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.
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Wayne Westerfield, Board President
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.
Board Vice President
Executive Director, NOVAC
|NOVAC is the Gulf South's oldest media arts nonprofit. We believe storytelling empowers communities, and support filmmakers and creatives through education, training, production, preservation and artist support services. Located in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, we help locals tell their stories with a southern accent.
Dr. Michelle Brown, Board Secretary
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.
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
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.
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.
Emily Mishalanie , Board Member
College & Career Counselor New Orleans Science & Mathematics HS
A native of the Northeast, Ms. Mishalanie received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Alfred University in 2004. Her passion for education was sparked during her undergraduate studies where she had the honor of learning from many esteemed and passionate faculty members. Ms. Mishalanie holds two Master's degrees: M.S.Ed. in School Counseling, Alfred University - May 2010 and M.Ed. in Public School Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University - July 2016. Working in education since 2003, Ms. Mishalanie is thrilled to continue working with the incredibly clever students and faculty/staff at Sci High.
Tim Gray, Board Member
Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP
Tim Gray and his wife Robin have five children. His family has lived in New Orleans since May 2010. A phi beta kappa graduate of Millsaps College, Tim also received his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1995. He is now a partner in the law firm of Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP. Tim’s prior non- profit experience includes serving as a member and chair of the boards of Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans, a public charter school in New Orleans, and of Goodwill Industries in Jackson, Mississippi.