Meet our Leadership Team

Our Board of Directors come from a cross-section of professional backgrounds and provide expert leadership and guidance in overseeing the strategic direction and management of the organization. The Board meets each month to conduct general business and focuses on issues important to the agency and community.

Richard Roth III, Board President

Richard is the founder and managing member of the Roth Law Firm. He specializes in tax credit transactions, business law, estate planning, and successions. Richard began his career as a Certified Public Accountant in Charleston, South Carolina. After three years of practicing public accounting, he returned to his hometown of New Orleans to attend Tulane University Law School and start his law practice. Before opening Roth Law Firm, Richard was a partner in a boutique tax law firm in New Orleans. Richard annually serves as a guest lecturer at Tulane University Law School and serves on several non-profit committees throughout New Orleans.

In addition to Roth Law Firm, Richard is a founding member of Strata Services, LLC — a multi-family office that serves the needs of high net worth individuals — and with his wife, Mary Martin, RAMM Real Estate — which has successfully redeveloped 100,000 square feet of historic buildings into multi-family and office use. He has three young sons and resides in New Orleans.

Chimene Grant Saloy, Board President Elect

Chimene is a New Orleans native who graduated from Mount Carmel Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University New Orleans. Chimene is the Vice President of Community Affairs at Audubon Nature Institute, where she is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission of conservation, education, and recreation through comprehensive community outreach and advocacy efforts designed to build long-term relationships and support.

Chimene is a Vice Chairman of the board of directors of French Quarter Festivals, Incorporated and Second Vice Chairman of Girl Scouts Louisiana East board of directors. She serves on the Diversity Committee for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She is the former chair of the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network and has served on the boards of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association among others.

Chimene is a member of the Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Inc. She is an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.

Claudia Carrere Powell, Treasurer

Claudia is the Vice President & Commercial Relationship Manager for Iberia Bank.

Christine F. Mitchell,  Board Vice President

Christine F. Mitchell has been a life-long educator in the city of New Orleans. She has served in the capacity of teacher, Reading Interventionist, Early Childhood Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, School Leader, Principal, and CEO. She is currently an Educational Consultant. As a product of the New Orleans Public Schools, she is very passionate about ensuring that all children receive a high-quality education and actively participates with organizations such as the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA), Louisiana Association of School Administrators of Federally Assisted Programs (LASAFAP), and National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to support this initiative. Additionally, Mrs. Mitchell serves as President of Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Vice President of the Dillard University National Alumni Association Greater New Orleans Chapter.

She received her Principalship degree from the University of New Orleans, has a Master in Education from Xavier University, and a Bachelor of Psychology from Dillard. She is also a graduate of McDonogh 35 High School.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, shopping, and traveling. She has been married for 29 years to Myron and has one daughter, Myrissa.

Ralph Mahana, Board Secretary

As a New Orleans native, he has been entrenched in the day-to-day operations of Windsor Court Hotel since he was a sophomore in college. In 2018, he became the youngest general manager in the property’s 34-year history. Ralph is an alumnus of Isidore Newman School and Tulane University in New Orleans. Ralph’s service to the community extends far beyond the walls of Windsor Court Hotel. He is passionate about a variety of causes and also serves as a board member for GNO, Inc.’s Next Gen Council, and is Chair of the Community Involvement Committee for the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association.

Miles Channing Thomas, Immediate Past President

Miles Channing Thomas is a South Carolina native who received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Thomas specializes in maritime and corporate law while continuing to maintain a general litigation practice. He and his wife Rebecca have two children, Sophie and Jackson.

Keith Liederman Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Liederman has been on staff for 20 years. He started as a program director, was promoted to Associate Director of Administration and then became Chief Executive Officer in 2003. He oversees the agency’s comprehensive array of nationally accredited and state certified programs focused exclusively on early intervention and prevention, serving toddlers as young as 6 weeks old in Early Head Start and the Pre-School, to adults almost as old as the institution itself in Adult Day Health Care and the Senior Center. Dr. Liederman also performs a variety of civic functions on the local, statewide and national level, including serving on the Child Welfare League of America’s Board of Directors, the Every Child Matters Board of Trustees, and the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Board of Directors.

Dr. Liederman earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), his Master of Social Work at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and his Ph.D. from Tulane University. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of the Tulane University School of Social Work, teaching Diversity and Social Justice, Advanced Methods, Policy and Research courses. He and his wife Luanne live in New Orleans with their daughter Camille, who attends the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).

Valerie Wheatley, Chief Operating Officer

As a skilled civic and community leader with over 25 years of executive management experience, Valerie Wheatley provides leadership and direction as the Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Wheatley is a key contributor to the organization’s strategic growth, sustainability and impact as she is responsible for all daily programmatic, administrative and financial operations. In 2016, she oversaw the development and construction of Kingsley House’s Patrick F. Taylor Campus, a 24000 sq. ft. facility that houses an early childhood learning and an adult day health care centers. She currently leads a programmatic and operational shift to support the two generation, whole family approach across all programs and services.

Ms. Wheatley received her Master in Public Administration with a concentration in State and Local Finance from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. In 2020, Valerie was recipient of the New Orleans Women of the Year Award, and in 2008, she was honored as CFO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Valerie is an alumna of the Campaign for Equity NOLA and is a current member of the Campaign’s Economic Development and Business Equity Team. Valerie is also a member of the Educare Learning Network’s Educare Governance Council, the leadership body that fosters shared governance among the national network of Educare Schools, Start Early and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.

Glenn Gruber, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Glenn has a diverse mix of experience in both the Not-For-Profit and For-Profit arenas. Prior to Glenn’s five plus years as CFO at Kingsley House, Glenn held the CFO position for Blaine Kern Artists, Inc., responsible for the financing endeavors of the world’s leading parade float designer, including negotiating the first $1 million dollar parade contract. Prior to Kern, Glenn was the CFO and COO for the Contemporary Arts Center for over a decade. Under his leadership, in an effort to guide the CAC towards greater self-sufficiency, the CAC was able to grow its earned income to over 50%, which included the implementation and growth of a Financial Services Program that assisted many other non-profits, artists and other culturally based programs. Glenn has also worked in commercial real estate for regional and international firms, working his way up quickly to senior level positions and then Controller. It was during this time that he earned his CPA designation as a first time candidate.

Glenn has served as a board member and Treasurer of several nonprofit organizations, including the New Orleans Film Society and YAYA. He has also done voluntary work for the Jefferson Parish Department of Parks & Recreation and organizations such as KaBOOM, Lafayette Square Conservancy and The Gumbo Krewe. Glenn also is a Distinguished Fellow of the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice after successfully completing a course on the Constitution and Civil Discourse.

He lives in Marrero with his wife, Lisa and their son, Calegan, who will also be receiving his degree in accounting in May, 2021. When not working, Glenn enjoys reading, landscaping, exercising and traveling. Glenn has also been involved with the Krewe of Endymion for over 25 years and serves as a Float Lieutenant.

Yolanda Motley, Program Officer for Early Learning Services

Yolanda Motley, M.A., oversees the agency’s Early Childhood Development Programs. Yolanda has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Orleans in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts Degree from Xavier University of New Orleans in Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood. She is also a state certified administrator for grades Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth. She earned twenty-one additional post-graduate hours from the University of New Orleans. Yolanda’s career spans thirty years in Education and Administration. She’s had numerous roles in the field. She currently sits on the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board as the early childhood representative for the state of Louisiana. Yolanda and her husband Kenneth reside in New Orleans.

Donna Betzer, Chief Development Officer

Donna Betzer is a development and marketing professional with over 30 years of experience. Prior to her assignment as Chief Development Officer she served as the Director of Strategic Giving for the Foundation. In her capacity as CDO, Donna oversees development and communications efforts, including the execution of fundraising strategies for individual donors, corporate and foundation supporters, and special events. Most recently she served as the Director of Development of the American Diabetes Association Gulf Coast office and Director of Marketing for Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in communications and psychology. Donna is an active volunteer for the Tour de Cure New Orleans, a member of Women United and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Arnel Cosey, Ph.D., Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Community Services

Arnel is a native New Orleanian who has 30 years of experience in higher education most recently serving as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In that role, she led the enrollment planning efforts of the College, as well as the development and implementation of programs and services focused on student access and success. As the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Community Services, she works closely with internal and external partners on strategies to deliver the key components of our Whole Family Approach through education, employment pathways and health and well-being providing a path for families to economic prosperity. Additionally, she oversees the agency’s Adult Day Care, Community and Supportive Services, and Youth Services programs.

Dr. Cosey received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Master of Arts in Guidance & Counseling from Xavier University. In 2011 she earned an Executive Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. Dr. Cosey is also committed to her community as demonstrated through her membership on local boards, such as The Urban League of Louisiana and Bricolage Academy. She has been the recipient of several professional and community awards such as the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Outstanding Staff of the Year, the Chancellor’s Innovation and Excellence Award, City Business Women of the Year, and City Business One to Watch in Education.

Micah Blunt, Director of Human Resources

Micah is also originally born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and has had a career in Human Resources Management and Leadership positions for over 16 plus years. His experience as a Director, Manager and Generalist in different industries such as Logistics and Distribution Centers, Poultry Industry, Corporate HR, Food Service Industry, Mfg., HealthCare and the Gaming Industry. His unique sets of skills & knowledge are a perfect fit for Kingsley House. Upon his recent return back to the Crescent City, he was a Professional Athlete (N.B.A. and European League) as well as a former NCAA Division-I Collegiate Basketball Coach before transitioning into a human resources career. Micah Blunt is a Tulane University graduate and father of Marie Blunt and Myles Blunt.

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