Board of Directors

Joyce Bracey Executive Director, Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

NOKP Board Chair

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Joyce V. Bracey, M.Ed., NCC, is the Executive Director at the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans (CADA). After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans, Joyce worked as a counselor and intake coordinator at Grace House, a residential treatment facility from women with addiction. In her work there, she developed a passion for addiction treatment, and an intimate understanding of the devastating consequences of substance abuse. During her career, she also served as the Executive Director of an internationally recognized festival, where she produced an annual non-profit event to raise funds for education. More recently, she provided counseling and psycho-educational services to children with disabilities at the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans. In addition to her position at CADA, she is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the National Professional Association of Council Executives, the Greater New Orleans Drug Demand Reduction Coalition, and is the Chair of the New Orleans Kids Partnership. She is a National Certified Counselor, and will be receiving her designation as a Licensed Professional Counselor in March 2014. She has a great passion for working toward realizing a vision of New Orleans where all children can grow up in safe communities with healthy families who have access to quality schools and much needed social services.

Arielle McConduit-Longmire Director, Parent Information Center with Urban League of Greater New Orleans

NOKP Board Vice-Chair

A New Orleans Native, Arielle McConduit-Longmire is the Parent Information Center’s Director at the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. She has been with the agency for the past 7 years, working to provide direct services to families in Orleans Parish. Prior to this position, Arielle worked at the Orleans Parish Municipal Court as well as the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile and Felony Division. She also serves as a mentor with Take the Lead Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to support the social, mental and physical needs of youth in the city. Arielle has been a member of the New Orleans Kids Partnership for the past 6 years and recently served as Vice Chair of the Family Engagement Working Group, which produces the Connect 2 Educate Notebook. Arielle McConduit-Longmire earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Loyola University in 2005 and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 2009. Arielle is the proud mother of two kids and is an advocate for family engagement and student learning.

Roy Viger CEO, Addiction Recovery Resources, LLC.

NOKP Board Treasurer

Roy Viger

Roy Viger, CPA is the Executive Director at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc with over 10 years experience in the areas of accounting and finance. As Executive Director, he oversees all business operations, which has a 29 bed residential program, two Intensive Outpatient programs, a 15 bed Transitional Living program, and a physicians practice with 4 physicians. Prior to Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc, Roy served as a senior CPA with Wegmann Dazet & Company. He received his CPA designation in the state of Louisiana. His area of expertise is accounting and finance as well as healthcare management. Roy maintains active involvement in several community service organizations. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Action Against Addiction, a non-profit which focuses on substance abuse prevention services to adolescents in the Greater New Orleans area. He is the coach of multiple baseball and football teams for youth in the local community. He has previously been an active member of the Young Leadership Council. Roy received his Undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is married and has three children.

Sara Woodard

NOKP Board Past-Parliamentarian

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Sara W. Woodard holds a B. A. in English from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in Literature from American University. Her experience in non-profit administration includes 12 years as Executive Director of Start the Adventure in Reading-STAIR and 6 years as Director of the Mental Health Association in Metropolitan New Orleans. She served two years as Coordinator of a Women’s Commission in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and as a legislative assistant to a Pennsylvania state representative. She has been a contributing writer to New Orleans CityBusiness, New Orleans Magazine and the Times-Picayune. She is a current board member of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Women’s National Book Association-New Orleans chapter and a past board member of the Committee for a Better New Orleans and the Friends of New Orleans Adolescent Hospital. She has been an Each One Save One mentor as well as a STAIR and LEAP tutor.

Ali Malik District Team Leader, Target Stores

NOKP Board Member

Ali Malik

Ali Malik is a District Team Leader for Target Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for Target’s store operations in the state of Louisiana and Mississippi which includes 11 Target Stores and nearly 2000 Team members. His business leadership experience includes 20 years of retail management in multiple markets including Houston, Detroit, and New Orleans. Ali is committed to helping bring Target’s vision of Community Impact to life by supporting local programs and partnerships. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Retailer’s Association. He is married with five children.

Kelly Reinker Associate Attorney, Kinney, Ellinghausen, Richard & DeShazo

NOKP Board Member

Kelly Reinker

Kelly Reinker is an associate at the Kinney, Ellinghausen, Richard & DeShazo law firm and currently serves as the Chair of NOKP’s Fundraising Campaign, the Backbone Fund. She graduated cum laude from Tulane University in 2008 with majors in Psychology and Sociology. As a Teach For America Corps Member, she taught special education in the New Orleans Recovery School District until 2010. Kelly earned her law degree from Louisiana State University in 2013.

Tara Zapp Assistant Director, PRIME TIME

NOKP Board Member

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Tara Zapp, MS in Nonprofit Management, is an Assistant Director of PRIME TIME. She manages and directs LEH’s Preschool Program in Louisiana and the HomeRoom Teacher Professional Development Programs. She holds a Master’s of Science in Policy and Non Profit Management from The New School University and has six years of experience working with children and family services concerning education and psychosocial support opportunities. Tara has facilitated and managed education and child protection programs to families across Louisiana, New York City, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, and Bosnia. She has served as a partner of New Orleans Kids Partnership on behalf of LEH’s PRIME TIME since 2013 and has served as Chair of NOKP’s Early Childhood Working Group since 2015.

Jim Howell Professional Photographer, Jim Howell Photography

NOKP Board Member

Jim Howell is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and graduated from Furman University in 1972. He has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry in both Myrtle Beach and New Orleans. Jim works as a PPA certified Professional Photographer, with a Photographic Craftsman Degree and is the studio owner of Jim Howell Photography. He has served on the President’s Advisory Council for Furman University from 2009-2015, the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra Board of Directors from 2003-2014, and as a Start the Adventure in Reading (S.T.A.I.R.) tutor from 1997-present and board member, chair and officer from 2004-2014.

Pamela Bender Head of Pre-Authorization Services, Global School Services at International Baccalaureate

NOKP Board Member