Angel Adams Parham is an educator with extensive community service experience in the New Orleans community. In addition to working with Nyansa, she is an associate professor of sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans where her work focuses on issues of race and inequality. She is an active member of Castle Rock Community church which is dedicated to working for spiritual and social change in the Central City New Orleans community. Her role is to oversee the general operation of Nyansa Classical Community.
Terry moved to New Orleans from Washington State in May of 2006. He and his wife, Sarah, joined a work team dedicated to cleaning out houses after Hurricane Katrina in January of 2006. After their short visit in Louisiana they both felt called to move to the area, specifically to contribute to the floundering economy. Terry is a CPA and earned his Accounting Degree from Washington State University. He originally began his career with a CPA firm in Metairie, LA but quickly moved into the Controller/Business Administrator position at Urban Impact Ministries (UIM). Terry worked for UIM, a Central City based Ministry, for just shy of 6 years. After living in New Orleans for 7 years Terry and his family moved back to Washington State in 2013. He joined a CPA firm while his wife earned her master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia. More recently (June 2016) Terry, Sarah and their two young daughters moved to Scottsbluff, NE where he has taken a job at a local CPA firm and Sarah at the local hospital. Terry acts as treasurer for the board.
Christopher L. Caterine, Ph.D. has a decade of experience teaching in higher education and conducting admissions interviews for Georgetown. He fell in love with New Orleans after moving here in 2013 and decided to make it his permanent home so he can try to give back to it as much as it has given him. In addition to serving on Nyansa’s board, he works on the Finance Committee for Project Homecoming and is a member-volunteer with the Young Leadership Council.
Katie Gerwitz, Board Member
Katie Gerwitz has nearly ten years of math education experience teaching in various public, charter, and Catholic school systems. She currently teaches high school mathematics at Ursuline Academy where she has successfully implemented a flipped classroom in Algebra II in addition to teaching LSU’s College Algebra and Trigonometry to academic high school seniors. She plans to graduate with her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of New Orleans in December 2017.
Ms. Lee is Nyansa’s Community Liaison. The Liaison is in charge of fostering ties with Nyansa students’ families. A great deal of research demonstrates the importance of engaging parents for the successful education of their children. Ms. Lee will work to empower parents and encourage them to take an active role in the program. Each new group of 20-25 students to join Nyansa will receive its own Community Liaison. Ms. Lee will help to recruit promising parents who are a good fit for the Community Liaison position. Ms. Lee is a member of the Household of Faith church community in New Orleans where she is active in community outreach ministry.
Dion Dukes, Board Member and Educational Partnership Coordinator
Mr. Dukes works at the University of New Orleans where he is in charge of making connections with local high schools to encouraging young people to successfully make the transition from high school to college. Mr. Dukes will be instrumental in helping the students of Nyansa find and gain admittance to excellent high schools once they complete the core elementary school program. This kind of assistance is extremely important in New Orleans because in our post-Katrina environment, most public schools are charter schools that students must apply to for admission. There are very few community schools left where a student can simply enroll in the school nearest his/her home. Students who do not carefully research high school options are at an educational disadvantage. Mr. Dukes will help students and parents to work through this charter application process. Once our students reach the upper high school years, Mr. Dukes will also be instrumental to helping Nyansa students navigate the complex college admissions process.