Board of Directors

Lindsay Werntz

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Lindsay Werntz

Lindsay Werntz currently holds the position of Director of Operations for the Tulane University women’s basketball program. Her main responsibilities include team travel, camp coordinator, overseeing student manager staff, liaison to equipment operations staff, liaison to strength and conditioning staff, and coordinating the mentor program. She also helps coordinate the team’s special projects with the Tulane campus and New Orleans community. Werntz has been in college athletics for nine seasons.  She has been an assistant women’s basketball coach for Florida Gulf Coast University, Marshall University (Graduate Assistant), Midland College, University of Nevada, Hill College (Head Coach), and Loyola University. A native of Freeport Il, Werntz has a strong passion for elevate community training making a difference and being a mentor in student athletes lives.

 

 

Naomi Yavneh Klos

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Naomi Yavneh Klos

Naomi Yavneh Klos is Director of the University Honors Program at Loyola University New Orleans.  A Professor of Languages and Cultures, she is the author of numerous articles on gender and spirituality in the representation of both the virginal and the maternal body in Renaissance Italy, as well as three award-winning essay collections on gender in the early modern world.  She is a past president of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and the Modern Language Association’s Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages.  Her current research focuses on the role of female hospitality in the ratification of the United States Constitution.

 

 

 

 

Justin Reese

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Justin Reese

Justin Reese is a graduate of St. Augustine High School. From there he went on to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in psychology and was a member of the Psi Chi National Honor society upon graduation in 2004.
In 2008, Justin completed his Juris Doctor from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. At Loyola, Justin was a member of the 2007 National Champion Trial Advocacy Team at the ABA John Marshall Criminal Mock Trial Competition. In 2008, his team won the ABA South Central Regional Championship. He is practicing law at Irpino Law Firm.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Mills

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Amanda Mills

Amanda Mills is an associate analyst of Social Responsibility with Energy Corporation. In this role, Amanda manages the volunteerism efforts of 15,000 employees in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont. Amanda also coordinates internal and external departmental communications efforts and the Make an Impact environmental initiative.  Prior to joining Entergy, Amanda worked as a Special Projects Manager for UNITY of Greater New Orleans, where her responsibilities included managing the annual HUD funding applications of over $14 million for a homeless collaborative over 50 nonprofit organizations.  Amanda has also worked in the education sector as a Senior Program Coordinator for the Tulane University Institutional Review Board, with primary responsibility for managing internal processes to ensure the ethical conduct of research involving humans.

These varied professional experiences have allowed Amanda to develop exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to a various business cultures and widely divergent professionals.  Her areas of expertise include, project management, research, communications, grant-writing, fundraising, event planning, quality improvement processes, social media and advocacy.  She is passionate about gender equality, educational reform, and the role of popular culture in society.

Amanda is a native New Orleanian and graduate of Tulane University.  She is the proud mother of one daughter.

Gerald J. Duhon

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Gerald J. Duhon

Gerald J. Duhon, JR, CFRE runs a full service non-profit consulting practice centered on fundraising practices revolving around capital campaign management, grant writing, annual fund consultation, development audits, special events management, disaster preparation and operations, strategic planning, workshop lecturing and for-profit interaction with the non-profit sector.

Duhon has been married to the former Missy Young for 21 years.  They have a 16-year old son who is a sophomore at Jesuit High School.  The family resides in the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans and have never lived outside of New Orleans – expect for the 25 days after the 2005 storm.

 

Rudy Rayfield Jr.

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Rudy Rayfield Jr.

Rudy Rayfield is Director of Operations for The Society of St Vincent de Paul. A native New Orleanian, Rudy is actively involved in making a difference in his community and in the lives of children, and therefore is involved with several local charities in Greater New Orleans Area. He also knows the importance of being a student athlete. Rudy serves as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Holy Cross high school in New Orleans. Rudy resides in New Orleans with his wife, two daughters and son.