Class of 2016

Class of 2016 featured in New Orleans CityBusiness’ June 24th Issue

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2015 NORLI Awards Categories and Criteria




 New Orleans, LA (June 8, 2016) – The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) is proud to announce 39 business, civic, and community leaders from the 10-parish region have completed the 2016 New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute.

NORLI is a nine-month program designed to enhance personal leadership skills and examine issues central to the advancement of the Greater New Orleans region. Through a competitive application process, the class brings together business, civic, and community leaders representing all races, genders, industries, and communities in the region with a mission to promote regional collaboration by providing a forum for the exchange of diverse viewpoints and a network of relationships.

According to Brandon Davis, a member of the Class of 2016 and Partner at Phelps Dunbar, “NORLI is a prime opportunity for professionals and business/industry leaders to broaden perspective, establish vision, and define goals in a tangible way.”

This year, NORLI honored two graduates from the class of 2016. The Regional Leadership Award is given in honor of the founding father of NORLI, Lonnie Stockwell and the Community Service Award is given in honor of Ric Smith and Jackie Sullivan, two alumni of NORLI. Based on an extensive list of criteria, the two award recipients were recognized at the 2016 graduation ceremony. The Regional Leadership Award recipient was Dr. Jennifer Avegno and the Community Service Award recipient was Frank Loria. These individuals were selected based on their ambassadorship for the Greater New Orleans community.

According to Christe Brewton, AVP Operations of University Medical Center New Orleans and chairman of NORLI, “As NORLI graduates, these two recipients will continue to stand out as great members of the community and will flourish. They are more than deserving of their honors.”

For more information about NORLI, please visit or contact Nicole P. Woolfolk at 504.527.6922 or email her at Become a fan of NORLI on Facebook at

NORLI’s 2016 Class is comprised of:


  • Mindy Nuñez Airhart, Southern Services and Equipment, Inc.
  • Matthew Almon, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C
  • Dr. Jennifer Avegno, University Medical Center New Orleans
  • Elizabeth Bates, Camelback Ventures
  • Erica Beck, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
  • Cheryln Boutan, East Jefferson General Hospital
  • Kerri Callais, Callais Ice Service, Inc.
  • Aaron Cancienne, Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC
  • Michael Crane, Jr., Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
  • Brandon Davis, Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • Karen DeBlieux, Capital One Bank
  • Michael DePetrillo, Ochsner Health System
  • James Hance, Eustis Engineering
  • Tommy Hebert, International Matex Tank Terminals
  • Bryan Hodnett, DonahueFavret Contractors
  • Maria Huete, Junior League of New Orleans
  • Natalie Kaharick, New Orleans College Prep
  • Allison Kuhn, DOW St. Charles Operations
  • Frank Loria, Personnel Consulting Group, LLC
  • McKenzie Lovelace, FSC Interactive
  • Patrick Mansfield, Gulf Search Capital
  • Erin McQuade-Wright, Greater New Orleans Foundation
  • Colleen Monaghan, Renaissance Publishing LLC
  • Michelle Nailor Octave, St. James Parish Government
  • Lori Natividad, Space, Naval Warfare Systems Command Atlantic NO
  • Shawn Préau, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
  • Clayton Randle, Quiwa Holdings
  • Chantell Reed, PACE GNO
  • 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, Inc.
  • Roland Vandenweghe, Jr., Adams and Reese
  • John Voorhorst, Entergy Corporation
  • Thea Wall, Windsor Court
  • Sevetri Wilson, Solid Ground Innovations, LLC
  • Jill Zeringue, Louisiana Federal Credit Union

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 or call Nicole P. Woolfolk at 504.527.6922 or email her at Become a fan of NORLI on Facebook at