NSBR Team

A Louisiana native and father of two boys, Chris is the founder and CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge. Together, with community collaborators and talented teammates, NSBR has helped launch and grow more than two-dozen high-performing charter schools that are on track to serving half of public school students in Baton Rouge. Under Chris’ leadership, the organization has raised and deployed more than $70 million dollars in its first two Excellence Funds and spurred more than $150 million in new school facility investments.

His passion for education transformation began with Teach for America in New Orleans, where he taught high school social studies and coached basketball at John McDonogh High School. Following Hurricane Katrina, Chris led over 200 students who had evacuated to a rural parish to achieve significant academic gains. Following his time in the classroom, Chris continued his pursuit of public service at all levels of government from The White House to the Louisiana Department of Education, where, as Chief of Staff, he pioneered efforts to turn around underperforming schools and shaped the legislative and regulatory framework to enable school transformation and charter school expansion.

Chris received his undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Tulane University, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and an MBA from the Wharton School. He was selected as a member of the 2008-2009 White House Fellowship class, where he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

To schedule a meeting with Chris, contact Brandy McIntire at brandy@newschoolsbr.org.

Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer

Chief Executive Officer

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Brenna joined NSBR in 2015 and serves as the chief architect of NSBR’s investment strategy to bring a great school to every child in Baton Rouge. Brenna designed and manages NSBR’s Excellence Funds to launch and support high quality schools of choice for students and families in Baton Rouge. She drives national fundraising and school recruitment while also managing NSBR’s day-to-day strategy execution, operations, and finances.

Brenna began her career in education with Teach for America in New Orleans, and she has served in a variety of capacities and leadership roles across the education sector. As Chief Information Officer for KIPP New Orleans Schools, Brenna led the organization’s data and technology teams, financial planning process, and strategic initiatives. Brenna has also worked as an independent consultant, helping shape portfolio strategies for major urban school districts on the East Coast, as well as providing support on organizational health and operational effectiveness to large state agencies.  Brenna previously worked at McKinsey & Company, specializing in strategy and operations. Brenna received her undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Duke University and her MBA from Tulane University.

Brenna and her husband Jared, a charter school principal, have three children.

To schedule a meeting with Brenna, contact Brandy McIntire at brandy@newschoolsbr.org.




Brenna Benson

Brenna Benson

Chief Operating Officer

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Sarah joined the NSBR team full-time in June 2016 to launch our facilities organization after previously working as an education policy consultant to NSBR. As the Executive Director of NSBR Facilities, Sarah is responsible for securing debt financing, managing project development and construction of new charter schools for NSBR’s portfolio school operators.

Prior to joining NSBR, Sarah served as Governor Jindal’s Policy Director heralding a heavy background in education, economic development, finance and transportation policy. Sarah graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with honors, and before moving to Louisiana, she taught first grade ELL in Metro Nashville Public Schools with Teach For America. She holds a Master's in Business Administration from Tulane University as a Burkenroad Leaders Scholar and a Morton A. Aldrich fellow.

Sarah and her husband have one child—a pup named Caddy.

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

Executive Director of Facilities

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A Baton Rouge native and graduate of Capitol High School, Gwen has deep roots and a long track record of service in our community. Gwen is a founding employee of NSBR and has been with our organization since its birth in 2012. Prior to joining NSBR, Gwen served as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the Mayor–President of East Baton Rouge, where she was responsible for the management and administration of the Department of Human Development Services, the Office of Community Development, the Office of Workforce Development, the Department of Juvenile Services, and the Office of Community Engagement. Before joining the mayor’s team, Gwen served in other executive leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of Education Reform for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Senior Director for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Social Services, and Executive Director of the Children’s Cabinet in the Office of the Governor for the State of Louisiana.

Gwen is married to Leo Hamilton, and she loves spending time with their three daughters, son-in-law, and granddaughter.

Gwen Hamilton

Gwen Hamilton

Community Affairs

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A Louisiana native and daughter of two life-long public educators, Kara has spent the past 14+ years working in education. Before joining NSBR in 2018, Kara began her career in the Jefferson Parish Public Schools system, where she discovered a passion for literacy intervention and special education and continued her work at KIPP New Orleans Schools as both an intervention teacher and special education administrator. In her 6 years at KIPP Central City Academy, Kara developed the Student Support Program to include a full continuum of support for students and families, ranging from ELA and math intervention classes to specialized programs for students with significant intellectual and emotional disabilities.

Kara earned her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Dallas, where she also worked in Rome, Italy, overseeing campus programming and providing history and art history lectures for both high school and university programs.  

Kara is excited to be a part of the Baton Rouge community and to support schools in ensuring that ALL Baton Rouge area students have access to a high-quality education.

Kara Maggiore

Kara Maggiore

Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation

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Following in the footsteps of her mother, a life-long educator, Emily has spent the last 17+ years serving students and teachers in South Louisiana. While serving as the Director of Math, Science, Arts (MSA) West, a national magnet school of excellence, MSA’s SPS grew over 30 points - raising its rating from a “B” to an “A” school in the State of Louisiana. Prior to principalship, Emily served as the Director of Teaching and Learning for Teach For America South Louisiana for three years, and she has nine years of experience as an instructional leader and administrator in East Baton Rouge. While working at Children’s Charter School, Emily established the school’s first K-5 science department and worked with instructional staff to help 98% of their students meet or exceed their individual growth goals in science.

Emily has been a tiger all of her adult life! She attended the University of Missouri where she graduated cum laude with a BA in Political Science and English Literature, and she earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from LSU.

She is married with two amazing young sons who don’t believe in sleeping in.

Emily LeBeau

Emily LeBeau

Senior Director of Talent Development and Workforce Strategy

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A native of Baton Rouge from a family of leaders in education and healthcare, Tyler has spent the past decade working in education. 

Tyler Litt is the Senior Director of Equity & Community Investments on the NSBR Investment team. In this role, she sets vision for equitable enrollment, oversees a collaborative for schools, families, and community partners, and manages a portfolio of community investments. 

Prior to joining New Schools for Baton Rouge in 2018, Tyler earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Loyola University of New Orleans. With roots grounded in and a deep love for Baton Rouge, she is passionate about driving and impacting positive change within Baton Rouge’s educational landscape. As Senior Director of Equity & Community Investments, Tyler is indefatigable about ensuring that communities, families, and students are centered in New Schools for Baton Rouge investments. 

An adamant believer that “genius is evenly distributed, opportunity is not,” she strives to shift transformation that leads to equitable access to education for all students in Baton Rouge. 


Tyler enjoys listening to podcasts, eating crawfish, speaking Japanese, and telling corny jokes.



Tyler Litt

Tyler Litt

Senior Director of Equity & Community Investment

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Brandy is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, where she received her B.A. in Elementary Education. She continued to work with children at the Paula G. Manship YMCA. After many years in pharmaceutical sales, Brandy worked as an Account Executive for BIC Magazine and the Baton Rouge Business Report. Brandy provides operations support to the NSBR team and directly supports the administrative needs of the CEO and COO.

Brandy is a Baton Rouge native with three children.

Brandy McIntire

Brandy McIntire

Executive Assistant to CEO and COO

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Laura is a proud graduate from the University of New Orleans, where she received her BA in Biological Sciences and her Master’s degree in Romance Languages in Spanish. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University. She joined the NSBR team in August 2019 as their Communications Manager and currently serves as Brand Director, overseeing the strategic communication plan and executing this vision for the organization as a whole.

Laura is from San Pedro Sula, Honduras and serves our community as the Assistant Community Chair for the Junior League of Baton Rouge, part of the 2020 BRAC Leadership Class, and Board President of the You Aren’t Alone Project. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking on her Peloton, and traveling around the world. Laura and her husband have a Pembroke Corgi named Taco.

Laura Siu-Nguyen

Laura Siu-Nguyen

Brand Director

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Clara joined New Schools for Baton Rouge in 2019. As Systems Director, she leads a team of driven individuals in building structures and systems to increase NSBR’s capacity, efficiency, and sustainability in the domains of development, data management, technology platforms, and written content. Clara is a certified Salesforce Administrator working toward her Salesforce Developer certification, and the self-acclaimed productivity nerd is always looking for ways to increase business automation and operational efficiency.

Before moving to Baton Rouge, Clara graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. While St. John’s College utilizes the Great Books Program and does not technically have majors, Clara graduated with a credit equivalency double major in Philosophy and History of Math and Science and a credit equivalency double minor in Comparative Literature and Classical Studies. The Great Books Program instilled in her a profound love for philosophy and literature, especially Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Clara is perhaps the first student in her alma mater’s history to have successfully written and defended two senior theses—the second completely of her own desire and volition.

Clara’s passion for education inspires her to be a life-long learner, and she hopes to spark a similar passion for learning in everyone she meets. Education is in Clara’s genes; her parents and many generations of grandparents have dedicated their lives to education in different capacities. In her free time, Clara enjoys exploring antique stores with her husband, and you can often find her listening to the rain while curled up with her dogs and a fantasy or science fiction novel.

Clara Krueger Rhoades

Clara Krueger Rhoades

Systems Director

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Miles Baquet joined the New Schools for Baton Rouge team in August 2020.  He previously served as Vice-Principal at Louisiana Key Academy, a school for students with dyslexia, in Baton Rouge. His 7 year tenure at LKA sparked his interest and passion for education. After beginning as a substitute teacher in 2013 shortly after graduating from LSU, he trained to become an Academic Math and Language Therapist. Miles taught grades 2 – 6 and led LKA’s Math and Enrichment Departments. He worked with the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center and Dyslexia Resource Center to train teachers in best practices in dyslexia therapy for five years.

Miles is a New Orleans native who comes from a family who has been in the restaurant industry for nearly 70 years, so naturally he loves to eat and loves to cook!  When he isn’t working to ensure that students in Baton Rouge know their options, you can find him in the kitchen. He enjoys experimenting with new recipes and cuisines with his fiance, Theron.

Miles Baquet

Miles Baquet

Manager of School Strategy and Innovation

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Victoria Hoang joined the New Schools for Baton Rouge team in June 2021 as the Social Media Associate. Victoria is responsible for planning marketing strategies for NSBR’s platforms and supporting the company’s brands. Victoria works closely with the Brand Team to maintain a strong social media presence and generate engaging content for NSBR. She previously worked at Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (LSU) as a graphic designer.


Victoria is from Slidell, Louisiana and received her BFA at Louisiana State University. Her main achievement is being able to work on the things she loves most, art and designing. During her free time, you can find her playing tennis or drawing with her favorite television show on in the background. When she retires, Victoria dreams of opening her own art shop one day in a quiet small town.

Victoria Hoang

Victoria Hoang

Social Media Associate

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Ashanta supports NSBR with its website and content strategies. She is currently a sophomore at Southern University and A&M College majoring in history, and she is a New Orleans native. Before joining our team, Ashanta worked with Brothers Empowered to Teach, an initiative designed to place more African-American students in the education field while giving them an opportunity to gain experience while still in undergrad. As a BE2T fellow, Ashanta realized that she has a passion for helping students reach their educational goals, especially through sharing bits of wisdom she wishes she had known in high school. Ashanta hopes to one day be a teacher. Before joining NSBR, Ashanta worked with Humanities Amped and Brothers Empowered to Teach Initiative during her first year of undergrad. These experiences gave her opportunities to reach high school students in the classroom, and as a teacher she hopes to make an impact in the lives of students every day. Ashanta joined our team because, as a graduate of McKinley High, she is passionate about our mission to ensure every child in Baton Rouge has access to a quality education. Ashanta also devotes her time to the community by volunteering with Baton Rouge’s instance of It Takes A Village, an organization that feeds and clothes those in need under the bridge near St. Vincent De Paul in Downtown Baton Rouge.

Ashanta Gleason

Ashanta Gleason

Systems Associate

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Johnny joined NSBR in August 2021 as our Systems Analyst. In this role, he works closely with the Systems Team to support NSBR’s data strategy. Johnny is a first generation graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he earned a BS in mathematics with a minor in biology. He spent most of his collegiate career tutoring high school students in math and science. After college, the Louisiana native ventured to the Gulf of Mexico as an Offshore Surveyor analyzing the ocean floor and repositioning offshore vessels. He hopes to use his expertise to craft a new, data-driven future for education in Baton Rouge. 

 

Johnny hopes to one day buy a house with a huge yard that would make any dog happy. In his free time, you can find him working just as hard in the gym or eating sand during a beach volleyball match.

Johnny Pham

Johnny Pham

Systems Analyst

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Sylmerris Jackson joined New Schools for Baton Rouge in August 2021. She began her studies at Pine Manor College in Boston before attending LSU, where she continued studying Biological Science and Creative Writing. Before starting her career with NSBR, Sylmerris worked as an Enrichment Educator in the capital city of Baton Rouge as well as New Orleans. She developed a love for education while working with children of inner cities, similar to where she herself grew up.

Sylmerris was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and is the oldest of eight children.


Sylmerris Jackson

Sylmerris Jackson

School Associate

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Krystle is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and is a former Director of several Boys & Girls Clubs in Michigan. Her passion for supporting youth development led her to expand her impact as the manager for EnrollBR. She will be fully relocated to Baton Rouge next week and looks forward to meeting you all in person, learning more about your schools, and beginning to get out into the community to spread the word about EnrollBR. She is full of innovative strategies to support your school!

Krystle Veal

Krystle Veal

EnrollBR Manager

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