Dr. Courtney E. Williams Director or Student Engagement & Leadership DILLARD UNIVERSITY
FAVORITE LOCAL BUSINESS: THE CUPCAKE COLLECTION FAVORITE LOCAL BAND: REBIRTH BRASS BAND Dr. Courtney Williams is a tireless advocate for students and education. As the director of student engagement and leadership at Dillard, Dr. Williams has been a team leader of the Dillard University-wide COVID Response Team — leading the team responsible for campus engagement, student services and events, as well as drafting its Return to Campus Reopening Plan. He hosts a weekly webinar for the campus community to provide updates about COVID-19 and the campus response. Dr. Williams gives his full heart to the Dillard and New Orleans communities, while caring for and empowering Black university students.
John McIntyre General Manager
THE HOWLIN’ WOLF
Registered Nurse/ Loyola Law Student THE PEOPLE’S PPE FAVORITE LOCAL BUSINESS: BLUE CYPRESS BOOKS FAVORITE LOCAL BAND: TANK AND THE BANGAS Jade Hawk is a local behavioral health nurse. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Hawk has worked tirelessly to keep up to date with PPE recommendations and ensure all patients and coworkers have adequate resources. He created The People’s PPE (thepeoplesppe.org), a community website that identifies different types of PPE supplies and provides research into their protection claims. Hawk also has handed out masks at local community events, including the Black Lives Matter marches last summer.
FAVORITE LOCAL RETAIL STORE: PEACHES RECORDS FAVORITE GREENSPACE TO RELAX: THE FLY AT AUDUBON PARK Since March 23, John McIntyre has worked to feed musicians, first responders and health care workers as part of the Meals for Musicians Program at the Howlin’ Wolf. Every day, McIntyre cooks, makes plates and organizes food distribution alongside a team of volunteers and local nonprofit agencies. Throughout the pandemic, McIntyre and the Howlin’ Wolf team has coordinated this massive undertaking that has served 10,000 meals to date, three days a week.
Dr. Joseph Kanter ER Physician and State Health Officer
FRONTLINE HEROES: MARCH 2021
UMC AND LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
FAVORITE LOCAL BUSINESS: PARLEAUX BEER LAB FAVORITE LOCAL OUTDOOR SPACE: PARLEAUX BEER LAB Dr. Joe Kanter has been leading Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 by coordinating regional clinical services, emergency preparedness, infectious disease control and strategic health initiatives. He is focused on providing healthcare to all Louisianians — with a deep commitment to making sure vulnerable populations receive equitable care. In addition to being a public health adviser to Gov. John Bel Edwards, he continues to see and care for ER patients in New Orleans. PH OTO PR O V I D ED B Y D R . J OS EPH K A N T ER
WEST JEFFERSON MEDICAL CENTER FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: PERINO’S BOILING POT FAVORITE LOCAL BAND: REBIRTH BRASS BAND Kenya Mitchell works in environmental services in the Emergency Room at West Jefferson Medical Center. She is an unsung hero who has been a part of a valuable team that is responsible for preventing hospital-wide infection. Mitchell always has a smile on her face and takes pride in her work.
Honoring COVID-19 heroes in our community