Board of Directors

Board of Directors

cathie smith

Board President
Coordinator of Science Instruction                              Jefferson Parish Public Schools

nicholas altiero, phd

Board Vice President
Dean, School of Science and Engineering, Tulane University

Terry verigan

barbara pailet

Executive Vice President, Carrollton Enterprise Services

Past President
Executive Director, Bruce J. Heim Foundation

keith smith, mba

At-Large                                                                                         Chief, Operational Planning, U.S. Coast Guard

jan catalano

Secretary                                                                                       Petroleum Engineer, ORX Resources, Inc.

Clint Coleman, PhD

Assistant Professor
STEAM Academy at Delgado, Director
Department of Science and Mathematics
Delgado Community College

bud decoste

Retired, Vice-President, Account Manager Schlumberger

Gerald lenaz

Firestarter Consulting

Norma Jean Mattei, PhD, PE

Civil & Environmental Engineering,                             University of New Orleans

Annette Oertling, PhD, PE

At-Large, Retired, Assistant Dean Tulane University,                BLaST, Inc. President

harry clark

Retired Educator,  Jesuit High School

David Huete

Retired, Shell

Alicia Jones

Senior Global Process Analyst
GE Digital

Jean May-Brett

Retired, Louisiana DOE

Krishna Regmi


Ralph Melian

President, Antares Technology Solutions

Bryan reuter, esq

Attorney, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Allford, LLC

Michelle Sanchez, PhD

Director of K-12 STEM Outreach, Tulane University

Allison F. Sharai

Manager, Research Strategic Operations
Program Director, STEM/Academic Community Outreach
Research, Academics Division
Ochsner Health System

Karen Thomas, PhD

Director of K-12 STEM Outreach, University of New Orleans

Advisory Council

Jan Brenan

Executive Director, Core Element

Keith Freire

Regions Bank

Dana Gonzalez

Educator, Orleans Parish Schools

richard lorusso, esq

Retired, Shell Exploration & Production

Frank Hall, PhD

Professor of Education
Worcester University

tim schuler, phd

Senior Professor of Practice, Physics                                         Tulane University

Alexina Medley

Warren Easton Fundamental School

Bruce ward, phd

Retired, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astropysics

Andrea Walker

Operations Director, Core Element

Connect With Us

Promoting Quality Teaching

University of New Orleans
UNO TRAC Center, Suite 227
University of New Orleans Lakefront
New Orleans, LA 70122

Jan Brenan
Executive Director

Tracey Zelden, M.S., Ed.S.
Director of Education

Michelle Mangum
Administrative Assistant

Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative
dba Core Element
P O Box 6123
Metairie, LA 70009