UREC Announces New Board Appointments

L-R: Morise Duffin, chair, UREC; Michael Johnson, vice chair, UREC; and Charlette Minor, board member, UREC.

(Baton Rouge) – The Board of Directors of Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC) has appointed several community leaders with histories of board and community service to the roles of officers or member.

  • Morise Duffin has been appointed chair of the board. Duffin serves as Managed Care Incentive Payment Program Manager 1A within the Quality Improvement and Innovations Section at the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services. He has served on UREC’s board of directors since 2016 and previously served as vice chair of the board. Duffin succeeds Girard Melancon, Ph.D., workforce development consultant and president of Durango Works, who recently completed his tenure as board chair.


  • Michael Johnson has been appointed vice chair of the board. Johnson serves as project manager for the State of Louisiana, Facility Planning and Control Office. He has served on UREC’s board of directors since 2016 and will succeed Duffin in this role.


  • Charlette Minor, joins UREC’s board of directors as a member. Minor brings more than 30 years of experience as a consultant in affordable housing, community development and behavioral health.

The following Baton Rouge community and business leaders continue their service on UREC’s board of directors:  Kenyetta Q. Nelson-Smith, Ph.D., (board secretary), assistant specialist for community & economic development at Southern University Agricultural Research Center; Linda Clark, partner, Kean Miller LLP; and Anitya Byrne, partner, SSA Consultants.


Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation is a nonprofit community development organization that transforms communities by investing in people and restoring neighborhoods. Learn more at www.urecbr.com.