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The Board’s Commitment

Governance oversight and management leadership are critical components of a high performing school. The Foundation Preparatory Governing Board is comprised of New Orleans educational, civic, and business leaders capable of (a) governing the school in alignment with the mission and vision and (b) establishing policies that protect the school’s academic and organizational success into the future.

Deeply committed to the families of New Orleans East, Board members bring expertise in education, non-profit management, fundraising, marketing, finance, community organizing, and law, and are accountable for ensuring that the school implements a high quality educational program, operates in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner, and executes effective governance to deliver on our mission of placing every student on the path to academic and life success.

MYRIALIS KING

SCHOOL LEADER
Myrialis King is the Founder and Head of School for Foundation Preparatory Charter School.  Originally from Puerto Rico and a native Spanish speaker, Mrs. King began her career educating students in the inner-city of Holyoke, MA, where she tutored elementary school students after school with Youth Build, started and ran Youth Build’s GED program, and taught high school English at Holyoke High School.  She worked with a large community of, like herself, English Language Learners (ELL), creating a passion for equitable education.  After completing law school, she continued working with inner-city students in Boston, teaching 8th graders a semester-long trial advocacy class.  These experiences informed her decision to become a non-traditional Corp Member with Teach For America in New Orleans.  She was the founding fifth grade English Language Arts teacher at a charter school in the neighborhood of Central City.  Mrs. King taught two cohorts in which 100% of all students grew at least two grade levels in reading by the end of the year as measured by the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills Assessments.  As a former Building Excellent Schools Fellow, Mrs. King is leading a high-performing team that believes all children deserve an academically rigorous literacy-focused curriculum in preparation for academic and life success.  Mrs. King earned a B.A. from Amherst College where she majored in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, with a concentration in Latin American Studies and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JUSTIN VAN ALSTYNE

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann Law Firm Academic Achievement Committee

Justin Van Alstyne is an attorney at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann specializing in electronic discovery, data breach response, and complex commercial litigation. Prior to his current career, Mr. Van Alstyne was a high school English teacher at East St. John High in Reserve, LA from 2004-06. It was there that he first discovered his passion for public education and mentoring the young adults of our community. After teaching, he also served as a Teach for America corps member advisor at the 2006 Houston institution prior to attending Tulane law school from 2006-09. At Tulane, unable to fully quit as an educator, Mr. Van Alstyne found himself teaching a Philosophy and Argument course at New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School while also mentoring high school students through the Baobab Leadership Initiative. Though those experiences allowed Mr. Van Alstyne a window into the lives and struggles of many families in our community, the importance of public education in the greater New Orleans area came into even clearer focus after he had his two children. Navigating the sometimes byzantine educational process in our city made him even more acutely aware of how important open, high quality, and community-based public schools are to the future of our city. To those ends, Mr. Van Alstyne hopes to use his background both in education and law to help the board support the substantial progress already underway at Foundation Prep.

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R. SCOTT CHAMPAGNE

Senior Manager, Assurance Services, Ernst & Young Treasurer, Finance Committee

Mr. Champagne has specialized in providing financial statement assurance services at Ernst & Young (EY) for a variety of industries and companies in the New Orleans and surrounding markets for 15 years.   EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.  Mr. Champagne is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Louisiana and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).   He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as a Master of Science in Accounting at Louisiana State University.  Mr. Champagne grew up in New Orleans and has two young daughters.  He remains deeply committed to the New Orleans community and uses his expertise in the areas of auditing and financial reporting to serve as the Treasurer for Foundation Preparatory Charter School.

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DANTÉ GREEN

Assistant Administrator, New Orleans East Hospital Academic Achievement Committee

Prior to his role at New Orleans East Hospital, Mr. Green served as the Project Consultant for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) Shared Services Division. He has also served as the first FMOLHS Administrative Fellow with a concentration in Materials Management, Process Improvement, and Hospital Activation; Administrative Resident at Tulane Medical Center; and Administrative Resident at HCA’s Delta Division. Mr. Green has successfully led many hospital and system wide initiatives, including system wide pharmacy wholesaler distribution conversion, joint commission readiness, and business development. Mr. Green received a Bachelor of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Tulane University.

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MARK HECK

Project Manager and Assistant Architect, Williams Architects

Mark Heck is a Project Manager and Assistant Architect for Williams Architects in New Orleans. With Williams Architects, he served as project manager for the firm on The NOCCA Forum, 939 Iberville Apartment Development, W. Smith Elementary and Arabi Elementary.   Mr. Heck received his Masters of Architecture from Tulane University.  He began working as an intern for his grandfather’s firm where he was immersed in all aspects of the profession. He has worked on a number of built architecture projects including residential, institutional, and commercial buildings in Louisiana with a strong focus on educational buildings.

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ERIC JENSEN

Deputy Director, Partnership for Youth Development Chair, Academic Achievement Committee

Mr. Jensen is an education and policy expert. An active member of the New Orleans community for over a decade, he is deeply invested in the city and believes in the transformative power of high-quality education. He found his love for education and the city as a Teach For America core member after college. As Deputy Director for the Partnership for Youth Development, he continues to be deeply involved in the education of the city’s students. Previously with the Communities In Schools of New Orleans, he focused on designing and implementing several youth leadership initiatives. His strengths in data analysis, communications, and community outreach will be important assets to the Board. Seeing firsthand the gaps and lack of high quality opportunities, specifically for under resourced families, is the primary reason for wanting to be a part of Foundation Preparatory’ Charter School’s Board of Directors. Mr. Jensen holds a BA from Michigan State University and is a founding member of Young Planners Network.

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ERIN LUETKEMEIER

Director of Business Development, W by Worth Vice-Chair of Board of Directors

Ms. Luetkemeier is a New Orleans native with several years’ experience as a community leader, activist, volunteer and philanthropist. She currently serves as Treasurer and member of the Founding Board of Directors of Eden House, the first house in Louisiana dedicated to serving women victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Ms. Luetkemeier serves on the Ethics and Good Government Committee for Citizens for One Greater New Orleans as well as serving as a member of the Presidents Committee for the Junior League of New Orleans. She was the 2009-10 President of the Board of Directors of the Junior League of New Orleans as well a Board Member for a number of other local nonprofits. She served as Chairman of Children’s Hospital Sugarplum Ball and chairman or committee chair for many other fund raising events benefiting Ochsner Hospital, The Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans Museum or Art, Opera Guild, and Louisiana Children’s Museum. Professionally she is currently the Director of Business Development, covering Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, for W by Worth, a New York based fashion line. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in fundraising, communications and marketing to the Board. She joined the Foundation Preparatory Charter School Board of Directors because she believes that a great education should not be a perk reserved for wealthy families, but a constant, available to all children in every community. In most cases, robbing children in underserved neighborhoods of a strong reading and math base at an early age seals their future fate, preventing them from graduating or even attending college. “I am wholly invested in the revitalization of our city, which cannot be realized without each child having the opportunity to be educated in a supportive, goal-oriented environment that breeds achievement and success.” Mrs. Luetkemeier holds a BS from Tulane University.

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NICHOLAS MORAN

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Finance Committee

 

Mr. Moran provides personalized financial plans and investment advisory services to his clients around the country. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked for Federated MDT Advisers, an investment management firm in Boston, MA. His passion for his hometown brought Mr. Moran back to New Orleans in 2010 to be a part of the rebuilding efforts of the city, efforts he knows must begin with education. Mr. Moran earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Louisiana State University.

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MATTHEW SHERMAN

Associate, Chehardy, Sherman Law Firm Chair of Board of Directors

As a dedicated New Orleans native and father of two young sons, Mr. Sherman is a firm believer in providing an excellent education to the students of New Orleans. Currently an associate at Chehardy, Sherman Law Firm, where he specializes in litigation, he is a former District Attorney where he worked in the Family Violence Unit, prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence. A member of several community organizations and boards, Mr. Sherman contributes community acumen and legal expertise to the Foundation Prep Board. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and JD from Loyola University.

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DR. DANIEL WALDMAN

Child Psychiatrist, fellow at Louisiana State University

Dr. Waldman is a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Louisiana State University. In his current role, he works in various clinical settings including Children’s Hospital, collaborative primary care clinics, a school-based mental health clinic, autism clinic, and a cognitive behavior psychotherapy clinic. Prior to beginning his career as a child psychiatrist, Dr. Waldman taught physics at O. Perry Walker High School. His experience as a public school teacher led him to appreciate the importance of providing health care services in schools. To this end, he has consulted on the development and implementation of mental health services in schools. Dr. Waldman believes in working to ensure every child meets her full potential. He holds a BA in molecular biology from Princeton University and an MD from the Tulane School of Medicine.

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