VIBE Board of Directors
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.
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.