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Lisa Maria Rhodes

Executive Director 

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Pablo Guth

Abramson Sci Academy Liaison

Maria Schneider

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Issa Moquete

George Washington Carver Liaison

Erik Zavala

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Emma Merrill

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Brenda Herrera

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Arielle Hunter

Livingston Collegiate Academy Liaison

Alix Smith

Rosenwald Collegiate Academy Liaison

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William Snowden

Esq. Board Chair

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Will is the New Orleans Director of the Vera Institute of Justice. In this role, he continues and strengthens Vera’s existing partnerships with criminal justice actors and community leaders while identifying new collaborative relationships with government entities and community organizations. The collaborations focus on improving criminal justice systems in the South. Prior to joining Vera, Will was a public defender for five years representing New Orleanians in all stages of a case from arraignment to trial. Will also developed a focus and specialization in advocacy around reforming the procedures, systems, and policies around jury duty in an effort to promote diversity and representativeness in the jury box. Will also launched The Juror Project—an initiative aiming to increase the diversity of jury panels while changing and challenging people’s perspective of jury duty.

Joy Okoro

Board Vice Chair

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Joy Okoro is a dynamic and proven leader with over a decade of experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Teach For America Greater New Orleans. In this position, Joy leads a network of approximately 1,300 corps members and alumni teaching in underserved schools and working across different sectors to positively impact educational opportunities in the Greater New Orleans area. Joy’s journey with Teach For America began in 2008 when she joined the Teach For America Greater New Orleans corps as a pre-GED math and special education teacher in Jefferson Parish.

Erica Perez

Board Secretary/Treasurer

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Erica Perez holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance from DePaul University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University in Chicago. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Erica worked as the Accounts Payable Manager and International Liaison for Marshall & Associates for three year. She returned to school in 2009 to earn her Masters of Arts in Teaching and then taught with Chicago Public Schools for two years before moving to New Orleans to teach middle school math at Dolores T. Aaron Academy.  Erica joined Collegiate Academies’ Create and Support Team in 2015 where she served as the Director of Operations, Interim Executive Assistant to the CEO, and Director of Human Resources.  Throughout her years at Collegiate Academies, Erica has consistently worked to fill schools with students through ambassador development and on the ground recruitment efforts.  She is now the Director of Student Recruitment at Collegiate Academies

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