2019 Role Model Class

Annually since 1986, YLC selects 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. We will honor them at the 33rd Annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala on Saturday, September 14, 6 pm at The Fillmore New Orleans.

Outstanding New Orleanians

We are excited to introduce the outstanding members of YLC’s 2019 Role Model Class! YLC will honor these distinguished individuals at the 33rd Annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala on Saturday, September 14 at The Fillmore New Orleans.

Each year’s group of honorees is selected by a committee including members of the YLC Board of Directors and past YLC Role Model Award recipients. Individuals are selected based on significant contributions to their field of work, to their community, and to New Orleans as a whole. Notably, a person can only receive the honor of YLC Role Model once in his or her lifetime.


LTC (R) Danny Blanks

Pontchartrain Partners, LLC

Jody Braunig

Girls on the Run New Orleans

Frank Brigtsen

Brigtsen’s Restaurant

Andrea Chen


Greg Feirn

LCMC Health

Becker Hall & Rene Louapre

Hogs for the Cause

Lee Ledbetter

Lee Ledbetter & Associates

Debbie Badeaux Maniglia

Intralox, LLC

Judy Reese Morse

Urban League of Louisiana

Dr. John Nicklow

University of New Orleans

Mayra Pineda

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana

Nakita Angelle Shavers

Youth Empowerment Project

Susan Taylor

New Orleans Museum of Art

Walter “Wolfman” Washington


Mike Woodward

College Track New Orleans

Kevin Wilkins