RMHC-SLA Board of Directors
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of South Louisiana 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-SLA heavily relies on their guidance and leadership.
2017 RMHC-SLA Board Officers:
Bob Van Den Akker, President
Bob Van Den Akker has been actively involved with Ronald McDonald House for fifteen years and became the board president in 2017. 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.
Cheryl Egan, Vice President, Internal Affairs
Cheryl Egan has over 30 years of progressive experience in the field of Human Resources with many companies in both the public and private sector including McDonald’s Corporation, the Louisiana Gaming Authority, Jefferson Parish Mental Health Authority and AT&T Wireless. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Cheryl’s volunteer community involvement includes the Ronald McDonald House of South Louisiana as a member of the Board of Directors, the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem Templar Priory, and New Orleans Dress for Success. She has also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the State of Louisiana, representing children placed in the foster care program. Cheryl’s passion for serving children and families in need supports the mission of all of these organizations.
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 McDonald’s 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.
Jason Richoux, Vice President, External Affairs
Jason Richoux is McDonald’s Account Manager with the Appleyard Agency and has served on the RMHC-SLA 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.
Christina Blanco first became involved with RMHC-SLA in 2009 when she started working on the McDonald’s of New Orleans business at Moroch Partners. Since that time she has served on several RMHC-SLA committees and also co-founded the Red Shoe Society of New Orleans, a group of young professionals dedicated to providing volunteer and fundraising support for RMHC-SLA. She was born and raised in New Orleans, where she graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Mass Communications/PR and Advertising. Christina is presently the Marketing Communications Director for Latter & Blum Property Management, Inc.
Don Bonewitz is a New Orleans area native. He 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-SLA 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-SLA 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 Sweet Summer Soiree. She and her husband, Chip, live in Metairie.
Tony Herques is a past-president of RMHC-SLA’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.
Nicole Houin is from the greater New Orleans area and works for The Domain Companies, a Real Estate Development and Investment Firm. She currently lives in Gretna with her husband, Timothy. For the past 6 years, she has had several roles with Domain in New Orleans and has been dedicated to their MyCommunity program, a program that allows opportunities for employees and tenants to make a difference in their communities. With this program, Nicole has participated in many RMHC activities including dinners for the house and fundraisers such as the Summer Soiree. Through this partnership, Nicole discovered a passion for helping the organization and supporting the mission of RMHC-SLA.
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-SLA, 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.
Jill LeBlanc is the Area Real Estate Manager for McDonald’s Corporate, covering Louisiana and Mississippi. Jill has lived in New Orleans since locating here after college, and has been involved in the New Orleans community for years. She was a member of Jr. League and, among other projects, worked with Café Reconcile, Christmas in October, and Boo at the Zoo. Jill was very involved in her children’s schools- primarily Holy Name obtaining items for the annual auction. She is a board member of her neighborhood and is a team member of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build. She has 3 grown children and lives in Metairie.
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 Sweet Summer Soiree, from obtaining donations from local businesses to arranging and decorating tablescapes. A hairdresser by profession, she lives in Metairie with her husband, Maury.
Sheila Moragas 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 estate planning, trusts, probate, elder and disabled law, and taxation. Sheila has been a RMHC-SLA board member since 2002, and is the past-president of the charity. 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.
M. Peter Roy
M. Peter Roy is a Broker/Principal of SiteMatters, LLC, a commercial real estate brokerage firm. Long-active in the community, Peter has served as 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 also volunteers for fund-raising initiatives at the Good Shepherd Nativity School for inner-city youth-at-risk. Peter and his wife, Jamie, live in Metairie.
Paul G. Tuennerman brings 38 years of progressive experience in the hospitality industry and a distinguished record of accomplishments in both operations and development. Most recently, Paul served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Raising Cane’s Restaurants, where he led a variety of business development initiatives for the casual restaurant chain with 307 restaurants across 21 states and the Middle East. Before that, Paul served as Vice President of Piccadilly Restaurants in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Paul participated in RMHC-SLA’s Men In Kilts 2017 fundraiser, winning the crown of the “King of the Kilts” for his efforts. Paul and his wife Ann live in New Orleans.
Michael Valluzzo is a 4th Generation McDonald’s Owner/ Operator born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. He, his father, and brother operate restaurants across South Louisiana and into Mississippi. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a degree in Finance as well as English. He is a Junior Achievement educator and is a past board member of Volunteers in Public Schools. He and his wife, Celeste, are involved in their church and have three young children, John Michael, Luke, and Isabelle.
Corey Staehle, Executive Director
Corey has been with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of South Louisiana since 2002 when she started out as a volunteer and was hired as an administrative assistant the same year. As 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 email@example.com.