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.


Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. was sworn in as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana on October 31, 1994. Judge Duval received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor degree in 1966 from Louisiana State University Law School. From 1966 until his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Duval practiced law in Houma, Louisiana, as a partner and senior partner with Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery & Lovell, LLP. During those years, he was Assistant City Attorney from 1970 to 1972 and the Parish Attorney for the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government from 1988 to 1992. Judge Duval served as a member of the Indigent Defender Board from 1976 to 1982 and was an elected delegate to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1973 and elected to the Committee to Write Rules of Procedure. Judge Duval was a member of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules to the Judicial Conference of the United States Courts from 1997 to 2003, the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute from 1996 to 2000, and the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council from 2004 to 2007. Judge Duval undertook the management of all of the litigation arising out of the failure of the levee system in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina, which had over 1,200 cases comprised of hundreds of thousands of claims. Judge Duval was the past president and is a current member of the Tulane Inn of Court. He served on the Board of Directors of Covenant House of New Orleans, a non-profit corporation which provides aid to homeless adolescents, 2001 to 2016, and also served as the Chairman of Board of Directors, 2014 to 2016. He was a volunteer teacher at the Alternative High School for At Risk Students in New Orleans from 2003 to 2005. He was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award 2013 by the LSU Law Center and The James J. Buquet, Jr. Award of Distinction 2014 by the Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence. After serving as a federal judge for over 22 years, Judge Duval retired from the bench on January 31, 2017, and is now engaging in Mediation, Arbitration, and Consulting.



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).


Roddrick D. Jones, Ph.D. serves as the Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of the Teacher Education Programs in the School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) at Tulane University. Dr. Jones has served 25 years in higher education. He has held various administrative and faculty positions across institutional types, including a large urban community college, public and private four-year institutions, a for-profit institution, graduate and professional degree programs, and currently a large research institution. His background includes planning, organizing and directing assessment and accreditation across multiple degree programs for the purposes of program development and evaluation, accreditation, and institutional effectiveness. Dr. Jones has experience in monitoring institution-wide performance, related to accreditation and strategic planning. He has conducted numerous workshops and presentations during conference meetings in areas related to outcomes assessment, accreditation, program evaluation, data management, analytics and pedagogy. He also has experience in designing and implementing evaluation plans for major National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) education and scientific research grant programs. Roddrick earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University, his M.S. degree from Troy University and his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Jackson State University. His research interests include predicting learning outcomes of diverse student populations, focusing on learner factors and pedagogy. Dr. Jones is a resident of Orleans Parish.


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.


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.


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 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.