2016-17 Board of Trustees
Chantell Reed, President of the Board of Trustees
Chantell H. Reed is currently the Director of Enrollment & Marketing for a geriatric healthcare organization in the Greater New Orleans area. Chantell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Business Management from Northwood University in Cedar Hill, TX and is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Executive Master’s in Health Care Management program. She married with two sons.
Howard Rodgers, Vice President
Howard is a Wealth Management Specialist and has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. His mission is to narrow the wealth gap while creating generational wealth for middle income families. He specializes in portfolio management and holds Series 7, 63, and insurance licenses.
Howard came to Raymond James in 2012 through its acquisition of Morgan Keegan, which he joined in 2010. Earlier in his career, he served as a mutual fund trade associate with Edward Jones & Company. He also held the position of Accounting Associate with Capital One Southcoast Capital.
He graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2004 with Bachelors in Accounting. A firm believer in continuing education, he enhances his experience by participating in various personal development courses.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Howard currently resides in the Gentilly Woods Area of New Orleans. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Lovie, who is a Clinical Pharmacist, and their children, Julian and Jackson. When he is not working with clients, Howard enjoys family time, playing golf, listening to jazz and finding new restaurants. In addition, he is a parishioner of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church.
Duane Drucker, Treasurer
Mr. Drucker is a lifelong resident of New Orleans. As a parent of three children at the International School of Louisiana, he is committed to public education and the immersion model. He has over fifteen years of management experience with a B.S. in Finance from the University of New Orleans. In 2008, Mr. Drucker returned to the University of New Orleans where he completed a Pre-CPA program. He has spent the last four years working in public accounting. This professional background has provided the base for his knowledge of G/L accounting, financial statements, attestation and financial analysis.
He has spent the last three years on the Board of Trustees of the International School of Louisiana. Of those three years, Mr. Drucker has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Finance Committee each year. For the 2013-14 school year, he served as Treasurer for the Board of Trustees.
John Wettermark, Secretary
Dominique Wilson, Member
Dominique Wilson is a native of New Orleans and a professional in the fields of Educational Administration and Human Resources. Dominique obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans and has over twenty (20) years of professional experience in education, including twelve (12) years in administration and eight (8) years as a New Orleans public school teacher. In her current position, she supports school leaders with Human Resources functions, staffing, employee development, and performance-management as well as oversees several compliance programs. She is a member of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASAP) and the Louisiana Association of School Personnel Administrators (LASPA).
Dominique believes that every child should attend a school that offers a safe and orderly environment, rigorous academics including STEM initiatives, the Arts, and Foreign Languages, which promotes diversity and global awareness. Dominique is devoted to ensuring that children of all backgrounds have equal access to a high-quality education.
David Bordson-Bozzo, Member
David Bordson-Bozzo is a New Orleans native and an associate attorney in the corporate and securities practice group at Jones Walker LLP. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as an investment professional at a credit-focused hedge fund in Greenwich, CT and as an analyst at a boutique investment bank in New York.
He holds a J.D. from Tulane University Law School, a B.S.E. from the Wharton School and a B.A.S. in systems engineering from the Engineering School at the University of Pennsylvania. David is a member of ISL’s finance committee and has served as the organization’s treasurer.
Brenda Richard – Montgomery, Member
Brenda Richard-Montgomery is the Vice President of Secure Patient Delivery, LLC, a family-owned medical transportation business moving psychiatric patients throughout the State. She is formally Vice President of Project Development for Providence Community Housing, LLC, a New Orleans based, nonprofit housing and community development agency where she coordinated rental and homeowner projects.
Having spent a number of years working in local government, Richard-Montgomery has spearheaded economic and business development; tourism and museum; and community and housing development initiatives, receiving the Audrey Nelson Award and an Excellence in Government Award. Prior to joining Providence Community Housing, she served as Vice President and Program Manager for Capital One’s Corporate Citizenship Department and handled CRA outreach and business development activities in Louisiana and Texas.
Among her activities, Richard-Montgomery has been affiliated with UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the Neighborhood Development Foundation, the National Community Development Association, the New Orleans Neighborhood Collaborative, the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, Community Development Capital, and others.
She received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is married and has two sons.
Vanessa Diaz, Member
Vanessa Diaz serves as the Managing Director of the Teacher Leadership Development team at Teach For America-Greater New Orleans where she co-leads the team in developing support structures for first and second year teachers across Great New Orleans to ensure all students have access to an excellent education. Prior to this role, she coached and developed K-8 teachers in over 15 schools in New Orleans.
She joined Teach For America as a Phoenix Corps Member in 2008 where she taught 7th grade Language Arts for four years. Her time in the classroom focused on a culturally responsive pedagogy that affirmed her students social and cultural identity. Her approach was informed by her strong connection to Latin America as a native Spanish speaker and first generation American.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Southern California. During this time she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain taking courses in Spanish literature, art, and film. She also earned a Masters in Secondary Education from Arizona State University.
Michael Pedalino, Member
Mr. Michael Pedalino is a business wireless consultant with T-Mobile as well as an owner of multiple businesses. He was born and raised in Metairie and has a lovely wife and three beautiful children, two of whom are currently enrolled in ISL-Bunche. His goals are to use his business skills and apply them to ISL so that more parents will choose this great school over others when making their decisions about where to put their children. Mr. Pedalino brings 16 years of business ownership and community relationships to his position on the Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and the Dawnbusters Kiwanis of Metairie, a global organization dedicated to helping children and youth.
Larissa Muetzel, Member
Originally from a small town near Moscow in Russia, Larissa Muetzel moved to the United States in 2001. Larissa received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Russian State Agrarian University in Moscow. Larissa joined the Young Leadership Council (YLC) in August 2008 as the Director of Finance & Administration. Larissa acts as the Treasurer for the Toledano Place Condominium Owners Association, a position she has held since May 2005. In 2010 Larissa successfully completed Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) program. In 2014 Larissa became a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Larissa resides in the Irish Channel with her husband, Brandon, who works for a local non-profit organization, Energy Wise. Together they enjoy traveling and entertaining friends and family at their home.
Freda Smith, Member
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