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The Academy of the Sacred Heart is pleased to introduce our new Board members for the 2017-2018 school year.
A. Peyton Bush, IV
Peyton Bush is currently the Chief Investment Officer of Bollinger Enterprises, LLC, a single-family investment office located in New Orleans. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all investment activities and asset allocation for a portfolio that includes publicly-traded debt and equity securities, hedge funds, and direct investments in both real estate and private equity. Prior to his current role, he was a Vice President at LongueVue Capital, LLC, a New Orleans based private equity firm. At LongueVue, he was primarily engaged in performing financial and operational due diligence, processing and executing transactions, and supporting and monitoring portfolio companies.
Prior to LongueVue, Peyton was employed by Highland Capital Management, a multi-strategy alternative investment firm in Dallas, TX, with over $30 billion in assets under management, where he identified, analyzed, and structured investments across a variety of asset classes. Prior to Highland, he was an Investment Banking Associate for JP Morgan Securities, focusing on corporate finance and M&A advisory for clients in the Consumer and Retail sectors.
Peyton earned a Bachelor of Science from Tulane University, an M.B.A from Vanderbilt University, and served four years as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is married to Elizabeth Ehrensing Bush (Class of 1994), and they have a daughter, Charlotte (Class of 2025), and two sons, Peyton V and William, who both attend Trinity.
Nina Wessel English '92
Upon graduation from Dartmouth College, Nina Wessel English '92 went to work for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. She then moved to the West Coast, receiving a law degree from the UCLA School of Law. Nina's legal career began with a clerkship for Honorable F. A. Little, Jr., the former Chief Judge of the U.S District Court, Western District of Louisiana. She then practiced law for several years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Los Angeles. In 2004, Nina returned to New Orleans with the firm of Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, where she became a partner practicing commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Two years ago, Nina elected to take a break from law and is currently devoting her time to philanthropic pursuits. She serves as Board Chair for New Orleans People Program and as Board Vice-Chair and coach for Girls on the Run, New Orleans.
Nina is a 1992 graduate of Sacred Heart and has remained actively involved with the Rosary, including serving as a member of the ASH Alumnae Board and as Parents' Annual Giving Campaign Chair. She and her husband Patrick are proud parents of three current Sacred Heart students: Maria (Class of 2024), Colette (2027), and Emeline (2031).
Wilmer J. Jacobs
Wil Jacobs originates and manages a commercial loan portfolio as an officer of Hope Enterprise Corporation. He has a particular focus in deploying a New Markets Tax Credit allocation and funding projects utilizing historic tax credit and housing tax credit equity. Wil is proud of his role as Housing Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority where he devised initiatives to restore housing after the hurricanes of 2005. In this role, he also directed the planning and construction of thirteen housing developments, including five planned communities, across southern Louisiana. Wil previously furnished debt for buyouts and merger and acquisition transactions in the leveraged finance group of a national bank in the Midwest.
The father of Isabella (Class of 2025), Wil is active in the Fathers' Club at Sacred Heart and chaired its Mardi Gras fundraising activities this past school year. He is the Past Chair of Café Reconcile and serves on the boards of the Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans School Facility Finance Foundation. Wil was a founding board member of the Crescent City Community Land Trust and has also completed service on the boards of the Stuart Hall School for Boys and St. Augustine High School, his alma mater.
Wil holds a B.A. from the University of New Orleans and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He lives in Lakeview with Isabella and his son Nicholas, a seventh grader at Stuart Hall.
Dr. William Lunn
William Lunn was recruited to Tulane in August of 2014 to serve as President & CEO of Tulane Health System. Dr. Lunn is a graduate of Tulane University and is delighted to be back in New Orleans. Originally from Texas, he was a medical student at the University of Texas in Dallas, a resident at Emory School of Medicine, and he completed fellowships at Vanderbilt and Harvard.
Dr. Lunn is the recipient of numerous awards including the American College of Chest Physicians' Young Investigator Award and the Fulbright and Jaworski award for educational leadership. He has authored several original articles published in various medical journals, book chapters, and has been guest faculty at numerous courses as well as national and international meetings.
Dr. Lunn is married to Mary Lynn, an experienced business consultant who is presently a Ph.D. candidate with expertise in leadership and organizational performance. They are the proud parents of three daughters: Elizabeth (Class of 2016), Emma (Class of 2018), and Mary Aliene (Class of 2024). In his free time, he enjoys running, boating, traveling with his family, and spending quiet nights at home with his girls.
Graham Ralston, a native of New Orleans, joined Regions Bank in 2013 as Commercial Banking Executive for the South Louisiana Market and was also named New Orleans Market President in early 2016. Prior to joining Regions Bank, he led a commercial banking group at Whitney Bank in New Orleans, where he began his career in 1997. Graham earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Tulane University. He also earned a CFA Charter in 2006 and is a past President of the CFA Society of Louisiana.
Graham is a member of the Business Council of Greater New Orleans and is currently serving on the boards of GNO, Inc. and the Regional Loan Corporation, and he is the current Board President of the Preservation Resource Center. He and his wife Adele Michaelis Ralston (Class of 1994) have two daughters, Riley (Class of 2026) and Emma (Class of 2030), and a son, Mears, who attends Stuart Hall.
Mark C. Romig
A native of New Orleans, Mark is the President/CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). He also serves as the volunteer President/CEO of the 2018 NOLA Foundation, the support arm for the City's 2018 Tricentennial Commission. Mark is the stadium announcer for the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. As a public relations and marketing professional, he served as Vice President – Public Affairs for Hibernia National Bank and enjoyed a sixteen year career at Peter A. Mayer Advertising. Mark has been involved in a variety of historic and milestone events throughout his professional and volunteer career. He is a member of the boards of directors for Covenant House, Legacy Donor Foundation, New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, and the Fore!Kids Foundation. He is also past Chairman of the Board of Idea Village and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association.
Mark graduated from Brother Martin High School and attended the University of New Orleans, where he received a B.S. from the School of Business Administration (School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration) in 1978. He was named the program's outstanding alumnus in 1984 and again in 2012. In 2008 Mark, was also honored by the Young Leadership Council as a Role Model and received St. Elizabeth's Guild Volunteer Activist Award. Mark is a member of St. Rita Parish in New Orleans and his mother is Sacred Heart alumna Janice Margaret Collins (Romig).