The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute recently announced a selection of 41 business, civic and community leaders throughout the 10-parish region who have been named to the 2016 class.

NORLI provides a nine-month intensive training program for emerging and established community leaders. The program enhances the participants’ knowledge base and creates meaningful dialog on the key elements of building and maintaining thriving and healthy communities. Alumni enjoy the benefits of a network of individuals with the common goal of regional community building.

According to Christe Brewton, AVP of Operations at University Medical Center New Orleans and NORLI chairwoman, “NORLI gives each class member a valuable experience; time is spent networking with other regional leaders, learning about the challenges and opportunities of the New Orleans area, and further developing oneself as a leader.”

The NORLI curriculum examines public policy, education, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability and will focus on how all of these issues affect economic development and quality of life. Starting in September and continuing through May, the NORLI program consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions.

“Upon completion of the curriculum, members of the Class of 2016 will join over 500 NORLI alumni.” Brewton said. “This program is unique and key in ensuring leaders are part of important efforts to continuously improve our region.”

Chosen candidates come from a variety of backgrounds and are expected to use their leadership abilities for the long-term benefit of the Greater New Orleans region.

The Class of 2016 includes the following individuals:

Mindy Nunez Airhart, Southern Services and Equipment; Matthew Almon, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C; Dr. Jennifer Avegno, LSUHSC-New Orleans Emergency Medicine; Elizabeth Bates, Camelback Ventures; Erica Beck, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad; Cheryln Boutan, East Jefferson General Hospital; Kerri Callais, Callais Ice Service; Aaron Cancienne, Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC; McKenzie Lovelace Coco, FSC Interactive; Michael Crane Jr., Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; Brandon Davis, Phelps Dunbar LLP; Karen DeBlieux, Capital One Bank; Michael DePetrillo, Jones Walker LLP; James Hance, Eustis Engineering; Tommy Hebert, International Matex Tank Terminals; John Herman, Ochsner Medical Center; Bryan Hodnett, DonahueFavret Contractors; and Maria Huete, Junior League of New Orleans.

Also, Natalie Kaharick, New Orleans College Prep; Allison Kuhn, Dow St. Charles Operations; Frank Loria, Personnel Consulting Group; Patrick Mansfield, Gulf Search Capital; Jennifer McMahon, Metropolitan Hospital Council of N.O.; Erin McQuade-Wright, Lighthouse Louisiana; Colleen Monaghan, Renaissance Publishing; Michelle Nailor Octave, St. James Parish Government; Lori Natividad, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Atlantic- New Orleans; Shawn Préau, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Clayton Randle, Quiwa Holdings; and Chantell Reed, PACE GNO.

Also, Christine Rigamer, Gambel Communications; Troy Roussel, Cox Communications; Slade Simons, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company; Jyric Sims, Tulane Health System; Clay Smith, JP Morgan Chase; Jeff Teague, Greater New Orleans; Roland Vandenweghe Jr., Adams and Reese; John Voorhorst, Entergy Corporation; Thea Wall, Windsor Court; Sevetri Wilson, Solid Ground Innovations; and Jill Zeringue, Louisiana Federal Credit Union.

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