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Acting Chair: Javier Jalice, Esq.

Javier Jalice is an Associate Attorney with Ogletree Deakins’ New Orleans, Louisiana office. Mr. Jalice represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, and is licensed and admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Louisiana.

Mr. Jalice has represented both public and private employers nationally and regionally before federal and state administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Department of Labor (“DOL”), in federal and state courts, and in arbitration hearings on labor and employment-related matters. Mr. Jalice has also advised employers throughout the United States regarding personnel policies, leave issues, and discipline and discharge matters.

Mr. Jalice, a native of Guantanamo, Cuba, is a first-generation American and New Orleanian.  After graduating from the University of New Orleans in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a concentration in Diplomacy and International Organizations and a minor in French, Mr. Jalice attended Loyola University’s College of Law in New Orleans. Mr. Jalice obtained his Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law in 2013, graduating cum laude, receiving the 2013 Spirit of Ignatius Award – the College of Law Outstanding Graduate Award – and being inducted (one of ten graduates) to The Order of Barristers.

Apart from serving on Audubon Schools’ Board of Directors, Mr. Jalice is a member of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court, and he serves on the Loyola College of Law’s Alumni Board as a Young Alumni Board Member.

Secretary: Eva Alito

Eva Alito is a native resident of New Orleans. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Orleans in 1993, earning honors from the Engineering and Mechanical Engineering societies there. Since then she has been employed with URS Engineering (formerly known as Walk Haydel), a consulting engineering firm for industrial clients.

Shortly after signing on with Walk Haydel, she joined fellow employees on a volunteer team for the Christmas in Octoberprogram. Now known as Rebuilding Together New Orleans, the program assists low income senior homeowners with repair and maintenance of their homes. After two years of volunteering on the team, she became company team leader for the annual event. She eventually went on to serve on the Christmas in October Steering Committee for several years. This led to her participation on several sub-committees for the program.

Eva was selected at her company to enroll in BoardsWork, a program administered by the United Way to train youngprofessionals to serve on area non-profit organization boards. The program included a one-year internship on theAlzheimer’s Association board and eventually led to her joining the Board of Audubon.

After Hurricane Katrina, she temporarily left her engineering profession for a one-year commitment to Rebuilding TogetherNew Orleans (RTNO) as a Construction Manager. Her construction manager duties included work with low income and disabled homeowners who were  either FEMA trailer bound or exiled to outlying cities. She worked extensively with out-of-town volunteers and AmeriCorps to rebuild the homes of RTNO clients.

Treasurer: Calvin Tregre

Calvin Tregre is a retired financial professional with over 44 years of work experience, primarily in higher education.  His experience includes serving at Xavier University of Louisiana as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Administration.  Mr. Tregre is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration.  He also completed a Short Course in College Business Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Institute for Small Colleges from Moton Institute.

During his long and illustrious work career, Mr. Tregre has served in the following capacities:  At Xavier University of Louisiana (1969-1975, 1981-2013) Senior Vice President for Administration, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Vice President for Fiscal Services, Acting Director of Fiscal Services, Associate Director of Fiscal Services, Controller, Associate Controller, Grant Accountant, Accountant for Student Affairs, Staff Accountant and Student Worker; At Wiley College (1975-1978) Vice President for Fiscal Services.

He has also held memberships on a number of local and national advisory councils and committees including the Finance Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, a position which he still holds.

Board Member: Dorcas Omajola

Dorcas grew up in New Orleans and attended Benjamin Franklin High School. She then attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette  where she graduated with honors and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Marketing.

Dorcas is currently the Business and Operations Manager at Propeller, an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that has received local and national recognition in Fast Company, The New York Times, TIME, Huffington Post, Los AngelesTimes, Entrepreneur, GOOD,  Wired, Forbes and The Times Picayune. At Propeller she is responsible for FinancialManagement, Data Management,  Human Resources Compliance, and Information Technology Management. Dorcas was previously an Accountant for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, a statewide nonprofit, and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office where she was  responsible for managing multi- million dollar funds and grants for multiple  locations and divisions. Dorcas was also previously a Business Manager for KUMON North America, an international franchise. Finally, Dorcas was the Co- founder and Board Member of a nonprofit organization in which she was able to gain nonprofit organization management, compliance, and fundraising experience.

Board Member: Derek D. Bardell

Derek D. Bardell is a veteran educator in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area who currently serves as an AdjunctProfessor of Business Administration and Teaching & Learning at Delgado Community College. He holds a Bachelor ofArts degree in Business Management/Urban Studies and Public Policy from Dillard University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and a Master of Arts in Civic and Cultural Management both from  Tulane University. Professor Bardell is certified by the Louisiana Department of Education as an Educational Administrator and Supervisor of Instruction.  His research interests lie in the areas of higher education management and organizational development and his experience in education spans nearly two decades at the K-16 levels where he has served as an instructor, administrator, consultant and policy maker. He also holds memberships in Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science, Omicron Delta EpsilonEconomics, Golden Key Scholastic, Sigma Tau Delta English, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership, Alpha Kappa MuScholastic, Phi Delta Kappa Education, Sigma Iota Epsilon Management and Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences HonorSocieties.

Further, he has received awards and accolades from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Children’s Defense Fund, the  Delgado Community College Chancellor’s Office, the Louisiana Governor’s Office, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the  Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators, the Jefferson Parish Council, the New Orleans City Council, the New Orleans Mayor’s Office, the Louisiana State Senate, the Louisiana House of Representatives, Gambit Weekly Magazine, Tribune Magazine, the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, the New Orleans Data News Weekly, the Times Picayune Newspaper and the University ofKentucky College of Education.

Derek also serves as Chairman of the Delgado Community College Care and Development of Young Children Board of Advisors and as the Chairman of the French and Montessori Education (FAME) Board of Directors which governs the “A” rated

Audubon Charter School and its $7.5 million budget and his name is synonymous with all things education.

Board Member (French Parent Representative): Byron Lilly

Mr. Byron Lilly is an educational professional with over 7 years of experience.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies with a focus on Literature and History in 2001 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  In 2002, he completed the US Government Peace Corps Language Program at the Proficient level with specialties in French and Fulfulde Languages.  This served him during the two years when he worked in Mali, West Africa as an agricultural volunteer in the US Peace Corps.

In 2009, Mr. Lilly earned a Master’s Degree in United States History with a secondary focus on American Literature from Tulane University.  Following the completion of his degree, he worked as a Graduate Instruction at Tulane University where he taught US History 1865-Present.  Mr. Lilly has also worked as a Prevention Educator with the New Orleans Public Schools and as an Integrated Humanities Instructor at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.  He currently also serves as the Chair of the Humanities Department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts while also pursuing a Ph.D. from Tulane University in American History and Literature as well.

In addition to his experience in education, Mr. Lily is also a Master Carpenter with over 12 years of experience in the trades, home rehabilitation and new construction.