Our Team

Meet the Faces Behind My Life Talks

It’s the people that make our company special. Learn more about the individuals who make up the heart and soul of our organization, and discover what drives their dedication.

Delery Rice

Chief executive officer
Delery Rice is a leadership professional with experience in the business, government, and non-profit sectors. During her career, she has had the good fortune to work and collaborate with many organizations, including TRF.org (Imagine Dragons Foundation), Vulcan and the Paul Allen Foundation, Pilgrimage Fest Foundation, the National Women’s History Museum, the Better Than Ezra Foundation, and the Louisiana First Foundation. Delery serves as Chief Executive Officer of My Life Talks, a start-up tech firm offering digital ease to end-of-life tasks.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, she received a Master’s in Public and Non-Profit Administration from Louisiana State University. She completed a fellowship at Loyola University’s Institute of Politics. She earned an Executive Education certification from Harvard University’s Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School. Delery’s extensive volunteer experience includes serving as State Chairperson for the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, board vice-chair for Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans, the St. Michael School Capital Campaign, and Stuart Hall School’s Annual Giving Chair.
 
Her professional life has provided Delery with many incredible experiences, but without a doubt, her happiest job is being the mother of her four boys – Edward, Stephen, Patrick, and David. They are the inspiration she uses to guide her life as she continually seeks ways to make a difference.
My Life Talks

Executive Board

J.T. Hannan

James T. “J.T.” Hannan was born in Washington DC, but has lived in New Orleans for over 20 years. Married with three children, J.T. has worked for a varierty of nonprofit and governmental organizations including University Medical Center, the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Bayou District Foundation. J.T. has a Masters degree in nonprofit management from Louisiana State University-Shreveport and an undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans. As part of his work with the award winning Bayou District Foundation, J.T. has appeared on The Golf Channel, NPR and PBS.

Jim Benson

A native of New Orleans, LA, Jim lives and works in Covington, Louisiana. Jim went to Loyola University New Orleans for both his undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees. Jim has practiced law for nearly three decades and was a partner at Ungarino Eckert before forming his own firm. Jim founded U.S. Service Animals LLC in 2017. U.S. Service Animals educates and assists people with disabilities through the use of animals. They offer information on Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and the laws surrounding ownership of each. USSA consults with mental health care professionals in all 50 states. Jim is married and has two daughters attending Louisiana State University and St. Scholastica Academy

Dr. Benny Jones

Dr. Benny Jones is a native of Mathiston, Mississippi and since 1990 is a resident of St. Charles Parish. He received his Ph.D. from the New Orleans Seminary. He is married with two children. His wife is a CPA. He is the former director of the Greater New Orleans Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as State Director for 10 years. He has worked closely with a galaxy of stars including Coach Joe Gibbs, Archie Manning and Bobby Bowden. He is a member of the Fore!Kids Foundation which hosts the Zurich PGA event in New Orleans, Benny is also a 20-year football referee and 12-year baseball umpire. He is a passionate supporter of his community and has worked as a volunteer for decades in and around New Orleans.

Pat Deeb

Pat is an almost 30-year New Orleanian and attended Loyola University with J.T.and Jim.  Pat began his career in Accounting & Finance and Business Management before returning to his roots and true passion: technology.  In his Accounting days, he ran several business advisory engagements for Fortune 500 clients as an auditor at PWC, before transitioning full-time to one of his clients, Freeport-McMoRan, where he spent 15 years supporting Finance, Business Development, and Technology in sites across the US as well as Spain and Indonesia.  Following his time at Freeport, Pat took on the ambitious role as the CTO of a technology startup headquartered in Atlanta, where he helped the founders build their technology architecture from the ground up.  This technology would become the company’s main SaaS service offering which would lead the startup to growth and expansion, where they currently sit as a successful Due Diligence platform serving many clients in the financial and regulatory sectors.

My Life Talks

Advisory Board

Rohan R. Walvekar, MD

CEO and Founder, nDorse App

CEO and Founder, nDorse App

Cell: 412-251-8887

Member On behalf of NDORSE LLC

Sonia Malhotra

MD, MS, FAAP, FAAHPM

Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Hospice & Palliative Medicine 

Director – Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care – University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO)/Tulane School of Medicine 

Associate Program Director – Tulane Med-Peds Residency 

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Tulane University SOM 

Clinical Associate Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics – LSU SOM 

Senior Lecturer, OCS at the University of Queensland 

Jimmie Davis

Owner-STOP JOCKIN BARBER & BEAUTY SALON

Owner-STOP JOCKIN SNOBALLS

William D Hoffman

President, Woodward Interests, L.L.C.

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