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
Chief executive officer

Delery Rice

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 – 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 – Executive Board
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 – Executive Board
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 – Executive Board
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.

Josephine Everly

Vice President of Advancement at The Pontifical Mission Societies in the U.S.

Josephine Everly is Assistant Vice President for University Advancement Catholic University of America. She is an educator, writer, researcher, and speaker with over 20 years of experience in fund development for Catholic universities, community foundations, medical schools and hospitals. She has served as counsel to bishops, Catholic foundations, nonprofits and other organizations. 

Previously, Josephine was Chief Operating Officer and Director of Gift Planning for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Senior Development Officer of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Xavier University of Louisiana.

Josephine received her MA in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she is adjunct instructor. She is also certified as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. She is founding President of #iGiveCatholic and President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New Orleans. She is author of Planned Giving Toolkits for Parishes, Schools, and Ministries.

Josephine and her husband, Josiah, now live in Old Town Alexandria and are parents to five children and two terriers, Morty and Melba.

Quintin Wilson

Musician and Performing Artist

FROM THE BEGINNING:  A native of Norco, Louisiana, Quintin Gerard W. attended Destrehan High School, where his formidable musical talent earned him a place in numerous concert and jazz honor bands in Louisiana and the New Orleans area. Awarded a music scholarship at Loyola University of New Orleans, he studied Jazz Music Performance and Education and had the opportunity to study from jazz master Ellis Marsalis. In 1989 Quintin Gerard W. moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career of becoming a Professional Saxophonist and Recording Artist.  While in Los Angeles, CA Quintin Gerard W. had the opportunity to perform and record with notable and top selling artist in both Jazz and R&B.  Charlie Wilson, Kenny Garrett, Jeff Lorber, Club Nouveau, Dave Koz, Chaka Khan, Najee, & Rick James are just a few notable artists Quintin Gerard W. has either recorded or performed live with during his time in Los Angeles.  Quintin Gerard W. also recorded T.V. Commercials such as Levi Strauss, Estee Lauder, Sears/Kenmore., the T.V.  Movie “Here Comes The Munsters Halloween Special,” in which Quintin Gerard W. was the featured soloist, and the opening theme for B.E.T.’s Comic View!  Quintin Gerard W. is also a member of the original award winning San Diego based Jazz Fusion Group Under The Lake, which has multiple CD releases to date as well!

In 2003 Quintin relocated back to his original roots in Louisiana to resume and complete his undergraduate collegiate studies. In 2007 Quintin Gerard W. graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Management.  As a result of his effort and studies at SLU, Quintin was accepted into the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization and The National Scholars Honor Society for his outstanding academic and personal achievements. 

Quintin Gerard W. is a voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S.), more commonly known or referred to as “The Grammy’s.”  Quintin Gerard W. is also a FAA licensed Private and Drone pilot who enjoys the freedom of flying to remote destinations that are inaccessible to commercial airline travel.


QUOTE:   When Scott O’Brien from smoothjazz.com dubbed Quintin Gerard W. a ” Smooth Jazz Star,” he got the “Star” part right, but “Smooth” is only one part of the equation for this romantic and highly rhythmic player who rightly brands himself “The FnkySax Player.”  In defining what he does, the versatile composer and performer mentions elements of Funk, R&B, Gospel, Blues and Jazz textures which are all wonderfully and amply represented on his latest CD/Album – Cleared For Takeoff.

“It’s the rare Contemporary Urban Jazz album that touches the human spirit as easily as it tickles the ears and makes us groove.  Even the best full-length recordings in the genre are generally random gatherings of great tunes featuring soulful rhythms and melodies that stick long enough to merit lots of radio airplay.  Quintin Gerard W. has proven in the past that he’s a multi-talented musician (saxes, flute, keys, drums) and producer who has those surefire hooks and magical sonic textures mastered.  Now with Cleared for Takeoff, he’s establishing himself as a visionary and a musical poet who combines his great passions for music and flying in a way that helps us imagine him soaring (in the studio and above the clouds), and inspires us to dig deeper into our souls to find out just where our own lives need to take flight.  His horn leads and textures are intense and empowering, his sense of sensuality and old school sensibilities is stellar, and his unique choices of tempos, atmospheres, and harmony is impeccable.  Cleared For Takeoff is that rare genre masterpiece that makes us want to take off for destinations unknown – and hear more often from its creator.”

Currently:  Quintin Gerard W. can be found writing, producing, and recording commercially released Contemporary Smooth Jazz Music. Quintin Gerard W. currently works with a host of top producers in the Smooth Jazz genre and continues to perform his signature “FnkySax Player” brand/style of playing which so many listeners have come to enjoy and love over the years!  -Jonathan Widran, The JW Vibe


More Than Just Music…!  Quintin Gerard W. has been performing for over 30 yrs and has been recognized globally for his outstanding work and contribution to Jazz Music!  Notably, Quintin Gerard W.’s music is currently being used in clinical research and medical studies to help find a cure for patients who are suffering from epilepsy and other neurological disorders.  This cause is endearing to Quintin Gerard W.. as he lost his older brother to epilepsy.  Quintin Gerard W. is currently working with Medical Doctors in the field who have already indicated signs of progress from their patients who are listening to his music!

“…We have made major strides in the field but we still have much more work to be done.  My preliminary thought is that  “Now and Forever” could be used as an example of a song that activates the limbic system as demonstrated by its dreamy elements.”  – Dr. Alan B. Ettinger, MD, MBA, FAES – Former Professor of Clinical Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine President, Professional Advisory Board, and the EPIC Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island.

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