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 a General Counsel, Dane S. Ciolino.
Allen C. Miller, J.D.
Partner, New Orleans Office
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Allen Miller practices in the area of commercial litigation. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general business torts; products liability; casualty litigation, banking and lender liability; class-action litigation; bankruptcy litigation; construction litigation and contracts; civil RICO; trade secrets litigation; professional malpractice; and a wide variety of other corporate litigation matters. He has extensive experience in complex commercial matters. Mr. Miller has handled a substantial number of cases from inception through resolution at trial, appeal and alternative dispute resolution where appropriate. His experience includes, without limitation, first chair litigation counsel in numerous bench and jury trials in state and federal court. He is solely responsible for the litigation strategy and handling of cases for several institutional firm clients, and regularly supervises commercial litigation associates and paralegals. His memberships and affiliations include: Louisiana State Bar Association, Minority Involvement Section, New Orleans Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Federal Bar Association (Board of Directors, Eastern District of Louisiana), International Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member, 2006 – Present), and National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member, 2004 – Present). He is a “40 Under 40” Award Recipient (National Bar Association) as well as “40 Under 40” Award Recipient by Gambit Weekly. Past community service includes membership on the boards of Odyssey House of Louisiana, Inc., as Vice-President and Executive Committee Board Member, and WRBH Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped. Mr. Miller is a graduate of Southern University Law Center and Xavier University. Mr. Miller is a nominee of Xavier University; his term will expire June 30, 2018.
James A. Brown, J.D.
Shareholder, New Orleans
Liskow & Lewis
James A. Brown is a shareholder with the New Orleans law firm of Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., and heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation Section as well as its Professional Liability Practice Group. He also serves as the firm’s General Counsel and formerly served on the Board of Directors. Mr. Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and other national professional and honorary organizations. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. Mr. Brown is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy and torts at the Louisiana State University Law Center and is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana, and American Bar Associations. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the LSU Honors College. Mr. Brown received his B.A. degree, summa cum laude and valedictorian, from Louisiana State University in 1981. He received his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1984. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 44 of the Louisiana Law Review and as law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984-1985. He and his wife of 35 years, Kelly, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Nominated to the ERB by the University of New Orleans, Mr. Brown’s term will expire June 30, 2019.
Rev. Brandon Boutin
First Pastor & Pastor of Ministries
Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church
Reverend Brandon M. Boutin currently serves as the First Assistant Pastor & Pastor of Ministries at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA, under the leadership of Dr. Debra B. Morton, and Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. Rev. Boutin is a graduate from St. Augustine High School, Xavier University of LA, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1999, he became a licensed minister and in 2006 was ordained as an elder. Deeply concerned about people, on a daily basis Rev. Boutin may be found in community meetings, on speaking engagements, speaking on college campuses, participating in youth activities, conducting a funeral, wedding, or counseling. Rev. Boutin is a nominee of Dillard University; his term will expire June 30, 2020.
Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D.
Professor and Special Assistant to the President
Loyola University New Orleans
Dr. Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. On the faculty of Loyola University since 1990, he also serves as special assistant to the university 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. He is a nominee of Loyola University; his term will expire June 30, 2022.
Joe M. Ricks, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair, Division of Business
J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing
Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Joe M. Ricks, Jr., is the Chair of the Division of Business and the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Ricks earned a Ph.D. in marketing with a minor in cognitive psychology from Louisiana State University, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University. Professionally, Dr. Ricks has published in Business and Society Review, the Journal of Selling and Major Account Management, the European Journal of Marketing, the journal Performance Improvement, the journal Industrial Market Management, the Journal of Consumer Marketing, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. He has also been an editorial contributor to Data News Weekly, providing commentary on current issues relevant to the African American community. Dr. Ricks has been a visiting professor at Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency in New York in addition to the Corporate Customer Contact Center, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, and the Sales Center of Excellence at 3M Company in St. Paul Minnesota. He has also served as a marketing intern coordinator for McIllhenny Company (Tabasco). Currently, he serves on the board of the Louisiana Quality Foundation that awards the Louisiana Performance Excellence Award based on the Malcolm Baldridge quality criteria. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Ricks’ experiences included retail management, state government, the United States Army, and the Louisiana National Guard. Dr. Ricks is married to Mrs. Dianne Way-Ricks and has one daughter Jaelynn Ricks. Dr. Ricks is Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s appointee, and his term will expire June 30, 2020.
Howard L. Rodgers, III, MSW
New Orleans Council on Aging/Area Agency on Aging
Howard L. Rodgers, III, is Executive Director of the New Orleans Council on Aging/Area Agency on Aging. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans and a certificate as a Certified Aging Planner from Louisiana State University. Mr. Rodgers is a past board member of the National Council on Aging and the Southwest Society on Aging. Howard currently serves on the National Association of Social Workers Geriatric Committee, National Association of Social Workers Legal Defense Fund as a trustee, Family Service of Greater New Orleans as a board member, and Advisory Board of the Sisters of the Holy Family Lafon Nursing Home. He is a 2010 National Council on Aging Geneva Mathiasen Award Recipient and was recognized as a 2011 Role Model by the Young Leadership Council of Greater New Orleans. Rodgers is a former board member of PACE New Orleans and former president of the Louisiana Aging Network Association. Mr. Rodgers is a nominee of Southern University at New Orleans; his term will expire June 30, 2017.