Board of Directors


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 to attend KIPP McDonogh15 for middle school and Metairie Park Country Day for high school. He is currently the Chief of Staff at Brothers Empowered to Teach. 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. Afterward, he went on to intern for Former United States Senator Mary Landrieu. Later Donnell went on to become a White House Intern under the Obama Administration in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Donnell also serves on the Franklin & Marshall Alumni Association Board, the National Alliance for Mental Illness- New Orleans Chapter, and the Metairie Park Country Day School Alumni Association. He is a Master of Public Administration candidate at Tulane University and is a resident of Orleans Parish.


Michael A. Balascio is a member of the law firm Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. His practice concentrates on securities litigation and arbitration, insurance coverage and bad faith cases, and complex commercial litigation.  Michael leads the firm’s pro bono initiatives and is a member of its diversity committee.  He was a lead attorney in a lawsuit successfully challenging efforts to interfere with the implementation of BESE-approved academic standards in Louisiana.  Michael received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and he previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lance M. Africk of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  He has a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College.  Before law school, Michael was a teacher in Baltimore City with Teach For America.  Michael lives in New Orleans with his wife and two daughters.  


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.


Bruce V. Hurley Jr., MD, MPH, is an Emergency Medicine Physician at University Medical Center and Slidell Memorial Hospital. He also serves as Clinical Faculty at the LSU Emergency Medicine Residency training program. He graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School and completed undergraduate training in cellular and molecular biology at Louisiana Tech University. Following his undergraduate experience, he enrolled in the master's of public health program at Tulane University in epidemiology, and while there, took part in a summer internship at the National Institutes of Health. He then worked for the state of Louisiana in the Office of Public Health in Lafayette. Following his two years of work experience, he was accepted into Temple University School of Medicine. After several years in Philadelphia, New Orleans called him home and he completed residency training in Emergency Medicine and was selected as Chief Resident in his final year of training. Currently, he has continued his involvement in LSU and UMCNO as a Clinical Faculty in Emergency Medicine. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Ilsa Leon MD and his son Bruce V. Hurley III (Trey).


Reggie Jackson is Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Entergy Services, LLC and is an officer of numerous Entergy subsidiaries. He has held numerous leadership positions at Entergy including vice president and general auditor, director of real estate and security, and director of supply chain. Prior to joining Entergy, he worked in public accounting for KPMG. Reggie is a native New Orleanian and graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Xavier University. Reggie is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Auditor. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, and Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Reggie resides in Orleans Parish with his wife, son, and daughter.


Andrew “Drew” Marsh is chief executive officer of Entergy, a Fortune 500 integrated energy company that powers life for 3 million customers through its operating companies in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. As CEO, he intends to build on the company's successes and momentum in the areas of customer-focused energy solutions, renewable energy generation, infrastructure resilience and operational excellence. Mr. Marsh has held numerous other leadership positions at Entergy including executive vice president and chief financial officer, director of corporate planning and performance, vice president of strategic planning, and vice president of planning and financial communications. Mr. Marsh also served as vice president of strategic planning at Entergy-Koch, LP. Mr. 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.


Cianjanae Purvis joined KIPP Central City’s founding class as a fifth grader in 2007 and graduated from KIPP Renaissance High School in 2015. As a Posse scholar, Cianjanae received a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Tulane University. Currently, Cianjanae works as a Data Coordinator at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, where she supports the Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs in their mission to reduce the morbidity and mortality rates of preventable cancers in Louisiana through early detection. Before her role at LSU, Cianjanae worked as a Clinical Data Analyst, where she worked closely with federally qualified health centers on process improvement and quality initiatives across the state of Louisiana. Cianjanae lives in New Orleans with her family.


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.


Danielle S. Willis, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of New Orleans East Hospital. As CFO, Danielle has executive responsibility over financial operations including accounting, budget management, financial planning, reimbursement and revenue cycle. As CAO, Danielle manages a wide range of strategic planning, business development, and daily hospital operations responsibilities. Danielle possesses over ten years of finance and accounting experience including roles in public accounting, financial accounting and reporting and financial planning, forecasting and budgeting. Danielle is a native New Orleanian, and has earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. Danielle is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in both Louisiana and Mississippi.