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2017-2018 Board of Directors





   William “Chuck” Credo III, President, is a retired Assistant District Attorney whose legal practice centers on the representation of Louisiana Coroners statewide. His past service as a District Court Judge Pro Tempore and current position as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane Law School make him a sought after lecturer statewide at police academies, state and local bar associations, the Louisiana District Attourneys Association and others. He lectures on criminal law, death investigation, mental health law and sexual assault law.



Irel L. Sears, Jr., Vice President, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and moved to New Orleans at a very young age. Irel graduated from Fortier High School in New Orleans and attended the University of New Orleans. He is now President and co-owner of Allied Paper Company. Irel is a past Board Member of Easter Seals. He is a NAMI New Orleans Board Member since 2011 and currently serves as Fundraising Chairman.



Fabio Canton, Treasurer, has been on the board since its inception in 1978. Fabio is a Certified Public Accountant that has supported NAMI New Orleans as the treasurer of the organization and as an advocate for families and consumers for more than 35 years.



Meghan Donelon, Secretary, was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in 2004, and LSU in 2008. She is now an Assistant Vice President/Commercial Banker at IBERIABANK, where she is responsible for growing a multi-million dollar loan and deposit portfolio. She joined the NAMI New Orleans Board in 2014, and also serves on the Board of Directors of The NOCCA Institute. She is an avid Saints, Tigers, and Pelicans fan, and in her spare time enjoys playing and coaching volleyball.



Debi Davies joined the board of directors in 2013.  She is the current chair of the public relations committee for NAMI New Orleans.  She was born in St. Petersburgh, Fla. but moved to New Orleans as a baby.  Around the age of 9 her family moved to Slidell where she remained until college.  She attended UNO and LSU and now resides in Metairie, La.  She is the proud mother of 3 children and enjoys tennis and gardening.



D. Michael Dendy  is a native of Mississippi who graduated from Millsaps College, Jackson Mississippi in 1973 and from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1979. Since that time, he has engaged in the practice of civil law in the New Orleans area, concentrating his practice in areas related to business law and creditor’s rights.



The Honorable Calvin Johnson, retired Chief Judge of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court established the first Mental Health Treatment Court in the State of Louisiana in 2002. By 2005, this Special Court was selected as one of four demonstration courts in the Country.  Following his retirement from the bench in 2008, Judge Johnson was enlisted by the Governor to serve as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Human Service District (MHSD), an agency created by the State legislature to oversee the delivery of publicly funded, community based behavioral health services.  Judge Johnson directed the agency’s turnaround, leveraged new opportunities created by managed care and the Affordable Care Act, and established an effective leadership team. Judge Johnson retired from MHSD in April of 2014.   Since his retirement in April he has done consulting work for Magellan Health Louisiana, Futures Education and The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (CADA). Judge Johnson is currently working with the Federal Monitors appointed by Judge Lance Africk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana around the issue of proper care for defendants with mental health issues in the Parish prison.  Judge Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 1969, served four years in the United States Air Force, and then received his Jurisdoctorate from Loyola Law School in 1978. He was Professor of Law at Loyola Law School for nine years and Judge of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court for seventeen years.  He has received many awards in recognition of his commitment to working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system through every aspect of their recovery, including job readiness, housing stability, and community service projects.



 Bob Koehl was born in New Orleans, displaced due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and presently resides in Prairieville, LA. He was educated at Louisiana State University, University of New Orleans, Loyola University, and Tulane University. Bob has served on the NAMI Board of Directors for 14 years. He has been Board President of several non-profit organizations and currently is CEO of Akrom, Inc., Construction; Railstarr, LLC; fiberSIP, LLC; Hope Homes, LLC; and, Humanitarian Opportunities in Private Enterprise, LLC. He brings a focused, proactive, professional approach in leading NAMI New Orleans forward.



Susan Norwood is a mediator, consultant and trainer active in educational and community settings, having spent her early career as a school counselor and administrator. She promotes constructive conflict resolution throughout Greater New Orleans, including peer mediation and restorative discipline programs in schools. Ms. Norwood has served on the board of Community Mediation Services, Inc. since 1994 and recently served on the board of Collegiate Academies, a charter school network. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master’s degree from Tulane University.



Vincent Palumbo was born in Buffalo, New York and attended the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile.  He serves as Executive Vice President of Terminix Pest Control, the largest termite and pest control company in the southeast.  He is a three time past president of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Pest Control Association, as well as a past president of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Pest Control Association.  He has also served as a board member for St. Paul’s Episcopal and McGhee schools, and the Metairie Country Club.



 Vince Petreikis, has retired from the travel/ tourism and hospitality industries having served in various positions of sales, marketing and operations with Trans World Airlines, AAA, the Ohio Auto Club, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, ACI Hotels, Sheraton and Choice properties. He resides with his wife Bobbe in Metairie. Between the two they have four children and twelve grandchildren. Activities include the Archdiocese of New Orleans Holy Name, SKAL International of New Orleans, Jefferson Chamber Toastmasters, East Jefferson Family YMCA and attending the University of New Orleans.



 Chantrelle Varnado-Johnson, LPC-S is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education at the University of New Orleans.  She holds a master’s in counseling and a master’s in sociology from the University of New Orleans.  Chantrelle has experience as a clinical mental health counselor and has collaborated within the school setting.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor; a board approved clinical supervisor in Louisiana, and a National Certified Counselor.  She is also certified as a guidance counselor and a provisional mental health counselor by the Louisiana Department of Education and has Louisiana Appraisal Privilege.  She has chaired the American Counseling Association (ACA) Graduate Student Committee (2013-2014) and served as President of the Alpha Eta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society (2011-2012).  Chantrelle currently serves as the graduate student representative of the Louisiana Counseling Association.  In 2013, she was awarded the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society (CSI) Leadership Intern received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award (LCA) in 2011, and received the Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award (LACES) in 2010.  She is actively involved in state and national organizations including the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International, Louisiana Counseling Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, and Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.


Honorary Board Members    


Raymond Bretz

James Donelan

Ella Flower

Edward Foulks, M.D.




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Harold Martin

Howard Moreaux

Holley Pavy

Mary C. (Bea) Piker

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