NORLI Welcomes Incoming Class At Orientation


NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) recently announced its selection of 46 business, civic and community leaders throughout the 10-parish region who have been named to the 2018 – 2019 class.

“Every year, NORLI attracts many of the most influential and accomplished leaders in our region,” said Mark Cunningham, chairman of NORLI. “NORLI provides each class and our alumni with an unmatched opportunity to network and collaborate with other regional leaders so they have the platform to promote economic growth and responsible community development in our Region.”

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As the preeminent regional leadership institute, NORLI provides a nine-month intensive training program for emerging and established community leaders. This rich and robust program, that is geographically, programmatically and demographically diverse, not only enhances the participants’ knowledge base, but also encourages deep, thoughtful, and meaningful dialogue on the key elements of building and maintaining thriving and healthy communities.

NORLI Executive Director Stephen Reuther said, “A thriving region is the result of intentional leadership, thoughtful partnerships, and deliberate conversations.  It is our responsibility to create a critical mass of thought leadership around Regional issues that require a deeper understanding, while also providing participants with the tools and connections to be even greater sources of catalytic change.  NORLI has stood at the forefront of this effort for 18 years, and every year we continue to marvel at the work of our 700 Alumni."

Members of the 2018 – 2019 class include:
Cathy Alfonso, St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce
Richard Arnold, Covenant House
Jennifer Bernard-Allen, LaPorte CPAs
Will Bishop, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Wayne “Ridge” Bourgeois, Enterprise Technology Solutions (ETS)
Tanner Broughton, CORE Construction
Tap Bui, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Alexandra Carter, St. John the Baptist Parish
Carla Chiasson, St. Charles Parish
Bradley Cook, Stirling Properties
Rebecca Cooley, AOS
Jessica DeFraites, Greaux: The Floral Company
Klassi Duncan, Urban League of Louisiana
Alice Franz Glenn, Junior League of Greater New Orleans
Jenel Hazlett, Chalmette Refining
Leslie James, IBERIABANK
Tarun Jolly, TJ Enterprises
Dr. Lana Joseph, High Level Speech & Hearing Center
Katharine Gonzales Kay, Capital One
Myrialis King, Foundation Preparatory Charter School
Kisha Laurent Gaudin, City of New Orleans, department of Public Works
Chandler LeBoeuf, Fletcher Technical Community College 
William LeCorgne, Palmisano Contractors
Ben Mahoney, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
Sonia Malhorta, University Medical Center/Tulane School of Medicine
Rachel Massey, University of New Orleans
Meaghan McCormack, World Trade Center of New Orleans
Celeste McDonald, Postlethwaite & Netterville
Ben McLeish, Thrive New Orleans
Ashley McLellan, New Orleans Magazine
Mary Moran, Our Voice Nuestra Voz
Julie Nosser, Hancock Whitney
Chad Perez, Pinnacle Security & Investigation Inc.
Scott Richoux, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
Graham Ryan, Jones Walker
Perry Sholes, Progressive HR Strategies Inc.
Randy Smith, Royal Engineers & Consultants, LLC
Christine Stevens, Cox Business
Andrew Sullivan, Office of Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, New Orleans City Council District C
Neel Sus, Susco Solutions
Lauren Tafaro, Adams and Reese
Lynnette White-Colin, New Orleans Business Alliance
Brandon Williams, GNO, Inc.
Nikesha Woodridge, WellsFargo
Carl “Mike” Woodward, College Tract New Orleans
John Zollinger, Home Bank
The new class kicked off its program year with an orientation at the New Orleans Museum of Art in August. The event, which served as the first formal gathering and announcement of the class, featured a combination of meet and greet and ice breaker activities, followed by wine and hors d’oeuvres with Alumni.

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In mid-September, the class will begin its programming and delve into topics including public policy, education, economic development, diversity and equity, criminal justice, environment and sustainability, healthcare and more.

NORLI’s mission is to help promote regionalism and to provide current and emerging leaders with a more thorough understanding of issues and an enhanced ability to collaborate for the greater good of the community.

For more information about NORLI, please visit or connect with NORLI on Facebook. 

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