Meet the 2017 Louisiana Fellows
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Victoria Adams Phipps, Executive Producer, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week The Idea Village
Victoria Adams Phipps is the Executive Producer of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), a weeklong festival celebrating innovation, entrepreneurship, and new thinking, produced by The Idea Village, a non-profit committed to driving positive change in New Orleans through entrepreneurship. Victoria is directly responsible for the comprehensive strategy and execution of NOEW. Each year, she plans and produces dynamic content opportunities, strategic partnerships, brand alignments, and interactive events that create impact and provide value for entrepreneurs and ecosystems from across the Southeast region. Annually, this suite of programs and events generates over $2MM of funding and in-kind resources. Through her work with individuals like Drew Brees, Walter Isaacson, and Soledad O’Brien, and organizations such as Google, NOLA Media Group, Salesforce.com, and Uber, she has effectively delivered content, capital, and resources to over 30,000 event attendees. Under her leadership, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week attendance has grown from 1,200+ in 2011 to 13,000+ in 2016. Prior to her work at The Idea Village, Victoria worked extensively in the music industry, specializing in brand management, tour execution, and marketing strategy, through time spent at Ultimate Records, The Recording Academy, and historic New Orleans music institution, Tipitina’s. Victoria is a native of Miami, Florida and a graduate of Loyola University-New Orleans’ Music Industry Studies program. She is a board member and current Events Committee Co-Chair of long-standing non-profit Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO), a board member of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, an active member of the Junior League of New Orleans, and a member of the Contemporary Arts Center’s Audience Advisory Committee. Victoria has recently been recognized for her achievements, receiving a nomination for the 2016 Ada Lovelace Woman of the Year in GNO Tech award and has been selected as a member of Gambit’s 2016 40 Under 40 Class. She also had the honor of participating in the 2016 Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Victoria currently resides in Mid-City with her husband, Charles, and can often be found frequenting her favorite place, their neighborhood library.
Mikal Anderson, School Talent Development Director, New Schools for New Orleans
Mikal Anderson is the School Talent Development Director with New Schools for New Orleans. He also serves as the Founder and Chief Consulting Officer of Prototype Entities – an educational consulting firm which provides innovative, equitable, and culturally responsive interventions and systems to maximize the learning outcomes of students. He brings numerous years of public and private sector expertise to the field of education. Mikal leads system-wide initiatives focusing on the recruitment, retention, and diversification of educator pipelines. In addition, he drives talent development ventures concentrating on the cultivation of new teachers and school administrators. He has managed relationships between universities and K-12 institutions to enhance teacher preparation programs, and has guided partnerships between local educational agencies and the private sector in the area of career and technical education. Additionally, he has delivered professional development to numerous academic institutions and nonprofits on the topics of race, equity, diversity and inclusion, cultural competence, culturally responsive pedagogy, and restorative practices. Mikal is an inaugural member of the research and practice advisory team for the Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education at Temple University. Through his work, he has developed quantitative measures to assess student engagement and school culture with a specific focus on mitigating the misrepresentation of minority students in special education and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. As a trained educator with a general and special education background, he is deeply committed to initiatives that promote high-quality educational opportunities for all scholars – regardless of their socio-economic status and diverse learning needs. Mikal is an active member of the New Orleans community who deeply supports initiatives that further the development of local youth. He is a proud alumnus of Education Pioneers, and a Fellow of the Loyola University New Orleans Institute of Politics. In addition, Anderson is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans – Young Professionals, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Mikal is a second generation graduate of The Episcopal Academy located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Temple University, a Certificate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation from Georgetown University, and is a licensed trainer in the Restorative Practices model credentialed through the International Institute for Restorative Practices.
Elizabeth Bates, Director of Venture Excellence, Camelback Ventures
Raised outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by educator parents who held curiosity, humility, and tenacity in the highest regard, Elizabeth began exploring how she could make a difference in the world at a young age. Elizabeth was then pulled to New Orleans for college by both an inquisitiveness for the city as well as an academic scholarship. Her dedication to making a difference was further galvanized by attending Loyola University New Orleans, a university dedicated to the Jesuit philosophy of “Go and set the world on fire.” Elizabeth explored that world by living abroad for a time after college before moving back to the United States and heading to California. There, she made her first foray into using for-profit entrepreneurship as a driver for social impact. She built the foundation of an environmentally-friendly cleaning service that she would grow and sell five years later to seed her next projects. One of these next projects, and that same pull that New Orleans had on her years before, brought her back to Louisiana. It was at this time that her curiosity, tenacity, and humility found an enduring passion to pursue: the intersection of startups, education, and social impact. She took a role as Director of Venture Excellence at Camelback Ventures, a startup accelerator for underrepresented entrepreneurs starting education-related ventures. This work ignited a fire in her to get involved in other local organizations, including New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans. When she is not nerding out on startups and social impact, Elizabeth is probably gushing over her rescue dog, Riley, and working to promote animal welfare.
Monique Blossom, Senior Academic and Career Advisor, Tulane University
In her current role as a Senior Academic and Career Advisor at Tulane University, Monique Blossom works with undergraduate students providing guidance through their academic careers from freshman orientation to graduation. As a specialist in the liberal arts, Monique fosters collaborative relationships with her students to enable intellectual growth and personal achievement while providing a compassionate ear as her students make life-defining decisions. Monique helps students draw meaningful connections between their academic coursework and undergraduate experiences and their future career goals. Monique was raised by native New Orleanians in Texas and Arkansas. As a high school sophomore, Monique completed a year of pre-professional ballet training at the Virginia School of the Arts and then graduated from Little Rock Central High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles. After three years working as an assistant English teacher in Hiroshima, Japan on the Japan Exchange Teaching Program, Monique earned an MA in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and completed a thesis entitled "The Art of Skateboarding in Southern Louisiana." In pursuit of her passion for music and dance, Monique trained in Cuban and Haitian folkloric dance as well as Brazilian Capoeira, and she is an active member of the Krewe of King James. Drawing connections between dance and skateboarding, Monique founded the Lafayette, Louisiana chapter of Girls Riders Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and supporting girls through skateboarding to become leaders of positive change. Monique firmly believes in the power of spontaneous moments of creative collaboration, not just as celebrations of culture, but as opportunities to inspire growth and leadership in our community's young people.
Elizabeth Bobo, Bilingual Programs Coordinator - Orleans Parish,
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Elizabeth Bobo has developed her passion and career around empowering and facilitating positive change for immigrant families. Elizabeth moved to New Orleans to pursue her Bachelor’s degree at Tulane University in Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Sociology, and finished her studies at Tulane with a Master’s degree in Spanish in 2014. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate school years, Elizabeth worked closely with Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program, while actively volunteering with different Spanish-speaking organizations both on and off campus. Moving up from volunteer to Assistant Program Coordinator with the ESL Program, and gradually establishing rapport within the immigrant community, Elizabeth developed strong respect and admiration for the immigrant families of New Orleans, who work long hours in hopes of bettering their lives and those of their families. Elizabeth has spent significant time abroad when not working with the New Orleans Latino community, studying and working for different non-profit organizations. She studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she interned with an organization providing social services and advocating against human rights violations within the Bolivian immigrant community in the city. One of Elizabeth’s most poignant experiences came later, though, when she spent several months living with host families and working in one of the most poverty-stricken, yet most beautiful regions of the Western Hemisphere, in the mountains of rural Nicaragua. She witnessed first-hand the privilege that comes with birth location and how factors completely out of a person’s control can map out their future. Because of this, she has grown to better understand and appreciate the necessity of empowering systems that create pathways out of poverty. Elizabeth now works as the Bilingual Programs Coordinator for Orleans Parish at Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, where she is able to use her skills to foster community partnerships and advocate for language access and holistic services at partner agencies. She recently taught her first Spanish class in the Fall of 2016 for undergraduate students at Tulane, hoping to inspire interest in Spanish-speaking cultures in New Orleans and abroad. She can also be heard on WRBH, the local non-profit Reading Radio for the Blind and Print-Impaired, for which she reads her favorite Spanish literature.
Raegan A. Carter is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She is also a graduate of Tulane University where she obtained both a Master of Social Work degree and a Master of Public Health degree. Raegan has worked on the federal, state, and local levels with adolescent and women’s health programs and serves on multiple statewide coalitions. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with public policy and advocacy related to public health and in particular adolescent and women’s health, rights, and justice. As an adjunct professor Raegan enjoys teaching and training and also has extensive knowledge and experience implementing and conducting professional development and trainings in public health related issues. She has also worked on political campaigns that led to successful elections of candidates. Raegan is passionate about adolescent and women’s health as well as social and racial justice issues and is particularly interested in health disparities impacting communities of color and working to engage faith leaders in public health advocacy. Raegan is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.
Jonathan Coleman, Medical Student, Tulane School of Medicine
Jonathan currently studies medicine at Tulane University, an educational pursuit he undertook as a result of a deep interest in health inequalities and a desire to provide high quality care to all people across socioeconomic lines. Prior to medical school, Jonathan held positions at McKinsey & Co. and the William J. Clinton Foundation and did public health work with Distressed Children and Infants International in Bangladesh. He attended Brandeis University and graduated Cum Laude with a double major in sociology and political science, later going on to receive an MA in sociology from Duke University with a concentration in quantitative network analysis. While in medical school, Jonathan has authored and presented multiple publications on quality improvement. He received the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Permanente Journal Service Quality Award for his work on improving quality among physician-nurse surgery teams. However, he is proudest of his work with local clinics to record short audio clips to help underserved patients and patients with poor reading comprehension learn more about their illnesses, medications, and treatment plans. Though from a suburb of Connecticut, Jonathan was fortunate enough to marry a wonderful girl from New Orleans who has taught him to appreciate the finer things in life like duck hunting and labrador retrievers. Now 50 degrees feels cold.
Jeanie Donovan, Policy Specialist, Jesuit Social Research Institute
Jeanie Donovan is a policy specialist at Loyola University's Jesuit Social Research Institute. In this role, she conducts policy research and advocacy on issues related to poverty and economic security. Prior to her current position at Loyola, Jeanie worked as a legislative aide in the Texas legislature, advising on issues related to public education, nutrition, agriculture, and water policy. Before working in the policy world, she spent two years as a Teach for America corps member teaching elementary school at Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans. Jeanie has a Master of Public Affairs and Master of Public Health from the University of Texas at Austin. Her Masters thesis focused on researching policy options available to the City of Austin for improving the quality of food options in close proximity to local public schools. She also is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans where she was a member of the University Honors Program and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Political Science. Jeanie is originally from Upstate New York but considers New Orleans home, where she lives with her husband Michael. In her free time she enjoys reading and talking about all things politics, riding her bicycle around the city, exploring the ever-growing food scene in NOLA, and volunteering with Catholic Charities’ Cornerstone Kids Program.
LeVette Fuller, Teen Services Associate, Shreve Memorial Library
LeVette Fuller is the Teen Services Associate for Shreve Memorial Library. In this capacity she works with local schools and community partners such as Volunteers for Youth Justice and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana to provide access to resources that support the future success of all Caddo Parish youth. LeVette serves on the Leadership Council for Step Forward, an organization focused on cradle- to- career success for North Louisiana. LeVette believes libraries play a pivotal role in providing pathways to success for all citizens, and that information literacy through public libraries dissolves barriers to entry for marginalized students by aiding the potential for equity in education. Outside of the library, LeVette focuses her diverse interests and skills to affect change in the areas about which she is most passionate. She has served as board member for the Shreveport Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission and has harnessed her knowledge and interest for land use issues into becoming a founding member of Re-Form Shreveport, an organization whose goal is to bring citizens together to share ideas and find implementable solutions to improve Shreveport’s built environment. LeVette believes that consistent land use policies can improve the quality of life and create an equitable standard of living in a community. Recently, LeVette was recognized as a Rising Voice by Reconciliation Shreveport at a dinner honoring individuals who have made significant efforts in the areas of social justice and civil rights in Shreveport. LeVette also writes about civic engagement and culture for Heliopolis Magazine, a publication which focuses on local culture and current events in Shreveport.
Erika Green, Managing Attorney, Law Office of Erika Green and City Of Baton Rouge
Erika L. Green is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University and Southern University Law Center. Since 2011, Erika has practiced law at her Baton Rouge firm, The Law Office of Erika Green, LLC, focusing on family law, adoptions, successions, and juvenile criminal law. She impacts her community as a board member for Gloryland Educational Resource Center, Inc., YWCA, and JK Haynes Charter School. She is also an active member of the Baton Rouge Branch of the NAACP and Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Junior League of Baton Rouge, Forum 35, NOBLE, and Louis A. Martinet Society. In January 2015, Erika was appointed to the East Baton Rouge Metro Council as District 5 Councilwoman to fulfill the unexpired term of the late Representative Ronnie Edwards; and recently was elected to continue her service and role as City Council member. She is currently serving on the Greater Baton Rouge Clear Title Initiative Planning Committee which was organized after the historic 2016 flood.
Cashauna Hill, Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
Cashauna Hill is executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC). Cashauna previously served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, after having represented victims of housing discrimination in staff attorney roles with GNOFHAC and the Oregon Law Center's Portland office. Social justice activism, community organizing, and political engagement have shaped Cashauna's experiences. She began her legal career as a student, representing clients in civil rights cases. Cashauna's law school years provided a framework for what would become her career: working to dismantle housing segregation - and the accompanying lack of access to opportunity - that is at the root of America's enduring inequities. In her current role, Cashauna leads a team of 15 advocates working to eradicate housing discrimination by providing direct services and leading policy advocacy campaigns. Cashauna's time at GNOFHAC has been marked by her commitment to expanding the organization's services to communities across the state. Cashauna is a native of Portland who grew up in Atlanta. She received her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School and her undergraduate degree from Spelman College.
Justin Jack, Judicial Law Clerk, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal
When thinking about his passion for law Justin Jack draws inspiration from Thurgood Marshall’s quote: “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Justin is a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge for the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal. Prior to this role, he was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Karen Wells Roby, a magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District Court of Louisiana. Justin was born and raised in New Orleans and is a proud alumnus of St. Augustine High School where he graduated in 2008 as salutatorian. After high school, Justin attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he graduated magma cum laude in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and a concentration in African & African-American Studies. He then returned to his hometown to attend Tulane University School of Law where he graduated in 2015. He was admitted to practice law in the state of Louisiana in October 2015. Justin is a board member for Encore Academy Charter School and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Stephen Kearny, Process Transformation Analyst Energy
Stephen Kearny returned to his native Louisiana in 2014 after a stint in Denver studying energy economics/applied math at Colorado School of Mines and doing policy research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Before then, he spent a few years managing the compliance activities of a federal grant program intended to re-establish the post-Katrina New Orleans medical workforce. And before then, he lived in Baton Rouge, where he completed degrees in international economics and Spanish language/literature at Louisiana State. He now works in an internal consultancy at a large electrical power company, where his role, put generally, is to apply analytical methods to help the business run better. He cares most about sustainable energy and gerrymandering and hopes to use his time in the NLC to drive changes in those areas.
Lorena O'Neil, Journalist, Lorena Media LLC
Lorena O'Neil is a freelance reporter and photojournalist based in New Orleans. She covers stories about culture, religion, social justice, politics, and the environment. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Esquire, NPR, CNN, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Tablet, and more. Lorena likes to focus on the nuances of seemingly polarized identities— LGBT priests, Mormon feminists, Instagram dictators. She also really adores Willa Jean's chocolate chip cookies, country music, oxford commas, and Shonda Rhimes' love triangles. After moving to New Orleans in 2013, Lorena joined the New Orleans Museum of Art's Young Fellows Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans and volunteers as an advocate for STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response). Lorena is originally from Asuncion, Paraguay and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and Spanish Literature. She holds a Master's degree, with honors, from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She's lived and reported from across the U.S., Argentina, Paraguay, and Australia.
Madison Poche, Office Manager, Shreveport Regional Arts Council
Madison Poche is the Office Manager at the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, the nationally-renowned, official arts arm for the City of Shreveport and ten parishes in Northwest Louisiana. Madison also serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum of Art and as a writer for Heliopolis, a volunteer-led magazine focusing on community, culture, and the arts. Her background is in community organizing around the south on labor, education, voting rights, and environmental issues. She grew up in New Orleans, LA and graduated from Emory University with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and philosophy.
Monique Robinson, Director of Operations, SEECA Medical, Inc.
Monique V. Robinson is Director of Operations for SEECA Medical, Inc., an ophthalmology practice based in Houma, LA. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate (Salutatorian) of Dillard University, with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Monique also holds an MBA in healthcare management from University of Phoenix. Monique’s core competencies in the fields of training, organizational development, leadership, and mentoring have led to her success in building, refining, and growing SEECA Medical, Inc. from a $2 million dollar company to $3.5 million dollar corporation that it is today. Monique enjoys giving back to her community through board service and membership in various organizations, such as Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals, Rotary Club of Houma-Terrebonne, American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, Bayou Community Academy (BCA) Charter School, Covenant House of New Orleans, Girls on the Run Bayou Region, and Bayou Lafourche Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Monique received the 2015 Outstanding ULEADER Award and the 2015-2016 Rookie of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Houma-Terrebonne, as well as the 2016 Terrebonne Young Achiever Award. Monique also published an article entitled, “Why Parents Are Not Engaged in Education,” featured in The Courier and Daily Comet newspapers. Monique strives to encompass the words of Maya Angelou throughout her career: “A leader sees greatness in other people. You can’t be much of a leader if all you see is yourself.”
Noelle Saracino, Manger, Resource Development United Way of Southeast Louisiana
A native Pennsylvanian, Noelle came to New Orleans to pursue her passion for education in the nonprofit sector after graduating from the University of Southern California in 2011. Noelle currently works at United Way of Southeast Louisiana as a Resource Development Manager where she manages workplace fundraising campaigns for companies throughout Jefferson and Orleans Parishes and serves as the liaison between companies and United Way services. Before joining the United Way team, Noelle was the Development Officer for The Posse Foundation’s New Orleans office, oversaw an academic enrichment after school program for 1st – 8th graders in New Orleans East through the NHP Foundation and Operation Pathways, and interned for Teach For America’s New Orleans office on the School Systems Leadership Fellowship. Outside of work, Noelle is an instructor at City Surf Fitness and is also a provisional member of the Junior League of New Orleans, a member of United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Young Leaders Movement and Women’s Leadership Council, and a volunteer with the Young Leadership Council’s Power Ties Project.
Michael Scott, Regional Director of Fitness, Louisiana Orangetheory Fitness
Michael Scott is the Regional Director of Fitness for Orangetheory Fitness in the state of Louisiana. Orangetheory is a global leader of heart-rate based interval training systems so Michael works closely with community outreach for youth, innovation, and healthcare organizations to develop and promote heart health advocacy. Before working in wellness, Michael worked within the arts community as a founding member of Complete Stage, a theater company to develop theater programs for at risk youth in New Orleans. After getting his start in the arts through theater performance, Michael has worked in film and television as an actor since 2009 and is the founder of an independent film production company. He is an Army brat originally from New Orleans, where his family still resides. He graduated with a B.A. from Louisiana State University in 2011. During his free time, Michael enjoys film festivals, museums, creative purists, outdoor activities, and leisure time with his family of friends and his dog.
Andrew Ward, Media & Public Policy Manager, Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc.
Andrew Ward was raised in Egypt, North Yemen, and India, attended graduate school in Poland, and completed his PhD in International Development at Tulane University. He is co-founder of the International High School of New Orleans, the Tres Doux Foundation, the Wahida Unity Project, and the HIV Awareness “iKnow” Concert Series in Uganda. Through “Wahida” he produced an album of Louisiana folk and gospel standards sung in Urdu, entitled the Sufi Second Line, and has performed it with numerous bands across the country. The “iKnow” Concert Series uses music and the arts to draw in target populations and provide them with free health services including and especially HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. When not performing weddings as a licensed officiant or emceeing for countless local organizations' events, Andrew works as Public Policy Manager for Odyssey House Louisiana. There he is responsible for monitoring and supporting or halting various legislative actions at the local, state, and federal levels. He is the author of numerous academic articles, stage plays, and A Bourbon Street Sojourn - an adults-only children's book. He was honored as one of the Times Picayune's Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals in 2007, the French Consul General named him one of the "Personnalités d'avenir" in 2010, and Gambit Weekly identified him as one of 2011's “40 Under 40” in 2011. He is a member of the Rotary Club of New Orleans Riverbend and a fellow at Loyola University’s Institute of Politics.
Mike Woodward, Site Director, College Track
Mike joined College Track in 2015 as the Site Director in New Orleans. Before coming to College Track, Mike taught high school mathematics (Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and AP Statistics) at Lake Area New Tech Early College High School where he served as both the Mathematics Department Chair and a Louisiana Teacher Leader. Originally from Virginia, Mike began his career in education at the age of sixteen, when he developed a countywide tutoring program called Helping Other Help Themselves. During his undergraduate years at Stanford University, he realized his passion was college access and success for first-generation, low-income students. As a result he founded the Stanford University First-generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) as a student organization. After earning his Master of Public Health from Tulane University, Mike joined Teach for America (TFA) as a corps member. Most recently, Mike presented on “To and Through: Case Studies in Access, Preparation, and Success to and Through College” at the Teach For America 25th Anniversary Summit. Mike currently serves as the New Orleans Regional Delegate for the Ron Brown Scholar Alumni Association and is a member of the Global Shapers Community of New Orleans, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, the Young Leadership Council, and the TFA GNO Collective. He has been recognized as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, an Urban Leader for Equity and Diversity (ULEAD) Fellow, an Emerging Philanthropist of New Orleans, and a Bryan Bell Metro Leadership Forum Fellow. As the first in his family to earn a college degree, Mike dedicates his time and talent to ensuring that students from under-served communities have the necessary tools, supports, resources, encouragement, and love to graduate from college.