Student Profiles

MariahMariah Dent

Mariah Dent is originally from Baton Rouge. She is currently a Sophomore at the University of New Orleans, majoring in Psychology. In her spare time when she is not studying, she enjoys singing, writing, dancing, drawing, listening to music, and reading. She currently works as a student worker for UNO-CHART.




DevinDevin Foil

Devin is pursuing a Master's degree in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program at UNO. He earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies with a concentration on the People's Republic of China at George Washington University. He is originally from Gulfport, Mississippi, but has lived in Washington, DC, Chengdu, China, and Chicago, Illinois in the last ten years. He is currently a research assistant with UNO-CHART.



SarahSarah King

Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies focusing on coastal Louisiana culture. She is excited to be working with the UNO-CHART program on the Community Rating System, which provides flood insurance research and assistance to communities in Louisiana.




JohnJohn McCandless

John is currently pursuing a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the University of New Orleans. Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, he earned a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Mississippi. Currently a Research Assistant with UNO CHART, John also serves as an Engineer Officer in the Louisiana National Guard.



AlahnaAlahna Moore

Alahna Moore is a lifelong resident of south Louisiana. She received her BA in anthropology from the University of New Orleans and is currently working towards her masters degree in urban studies and cultural resource management. Her work focuses on utilizing digital tools such as GIS and 3D modeling for historic preservation in areas threatened by sea level rise. At CHART, Alahna works to map social vulnerability in order to enhance disaster preparedness.



TylerTyler Russell

Tyler Russell is currently working on his Master's in Urban and Regional Planning. He is originally from North Mississippi, where he received his B.A. in Literature from Mississippi State University. In the past, he has worked on energy efficiency policy research with the state of Mississippi, and has published food policy research on food deserts in the Mississippi Delta. He is currently working on a UNO-CHART project that assesses the current evacuation transportation plan laid out by the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, with a specific focus on the vulnerable populations impacted by the plan.