Board of Directors
Albert Vallotton is co-founder and president of Ardent Services, an industrial electrical contractor serving the process automation needs of oil & gas, petrochemical, refining, pharmaceutical and food processing companies nationwide. Ardent employs over 1,000 skilled craft personnel. Mr. Vallotton has extensive strategic planning, senior management, operational leadership and safety training experience. His service to the community includes teaching coursework in Economics, Personal Finance an Ethics as a high school classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement. He graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University, and during the ensuing twenty-five years has lived and worked in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Corpus Christi, Houston and New Orleans. He currently resides in Metairie, Louisiana with his wife and three children. Mr. Vallotton brings critical enterprise development, financial analysis and performance measurement capabilities to our board and organization.
Emma Herr is a Development Officer with Tulane University. Born and raised in New York City, she came to New Orleans to attend Tulane and worked previously as the Director of Development for the hurricane preparedness non-profit, Evacuteer. As a volunteer with Community Works and Young Audiences over the past several years, she has seen the impact arts education has made on the youth of New Orleans and is so excited to be involved as a board member with Community Works.
Mish Warrier, MBA, has a breadth of experience working in various financial, operational, strategic planning, and advisory roles with organizations in differing industries. In his time spent working in private equity, he aided in venture investing activities and was responsible for evaluating business plans, gathering competitive intelligence, and performing financial analyses to determine companies’ growth potential. Prior to working in the field of finance, Mr. Warrier worked in various business roles within the National Football League, for both the New Orleans Saints and the NFL League Office. Mr. Warrier graduated from the Tulane University – A.B. Freeman School of Business receiving a MBA with concentrations in Finance and Strategy with a supporting concentration in International Business. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Economics, Philosophy, and Psychology. In addition, he has attended graduate programs and completed coursework in legal and business studies at Loyola University New Orleans Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Warrier believes that the enriched learning programs provided by Community Works play a vital role in motivating children to enjoy learning, both in the classroom and beyond their traditional schooling.
Melissa Schutz Lilly, JD, is the Wealth Advisor for IBERIABANK in the Greater New Orleans Market. She grew up in Southern California and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1999. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis in 2007. In between undergraduate school and law school, Melissa taught high school English in Newport Beach, CA. Melissa moved to New Orleans in 2009 and has been working in the area of Estate and Gift Planning since. Melissa is a member of the California State Bar, the Estate Planning Council of New Orleans and serves on the Cornerstone Council with the Greater New Orleans Foundation. She is excited to bring her experience in the classroom and the corporate world to the Community Works board.
Meghan Raychaudhuri graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in public policy and economics. She has a law degree from Tulane University and an LLM in tax from Villanova University. Mrs. Raychaudhuri is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After several years practicing law, Mrs. Raychaudhuri served as a tax and economic fellow to United States Senator Tom Carper of Delaware and served a limited duration appointment as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Oregon. In 2013, Mrs. Raychaudhuri returned to New Orleans where she worked for the Recovery School District and currently serves as the Operations Manager at Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School.