Marsiglia Institute inducts 20 new Distinguished Fellows

Dec. 15, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – The Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice, a 12-week course that brings the U.S. Constitution to life, inducted 20 new Distinguished Fellows during a graduation ceremony at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law on Dec. 1. 

Launched in 2018 by United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law with a mission of reclaiming civil discourse, the Marsiglia Institute brings together community members with diverse backgrounds and ideologies to study the U.S. Constitution and civic engagement. 

Teams of participants - both in-person and virtual - presented oral arguments on Constitutional questions posed by sitting state and federal judges during the graduation event.

Distinguished Fellows of the Institute’s fall 2022 class include: 

  • Connie Bellone, Health & Education Alliance of Louisiana
  • Peter Robins-Brown, Louisiana Progress
  • Marie Cahn, Retired 
  • Sheri Combs, Covenant House New Orleans
  • Natalie Earles, Eastern District of Louisiana Clerk
  • Madeleine Guerin, MD, Retired
  • Stephanie Guidry, Family Violence Program of St. Bernard
  • Angela Theresa Henderson, Back Room Creations LLC
  • Malcolm Lloyd, Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Tamara Griffin-Major, Algiers Charter School Association
  • Micah Nicholas, United Way of Acadiana
  • Demmi O’Donnell, Orange Theory Fitness/Sales Associate
  • Mary Pugh, The Willow School
  • Darlene Santana, Metro Centers for Community Advocacy
  • Caitlin Scanlan, Café Reconcile
  • Pamela Steeg, Retired
  • James Tate, Retired
  • Jackson Voss, Louisiana Budget Project
  • Joan Wightkin, Retired
  • Richard Windmann, MD, Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse

“The Marsiglia Institute is one of the best programs I have participated in and one of the best educational experiences I’ve ever had, giving my basic knowledge more detail and more nuance while exposing me to speakers that expanded my thinking and thus my opportunities to use what I learned,” shared Distinguished Fellow Angela Theresa Henderson.

Applications are now open for the spring 2023 session of the Institute, which will begin in January. Learn more and apply by visiting