Important Message from the Head of School

April 6, 2021

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Board of Trustees

ISL’s 20-21 Budget is available for review by the public. The annual Budget Hearing was held on May 28, 2020.

To contact the Board of Trustees, please e-mail trustees@isl-edu.org or call (504) 654-1088 and leave a message. A member of our Board of Trustees will return your call within 2 business days.

Grant Ligon, President, gligon.board@isl-edu.org, 504-345-9435

Grant Ligon was a long-time member of the ISL community and Board when his daughter went to school there.  He is a retired Financial Analyst who is actively involved in real estate investing.  Grant received his undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University and his Masters in Finance at the University of New Orleans.  He enjoys traveling the world with his wife, reading, playing music with his band, and looking for ways to make positive things happen in life.  A previous Board member at ISL, he is very proud of the school grew from where it began in Mid-City and looking forward to participating in its continued progress in the future.

Chad Rice, Vice President

Lena Zaitseva McCloskey, Treasurer

Lena is Vice President of Deposit Products for IBERIABANK, responsible for the proactive development, implementation, on-going enhancement, and analysis of retail and small business deposit products, as well as setting goals and strategies to achieve corporate objectives within the retail and small business line of business. Prior to IBERIABANK, Lena was Vice President of Citigroup Treasury Investments and completed Citi’s Financial Management Associate Leadership Program, designed to create a pipeline of future leaders with experience in multiple Finance disciplines. She started her career as an auditor with Ernst & Young in New York and Moscow.

Lena has a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and she received a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College after studying in Germany and Bulgaria. Lena was born and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan and came to the United States for the first time in 2001 as a high school exchange student through the George Soros Foundation Grant.

Jade Brown-Russell, Secretary

Howard Rodgers

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 a 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.

Larissa Muetzel

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.

Max Correa, Member

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