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.”
Therese Badon serves as the Vice President of Development with the United Negro College Foundation (UNCF). Prior to UNCF, Badon served as the executive director of alumni relations and annual giving at UNCF-member institution Dillard University in New Orleans. She also served as a banking officer at Capital One Bank, where she worked for 12 years. Badon is a strong advocate and supporter of education for minorities and low-income students aspiring to fulfill the dream of earning a college degree. She is engaged in efforts to help improve schools, health disparities and assistance to families from low-income communities. Badon is notary public in New Orleans and is a member of The Links, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Ms. Badon resides in Orleans Parish.
Toya Barnes-Teamer, Ph.D.
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.
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.
Drew Marsh, Chair
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, Secretary
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, where she served as the Administrative Chief Resident and received the Lyman Barton Memorial Chief Resident award. Upon graduation, Dr. Polite joined the faculty at NYU where she served as the Associate Residency Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In August 2010, Dr. Polite joined the LSU faculty as an attending in the Generalist Division of OBGYN and became the Residency Program Director in 2012. 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 also serves on the board of Breakthrough New Orleans and is a member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Links, Inc. Dr. Polite resides in Orleans Parish.
Stephen Rosenthal, Treasurer
Stephen Rosenthal is founder 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 actively involved in New Orleans public education for more than 30 years . He was a founding board member with New Schools for New Orleans and has served on boards of First Line Schools and Collegiate Academies . He is also a founding board member of KIPP New Orleans Schools. Stephen was named Volunteer of the Year by the National Association of Partners in Education and was selected as the 1990 Business/Education Leader by the University of New Orleans. Mr. Rosenthal 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, Vice-Chair
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.