Anthony Williams is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 2006 and practices in the admiralty and maritime, construction, toxic tort, gaming industry litigation, and litigation areas. Anthony's experience includes insurance defense, automotive casualty, commercial litigation, transportation law and governmental affairs. Anthony has earned a reputation as a trusted advisor and counselor to his clients, many of whom include the nation's largest corporate entities, by offering thoughtful and practical advice on litigation management, trial strategy and litigation technology. Anthony began his legal career as the first African American lawyer to practice at New Orleans' Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson and was voted to the partnership of that firm after only four years. He was selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as a 2013 Leadership in Law Award recipient.
He is engaged in the Greater New Orleans community, especially with his alma mater, Jesuit High School, where he has served for nine years on Reverend Father President's Advisory Council, including one year as Chairman. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation and currently chairs the Board of Trustees of The Delores Taylor Arthur School for Young Men.
He holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane University where he played NCAA Division I baseball and a law degree from Louisiana State University.
Board Secretary | Community Relations
After a successful tenure with Caps for Kids, Lauren L. Clement now devotes her expertise and considerable energies) to The Delores Taylor Arthur School for Young Men serving on its Board of Trustees. Notable is her Board leadership experience including service as Vice President of Caps for Kids following her time as its Executive Director. Lauren was also a board member for the Holy Cross School Parent Advisory Board for four years serving as the Sophomore Class Representative, Vice President, President, and Past President. Lauren also served as the 2017 Holy Cross Gala Co-Chairman, the school’s largest fundraising event.
Her experience as the Executive Director of Caps for Kids is invaluable to the formulation of the development strategy of The Arthur School. Her responsibilities there included:
• Managed all public relations including radio and television interviews
• Developed, nurtured and executed all fundraising activities
• Cultivated and managed local and national membership
• Established and maintained relationships with ninety-three participating national pediatric medical facilities
• Corresponded and communicated with national celebrities and their management teams
• Worked with twelve Major League Baseball teams for a national fundraising event for three consecutive years
• Worked with several minor league hockey teams for a national fundraising event
Lauren holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University.
Board Treasurer | Finance
John Gerrets is a life-long New Orleanian who has not only had an accomplished professional career but has devoted his time and talents to community service.
A graduate of Loyola University, John is a Certified Public Accountant who currently serves as the CFO of Versa Tech Automation Services.
Prior to that he was CFO of Holy Cross School where he had an opportunity to use his skills to help his alma mater continue operations post Hurricane Katrina. His significant accomplishments include but are not limited to the following:
• Designed and implemented a system to manage all financial aspects of a $115mm construction project to construct a new middle and high school for boys
• Responsible for issuance of $15mm of tax-exempt public bonds in connection with above
• Designed and implemented an accounting and internal control system in MAS90 to manage a middle and high school for boys
• Designed, implemented, and tested all phases of internal control procedures for compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) section 404
• Negotiated credit with banking institutions to finance a 100% increase in operations
• Served as trustee of the company’s benefit programs to evaluate and negotiate annual renewal for insurance, 401(k) and voluntary benefit programs
John remains committed to giving back to the community of New Orleans by holding leadership positions on a number of non-profit boards including the St. Dominic Catholic School board as well as the board of The Delores Taylor Arthur School for Young Men.
DR. STEPHEN BROSSETTE
Academics | Entrepreneurial Thinking
Stephen Brossette, MD, PhD is a scientist and entrepreneur. His first company, MedMined, was acquired by Cardinal Health in 2006 and is now part of Becton Dickinson. He is currently the scientific lead and cofounder of Indicator Sciences. His work focuses on the statistical analysis of healthcare data and on a computer vision system that differentiates authentic from counterfeit medications using smartphones. That system, MedSnap, has been presented at the World Health Organization and United Nations in Geneva, was successfully tested in Laos, and is under active development for large-scale deployment in the poor and middle-income countries. Dr. Brossette was honored by MIT's Technology Review as one of the world's top 100 young innovators in 2002. He holds several patents and is the author of a number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Human Resources and Talent Management
Kym is a big picture thinker and tactical implementer who helps companies and teams achieve transformation. She works across the spectrum of HR capabilities and people solutions. She currently leads the HR shared services arm at Cox Automotive.
Kym has spent her career in leading and managing HR change, communication and service delivery transformation and evolution. She’s worked in a variety of industries with a variety of workforces to adopt and adapt best practices to best solutions. She has led organizational change and communication, mergers and acquisitions, service delivery, event planning, portfolio and program management, and process reengineering.
Kym is a certified Project Management Professional, Six Sigma Black Belt and Synetics-trained Facilitator with degrees from Penn State and University of Maryland; she is an IABC, NY Film Festival and Washington Area Music Association award winner and published author.
DR. MIKE EDMONDS
Mike Edmonds, PhD, is the Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life at Colorado College, where he has served for nearly 30 years. Dean Edmonds is also an Executive in Residence in the Economics and Business Department. Dean Edmonds holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master's, and Ph.D. from Ole Miss, and was inducted as a Hall of Fame graduate in 1984. He has completed a post-graduate institute at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership. He frequently judges for the National Speech and Debate Association.
Dean Edmonds is a member of the North Central Institution Action Committee of the Higher Learning Commission, and serves as a peer reviewer for accreditation visits. At Colorado College, he has been recognized with the Colorado College Center for Service and Learning Award; the Victor Nelson Cisneros Diversity Award, which was presented at the 2010 Colorado College Honors Convocation; and the 2011 Gresham Riley Award, which recognizes faculty and staff of the College who have made a significant difference to the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment and accomplishment.
Nationally, Dean Edmonds is a member of the Lott Institute Trustees at the University of Mississippi and the School of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees at Ole Miss. He is treasurer of the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha forensics honorary. Regionally, Dean Edmonds is a past chair of the Board of Trustees for Memorial Health System, past chair of United Way for the Pikes Peak Region, a member of the Tocqueville Society United Way and on the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Springs School. He is past chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, president-elect of the Great West American Cancer Society Board of Directors, and past member of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Board. He was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve on the Fourth District Judicial Commission of Colorado and served as chair of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Commission. Dean Edmonds holds a professional membership in Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha and is a silver lifetime member of the NAACP.
Dean Edmonds has been honored with the Educator of the Year Award from the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region; the national St. George Award from the American Cancer Society; the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forensic League; the MLK award from James Logan High school in Union City, CA; the Delores Taylor Arthur Award from Holy Cross High School in New Orleans; the Men of Achievement award from Delta Sigma Theta; and the Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi. He was the recipient and awardee of the Uplift Community Foundation’s support in 2015. For his work in speech and forensics, he has been recognized with the National Speech and Debate Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and inducted into the Gold Key Society at Emory University.
CYNTHIA BUTLER MCINTYRE
Academics | Management and Operations
Cynthia Butler-McIntyre is an educator who formerly served as a director of human resources for the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, LA. She has impacted the lives of countless young people for over 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal and personnel administrator in her school district. Her professional experience also includes her service as executive director of Tech-Prep Summer Program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA. She has also worked as the assistant coordinator of field experiences and College of Education supervisor for early childhood student teaching experiences for the University of New Orleans.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education at Dillard University. At the age of 20, she earned a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction/educational administration at the University of New Orleans. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree in religious education from the Louisiana Christian Bible College.
Cynthia is the 24th National President of Delta SigmaTheta Sorority, Inc. Initiated into the Sorority through the Beta Gamma Chapter of Dillard University on November 30, 1973, Butler-McIntyre has served Delta with distinction at the local, state, regional and national levels which has earned her the respect and admiration of the membership. She is lovingly regarded as “A Leader with a Servant’s Heart.”
Butler-McIntyre’s distinguished service and outstanding achievements have been recognized by numerous professional, civic and religious organizations on the local, state and national levels. Some of her recognitions include: National Alliance of Black School Educators Lifetime Achievement Award in Education, Shiners Hall of Fame, Women of Substance Inductee (Bennett College), Langston University Presidential Award, Dillard University Distinguished Alumnus Award, MLK Outstanding Activist Honoree, YWCA Role Model and Louisiana Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. Other honors include: Distinguished Woman of Honor, Trailblazer’s Award, Women Who Make A Difference – Women in the Ministry, SHEroes of the Present, Presidential Service Award, Distinguished Public Servant Award, African American Hall of Fame, Who’s Who in American Education, Outstanding Alumnus of a Historically Black College or University, Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Gospel Speaker, Outstanding Young Women of America and Delta of the Year.
Butler-McIntyre is an active, life-long member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA. Her professional and community affiliations include: board member of the New Orleans Convention Center, MLK Task Force and The Delta Research and Development Foundation; the National Council of Negro Women, the Louisiana State and American Association of School Personnel Administrators, the Founding President, Algiers-Gretna Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
As a motivational, educational and religious speaker, Butler-McIntyre has inspired thousands and she lives by the words from 1 Peter 4:10 which states in part that “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.”
She is married to Mr. Ronney McIntyre, owner/operator of McIntyre Masonry, and they reside in New Orleans. Through her marriage she has four children: Shavonny, Ronney, Jr., Ciara and Rachaud; and two grandchildren, Gavon and Angie.
Management and Operations
Mikeal Amacker Swift is a wife, mother, nurse and life-long resident of Orleans Parish. Since childhood she has been caring for those around her with skill and compassion. Having once a been young Candy Striper and then a Summer Science Apprentice under the program leadership of the late Ms. Oretha Castle Hailey, Mikeal knows the influence mentorship can have on a child. Mikeal is now a Registered Nurse with over 20 years’ experience in the field and in 2010 was named Healthcare Hero by City Business Magazine. Mikeal has served as Director of Nursing at St. Charles Surgical Hospital where she guided the care of women whose lives had impacted by breast cancer. In keeping with her devotion to promoting healing and recovery, Mikeal is currently employed as Med Surg Nurse Manager at Ochsner Baptist Hospital.
DR. LISA TROPEZ-ARCENEAUX
Dr. Lisa L. Tropez-Arceneaux is a currently a Pediatric Psychologist in New Orleans, LA. She has worked with children since she was a child herself. At 11 years old she earned her CPR license and began babysitting to earn money. She is a graduate of Xavier University of New Orleans. She earned her doctorate degree in Honolulu, Hawaii, completed her internship at Howard University Hospital and her fellowship in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Pediatric Burns at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. It was during this time in 2006 that she began working with young girls who, survived severe burns, in the areas of body image, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and resiliency. She has traveled extensively with Physicians for Peace to care for children in Central and South America who suffered burn injuries.
In 2011, Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux became the International Burn Psychologist for Aproquen Burn Hospital in Nicaragua. In 2016, along with Aproquen she started the first burn camp in Central America for children who survived burn injuries. Her research from the camp was given multiple awards. The most prestigious award was from the American Burn Association honoring her for the Best Pediatric Research Paper of 2016. She continues to work closely with the staff of Aproquen and they hope to have another burn camp soon. Her passion to work with children has a long history that will likely continue throughout her career.
Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux is also passionate about her infant mental health work since 2000, where she actively fights for early interventions for children ages zero to five. She is equally committed to Maternal Fetal Health where she works with at risk teenager girls. Her most recent research involves defining a protocol for postpartum depression in teenage mothers. In all of her work, she believes in early intervention and prevention.
LLPearls is another component on that continuum of prevention, resiliency and care for the psychological well-being of children. She created the concept of LLPearls, which is an organization that develops young ladies body positivity who and all aspects of becoming a wellrounded beautiful lady inside and out. From physical well-being, emotional strength, to age appropriate fashion and style. This is the first program of this caliber for girls in New Orleans and it is just a small representation of the lifelong work Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux has served on multiple school boards, served as President of Board of Directors for several community organizations and local organizations. She is also an active alumni member of Xavier University.