Ms. Ariel M. Wilson serves as the President of The Orchid Society. Born and raised in New Orleans, she is the daughter of Ms. Elaine Rader Wilson and the late Attorney Douglas P. Wilson. She is an honors graduate of St. Mary's Academy and later received her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from the University of New Orleans. Post Katrina, Ariel began her professional career in Houston, Texas as an Advertising Manager for the Austin Division of Perry Homes Homebuilding firm. In 2007, she joined Spectra Energy Transmission, a Fortune 500 pipeline company, as a Communications Specialist. After being in Houston for over 5 years, she returned home to be closer to family and friends! She's now the Director of Communications for Metropolitan Services District, a local governing entity that provides mental illness, addiction and disability services to the tri-parish area.
Ariel is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and African American Women of Purpose and Power. She has two sisters, Skyla, Radiah and an older brother, Jemal. She is also the proud Aunt of two nieces, Trinitie and Rylei. She enjoys dancing, working out, traveling and serving her community.
Dr. Kelli Jordan was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a BA in Psychology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in 2004, a Masters degree in Applied Educational Psychology in 2008 and a Ph.D. in School Psychology in 2010 from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Jordan moved to New Orleans to work for St. Bernard Parish Public Schools where she served as a certified school psychologist from 2009-2013. She is currently the Director of Special Education for New Orleans College Prep Schools. Her passion is ensuring kids with special needs never go unnoticed or under served. Kelli is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her free time, Kelli enjoys reading, watching sports, shopping, dining out, traveling and watching movies.
Tiffany Willis was born in New Orleans and raised in Slidell, LA/Las Vegas, NV. She moved back to New Orleans in August 2005 to attend Xavier University of Louisiana (3rd generation). She currently holds a BA in Mass Communications: Public Relations, a minor in Spanish, and a Masters of Art in Teaching in Special/Elementary Education. Tiffany worked in public relations with The Hawthorne Agency from 2009 - 2012. During this time she worked with engineers and city officials on specific projects that consisted of major road work. As she worked in this role, she co-founded The Black Professional (formerly Nola Black Professionals), a online networking source for black professionals within the city. In 2012, Tiffany began teaching special education and is currently the Compliance Coordinator for New Orleans College Prep.
Tiffany is the daughter of Peter and Gwendolyn Willis, and sister to Ashley Willis and Peter Willis, III. Tiffany resides in New Orleans East, in the cutest house on the block. She enjoys TV and movies, cooking, black and white photography, and playing with animals.
Ms. Samantha Archie was born and raised in New Orleans and Slidell. She attended Ursuline Academy and Xavier University where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English in 2003. Samantha has also received a post Baccalaureate degree in Digital Design from Tulane University. She currently works as a patient liaison at Ocshner Health Systems, while she hones her passion for digital design from her 9 to 5. Having always had love for New Orleans and it’s residents, Samantha has a strong desire to elevate her community, and draws a deep connection with the youth of the city. She is passionate about the need for well rounded balance that can be provided through mentoring programs and other creative outlets to help foster a continual cycle of rebirth for the youth of New Orleans.
Mrs. Jacquelyn C. Harris is the daughter of Dr. Cornelius A. Castain and Mr. & Mrs. Steven P. Ancar. She is a proud New Orleans native who loves food, family and fellowship. She attended St. Mary's Academy and the University of New Orleans where she earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communication and Master's in Business Administration. During her graduate studies, Jacquelyn worked for one of the top ranked student housing property management companies in the nation, Campus Living Villages. She was recognized as the "Marketing Coordinator of the Year" in 2007. Jacquelyn has worked tirelessly building relationships, increasing market share and raising millions of dollars for several Fortune 100 and 500 companies. During her time working in the CPG industry, she received the 2011 "Spirit Award" for community outreach and mentorship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga, TN. She currently works as a District Manager for Automatic Data Processing, LLC (ADP), one of the largest business outsourcing companies in the world. Jacquelyn is the oldest of 4 siblings, A'shante, Karmen, Steven and Kailyn. Jacquelyn was fortunate to grow up surrounded by several mentors. She understands that the opportunity to pour into the lives of young people is a serious responsibility that is the cornerstone of improving the city of New Orleans.
Ms. Amanda Aiken is the Principal of Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep. In her first year as Principal, Amanda along with her incredible team of educators, catapulted Crocker College Prep from being the lowest performing school in the city of New Orleans to the most improved school in New Orleans. In addition to being the Principal at Crocker Amanda is also an adjunct staff member with Teachers College, Columbia University as a Principal Coach for the Summer Principals Academy. Before becoming Principal of Crocker College Prep, Amanda served as the Principal in Residence and Instructional Performance Manager of Sylvanie Williams College Prep Elementary School. As an Instructional Performance Manager she also taught 4th grade ELA. This resulted in her having the highest ELA scores in the network, and her scholars outperforming the city average. Before moving to New Orleans Amanda taught 4th grade in the Gwinnett County School System in Georgia. Amanda has received several awards and recognition for her work in education. She was the Crescent City Chapter of the Links Champion for Change, The 2014 Millennial of the Year in Education, and The New Orleans Black Professionals “Profession of the Month”.
Amanda is a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Spelman College, where she earned her BA in Child Development/Teacher Certification. She obtained her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a graduate of The National Principal’s Academy Fellowship with Relay Graduate School of Education. Amanda is originally from Hopewell Junction, New York. In addition to her service to the children of New Orleans, Amanda is also an active member of the community. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Beta Omega Chapter, New Leaders Council 2015 Fellow, The Orchid Society, and The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, New Orleans Chapter.
Mrs. Jovan Bell-Walker was born in New Orleans in 1982 to her loving parents. She attended Xavier University Preparatory High School and graduated in 2000. After, graduation she went on to attend Clark Atlanta University where she received her B.A. in Criminal Justice.
Upon, her return home she enrolled at Loyola University. She received a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently employed as a Management Development Analyst with the City of New Orleans. Jovan has 6+ years of experience in city government. She is married to Christopher Walker and they have 2 children, London and Reggie.
Jovan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and wardrobe styling consultation. Jovan is committed to making a difference in her community through the mentorship of young girls. She is extremely devoted to making her city a better place.
Amber Davis-Prince was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. She holds a BA in Speech Communication from Berea College and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Amber has worked at Berea College, The Walt Disney World Resort, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and most recently at Xavier University of Louisiana. Upon graduating from Berea College, Amber knew that working in a position that affirmed cultural identities and upheld the academic experience of African American students was the space that she was professionally and personally connected to. And, after increasing minority enrollment to 25% at Berea College, she decided to refocus her efforts to the retention and student development of students as the Director of the Black Cultural Center for Berea College. Here, Amber was able to engage with students and accommodate their unique needs as students of color as well as create a voice and space for them. Amber was able to continue this work when she moved to New Orleans and began to work for Xavier University of Louisiana as the Director of the Office of Campus Activities. Much like her work at the Black Cultural Center, this position acknowledges the need for programming and focus to be diverse in order to adequately serve this student population the university is serving. As conversations surrounding the necessity of HBCUs gain momentum and frequency, Amber was selected as a Fellow for the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.). H.E.L.F. selects administrators working in Higher Education at HBCUs that are passionate about strengthening these institutions and focusing on the specific needs of students. Amber is dedicated to increasing awareness and uplifting the work of HBCU professionals as well as providing support to young women in the New Orleans community. She is committed to ensuring that young women in New Orleans have the opportunity to have positive role models and self-empowerment.
Amanda Isaacs is a native of Tacoma, Washington where she resided until relocating to New Orleans, LA for college in 2005. Amanda attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she obtained degrees in Education and Spanish. While in college Amanda discovered her love of service. Her initial service began with Teaching Young Children (TYC), a volunteer organization that tutors and mentors students after school, there she was twice honored as Volunteer of the Year. Her desire to serve continued to grow after being inducted into the illustrious Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated. While attending Xavier Amanda also found her love for travel and the Spanish language while getting the opportunity to travel Central America on a study abroad program. Amanda has dedicated the past 8 years to service. She spent time teaching middle school in Guinea, West Africa. She volunteers with The Ties That Bind Project, and currently teaches third grade at Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep Charter School.
Amanda is the proud daughter of Tony and Kimberly Isaacs, sister to older brother, Dereke Isaacs, and identical twin, Susan Isaacs. She enjoys traveling, working out, cooking, and being of service to others.
The Orchid Society Charter Members
Ariel Wilson - Founder
Jovan Bell Walker