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NORLI Announces Class of 2018 – 2019

This is a repost of NORLI’s notice.  We are proud that our CEO, Neel Sus, has been selected to be in this year’s class.

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.”

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.

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.

About the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute 
The mission of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) is to help promote regionalism. NORLI 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. The institute selects a diverse group of leaders to participate in a thought-provoking, nine-month educational program. Participants experience a variety of statewide issues presented through lectures, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, simulations, and other leadership development activities. For more information, please visit

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