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NAA Board of Directors

2018-2019 

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Nira Agrawal, 1993
Nira holds a BA from Newcomb College in Economics. She currently works in the Event and Hospitality industry and she has recently purchased and now manages a rental property in the historic French Quarter. Her short term goal is to purchase additional property for investment purposes. Since her graduation in 1993, Nira spent 11 years in the Telecommunications industry, 9 years owning and operating retail stores in Dallas, and the past 6 years in education in various positions at Tulane. Nira has served on the NAA board for the past two years as well as various committees. In her free time, she has a strong interest in travel and likes to travel around the United States as well as take at least one international trip per year; some of her recent trips include India, Rome, Prague, and Budapest. She comes from a family of Tulanians, and her father worked for 35 years as a Regents Professor and Chairman of Pharmacology at Tulane Medical School. She says she volunteers her time for Newcomb and Tulane because “I value my education from Tulane University. I have strong family ties there and feel it is important to keep the legacy moving forward. Being able to mentor, help, and educate another student is rewarding in itself.”

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Meredith Beers, 2007
Immediate Past President 
Meredith Beers is a three-time graduate of Tulane University. She earned her Ph.D. (2016) and MPH (2011) from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and her BA from Newcomb College in 2007. Her many years at Tulane created a deep love of New Orleans and Tulane. Currently, Dr. Beers serves as Past-President of the Newcomb Alumnae Association Board of Directors and is a past member of the Newcomb College Institute Director’s Advisory Council, the Tulane Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the Tulane President’s Council. Her involvement outside of Tulane includes the Junior League of New Orleans, where she is a past chair of the Diaper Bank, and serving as immediate past board chair for NetWork Volunteers. Meredith is the Business Continuity of Operations Manager at Tulane University in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Meredith gives her time to Newcomb because "Newcomb was instrumental in teaching leadership skills, which have been invaluable to me. I volunteer with Newcomb because I want to give back to an organization that has given me so much.”

Elizabeth Bellino, 1998, PHTM *99, R *09
Elizabeth Belino , M.D., MPH & TM, is a pediatrician whose interests include international health and infectious diseases. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, she is now based in New Orleans and remains active as a pediatric consultant for international and national organizations. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Newcomb College. She then received her Master's Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University as well. Dr. Bellino completed her medical education at St. George's University School of Medicine, began her pediatric training at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and completed her training at Tulane University. After completing her pediatric residency, she received a 2-year fellowship grant in global health and worked as an Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Tulane University. She has also spent two years on and off in Uganda where she helped develop the pediatric ward of a rural hospital on the Uganda, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo border. Dr. Bellino was in Haiti as one of the first pediatric responders to the earthquake in 2010, where she worked at the United Nations Field Hospital. She remains very interested and active in disaster relief and humanitarian aid in both Haiti and East Africa. She recently co-authored a chapter in the Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and has started an organization, Littletembo, with her sister to help the medical needs of children in East Africa.

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Simone Boustead, 2003
Simone graduated from Newcomb in 2003 with a BA in Political Science and then went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. Currently, Simone works as a Senior Compliance Consultant with Aetna. Simone stays very involved in New Orleans through serving on the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee, and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, Simone is a New Orleans Mom’s Blog Contributor. Her favorite memory from Newcomb is “the wonderful professors I encountered while studying there.”

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Paula Buchanan, 1992
Paula is a researcher and writer with years of experience in government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. As an independent consultant, Paula provides consulting services in the areas of data analytics and visualization techniques. A self-proclaimed data nerd, she is passionate about the effective communication of data analysis results to targeted audiences. Paula is a previous Co-President of the Tulane Club of Washington, DC. During her term, the DC Club received an award for the Tulane Alumni Club of the Year. During her personal time, Paula enjoys traveling. She traveled through Western Europe for a summer as a part of her MBA studies to learn more about how management information systems function in various global companies and spent a semester conducting public health research in Costa Rica as part of her MBA. 

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Holly Harmuth Clement, 1979
Vice President for Alumnae

Holly graduated from Newcomb in the class of 1979 with a degree in Political Science, followed by a JD from Tulane Law School in 1982. She currently works as an attorney with the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior where she specializes in defense Indian trust litigation, Native American law, oil, gas, and mining on Indian and Federal Public Lands. Holly was elected and served three terms (9 years) on the McLean Community Center Governing Board where among other things she spearheaded a successful middle-school after-school program for latch-key youth at the Community Center’s Old Firehouse Teen Center. As a soccer coach and parent Holly served five years as a Board member and three years as President and Chief Executive Officer of McLean Youth Inc., a non-profit youth club sports organization, serving over 5,000 McLean youth in seven sports annually. Currently, Holly (married to Tulane Alumnus (A&S’ 79) Dr. Steve Clement with grown children) lectors at her church, serves on the Tulane Alumni DC Chapter, mentors young lawyers and Tulane women students through the Newcomb Mentorship Program, and has had the pleasure of hosting several Newcomb Book Club events at her home. In Holly’s words, she gives back to Newcomb because “Newcomb is a priceless jewel in the Tulane crown. While no longer a coordinate college the mission of the Newcomb College Institute unearthed by stone and mortar is the same:  advocate and provide meaningful leadership, cultural and scholarship opportunities for women. It is my desire to use my efforts to further that mission recognizing that I owe my success, in no small part, to the opportunities afforded me at Newcomb.”

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Celeste Coco Ewing, 1990
A Louisiana native, Celeste graduated from Newcomb in 1990 with a degree in Political Economy, later going on to also obtain her Juris Doctor from the Tulane University School of Law. Celeste works as a partner with Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC., where her practice focuses on complex litigation with a special emphasis on product liability and toxic tort cases. She has previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Newsletter of Commercial & Business Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of KIDsmART.

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Meredith Feike, 2001
Vice President for Students
Meredith currently serves as the Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Recruitment and Student Affairs for Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. She graduated from Newcomb in 2001 with a BA and currently serves as a Newcomb Fellow in her current role. In the spring of 2016, she launched the NOLA Little Cultural Explorers Program, a city-wide after school enrichment program that focuses on the power of play in creating cultural awareness. In the past, Meredith was the Academic Lead for the Tulane Trauma Project. In addition to her role at Tulane, Meredith stays very involved on campus as the President of Tulane University Women’s Association as well as spending many years as a part of the NAA Board.

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Nicolette Guillou, 2013
Nicolette graduated from the School of Science and Engineering in 2013 with a degree in Psychology. During her time at Tulane, Nicolette was a Newcomb Scholar. Nicolette then went on to obtain her Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. She now works as a Senior Associate at Grant Thornton LLP in healthcare advisory. She currently volunteers as a high school speech and debate judge and a Newcomb mentor. Nicolette volunteers for Newcomb because it “was influential in supporting my academic, personal, and professional development through my undergraduate career. I feel a responsibility to give back to Newcomb to sustain its rich legacy of women’s leadership and develop the next generation of leaders and scholars.”

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Katie Lentz, 2016
Katie holds a BS in Public Health from Newcomb-Tulane College. She’s currently an administrator for the Baseball Assistance Team at Major League Baseball. BAT is a non-profit organization that assists members of the baseball family in need of financial, medical, or psychological assistance. In 2016, Katie received the Rising 25 award from Front Office Sports; the award recognized 25 up-and-coming sports business professionals age 25 or younger. She was previously an intern with the Tampa Buccaneers and the New Orleans Baby Cakes, and has also been the in-game host at the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training and Tulane Athletics. As a student at Tulane, Katie was a member and president of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and a violinist in the Tulane Orchestra. Currently, she is also an activity volunteer with Cross Church NYC. Her interests include watching sports, exploring New York City, playing the violin, listening to podcasts, and staying informed on current events. Katie has stated that she volunteers with Newcomb because, “as an undergraduate student, I participated in several valuable Newcomb programs that prepared me for life after college. I volunteer for Newcomb so that current and future women students are able to benefit from the resources as well.” 

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Jennifer Mills, 2001

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Andrea Mahady Price, 1998
President
Andrea holds both an M.A. (2000) and a J.D. (2004) from the University of Virginia after graduating from Newcomb with a degree in French. She is currently a member of Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC (New Orleans). She was a former law clerk for Hon. Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Andrea also serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association and is the former President of the New Orleans Chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Todd, and her two sons, James and Roger. She has also dedicated her free time to serve as a Newcomb Town Mom and a Newcomb Mentor for several years, attended Newcomb Networking Nights, and spoken at Newcomb in the City. Andrea volunteers for Newcomb because, as she puts it, "I received a wonderful education at Tulane/Newcomb and feel lucky to be part of this community of amazing women. I’d like to help keep that community alive and welcome new undergraduate women into it. I fully support the NCI and the programs and support that it provides to current Tulane students." 

Libby Nelson, 2014
Libby holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the School of Science & Engineering. Since she graduated in 2014, Libby has worked at Jacobs Engineering in the upstream oil and gas industry where she currently serves as the Process Engineering Supervisor. As well as being apart of the NAA Board, Libby also serves on the Junior Board of Advisors to the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane. In her free time, she enjoys checking out the newest restaurants in the city as well as taking ballet classes whenever she can as she grew up dancing her whole life. Libby volunteers for Newcomb because she “was fourth generation at Tulane, but is the first of my family who has stayed in New Orleans after graduation. My days at Tulane hold some of the best memories, and I want to stay involved to continue making more great connections/memories with Newcomb-Tulane alums!” 

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Lisa D.T. Rice, 1983
President-Elect

Lisa received an M.S. in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management. She is a results-driven non-profit leader with an extensive background in advocacy, political strategy, and development. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the PLEN Board of Directors and as the Director of Unite America, Inc. As an engaging, well-known public speaker, Lisa is regarded as a mentor and advisor on political involvement best practices with her background in management, advocacy coaching, and policy education. A native Washingtonian, Lisa lives in D.C. with her husband, Tom Thompson. Her son, Thomas Lynch, graduated from Tulane in 2015. In her free time, Lisa is an avid quilter in addition to holding a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her Newcomb and Tulane volunteer service includes being a member of her 10-year, 30-year, and 35-year reunion committees, and a part of the Washington, D.C. Alumni Club. Here is why she volunteers for Newcomb – “I volunteer for Newcomb because of my personal experience as a student in girls’ and women’s schools. I am committed to helping women achieve career and personal goals through active mentoring and sponsorship. It’s important to give back to Newcomb to preserve its legacy and actively teach the heritage of the College. It matters to connect with current students, to support their growth and success, in college and beyond. I believe the best way to teach the lessons of women’s empowerment, and the legacy of Newcomb College is to lead by example. This is my commitment.”

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 Andrea "Andi" Richardson, 1999

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Allie Graziano Shapiro, 2003
Allie holds a BS in Neuroscience(2003), a MS (2006) in Neuroscience, and an MBA (2017) in Management. She is the Marketing Director of Krispy Krunchy Foods, LLC. and the Executive Director of the Shapiro Foundation. Previously, she worked as the Senior Executive Officer and Media Director for NewOrleans.com, a pharmaceutical representative of Coria, and a sales manager and sales representative at ADP. Her service to Newcomb-Tulane includes serving as the communications committee chair for the Board of Directors. Her other service includes being the Junior League Speaker Series Chair, the communications director for the LA-SPCA, a board member of DFSNO, and a member of the YLC. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and wedding planning, as she got engaged in May 2018. She volunteers her time to Newcomb because, “Newcomb helped me become the woman that I am today, and I want to help and empower the next generation of women leaders.” 

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Helene Sheena, 1987
Treasurer

Helene graduated from Newcomb College in 1987 and went on to attend Tulane University’s School of Medicine. Helene then began working in pediatrics in Houston where she completed her residency, citing her own childhood pediatrician as her inspiration to pursue the field. She also serves as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Harris County Medical Association. Helene is an avid volunteer as a life member of Girl Scouts and the Susan G. Komen Foundation and enjoys spending her free time with her family. Her husband, Ronnie Sheena M.D., is also a Tulane alumnus (A&S ’85, M *90) as well as two of her three daughters, Michelle (SE ’16) and Brittney (SE ’18).  ​​​​

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Sarah Swig, 2014
Sarah graduated from Tulane University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and International Development with a Spanish minor. At Tulane, Sarah held several on-campus jobs, including in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Academic Affairs and Provost. As an undergraduate, Sarah tutored Spanish-speaking adults who wanted to learn English with La Semilla ESL program. After her junior semester abroad in Argentina, Sarah received a grant from the Newcomb College Institute to present her research on Argentine press freedom at the 21st Annual Latin American Symposium at Birmingham-Southern College. Newcomb offers incredible opportunities for undergraduate women at Tulane, and she is grateful for the opportunities Newcomb provided.  After graduation, Sarah worked at an education nonprofit in Washington DC and currently works for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in Washington DC. She loves politics, the San Francisco Giants, live music, hosting dinner parties, and traveling. She volunteers with Newcomb because she believes in the mission of educating and empowering women to be leaders, and hopes that other women are able to take advantage of the same opportunities she had with Newcomb.