Our supporters: Individuals & Organizations

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Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of The Lens.

Gifts $10,000 +
Richard Colton
Laitram LLC
Jay Lapeyre *
Bev & Ray Nichols *
Reily Foundation / Bob & Margaret D. Reily
Michael Sartisky, Ph.D. * +
Harry Shearer *
Mary Zervigon *

Gifts $5,000 – $9,999
Amy Jean Boebel *
Christopher Cooper
Mr. & Mrs. Laurance Eustis *Randy Fertel *
Keith Hardie *
Calvin Johnson * +
LCI Workers Comp
David Simon & Laura Lippman *
Linda Usdin & Steven Bingler *

Gifts $2,500 – $4,999
Larry Blake *
Investigative News Network *
Diana Lewis *
Janice Parmelee & Bill Hammack *
Bob Redmond *
Stephanie Stokes & Dan Shea *
Swelltone Labs *
Margaret Zeidler

Gifts $1,000 – $2,499
Eli Ackerman *
Roger Biles *
Jaye and Peris Brodsky *
Lynn Chao *
Betty Buckley Cochran & Stephen Cochran
JoAnn Clevenger
ExxonMobil Foundation *
Beth & Austin Lavin * +
Morgan Lyons and Martha Harris *
Carolyn Leftwich *
Stephen May *
Michael and Glenn Owings
SEIU Local 21 LA *
Joanna Sternberg *
Harley Winer & Esther B. DeJong *

Gifts $500 – $999
Nancy Adams *
Nancy Aronson *
Dorothy Ball *
Millie Ball & Keith Marshall
Steve Beatty * #
Lynn & Bruce Bettis *
Cheron Brylski *
Rebecca Catalanello *
Corporate Realty
Daniels – Robertson Fund *
Susan Decorte *
Louann Dorrough *
Sonya Forte Duhe * +
Pamela Davidson-Ehlers
Tony Gelderman
Elizabeth Hampton *
Paula Hoffman *
Karl Holzmuller *
Jed Horne + #
Pam Jewson & Pete Swenson *
Wilson Johns *
Paul Lambert *
J. Celeste Lay *
Catherine Lemann *
Joe Mapes
David Marcello & Jane Johnson *
Edward McGinnis *
Virginia Miller *
David Munroe *
Steve Myers * #
Jana Napoli *
Sandy Rosenthal *
Tim Ruppert *
Peter G. Stillman & Adelaide H. Villmoare *
Sandra Stimpson
Maura Sylvester
Paul Tamburello *

Gifts $250 – $499
Merle Albers *
Stephen Algero *
Richard Baudouin *
Ellen Blue *
Wendy Boldizar & David Muth *
William Borah *
Georgia & Alton Bryant *
Bess Carrick
Cleis Design
Gary Clements *
Marlane Drake *
Albert A. Estes, Sr. *
Tina Freeman / Philip Woollam *
Karen Gadbois * #
Sonia Gasparini *
Melissa Gibbs *
Roberta Gratz *
Melissa Gray
Michael Gray *
Sue Hall *
Jeannette Hardy *
Jenel Hazlett *
Fred L. and Amanda Luria Herman *
Budd Hirons *
Carole B. Jarrell *
Betsy Kaston *
Farida Khan
Sadiq Khan
Shawn Khan
Chris & Deanna Kieffer *
Alexander Kolker *
Tommy Milliner *
Monsanto
Robin Marshall *
Thomas Matthews *
Cynthia Morse *
Kay & Anthony Mumphrey *
Edward Richards & Katharine Rathbun *
Paige Royer
Carl Seifert *
Alexander Shaw *
H. Bruce and Jackie Shreves *
Samuel Spencer *
Jonathan Tate *
Jean Tatge & Phil Collis *
Rebecca Theim *
Wayne Troyer *
Bradford Walker *
Ralph Weymouth *
Robert J.A. Williams
Suzanne Lacey Wisdom *
Jennifer & Lee Zurik * +

Gifts $100 – $249
James Amerson
Florence Andre *
Steven Aucoin
Michael Avery
Sandra Barbier *
Robin Barnes
Michael Bartolone *
John Berendt *
Vivian & Richard Cahn *
Ron Biava & Emily Clark *
Troy Bickford
Jason Berry *
Thomas Braly
Martha Brewer
Florence Brown *
The Burka Family
Elizabeth Burns
June Butler *
Jean Cassels *
Thomas Capps
Nathan Cataline *
Robert Cerasoli *
Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman
Nancy Chachere *
Nathan Chapman
Leigh Checkman *
Bette Cole *
Peter Cook *
Susannah Coolidge *
Deborah Cotton
Elizabeth Cowan *
Keith Crawford *
Ron Cropper *
James Cullen
Jacquelyn Dadakis
Ina & Rick Davis *
Jack Davis
John Davis
Joseph M. & Wanda C. DeFraites *
Carol DeGraw
Sherelda Dorsey
Robert Evans / Con Tech International *
Jane Ferguson
John Fischbach
Barbara Forrest
David C. Forrester
Fresh Money Studio
Renia Ehrenfeucht
Lillian G. Gahagan *
Elizabeth Galante *
Sharon and Dean Gancarz-Davies *
Robert Gardner
Richard & Karen Goldenberg
Guy & Salomé Gonzalez
Marie Gould & Bob Marshall * #
Angie Green
John W. Groome
Michael Hahn *
Abram Handler * #
Wendy Handler
Daniel Harris & Diane K. Lease
Andy Hall / Wisconsin Watch
Meredith L. Hathorn *
Ann Stevens *
Stacy & Jeremy Head *
Barbara Hill
David Holt *
Marion Horner
Janet & Scott Howard *
Sandy Juarez *
Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Matthew Kauffman *
George Paul Kemp
William Clay Kirby *
John Kobza *
Moshe Kornfeld
Mari Kornhauser *
Lila LaHood
Margaret Lang
Anne & Dennis LaRock
Dr. Shirley Laska
Karen Longon *
loudpoet productions
Patricia Loughran
Tom Lyons
Tiffany Melancon
Kerry Maloney *
Nicholas Mark
Jennifer Marusak
Alan Maclachlan
Ronald McClain
Valerie McGinley *
Rose Ann Miron *
Allison Monguillot
John Morton *
Anne Mueller * #
Wayne Neveu *
New Orleans Airlift
New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, Inc.
Karen Norfleet *
Karen Ocker
Kristina Peterson *
Offbeat Publications
Haigler Pate
Holley Pavy
Marcy Planer
Larry & Diana Powell *
Kent & Faye Prince *
Donna Rachal *
Joann Ricci *
Robert & Karen Ritchie *
Gary Rivlin *
Marjory Russakoff & Phillips Lauriat *
William Quigley *
Frank Rabalais
Kimberly & Josh Reyher *
Sally Reeves *
Elizabeth Jane Rolling *
Mark Romig *
 Mary Rowe
Deborah Sachs
Stephen Scarbrough *
Frances Scofield
Caroline Senter *
Flora Shepherd *
Maggie Shnayerson
Walter David Siegel *
Lois Simpson
Thomas Snedeker *
William Sothern *
Scott Sternberg *
Jill Stephens *
Ann Stevens *
Pamela Stevens *
Sandra Stokes
Lon Thomas *
Ma Thomas
Thomas Thoren *
Janie Tijerina *
Mark Tobler
Torbjorn Tornqvist *
Maria Redmann Treffinger
Keith Twitchell *
The Steven W. Usdin Family
The Thomas M. Usdin Family
Alec Vance
Robert Vitrano
Delores Walker *
Kimberly Waggoner *
Mary E. Walter-Brown
Lori Waselchuk *
Susan Weeks *
Lolita Werhan / Natural Awakenings Magazine – Southeast Louisiana Edition
Alexandra Wesley Smith *
Georgia Wilemon
Derek Willis
Laurie Winfrey
Donald Wing *
Carol Wise *
Holly Wiseman
Robert Wisnewski *
D Wolff *
Gina Womack, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s      Incarcerated Children
Jonathan Wool *
Lynda Woolard
Sally Zebrick
David Zalkind *

Gifts $50 – $99
Thomas Abrams *
Jane Apffel
Broderick Bagert
Diana Beliard
David C. Billings *
Jeffrey Bostick *
Elizabeth Blankenship *
Jose Calderon-Abbo
Barbara W. Carlton *
William Carter
Chi Chao
Edgar & Alva Chase
Susan Clements *
Ariella Cohen * +
Matt Davis
John DeFraites
Christopher Dendy
Elise Diament
Nancy Dinoto
David Doremus
Danielle Dreilinger *
R. Foster Duncan
Richard and Christine Duncan *
Shaun Duncan
Philip Dunham
Andrew Dupont
David Eber
Lolis E. Elie
Jonah Evans
Josephine Everly *
Daniel Falk
Abigail Feldman
Phoebe Ferguson
Robert Fogarty
Victor Franckiewicz
Gretchen Galliano
Peter Gardner *
Tim Garrett *
Sean Gerowin *
Louis Glade
Forest Gregg
Stephen Hand
Zeph Hardy
Sally Hays *
Susan Hoffman *
Jordan Hirsch
Cassandra Holbrook *
Debra Howell
John Howell
Tessa Jackson
John Jacobs
Marta Jewson *
Barbara Johnson *
Stephen Joseph
Carl Kendall
Sharon Kirkpatrick
Lili LaGardeur
Larry Larmeu *
Leo Laventhal *
Carter Lavin
Sharon Leader
Mike Leikin *
Sharon Litwin *
Louisiana Governmental Studies
Meg Lousteau *
Travis Lux *
Vicki Mayer
Dennis McSeveney
Brendan McCarthy *
Charles Maldonado * #
Ann Meese *
Catherine Mizell-Nelson *
Sarina Mohan
Kathryn Montgomery *
Makiyah Moody *
Andreanecia Morris
Kathleen Gibson Muse
Justin Myers
Lindsey Netherly *
Alexandra Norton
Susan C. Norwood
Sara Orton *
Steven Ostertag + *
Juliet Page & Philip Hollander *
John Pecorino *
Nicholas Peddle *
Ryan & Danielle Pepper *
Leslie & Hunter Pierson
Allison Plyer *
Darren Preston
Eileen Rafferty
Stephen Wade Rathke *
Elise Read
John Reed
Molly Reid
Nathaniel Rich *
J. Cathy Rogers, Ph.D. *
Brianne Rome *
Margaret Ross-Martin
Cade Roux
Linda Santi *
Nathan Schwam *
Donald Schwander
David Shepard *
Tracey Sherry *
Robert Simms
Annette Sisco
Donna Smith
Karen Snyder
Joseph Sobol *
Tim Soslow
Corey Sparks
Zoe Sullivan *
Yoko Toda *
Alex Turvy
Denice Warren Ross
Matthew Segraves *
Harry S. Tervalon, Jr. *
Constantine von Hoffman *
Paul Waldman *
Linda M. Walker *
Julie Whitbeck
Jane Wholey
Kathryn Wohl
Darlene Wolnik
Erin McQuade Wright *
Veronica Young *

Gifts $35 – $49
Geraldine & Johnny Addison
James Amdal
Christina Antolini
Brian Boyles & Kimberly vanWagner
Derek Bridges
Andrew Brott
Diedre Bruce
Art Bueno
Jewel Bush
Beth Butler *
Chris Bynum
Pam Callahan
Jeffrey Cantin
Elizabeth Charron
Arlene Cohen
Michele Collins
James Coolican
Robert Corrigan
Stephen Danley
Deniz Daser
Harold Domingue
Meredith Dowling *
Dana Eness *
Louis Freeman
Margery Freeman
Amy Elizabeth Gage
Leslie Gerwin
Rose Gilbert
Eric Glisch *
Carol Gniady
Della M. Graham
Julie Graybill
Alethia Gregory
Gulf Restoration Network
Joshua Hatch
Ingrid Hearns-Alexander *
Mary Louise “Lou” Hobson
Kerrie Holley
Jane Honeycutt
Eric Jensen
Breaux Jones
Ryan Jones
Jane Jurik *
Patrick Kadow *
Bonnie Keller
Konrad King *
Michael King
Susan Klein
Thomas Klekamp *
Oneal Legendre
Jonathan Leit
Robert Brian Levy *
Joshua Lichtman*
Dr. Martha A. Madden, mMadden Associates / Madden Productions
Karin Martin *
Makiyah Moody *
Daniel Maiuri
Darryl Malek-Wiley / Sierra Club
Linda Mauskopf & Robert Larsen *
Margherita McWilliams
Melanie Merz *
Nels Nehen
Marla Nelson
Michael Nussbaum
Rick Oliver
Amii Onellion
Jessica Orgeron *
OCH Art Market
Mark Poepsel
Anthony Pumilia
Edwin C. Rabon
Calvin Drew Sanders
Peter Seltzer
Martha Sharp
Isabel S. Sherman
Jenelle Slobof
Marcus Smith *
Stacy Souchaud
Lee Stafford *
Chris Staudinger
Gabriel Stein *
Reid Stone
Robert and Gail Swan *
Chastian Taurman
Reuben Blaine Teague
Charles C. Thompson
Molly Vigour
Lisa Williams
Nicole Williamson
Leith Womer
Andrew Yaspan

Gifts under $35
Andrea Armstrong *
Patrick Armstrong
Frank Aseron
Nancy Barrett
Howard Beatty
Laura Beatty
June Bienvenu
Pax Bobrow
Sarah Bolton
Collin Breaux
Eliana Bronstein *
Ruth Bruno
Robert & Mary Burch
John Burkhart
Ingrid Burrington
Victoria Bush
Debra Calmes
Laura Carman
Merrill Collett *
Robert Collins
Katherine Conklin
Shannon Cvitanovic
Jolie Curley
Maggie Dawes
Ali DeJong
Larisa Diephuis
Jacob Dilson
Mark Dispenza
Cynthia Douglass
Bonnie Dwyer
Teresa Parker Farris
Randall and Madelaine Feldman
Sebastian G. Ferman
Ron & Sally Forman
Lynn Frank
Mitch Frank
Nancy Freeman
Timothy Geary
Rachel Graham
Bruce Hamilton
Della Hasselle
Kenneth Hoffman
Andy Horowitz *
Rebecca Houtman
Donald Jayne
Hiday Jeffrey
Debra Johnson
Christine Jordan
Lynnette Judge *
Felicia Kahn
Rodger Kamenetz
Stefan Kamph
Martha Kegel
Annalisa Kelly *
Nick Kindel
Andrew King
Hunter King
Clement Koeferl
Charles Kohlmeyer
Robert LaGranbge
Greg Laiche
Tony Laska / E & E Strategies LLC
Julia Lightner
Martin M. Linskey
Jennifer Lloyd *
Christin Logarakis
Maya Lowy
Vicki Mack
Kristy Magner
Daphne Main
Nathan Martin
Robert Christopher Martin
Eva Martinez
Carolyn Mayes
William McCurdy
Susan McLachlan
Mark Moseley
Daniel Murphy
Marla Nelson
Natasha Noordhoff
Shawn O’Brien
John T. O’Connor
Lianna Patch / The English Maven
Helen Patterson *
Martin Pedersen
Evan Ponder
Amiel Provosty *
John Ryan
Wyoming Quinn
Erin Ribka
Cindy Ridgway
Brandon Robert
Xenia Roma *
Audra Rouse
Pam and Richard Russell
John Ryan
Mary Sak
Hilairie Schackai
Holly Scheib & Paul Wisneskey *
Cynthia Scott *
Diana Searl
Jonah Seligman
Katherine Senter
Rose S. Sher
Alexandra Simmons
Heidi Sinclair *
Eric Skrmetta
Robert Smith
Jon Staiger
Walter Stern
Timothy Strain
Mark Strella
Alexandra Stroud
Mike Stucka
Superior Alarm
Mallary Tenore
Jay Todd
Kristin Tracz *
Karina Turillo
Benjamin Vail
Bradley Vogel
David Wehrwein
Susan Wayman
Harold Wilbert *
Janaya Williams
Jessica Williams #
Ryan Williams *
Amy Yildizli
AJ Ylizaliturri
David Zemmels

The following gifts have been made in honor of an event or individual(s).

Catherine Mizell-Nelson *
In honor of Dana Eness
Christine and Richard Duncan
    In memory of Kit Senter
Merle Albers *
   In memory of Mrs. Merle S. Marshall
Stephen G. Algero, MBA *
   In honor of Anne Mueller
Florence Andre *
   In honor of Linda Usdin and Anne Mueller.
Millie Ball & Keith Marshall
   Thank to Steve and the gang.
Lynn Bettis *
    In honor of the children of New Orleans.
Amy Jean Boebel *
   In honor of Jean B. Boebel who believed in the power of clean government practices.
The Burka Family
   In honor of Linda Usdin’s birthday.
Jewel Bush
   In honor of my fellow journos who take the craft seriously and remember life before blogs.
Lynn Chao *
   In memory of Robert C. Meder, Jr.
   In gratitude to Steve Beatty
Nathan Chapman
   In honor of Nathan Bolton and Bill Chapman, former newspaper publishers.
Ariella Cohen +*
   In honor of Portia Rotkin, my grandmother who always taught me to ask questions and    pay attention.
Keith Crawford *
   In honor of John McDonough, 1779-1850.
Ina & Rick Davis
     In honor of Karen Gadbois’ continued vision.
Christopher Dendy
     In honor of Stephanie Grace
Nancy Dinoto
    In honor of all those affected by flooding in New Orleans and surrounding areas.
Barbara Forrest
   In honor of independent, truthful reporting.
Karen Gadbois * #
   In honor of Aida Schooler.
Roberta Gratz *
   In honor of Karen Gadbois.
Michael Gray *
   In honor of ace journalist Steve Beatty.
Ingrid Hearns-Alexander *
   In memory of Kerry Hearns.
   In honor of Louis, Verna Mae & Kerry Hearns.
Sue Hall *
   In honor of Louis Nelson
Paula Hoffman *
   In honor of New Orleans, city of my birth, and in pride of its and your indomitable  spirit! Good luck!!
   In honor of Monica Edelstein & Kenneth Hoffman.
Tessa Jackson
   In honor of those who have lost their lives speaking the truth to power. Thank you Lens staff for being the “truth tellers” of the Gulf Coast!
Eric Jensen
   In honor of the incredible reporting of Matt Davis!
William Clay Kirby *
   In honor of Ashley Morris.
Meg Lousteau *
   In honor of Karen Gadbois.
Alan Maclachlan
   In honor of my mother, who wasn’t afraid to ask the tough quesionts.
Mark Romig *
     In honor of Karen Gadbois
Margaret Ross-Martin
   In honor of Mary Ellen Ross.
Marjory Russakoff & Phillips Lauriat *
   In honor of Lane Lauriat.
   In honor of Elaine Lauriat, Wesleyan Class of ’09.
Linda Santi *
   In honor of the tradition of daily news in this myopic and great newspaper city.
SEIU Local 21 LA *
   In honor of SEIU Local 21 LA.
Lois Simpson
   In honor of Bev Nichols.
David Simon & Laura Lippman
    In honor of Deb Cotton.
Chris Staudinger
     Thankful for Bob Marshall’s environmental reporting.
The Steven W. Usdin Family
   In honor of Linda Usdin’s birthday.
The Thomas M. Usdin Family
   In honor of Linda Usdin’s birthday.
Molly Vigour
     Thanks for great Lycee Francais coverage this year!
Holly Wiseman
   In honor of Karen Gadbois for her Ethics in Journalism Award.
Darlene Wolnik
     All of the New Orleanians that I have known, those native and those reborn here.

* Indicates multiple gifts have been given by the donor
+ Lens board member (current or former)
# Lens staff member