Great Heights Are Within Reach


Meeting the workforce challenges head-on

Sustaining the New Orleans’ growing STEM industries by opening doors to opportunity.

At the age of 300, New Orleans is both an old city with beloved traditions and culture and a modern city with booming STEM industries. The BioDistrict, founded in 2005 to focus on the development of a biosciences industry, is flourishing. Additionally, since 2006, New Orleans has increased jobs in technology by 22%, making it the fastest technology city in the country. The result will be an additional 20,000 jobs. Global Risk Insights (GRI) reports that the gap between demand for highly skilled employees and the lack of prepared candidates is becoming a national crisis. Due to the rapid growth of these industries in New Orleans, the crisis is even more acute and the need to prepare a robust workforce more dire.


Sci High Board 

Jennifer Fallon, Chair

Joseph Caverly, Vice Chair

Cathy Glaser, Secretary

James Schnieders. Jr., Treasure

Deborah A. Anderson

Jeff Clayman, Esq.

Joan Coulter

Joe Daschbach

Elizabeth Landry

Deborah Love, Esq.

Jennifer Oliver-Goodwin

Kathy Parsons

Michelle Sanchez, Ph.D.

Troy Washington

Mary Zervigon

The Foundation Board

Robert Sternhell, Ph.D., President

Thomas Wiese, Ph.D., Co-Treasurer

Kristen Ponthier Engeron, Co-Treasurer

Karen Buck, Secretary

Julie Bourgeois, Director of Development

Nicholas Altiero, Ph.D.

Florence D. André

Nicolas Aziz

Barbara Beckman, Ph.D.

George Bernstein, Ph.D.

Melanie Boulet

Brandi N. Ebanks

Katie Hand

Bryan Lee

Sarah Martzolf

Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D

Valerie J. McGinley

Stanton McNeely III, Ed.D.

Merisa A. Pasternak

Curtis Pellerin

Madalyn Schenk

Cedric Walker, Ph.D.

Kevin Wilkins

Arnold H. Zea, Ph.D.

Jennifer Fallon