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Leadership

Lisa leads the New Orleans Photo Alliance and annual PhotoNOLA Festival. She has seven years of experience in a leadership capacity building community partnerships, fundraising, programming and team-building. Her prior experience covers production of photography, exhibitions, and travel photography workshops. Partners include National Geographic, the Santa Fe Workshops and Nobechi Creative.

Eli has gained a large portfolio in event, street, and architectural photography over the years. With a career in Information Technology and a past life within the Marines, Eli has the advantage of being on the cutting-edge while also being down-to-earth. When he is not in NYC shooting candid street, he can be found in New Orleans shooting street events and local culture. Eli is currently filling the role of the gallery director.

Board of Directors


Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

Board President

Mina Ghantous

Board Member

Leslie Tabony

Board Member

Douglas Miller

Board Vice Chair

Eli Mergel

Board Member

Catie Sampson

Board Member

Catie Sampson is a historic process photographer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was first introduced to NOPA as a member of a group show, “Call and Response”, curated by Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk at the St. Mary Street gallery in 2012. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Michael P. Smith grant for her ongoing project documenting the changing coastal environs and communities of southeast Louisiana through the gelatin dry plate process. Catie continues to explore her love of alternative photographic processes and is excited to work more closely with the organization that supported and encouraged her as an emerging photographer. She presently works as an archivist and photography cataloger for The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center. In her role at the Collection, she works to identify, preserve, research, and make accessible the museum’s diverse photographic collections related to the history of New Orleans and the Gulf South region.