2017 Role Models

Annually since 1987, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large!

2017 YLC Role Models

Young Leadership Council proudly announces its 2017 Role Model class! Composed of 20 business, community, and civic leaders, the 2017 class will be honored at the 31st Annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala on Saturday, September 16, at 7 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, located at 601 Loyola Avenue.

Each year’s class of honorees is selected by a committee including members of the YLC Board of Directors and past YLC Role Model Award recipients. The committee members review all nominations submitted from the community before selecting a final list of individuals. Individuals are selected based on significant contributions to their field of work, to their community, and to New Orleans at large. Notably, a person can only receive the honor of YLC Role Model once in his or her lifetime.

The 2017 Role Model class is composed of the following individuals. Images and bios for each Role Model are coming soon!


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

       Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe

Amy Boyle Collins

       Gambel Communications

Gabe Feldman

Tulane University Law School

Dr. L’Issa Gates

Ochsner Health Systems

Bill Hammack

Link Restaurant Group

Jeff Hebert

City of New Orleans

Raymond “Ray” Jeandron

KPMG, LLP (Retired)

Kay Kerrigan

Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans

Andy Kopplin

Greater New Orleans Foundation

Bivian “Sonny” Lee

Son of a Saint

Carol McCall

Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans

Leann Moses

Carver Darden

Alyson Mount


Todd Murphy

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

Terri North

Providence Community Housing

Wesley Palmisano

Palmisano Contractors

Lee Reid

Adams and Reese, LLP

Petrice Sams-Abiodun

Planned Parenthood Gulf South

Salvador Scaccia

TLC Rx New Orleans

Derrick Tabb

The Roots of Music

View the 2017 Role Model Class Announcement Press Release