Our Board

Find out when the next meeting is on our Board Calendar.

The Collegiate Academies Board of Directors governs our schools. Parents, teachers, families, community members, and any interested parties are welcome to join us for these meetings.

Minutes from board meetings can be found here.

Our Board Members

Collegiate’s board includes a member who is a parent of a Collegiate Academies student. The Collegiate board will consider nominations in 2021-22. 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 submit a nomination through the Collegiate Academies Board Nomination Form.
  • Once you submit, Molly Claflin, Assistant to the Interim CEO, will contact you to set up an interview.
  • All nominations will be considered in an open meeting of the Governance Committee.
  • The Governance Committee will then present its nomination recommendation to the entire board for a vote at an annual board meeting.
  • All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their nomination.
  • Upon completion of the vote, we will communicate all next steps regarding board member orientation to the individual selected for the board.

Stephen Rosenthal, Chairperson

Stephen Rosenthal 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.

To contact Stephen Rosenthal, email boardmeetings@collegiateacademies.org.

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.

Adam Hawf

Adam Hawf runs a small management consulting firm in New Orleans with a focus on restructuring government agencies to be more responsive to citizens. Over the last decade, Adam has served in several senior governmental roles in Louisiana. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Orleans Parish School Board. From 2011 through 2014, Adam served under John White and Patrick Dobard as an Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent for the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Recovery School District respectively. Prior to joining the Louisiana Recovery School District, Adam worked in investment management as an equity analyst for hedge funds in New York and Connecticut. Adam graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Terrence Lockett

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.

Kevin Wilkins

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.

Ann Duplessis

Ann Davis Duplessis has more than 35 years in the financial services industry. She is Senior Vice President of Retail Banking, Marketing & Sales, and Strategic Planning for Liberty Bank and Trust Company. She is a former Louisiana State Senator and currently serves on the board of the American Federation for Children, the Eastern New Orleans Hospital Service District, New Orleans Shelter for Women and Children, the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, and Delgado Foundation Board of Trustees.

Tanya Bryant

Tanya Bryant has served the students of New Orleans for almost 15 years and is currently the CEO of ReNEW Schools, a PK-8 Charter Management Organization.  Prior to leading the network as the CEO, Ms. Bryant has also held the positions of CFO and COO at ReNEW.  As a teacher in New Orleans in the early and mid 2000s, Ms. Bryant has firsthand experience in the many facets of traditional and charter schools and has been able to combine her experiences as a teacher, operational, and financial leader into a unique perspective of the educational environment of New Orleans. Ms. Bryant also has two children, a son and a daughter, who have both attended charter schools in New Orleans, one of which graduated in 2018.  Tanya Bryant is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Louisiana.  

Tahirah Lee