Donald Bogen

Donald, a certified Professional Community Organizer and Co-Director of Bayou Interfaith Shared Community (BISCO), is the Co-founder of Masterbuilders Community Center and Camp Survivor. The programs ran for five years severing over 500 children and 2,500 families. Bogen has received Congressional recognition for service to the community. He is an ordained card-carrying Elder in the Church of God In Christ, the world’s largest African American Pentecostal church. He is a certified Community Health Worker and motivational speaker. He is the author of two books, How to buy a house with 500.00 and The man who set himself on fire.

Dr. Jay Clune

Dr. Jay Clune became president of Nicholls State University on Jan. 1, 2018. Before he was named President, Dr. Clune served in multiple administrative posts at the University of West Florida. He has more than two decades of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator. A Houma native, Dr. Clune has degrees from Nicholls State University and Louisiana State University. Dr. Clune is married to Allison and is the father of two daughters, Gabrielle and Caroline.

Christopher J. Dalbom

Christopher Dalbom is a Senior Research Fellow at Tulane University Law School and the Assistant Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at the Law School. Before Tulane, Christopher served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador and studied cultural geography in Louisiana and Virginia. Since graduating from Tulane Law School in 2012, he has filled multiple roles at the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. Now, as Assistant Director, he supervises and coordinates the work of postgraduate fellows and student researchers. Christopher has done extensive work on a wide variety of legal and policy issues. He currently leads Institute efforts to draft a comprehensive water code for Louisiana. Additionally, he is Assistant Director of the Tulane Center for Environmental Law, a member of the Summer Externship Faculty, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor who co-teaches the Seminar on Coastal and Wetlands Law.

Flozell Daniels, Jr.

Flozell Daniels Jr., a New Orleans native, is a public policy and community engagement strategist with expertise in deep equity models that support community development, resilience building, legislative strategy, and leadership development.

With a focus on building successful coalitions that expand opportunity for all, Flozell is accomplished in developing capacity and outcomes in areas that include community development finance, criminal justice reform, coastal and environmental policy, transit equity, and asset development. Flozell has led more than $50 million of award-winning community investment strategies while at the Foundation.

Flozell served as Tulane University’s Assistant Vice-President & Executive Director of State and Local Affairs. In his civic capacity, Flozell is Chairman of the N.O. Regional Transit Authority and Orleans Public Education Network is board member emeritus of the Urban League of Louisiana and serves on the Louisiana Public Defender Board and the Governor’s Climate Taskforce.

Flozell is a 2013 graduate of the University of Oxford Said Business School’s Impact Investing Programme, 2011 Fellow of the Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute, a Life Fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, an alumnus of Leadership Louisiana, and a graduate of the Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Flozell earned an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Tulane University and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Marilyn Macik-Frey

Dr. Marilyn Macik-Frey is a Professor of Management and the Dean of the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University. She has served in this position for the last six years. She also holds the Arlen B Cenac, Jr., Endowed Chair in Business Administration. Prior to her time as Dean, she was the Assistant Dean for four years teaching management, and leadership. She represents the Nicholls through participation in the Bayou Industrial Group, the South Central Industrial Association, and four area Chambers. She is an advisor for the South Louisiana Economic Council and the Nicholls Small Business Development Center. Since 2012, she serves as a Leadership speaker and consultant for the Leadership Terrebonne program. She currently serves on the Board of the Southern Business Administration Association as Secretary-Treasurer. She obtained an M.S. degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, an MBA at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she served as the Elvira Fuller Faust/Goolsby Doctoral Fellow in Leadership and Communication in the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Vick Lafont

Vic Lafont, a native of Lafourche Parish and the bayou region, has aggressively worked in public services to implement community and economic growth in the Southeastern Louisiana parishes. As President/CEO of the South Louisiana Economic Council since 1990, Lafont’s primary responsibility is to administer and manage a regional economic/community development program for the Bayou parishes of Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, and St. Mary. Lafont, a 1978 graduate, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Nicholls State University. He earned his Master of Science degree in sports administration from the University of South Alabama in Mobile and his Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Marketing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Lafont completed his community/economic development training at the Community Development Institute (CDI) and is certified as a Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED).  

Susanna L. Lamers

Susanna L. Lamers, M.S., is the Chief Executive Officer of BioInfoExperts LLC in Thibodaux, LA, and has successfully operated her own small business in the area since 1997. Susanna has collaborated with epidemiologists worldwide, resulting in more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She is a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research award recipient, bringing >$2.2M in Federal business development funds to the Bayou Region. Her recent efforts include marketing innovative products and services for hospitals to improve their efforts in tracking infectious diseases. BioInfoExperts is contracted by Ochsner Health, UF Health, The National Institutes of Health, The University of California, and The University of Massachusetts.