Meet The Team

Chuck Morse

Thrive New Orleans

Executive Director

Chuck@ThriveNOLA.org

Chuck brings his experience as the former Assistant Secretary in the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Special Assistant to the President at Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation, and most recently as the ConnectWorks Director at the Good Work Network. He has leveraged his passion to help minority business owners and local ministers to expand his impact in serving the broader mission of Thrive New Orleans.

 

Chuck holds a Master's degree in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans and a Master's degree in Divinity from Union Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans.

 

If you are an anchor institution, ministry partner, or funder looking to connect with Thrive New Orleans to serve our city together, Chuck is your contact.

Dr. Tanya Jones PhD

Thrive New Orleans

Director of Development and Partnerships

Tanya@ThriveNOLA.org

Christy Ruth

Restoration Thrift

Store Manager

Christy@Restorationthrift.org

Christy will make you feel like family the minute you walk into the doors at Restoration Thrift. Her customer service career in the hospitality industry and her love for people will keep you coming back.  Her team finds great pleasure in ensuring that you walk away with a treasure.

If you want to bring a donation in or volunteer at Restoration Thrift, Christy is your lead contact.

Tanya has spent much of her life working to create roads to funding and partnership for HBCUs, and avenues to equity for minority owned businesses here in New Orleans.

At Thrive, Tanya helps the community to thrive through her passion and excellence in developing mutually flourishing partnerships, and working with funders to make sure their investments are used to create real impact through Thrive's initiatives/

If you are a community partner, local official, or funder looking to connect with Thrive New Orleans to serve our city together, Tanya is your contact.

Nika Carter

Launch NOLA

Program Coordinator

Nika@LaunchNOLA.org

Nika spends each and every day helping entrepreneurs grow and thrive along their journey by connecting them to resources, coordinating the Business Academy, and creating meaningful learning experiences for them along the way.

Ask any entrepreneur who has had the opportunity to communicate with Nika and they can attest, it is her joy to serve them and to see them grow!

If you are a small business owner looking to grow your business, or if you are a business ally looking to help entrepreneurs through your time and talent, Nika is your contact.

Oscar Brown

Thrive 9th Ward

Executive Director

Oscar@ThriveNOLA.org

 

Born and raised in the Desire neighborhood, Oscar has seen the both the difficulty and the unique resilience and joy that comes from growing up in the community.

After spending years working with churches and youth in the 8th and 9th wards, Oscar gets to spend each day connecting neighbors in the Desire neighborhood to opportunities for growth through the Thrive 9th Ward Community Center.

He loves getting to empower his Desire community through programming for everyone from toddler to 99 yrs, partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits, and a space that the neighborhood is proud of.

 

If you are looking for community programming or space in the 9th Ward, Oscar is your contact. 

Emily Eckland

Thrive 9th Ward

Executive Assistant

Assistant@Thrivenola.org

Emily supports Oscar Brown in the day-to-day operations of Thrive 9th Ward.

Her strong communication, eye for detail, and heart for those she gets to serve through her work supporting Thrive's operations play an integral role in the organization's success.

Alex Patin

Thrive New Orleans

Bookkeeper

Hospitality@Thrivenola.org

Alex keeps our operation running.  If you are a vendor in need of payment, a donor with a question about your donation, or any other detailed questions, Alex is your lead contact. 

Darren has been working with local nonprofits dedicated to serving the New Orleans community for over 15 years.

With deep experience helping minority businesses navigate startup and growth, he is a technical and operational swiss-army knife.

He loves getting to solve problems and build systems to equip entrepreneurs, help local homeowners, and support community members by through Thrive's "community first" internal infrastructure

It's Ben's job to share the incredible stories of the folks that we at Thrive have the privilege to serve and do life with.

Each one is the hero in their own story, and as Thrive walks with them, Ben gets to shine the spotlight on the transformative stories that our community heroes has lived out.

 

Ben has degrees in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship & Finance from Shippensburg University, and is a StoryBrand Certified Guide.

 

If you are interested in hearing about the heroes Thrive has the honor to walk with, Ben is your contact.

Kayti Chung-Williams

Launch NOLA

Director

Kayti@LaunchNOLA.org

Kayti pairs her expertise as a serial entrepreneur with a deep passion to empower entrepreneurs of color throughout the city. 

If you have any questions about how to launch or grow a business, Kayti is your lead contact.

Dwana Caliste

Thrive 9th Ward

Director of Youth Programs

Dwana@ThriveNOLA.org

 

A 9th Ward native, Dwana has been investing back into her community for years on staff at Carver High School and as a High School Volleyball coach.

She brings this passion for her community and building up the next generation of leaders to her work at Thrive 9th Ward.

If you have questions about youth programs, tutoring, or summer camp, Dwana is your lead contact.

Ari Williams

Launch NOLA

Program Coordinator

Ari@LaunchNOLA.org

Along with Nika, Ari spends each and every day helping entrepreneurs grow and thrive along their journey by connecting them to resources, coordinating the Business Academy, and creating meaningful learning experiences for them along the way.

If you are a small business owner looking to grow your business, or if you are a business ally looking to help entrepreneurs through your time and talent, Nika is your contact.

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Contact

(504) 564-7739

Address

1433 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

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