Prince Holmes -Executive Director
Prince is a New Orleans native and proud Edna Karr Alum. He joined the Youth Rebuilding New Orleans staff 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! =====>
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 is passionate about stormwater management and incorporates green infrastructure into every home built by YRNO. He is the founder of Urbanscapes Design + Build, which recently completed the Greenway Plaza on the Lafitte Greenway.
Errol Johnson – Office Manager Assistant
A leader filled with charisma, compassion, and dedication to what he sets out to do, Errol Johnson joined YRNO in Summer 2019 as an intern to broaden his communication skills and was hired on to the team after his internship ended. As Office Manager Assistant, he strives to heighten his skills in communicating ideas to large groups of people and organizing data and documents; as well as, learn how to properly network with other organizations and market to a vast audience.
Errol currently has a side job in Twitch Streaming, and his long-term goal is to own his own company as a Video Game Designer.
Ra’Gene Barrett – Assistant Construction Manager
Ra’Gene is a New Orleans native and graduate from McDonogh 35 High School. He got into construction by going to New Orleans Job Corps, and then got recommended to volunteer with YRNO. He volunteered for around 2 months until he was hired on as Site Supervisor in 2018. Working for about 3 years to this point, he got promoted to Assistant Construction Manager.
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.
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 a Certified Public Accountant and works for Pan American Life Insurance as a Senior Accountant.
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.
Jarod Martinolich is from Metairie, LA and graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in 2005, where he volunteered with Bob Whitman for all 5 years in the Raider Hope program. He attended the University of New Orleans where he received his B.S. in Business Administration in 2009 and returned to UNO in 2011 to receive his qualifications to sit for the CPA exam. He is currently a Senior Accountant with Pan-American Life Insurance Group, and has been serving on the Board for YRNO since the summer of 2017.
Believing in responding to demographic, political and social shifts by acting in creative ways that generate new solutions, Louisiana native, KD Minor, practices innovation to her core. After feeling siloed, an impromptu 2012 move to New Orleans revealed her passion, where she worked her way from the front desk of a small boutique to becoming an area 5-diamond hotel’s Marketing Manager, all while grassroots organizing and attending classes at Tulane after hours. A professional Marketing Strategist, KD currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for EMPLOY at The Cowen Institute where she works to reconnect opportunity youth to education or employment.
As a former volunteer and Construction Manager for Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, Mike’s vision is true to core values of YRNO’s mission. Mike holds an AAS degree in Construction Management from BRCC. Mike brings informative construction management skills and a positive light on the meaning of rebuilding New Orleans to the board. Mike currently works as Precoconstruction/Construction Manager for Rosehill Construction.