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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

Adrienne Celestine

Adrienne Celestine is the Director of Recovery Programs for the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit, where she oversees all Economic Development, Infrastructure and Multi-family Housing programs administered by the department as a result of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Isaac and the Great Floods of 2016. She has worked for the state in various disaster recovery positions since 2007, serving an instrumental role in designing, implementing and managing programs. She has previous experience in the banking industry, completing a credit training program and working as a small business lender and underwriter. She graduated with honors from Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Accounting and received an MBA from Baylor University.

Mrs. Celestine was inspired to join the Board of Foundation Prep by the school’s focus on creating a strong literacy-based foundation for each student, belief in restorative justice practices and commitment to a diverse student population.

Mrs. Celestine is a proud native and lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was raised in New Orleans East and currently resides in Algiers.

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Scott Champagne

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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Dante' Green

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

Mark Heck is a Senior Project Manager for Williams Architects in New Orleans. With Williams Architects, he served as project manager for the firm on the NOCCA expansion into their new Forum building, 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 and its potential to help a community. 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. This focus and experience working with multiple educational institutions led Mr. Heck to join the Foundation Prep Board of Directors.

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Peter Jones

Peter Jones is a entrepreneur and founding member of his own real estate investing firm. He has assisted, developed, and financed projects in the rebuilding of the East and all surrounding New Orleans neighborhoods. Mr. Jones serves in the United States Army Reserves as a squad leader. His leadership and tactical knowledge maintains the Army’s helicopter inventory to become fully mission capable for direct action or humanitarian relief.  Mr. Jones works daily to accomplish his mission-service to community and nation through his volunteer work and military service. He is a Foundation Preparatory father and teaches his son that education is imperative by completing his bachelor degree in the discipline of engineering at the Louisiana State University.  He and his wife are active members of the Foundation Family Association.

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Brooke Wyatt

Brooke Wyatt serves as the Senior Quality Assurance Data Analyst for the Liver Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Brooke is a trained researcher with a comprehensive background in issues around health care and health disparities among minority/marginalized populations in the United States. One of her areas of expertise is in program development and implementation including fundraising efforts for those programs. Brooke and her husband recently moved to New Orleans from New York and are excited to begin rooting themselves in their new community. She was drawn to Foundation Preps holistic approach to caring for the student both inside and outside of the classroom while implementing practices that actively combat disparities in education. Brooke holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in Biological Anthropology, an MPH in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health in Community Health Science at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. Brooke joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and serves as Chair of our Development Committee.

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Daniel Waldman

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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Jermaine Smith

Jermaine L. Smith serves as the Regional Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross. In his role he holds fundraising and financial oversight for programming in the state of Louisiana. His fundraising expertise includes major gifts, government grants and corporate sponsorships. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Tulane University and uses this knowledge to work alongside stakeholders and to facilitate community investment in necessary programming and services. In his previous roles, Mr. Smith led successful fundraising campaigns in support of educational programming at Educare New Orleans and academic opportunities at Xavier and Dillard Universities. His brings his educational fundraising experience and passion for access to education to the Foundation Preparatory Charter School as a member of its Board of Directors.

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