• David Abdullah

  • Field of Work: Attorney

  • David Abdullah

    Field of Work: Attorney

    I am passionate about New Harmony because I am passionate about education in general. Having several educators in my immediate and extended family, the importance of a good education was instilled in me at a young age. I was taught that a proper education is the foundation for both personal and community growth. That said, it is clear to me that one education model does not fit all. To think otherwise is to ignore our individuality. I am passionate about New Harmony because it will provide an alternative platform that will allow students to learn while engaging in an area that truly interests them. Put plainly, if a child is interested in the subject matter, the learning takes care of itself.

  • Steve Cochran

  • Field of Work: Coastal Protection and Restoration

  • Steve Cochran

    Field of Work: Coastal Protection and Restoration

    Coastal Protection and Restoration – for people, and for nature.

    I am passionate about New Harmony because I think New Harmony High goes to the heart of what we need – creative, energetic, passionate and educated kids on their way to becoming adults, focused on every aspect of our biggest problem here. With that as a base, how can we not succeed.

  • Hassan Hassan

  • Field of Work: CEO of 4.0 Schools

  • Hassan Hassan

    Field of Work: CEO of 4.0 Schools

    Bio Coming Soon…

  • Robert Keogh

  • Field of Work: School Finance & Operations

  • Robert Keogh

    Field of Work: School Finance & Operations

    Finance Director with 4th Sector Solutions, a back-office consulting company partnering with charter schools and non-profits throughout the country.

    I am passionate about New Harmony because it will provide an incredibly unique high school experience to Louisiana students who are passionate about the environmental impacts to our state’s beloved coastline.

  • Kelly Ransom

  • Field of Work: Attorney

  • Kelly Ransom

    Field of Work: Attorney

    Attorney with the law firm of Kelly Hart & Pitre in New Orleans, Louisiana. My practice is focused on environmental and oil and gas litigation.

    I am passionate about New Harmony High because I believe that education and community involvement are crucial to addressing the coastal erosion and the associated coastal restoration and preservation issues threatening the communities of South Louisiana.

  • LaShaunda P. René

  • Field of Work: Development Manager

  • LaShaunda P. René

    Field of Work: Development Manager

    LaShaunda René (LPR) is a non-profit, community development professional based in New Orleans. LPR is a graduate of International Business and French Studies from Dillard University of New Orleans and of Public Administration from Walden University of Minneapolis.

    LaShaunda is the Manager of Business Services and Program Development for TruFund Financial Services, a National Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). A focal-point for her work is growing and sustaining quality programs and services for small, minority and women-owned businesses. She believes that entrepreneurship, supported by capacity building and access to adequate and affordable capital are critical pathways to prosperity and economic development in rural and urban communities.

    LPR loves a good cause and her family, which includes a husband, 3 daughters and a son.  She is a lover of all things natural, travel, art, food, astrology and the unexplored.  In her free time, LaShaunda writes and dreams of a future where all children are born in communities where safety, education and economic security are the rule not the exception.

    LaShaunda is passionate about New Harmony because she is a parent and community member who believes in the schools work to support the concept that learning happens everywhere, that learning looks different for everyone and that all students deserve to access education in ways that are meaningful to them and appropriate for their learning styles and educational needs.

  • Liz Suarez

  • Field of Work: Education Non-Profit

  • Liz Suarez

    Field of Work: Education Non-Profit

    Liz Suarez has been working in education since 2008, first as a teacher, then an instructional coach, and now a Project Director with TNTP. She oversees the planning and implementation of a variety of academic projects with the goal of ensuring all students receive highly effective instruction. Liz began her career as a teacher, where she taught multiple grades and content areas. Since joining TNTP, she has managed partnerships to train and certify teachers through teachNOLA, the Collegiate Academies Teaching Residency, the Lincoln Parish Teaching Residency, and Teach Richland. She has also supported curriculum implementation, district-level strategic planning, and leadership coaching across districts in New Orleans, Shelby County, Plaquemines Parish, Richland Parish, Fayette County and Miami-Dade. Liz also oversees the Good to Great Institute in New Orleans which trains veteran educators across the region to implement instruction aligned with Louisiana’s new college and career-ready standards. Liz graduated from Tulane University in 2008.

    While not in schools, Liz enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, John, daughters Evelyn and Sadie, and pups Rouxie and Rose.

    Liz is passionate about New Harmony because New Orleans’ students need great educational opportunities that expand their horizons and open doors. New Harmony’s will do just that and so much more by engaging the community in the work of protecting and restoring our coast.

  • Adrinda Kelly

  • Field of Work: Education Non-Profit

  • Adrinda Kelly

    Field of Work: Education Non-Profit

    Adrinda Kelly is a proud New Orleans Public Schools graduate who is
    passionate about equity and inclusion in organizational design. Since 2017
    she has served as Founding Executive Director of Black Education For New
    Orleans (BENOLA), an education nonprofit whose mission is to build the
    capacity of diverse educators and schools to provide a quality education to
    New Orleans children.

    Adrinda has worked in the education field since 2003, first as an
    acquisitions/commissioning editor focused on developing education
    resources for underrepresented students and then as the director of
    communications for a youth empowerment nonprofit serving undocumented
    students and families of color. Immediately prior to BE NOLA, Adrinda was
    the national managing director of staff diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
    strategy at Teach For America and led several initiatives focused on
    strengthening staff and alumni communities of color.

    Adrinda graduated with a B.A. in English from Harvard University and holds
    an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought (Global History) from New York
    University. In 2008 she was a Diversity Studies Fellow at the University of
    Cape Town.

    In her spare time, Adrinda enjoys reading, working out, and spending quality
    wine-down time with her husband, Alix, and their Boxer fur-baby, Muggs.
    Adrinda is passionate about New Harmony’s innovative curriculum,
    commitment to diversity, and important focus on preparing the next generation
    to care for our coasts.