Alvaro Alcazar, Ph.D
Dr. Alcazar is the Director of the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice and an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University of New Orleans. Dr. Alcazar has extensive experience in higher education and community service.He has taught, written, and conducted research in the fields of religion and philosophy in the Philippines and in this country. He has trained and worked with community groups and at-risk youth.
Gertrude Boyd, Ph.D.
Dr Boyd is a licensed professional counselor with 20 years of management experience in all aspects of a major community service organization’s operations. Her background encompasses the development and administration of programs in literacy, violence against women, and family and children’s services. She is a skilled communicator and interacts with all levels of management personnel, donors, volunteers, and community leaders. She has grant writing and fundraising experience.
Marilyn Jefferson-Payne, Ph.D.
Dr. Payne is a licensed professional counselor with thirty years of education and counseling experience. She holds national credentials and is a practicing therapist with specializations in addictive disorders, substance abuse, adolescent, and family counseling. She is an experienced program evaluator. Dr. Payne has been a consultant to a number of schools and school districts. She has served as adjunct faculty at several universities.
Marie Kaigler, Ph.D.
Dr. Kaigler is the recently retired former Program Manager of the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), one of 15 regional comprehensive centers funded under cooperative agreements with the U. S. Department of Education. The Center serves the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Before joining SECC, Dr. Kaigler worked in the New Orleans Public Schools where she was a teacher, mathematics supervisor, and principal.
Mr. Peychaud is a management specialist, with extensive professional experience in administration and management in a variety of educational fields which include urban education, Federal, State, and local entitlement and externally funded programs in the public and non public sector.He worked with officials in public schools, charter schools, private schools, and state and federal regulatory agencies. He provided technical assistance for fiscal and programmatic accountability and compliance. He was recently appointed as the principal of Xavier Preparatory School.
MS. Phoenix is an administrative coordinator with wide experience in management in large and medium-sized firms.She formerly worked for Exxon Mobil where she coordinated, interpreted, and implemented administrative policy in a department. She has experience directing policies and operations and strategic planning. She is presently the administrative coordinator in the general services at Southern University at New Orleans.
Raynard Sanders, Ed.D.
Dr. Sanders is the president of Innovative Community Development Systems LLC, a consulting firm specializing in community development and school reform. He has teaching and administrative experience in K-12 schools and higher education.He directed the Graduate Education Program at Southern University at New Orleans. He is a co-founder of the Center for Action Research, a research organization specializing in examining public education issues in New Orleans. He currently hosts a local weekly radio talk show on school reform.
Ms. Mary Sentino is a recently retired administrative supervisor with over 30 years of work experience at Bell South Telecommunications.There she held management and non-management positions, in the Public Affairs, Human Resources, Management Training, and Directory Advertising departments. Mary has excellent communication, record keeping, organizing, and problem solving skills. She is a skilled writer and an accomplished public speaker who has represented BellSouth in state competitions.
Bobbie Stevenson, Ed.D.
Dr. Stevenson is an educator with K-12 and higher education.She worked in public schools for 30 years before becoming Executive Vice Chancellor at Southern University in New Orleans; she also served as graduate faculty at Southern University.She is an Academy Fellow with the National Staff Development Council.She has consulted with community groups and districts and conducted teacher training in several states.She has served as adjunct faculty at several universities. She currently teaches in the Delgado Veterans’ Upward Program. She serves as a scholar and trainer with the PRIME TIME FAMILY READING Program, a nationally-recognized family literacy initiative of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; she serves on the national advisory board of that organization.