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2020 Board of Directors

susan_2013_white-3 Susan Norwood, Board President, 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. She 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 from Cornell University and her Master’s from Tulane University. NAMI presented her with the Joyce Burland Inspiration Award at the 2018 NAMI National Convention.
William “Chuck” Credo III, JD, Board Vice President, is an attorney for the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office. His past service as an Assistant District Attorney, District Court Judge Pro Tempore, and 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 Attorneys Association, and others. He lectures on criminal law, death investigation, mental health law and sexual assault law. He previously served as NAMI New Orleans’ Board President.
searscropped Irel L. Sears, Jr., Board Treasurer, 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.


Meghan Donelon, Board 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.
Megan Andry, LPC is a practicing licensed therapist who maintains a private practice. She is the founder of 501c3 Evolution Youth Empowerment Services and M.O.M. (Mothers of Men) Educational Support Group. She also serves on the Health and Wellness Committee of M.O.B.B. (Mothers of Black Boys) United. A native New Orleanian, she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Xavier University and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from University of Holy Cross. She advocates for the increased knowledge and acceptance of mental health within African American youth populations.
Ashleigh Castro, MS, LPC-S is a New Orleans native who earned her Master’s in Counseling from Loyola University. Since that time, she has worked in community-based, clinic-based, and residential-based settings and has also maintained a private practice since 2012. She has worked with clients who have severe and persistent mental illness, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder, as well as other diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety, and anger issues. She is a Board Approved Supervisor for Masters-level clinicians working towards their licensure.



Debi Davies joined the Board of Directors in 2013. She was born in St. Petersburgh, Florida but moved to New Orleans as a baby. Around the age of nine her family moved to Slidell where she remained until college. She attended University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University and now resides in Metairie.  She is the proud mother of three children and enjoys tennis and gardening.
Leisa Farrar, RN, is a native of New Orleans and Registered Nurse. In addition to serving on the NAMI New Orleans Board of Directors, Leisa is involved with the New Orleans chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
Rhonda M. Lee is a New Orleans native, a federal government employee, and author of the book For the Love of Bipolar published in March 2014. She has volunteered with NAMI New Orleans since attending the NAMI Family-to-Family education course in 2013. She is a trained NAMI Family Support Group facilitator and NAMI Family-to-Family teacher. She also presents NAMI Sharing Hope, a program developed for African American faith communities. She is passionate about increasing mental health awareness and understanding within diverse communities and organizations. Rhonda is married and enjoys family time and traveling.
Ronald J. Mancoske, DSW, LCSW, MPA received his BSW from the University of Wisconsin, his MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University, and his DSW from the University of Alabama. He also received his MPA in Healthcare Administration from Troy State University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and an Adult Mental Health First Aid instructor. He has experience as a practitioner in child welfare and behavioral health as well as experience in administration and quality assurance in behavioral health settings. Over the course of his career he has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Alabama, Chapman University, LSU, Tulane, and was the Millie M. Charles Professor of Social Work (and Interim Dean) and is currently an adjunct professor at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO).
Melissa McClendon received a Bachelor’s in General Studies from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s in Business Management from Colorado Technical University. She is a Realtor with Delisha Boyd Realty. She currently serves as president of the Women’s Council of Realtors. In 2018 Melissa received New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors’ Rising Star Award, the Millennial Award for Outstanding Millennial in Real Estate, and was named a Top Producer by New Orleans City Business Magazine. She has spoken before many students in New Orleans about the challenges they face and has been a mentor for children with incarcerated parents.
Nancy Moore received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia and received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She has traveled the country extensively as a military spouse, settling in the New Orleans area in 1998. She has worked with non-profit and community outreach organizations for many years.
   Betty Tedesco, LCSW, CMC is a native New Orleanian, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Certified Care Manager. She was Co-Founder and Director for 25 years of Home Care Solutions, providing geriatric care management, guardianship, and sitter/companion services. She received her Bachelor’s degree from LSU and her Master’s in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. Her career focused on medical social work in hospital and rehabilitation settings. She taught graduate coursework in gerontology as an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work. Betty volunteers her time with several service agencies, including the Louisiana Guardianship Services Board, St. Jude Community Center, and the Lake Vista Women’s Club. Betty enjoys gardening, traveling, and her grandchildren.


Honorary Board Members   Raymond Bretz

Fabio Canton 

Louisiana Insurance
Commisioner James Donelon

Ella Flower

Edward Foulks, M.D.

The Honorable Calvin Johnson




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Harold Martin

Howard Moreaux

Vincent Palumbo

Holley Pavy

Mary C. (Bea) Piker

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