YLC Announces 2017 Role Model Class

21 New Orleanians to be honored at Role Model Awards Gala on September 16, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (June 27, 2017)Young Leadership Council (YLC) proudly announces its 2017 Role Model class. Composed of 21 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.

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. The 2017 Role Model class is composed of the following individuals:


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 for Children

Bill Hammack

Kingsley House

Jeff Hebert

City of New Orleans

Raymond “Ray” Jeandron

KPMG, LLP (Retired)

Kay Kerrigan

Ya Ya, Inc.

Andy Kopplin

Greater New Orleans Foundation

Bivian “Sonny” Lee III

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

Greg Reggio

Taste Buds Management

Lee Reid

Adams and Reese, LLP

Petrice Sams-Abiodun

Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans

Salvador Scaccia

TLC Rx New Orleans (now Kroger Specialty Pharmacy)

Derrick Tabb

The Roots of Music

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.

“This group of distinguished individuals truly represents the best of the New Orleans community – to call them role models is an understatement,” said 2017 YLC Board President Jermaine Smith. “The incredible achievements of the 2017 Role Model Class serve as an inspiring reminder to young people in our community of their power to affect change in the Crescent City. At YLC, we are focused on developing the leaders of tomorrow and connecting our members with these distinguished individuals enables us to keep the cycle of leadership going for generations to come.”

The annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala is a black tie event and will feature a formal presentation of the members of the 2017 Role Model class followed by dinner and musical entertainment.

This year’s Role Model Gala is chaired by YLC Board Members Caleb Roberts and Carolyn Buckley. General admission tickets to the Role Model Awards Gala are $200 per person, with Patron Party tickets available for $500. All tickets can be purchased online by visiting https://ylcnola.org/purchase-gala-tickets. Table sponsorship packages are also available, starting at $2,500.

For more information about sponsorships or to purchase tickets to the 31st Annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala, contact Julia Moore at julia@ylcnola.org or call 504-585-1198. For more information about YLC and to view a list of past Role Model Award recipients, visit www.ylcnola.org. YLC can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @ylcnola.   

About Young Leadership Council

Young Leadership Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization created to develop leadership through community projects. Through volunteer-created community projects, YLC recruits and retains young professionals to New Orleans, creating a positive impact on the quality of life in the region. The oldest, independent YPO (young professionals’ organization) in the country, YLC has raised more than $25 million to support community projects in and around the Greater New Orleans area since 1986.