Prince Holmes -Director of Operations
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! =====>
Maggie Daly – Program Manager
Maggie joined the YRNO staff as Program Manager in January 2016. After studying Chemistry/Environmental Science at Princeton, she taught high school science in Chicago and then worked on community outreach at the Chicago Parks Foundation. As she learns more about the New Orleans, she is inspired by the work YRNO does for youth, teachers, and volunteers.
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.
Traelle Noble – Site Supervisor
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. 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.
Danielle Holmes – Site Supervisor
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 salon, 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.
Kendrell Taylor – Site Supervisor
Kendrell is a New Orleans native, and began working at YRNO in March 2016. He first started through Job 1 youth program, where he also attended school and earned his degree. He is planning to go back to school to study HVAC and hopefully run his own company one day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ulfers graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 from Louisiana State University Law School. As a student from Rummel High School, Chris served with YRNO as one of the first class of students to work with the organization. Currently, he uses his degree in US District Court, serving as a law clerk in the Eastern District.