Calendar Year 2013
ERB Regular Meeting Dates:
Tuesday, January 8
Thursday, February 21 (8:30am-10am)
Tuesday, March 5 (Meeting Cancelled)
Tuesday, April 9
Monday, May 20 (4pm; City Council Chamber)
Tuesday, June 18 (Meeting Cancelled)
Tuesday, August 20
Tuesday, September 10
Tuesday, October 1
Tuesday, November 5
Tuesday, December 3
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Ethics Review Board
City of New Orleans
525 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
board and staff
The board consists of seven volunteer members who serve staggered terms of seven years each. Six members are appointed by the mayor from lists of three nominees each submitted by the presidents or chancellors of Dillard University, Loyola University, Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO), Tulane University, University of New Orleans (UNO), and Xavier University. The seventh member is appointed by the mayor. Each appointment is subject to the approval by a majority of the members of the city council.
Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D., Chair
Professor and Special Assistant to the President, Loyola University New Orleans
Dr. Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. On the faculty of Loyola University since 1990, he also serves as special assistant to the university president. He was co-founder of the Jeremiah Group, an interracial and interfaith community organization, and Shades of Praise, the New Orleans interracial gospel choir. After Hurricane Katrina, he served as chief of staff of the Government Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee of the bring New Orleans Back Commission, and subsequently founded Common Good, a network of civil society organizations to build multiracial consensus on the rebuilding of New Orleans. He served on the Human Relations Commission of the City of New Orleans from 2001-2008, and chaired the commission from 2002-2008.
Elizabeth S. Nalty, Vice Chair
Ms. Elizabeth Nalty is an extremely active member of the New Orleans community. She is a member of many local boards such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Nalty is a life member of the Louise S. McGehee School Board. Additional service includes membership on the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation Board and the Louisiana State University’s Health Science Department of Psychiatry Advisory Board. She is also a member of the board of administrators of Tulane University, serving on its Executive Committee, as well as the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic Board. Ms. Nalty also serves her community as president of the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation, Vice Regent Emerita for the State of Louisiana, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and on the Executive Committee of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans.
Rev. Donald R. Frampton, D. Min.
Senior Pastor, St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church
The Reverend Dr. Donald R. Frampton currently serves as senior pastor of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC), the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) in Louisiana. The church is widely known for its worship, mission, and educational programs. In partnership with hundreds of Presbyterian and other churches across the country, SCAPC has played a leading role in post-Katrina work, housing over 4,000 volunteers, gutting 210 houses, building 18 Habitat for Humanity homes, and donating nearly $1,000,000 to recovery efforts. Previously, Dr. Frampton was pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Rockingham, North Carolina, and Associate Pastor of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his B. A. in History from the University of South Carolina and his D. Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Within the Presbytery of South Louisiana, Rev. Frampton is past Moderator of the Council and Moderator of the Presbytery. He has also been Moderator of the Committee on Ministry. He recently rotated off the Board of Trustees of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he chaired the Student Life Committee. He has been an active participant in various groupings of business, political, and religious leaders. Dr. Frampton and his wife, Colleen Harvin Frampton, have three children: Harrison, Catherine, and McCord.
Felicia R. Brown
Felicia Brown serves as the Executive Director of the Ethics Review Board (effective September 1, 2011). She has an extensive background in higher education administration, coupled with a background in legislative affairs, as well as training, facilitation, and consultation. She has previously served as Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook; Special Assistant to the Dean, George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, and Manager, University-Based Initiatives with the Cowen Institute at Tulane University. Her previous experience in national and federal public policy and governmental affairs includes affiliations with the United States Senate as legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator John C. Danforth (R/MO) and as a political and field staffer with the Democratic National Committee during the Gore 2000 presidential campaign.
Steven Scheckman serves on a part-time basis as the General Counsel of the Ethics Review Board. He previously served as the Deputy Administrator of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct (2008-2009) and as the Special Counsel to the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana (1994-2008). From 1978-2003 he was engaged in the practice of law in New Orleans with an emphasis in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and juvenile justice issues. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law on the faculty of Tulane’s Law School and as an ad hoc judge for the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. Mr. Scheckman is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel (AJDC). He is currently a member and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Capital Appeals Project, the statewide office for capital appeals in Louisiana and is a member of the Louisiana State Law Institute Children's Code Revision Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He was previously a member of the Louisiana Task Force on Indigent Defense, was a founding member and former Vice President of CASA New Orleans, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana CASA Association, and was a member and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. In 1991 he was honored by Agenda for Children, a statewide advocacy and policy organization, as Louisiana’s Child Advocate of the Year and was designated “A Voice for Louisiana’s Children.”