The Beacon of Hope Resource Center would like to share its best practices in disaster recovery with those who are currently responding to a regional disaster.   If you are interested in having a representative present to your organization, or for Beacon of Hope to consult with your agency, please contact our Founder and President, Denise Thornton at (504) 309-5120.

Beacon of Hope Resource Center
New Orleans LA 70124
Office: 504.309.5120
Fax: 504.324.8370

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Denise Thornton attended the Executive Education Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2007. Denise has received numerous honors and awards including New Orleans Magazine’s Top 10 Female Achiever Award, City Business Innovative Business of the Year Award, Alliance For Good Government Civic Leader of the Year Award, Friends of New Orleans Hero Of The Storm, Young Leadership Council Role Model Award, Liberty Torch Award from Anti Defamation League, AFP Board of Directors Award, City Business Innovative Business of the Year Award, Litigation Management’s Professionalism Award, Public Relations Society of America Hornblower Award and was named one of the 10 Heroes of the Storm by the Times Picayune. In addition, Denise has served on the Louisiana Serve Commission, Fleur-de-Lis Ambassador, New Orleans Crime Coalition and is a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy.
Tina Marquardt has over 23 years of corporate and entrepreneurial sales, advertising, and management experience. She has held positions from sales and operations manager, finance director, business development manager and marketing and advertising manager. The last five years of her corporate career she provided private consulting for businesses in need of management, sales and operational assessments. In the fall of 2007 Tina joined the Beacon staff to oversee the daily operations and work with program development. In 2009, Tina assumed the Executive Director position while simultaneously serving  on numerous nonprofit committees, along with governmental advisory boards  and 18 neighborhood redevelopment committees. Tina has completed nonprofit capacity building programs such as Harvard University’s Data Collection and Information Management Systems Leadership Training for Neighborhood Leaders, Louisiana Association of Nonprofits Organizations (LANO) Leadership Workshops and most recently Tulane University’s Center for Public Service Nonprofit Strategy Institute.


Martin Huber holds a BS in Philosophy/Religion from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. Martin has over ten years of nonprofit experience in volunteer management, program management and special event coordination. Prior to joining Beacon of Hope, Martin served 4 years working in AmeriCorps programs, two years of which focused in hurricane recovery. Martin works on fundraising, technical assistance, grant reporting, and program development. While working at Beacon of Hope Resource Center, Martin earned both a CFRE, (Certified Fund Raising Executive Certification) and a Masters of Business Administration.

Board of Directors

Denise Thornton, President & CEO
Tina Marquardt, Vice President
Robert Lupo, Treasurer
Susan Revels, Secretary

Jay Batt
Stanley J. Cohn
Joseph Ryan Hugg
Al Petrie
Susan Revels
Timothy Ryan
Louise Schreiner
Dana Shepard
Louis Shepard


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