Board Members

Vincent Copper:  New Orleans, LARaised in New Iberia, LA. Retired from Avondale Shipyards. Active in several senior citizens organizations and skilled in working with others on community concerns and mediating between groups that have varying interests. Mr. Cooper owns several homes in the Lower 9th Ward that he was able to repair and fix himself post-Katrina, and serves as a mentor to others who want to become homeowners.  Proficient in supervising volunteer neighborhood cleanups.  African American Male.

Dine’ Butler:  New Orleans, LA.  Raised in New Orleans, LA. Organizer for Local 100 United Labor Unions. Works with low wage workers in the service industry in helping them understand their rights on the job. Active in management of a Fair Trade coffeehouse that works to give back to Latin American coffee coops that employ women. Experienced in nonprofit management and fundraising. Caucasian Female.

David Capasso:  New Orleans, LA.  Born in Brooklyn, NY.  Attorney.  Penn State University 1983, Kibbutz Shaar Hamaakim  Haifa Israel 83-84.  Loyola Law school graduate New Orleans, LA  1997.  Founder & Senior Partner of Capasso & Associates Law Firm since 1999.  Legal practice focus on labor disputes, civil rights, and criminal cases. Affiliated with the following: 1st Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, LEAN  (Louisiana Environmental Action Network), Save Charity Hospital, Pax Christi, Interfaith committee worker justice, MMACI  (Mentally ill /Homeless network), and Community of Abraham.  Active Board member of Convent Presbyterian Urban Ministries, Deacon of 1st Presbyterian Church, and active in fundraising committee for Big Easy Kiwanis Club. Skills include legal knowledge and experience in a variety of nonprofit organizations.  Caucasian Male.

Mark Thibodeaux I:  Lake Charles, LA.  Lifelong resident of Lake Charles, LA.  Graduate from W.O. Boston High School in Lake Charles, LA 1977.  Bus Driver for Calcasieu Parish School Board.  Active member of Sharon Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Volunteers as a youth organizer with FFLIC (Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children).   Prior nonprofit experience includes helping to run a food bank service called Lake Charles Community Outreach (501c3).  Experienced in nonprofit outreach and education.   Skills include sensitivity to multicultural differences and diversity and an ability to bring diverse groups together to work on a joint project.  African American Male.

Alyne Quinn:  Picayune, Ms since hurricane Katrina. Former resident of New Orleans, LA.  Active in her 8th Ward neighborhood community until Katrina, working to help make phone calls for her local 8th Ward neighborhood association and organize community meetings.  Retired beautician.  Active member of Pilgriam Bound Baptist Church in Picayune, MS and 1st Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans, LA.  Experienced in working with her church group on fundraising events and other community events. Skills include ability to network and develop relationships with other organizations.  African American Female.

Paul Fernandez:  New Orleans, LA.  Lifelong resident of New Orleans. Retired long distance  truck driver.  Currently, he is self-employed as a cab driver.  Active member of St. David’s Catholic Church.   Skills include running and managing his own business, exhibiting a high degree of motivation as a self-starter and entrepreneur.   African American Male.

John Flowers: Little Rock, ARK.  Lifelong resident of Arkansas.  Spent a lifetime in community radio in Little Rock, Arkansas. Experienced in outreach and education to low to moderate income families, working with diverse populations and grassroots fundraising campaigns.