Lisa Mahoney is a New Iberia, Louisiana native and a 2002 graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental & Sustainable Resources. After serving two years in AmeriCorps, a volunteer-based community service organization, she studied at the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lisa has worked in municipal government for more than 10 years, beginning her public sector career developing and implementing energy and water conservation programs for Lafayette Utilities System (LUS). She later became responsible for managing waste reduction and recycling programs, while also attaining public-private partnerships to promote recycling participation for both Lafayette Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish respectively.
Lisa currently resides in Baton Rouge, La and is currently the Sustainability Program Manager for Louisiana State University.
Lisa enjoys caring for animals in her spare time, while also growing various plants to feed butterflies and hummingbirds. She successfully raised and released 30 monarchs during last year’s migration season.
Keli Ourso Williams
Keli Ourso Williams serves as Executive Director of the Louisiana Beverage Association. She joined LBA in 2017. The Louisiana Beverage Association represents 16 soft drink production plants and distribution facilities located throughout Louisiana providing direct employment to almost 4,000 workers.
Keli is a trusted leader and seasoned expert in government relations and association management. She has 20 years of experience working in those respective fields. She provides personalized services and has a proven track record of success. Her work includes local, state and national issues.
Keli Williams owns Ourso Consulting, a government affairs and association management firm. She values the relationship with LBA and the industry partners she works closely with. Keli attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, where she received a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration. She currently resides in Baton Rouge, La.
Jodie Kimball graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Staten Island, NY. She has been with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality since 2002 working as an Environmental Scientist in various programs including Regulation Development, State Implementation Plan, Emissions Inventory, Solid Waste Permits, and the Environmental Scientist Manager over Waste Permits. Jodie is currently a Senior Staff Scientist in the Waste Tire Section of Waste Permits.
Franziska Trautmann, a Louisiana native, graduated with honors from Tulane University with her degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She combined her love for the environment and science in order to found and grow Glass Half Full alongside Max Steitz in the spring of 2020. Within the company, she manages communications, recycling operations, and research on expanding their impact, such as using recycled glass sand in coastal restoration. She also prides herself on keeping up with Glass Half Full’s social media network of over 250,000 people from around the world. Franziska and Max also founded Nola Alchemy, which creates jewelry and Mardi Gras Beads from recycled glass, and Glassroots, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding accessibility to recycling.
Ivy Mathieu is currently a retiree who is enjoying volunteering opportunities that drive two of her passions, nurturing and developing People and the Environment. Those passions drove her to get involved with the Human Services subcommittee for the St. John Road to Recovery after Hurricane Isaac. Following this, Ivy became involved with LA SAFE community meetings that led to becoming a table host through the Foundation for Louisiana and found an opportunity to continue her passions. Her involvement led to Ivy’s appointment to St. John Parish Coastal Advisory Committee in October 2017.
During her 35 plus year career as a Human Resources Leader including Training & Development, and Risk Management professional experiences in the telecommunications and health care industries, she still made time to give back into the communities she lives in (Gainesville, FL and Tucson, AZ). She sat on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters (and became a Big Sister), United Way Allocation, and on the subcommittee of Dress for Success. In the 80s she initiated efforts at her telecommunication company to do away with the use of Styrofoam cups and the recycling of white paper.
As a person who was reared in Edgard (Lucy) and schooled in Louisiana (proud graduate of Xavier University), and who enjoys fishing, gardening, and recycling, she returned home from Gainesville and Tucson to continue giving back to her community.
Max Steitz is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Glass Half Full. Max was born and raised in New York City before he moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University. Before starting Glass Half Full, Max Co-Founded Serengetee, a global fabric company that supports artisans, their families, and ancient fabric-making traditions as a freshman in high school.
While at Tulane, Max Co-Founded Give Back 2020, a student-led movement to drive giving in local communities nationwide -- raising more than $65,000 for New Orleans small-businesses, musicians, and The Second Harvest Food Bank. As a Sophomore at Tulane, Max Co-Founded Plant the Peace, an environmental non-profit that has worked to plant more than 100,000 trees around the world which sequester millions of pounds of carbon from the atmosphere annually.