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.
New Orleans LA 70124
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.
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. Working closely with the Executive Director, Martin works on fundraising, technical assistance, grant reporting, and program development.
Jason Stopa is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in History and holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program from the University of New Orleans (UNO). At UNO he specialized in land use, environment, blight and urban agriculture. He has led projects to address distressed neighborhoods and develop community mapping projects. He also has 2 years experience as a Relationship Banker, where he provided community outreach through youth financial education programs.
Board of Directors
Denise Thornton, President & CEO
Susan Revels, Vice President
Robert Lupo, Treasurer
Joseph Ryan Hugg, Secretary
Stanley J. Cohn