Board of Directors

About the Board

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans' eleven member Board of Directors consists of the Mayor, two representatives of the Board of Liquidation, and eight citizen members, of which five represent council districts, one at-large representative, and two consumer advocates.

Citizen members are appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the city council from a list of nominees submitted by a Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the following organizations: Dillard University, Loyola University, Tulane University, Xavier University, Delgado Community College, University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

Citizen members are required to be registered voters in Orleans Parish, shall have been a domiciliary of Orleans Parish for two years previous to their appointment, shall have experience in either architecture, environmental quality, finance, accounting, business administration, engineering, law, public health, urban planning, facilities management, public administration, science, construction, business management, community or consumer advocacy, or other pertinent disciplines, and their appointment shall reflect the gender and racial diversity of our city. Two citizen members shall be consumer advocates with community advocacy or consumer protection experience or experience in a related field.

The term of office for members appointed to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is four years and a member shall serve no more than two consecutive terms of office.

The Board holds committee and regular meetings once each month, to which the public is invited. Visit the News & Events section for a current schedule of meetings.

Current Board Officers

LaToya Cantrell President

Current Board Members

Andrew Amacker, PE

Andrew Amacker is a Senior Chief Engineer at Star Engineering Services, Inc. and Engineering Manager of Star Engineering Services’ Kenner, Louisiana office. He has over 15 years of project engineering and project management experience in designing and executing major capital projects with budgets between $1 MM and $100 MM primarily in the oil and gas industry. Andrew Amacker obtained his professional engineering license in Louisiana in 2013. In addition to his professional work, Andrew Amacker was deeply involved in the post-Katrina revitalization of the Freret neighborhood including development of the neighborhood’s post-storm recovery plan, conducting one of the first post-storm resident surveys, and partnering to institute a successful rezoning initiative on the Freret Commercial Corridor. Andrew Amacker is a New Orleans native.

Jay H. Banks

Jay H. Banks is a native New Orleanian and a lifetime District B resident. He is the eldest son of Gloria Bryant-Banks and the late J. Herbert Banks, III. Jay is married to his beautiful wife Artelia Bennett Banks and is the father two of sons. Jay is a proud product of the Orleans Parish Public School System having graduated from Henry W. Allen Elementary School and McMain Magnet Secondary School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Dillard University in Business Administration and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Jay has previously served as the Chief of Staff for two former New Orleans City Council Presidents, the late Dorothy Mae Taylor and his mentor, James “Jim” Singleton. He is also a former Director of the Dryades YMCA and currently serves as the Councilman for District B of the City of new Orleans.

Nicole M. Barnes

Nicole Barnes is Executive Director of the Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, where she has served since 2012. She developed and established the Homebuyer’s Assistance Program and Homeowner’s Post Purchase Assistance Program. Ms. Barnes was also the Vice President of Home Ownership Programs for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) for five years. During her tenure, the HANO Program was ranked among the top five programs in the nation among HUD Homeownership Programs. She is a graduate of Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and has a Master of Public Administration from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Robin Barnes

Robin Barnes is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the regional economic development alliance serving the 10-parish region of Southeast Louisiana. There she oversaw administration of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, a resiliency study of St. Bernard Parish and the east banks of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes which provides a vision and implementation plan for addressing stormwater, groundwater, and subsidence. She was also served on President Barack Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force as Senior Policy Advisory for Small Business and Economic Recovery. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Tamika Duplessis, Ph.D.

Dr. Tamika Duplessis is Lead Chemistry Instructor at Delgado Community College, where she has taught since 2009. She is also a Collaborator/ Contributing Scientist with Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy where she does research on breast cancer. She is a graduate of Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (cum laude) and received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with concentration in Biochemical Mechanisms of Cancer Etiology from Tulane University.

Alejandra Guzman Consumer / Community Advocate

Alejandra Guzman is the Vice President of Performance Management and Strategy at the New Orleans Business Alliance, where she has served since 2016. She is a proven leader, not only in her community, but also on her job. Ms. Guzman provides leadership for the organization to ensure performance and promote quality improvements, ensures that the +$ 3.7 million invested in all programmatic work is aligned to ongoing strategic imperatives and spearheads initiatives with the City of New Orleans and over 15 organizations and coalitions. She is a graduate of ITESM with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology and Universidad Regiomontana with a Masters in Corporate and Social Responsibility in Monterrey, Mexico. Ms. Guzman also received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, where she was granted the Community Development Award upon graduation.

Ralph Johnson Board of Liquidation, City Debt Syndicated Member

Ralph Johnson is the Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Affairs at Delgado Community College. He serves as the chief financial officer for all business and administrative affairs of the college. He provides leadership, direction, coordination and planning for the development of facilities, maintenance and physical plant, accounting, budgeting, purchasing, property control, campus police and all auxiliary operations. He has held similar CFO positions at universities in Virginia and Alabama. He has an undergraduate degree from Bradley University and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University.

Joseph Peychaud Consumer / Community Advocate

Joseph Peychaud is a lifelong resident of New Orleans with over forty-eight years of continuous service as a community advocate and activist, educator, facilitator, and public and private sector administrator. Since 2011, he has served as President of St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School (formerly Xavier University Preparatory) where he has overseen all operational components of the school including budget, plant and facilities, development, public relations, staffing, capital projects, parental involvement, and community outreach. He is also President of the Climana Neighborhood Association. He is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Arts in Education/ Liberal Arts and the University of New Orleans with a Masters in Urban Studies.

Lynes R "Poco" Sloss Board of Liquidation, City Debt Syndicated Member

Lynes Sloss is President and CEO of Bellwether Technology Corporation, an Information Technology consulting company which he cofounded in 1980. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. He served on the New Orleans City Planning Commission for ten years, and was very involved in the Master Planning process. He served on the New Orleans Public Belt as President Pro-Tempore. He is a New Orleans native.

Lewis Stirling, III

Lewis Stirling has been active in the real estate and development field for the past 40 years. He founded Stirling & Associates in 1981, a commercial brokerage and property management firm based in New Orleans. He has been involved with the acquisition, development and management of over 15 million square feet of property. Stirling currently serves on the Board of the French Market Corporation and is Chairman of its Real Estate Committee. He has also served as the Real Estate consultant to the Canal Street Development Corporation, a public benefit corporation owned by the City of New Orleans. Stirling graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

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