Board of Trustees

ANTHONY WILLAMS

Board Chair  |  Legal

In addition to serving as Board Chair, Anthony Williams brings important legal expertise to the Board. He is currently a partner at Kean Miller, LLP, working in the New Orleans office. While his current area of practice focuses on premises liability, he also handles construction and tort negligence litigation. He also brings experience in review of contracts and has also successfully represented a local private high school in its insurance claims after Hurricane Katrina.

LAUREN CLEMENT

Board Secretary  |  Community Relations

Ms. Clement worked for several years as the Executive Director of Caps for Kids, an international non-profit corporation dedicated to providing caps for pediatric oncology patients. Her responsibilities included paid and earned media, serving as a media spokesperson, development and fundraising. In addition, she developed and maintained strategic partnerships with the National Football League, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, New Era, and LIDS. partners included 96 domestic hospitals and 6 international hospitals.

JOHN GERRETS

Board Treasurer  |  Finance

Mr. Gerrets is a CPA who currently serves on the Board of a parochial school in New Orleans. He has also served as the Director of Finance and Operations of a 1000 student private school in New Orleans. Through that process he has been involved in lease negotiations, purchase of property, construction and maintenance of facilities, and short-range as well as long-range financial planning and budgeting.

DR. STEPHEN BROSSETTE

Academics  |  Entrepreneurial Thinking

Dr. Brossette is the Chief Science Officer at Med Snap, Inc. He is a medical doctor and holds a PhD in Computer Science. He is an inventor and an entrepreneur. He has spent a significant amount of time researching and on a very small scale (homeschooling) curriculum and teaching strategies particularly in math and science.

KENNETH LAFRANCE

Academics

Kenneth LaFrance is a career educator who has taught students in New Orleans in Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, and Speech. He spent time as the Principal of the Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School during that institution’s early years. His understanding of the challenges of educating economically disadvantaged students offers a very important perspective to the Board.

CYNTHIA BUTLER MCINTYRE

Academics  |  Management and Operations

Cynthia Butler McIntyre brings a wealth of educational experience to the Board. She has worked in Jefferson Parish Schools as Director of Human Resources working specifically classified employees, Assistant Principal, Kindergarten Teacher, and Field Supervisor of student teachers.

MARION EDWARDS

Non-Profit Organization and Management

Marion Edwards is a retired judge who served on the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal for the State of Louisiana.  Mr. Edwards was the driving force behind bringing the Drug Diversion Program for first time drug offenders to Jefferson Parish. In doing so, he led the creation of I Can Help, Inc., the non-profit created for supporting the Drug Court Program. Currently he chairs the Board of the Westbank Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana. We feel his expertise with nascent non-profits will be invaluable to us.

MIKEAL SWIFT

Management and Operations

Ms. Swift has served as a Director of Nursing at a surgical hospital. As such she has experience with management structures, budgets, and human resource issues. Because the school will have a health and wellness component her skills will be useful in this area also.

DR. LISA TROPEZ-ARCENEAUX

Governance

Dr. Arceneaux is a child psychologist in the New Orleans area. Her experience as a board member of a successful charter school will provide this Board with critical guidance as the school finalizes policies in critical areas such as special populations.

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