The board consists of seven volunteer members who serve staggered terms of seven years each. Six members are appointed by the mayor from lists of three nominees each submitted by the presidents or chancellors of Dillard University, Loyola University, Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO), Tulane University, University of New Orleans (UNO), and Xavier University. The seventh member is appointed by the mayor. Each appointment is subject to the approval by a majority of the members of the city council.

The board is assisted by staff, including its Executive Administrator and General Counsel, Dane S. Ciolino.


Wanda A. Brooks

Wanda Ackers Brooks, CPA, CGMA, CICA
Board Member

Wanda Brooks joined Dillard University in 2008, and serves as the University’s Internal Auditor, having the responsibilities of conducting financial, compliance and operational audits. As the first and only Internal Auditor for the University, Wanda has developed and implemented an effective Internal Audit Department, providing independent, objective, assurance, and services, resulting in improved University operations.

At the request of the Board of Trustees, Wanda served as the University’s Interim Chief Financial Officer during the 2010-2011 and the 2011-2012 fiscal years. Her responsibility was to redesign the Finance Department’s operations to provide a more effective and streamlined process, as the University searched for a Vice President for Business and Finance/CFO. The Board was most pleased upon the successful completion Wanda’s Interim tenure.

Prior to joining Dillard University, Wanda Brooks has served in several financial and auditing capacities: Bruno and Tervalon CPA Firm, Dominion Exploration & Production, Dyn McDermott Petroleum Operations, The Archdiocese of New Orleans, and Entergy Services. She has also served on the New Orleans Board of Liquidation, and the Board of Trustees for the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College). Currently, Wanda holds membership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Ms. Brooks is the appointee of Dillard University to fill the unexpired term of Brandon Boutin. Her term will expire on June 30, 2022. See Brooks Appointment Motion (Feb. 20, 2020).

Elizabeth Livingston de Calderon

Elizabeth Livingston de Calderon, J.D.
Board Chair

Elizabeth Livingston de Calderon is a member of the faculty at Tulane Law School, where she has supervised students in federal and state courts and agencies as part of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic since 2006. Through the Clinic, she has accumulated extensive litigation experience under the Clean Water Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act while representing non-profit and public interest organizations, as well as indigent individuals. She has also successfully engaged in federal litigation under the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Endangered Species Act. In state proceedings, Ms. Calderon’s practice centers on the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act and its supporting regulations. Before public interest and environmental law, Ms. Calderon practiced commercial bankruptcy law—first in New York City and then in Detroit. She graduated magna cum laude from Tulane Law School, was Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Classical Languages.

Ms. Calderon is the appointee of Tulane University. Her term will expire on June 30, 2023. See Calderon Appointment Motion (Jul. 13, 2017).

Holly Callia

Holly Callia
Board Member

Holly Callia is a New Orleans native. She is a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy and the University of New Orleans, where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance. Ms. Callia currently serves as Louisiana Mortgage Market President for IberiaBank-First Horizon. She is married to Tommy A. Callia and has one daughter, Kelly.

Ms. Callia is the appointee of the University of New Orleans. Her term will expire on June 30, 2026. See Callia Appointment Motion (Sep. 17, 2020).

Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D.


Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. On the faculty of Loyola University since 1990, he also served as assistant to the president. He was co-founder of the Jeremiah Group, an interracial and interfaith community organization, and Shades of Praise, the New Orleans interracial gospel choir. After Hurricane Katrina, he served as chief of staff of the Government Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee of the bring New Orleans Back Commission, and subsequently founded Common Good, a network of civil society organizations to build multiracial consensus on the rebuilding of New Orleans. He served on the Human Relations Commission of the City of New Orleans from 2001-2008, and chaired the commission from 2002-2008. He is a visiting fellow of Harris Manchester College in Oxford University.

Dr. Cowan is the appointee of Loyola University. His term will expire on June 30, 2022. See Cowan Appointment Motion (Sep. 3, 2015).

Monique Gougisha Doucette

Monique Gougisha Doucette
Board Secretary

Ms. Doucette is a shareholder of the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in New Orleans. She pactices primarily in the area of employment litigation and represents management in claims arising under various federal and state employment laws. Ms. Doucette has significant experience litigating employment matters in a variety of business sectors such as construction, energy, banking and hospitality. She also has expertise in workplace misconduct and sexual harassment issues. Ms. Doucette regularly conducts customized workplace respect and anti-harassment training for employers.

Ms. Doucette is a frequent speaker on various employment law topics and contributing author to publications such as the Louisiana Bar Journal, New Orleans CityBusiness and HR Magazine. She is also an avid supporter of the local arts and education in New Orleans by serving on the executive board of directors for the New Orleans Ballet Association and the Arts Council of New Orleans, as well as the board of directors for Urban League of Louisiana and the advisory board for the New Orleans Opera Association. She is a member of the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the American Inns of Court and serves as a co-chair on the ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee’s Diversity Initiative Task Force. In 2018, Ms. Doucette was appointed to the board of directors of the New Orleans chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) as the board attorney.

Ms. Doucette is the appointee of Xavier University. Her term will expire on June 30, 3025. See Doucette Appointment Motion (Aug. 8, 2019).

Tyrone G. Jefferson, Jr.

Tyrone G. Jefferson, Jr.
Board Member

Pastor Tyrone G. Jefferson, Jr. is a native New Orleanian and is the Founding Senior Pastor of the Abundant Life Tabernacle Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pastor Jefferson graduated from St. Thomas Christian University in Jacksonville, Florida earning a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, a master’s degree in Christian Counseling, and a doctorate degree in Divinity.

Pastor Tyrone Jefferson is deeply involved in the community where he serves as a meticulous leader. He has served as a member of several boards of directors, of advisors, of managers, and of trustees. Pastor Jefferson is also Chairman of the Board of Directors for Versatile Entertainment, Inc.

Pastor Jefferson serves as a spiritual advisor to many local, state, and national officials, including, but not limited to, Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Pastor Jefferson is also an appointed Chaplain for the New Orleans Sherriff’s Department, Louisiana State Police Department, and New Orleans Police Department.

Pastor Jefferson is the Founder and CEO of The Tabernacle Development Corporation, and Safe Haven of Louisiana, LLC. Pastor Jefferson is the Co~Host of the National “Wake up And Praise Morning Show”, which airs weekdays from 6am – 9am on WLNO 1060am.

Dr. Jefferson is the appointee of Mayor Latoya Cantrell. His term will expire on June 30, 2027. See Jefferson Appointment Motion (Sep. 17, 2020).

Torin T. Sanders, Ph.D.

Rev. Dr. Torin T. Sanders, Ph.D.
Board Vice-Chair

Dr. Sanders serves on the faculty of Southern University and as pastor of The Sixth Baptist Church, founded in 1858. Dr. Sanders attended Howard University on a full, four-year academic scholarship. While at Howard, he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, and graduated magna cum laude. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in social work from Tulane University.

A believer in public service, Dr. Sanders currently serves as Chair of the New Orleans Council on Aging, Chair of the New Orleans Children & Youth Planning Board, and Co-Chair of the Childhood Trauma Task Force. In 2004, he was elected to the Orleans Parish School Board where he twice served as President. Dr. Sanders is the author of chapter five in Called to Sankofa: Leading in, through and beyond disaster. The chapter is entitled “Orleans Parish School Board Politics and Policy Post-Katrina”. In the nonprofit sector, Dr. Sanders has served as Vice-President Volunteers of America and as Program Coordinator at the Children’s Bureau.

Dr. Sanders is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Victims & Citizens against Crime, the National Association of Black Social Workers, Gambit 40 under 40, and from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, of which he is a proud member. He is married and the father of two adult sons.

Mr. Sanders is the appointee of Southern University New Orleans. His term will expire on June 30, 2024. See Sanders Appointment Motion (Feb. 20, 2020).

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