Board of Directors

2019 Board of Directors

Ludovico Feoli
Chair
Norma Grace
Vice Chair
Merritt Lane
Secretary
Maureen Clary
Treasurer
Nathalie G. Simon
Assistant Secretary
Anne P. Baños
Assistant Treasurer
Hardy B. Fowler
Past Chairman
Tara Adams
Christine Albert
Susan Brennan
Kelly Brown
Charmaine Caccioppi
Andrea Chen
Jaimmé A. Collins
Leah N. Engelhardt
Louis M. Freeman, Jr.
Alex Gershanik
Hunter G. Hill
Andy Lee
Gary L. Lorio
Marty Mayer
Todd McDonald
Jennifer Medbery
Jennifer M. Neil
Jennifer Roberts
Melissa Sawyer
Slade Simons
Blake J. Stanfill
Steven W. Usdin
Larry Washington
Dennis Woltering

HONORARY BOARD

  • Harry J. Blumenthal, Jr.
  • Edgar L. Chase III
  • J. Kelly Duncan
  • Louis M. Freeman
  • Richard W. Freeman, Jr.
  • Ronald J. French
  • David Guidry
  • Hans B. Jonassen
  • Diana M. Lewis
  • Mark A. Mayer
  • Anne M. Milling
  • R. King Milling
  • Lynes R. Sloss
  • Sterling Scott Willis

Chair

Ludovico Feoli

Executive Director of the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University

Joined the BGR board in 2008.

He also serves as a board member of the Audubon Commission, Tulane’s President’s Council, and the Board of Advisers of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Vice Chair

Norma Grace

Retired Vice Chancellor for Economic Development from the University of New Orleans

Joined the BGR board in 2011.

Her other civic activities include Women United, Past Chair; Board member, United Way of Southeast Louisiana; Alliance Française of New Orleans, immediate past President; World War II Theater Board, Treasurer; Parkway Partners, Chair; Crimestoppers GNO, board member.

Secretary

Merritt Lane

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canal Barge Company, Inc.

Joined the BGR Board in 2015.

Past service as Board Chairman of Isidore Newman School, the Idea Village (where he continues to serve as a member), and the Baptist Community Ministries Foundation; and current service as a member on the Board of The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, the National World War II Museum, the Bricolage Academy, and as an Executive Committee member of the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region. He is also a member of the Tulane University School of Public Health Dean’s Council.

Treasurer

Maureen Clary

Director of Asset Management with Corporate Realty, Inc.

Joined the BGR board in 2015.

Her other community involvement includes serving as the past chair of Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, past commissioner for the Louisiana Housing Finance Authority and current board member of the Northshore Housing Initiative.

Assistant Secretary

Nathalie G. Simon

Special Counsel to the CEO & President – Public Policy Initiatives at Laitram, LLC., a global manufacturing company located in Harahan, Louisiana

Joined the BGR board in 2014.

She also serves on the boards of the Contemporary Arts Center and The Audubon Nature Institute.

Assistant Treasurer

Anne P. Baños

Deputy Director of New Orleans Museum of Art

Joined the BGR Board in 2017.

Her other community involvement includes Posse New Orleans Board, New Orleans Botanical Gardens Foundation Board, Le Petit Theater Advisory Board, JR NOLA, and past service on the WYES Board.

Past Chairman

Hardy B. Fowler

Retired managing partner of KPMG-New Orleans

Joined the BGR Board in 2005.

He chaired the boards of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Trinity Episcopal School and Lambeth House.

Tara Adams

Director of Marketing and Social Innovation for the Women’s Business Enterprise Council

Joined the BGR board in 2019.

She also serves on the board of the Innocence Project New Orleans.

Christine Albert

Vice President of Marketing and Communications at LCMC Health

Joined the BGR Board in 2018.

She also serves on the board of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD) and is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) New Orleans Chapter.

Susan Brennan

President and CEO of Second Line Stages

Joined the BGR Board in 2017.

Her other civic engagement includes service on the boards of The Arts Council of New Orleans, The Metropolitan Crime Commission, Young Life, the Cool Cooperative, Court 13, Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association and Prospect New Orleans, which she chaired for the last 10 years.

Kelly Brown

Newly retired CPA

Joined the Board in 2015.

Her other civic engagements include the New Orleans City Planning Commission, which she chaired for two years, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the NOCCA Institute Board of Directors.

 

Charmaine Caccioppi

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Joined the BGR Board in 2015.

Her other civic engagement includes: the boards of the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission and Education’s Next Horizon, which she chaired for two years; a member for more than four years on Louisiana Budget Project; and the Board of the New Orleans Family Justice Center since 2014.

Andrea Chen

Executive Director and co-Founder of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation

Joined the BGR board in 2017.

She also serves on the board of Public Lab and served on Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s transition advisory board.

Jaimmé A. Collins

Capital Partner with Adams and Reese LLP in the Commercial Litigation section

Joined the BGR Board in 2018.

Her other civic engagement consists of service as a: Fellow of the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute; Trustee of the University Medical Center New Orleans since 2013; and Trustee of the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans since 2010, which she chaired for four years.

Leah N. Engelhardt

Partner and the Practice Area Coordinator for Chaffe McCall’s Insurance practice group

Joined the BGR Board in 2016.

Her other civic engagements consist of service on the boards of The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, The Junior League of New Orleans, for which she served as President, and Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, for which she currently serves as Chairman of the Board. She also serves as a representative on the Forward New Orleans coalition.

Louis M. Freeman, Jr.

CEO of Innovation Catalyst

Joined the BGR Board in 2016.

He also serves on the boards of Innovation Catalyst and the Rosamary Foundation, and on the community advisory committee of Bastion, Community of Resilience.

Alex Gershanik

President of The Power Courses

Joined the BGR Board in 2017.

He also serves on the boards of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

Hunter G. Hill

New Orleans Market President for IBERIABANK

Joined the BGR Board 2015.

He also serves on the boards of Greater New Orleans, Inc., New Orleans Museum of Art, Jefferson Business Council, and The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Additionally, he is the Treasurer of Young Presidents Organization and an Elder at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Andy Lee

Partner at Jones Walker

Joined the BGR Board in 2016.

He also serves on the boards of Ellis Marsalis Center for Music  and the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. He is a former board member of the Federal Bar Association and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, which he chaired for two years.

Gary L. Lorio

Executive Vice President, Senior Regional President of Hancock Whitney Bank

Joined the BGR board in 2019.

He also serves on the Board of the NOCCA Institute, GNO, Inc., St. Catherine of Sienna School Board and Parish Finance Council, and United Way, where he served as the Chairman of the Annual Campaign and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Marty Mayer

President and CEO of Stirling Properties

Joined the BGR Board in 2014.

He serves on the board of numerous industry and business organizations, including International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Greater New Orleans, Inc. (Chaired, 2009-1010), Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI), Northshore Community Foundation and St. Tammany Corp.

Todd McDonald

Vice President of Strategy and a Member of the Liberty Bank Board

Joined the BGR Board in 2016.

His civic activities include, but are not limited to, the boards of CDFI Fund; National Bankers Association; the Cowen Institute; Independent Community Bankers of America/ICBA, where he serves as a Committee Member; and the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council, where he serves as Chair.

Jennifer Medbery

Founder of Kickboard, an education technology company

Joined the BGR Board in 2017.

She also serves on the boards of Bricolage Academy and the Idea Village.

Jennifer M. Neil

Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Pool Corporation

Joined the BGR Board in 2017.

She also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen, New Orleans.

Jennifer Roberts

Executive Director of New Orleans Early Education Network

Joined the BGR board in 2019.

She also serves on the Board of Advisors for The Cowen Institute for Public Education at Tulane University.

Melissa Sawyer

Co-Founder & Executive Director/CEO of Youth Empowerment Project

Joined the BGR Board in 2016.

She also serves on the boards of New Orleans Crime Coalition and New Pathways NOLA.

Slade Simons

Executive Vice President of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company

Joined the BGR Board in 2017.

He also serves on the boards of BCM, GPOA, Fuel the Future Foundation and First Baptist Church New Orleans.

Blake J. Stanfill

Director of Growth for Trepwise

Joined the BGR Board in 2018.

He also serves on the boards of New Orleans Bioinnovation District and NetWork Volunteers.

Steven W. Usdin

Founding member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC

Joined the BGR Board in 2017.

He also serves on the boards of KIPP New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Larry Washington

President of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Joined the BGR Board in 2017.

He also serves on the boards of New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and KIPP New Orleans, for which he currently serves as Chair.

Dennis Woltering

Semi-retired photo-journalist and owner/operator of Dennis Woltering PhotoVideo, LLC

Joined the BGR Board in 2015.

He also participates in the “Sudden Impact” mock DWI Trial program for local high schools aimed at preventing young people from engaging in impaired and distracted driving.

He is a former board member of the Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center.