Albert J Grandoit
Albert "Al" Grandoit is the Boston born to Haitian parents who immigrated from Tiburon, Haiti to Washington, DC in the early 1970s. Al spent the first five years of his life living with relatives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and visiting with relatives in Tiburon. He is the founder of Couraj Tiburon, a Southwest Haiti Relief and Development Nonprofit Organization. He is also a mediator and capital trial defense mitigation specialist. He also started Brics & Wes L3C, a Low-Profit Civil and Criminal Law Investigation, Mediation, and Legal Assist Office. His experiences span working for AT Brod an off Wall Street investment banking firm to working as a capital trial mitigation specialist with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, a non-profit law firm representing indigent defendants facing Louisiana's death penalty, and previously with Florida's former Senator Les Miller's Office, and Florida’s Department of Children and Family and Office of the Attorney General with at-risk youth and families, specifically working with abused and neglected children.
Al later served as the supervisor for the Children's Trust fund of Massachusetts's program, Urban Neighborhood and Healthy Families. Al also served on the committee developing the New Orleans Community Mediation/Police Mediation Project and co-trained its mediators. Al recently served as Interim Executive Director of Community Mediation Services. Al is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Political Science and minor in Public Administration, later pursuing a Masters in Government at Harvard University. While in Massachusetts, Al received mediation training at Mediation Works, Inc. and trained as a volunteer community court mediator. Al has mediated small claims, family disputes/CINS (parent and child disputes), summary process, landlord-tenant cases, disputes between citizens and police officers, and has co-conducted family divorce & participated in juvenile co-mediator training. Al is currently an active member and “The Wildman Indian" of the Young Brave Hunters, a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Tribe.
Larry Hayes, LCSW
Larry Hayes is a license clinical social worker in the states of Georgia and Louisiana. He has been in private practice for over twenty years and specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Marriage and Family Therapy, Domestic Violence Counseling, Adoption Counseling, Rites of Passage Programs, Critical Incidence Debriefing, Employment, Divorce and Couples Mediation. He is the founder and CEO of the Sankofa Center, Inc. a community based multi-service agency that provides: recreational respite, summer camps, domestic violence focus groups for perpetrates, individual, group and family therapy. He is a native of New Orleans and became an Internally Displaced Person as a result of Hurricane Katrina. He was forced to relocate to the Metro-Atlanta, Georgia area while waiting to return to his home in New Orleans. He spent his time in the Metro-Atlanta area working with Internally Displaced Persons providing crisis counseling, individual, group and family therapy and assisting them to access needed resources.
He is a certified disaster intervention trainer and provides culturally competent interventions. He has a long history of working with children placed: in foster care, resident treatment centers, detention and correctional facilities. He has worked as a school social worker for Orleans Parish Public Schools and Recovery School District of Louisiana, Liaison for Juvenile and Municipal Courts, Executive Director of the Sankofa Center, community organizer, Supervisor of Welfare and Attendance for Orleans Parish, he is the past Director for Orleans Parish Truancy Center, , current host of the Harambee television show, and private practitioner. He is a former Director of the Mid-City Mental Health Clinic, Institutional Correctional Manager for the Louisiana Department of Corrections, Executive Director of Ma’at Counseling and Therapeutic Services and served as a Social Worker for the Legendary Louis Armstrong Manhood Development Program where he worked with our living dead ancestor Morris F. X. Jeff, Jr.
W. C. Johnson
W.C. Johnson is the retired owner of Apothecary D’ Orleans ltd., Wes Johnson and Sons’ Transportation, East African Harvest Restaurant, African Harvest Co-Op; Currently Executive Producer OurStory Network Cox Cable Access Television, Executive Producer OurStory Network WBOK Radio, Chairman of Community United for Change (NOPD Consent Decree) Chairman, New Orleans Access Television Independent Producers Confederation, Former Dean of State Representatives, One Million Conscious Black Voters and Contributors, Treasurer Universal Negro Improvement Association-African Communities League, Former Chair NAACP Membership Committee, New Orleans Branch,
Dante J. Butler
Dante J. Butler is one of New Orleans top young attorneys. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. After working in the corporate arena for a few years, Dante went on to receive his juris doctorate from Loyola College of Law in New Orleans. After law school, he partnered to form the law firm of Rome Butler & Rome, LLC where he was the firm’s top trial strategist. Recently, Dante has branched off and started his own law firm, The Law Office of Dante J. Butler, LLC. At his new firm, Dante practices personal injury, criminal and employment law. Dante has received a number of awards for litigation, trial advocacy, as well as, community service. Dante plans on building his new firm to be one of Louisiana’s top law firms.
NSSM Board of Directors - Bios
Dr. Debra Morton
Dr. Debra Morton, LCSW-BACS, MSW is President/CEO of Family Services of Greater New Orleans. Dr. Morton is licensed by the State of Louisiana as a clinical social worker. She is certified in Addiction Studies through Tulane University, and Dispute Mediation through Loyola University-School of Law. She earned the Doctorate in Social Work (PhD) from Jackson State University, the Master’s in Social Welfare (MSW) from Tulane University, and the Bachelors of Arts Degree from Xavier University of New Orleans.
Dr. Morton holds more than 20 years of experience in the areas of mental health, addictive disorder treatment, and violence prevention. Her work experience spans such distinguished positions as Executive Director of Odyssey House of Louisiana, and Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD), as well as Administrator of the Recovery School District- Behavioral Health Services. Active in the New Orleans community, she has served on various community boards such as Greater New Orleans -Substance Abuse Service Alliance (SASA), Loyola University-Twomey Center for Peace through Justice, Tulane University-Porter Cason Institute, Regional AIDS Planning Council of Greater New Orleans, The Children Youth and Planning Board, and the Greater New Orleans Drug Demand Reduction Coalition. In 2001 she received a commendation from the Louisiana State Legislature for her excellent work in the community, and in 2015, received Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence (highest GPA).
Omo Moses was born in Tanzania, East Africa
in 1972. He is the former Executive Director and founding member of the Young People’s Project (YPP), a national non-profit organization with programs in over ten US cities that prepare students to succeed in school and in life. YPP evolved out of the Algebra Project, which grew out of the Civil Rights activism of the Algebra Project’s founder, MacArthur Genius Grant winner Bob Moses, Omo’s father. Omo founded MathTalk, a community based ed tech start up, in 2015. Math Talk products and services are meant to inspire and equip adults with tools that prompt high quality early math experiences and conversations with children.
One of four siblings, Omo grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from where he went on to become a scholar-athlete, attending the University of Pittsburgh and George Washington University on basketball scholarships. At George Washington, where he majored in mathematics and minored in creative writing, he received the Black Issues in Higher Education Sports-Scholar Award as well as the school’s Creative Writing Award.
Omo is the producer of Finding Our Folk, an award-winning student-filmed documentary featuring the Grammy nominated Hot 8 Brass Band that tells the story of members of YPP who organized themselves and others to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Omo is a member of the MSNBC Grio 100, a Huffington Post Person of the Day and a Barr Foundation Fellow.