Co-founder and Director of Operations
Lavonzell Nicholson, Co-founder and Director of Operations for PLAYNOLA Sports. Founded in the fall 2009, PLAYNOLA provides adults the opportunity to be physically active while building social and professional relationships in a safe and enjoyable environment. With a network of 12,000 members; PLAYNOLA sees 5,000 participants in over 25 sports leagues and events annually.
Prior to starting PLAYNOLA, Lavonzell held several leadership positions in the nonprofit sector in both Maryland and Louisiana. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Each One Save One, a community based mentoring organization founded by Sally Ann Roberts.
As a trailblazer in New Orleans’ growing business community, Lavonzell has been recognized for her work by being named to Gambit’s “40 Under 40”, New Orleans Magazine’s People to Watch, and Young Leadership Council’s Role Model Award. She serves as member of the La. Department of Economic Development Small Business Advisory Council, former Vice Chair of UNCF Young Leadership Council, board member with Communities in Schools (CIS), as well as member of GNO, Inc. Next Gen Council. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Maryland as well as a Graduate Business Certificate from Johns Hopkins University.
Her ‘spare’ time is all about spending time with her husband Marquies and her two children- MJ (2) and Mason (8 months).