“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau
In her role as Business Council Director for the Junior League of New Orleans, Maribeth Totels Del Castillo oversees the organization’s businesses, including Bloomin’ Deals, Fleur de League, and Get on Board, as well as the management and maintenance of JLNO’s physical assets. Maribeth’s business savvy, persistence and fortitude allow to her address all of the complex tasks and aspects of running JLNO’s largest fundraiser. Her experience as a business owner means that she has a thorough understanding of capital, employee and risk management to aid in the management of the organization’s properties, staff and insurance. As a Board member, she provides day-to-day guidance and recommends future improvements to ensure JLNO continues to generate revenue to put back in the community as well as maintain its operations in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Maribeth joined JLNO in 2007 and has consistently served on committees that raise money for the organization. These included Kitchen Tour, Bloomin’ Deals and Get on Board. For three years, Maribeth volunteered within Bloomin’ Deals, motivating employees and volunteers and supporting special events and sales. The year she chaired that committee brought the beginning of the shop’s transformation, including a floor reconfiguration and changes in policies and procedures.
Originally from Maryland, Maribeth attended college at the University of Georgia and received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She currently owns and manages the Taceaux Loceaux food truck with her husband, Alex. As a family, they have built a successful business, which has been named as one of the 20 Best Food Trucks in the U.S. by Smithsonian magazine, voted Best New Orleans Food Truck by readers of Gambit Weekly, and featured on Travel Channel’s “The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.” Maribeth also volunteers with the American Cancer Society and Louisiana Children’s Museum.
Maribeth and Alex reside Uptown with their two children, Alexandra (11) and Jack (9), who attend Lycee Francais. Her wonderful and supportive family is an inspiration to her.