Introducing Janee "Gee" Mercadel Tucker
Active in the community and public affairs, Ms. Tucker "Janee Michelle" has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Archbishop's Community Appeal, Women's Professional Council, Women Business Owners Association, Metropolitan Area Committee, Louisiana Association of Minority and Women Owned Businesses, National Association for Female Executives and the Contemporary Arts Center. Ms. Tucker is a former Board member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Playground/NORD Revitalization Committee, New Orleans Ballet Association, Preservation Resource Center, Louisiana Children's Museum, Neighborhood Housing Services, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. She served on the advisory Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood, and co-chaired, Friends of All Congregations Together, (ACT) Fundraising Committee. Ms. Tucker also served on the Board of Directors for the YWCA and Drugs Off The Street (DOTS), and is a former board member of Hibernia National Bank, until the bank sold to Capital One. Ms. Tucker was the first African American and second woman to serve on the board of the bank. In 1986, Ms. Tucker received the Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation and was selected to Who's Who of American Women (1986-1987). In 1991, she was chosen as YWCA Role Model, given an Achiever's Award by the American Council for Career Women, and received a Proclamation from the Mayor of New Orleans, presented to her on behalf of Positive Black Talk, Inc., A Celebration of Black Women; she is included in Oxford's Who's Who, "The Elite Registry of Extraordinary Professionals." In 1992, she was chosen as the Women Business Owner of the Year and received the "Best of Black Business Award" in 1994. In March 1995, Ms. Tucker was selected to the Board of Directors of Hibernia National Bank.