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Darren Patin
Board Chair

Darren Patin is an attorney with Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale, L.L.P., and serves as Board Chair for Élan Academy.  A native New Orleanian, he brings his strong legal leadership and deep community networks to support the success of Élan Academy.

Roger Watkins
Vice-Chair & Treasurer

Parent Representative | Director

Daphine Barnes

Daphine Barnes is a Site Mentor with the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency at Xavier University of Louisiana. In this capacity, she strives to enhance the teacher pipeline through training, coaching, and mentoring teachers for placement in our local charter schools. A native New Orleanian, Daphine is a proud graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and is a devoted member of St. Raymond –St. Leo Catholic Church.She is a devoted educator and is proud to bring her experience as a highly successful classroom educator, school leader, and district leader to serve as a member of the Academic Committee on Elan’s Board.

Gary Briggs

Gary Briggs, a New Orleans native, serves as Systems Impact Director at New Teacher Center, a nonprofit that works to disrupt the predictability of educational inequities for systematically underserved students by accelerating educator effectiveness. Gary earned a B.S. in Political Science from Texas Christian University and an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc where he serves on the local chapter’s educational committee. Gary is eager to support Elan's wonderful mission of providing robust learning experiences to our young people.

Jeremy Thibodeaux

Jeremy Thibodeaux is a partner in Ericksen Krentel, LLP’s Accounting and Audit Services Section, where he oversees the quality and timeliness of services to many of the firm’s audit clients. Jeremy’s current specialty is on accounting and auditing for nonprofit entities, with a particular focus on charter schools. As the firm’s Quality Control Partner, Jeremy leads the A&A Services Section’s audit methodology with a focus on future of audit initiatives, data analytics, and the use of technology to drive a more creative and innovative audit practice. Jeremy is also an active member of the community serving on various civic and professional boards throughout his tenure at the firm. Jeremy was born and raised on the west bank of Jefferson Parish, where he continues to live with his wife, Kelly, and their three kids, Liam, Crawford and Leni.

Steven Brown

Scot Rademaker

Dr. Scot Rademaker is currently the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Nicholls State University. Dr. Scot Rademaker earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in special education at the University of South Florida. Throughout his graduate work in psychology, Dr. Rademaker worked as a reading interventionist and school psychology intern. In his personal time, Dr. Rademaker enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, and scuba diving.

Erin Marrero

Erin Marrero-Savoie is the Director of Regional Programs with Teach For America Greater New Orleans. In this role, she works to strengthen TFA’s relationship with other community organizations and to develop additional training and programming to enhance the skill set of incoming and current corps members. Erin is a native New Orleanian and a graduate of Cabrini High School. With an undergrad in Economics and a MBA from Tulane University, she is thrilled to share her experiences on the board and to serve Elan for years to come.

Rulonda Green

Dr. Rulonda Green is a dedicated educator with a remarkable 24-year journey in the field of education. Currently serving as the Head of School of a thriving PK-8th elementary school in Algiers, Louisiana, she is committed to G.P.A - Growth,  Perseverance,  and Attainment.  In 2023, her school was recognized for being in the Top 20% of the State for its increase in Mastery on Leap2025 with 5 percentage point increase from 2022-2023.  Additionally, her school is one of seven schools in the city (17%) to exceed its Pre-Covid percent mastery performance when comparing Leap 2023 data to 2019 Leap data. She has consistently demonstrated her passion for shaping young minds and building self-efficacy in her students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Green's educational journey began in her hometown of New Orleans, where she proudly graduated from Xavier University Prepatory High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with teacher certification at Fisk University. Driven by her commitment to educational leadership, she pursued a master's degree in Educational Leadership at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

After completing her master's program, Dr. Green returned to her roots in New Orleans, embarking on a fulfilling career in education. In 2021, she achieved a significant milestone by earning a doctorate in Executive Leadership from the University of Holy Cross.  Her leadership and academic prowess throughout the program yielded numerous awards, but her greatest recognition was the Dissertation of the Year Award (Ed.D.) for demonstrating analytical acumen to the highest degree.
Additionally, in 2023, Dr. Green was bestowed with the prestigious Distinguished Trailblazer Alumni Award by the Education Department at the University of Holy Cross, recognizing her unwavering dedication to fostering academic excellence in her school and nurturing community partnerships.
Dr. Green's wealth of knowledge and leadership skills have made her a valuable addition to the Elan Academy Board of Directors. She is enthusiastic about contributing to Elan's ongoing success in the realm of education and development, making her a true beacon of inspiration in the field.

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