Lyndsey Manalla Graham, Servpro of Metairie, was installed president of PIA of New Orleans Dec. 4 during ceremonies held at Timberlane Country Club in Gretna.
She succeeds Brent Lawson, Ross and Yerger Insurance, who remains on the PIA of New Orleans board of directors as the immediate past-president.
Graham is the sales manager for Servpro of Metairie, where she has been employed for seven years. In addition to the three locations in the New Orleans area, Graham is the sales manager for two locations in El Paso and two locations in Corpus Christi.
She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a general studies degree after her college career at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. At Spring Hill, Graham majored in biochemistry but did not think that a career in laboratory research was for her.
After college, she worked for three years at Archbishop Chapelle High School doing fundraising and as a volleyball coach. Graham played collegiate volleyball.
She began her insurance career more than 10 years ago with Paul Davis Restoration before moving to Servpro of Metairie. Her decision to get into the insurance business was “an easy choice,” she told the Reporter. “I have been around the insurance business most of my life,” she said. Her parents Leeann and Vince Manalla are both in the insurance business.
In addition to serving as the president of PIA of New Orleans, Graham also serves as the president of The 1752 Club and the New Orleans Claims Association.
She is working on her CISR designation.
Graham has been active with PIA of New Orleans since joining Paul Davis Restoration and has served on the board of directors for the last five years.
Her main goal for the coming year is to make sure that PIA of New Orleans is available to its members. “We are going to plan the coming year as usual, but we will follow all of the state and local (COVID-19) guidelines,” Graham said. “If the past year has taught us anything, it is that the board must be flexible. If the city or state says that we cannot hold a function, then we won’t,” Graham added. “I want to do what is best for our members and sponsors,” Graham added.
PIA of New Orleans will try told to hold as many functions as the association possibly can. The association plans to hold a crawfish boil in May, the golf tournament at Loft 18 in Metairie in August, The Big Easy Bash in October and the installation banquet in December.
Graham has chosen Within Reach – Center for Autism in Metairie as the charity for 2021. “Most money that is raised for autism goes to research. The money raised by PIA of New Orleans will go directly to helping the kids at the school,” Graham said.
Taking office along with Graham were Nicholas A. Farley, Ann Sagona Insurance Agency, president-elect, and Michael C. Couvillon, Esplanade Insurance Agency, secretary/treasurer.
The 2021 directors are Jessica M. Clayton, Classic Insurance Agency; Crystal DePascual, AmWINS Access; Stephen Lovecchio, TWFG Insurance Services; Brittany Schule Orlando, Emergency Restoration, and Donna D. Thornton, TIPS Agency. Debbie Harrington, Americas Insurance, serves the association as executive director.