Staff and Faculty 2019-10-08T16:51:05+00:00



Bishop Michael Duca – Roman Catholic Church; Diocese of Baton Rouge

Nora Ellersten – Founder and CEO, The Funding Seed

Octave Francis – Managing Director, FFC Investment Advisors of Raymond James

Bret Heinrich – President and CEO, Wings of Hope

Fern Johnson – CEO and Founder, Career Sisters

David P. King – Karen Lake Buttrey Director, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Indiana University

Halima Francis-Leak – PhD.- Program Director, Professor of Practice, Public Administration, Tulane University

Beverly Brooks Thompson – President and Executive Counsel, Brooks Thompson Consulting

Samuel Tolbert, PhD. – President, National Baptist Convention

Sarah Cortell Vanderypen – Founder and Consultant, Philanthropic Partners

Doug White – Columbia University Fundraising Management Graduate Program

Theresa C. Younger – President & CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

Susan Taylor Batten – President & CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)




Alfred E. Harrell, III – Chief Executive Officer

Jocelyn Lewis – Executive Assistant to the CEO

Development Services

Robert Harrison – Director of Development – SU Foundation

Lester Pourciau – Director of Development – College of Business

Toni Jackson – Development Coordinator – College of Business

Morgan Hilliard – Director of Development – K-12 Laboratory School

Robbin Thomas – Annual Fund Coordinator – Law Center

Tanya Freeman – Director of Development – Law Center

Channing Evans – Intern for Development Services

Donor Services

Yvonne Roberson – Database Manager

Danielle Honoré – Office Manager

Kadarius Walker – Intern for Donor Services

Financial Services

Toni Booker – Comptroller

Shirley McLendon – Accountant/Endowment Specialist

Marketing Services

Shonda Wessinger – Communications Director

Courtney Johnson – Intern for Communications

Program Services

Robert Easly – Program Director

Morekeith Phillips – Director – Honore Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement – New Orleans

Theodore Scott – Director – Williams Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement – Shreveport

Quionne Dabney – Intern for Program Services

Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University

618 Harding Boulevard
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807
Phone: 225-771-3911