The accomplishments of seven alumni of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute were honored during a recent Come Fly With NORLI gala at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The gala’s organizers were Natalie Jayroe and Shelley MacNary.

The honored alumni were Erika McConduit-Diggs, of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, diversity; Cindy Nuesslein, of the Interim LSU Hospital, health care; Kristin Gisleson Palmer, of the Friends of Mary Landrieu, public policy; Mark Romig, of the New Orleans Marketing Corporation, economic development; Melanie Talia, of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, public safety; Robert Thomas, of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University, environment; and Doris Voitier, of the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools, education.

The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute 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, selecting a diverse group of leaders to participate in a thought-provoking, nine-month educational program. Its website is