Board of Trustees

The primary responsibility of the Board of Trustees is the governance of ISL – to establish policies that define the school’s organizational purpose; to ensure fiduciary responsibility and accountability; and to raise funds and public awareness in support of the institution. The ISL Board of Trustees functions as the school board of the school; however, day-to-day operation of the school is the responsibility of the school principal.

ISL’s Draft 21-22 Budget was adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 26, 2021.

To contact the Board of Trustees, please e-mail 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,, 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’s growth from where it began in Mid-City and looking forward to participating in its continued progress in the future.


Sharon Barthelemy, Vice President


Larissa Muetzel, Treasurer

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, Secretary


Chad Rice, Member

Chad Rice has taught Spanish literature and language in higher education for over 20 years. He has studied in, taught at and directed study abroad programs in Spain and a language program in the U.S. He also taught English composition to university students and ESL to immigrant populations. He still teaches Spanish part-time and works as an attorney in the Greater New Orleans area. In addition he is a Supreme Court of Louisiana Registered Interpreter/Translator, and has worked as an interpreter/translator for over 20 years.


Jade Brown-Russell, Member


Sarah Murphy, Member


Valiant Cuiellette, Member