Our Team

Our Staff


Prince Holmes -Executive Director

Prince is a New Orleans native and proud Edna Karr Alum. He joined Youth Rebuilding New Orleans in 2011 while in pursuit of his B/S in criminal justice at Southern New Orleans. Since, Prince has assisted with the rehabilitation of over 100 homes and has positively impacted thousands of youth. He takes great pride in mentoring “ALL” youth, promoting confidence, and instilling a hard work ethic. He intentionally brings awareness to social inequality  in effort to bridge the gap of disconnect between youth and the status quo.  Prince believes that allowing youth to have a voice and obtaining leadership roles are extremely important for both their and our future. Lastly, Prince encourages all to “Stay fresh and be great!” He defines his brand “Fresh” as having confidence, being determined, having pride in whatever you do, and most of all, having fun.

How did he get his nickname? By channeling “The Fresh Prince,” of course. Yo Holmes, to Bel Air! =====>




Prince Holmes


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. Maggie is inspired by the work YRNO does for youth, teachers, volunteers and the local community.


Maggie Daly



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



Isaiah Williams – Site Supervisor

Hi, my name is Isaiah Williams, and I’m 21 years old. I recently completed trade school at New Orleans Job Corps with a certification in electrical. I love construction because it is one of the most important jobs there is. My dream is to build houses all over the world, especially in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq.

Isaiah Willaims


Earl James – Site Supervisor

My name is Earl James. I’m 21 years old, and born and raised in New Orleans, LA. I am currently attending JOB1 to obtain my GED (also known as HISET). After completing my HISET, I plan on going to college for business management to earn my degree and start my own construction business. I started interning with YRNO in the summer of 2016 and made my way up to a Site Supervisor. I learned so much at YRNO as far as teambuilding and using power tools, and I really enjoy my time with YRNO!

Earl James

Jevone Johnson – Site Supervisor

My name is Jevone Johnson. I’m 19 years old, and I have been working with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans since I was a freshman in high school. Currently, I am a freshman in college at Southern University at New Orleans. I’ve really learned a lot at YRNO from learning how to use power tools to financial literacy. YRNO also helped me open a bank account. I’m currently a site supervisor at a young age learning a leadership skill. I really LOVE YRNO!

Jevone Johnson


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.


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

Chris Ulfers

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.

Chris Ulfers