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.
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.
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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