The Emerging Leaders program of the Greater New Orleans Foundation has chosen 19 midlevel managers from nonprofit organizations to receive 65 hours of training by national experts in nonprofit management.

“They are constantly being called upon to address our community needs, which is why we want to be sure they’re equipped with the necessary skills to face any challenge,” said Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

The Emerging Leaders program is the latest initiative of the Organizational Effectiveness Program at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

This year’s participants are: Kelley Allenspach, Boys Hope, Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans; Lila Arnaud, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast; ToniAnn Chetta, Community Works of Louisiana; Catherine Crowell, Rebuilding Together New Orleans; and Shannan Cvitanovic, YMCA of Greater New Orleans.

Also, Emily Danielson, UNITY of Greater New Orleans; Qasim Davis, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools; Keisha Dubuclet, Center for Development and Learning; Seema Gai, NO/AIDS Task Force; Lisa Gentry, Louisiana Public Health Institute; and Terrell Haynes, Kingsley House.

Also, Michael Kantor, Second Harvest Food Bank; Jolon McNeil, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana; Lauren Narcisse, Urban League College Track; Rudy Rayfield, Reconcile New Orleans; Chris Sang, VAYLA; Amanda Schroeder, Communities in Schools; Sean Tate, Partnership for Youth Development; and Emilie Tenenbaum, New Orleans Business Alliance.

For information on the Emerging Leaders program and the application process, visit