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Peace Ambassador

Danny Allen is a highly respected leader in violence intervention. Having previously served as Program Manager of Cure Violence/CeaseFire New Orleans, he presently assumes the position of Project Director for the Peace Ambassadors. Danny played a key role in convincing the local government to support credible messengers, independent of law enforcement, to reduce shootings and killings in targeted neighborhoods. He also helped local government recognize violence as a public health issue through his team’s work with the University Medical Center and the City of New Orleans Health Department. A native of New Orleans, Danny has made significant contributions to the national and international promotion of the Cure Violence Global model.

Education Coordinator

Jesse is an experienced educator, researcher, facilitator, and champion for young people. She has a Master’s degree in Education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology. Currently, she works with the Coalition for Compassionate Schools at Tulane University, where she is responsible for facilitating youth participatory action research. Jesse is a co-founder of Ubuntu Village NOLA.

Director of Operations

Florence is an architect and urban planner passionate about addressing social justice issues. Her focus lies at the intersection of health, the built environment, and financial security, where she seeks to create positive impacts through her work. With a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Studies, Florence has a solid academic background that informs her practical approach to improving community health and well-being, emphasizing equity and access across various levels.


INSTEAD Social Worker

Originally from Washington State, Allie has been lucky to live in New Orleans for the past seven years.  She was called to pursue a master’s in social work in 2021 after years of mutual aid work addressing harm reduction, housing rights, and food access.  She is passionate about building relationships and systems that empower and destigmatize the experience of individuals impacted by the carceral state and mental health industrial complex.  Formerly the Mental Health Unit Social Worker at Orleans Public Defenders, she is now the social worker for INSTEAD’s adult clients.  

Peace Ambassador

Terri Fedison, a Peace Ambassador (Violence Interrupter/Coordinator) at Ubuntu Village NOLA, is a well-known figure in the community. She has extensive experience in education and community outreach and a deep understanding of the city’s challenges. Terri worked at Firstline Schools (LHA) for eight years in various roles, including paraprofessional, Kinder Co-teacher, disciplinary, and Common Core Reading Interventionist. She is also the founder of the T.H.F. School of Dance, a mentorship program that provides young girls with a safe space to express themselves and build confidence. Terri’s work at Ubuntu focuses on helping individuals transition from the criminal justice system and preventing violence in the community. Her commitment to her community and ability to connect with others make her an asset to Ubuntu Village NOLA.

Director

Ernest is co-founder of Ubuntu Village. He has a passion and energy for advocacy and volunteerism that spans a period of 10 years. He has traveled around the country speaking on navigating the criminal justice system, family engagement, and leadership building. He is a recipient of the National Juvenile Justice Beth Arnovists Gutsy Advocate for Youth award.

Parent Navigator

Javier, a resident of New Orleans, has accumulated over five years of professional experience in the field of child advocacy, demonstrating a profound commitment to championing the rights of marginalized individuals. She is engaged in the field of Social Work to offer counseling assistance to adolescents confronted with persistent poverty. Currently, Javier fulfills the role of a Parent Navigator in the juvenile courts for Ubuntu Village NOLA.

INSTEAD Program Director

Max has seven years of experience working at the Orleans Public Defender’s (OPD) office.  After three years of providing direct services and programming to promote alternatives to incarceration for people represented by OPD, he became the Client Services Division Operations Coordinator and later Deputy Supervisor. This work has positioned him uniquely to design and implement systems to extricate people from the justice system using community-based solutions. From this work,  Max identified opportunities to expand community-based alternatives that offer a place for people to feel safe, loved, and supported.


Peace Ambassador

Mr. Reginald Magee is a Peace Ambassador (Violence Interrupter) for Ubuntu Village NOLA. Reginald, a native of the New Orleans neighborhood of Mid-City, is a highly regarded individual renowned for his profound understanding of street dynamics. Having been formerly incarcerated, he served as a mentor to those confronted with various obstacles. Reginald actively participated in mentoring men with substance addiction through organizations such as the Men of Change Mentorship Program and Phoenix Programs, thereby establishing credibility and respect within the prison system. He is committed to preventing violence in the community and assisting community members in their transition to life outside the system.



INSTEAD Social Worker

LaKee Moss is a native of New Orleans, born and raised in the St. Bernard housing projects. After Katrina, LaKee began working as a teacher assistant at her alma mater, John McDonogh Senior High School, while pursuing a teaching degree. This work ignited her passion to support kids with similar upbringings as hers, recognizing that the needs of the students were far more significant than what the school could provide. LaKee switched her major to Social Work and earned her master’s in 2011. For the past 13 years, LaKee has worked with youth in Greater New Orleans and surrounding areas.


Business Manager

Terry has over 10 years of professional accounting consulting experience using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, and approaches to problems. He is highly self-motivated, has excellent analytical skills, effective organizational and time management skills, and has the ability to communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders. Terry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.


INSTEAD Director of Social Services and Community Engagement

Dwayne has been a social worker in New Orleans for the past 15 years. He was part of Total Community Action’s “Group Violence Reduction Strategy” and directly engaged individuals at high risk of falling victim to gun violence. He became the Program Director of NHS Human Services, overseeing the Assertive Community Treatment  (ACT) and Forensic Assertive Community Treatment teams.  Dwayne is passionate about helping people overcome obstacles and aspires to provide fuel for life through love and hope.




Louis is passionate about helping young people transform their lives to avoid the pitfalls of mass incarceration and loves working with youth from the city where he was born and raised—New Orleans. Along with his work as a community organizer for Ubuntu, Mr. Ward participates in mentoring programs and conducts surveys and other outreach with parents in our participatory research programs. He is a liaison between the organization and parents impacted by the Juvenile legal system.




Still a kid at heart, Marvin believes investing in youth is the key to our future.

Tammy is a New Orleans native and graduated from UNO with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sociology. She has taught for the LSU Ag Center and Southern University Ag Center​and is currently the Executive Assistant for James Carter & Associates, LLC.

Betty Dimarco retired in 2014 after 33 years, as a Judicial Administrative Assistant and Human Resource manager, in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. Betty has been promoting and participating in Restorative Practices since 2000.

Dee Dee Green is the Area Program Director for AFSC in New Orleans. She has worked both regionally (South) and nationally as a social justice advocate. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Michael Grey is an Assistant District Attorney with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. He works in the Civil Rights Division focusing on Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability. Previously, Michael worked as a staff attorney at Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights – New Orleans’ juvenile public defender office.

Robbie is the former president and creative director of Coleman Robertson, Inc. He has consequently spent three decades as an education and human development research analyst. He introduced cold-drip coffee essence to the American retail market (1987) and later developed the coffee and chicory soft drink, Zydecola (1995).

Laura Romanosky is the Director of Operations at New Pathways New Orleans. She’s worked at KIPP as a Business Operations Manager and Director of Student Support. Laura taught special education for 5 years in Baltimore and holds a MPA from NYU; a MAT; and a Bachelor’s from University of Maryland.