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Debra Joseph

President
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Debra Joseph

Family Service Counselor, Mount Olivet Cemetery


Debra Joseph has served as a Family Service Counselor at the Mount Olivet Cemetery for the past four years. Prior to her career in family counseling, Ms. Joseph worked for the State of Louisiana as a Clinical/Administrative Dietician and a Programmatic Auditor for over 30 years.

She is also the owner of several local businesses, including Joe’s Catering Service and DJoseph Properties, LLC. Within her community, Ms. Joseph has a number of leadership roles, including president of the Gentilly Sugar Hill Resident Association, secretary of the Advisory Committee, and a member of the Landlord Advisory Committee. Ms. Joseph graduated from Southern University at Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition.

Isabel Barrios

Vice President
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Isabel Barrios

Program officer at the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF)


Isabel Barrios is a program officer at the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), where she leads an economic opportunity initiative focused on family economic security, and efforts to support advocacy and disaster recovery. Isabel joined the foundation in 2009 to work with its Community Revitalization Fund, a collaborative of national and local foundations focused on equitable recovery and affordable housing post-Katrina that supported the rehabilitation or building of nearly 9,500 affordable housing units. She has worked in and with New Orleans nonprofits for over twenty years, and is a founding board member of Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability, a community land trust focused on creating and preserving permanently affordable housing that is community controlled. Isabel also serves on the board of Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana, is a Hispanics in Philanthropy NGEN Lider, and has been an active volunteer throughout the years, dedicating time to prison abolition, reproductive justice and women’s health, and transportation equity . Originally from Guatemala, she has called New Orleans home since 1987.

Avery Foret

Commissioner
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Avery Foret

Land Use Attorney and Urban Planner, Sherman Strategies, LLC


Avery Foret is a Land Use Attorney and Urban Planner with Sherman Strategies, LLC, a project-based legal consulting firm. Her practice primarily includes zoning and entitlement work for real estate development projects and community and neighborhood engagement related to these developments. Over the years, she has worked on dozens of these endeavors, ranging from multi-family developments with affordable housing set asides, revitalizations of vacant properties, and projects bringing economic development and sustainable employment to New Orleans.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Louisiana State University and returned to New Orleans to earn a dual degree from Loyola University’s College of Law and The University of New Orleans’ Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program.

She was born and raised in New Orleans and now enjoys raising two young children here with her husband.

Sharon Jasper

Commissioner
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Sharon Jasper

President, HANO’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) Resident Council


Sharon Jasper is the President of HANO’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) Resident Council. She was a resident of the former St. Bernard Public Housing Development for over 40 years, and has been involved in the affordable housing movement for the past 15 years. As a newly-appointed Board of Commissioner, Ms. Jasper will continue to advocate for safe and affordable housing for all residents while working closely with HANO, Mayor Cantrell, and her fellow commissioners.

In her current role, Ms. Jasper works closely with seven resident leaders to represent over 18,000 participating HCVP families. Originally launched in 2013, the Council strives to improve the quality of life and satisfaction of HCVP residents across the city while also fostering open communication between HANO, residents, landlords, and caseworkers.

Ms. Jasper is also a dedicated community leader with a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals and families across the city. She previously served as President of HANO’s Resident Council from 2000 to 2001. Ms. Jasper is also a proud member of the St. Bernard Community Baptist Church, serving as the Vice President of the Usher Board and a member of the Women of Faith organization.

Carol George Johnson

Commissioner
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Carol George Johnson

President/Owner, Johnson Mortgage Corporation


For forty years, Carol George Johnson has been a force in making home ownership a reality for local families. An unwavering advocate for home ownership for all, Ms. Johnson began her career selling real estate. Subsequently realizing the challenges faced by people of color to participate in the process of obtaining a home loan, she shifted gears, moving into mortgage financing.

Carol became the first African American woman in the nation to lead a municipal Housing Finance Authority. She streamlined complex processes of tax-exempt bond programs and developed systems to directly support affordable housing finance. Thousands of families in low-income households realized their dreams of homeowner-ship through these programs, which are still being utilized today, ensuring home ownership for our most vulnerable populations.

In 1993 Ms. Johnson opened her own mortgage brokerage firm, Johnson Mortgage Corporation. Within three short years, the organization was acclaimed one of five top lenders in the United States by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This distinguished award recognized Carol for providing first-time home ownership opportunities to single, African American female heads of household. Johnson Mortgage Corporation received multiple recognitions from the City of New Orleans for being a “Top Lender,” and lauded a “champion” for affordable housing by real estate professionals and non-profit organizations.

Johnson Mortgage Corporation was instrumental in providing higher-wage job opportunities for African Americans, which laid a foundation for many professionals of color in leading roles today in the mortgage finance industry.

Carol attended the University of New Orleans and has completed numerous training programs in top mortgage banking institutes; she is a certified mortgage broker.

Ms. Johnson is married, has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. She resides in New Orleans, LA.

Monika McKay

Commissioner
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Monika McKay

Realtor


Since 2004, Monika McKay has been working extensively in large, mixed-income project management, community development, real estate finance, and data analysis of large projects in distressed urban areas.

Ms. McKay is a native New Orleanian and is a proud of her Post Katrina contributions to the redevelopment of her beloved city. At McCormack Baron Salazar, Ms. McKay was responsible for the coordination and implementation of mixed-income and mixed-use projects. Her activities included working with local agencies and officials, securing and leveraging project financing, and coordinating public and private partners. Ms. McKay’s projects included serving as a consultant partner on the B.W. Cooper mixed-income public housing redevelopment and serving as project manager for the off-site components of the Iberville Revitalization project, which was awarded a 2010 Choice Neighborhood Initiative award.

Ms. McKay completed a University of Pennsylvania Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREx) fellowship in New Orleans, during which time she served as project manager for Columbia Residential’s Columbia Parc development in New Orleans. Her work on Columbia Parc involved serving as a day-to-day, on the ground project manager for the development and construction of over 460 units consisting of mixed-income, mixed-finance housing. Total development costs on the project exceeded $125 million and the project required the intense management of residents, architects, local utilities, engineers, state and local funders, the Housing Authority of New Orleans, the City of New Orleans, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, environmental consultants, and general contractors. Columbia Parc is the recipient of two Affordable Housing Finance 2011 awards—Best Overall Project and Best Family Project.

Ms. McKay has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate certificate in Urban Development from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011 Ms. McKay partnered in the market analysis firm, Spark InSites, and has been a certified market analyst. Ms. McKay is currently a licensed Realtor with Gardner Realtors and remains committed to affordable housing and homeownership. Monika is a proud Trustee of Ursuline Academy and The Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Hyma Moore

Commissioner
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Hyma Moore

Vice President of External Affairs, Greater New Orleans, Inc.


Hyma Moore serves as the Vice President of External Affairs for Greater New Orleans, Inc. In this role, Hyma leads the organization’s public face, supporting the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in communications and policy decisions on behalf of the 10-parish region.

Hyma Moore began working in national politics and media in 2015 after joining the Hillary for America (HFA) presidential campaign. During the 19-month national campaign, Hyma led political advance teams to 40 states and 130 cities on behalf and in preparation for Secretary Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine.

As a full-time Press Lead for Hillary Clinton’s National Advance team, Hyma handled high-level media and political appearances for Secretary Clinton, President Clinton and campaign surrogates. Additionally, Hyma served as the Louisiana State Director for HFA securing 71% of the Louisiana democratic primary vote, winning 62 of Louisiana's 64 Parishes.

Prior to joining the HFA campaign, Hyma held several positions on New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Communications Team. In those positions, he developed and implemented media engagement and communications strategies to advance the City's strategic and mayoral priorities.

Since the HFA campaign, Hyma has consulted with several individuals in or pursuing political office. Some of those assignments included, Jon Ossoff for Congress (GA-6), the costliest congressional campaign in history and the transition for Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, the first female mayor of Baton Rouge. Additionally, Hyma worked on a nation-wide healthcare tour with Senator Bernie Sanders.

Hyma returned to New Orleans in 2017 to serve as Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Communications Advisor during the final months of Landrieu’s second term. In this role, he managed all national media appearances for the mayor.

Following the Landrieu Administration, Hyma was tapped by Mayor LaToya Cantrell, first female mayor of New Orleans, to serve as Director of Federal Affairs. In this role, Hyma managed the Mayor’s federal agenda and engagement as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors.

In addition to politics, Hyma has several ventures in the entertainment industry, including managing music talent and advancing and staffing executives like Michelle Ebanks, President and CEO of Essence Communications.

Hyma is a graduate of Morehouse College. He comes from a spiritual family and is passionate about the ideals of community. He is an avid golfer and French Language enthusiast.

Kim Piper

Commissioner
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Kim Piper

President, Iberville Resident Council


A native New Orleanian, and devoted mother and grandmother, Kim Piper is the President of the Iberville Resident Council. She was a resident of the former Iberville Public Housing Development for over 30 years, and has been involved in promoting tenant rights for HANO residents since 2003. As a member of HANO’s Board of Commissioners, Ms. Piper will continue to advocate for safe, affordable housing for low income families across the city.

As President of the Iberville Resident Council, Ms. Piper is a strong proponent for resident input, improved housing conditions, recreational opportunities for youth, and social services for low income families. She also previously served as a member of the Iberville Redevelopment Working Team, working with residents and housing officials to preserve Iberville’s historical buildings during its redevelopment in 2012.

Ms. Piper continues to be a dedicated community leader with a strong commitment to helping public housing and HCVP residents – providing transportation to seniors, helping working mothers with school pickups and drop-offs, assisting residents in completing applications for SNAP benefits, and much more.

William "Bill" Rouselle

Commissioner
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William "Bill" Rouselle

President & CEO, Bright Moments, LLC


William “Bill” Rouselle was born in New Orleans on August 3, 1946. His life challenge can be summed-up in the words of the poet, Mari Evans in her poem - SPEAK THE TRUTH TO THE PEOPLE

“Speak the truth to the people
Talk sense to the people
Free them with honesty
Free the people with Love and Courage and Care for their Being…
Speak the truth to the people…
Move them to a BLACK ONENESS
A black strength which defends its own
A black strength which attacks the laws,
Exposes the lies, disassembles the structure
And ravages the very foundation of evil.”

His life in the media is rooted in a desire for the truth, a commitment to change, and a will to leave this world a better place. The son of a public school teacher, Bill grew up in Uptown New Orleans. Nurtured by the rich New Orleans culture, he developed a love for his City, its people and a commitment to speaking truth to power!

A 1967 Honors Graduate from Xavier University, Rouselle landed a publishing intern position with Time, Inc. in New York. That next year, he became the first African-American on-air news reporter in New Orleans at WDSU TV. Rouselle often shares his first day in the WDSU news room on April 4, 1968 - the day Martin Luther King was assassinated. He saw first-hand how media censorship works when police authorities convinced the TV station not to air information on the riots in other urban areas in America. They feared similar reactions from local citizens. His passion for truth and commitment to his people grew stronger.

In 1969, he left WDSU following a controversial interview with the protesters who were fighting the merger of SUNO into the LSU System. He would be appointed as Deputy Director of the City’s Human Relations Committee where he engineered the passage of a local Public Accommodations Ordinance, opening restaurants and bars to all citizens.

Following a year at City Hall, he worked ten years in the community with the Free Southern Theater (FST). He helped organize a community-based effort to include African-Americans in the TV media. The Media Project challenged TV stations' licenses in the early 1970s and won concessions from most of the local TV stations. In the mid-70s, Bill hosted a weekly TV show on the public television station, WYES TV called Nation Time, while also serving as a Producer for the Free Southern Theater. During this period, Rouselle joined the board of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation following a protest for Black involvement in the event. He would eventually serve as president and help oversee the development of the festival into one of the world’s premier music events.

Rouselle later worked as Director of the Parent Community Alliance, an organization developed to organize parents to be more involved in public school policy. He learned about community organizing in this role under the tutelage of Oretha Castle Haley, his most important mentor. In the late 70’s, Bill headed the Ad Hoc Committee for Accountable Police, which won increased civilian oversight of police involved in brutal citizen interactions.

In the early 1980s, Rouselle put his publishing skills to work at the Black Collegian Magazine, a Black owned and operated national publication based in New Orleans. Then in 1984, he and former Black Collegian editor, Kalamu ya Salaam opened the doors of Bright Moments Public Relations firm.

For 35 years now, Rouselle and his company have provided public relations, marketing and advertising services to a long list of clients including enduring clients like Liberty Bank, Total Community Action, The City of New Orleans, Entergy and New Orleans Public Schools. He is one of the City’s leading political strategists having managed successful campaigns for Public School and City millage elections, as well as numerous political candidates such as Dorothy Mae Taylor, the first Black woman legislator in Louisiana; U. S. Senator Mary Landrieu; Mayor Ray Nagin and Mitch Landrieu; and the first female African-American Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, to name a few.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, while managing the day-to-day operations of Bright Moments, Bill hosted Sunday Journal radio show every Sunday from 7am to 9am on WYLD FM Radio. He simultaneously hosted a weekly TV show on the Cox Cable Access Channel called The Liberty Network – sponsored by Liberty Bank. Both shows featured news analysis, feature interviews and hard hitting, honest dialogue between the host and the viewing and listening audience.

Since Katrina, local, state and national organizations alike have sought his expertise, knowledge and ability to reach into the community. Bright Moments has been instrumental in ensuring citizen participation in the rebuilding of New Orleans Public Schools, site preparation for new hospitals, creating a Master Plan for Land Use and a new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance; as well as numerous redevelopment efforts.

In 2007, Rouselle was honored with the local advertising industry’s highest honor, the Silver Medal, presented by the New Orleans Ad Club. Equivalent to a lifetime achievement award, the Silver Medal honored him for his many firsts and for his significant contribution to the industry.

Bill Rouselle is married to Ethel Davis Rouselle. He has 6 children and 7 grandchildren. He is a member of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church.