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Board of Directors

2017 - 2018 Board Meeting Dates
Date Time Location
January 19, 2017 5:30 PM 2045 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 438
February 16, 2017 5:30 PM 2045 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 438
March 16, 2017 5:30 PM 2045 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 438
April 12, 2017 5:30 PM 2045 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 438
May 18, 2017 5:30 PM 2045 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 438
June 15, 2017 5:30 PM 2045 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 438
July 13, 2017 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
August 17, 2017 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
September 21, 2017 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
October 26, 2017 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
November 30, 2017 5:30 PM 6020 Paris Ave, New Orleans
December 21, 2017 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
January 25, 2018 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
February 22, 2018 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
March 22, 2018 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
April 26, 2018 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
May 24, 2018 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204
June 28, 2018 5:30 PM 2000 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 204

Leslie M. Bouie

Chair of Southern University at New Orleans Advisory Board for the College of Business and Public Administration.

Leslie is a New Orleans native currently living in the Gentilly Area. Following her early education in the city's Catholic schools, she received a B.S. degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Southern University at New Orleans.

Following a successful career in Shell Oil's Finance organization, Leslie received extensive training in the fields of Organizational Effectiveness, Strategic Planning and Diversity Awareness. She helped to establish Shell's team based management structure and served as an internal consultant in various cities in the US, Europe and South America.

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Leslie retired from Shell Exploration and Production Co. where she served in various capacities over her 35 year career. Her last position at Shell was leadership coach to Shell’s Vice President of Deepwater Production.

Leslie serves as Chair of SUNO’s Advisory Board for the College of Business and Public Administration. She has also served for the past two years as President of the Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association. She is married to Joseph Bouie Jr. former Professor at SUNO. They have 2 adult children, Joseph and Robin and one granddaughter, Naomi.

Valkessha Marshall

Valkessha Marshall was the first parent Board Member to serve on the New Beginnings Schools Foundation Board of Directors. She has four children: 3 of whom are former scholars at NBSF - Gentilly Terrace. Her son was Valedictorian of his class and is currently a sophomore academic athlete at Tuskegee University. She, also, has 3 daughters: a graduating senior (Class of 2017) at Benjamin Franklin High School, a middle school student and an elementary school student. All are Honor Roll students. Ms. Marshall is committed to quality education and student achievement.

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She professionally serves as a Primary Teacher in the Orleans Public School System and as an Educational Consultant. She has been a Primary Teacher in Arkansas (4 years), and a Pre-School Master Teacher with Educare New Orleans/Kingsley House at the Bayou District, a CLASS reliable certified observer, and a Louisiana Pathways Trainer in Louisiana. Also, she’s participated in National Association for the Education of Young Children conferences, and presented at a Greater New Orleans Association for the Education of Young Children conference.

Ms. Marshall holds a Masters of Education (in Early Childhood Education) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology) from Philander Smith College, and a High School diploma from NOPS Board - McDonogh 35 Senior High School in New Orleans, LA.

Kathy Saloy

Program | Officer | Hope Credit Union
Kathy Cobette Saloy has 30 years of a professional management career in bank operations, retail and small business banking. Her most current position is Program Officer at Hope Credit Union.

Her experience includes financial planning, analyzing cash flow needs, business portfolio management, people management and motivation, territory management, maintaining strong client relationships and accomplishing human resource objectives. Exemplary outcomes in sales production and productivity has been landed her promotions, numerous bank awards and commendations: most recent being named as the #1 Small Business Sales Team for the first half of 2013.

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Saloy is a member of the Executive Board for a local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she also serves as the Financial Secretary and an active member on many committees. She chairs a successful yearly Cancer Awareness Luncheon for the Sorority as well. She has held many officer positions and board titles on numerous non profits throughout the years.

She is married to Louis Saloy, III and the mother of two, Kael and Karlen Saloy and grandmother to Jaelyn. She also finds time every day to care for her elderly mother Yvonne Cobette.

Wanda Dunn Brooks

Wanda Dunn Brooks is a proud graduate of Xavier University. She was an educator for thirty-five years. Wanda spent her teaching career as both a regular and special education teacher. She taught at McDonogh #7, John W. Hoffman and Joseph Kohn Schools. After eleven years of teaching, she was appointed assistant principal of Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Central City where she grew up as a child.

In 1990, she was appointed principal of her beloved McDonogh #7 where her teaching career originated. She also served as principal of Thomy Lafon and James Weldon Johnson Elementary Schools.

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In August of 2005, Katrina hit and Wanda found herself in North Carolina. It was there that she spent nearly two years as a principal in the Guilford County School District. Wanda also spent a short time as Director of Elementary School Principals for the Recovery School District. She retired from the Recovery School District in 2013.

Brooks is a faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church where she previously served as a Sunday School Teacher. Currently, she is as a Board member of New Hope’s Community Housing Development Organization and works with the Seasoned Saints. She is married with three daughters and one granddaughter, Isabella.

Travis S. Chase

Development Director | Southern University System Foundation
Travis Chase is currently Development Director with Teach for America - Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta. He has more than twelve years of experience in higher education with Dillard University, Xavier University, and Pepperdine University. As a development professional he worked to implement several capital campaigns, annual giving, donor relations, and corporate and foundation relation giving programs, supporting fundraising operations for budget relief for student scholarships and growing the endowment.

Prior to working with Dillard University, Chase taught English in Japan, from 1998 – 2000. He is the grandson of the legendary Mrs. Leah Chase of Dooky Chase Restaurant. He earned his B.A. from the Dillard University with a dual degree in International Business and Japanese Studies, and he is pursuing a Masters of Management Information Systems from Southern University at New Orleans.

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Chase is a proud graduate of St. Augustine High School. He looks forward to making a positive difference in the lives of every young child enrolled in the New Beginnings Network. He is married to his wife Chastity Chase, and they have two daughters Caitlin and Zoe Chase. He is a firm believer in the saying that “the pathway out of poverty is through the school house doors.”

Tracey Jackson

Tracey Jackson, a New Orleans native graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Mrs. Jackson serves as a parent on the New Beginnings Schools Foundation board of directors. Mrs. Jackson is an accomplished and insightful human service professional with significant experience in the areas of career advising, education and career development. During Mrs. Jackson’s 15-year career in education, she has performed various management roles by implementing policies and procedures and working closely with classroom staff to ensure quality professional performance. She has spent her teaching career as both a regular and special education teacher in the public and private sector. Tracey is currently the Employer Relations Manager / Career Coach with Tulane University.

Tracey is a member of the Executive Board for Scott Eli Jackson Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Terrence D. Jackson Sr., and the mother of three Toia, Tesha and Terrence Jackson Jr. and grandmother to Austin.

Ashley Spears

Ashley M. Spears, Esq., a New Orleans native, graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Communication. In 2010, Ashley received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and became admitted to the Louisiana State Bar. While in law school, Ashley received numerous honors and served in leadership positions with the Student Bar Association and the Black Law Students Association.

Currently, Ashley is a practicing attorney in the New Orleans area. She has worked in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, the Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center. In addition to the practice of law, Ashley is an adjunct professor in the paralegal department at Herzing University New Orleans.

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Ashley is a part of both professional and community organizations such as The Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, the New Orleans Bar Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, to name a few. She is a member of New Hope Baptist Church where she works with the youth mentoring program. Ashley is the proud mother of one son, Derek.

Jill Sylvain

Jill Sylvain is a Pharmaceutical Sales Consultant with Bristol-Myers Squibb. She has over 16 years in the pharmaceutical sales industry, where she has won Presidents’ Club Awards. Prior to her career in pharmaceutical sales, Jill worked for the City of New Orleans during the Morial Administration.

Jill received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She also has a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Tulane University.

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Jill serves as a Steering Committee Member of the National Sales Network New Orleans Chapter. In her spare time, Jill enjoys yoga, running and spending time with family and friends.

Tamara J. Wyre, CIMA

Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, CapitalOne
Tamara Jackson Wyre joined Capital One Wealth and Asset Management in 2012 with more than 16 years of investment and risk management experience. As a Senior Portfolio Manager, Tamara manages relationships and investment portfolios for institutions and Ultra High Net Worth individuals. She also serves as one of the lead portfolio managers of the firm's Gender Lens Investment strategy focused on highlighting companies that demonstrate commendable gender and equality practices.

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Prior to joining Capital One, Tamara was a Portfolio Relationship Manager with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Atlanta, GA, responsible for managing a team of portfolio managers and investment portfolios of the Private Bank. Ms. Wyre earned a MBA from Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and holds a Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She is on the board of Young Audiences of Louisiana, Dress For Success New Orleans, New Beginnings Charter School Foundation and Trinity Christian Community. Mrs. Wyre co-chairs the Greater New Orleans Community Corps Council for Capital One Bank, responsible for managing, planning and executing bank volunteer efforts throughout the New Orleans Metropolitan area. Tamara actively promotes and facilitates financial literacy programs for youth and young adults throughout Louisiana. Tamara was the Capital One Rising Star Award Winner in 2014; 2015 Money Makers – Leading Financial Professional in the New Orleans Community and was recently selected in 2016 by Money Management Executives for its “Top Women in Asset Management” Award.

Raphael Gang

Raphael Gang is the Director of Outreach for 4.0 Schools, a nonprofit incubator for education startups and schools. A former teacher, he moved to Louisiana to help lead the Louisiana Department of Education’s efforts to create new school options for families. He’s served as the Chief of Staff at a charter management organization and worked in education policy and research. You can find him reading long-form articles about obscure topics, then randomly inserting them into conversations.
New Beginnings Schools Foundation: Capdau, Nelson, Lake Area
UNO Bicentennial Education Center, Suite 120
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Phone: (504) 280-2309
Fax: (504) 280-2312
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