of Medicine (MD), Harvard School of Public Health (MPH)

Civic Engagement: Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, Founding Board Member and Parade Captain; First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church, Financial Secretary and Youth Ministry Director; Taylor Made Medical Consultants, LLC.

Tania Tetlow

Title: Chief of Staff and Vice President, Tulane University; Felder-Fayard Professor of Law

Employer: Tulane University

Education: Tulane University (BA), Harvard Law School (JD)

Civic Engagement: Library Board (Chair)

Tung Ly

Title: Web Manager, City of New Orleans

Employer: City of New Orleans

Education: Tulane University

Civic Engagement: VAYLA New Orleans, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Travel + Social Good, New Orleans Hub, Community Footprint

Willie Muhammad

Education: Xavier University

Civic Engagement: New Orleans Man Up March, New Orleans Chapter of Peace Keepers

Raoul Vincent Chauvin, III P.E.

Title: Principal Partner

Employer: Infinity Engineering Consultants, LLC

Education: Louisiana State University

Civic Engagement: Louisiana Engineering Society American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, Grain Elevator and Processing Society

Bart Everson

Title: Media Artist

Employer: Xavier University

Education: Indiana University

Civic Engagement: Green Party of Louisiana (Founding Member), Friends of Lafitte Greenway (Co-Founder)

Nick Stillman

Title: President and CEO

Employer: Arts Council New Orleans

Education: Oberlin College

Civic Engagement: President & CEO of Arts Council New Orleans