The Board of Directors for KIPP New Orleans Schools is a diverse group of individuals which shares oversight of the organization and a vision for building a successful network of sustainable, high-performing open enrollment, college preparatory public charter schools.
Jodi Aamodt has spent nearly 20 years as an attorney with Jacobs, Manuel, Kain & Aamodt. A graduate of Isidore Newman, Aamodt earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt, and Juris Doctorate from Tulane University. Mrs. Aamodt has held leadership roles in many local organizations including the YLC, the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Service, Youth Empowerment Project, Dress for Success N.O., New Schools New Orleans and Summerbridge Advisory Council. Aamodt has also been recognized for her extensive community and professional involvement with the KIPP Foundation’s “Beyond Z” Award, New Orleans Magazine’s “35 and Under”, YWCA Role Model and as YLC’s “Most Outstanding Member.”
Donnell K. Bailey attended New Orleans West (NOW) College Prep, the school opened by KIPP New Orleans staff for students who evacuated to Houston in 2005. In 2006 he returned to New Orleans and attended is a KIPP Mcdonogh15. He works with Democrats for Education Reform-Louisiana as Program Manager, working particularly in grant writing, community outreach, ed-policy research, and advocacy work. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Donnell received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Originally from New Orleans, LA, Donnell began his involvement in public service interning for Former United States Congressman Joseph Cao (R-LA), working specifically to help organize NOLA’s annual and city-wide Night-Out-Against Crime. Afterwards he went on to intern for Former United States Senator Mary Landrieu(D-LA), where he served as a Legislative Aide intern, doing data research on NOLA Ed-Reforms. Later Donnell went on to become a White House Intern under the Obama Administration in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, specifically working on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Donnell resides in Orleans Parish.
Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer serves as a director of HCM Strategists’ higher education team, and provides expertise in state and system-level higher education research, policy and cross sector collaboration. Prior to HCM, she served as vice president for student success at Dillard University where she coordinated the planning, development, organization and administration of the university’s governing policies with the executive cabinet. She was also responsible for the development of the enrollment management plan at the university, as well as the university’s retention initiatives. Previously, Dr. Barnes-Teamer served as senior vice president for academic and student affairs for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), after serving as vice chancellor/provost for Louisiana Technical College, District One. Prior to her tenure at LCTCS, Dr. Barnes-Teamer was associate director of admissions for recruitment and enrollment management at the University of New Orleans (LA) and associate director of admissions at Loyola University (LA). Toya holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Loyola University and received her PhD in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Barnes-Teamer resides in Orleans Parish.
Sherice Clark is a Kindergarten teacher at W. Smith Elementary School in St. Bernard Parish where she is the Grade Level Chairperson and a member of the School Improvement Committee and Leadership Team. She holds an Early Childhood Education degree from Southern University at New Orleans. During Clark’s 10 years in education she has performed various management roles by implementing policies and procedures and working closely with classroom staff to ensure quality professional performance. Mrs. Clark has experience with maintaining compliance for Head Start Performance Standards, Council on Accreditation, LA Quality Ratings Systems and other state programs. Mrs. Clark is the parent of KIPP New Orleans Schools alumnus, Justin Clark, who enrolled at KIPP Central City Academy in 5th grade in 2008 and graduated from KIPP Renaissance High School in 2016. Justin attends Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Mrs. Clark is a resident of Orleans Parish.
Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. was sworn in as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana on October 31, 1994. Judge Duval received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor degree in 1966 from Louisiana State University Law School. From 1966 until his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Duval practiced law in Houma, Louisiana, as a partner and senior partner with Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery & Lovell, LLP. During those years, he was Assistant City Attorney from 1970 to 1972 and the Parish Attorney for the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government from 1988 to 1992. Judge Duval served as a member of the Indigent Defender Board from 1976 to 1982 and was an elected delegate to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1973 and elected to the Committee to Write Rules of Procedure. Judge Duval was a member of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules to the Judicial Conference of the United States Courts from 1997 to 2003, the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute from 1996 to 2000, and the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council from 2004 to 2007. Judge Duval undertook the management of all of the litigation arising out of the failure of the levee system in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina, which had over 1,200 cases comprised of hundreds of thousands of claims. Judge Duval was the past president and is a current member of the Tulane Inn of Court. He served on the Board of Directors of Covenant House of New Orleans, a non-profit corporation which provides aid to homeless adolescents, 2001 to 2016, and also served as the Chairman of Board of Directors, 2014 to 2016. He was a volunteer teacher at the Alternative High School for At Risk Students in New Orleans from 2003 to 2005. He was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award 2013 by the LSU Law Center and The James J. Buquet, Jr. Award of Distinction 2014 by the Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence. After serving as a federal judge for over 22 years, Judge Duval retired from the bench on January 31, 2017, and is now engaging in Mediation, Arbitration, and Consulting.
Kelt Kindick is an advisory partner in Bain & Company's Atlanta office. Kelt has more than 30 years of management consulting experience, working with clients to address their most pressing strategic challenges. He delivers differentiated growth and profitability for his clients through rigorous corporate and business unit strategy, channel management, new business development, global expansion, cost management, acquisition targeting and post-acquisition integration. Prior to joining Bain, Kelt earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Franklin and Marshall College. He is on the boards of directors of The Advisory Board Company, WPX Energy and Beacon Health Strategies.
John Landrum is the Vice President for Innovation of Intralox where he previously served as the Vice President for Business Development and the European General Manager. Prior to working at Intralox, Mr. Landrum served as a partner with Milling Benson Woodward where he focused on commercial litigation. Mr. Landrum served as the chair of the KIPP New Orleans Schools board from 2011 to 2013 and currently serves as a member of the advisory board for the Shakespeare Festival of New Orleans at Tulane. He also served as chair of the board for the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in New Orleans, and was a founding member, treasurer and president of the Young Leadership Council. He attended Westminster College and Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Landrum resides in Orleans Parish.
Andrew “Drew” Marsh is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Entergy Corporation. He is responsible for corporate-wide finance, accounting, tax, internal audit, treasury, investor relations, corporate development and planning activities. Marsh also serves as a member of the Office of the Chief Executive and is an officer of numerous Entergy subsidiaries. Marsh has held numerous other leadership positions at Entergy including director of corporate planning and performance, vice president of strategic planning, and vice president of planning and financial communications. Marsh also served as vice president of strategic planning at Entergy-Koch, LP. Marsh has a master’s in management degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Marsh resides in Orleans Parish.
Dr. Florencia Polite is an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU in New Orleans. Dr. Polite is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU/ Bellevue hospitals and upon graduation, joined the faculty at NYU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In August 2010, Dr. Polite moved to New Orleans with her husband (a New Orleans native) and joined the LSU faculty as an attending in the Generalist Division of OBGYN. She became the Residency Program Director in 2012 and the Generalist Division Director in 2014. For over a decade, Dr. Polite has been the recipient of an award for either mentorship or teaching by medical students and residents. She has received the coveted CREOG National Faculty Award, the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award and the LSU Health Sciences Center Alumni Excellence Award. Dr. Polite has previously served on the boards of Breakthrough New Orleans, Cafe Reconcile and St. Katherine Drexel Preparatory School. She currently serves on the board of Live Oak Wilderness Camp and Geaux Girl Magazine. She is a member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Links, Inc. Dr. Polite resides in Orleans Parish.
Steven W. Usdin is a founding member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. His practice concentrates on commercial litigation, including insurance coverage, contracts, class actions and complex litigation, and oil and gas litigation. A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Steve frequently is hand-selected by senior management for representation in high-profile cases. He currently serves on the Board of A's and Aces, the Bureau of Governmental Research, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Audubon Institute, Isidore Newman School, and Tulane University Medical Center, and was Co-Chairman of the American Cancer Society's New Orleans Hope Lodge Capital Campaign. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Episcopal School and the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, and a past Board member of the New Orleans Bar Association, the New Orleans Children's Museum, the Jesuit Program for Living and Learning Boys' Hope Program, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Louisiana Nature and Science Center.. He is a longtime volunteer and solicitor for the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. Mr. Usdin resides in Orleans Parish.
Larry Washington is the President of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans. He brings more than 10 years of nonprofit management experience from serving in many different roles at Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, as well as at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. During his career at Junior Achievement, he has managed annual program delivery to nearly 80,000 students in over 20 school districts throughout southeast Texas. Most recently as the Fort Bend County Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Washington managed a three club, county-wide operation. Larry has expertise in strategic program expansion, fund development and in cultivating collaborative partnerships. Washington is himself a product of Junior Achievement, a native of Houston, as well as a graduate of the University of Houston and the Penn State Executive Management Program.