Sybil Morial, President
Sybil Morial, a retired educator and college administrator, is the wife of New Orleans first Black Mayor, “Dutch” Morial and mother of former New Orleans Mayor, Mark Morial. She has served as a Jazz Camp cornerstone since its inception.
Vaughn Randolph Fauria, Vice President
Vaughn Randolph Fauria is the Executive Director and President of NewCorp Inc., a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) specializing in small, minority, and women owned businesses.
Carol Balthazar, Secretary/Treasurer
Carol Balthazar is the CEO of Balthazar Electriks, a wholesale distributer of electrical, electronic, voice, video, and datacom equipment. The New Orleans headquartered company has offices in Alexandria, Natchitoches, and Shreveport.
Madlyn Bagneris, Scholarship Fund Chair
Madlyn Bagneris serves as a member of several social and state cultural boards. She is the retired Manager of Supplier Diversity and Second Tier Sourcing for Entergy Corporation, is a former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Social Services and the Executive Director of the New Orleans Recreation Department under Mayor Dutch Morial.
Winston Burns is the CEO of Newburns Management Group, which he co-owns with his wife, Wendy, the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Newburns operates stores inside New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport, Orlando International Airport in Florida, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Missouri, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Blane Clayton owns the B Boutique, a specialty shop for woman’s clothing and accessories on Magazine Street in New Orleans. She is a former director of the Fashion Institute of New Orleans.
Jeanette M. Davis-Loeb
Jeanette M. Davis-Loeb is the Founder & CEO of the Rising Oak Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation committed to the holistic development of black boys. She is also the former V.P. and C.O.O. of Dynamic Industries L.L.C., a privately held company specializing in property development and asset management.
Sidney Fauria is the owner of S. J. Fauria & Associates, LLC and Construction Consultant.
Randy Fertel is a writer, professor, philanthropist and president of both the Fertel Foundation and the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation.
Hon. Marlin Gusman
Hon. Marlin Gusman Elected Sheriff of New Orleans for a third full term, is responsible for the Orleans Parish correctional facilities; the care, custody and control of inmates. As Executive Officer for the New Orleans Criminal and Civil Courts, he also oversees subpoenas, courtroom security, and the executory process. By invitation, he attended and completed the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
Lesli Harris is a Member of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC and serves as Chair of Stone Pigman’s Media, Entertainment & Sports Law practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies practice. Ms. Harris also teaches as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, and speaks frequently on litigation, entertainment, and intellectual property topics.
Justin C. Mack
Justin C. Mack is a New Orleans native. He is the Director of Student Affairs, Joseph A. Craig Charter School at Friends of King Charter School District. Mr. Mack is also an advocate for restoration of the Louisiana coast and environmental educator.
Ed Marshall is Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing for First NBC Bank. He is Principle Partner of Ed Marshall & Associates Image and Speaker’s Bureau with offices in New Orleans, Atlanta and the Caribbean Island of St. Martin.
Jacques Morial has over a quarter century of experience in community organizing, capital finance, dispute resolution, strategic communications, political campaign management, public policy analysis and development. Jacques is a true music aficionado. In addition to supporting Jazz Camp since its inception, he is a supporter of musicians and works tirelessly to preserve the cultural heritage of New Orleans.
Allison Peña is a Cultural Anthropologist with more than 25 years of experience in the field. She served as a community consultant and cultural resource specialist with the National Park Service at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Recently retired, she will continue to work and serve the community. Ms. Peña also serves on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation board.
Mark Samuels President of Basin Street Records, a company he started in 1997as a hobby and has nurtured it into the premier Jazz recording label in the industry.
Johnathan Thomas is a native of New Orleans with roots in the entertainment industry. He began his career as an entertainer and has since transitioned into working with entertainers and businesses in the industry. He presently serves as CEO of Ascension Branding a company that provides full-service marketing and business solutions to artists, corporations, and non-profit organizations.
Sarah Newell Usdin
Sarah Newell Usdin has served as a member of the Orleans Parish School Board since November 2012. She is the Founder and past- CEO of New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO). After teaching in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship, she taught 5th grade for three years before becoming Teach for America’s Executive Director in Louisiana. She went on to serve as a partner with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), working to recruit, train, and certify public school teachers. Mrs. Usdin is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and was a recipient of The Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership.
Kevin Williams has over 35 years of experience in small business banking, commercial banking and economic development. A retired federal banking regulator from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), he served as the Community Affairs Specialist for Gulf Coast Rebuilding. Mr. Williams trained and certified bankers and nonprofits’ staff to teach the FDIC’s Money Smart for Adults and Money Smart for Young Adults Financial Education Programs. He contributed to the development of the FDIC/SBA Money Smart for Small Business Program and is a prior recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Financial Services Award for the State of Louisiana.