Role Models

YLC honored the accomplishments and contributions of incredible leaders in the New Orleans community. Explore their bios, below!

YLC Role Models

Each year, YLC selects individuals who have distinguished themselves by actively contributing to the betterment of our community in the following ways:

  • Promoting a positive attitude and unyielding desire to enhance the quality of life in our community

  • Striving to unite our community in collaborative efforts for its further prosperity

  • Serving as an exemplary role model to young professionals

  • Taking an effective and vigorous leadership role in our community

  • Making specific contributions in his or her specific field of endeavor

Explore YLC’s Role Model Award recipients below!

Curious who YLC has honored in the past? See our previous Role Models.

Dr. Jennifer L. Avegno, M.D.

Director, City of New Orleans Health Department
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Edel Blanks

President and CEO, Intralox
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Dr. Jawan Brown-Alexander

Chief of Schools, New Schools for New Orleans
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Martha Castillo

Counsel, Pan-American Life Insurance Group
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Patrick Comer

Founder and CEO, Lucid
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Nancy Scott Degan

Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
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Nicole Deggins

Founder, Sista Midwife Productions
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Troy Duhon

President/CEO, Premier Automotive Group
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Mamie Gasperecz

Vice President, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust
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Hunter G. Hill

Executive Vice President and New Orleans Market President, IBERIABANK | First Horizon
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Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Outgoing President & CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance
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Paula Peer

Principal/Architect, Trapolin Peer Architects
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David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D.

Regional Director of Diversity and Inclusion of the Bayou Region, Ochsner Health
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Chuck Roth

Executive Director, Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans
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Syrita Steib

Founder & Executive Director, Operation Restoration
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Erica Woodley

Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students, Tulane University
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