2013 Inaugural Fellows

Amy Boyle-Collins

YLC (Executive Director)

Employer: Children’s Bureau of New Orleans

Title: Marketing & Resource Development Manager

Education: Loyola University

Civic Engagement: New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; Super Bowl Public Relations and Marketing Sub-Committee; Young Leadership Council

Jason Burns

QCS Logistics (VP)

Title: Vice President of Business Development

Education: Vanderbilt University

Civic Engagement: St. Augustine High School Alumni Association; Urban League; World Trade Center’s Transportation Committee; MCAA Board of Directors (Same Day Delivery Industry Association)

Jade Brown-Russell

Caesar’s Entertainment (Attorney)

Title: Counsel of Regional Operations

Education: Howard University; Southern University School of Law

Civic Engagement: Downtown Development District; Urban League; Young Leadership Council; Unity of Greater New Orleans; Appleseed and New Orleans Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Mike Busada

(VP, Gen. Counsel)

Employer: Linden Management, LLC

Title: General Counsel & Vice President

Education: Louisiana State University; Loyola School of Law

Civic Engagement: Eddie Robinson Legacy Society; Red River Valley Association; Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Committee; Association of Corporate Counsel.

Ronald Carrere, Jr.

Liberty Bank & Trust (Mortgage Lending)

Title: Mortgage Lending Manager

Education: University of New Orleans Civic Engagement: Regional Planning Commission; Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee; New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute; Eastern New Orleans Advisory Commission; People United for Armstrong Park

Jaimmé Collins

Adams and Reese LLP (Attorney)

Title: Partner, Attorney

Education: Emory University; Loyola School of Law

Civic Engagement: Children’s Bureau of New Orleans; Cabrini High School President’s Advisory Circle; New Orleans City Board of Trust

Lucas Diaz

City of New Orleans, Mayor’s Office (Dir. of Neighborhood Engagement)

Title: Director of Office of Neighborhood Engagement

Education: Loyola University; University of New Orleans

Civic Engagement: Puentes Nola

Dr. Jay Dumas

Daughters of Charity Health Services of New Orleans (Dentist)

Title: Director of Dental Services; Dentist at Bridge City Center for Youth

Education: Xavier University; Temple School of Dentistry

Civic Engagement: Son of a Saint; Pelican State Dental Society; New Orleans Dental Society; National Dental Association

Monica Edwards

The Monarch Group, LLC (CEO)

Title: President Education: Princeton University; Clark Atlanta University – Masters

Civic Engagement: New Orleans College Prep Charter School; Greater New Orleans Foundation

Dan Forman

Townsend Healthcare (Dir. Of Dusiness Development)

Title: Director of Business Development

Education: Boston University; William Carey College – Masters of Communication

Civic Engagement: Bridge House; New Orleans Public Library Foundation; GNO Inc. NextGen Council

Michael Griffin

Daughters of Charity (CEO)

Title: President & CEO

Education: Dillard University; Meharry Medical College – Masters

Civic Engagement: Louisiana Primary Care Association; 504 Health Net; Urban League; Louisiana Children’s Museum

Yu Jiang

Xavier University (Dir. of Confucius Inst)

Title: Director of the Confucius Institute

Education: Beijing University; University of Pittsburg – Ph.D.

Jacob Landry

Jefferson Parish School Board (CSO)

Title: Chief Strategy Officer

Education: Louisiana State University; University of Hawaii – Masters

Civic Engagement: Rayne United Methodist Church; Louisiana Bar Foundation Kids Chance Scholarship

Elizabeth Marcell

ReNEW Schools (ED of Intervention Services)

Title: Director of Intervention Services

Education: Smith College; Harvard University- Ph.D.

Civic Engagement: Special Education Advisory Panel to Louisiana Department of Education; Louisiana Special Education Cooperative

Nolan Marshall, III

Scott Cowen Institute (Dir. Of Policy)

Employer: Cowen Institute Title: Director of Policy & Advocacy

Education: Florida Agriculture & Mechanical university; University of New Orleans – Masters

Civic Engagement: Greater New Orleans Bioscience Economic Development District; Audubon Nature Institute

Todd O. McDonald

Liberty Bank & Trust (Commercial Lending)

Title: Vice President – Commercial Lending

Education: Morehouse College

Civic Engagement: Ozanam Inn; Delgado College; Choice Foundation; Strive Incorporated; Urban Land Institute of Young Leaders; Son of A Saint

Brook Minto

NOMA (Development Dir.)

Employer: New Orleans Museum of Art

Title: Deputy Director of Development and External Affairs

Education: Dartmouth College; Columbia University – Masters

Minh Nyugen

Vietnamese American Young Leaders Assoc. (E.D.)

Employer: Vietnamese American Young Leadership Association

Title :Executive Director

Education: Loyola University; Loyola Marymount – Masters

Civic Engagement:504 Forward; Asian American Media Coalition

Dana Peterson

Recovery School District (Dep. Superintendent of External Affairs)

Employer: Louisiana Department of Education

Title: Deputy Superintendent of External Affairs

Education: University of Houston

Civic Engagement: Charter Board Council of New Orleans; FirstLine Schools

Dr. Joe Ricks, Jr.

Xavier University (Div. of Business Chair)

Employer: Xavier University

Title: Chair Division of Business

Education: Southeastern Louisiana University; University of New Orleans – Masters; Louisiana State University – Ph.D.

Civic Engagement: Data News Weekly; Louisiana Quality Foundation

Melissa Sawyer

Youth Empowerment Project (E.D.)

Employer: Youth Empowerment Project

Title: Executive Director

Education: McGill University(Quebec); Harvard University – Masters

Civic Engagement: New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board; New Orleans Crime Coalition; University of New Orleans Institutional Review Board; ASI Federal Credit Union Board

Jeff Scwartz

Broad Community Connections (E.D.)

Employer: Broad Community Connections

Title: Executive Director

Education: University of Wisconsin; Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Masters

Civic Engagement: Regional Planning Commission; Transport for NOLA; Friends of the Lafitte Corridor

Sharonda Williams

City of New Orleans (Chief of Litigation)

Employer: City of New Orleans

Title: Chief Deputy City Attorney

Education: Xavier University; University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill – M.D.; Loyola School of Law

Civic Engagement: Bride House/Grace House; American Civil Liberties Union; Association for Women Attorneys; Louisianan Association of Black Women Attorneys

Jason Williams

JRW and Associates (Attorney)

Employer: Jason Rogers Williams & Associates

Title: President, Attorney

Education: Tulane University; Tulane Law School

Civic Engagement: Innocence Project: Partnership for Youth Development; Audubon Nature Institute; Mayor’s Criminal Justice Council; Federal Public Defenders Conflict Panel; Orleans Parish Public Defenders Conflict Panel