Educators for Quality Alternatives (EQA) was formed in 2008 by teachers and community members in New Orleans who were concerned about the lack of opportunities for students who were unsuccessful in a traditional school environment. After multiple years of research locally and nationally, the group decided to address the problem by designing and opening a charter school, The NET Charter High School, specifically tailored to these students.
EQA is a 501(c)(3) which holds The NET's charter and functions as its school board.
Kristina Kent, Board President
Staff Attorney at the Office of the Judicial Administrator, Louisiana Supreme Court
After serving in Americorps NCCC along the gulf coast post-Katrina, Ms. Kent attended Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She previously served on the board of directors for Langston Hughes Academy Charter School New Orleans.
Aaron Ready, Board Treasurer
Certified Public Accountant at Hymel & Ready CPAs and Advisors
Mr. Ready graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting. His work experience includes assisting with bookkeeping, payroll, and sales tax filings, as well as performing audits for non-profit organizations, financial institutions, real estate companies, restaurants, employee benefit plans, and manufacturing companies
Wayne Westerfield, Board Secretary
Engineer, Seatrax Marine Cranes
Mr. Westerfield graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a BA in Physics and from Columbia University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He went on to complete an MBA at Union College in Schenectady, New York. His work experience includes 20 years of project management and engineering for the railroad and industrial industry. He has previously served as board president for the New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society.
Dr. Michelle Brown, Board Member
Director of Curriculum & Instruction, New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School
Dr. Brown previously taught english at New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School (Sci High) from 2005-2007. Upon obtaining her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education-English Education and Literacy from Stanford University School of Education in 2012, Dr. Brown returned to the New Orleans area where she now serves as the DCI at Sci High.
Anna Corin Koehl, Board Member
Public Relations Senior Account Executive at Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald Inc.
Ms. Koehl specializes in public and community relations as a Senior Account Executive at Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald, Inc. (BMF). She joined BMF in 2007, and has been central to the success of local, regional and national clients such as Shell, Chevron, The Gulf Oyster Industry Council, Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation and Plaquemines Parish Tourism. A New Orleans native and a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Ms. Koehl is an active member of the Junior League of New Orleans, Young Leadership Council and New Orleans Press Club as well as a charter member of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana's (PRAL) New Orleans' chapter.
Catherine Flowers, Board Member
Consultant at Flowers Enterprises
Ms. Flowers has over 20 years of successful nonprofit, public service, corporate, and self-employment experience in entrepreneurship and community development. She has served as Vice President of Community Development for Capital One, as an Executive team member for both the Lt. Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of Houston, and helped launch The UNO Charter Schools. A native of New Orleans, Ms. Flowers holds degrees from the University of Illinois-Chicago and Loyola University New Orleans. She serves on several boards, including the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, The Children Assessment Center, and The Houston Tennis Association.
Talia Pennington, Board Member
College Counselor and Teacher at KIPP Renaissance High School
Ms. Pennington is an enrollment management and college counseling expert who finds creative ways to educate others. Talia currently works at KIPP Renaissance High School as a College Counselor, and has previously served as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for her alma mater, Dillard University, and a writing teacher for Chicago Public Schools. Talia is also involved in a number of groups that focus on improving educational outcomes. She has served as the vice-president of the Chicago Inter-Alumni Council for the United Negro College Fund, a board member for LikeMindedLadiesNOLA, and the founder of Krewe of Bookies, a book club for 4th-6th graders.