V. NoLa: Rebuilding New Orleans
Ms. Kim M. Boyle
Kim M. Boyle is a partner in the Employment Law Group with the law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP. Ms. Boyle has practiced in all areas of commercial litigation, as well as employment litigation, tort litigation and general litigation. Ms. Boyle is also a former Judge Pro Tempore of Division “I” of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, as well as a former Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Kim, a New Orleans native, graduated from Princeton University in 1984, before attending the University of Virginia School of Law and returning to New Orleans in 1987.
Ms. Boyle is very active in various civic and bar activities, including formerly serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Louisiana, and a former board member of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, which works to prevent discrimination in housing in the Greater New Orleans area. She formerly served as President of the local Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) program, which represents the interests of abused and neglected children in the judicial system, and served as the Secretary of the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (“NOLAC”). Ms. Boyle is also very active in the local bar associations, formerly serving as Treasurer of the Louisiana State Bar Association (“LSBA”), and formerly serving as a member of the Board of Governors, as well as serving as Past President of the New Orleans Bar Association as the first African-American to hold the position, as well as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Ethics 2000 Committee. Kim has been a long-time member of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, and has participated in Martinet activities during Black History Month for the past two years. She served as pro bono legal counsel to Covenant House of New Orleans and was the first African-American woman to serve as Co-Chair of the NO/AIDS Task Force Board of Trustees, and also previously served as a board member of Aids Law Louisiana. Kim’s commitment to the Greater New Orleans community is also reflected in her work as a member of the local Advisory Board for the United Negro College Fund, as well as a trustee for the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and a trustee for the WYES-12 Board of Directors. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, the Executive Committee for Committee of 21, board member on the Bureau of Governmental Research, and Co-Chair of the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (“LRA”) and serves as Chair of the LRA Healthcare Committee. Kim previously served on the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, which focused upon rebuilding the city post-Katrina, and served as Chair of the Health/Social Services Committee of the Commission.
Kim has been recognized with such honors as the Dryades YMCA Certificate of Merit, the Loyola University Black Law Students Association Louis Westerfield Award, the Louisiana State Bar Association President’s Award, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. President’s Award, the YWCA 2001 Role Model Award, and the NO/AIDS Task Force’s Humanitas Award. She has also received the City Business 2005 Women of the Year Award, the City Business 2005 and 2006 Leadership in Law Awards, and the National Bar Association Presidential Award in 2006.
Mr. Alden J. McDonald, Jr.
President and CEO of Liberty Bank and Trust Company since 1972, one of the five largest African-American owned financial institutions in the United States, Alden J. McDonald, Jr. is nationally recognized as a dynamic catalyst in the movement of minority businesses into the mainstream economy. As both a business leader and a community leader, he has devoted his life to community development through promoting entrepreneurship, supporting civic organizations and empowering businesses and individuals.
A graduate of the LSU School of Banking and of Columbia University’s Commercial Banking Management Program, Mr. McDonald began his career at International City Bank in New Orleans in 1996, rising to the position of Vice-President for Consumer Lending. In 1972, he left to take the reins of the newly formed Liberty Bank and Trust Company; as President and CEO since its inception, he is the longest-tenured African-American financial executive in the country.
As the first African-American owned commercial bank in Louisiana and now in Mississippi, Liberty was founded to provide economic opportunity to a community largely lacking in financial services and resources. Under Mr. McDonald’s stewardship, Liberty has grown to more than $350 million in assets, realized consistent profitability and national recognition and leadership. After six successful acquisitions, Liberty Bank now serves three cities in two states with thirteen branch offices as well as an insurance division, a national leasing company and a mortgage division.
He has also served on the boards of numerous local, regional, and national institutions and agencies, including FannieMae, the American Bankers Association, the National Bankers Association, and the Louisiana Bankers Association. Mr. McDonald has also provided his business acumen and expertise to other industries, serving on many corporate boards including Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (STEI), Entergy New Orleans Advisory Board, Chairman of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Lindy Boggs Medical Center, Minority Alliance Capital, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and the Port Authority of New Orleans, just to name a few.
Widely recognized both locally and nationally for his many endeavors, a few of Mr. McDonald’s awards and honors are A. G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award from Black Enterprise, May 2005. In 2001, he received the Loving Cup from New Orleans’ major newspaper, the Times Picayune that is awarded annually for over 100 years; this is considered the highest honor in the metropolitan area. He also received the R.R. Wright Presidential Award from the National Banker’s Association; the Whitney Young Award from the Urban League of Greater New Orleans; the Civil Rights Award from the National Dental Association; the Minority Suppliers Award from J.C. Penney; and the Business Hall of Fame from Junior Achievement.
In 1987, Mr. McDonald played a central role in the establishment of the Black Economic Development Council (BEDC). BEDC has become the driving force behind Black economic development in the region, and has helped many minority businesses to secure public and private contracts for goods and services. The organization is currently recognized as a leading voice in the African-American community and a potent political force on issues that impact the quality of life in New Orleans.
Mr. McDonald’s commitment to community service is further typified by his service on the Archdiocese of New Orleans Finance Council (including confirmation by the Vatican), the Southern University at New Orleans Advisory Council, the Board of Tulane University School of Medicine, the Loyola University Board of Trustees, the United Negro College Fund, the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, and the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee, along with numerous other civic organizations. In fact, it is fair to say that he has served on every major business and civic board in the city of New Orleans.
Married to the former Rhesa Ortique, Mr. McDonald is the father of three children, Heidi, Alden III, and Todd.
Christopher Cooper currently covers national politics for The Wall Street Journal after previously serving as a White House correspondent. Before arriving in Washington in 2002, he was a correspondent in the Journal’s London bureau. During his tenure abroad, he primarily reported on the Middle East and continental Europe, most notably on the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen and the U.S.-Iraqi conflict. Mr. Cooper is a former political reporter at The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and a native of Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Mr. Cooper’s first book, “Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security,” has been described by The Washington Post as “the best in-depth contemporary analysis” on the governmental and bureaucratic failures in response to the flooding of New Orleans. In addition, HBO has acquired the rights to Disaster and will develop it as a miniseries.
Sharon G. Howard was appointed Assistant Secretary for the Department of Health and Hospital’s Office of Public Health (OPH) on May 16, 2004. Prior to that appointment, Mrs. Howard served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for OPH and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health’s Center for Preventive Health.
Mrs. Howard has served in state government since 1975. She began her employment with OPH in 1988 in the Policy Planning and Evaluation Section as a health planner before managing the Child Health and Maternity Program (CHAMP) in the Maternal and Child Health Section. She left OPH in 1992 to work as the Louisiana KIDMED Outreach Manager. When Mrs. Howard returned to OPH in 1994, she served as Administrator of the Family Planning Program until August 1999 and as Division Director for the Division of Health Services between August 1999 and January 2000. Her experience also includes employment with the Orleans Parish School Board and the Office of Family Support.
Mrs. Howard has over twenty-nine years of experience in the areas of management, program development, policy making in Public Health, Medicaid, Public Assistance and Social Service agencies.
Mrs. Howard received a B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University and an MSW in Health/Mental Health from Southern University’s School of Social Work. Mrs. Howard has been married to Wayne B. Howard for 33 years and has two daughters; Kelly Rouse, MD and Krystal Howard, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
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