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.

 

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.

 

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 and in December 2015 Larissa became a CFO for Ernst Café, Inc.  Larissa acts as the Treasurer for the Toledano Place COA, 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

As a mother, wife, and educator, Mrs. Freda Smith is a mission-driven advocate for positive change and empowerment. Mrs. Smith’s educational vision is to provide all students and families with a world-class education by eliminating the achievement gaps between race and class; hence developing globally competitive citizens that sustain beyond the classroom and contribute to the growth of our community.
Mrs. Smith is currently a school principal with over 10 years of experience in education, building strong teams, identifying strategic issues and then implementing innovative and research-based solutions for improvement. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Education Administration from Prairie View A& M University. As a board member Mrs. Smith will support the International School of Louisiana in Educational Policies, Strategic Planning, Public Advocacy, and Leadership.
Freda was raised in Houston, Texas before relocating to New Orleans in 2009 were she married Mr. Chad Smith. Together they are raising 2 beautiful children. She is an active member of the ISL PTO since 2015.
Heather Kirk, Member

To contact the Board of Trustees, please e-mail trustees@isl-edu.org