Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater New Orleans is governed by a talented and dedicated all-volunteer board of directors. Our board members offer a wealth of personal and professional experience and RMHC-NOLA heavily relies on their guidance and leadership.
2015 RMHC-NOLA Board Officers:
Sheila Moragas, President
Sheila Moragas is the current board president of RMHC-NOLA. She is a partner and member of the Tax, Trusts & Probate Department of Milling Benson Woodward L.L.P., where she practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, trusts, probate, and elder care law. Sheila has been a RMHC-NOLA board member since 2002, and has been president since 2011. She is a co-author, beginning with the 2012-2013 Supplement, of “Estate Planning in Louisiana” (Thomson West, 1991), and is, along with her husband Jason and their young daughter Elise, a steward of a Little Free Library located in the front yard of their home in Old Jefferson.
Bob Van Den Akker, Vice President
Bob Van Den Akker has been actively involved with Ronald McDonald House for more than ten years. He has been a Realtor for the past 27 years and holds both the CRS and GRI designations. He is currently an agent for Wayne Songy & Associates, Inc., Real Estate Consultants, where he specializes in foreclosed properties as well as property valuations for estates, loss mitigation, ICC funding, etc. Bob and his wife, Gloria, live in Kenner.
Jason Richoux, Vice President, Grants
Jason Richoux is a Regional Marketing Manager for McDonald’s and has served on the RMHC-NOLA executive committee since 2008. Jason also serves as the chairman of the annual Ronald McDonald House Golf Classic. Prior to joining McDonald’s Corporation in 2013, Jason worked for Moroch Partners as an account supervisor leading the local McDonald’s advertising since 2007. After graduating from McNeese State in 2002, Jason attended the University of New Orleans where he received his MBA with a concentration in marketing. Jason lives in Mandeville with his wife Melissa and three children: Landon, Lanah and Lucy.
Carl Allen “Trey” Woods, Secretary
Trey Woods is an attorney and president of the board of directors of the Red Shoe Society of New Orleans. He is a Court Appoint Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Orleans Parish and is also the Louisiana Board of Governors representative for the New Lawyers Division of the American Association of Justice. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Leah.
Mike Flynn, Treasurer
Mike Flynn is a CPA and is a partner with the regional accounting firm of Carrigee Moore Levy & Flynn LLP. He has been in public accounting since his graduation from the University of New Orleans in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. Mike’s clients consist of McDonalds owner/operators, retail, professionals, and contractors, and his services consist of tax planning and compliance, financial reporting and business consultation. Mike and his wife, Cathy, live in Metairie with their two children, Bailey and Evan.
Don Bonewitz is Safety/Human Resources Director of Durr Heavy Construction, LLC. A New Orleans area native, Don taught and coached football and baseball in the Jefferson Parish school system for 21 years. Don’s passion for serving people and the community extends past his involvement with RMHC-NOLA to the Louisiana Special Olympics Summer Games and Fourth & Forty for Lauren Valdin as well as many other charitable and professional organizations. He lives in Metairie with his wife, Janice.
Joyce Colin and her husband, Louis, own four McDonald’s restaurants on the Westbank. She continues a career of community involvement as an RMHC-NOLA board member, in addition to being active in her church ministry and serving on the board of the Westbank Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana. Joyce and Louis have three children, Jade Ashley, Louis, Jr., and Jazmine Elaine.
Karla Diliberto Donewar
Karla Diliberto Donewar, MBA, RRT-NPS has been a RMHC board member since 2005. An employee of Children’s Hospital for over 22 years, Karla has witnessed first-hand the need for a “home-away-from-home” for families with children receiving medical care. Karla has played a big part each year in organizing the Hugs and Kisses Chocolate Ball. She and her husband, Chip, live in Metairie.
Tony Herques is past-president of RMHC-NOLA’s board of directors. He is on the board of the Terrebonne General Medical Center Foundation and president of Max Foods Management, the owner/operator of 15 area McDonald’s locations in southeastern Louisiana. Tony is also president of the New Orleans McDonald’s Advertising Co-op. He and his wife, Char, have two sons and live in Houma.
Brian T. Landry
Brian Landry is a native New Orleanian, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from LSU. He is retired from Children’s Hospital, where he served as Vice President and Director of Marketing for over 28 years. In addition to being a member and past president of RMHC-NOLA, Brian is chairman of the St. Joseph Seminary College Strategic Planning Committee and treasurer of Caps for Kids, Inc., a national not-for-profit organization, which provides hats, signed by celebrities, for children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Brian lives in Slidell with his wife, Charlotte.
Sergio Lopez CEO and founder of Storyville Post and Storyville Films and is an executive producer and post supervisor at the New Orleans-based businesses. A native of the city, Sergio has helped make New Orleans a competitive market in the motion picture and television commercial production industries. Storyville has handled projects for a number of local businesses including Whitney Bank and the Fair Grounds and for major movie studios such as Disney, HBO, Sony, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. He lives in Metairie with his wife, Jody.
A board member since 2011, Ida Mollo was a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House prior to that. She has been heavily involved in organizing the annual Hugs and Kisses Chocolate Ball, from obtaining donations from local businesses to arranging and decorating tablescapes. A hairdresser by profession, she lives in Metairie with her husband, Maury.
M. Peter Roy
Peter Roy is Central Division Director of Development for McDonald’s. Long-active in the community, Peter has served as McDonald’s service day organizer, a volunteer project organizer at New Orleans City Park, as captain of Jesuit High School’s annual parents fund drive, and as chairman of the Algiers Community Green Volunteer Team Initiative. He and his wife, Jamie, live in Metairie.
Wayne recently joined the RMHC-NOLA Board of Directors in January 2015. Born and reared in Metairie, he graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, spending the next 30+ years in the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industry in southern Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. He is presently the owner of Priority Energy Services, LLC and the Founder and President of the Whitman Family Foundation, which is actively involved with many of the non-profit foundations in the Greater New Orleans Area. He lives in Metairie with his wife Diane.
Corey Staehle, Interim Executive Director
Corey has been with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater New Orleans since 2002 when she started out as a volunteer and was hired as an administrative assistant the same year. As Interim Executive Director, Corey brings in all of her experience and education to continue leading our House to the highest of standards.
Corey lives in Metairie with her husband, Donald and daughter, Alice, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.