Founder & Executive Director, Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic}
Class/Degree(s): Nationally recognized for her post-Katrina efforts at "V to the Tenth" celebration at the Louisiana Superdome in 2008
Arlanda J. Williams
Chair, Terrebonne Parish Council (first woman); Secretary, Louisiana Democratic Party; and President, Louisiana Police Jury Association Black Caucus (youngest ever elected)}
Class/Degree(s): Bachelor's, 2003; Master's, 2006
Co-owner, Hamp's Construction}
Charmaine Marchand Stiaes
Louisiana State Representative, District 99}
David C. Perkins
Undersecretary, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs}
Dr. Louis Westerfield, J.D.
Class/Degree(s): Ph.D., J.D. 1971
Dr. Vera Triplett
Class/Degree(s): Dr. Triplett spent years surveying the landscape from several angles: teacher, counselor, charter school network administrator, Recovery School District executive. She made the transition from educator to education entrepreneur, joining an energetic circle of school-focused startups in New Orleans with a pop-up camp called Noble Minds.
Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Foundation}
Henderson Lewis Jr.
Superintendent, New Orleans Public Schools}
Deputy Director, National Neighbors}
Class/Degree(s): Former Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
Jon D. Johnson
New Orleans City Councilman, District E, businessman}
Class/Degree(s): Former Louisiana State Senator, District 2
Author, "We as Freemen: Plessy vs. Ferguson," "Black Life in Old New Orleans}
Lambert Boissiere, III
Commissioner, Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 3}
Lea Polk Montgomery
Vice Chair, Southern University System Board of Supervisors; member, New Orleans Aviation Board and Second Vice President/Financial Consultant, Solomon/Smith/Barney, Inc.}
Owner, Loretta's Authentic Pralines}
Member, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education}
Educator and recipient of the 2008 Milken Educator Award}
Major Bernadine Weaver Kelly
First African-American female NOPD Officer to be promoted to Captain}
Deputy Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department}
CPA and Managing Partner, Bruno & Tervalon, LLC}
Oretha Castle Haley
Civil Rights Activist}
Superintendent, Recovery School District}
Class/Degree(s): Bachelor's in Secondary Education
Rev. Avery C. Alexander
Civil Rights activist and former State Representative}
Richard Caiton Jr.
Former Member, Southern University System Board of Supervisors and East Bank Regional Assistant, Jefferson Parish Public Schools Student Services}
Ronald E. Gardner
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, LSU Health Sciences Center}
Class/Degree(s): 1969 Biology and Chemistry
Community stalwart Ronald E. Gardner advised former U.S. presidents and mayors; led and sat on numerous committees and boards; and was recognized as an organizer and a role model. Mr. Gardner, who died Sept. 22, 2015 after a long illness, was the vice chancellor for Administrative, Community & Security at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. The list of his contributions to this community and beyond is endless. For these reasons, the SUNO Foundation honored Mr. Gardner at the 2015 BASH.
Executive Director, Neighborhoods Partnership Network and selected one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader}
Owner, Community Book Center}
Warren J. Riley
Former Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department}
Class/Degree(s): Bachelor's 1998, Master's 2000
DID YOU KNOW?
Although women have represented Louisiana in the Miss Black USA pageant, Tiffany Magee ('97) took on the role as the first State Director of Miss Black Louisiana USA in 2008.