New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation Team
Bethany Bultman – President and Director
If you ask Bethany Bultman what she does, she will tell you, “I am the crust of bread the puts the cultural peas on the fork.” Her career goal is to be redundant. “I will know I succeeded if no one recalls that New Orleans was once an early grave for its cultural icons.” Her career as a journalist in New York took her the world over. As a cultural anthropologist, she is known for her vibrant insights and historical commentary. She and he husband Johann are civil rights activists who founded the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic in 1998 and subsequently the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation in 2005. Today, Bultman remains a vibrant Tour de Force in the New Orleans community.
Erica Dudas – Managing Director
Erica Dudas, NOMAF’s Managing Director, came to NOMAF in 2011. An experienced nonprofit manager, she also taught at Tulane University after gaining her degree in Sociology in 2006. She is an ardent supporter of community based education and is passionate about supporting the creative and professional development of New Orleanians through active and meaningful outreach. She brings cultural knowledge gained from extensive travels in Africa, the Caribbean and Europe to her mission of promoting healthy living and health management to local musicians.
Stacey Morigeau – Musician Resource Director
Stacey Morigeau is a lifetime live music supporter and a graduate from the University of Montana with a BA in Drama. Stacey has been with NOMC&AF for 8 years working primarily on the Safe Sounds Program, the re-issue of the Get You a Healin’, and helping to coordinate the Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and the Crescent City Classic Team. In addition to the work she does to sustain healthy life styles among New Orleans musicians through NOMAF, Stacey assists local bands and festivals by selling merchandise or stage managing and has been a volunteer at WWOZ (90.7) for the past 11 years.
Rose Mancini, RN – Volunteer Medical Liaison
Rose Mancini seeks to PREVENT DEATH BY LIFESTYLE by teaching about healthier eating, exercise and putting what she teaches to work in her own life. She and her late husband Gunther “Dutch” Seutter owned Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub on Bourbon Street for 29 years which featured traditional jazz. She first became involved as a donor with the Musicians’ Clinic when their partner, Frances Harding, died of a heart attack at the age of 49 years old. As an avid baker she enjoys developing cakes that are healthier for everyone but full of flavor by using substitute ingredients such as applesauce to replace oil in the cake. As the Hospitality Chairperson at her church, St. Luke UMC she is a lead cook on various occasions and strives to promote great tasting food that is lower in fat and salt content.
Katherine Klimitas – Graphic Design and Art Director
Katherine Klimitas is a New Orleans-based artist and designer who sold her first watercolor at age 10. She earned a B.A. from Loyola University in 2011, and today at age 28, runs her multifaceted business KAK ART & Designs from home. When clients learn that Katherine has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, they are captivated by her unique perspective. She’s 2 feet 7 inches tall, gets around in an electric wheelchair, and creates all of her art, jewelry and commercial graphic design while lying on her side.
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Jamilah Yejide Peters-Muhammad – RN, BSN, FCN, Community Outreach Nurse
Jamilah Yejide Peters-Muhammad, RN BSN FCN proudly serves the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation as the Community Outreach Nurse. Jamilah has performed and taught African dance and culture for over 40 years.Jamilah was honored by the New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians as “Nurse of the Nation,” for her work in helping to bring awareness of health and wellness issues to this important segment of the New Orleans cultural community and to cultural bearers around the city. My work as a cultural artist and nurse, I bring information and resources to our cultural community, the benefits of preventative healthcare, and the many benefits available through NOMAF.
Lindsay Hale Gastright – Dancer Wellness Program Coordinator
Lindsay, a native of Durham, NC completed her undergraduate degree in athletic training from East Carolina University. She then moved to New Orleans in 2011 to work with Tulane University athletics while earning her masters degree in Liberal Arts. In 2013 Lindsay accepted a position with Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine as an assistant athletic trainer, where she fell in love with the local dance community. Working to establish the Dance Medicine Program she began working with Tulane University’s Dance and Theater school, where she currently holds a position as adjunct faculty. Lindsay joined New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation team in 2015 to help create the Dancer Wellness Program centered on preventative sports medicine concepts.
Taylor Cohen – Dancer Wellness Program Assistant
Taylor Cohen is an avid music lover and concert-goer, as well as a current Tulane MPH candidate studying Epidemiology. Taylor visited New Orleans for the first time in April of 2013 during Craw Fest—a student-led music festival, and shortly after, she began to explore the diverse music scene the city has to offer. She has been involved with meaningful community outreach and engagement since coming to New Orleans, and hopes to continue being a change-maker in the community working with socially innovative organizations. Taylor is extremely passionate about fighting and researching public health concerns, saving the bees, and the arts—specifically, glassblowing, photography, and performance art. Taylor continues to assist the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation team as the Dancer Wellness Program Assistant.
Lizz Freeman– Office Administration
Kari Elgin – Outreach
Betina Brockamp – Project Coordinator
Christian Kuffner – NOMAF/NOMC Webmaster
Laura Schweigman– Friends of the NOMC Coordinator
Bourgeois Bennett CPAs & Consultants– CPA
Mark A. Cunningham, Esq & Jones Walker– Legal Counsel