Just think what can happen when a group of determined, POWERful women work together. Our P.O.W.E.R. Advisory Board is focused on advising P.O.W.E.R. members and ensuring that the the P.O.W.E.R. program is successful.
Publisher - VIVA NOLA Magazine
A native of Columbia, AnaMaria is a media professional and the publisher of VIVA NOLA Magazine, a bilingual multiplatform publication that seeks to connect cultures and give a voice to the Hispanic community in the Greater New Orleans area.
Teacher and Founder of Crown Me Foundation
I am Ms. Danyel Nicole Black. I am an accomplished Educator, Certified Life Coach, Author, Motivational Speaker, Model, Certified Fitness Instructor, Makeup Artist, PhD student, and Mother. I am a two-time graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana. I am the Founder and CEO of CROWN ME FOUNDATION, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., a member of the New Orleans Black Chamber of Commerce, American Business Women Association (ABWA), Slidell's Chapter of Women-N-Business, and a fierce POWER member at our beloved Fidelity. Recently, I was chosen to receive Xavier’s 2021 Alumni 40 under 40 award and chosen by St. Tammany Parish School Board to receive the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service. I currently reside in Slidell with my two handsome sons where I teach 2nd grade and serve as your Self-Love and Health Ambassador.
President / CEO - Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation
Jessica leads several organizations including the Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation, Ray Brandt Auto Group and Pascal's Manale Restaurant.
New York Life
Melissa Buras, Financial Professional with New York Life, focuses on long term care and life insurance. Her absolute passion in life is educating the community on financial preparedness and becoming a resource and vessel of knowledge, offering a fresh perspective for life’s unexpected and expected events. Her side business as a health coach gives individuals the opportunity to experience the gift of health in a holistic, well-rounded approach.
RYCARS Construction, LLC
Stephanie Burks, Co- Founder, Vice- President, and Division Leader of Administration for RYCARS Construction, LLC, is the spearhead of the RYCARS brand. RYCARS, has completed over $200 million dollars in commercials roofing and construction projects for over 90 different customers in a variety of facilities such as; healthcare, multi-family-units; institutions, hotels, water treatment facilities and military bases.
Davillier Photography & Graphics and About Town Social.
Lacy is a proud graduate of Ursuline Academy and New York University. Photography is her first love and has taken her through 11 years of business ownership. She now uses photography to help entrepreneurs sustain viable content marketing strategies without stress or overwhelm and believes that everyone deserves a shot at following their dreams. Lacy is involved in several local organizations that support entrepreneurs and women including the GNO Elite BNI Chapter, the Ursuline Academy Alumnae Board, and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.
Michelle Dunnick Consulting
Michelle Dunnick is a strategic relationship and event professional. As director of events and investor relations for the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Michelle manages more than 40 events and oversees marketing elements of Women United of Southeast Louisiana, a leadership group within United Way working to eradicate poverty. An active member of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE), Michelle has served in executive positions at the local and national levels of that organization, including president of the New Orleans chapter and currently serves as the national treasurer. She is also a recent graduate of the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute for Justice and the Women’s Leadership Academy, both at Loyola University New Orleans.
Harrison Homes / Spice Divas Beauty Bar
Krishelle Harrison holds a Masters in Business Administration. She believes in entrepreneurial success and has been demonstrating her commitment for years. As owner of Spice Divas Beauty Bar salon for 14 years and Harrison Homes, she empowering entrepreneurs to follow their dreams. Harrison Homes has been putting families first for 28 years by providing quality care services to seniors. Krishelle Harrison, MBA Director has well over 30 years experience in the healthcare sector. Her mission is to provide seniors with the best quality life through home care and residential care entitled Betty Haynes Homes. Let us care for you or your senior by providing the following services: companionship, medication management, activities of daily living, domestic work, beauty styling services and much more.
Megan Helwick, REALTOR
Seven years into her career as an award-winning Realtor®, Megan Helwick has a great deal to be proud of: she consistently ranks among the top 6% of more than 5,000 agents in the greater New Orleans area. She has been featured as a Real Estate Rockstar in Social Magazine in May 2021 issue and Rising Star in the October 2019 issue of New Orleans Real Producers Magazine, has been selected as Edge of the Lake Magazine's Reader's Choice for Favorite Real Estate Agent three years in a row (2019, 2020, and 2021), and was awarded #1 Keller Williams Listing Associate of the Year in 2018 - just to name a few accolades. Megan loves her community and is actively involved in various civic organizations including serving as past president of Professional Women of St. Tammany. She is also a member of the Covington Business Association and the Covington Heritage Foundation. Just like her motto "Your Realtor, Your Friend" says, Megan's goal is to develop lasting relationships with her clients.
Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
As executive director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Jennifer Kelley is responsible for identifying critical funding that supports Louisiana's hospitality industry workforce. Millions of dollars have been raised and distributed under her leadership, paving the way for successful outcomes in the areas of education, community-building and emergency assistance. Jennifer is a passionate professional whose many years of event planning and project management experience not only supports the Foundation, but also serves as the bedrock of her varied volunteer work with Les Dames d’Escoffier of New Orleans, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Team Gleason, and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Though everyone in the industry calls her "Jen Kelley," she also moonlights as "Mrs. Tim Killian" and is a proud mom to her son Cole, a junior in high school. Jen's family life takes her to many baseball fields and not-enough fishing excursions. And if you see her in front of a Jazz Fest stage, sandals off but groove on, remember ... No judgement!
Over 12 years ago Elizabeth joined ITC4Promos with her husband, Larry, bringing this family owned-and-operated company into its second century of business. Today it is woman owned and their daughter, Margeaux is next in line to be the 5th generation! Born in New Orleans, Elizabeth received her BA from Loyola University. Shortly after graduation she moved to NYC, well really Hoboken, NJ to try her hand in the finance world. It was short lived! Her creative right brain and passion for community service would lead her on many different paths and directions such as; co-producing a Crawfish Festival in New Jersey, founding a dog adoption agency called “It’s a Ruff, Ruff Life”, and writing for the Northshore Conifer as a food critic. Elizabeth’s commitment to service is a reflection of her love of the St. Ignatius teachings. She feels actions are more powerful than words which is why she donates her time to various business Boards such as the East Jefferson Business Association and the Fidelity POWER advisory board. She is also currently in her 24th year volunteering as a Master Gardener for the LSU AgCenter. When you see Elizabeth, please ask her about her latest passion project, ITC4POWER. A foundation formed to help qualifying POWER members receive grants to help out with small business needs.
Lori is the owner of Inside Publications, producers of the community lifestyle magazine Inside Northside and Welcome to the Northshore. Working with artists, photographers, writers and partner clients, they tell the stories of the northshore. Now in her 20th year of business ownership, she enjoys connecting residents, newcomers and visitors to the inviting community she represents. Personally and professionally, Lori actively supports many business and civic endeavors, including the American Heart Association, JLGC Harvest Cup Polo Classic, Northshore Community Foundation and the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.
MAVEN Marketing + Consulting
Emily is owner of MAVEN, a strategic marketing consultancy. Emily works with individuals, teams, and organizations to strategically position their brands to increase visibility, generate more leads and grow revenues. Emily is actively involved in several local community organizations including Professional Women of St. Tammany, ABWA, and the LSU Alumni Association.
Student, Young Professional
Elite Circle Solutions
Laci Sherman serves as the CEO of Elite Circle Solutions, a boutique management consulting firm, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her career background entails professional project management with extensive experience in large scale projects, process development, training development and facilitation, as well as working on several implementation projects and programs within the public sector. Laci is also a market leader in Louisiana’s local community engagements, with a passion for expanding small businesses.
Katie was the first female Director in Fidelity Bank’s history. Katie is the great-granddaughter of Allain C. Andry, Sr., one of the original founders of Fidelity Bank in 1908. Katie was named Chairman of the Board in August 2010 and possesses broad knowledge in various aspects of the banking industry, particularly financial institution management.
Tammy is a Senior Vice President and Brand Manager for Fidelity Bank. She was instrumental in the creation of P.O.W.E.R. at Fidelity and is involved in many organizations focused on the empowerment of women and women owned businesses.
Liz works to provide financial tools, business resources and networking opportunities to women business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the region. She is known as our “Girl on the Geaux” as she is involved in numerous local nonprofits and events in New Orleans. In addition to her career at Fidelity Bank, Liz is a proud woman business owner of GoGo Booth, a local photo booth rental company.