Our Team

Our Staff

William Stoudt - Executive Director

William Stoudt, our Executive Director, began working with the organization in the days after Hurricane Katrina. His commitment over the years increased from a regular volunteer to the Director of the Board. Upon graduating from Tulane University with a dual major in Business Management and Political Science, he was offered a full-time position to help grow and develop YRNO into one of the premier volunteer organizations in the area.  He oversees YRNO’s daily operations–including property acquisitions, construction, and accounting–as well as develops the organization’s service learning curriculum, school outreach and youth development. William’s knowledge of the real estate market and construction business makes him an invaluable resource for Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.



William Stoudt, Executive Director of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt, Executive Director


Sam Stephens – Program Manager

Sam, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, joined the YRNO Executive Board in 2010 while an undergrad at Tulane. As a Community Service Scholar at Tulane, Sam has been involved with YRNO’s build crew throughout his college career. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Sam worked as a Site Supervisor for the St. Bernard Project, another major rebuilding non-profit in New Orleans. After completing his M.S. in Crisis and Disaster Management from Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Academy in 2014, Sam joined YRNO’s full-time staff as Program Manager.


Sam Stephens



John Coyle – Construction Manager 

John Coyle moved to New Orleans in 2008 to participate in the rebuilding effort. He believes in the power of architecture and public interest design to advance positive change in the community. After receiving his Masters in Architecture from Tulane, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Tulane City Center, coordinating students and volunteers to complete community design-build projects. John engaged hundreds of volunteers in the construction of Parisite Skate park, the first official public skate park in the city. John is excited to join YRNO as Construction Manager.


John Coyle


Prince Holmes – Asst. Construction Manager

Prince is a proud alum of Edna Karr High School and Delgado Community College. Prince joined YRNO through the JOB1 summer program in 2011. He enjoys meeting and working with volunteers, and his charismatic personality makes him a great ambassador for the city and for YRNO. And how did he get his nickname? By channeling “The Fresh Prince,” of course. Yo Holmes, to Bel Air! =====>


The Fresh Prince


Dvhante Woods - Team Leader

Dvhante, a graduate of John McDonogh Senior High School and a Construction Engineering Major at Delgado Community College, is a dedicated worker at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.  He started with the team in the summer of 2011, and his work ethic led him to join the staff officially as a team leader.


Dvhante Woods


Traelle Noble – Team Leader

Traelle Noble is a native New Orleanian from the uptown, 17th Ward, Carrollton area. After relocating to Houston following Hurricane Katrina, he came back and graduated high school from Carver. He’s now studying air conditioning and refrigeration at Delgado Community College and when he finishes that, he hopes to return to study business. In the meantime, he says he’s happy doing construction, as he always wanted to work with YRNO Executive Director William Stoudt. Not wanting to do just one thing, Traelle has varied career interests and would like to travel both across the United States and overseas. Preferably on a boat though, not an airplane.


Traelle Noble


Danielle Holmes – Team Leader

Danielle Holmes is a native New Orleanian from the 7th Ward. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and has degrees in cosmetology from Moler Beauty College and business administration from SUNO. Along with her job at YRNO, she runs her own hair studio, which she calls a “welcoming, happy place to come,” with a goal “to beautify people, make them feel good about themselves.” So how many people work in both cosmetology and construction? “I think I am the first and I am proud to say that,” Danielle replies. When people hear of her unique combination, they think she’s got power and is strong.


Danielle Holmes


Mari Crawford – Youth Engagement Coordinator

Mari Crawford is currently working with YRNO as a member of the Louisiana Delta Service Corps. Mari is placed at ReNew Accelerated High School where she is planning service projects, college visits, as well as advising and tutoring the students. She graduated from Bard College in upstate New York in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Theater and has since moved to New Orleans. Before serving at YRNO, Mari was an active member of the theater, music, dance, and service projects communities at Bard. Upon completing her term with AmeriCorps, Mari plans on moving to New York City and pursuing a career in the arts.



Mari Crawford




Emily Parker – Youth Engagement Coordinator

Emily recently graduated from Bard College with a degree in Human Rights and Creative Writing. Born and raised in New York, Emily just moved down to New Orleans! She is serving at YRNO through Louisiana Delta Service Corps, which is a branch of AmeriCorps. Emily is the Youth Engagement Coordinator at Sci Academy and she hopes to bring her passion for creativity and social justice to the Sci scholars and to help them discover passions of their own.


Emily Parker

Our Board

Robert Whitman Jr. - President

Robert Whitman Jr. received his B.S. from Tulane University in 1973 and his Masters in Education one year later from Loyola. In addition to his educational pursuits, he received and has maintained his status as a Certified Financial Planner. Bob has worked for Rummel High School since 1983,where he has served in various capacities including: director of guidance, president of school board, and director of special education. He began his community service campaign in 1992 including a Service Learning Ambassador for the state in 1998. After Katrina, he helped create Youth Rebuilding New Orleans to help students get involved with the area’s recovery. In addition to his service work, Bob enjoys staying active by playing and following various sports.




Robert Whitman Jr.


Evan Nicoll - Finance Committee

Evan Nicoll, from Kenner, LA attended Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie. He first became involved with YRNO in the Fall of 2006 after being displaced to Panama City Beach, Florida for a year due to Hurricane Katrina. Upon returning to Rummel, he helped work on some homes with friends through YRNO and has been with the organization ever since. After graduating from Tulane University, Evan currently works for his alma mater as a Tulane Fund Class Officer for Young Alumni and Student Philanthropy.


Evan Nicoll


Irv Barousse - Historian

Irv Barousse, a graduate of St Aloysius High School and the University of New Orleans with a BA in Psychology, Irvin Barousse received his Masters in Special Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. His 41 years of teaching included St. Philip Neri, Holy Cross High School, and Archbishop Rummel High School. During his tenure at Rummel, Mr. Barousse created and maintained the Resource Department for 29 years before retiring in 2009. Irvin began working with Bob Whitman in the early 1980s when Resource Students built vegetable and flower gardens for residents of the St. Thomas Projects. Mr. Barousse has continued to work with Mr. Whitman in his outreach programs because of Mr. Whitman’s commitment to bettering the lives of the New Orleans community by involving the next generation of service leaders.

Irv Barousse

Jean Barousse - Secretary

Jean L. Barousse is a native New Orleanian who lives on the Northshore.  Jean taught English primarily at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington and Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie.  Approximately 30 years ago, Jean started the high school service program at St. Scholastica Academy.  While raising her two children, Jean worked as Secretary/Parish Administrator for 16 years at her Catholic parish in Mandeville.  Besides her work with YRNO, Mrs. Barousse’s volunteer work includes working at the non-profit St. Francis Thrift Store in Mandeville and participating in a monthly sewing circle creating clothing and other items for foster children and cancer patients.

Jean Barousse

Mary Shoemaker

Mary C. Shoemaker is an Archbishop Chapelle and UNO graduate with a BS in Biology Education and a MED in Curriculum and Instruction. She recently retired after thirty-five years teaching biology and chemistry in public and parochial schools in the metro New Orleans area. Katrina motivated her to actively participate in the recovery of the city of New Orleans by co-founding YRNO.

Mary Shoemaker

Chris Altobello

Chris Altobello is from Kenner, LA and graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in 2008. He helped found YRNO with other students and teachers shortly after Hurricane Katrina and became a board member during his time at Archbishop Rummel. Chris received a B.S. and Masters from LSU in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Upon his return to the New Orleans area, Chris returned as a board member with a financial background. He is currently a Control & Risk Consultant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and is studying to become a Certified Public Account.

Chris Altobello