VIBE Board of Directors

Mariska is a native of Plaquemine, Louisiana. After graduating from LSU in 2004, she moved to New Orleans to begin her professional career as a certified public accountant. Mariska is a Tax Managing Director at KPMG specializing in closely-held family businesses. She also proudly serves on the LSU Foundation Professional Advisory Committee.
Gail Lazard was born and raised in New Orleans, LA; she is a retired educator with over 30 years experience in the education of public school students in the state of Louisiana. Gail has worked as a teacher, principal and central office administrator in New Orleans, LA and at the LA Department of Education. She has also worked as a consultant for the LA Department of Education Charter School Office and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). In addition, Gail holds a B.A./M.Ed. +30 from the University Of New Orleans. Gail is certified by the state of LA as a teacher, principal, supervisor of student teaching, parish/city school supervisor of instruction and superintendent of schools.
Amer Tufail is the product of international schools in Switzerland (The American School in Switzerland) and Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabian International School – Riyadh). He is the founder and principal of GreenPoint Engineering, a consulting firm that specializes in the delivery of public infrastructure projects, with a focus on water resources and sustainability. He is also a diplomate and the state representative of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He and his wife Maggie have four boys and live in New Orleans.
Blair is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from the
University of Kentucky with a degree in marketing, and upon graduation she worked in public relations for a Fortune 500 company. In 2010, she moved to New Orleans to attend law school. After law school, she began working as an attorney at Fishman Haygood, LLP. Her practice spans a variety of subject matters, including class actions, coastal land loss and industrial and environmental accidents, public bid law disputes, securities fraud litigation, and contract disputes. Blair also proudly serves on the board of directors for the Association for Women Attorneys and the Independent Women’s Organization of New Orleans.
Dr. Donaldo R. Batiste, a 41-year career educator in the Pre-K-12 setting, has had extensive career experiences that have taken him literally ‘from the classroom to the Superintendent’s office’. Beginning his educational journey as a middle-school math teacher, Dr. Batiste quickly transitioned to his field of interest and worked as an itinerant and school-based speech and hearing specialist. Within four years, he was tapped to become an assistant principal in an elementary school, before becoming an elementary school principal for 14 years, and a senior high school principal for four years. It was at this juncture, after having led his high school out of “corrective action” as one of the lowest-performing schools in the District, and within two years of his appointment to the principalship at that building, being named “Louisiana’s Best High School Principal” that he was tapped to serve the District as the Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Support Programs. In this position, he was responsible for leading and guiding the writing and implementation of a “scripted curriculum” that was aligned to State standards for schools to follow that led to demonstrable school improvement districtwide.

After four years in this role, he relocated to Illinois, where he was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning and served the Superintendent as Chief of Staff. Within his first two years there, he was later appointed to be the Superintendent of Schools, a position that he held ten consecutive years, and thus completed his 41-year Pre-K-12 journey. In each position that Dr. Batiste was assigned during his career, he was the recipient of numerous accolades and awards recognizing his accomplishments at the local, parish/county, regional and statewide levels.

Since his service retirement from public education in 2016, Dr. Batiste immediately assumed leadership of the Doctoral Program of studies in Executive Leadership at University of Holy Cross. Currently, he is The Nancy O’Neill Endowed Professor of Executive Leadership, and serves as the Doctoral Program Coordinator. When a vacancy announcement was made for a position on the Voices for International Business and Education (VIBE), Dr. Batiste wasted no time and responded positively to the call. Since his appointment in October, 2017, he serves both as a Director on the Board, and as a member of the Governance Committee.

Stasi Bernard, CPA, is an Associate Director in the P&N Consulting Services Group. Prior to joining P&N, Stasi worked for an oil and gas services company as a Senior Tax Analyst and was a Senior Associate with a Big Four international accounting firm. Since joining the firm in 2015, she has served in numerous leadership positions in the areas of disaster recovery, financial management and process improvement. Stasi has extensive experience leading teams through multi-faceted, complex programs ranging from $1.6 billion to over $10 billion. She assists clients with critical components of business operations, including production management, operational and financial data analysis, and process efficiency and development.
Amber Brown was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Kennesaw, GA. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Health from Armstrong State University, now Georgia Southern University, in Savannah, GA. In 2017, she moved to New Orleans to work in the School of Public Health at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center where she coordinates community engagement activities and practice experiences for graduate students. Her passion for higher education access, retention, persistence, and degree attainment for underrepresented students led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Louisiana State University with an expected graduation of May 2022. Amber believes that student success is heavily dependent on quality and inclusive grade school education, a trait IHSNO exhibits.
Kevin is a life long resident of New Orleans who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Orleans and graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1991. He currently maintains and manages the Katner Law Firm, LLC, a boutique law firm offering immigration, personal injury and legal counsel concentrating his services to the Brazilian and Hispanic communities. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Bureau, Advisory Board for the Hispanic Apostolate and besides serving on the Board for the International High School of New Orleans, he also currently holds a position on Board of Directors for the Home Builder’s Association of Greater New Orleans and the Louisiana Home Builder’s Association. He is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Louisiana Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Knights of Columbus. He is married to Belkis Leyva Katner, who is originally from Cuba, and together they have one daughter.
Robert Keller is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Villanova University with degrees in Philosophy and English. Upon graduation, he came to New Orleans to work as an advocate in the city’s growing non-profit sector through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. At the completion of his volunteer program, Rob stayed in New Orleans to attend law school. He currently works as a litigation associate at Courington Kiefer & Sommers, LLC. Rob also serves on the Justice for All Ball Committee for the Pro Bono Project and the Kohlmeyer Circle for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Anne is a native of New Orleans. She graduated from Louise S. McGehee School and earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Virginia. Anne currently works in commercial banking at IBERIABANK as a Loan Portfolio Manager. She also proudly serves on the Junior Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans.
Jennifer Gordon Lampton was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. In May 2009, Jennifer graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Management, majoring in Legal Studies in Business and Political Science. Thereafter, in May 2012, she obtained a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of New Orleans, College of Law. Currently, Jennifer serves as a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division D. In May 2018, Jennifer became a board member of Voices for International Business and Education, Incorporated (VIBE), which operates International High School of New Orleans. Jennifer’s professional affiliations include: Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section Ambassador), Louis A. Martinet Legal Society (Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee), and A.P. Tureaud American Inn of Court.
Stacie is from Monroe, LA and is a graduate of what was then Northeast Louisiana University where she received a Bachelors in Public Relations. She moved to New Orleans in 1990 and has worked for the State of Louisiana for over 25 years. She and her husband Jon have two sons, Alex and Nicolas, both of whom have graduate from IHSNO. Stacie feels strongly that education and academic success is essential for all. She believes in the future of IHSNO and the International Baccalaureate Program and is devoted to ensuring that its students have a high-quality education.
Shontell Thomas is a native of New Orleans, LA. She graduated from Isidore Newman School. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught as a high school Spanish teacher before pursuing her career in medicine. She currently works as an Physician with the Ochsner Medical Center.

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