The Collegiate Academies’ Board of Directors governs Sci Academy, G.W. Carver Collegiate, and Livingston Collegiate. Updated information about board meetings, including meeting agendas, can be found on the Collegiate Academies calendar. Parents, families, community members, and any interested parties are welcome to join us for these meetings.
Stephen Rosenthal, Chairperson
Stephen is the divisional president of Strategic Comp, a workers compensation insurer. A New Orleans native, Stephen graduated from Amherst College and received his MBA from The Wharton School. Stephen has been working with children and actively involved in New Orleans public education for more than 25 years. He was a founding board member of New Schools for New Orleans and has served on the boards of FirstLine Schools and KIPP New Orleans.
Jonathan Wilson, Vice-Chair
Jonathan Wilson is the Mortgage Support Manager at Liberty Bank and Trust where he manages the mortgage loan process, mortgage loan servicing, mortgage compliance and implements system changes to increase productivity and efficiency. Mr. Wilson is a native of New Orleans, a graduate of Saint Augustine High School and Wheeling Jesuit University with a BA in Political & Economic Philosophy. Mr. Wilson is also President of 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Board Member for the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and works with a number of other organizations to promote high-quality education and economic opportunity for all.
Gregory M. St. Etienne, Secretary
Gregory M. St. Etienne is a partner in a local real estate development firm. He has previously held roles with the City of New Orleans, Citizens United For Economic Equality and Liberty Bank. He has held many board positions for a range of organizations, including FirstLine Schools, Delgado Community College Foundation, and the National Bankers Association. He is a graduate of Loyola University and Louisiana State University.
Douglas Finegan, Treasurer
Doug Finegan is a graduate of Louisiana State University and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). After several years with national firms, Mr. Finegan joined Kushner Lagraize in 1988 and has been a partner since 1995. Mr. Finegan serves clients in a variety of areas with special expertise in accounting and assurance related services. He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and has qualified as an accounting expert witness in Federal courts and provided expert testimony at trial. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Mr. Finegan has and continues to serve on numerous civic and philanthropic boards and committees in the New Orleans area. In addition to being the Secretary/Treasurer of the Collegiate Academies board, Mr. Finegan serves as the chair of the finance committee.
Jenny supports and guides the philanthropic and civic work of Gary N. Solomon, Sr, a successful businessman and entrepreneur. Her commitment to charter education began in 2005, and Jenny’s personal, non-profit work today includes being a founding board member of the Louisiana Institute for Children and Families which is committed to helping children in need find a loving a home and Beth’s Friends Forever, an organization supporting New Orleans area women who are fighting cancer. Jenny’s undergraduate degree is from LSU, and she received her MBS from the University of New Orleans. She’s the mother of two young girls, Caroline and Virginia Hunter.
Ashley is an associate attorney at Phelps Dunbar, LLP, focusing her practice in the area of commercial litigation. Ashley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in public policy and economics. Later, she earned a juris doctorate and Master’s in Public Policy from William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Ashley has been working with children and actively involved in improving the public education outcomes for youth for over ten years.
As a native son of New Orleans, Dana Henry has engaged in advocacy full time as a family law and juvenile attorney in New Orleans since 2000. Since that time, Dana has also worked professionally as a management consultant and has served on several civic boards and commissions in New Orleans. His tenure on the Sci Academy/Collegiate Academies Board of Directors in 2010 served as the impetus for his transition from courtrooms to community organizing, outreach, and education advocacy for children.
As a parent of two children who attend a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence-awarded public elementary school in New Orleans, Dana has firsthand knowledge of the positive impact that a quality, public education can have on children, parents, families, and the community as a whole.
Dana is also active with the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) as a volunteer coach and organizer at Kenilworth Park. Dana is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Howard University in Washington D.C., and the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge.
Terrence Lockett is President of Axis Strategies, LLC a Public and Governmental Affairs firm. The firm provides strategic planning and management to candidates seeking elected office along with governmental affairs representation for a variety of entities at the state and federal level. Terrence received a B.S. in Speech Language Pathology, and a M.Ed. in Communication Disorders from Southern University. He holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Terrence began his career as a Speech Pathologist in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.
Emily Klein Morris
Emily is the Director of District and School Partnerships at Teach For America, a national education non-profit committed to educational equity for students from low-income communities. She graduated from Westminster College and came to New Orleans as a 1999 Teach For America Corps Member. Emily has teaching certificates in special education and early childhood education from Dillard University and the University of New Orleans. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist. For 17 years, she has worked in and with public schools in the Greater New Orleans area and was a founding board member of Sci Academy.
Kevin Wilkins is the founder and Managing Director of trepwise, an impact consulting firm that focuses on providing critical services for organizations (for-profit and non-profit) using entrepreneurial thinking and approaches. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, Wilkins has an extensive business background and has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence and COO for The Idea Village as well as helping to develop Propeller’s entrepreneur curriculum. He and his team have worked with over 400 organizations in New Orleans, across the U.S. and internationally.
Tonya Williams is a graduate of The Florida State University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Tonya is currently a Global Manager in Contracting and Procurement, specializing in maintenance services and has an extensive background in Offshore Operations and Production. A 25-year employee of Shell Oil Company, Tonya has worked and lived in the Greater New Orleans community devoting both time and effort to encourage youth to pursue STEM careers. She has also formally mentored under the AmeriCorps community rebuilding program.
Collegiate’s board includes a member who is a parent, guardian, grandparent, and/or alumni. The term for the current parent board member expires on 6/30/20 and the Collegiate board will consider nominations at that time. If you are a Collegiate Academies parent, guardian, grandparent, and/or alumni and would like to be considered for a board appointment, please see below for the process and timeline for selection:
*Please fill out the Collegiate Academies Board Nomination Form.
*Once you submit the nomination, Kate Tynan, Assistant to the CEO, will contact you to set up an interview.
*All nominations will be considered in an open meeting of the Governance Committee in May 2020.
*Then, the Governance Committee will then present its nomination recommendation to the entire board for a vote at the annual board meeting which will be held in May 2020.
*All applicant will be contacted on the status of the nomination.
*If the applicant is selected to join the board, they will be given the next steps on the board member orientation process.