Greater New Orleans Foundation Announces 22 Graduates from its Executive Director Intensive Program

February 2, 2018

(New Orleans, LA – January 29, 2018) Twenty-two executive directors in the nonprofit sector recently completed an intensive program designed to give them the skills they need to succeed. The program, hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation Organizational Effectiveness Initiative, combined expert instruction and peer learning to tackle some of the toughest issues nonprofit executive directors face including sustainability and adapting to the ever-changing landscape. Funding for the program is provided by Chevron.

“Strong and intentional leadership is an integral part of any successful organization,” said Joann Ricci, vice president for organizational effectiveness at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “With that in mind, we are proud to work with Chevron to offer a program that strengthens nonprofits by strengthening their leadership.”

The 22 participants, representing a wide variety of nonprofits in size and sector, sharpened their skills in such areas as leadership, financial management, fundraising, and board relations.

“By partnering with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Chevron is working to grow the capability of local nonprofits,” said Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager, Chevron Gulf of Mexico.  “The 22 men and women who graduated from the program work tirelessly to better our community each day.  We’re proud to support them in their efforts, and proud to support the Foundation in its mission to create a thriving community for all.”

The 22 graduates of the Executive Director Intensive Program are:

Julie Agan, St. Tammany Council on Aging
Katie Brasted, Woodlands Conservancy
John C. “Chris” Carlone, La Lions Eye Foundation
Dana Eness, Urban Conservancy
Thomas Falgout, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana
Shannon Flaherty, Goat in the Road Productions
Chris Kaminstein, Goat in the Road Productions
Tracy Garner, Easter Seals Louisiana
Sophie Harris Vorhoff, Friends of Lafitte Greenway
Doug Keller, Big Class
Julius Kimbrough, Crescent City Community Land Trust
Amanda Mills, Northlake Homeless Coalition
Phala Mire, Women’s Business Enterprise Council South
Alicia Neal, Groundwork New Orleans
Chandler Nutik, Community Works
Chuck Roth, Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans
Darlene Santana, Metro Centers for Community Advocacy
Stephen Sauer, Arc of Greater New Orleans
Flor Serna, Electric Girls
Alvino Williams, Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council
Jamie Wine, Energy Wise Alliance
Mike Woodward, College Track New Orleans