Our staff

Monique Bloom
Business Manager | Human Resources
504 940 2844

Monique is a native of New Orleans. She’s a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and attended Xavier University for one year majoring in Fine Arts. Her work background includes ten years of banking, accounting, and human resources experience with Hibernia National Bank (Capital One), and 26 years of accounting and human resources with The NOCCA Institute. Monique holds a special place for NOCCA in her heart as it has played a pivotal role in many of her family members’ lives. Her husband, Jonathan Bloom Sr., was a graduate of the second graduating class, in addition to 11 other family members who also attended NOCCA. In her spare time, Monique enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her garden, and singing/dancing to her favorite music.

Sharyn Booker
Development Associate
504 940 2914

Sharyn Booker, a native of Pensacola, received her B.A. in Visual Arts/Graphics from Loyola University New Orleans. She began her career working with the French Market Corporation as the Marketing Assistant and in-house Graphic Designer. With a desire to combine her experience in management and passion for the arts, she decided to pursue a degree in arts management, receiving her M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2015. Following an internship at The NOCCA Institute, she became Development and Event Planning Assistant on a part-time basis before a promotion to the full-time position of Programs Manager in July 2017. Sharyn is also an active member of Loyola University New Orleans’s Young Alumni Board, a social board that develops and sponsors events that focus on networking, community service, and other social activities to strengthen the relationship between young alumni and the university.

Rachel Held
Sales and Events Manager
504 940 2986

Rachel Held obtained a B.S. in Business from the University of New Orleans with a focus on Hotels, Restaurants, and Tourism and a specialization in Event Coordination. Rachel serves on the NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) New Orleans Membership Engagement Committee, and she’s involved with Stonewall Sports New Orleans, Children’s Hospital, and many more organizations. Rachel enjoys spending time with her wife, Paige, and their two miniature dachshunds, Rex and Nyx. In her spare time, she enjoys supporting local coffee shops, exploring the vibrant New Orleans restaurant scene, blogging and all things Disney!

Ayman Jaber
Director of Finance and Operations
504 940 2917

Ayman has extensive experience in financial management, large-scale systems integration, and restaurant operations. Originally from Beirut, Ayman holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters of Finance & Management from the University of Lebanon. Shortly after earning his degrees, Ayman was hired as the Administration and Financial Manager in Djibouti, Africa, for the globally contracted company United Infrastructure Project. Both as a teenager and a college student, as well as after arriving in the United States, Ayman worked every position in the restaurant industry, including upper management in two high-volume French Quarter restaurants.

Elizabeth McMillan
Director of Advancement
504 940 2810

Elizabeth McMillan has worked with The NOCCA Institute for 24 years directing fundraising and programs. She has nearly 40 years experience in the non-profit and development fields in New Orleans and Los Angeles, with considerable expertise in major gifts, publications and major special events. She holds a B.A. in English and a minor in Visual Arts from the University of Virginia, with four years study in painting and photography at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.  She is also a visual artist with her work in numerous collections. 

Sarah Stickney Murphy
Associate Director of Development
504 940 2851

Sarah Stickney Murphy (she/her/hers) is a native New Orleanian and proud NOCCA alumna (Vocal Music, ’02). In addition to NOCCA, Sarah attended  Benjamin Franklin Senior High School, The Boston Conservatory, Loyola University of New Orleans, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University’s Heyman School of Philanthropy. In her decade-long career as a professional fundraiser, Sarah has raised over $20 million for non profits with a focus on educational organizations. She previously served as Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orleans’ first Director of Development and Director of the Annual Fund and Reunions for Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. Sarah currently serves as chair of the New Orleans Opera Association’s Sylvain Society; member of the New Orleans Opera Association Board of Directors; volunteers with New Orleans’ Young Leadership Council; and is a proud reveler with The Merry Antoinettes, Krewe of Iris, and Krewe of Muses. She resides in River Ridge with her husband, two children (with a third on the way!), three cats, two turtles, and innumerable fish.

Sally Perry
Executive Director
504 940 2900

Sally has served as Executive Director of The NOCCA Institute since 1998. She was responsible for the completion of the Institute’s capital campaign for NOCCA’s 136,000 square foot facility in the historic Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods of New Orleans. Since the opening of the campus in 2000, she has focused The Institute on an extensive expansion of programs and services offered to NOCCA’s faculty, staff, students, and the community at large. The Institute is completing a second capital campaign for campus expansion, having converted a 65,000 sf historic warehouse into facilities for NOCCA’s expanded academic and culinary programs as well as retail and commercial activities for the public, and established Press Street Gardens for culinary and sciences study.  Perry and The NOCCA Institute Board of Directors are in the beginning phase of development of a civil rights park on the adjacent historic Homer Plessy site as well as a ground-up mixed-use project on land the Institute acquired on Homer Plessy Way (formerly Press Street) from Burgundy to St. Claude Avenue.

Sally received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute of Greater New Orleans, Inc.  She has served on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center and received past gubernatorial appointments to both the Louisiana State Arts Council and the New Orleans City Park Board of Commissioners. She currently is a member of the LSU Ogden Honors College Advisory Council and recently completed the Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies.

Richard Read
Director of Communications and Public Programs
504 940 2808

Richard oversees all marketing and communications for The NOCCA Institute, as well as programs for the public, like concerts, community workshops, and rentals of campus facilities. After hours, he teaches in the University of New Orleans’ master’s program in arts administration and in UNO’s Certified Performing Arts Executive program. He has served on the boards of Louisiana Citizens for the Arts, Louisiana Partnership for the Arts, Louisiana Presenters Network, the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans, and the Mayor’s Advisory Council for LGBT Issues, and he recently completed National Arts Strategies’ year-long Senior Management Institute. Richard previously held the positions of Managing Director for The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Managing Director for the new-works festival DramaRama, and Program Manager for the International Theatre Institute of the United States.

Elliot Robinson
Facilities and Maintenance Manager

Elliot Robinson, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, graduated from Indiana University in 2010. Elliot worked in landscaping and agriculture before joining The NOCCA Institute in 2014 as a Louisiana Delta Service Corps member. In his current role, Elliot oversees maintenance of The NOCCA Institute’s facilities and grounds.

Rachel Swan
Director of Alumni Relations

Rachel is The NOCCA Institute’s first-ever Director of Alumni Relations. It’s a position she’s well suited for, since she’s an alum herself (Drama, ’02)!

After graduating from NOCCA, Rachel attended the University of Evansville in Indiana, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Studies, with Associated Studies in Religion and History. She then worked for seven years in theatrical nonprofits in New York and Washington DC, including Arena Stage. Born and raised in New Orleans, Rachel returned home to obtain her Masters in Arts Administration, graduating with honors from the University of New Orleans. Most recently, Rachel was the Grants Manager at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, where she co-led GiveNOLA Day for four years. Rachel lives Uptown with her husband, Daniel Pruksarnukul (a teacher in NOCCA’s Musical Theatre Department), and their son, Westley.