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Mary Garton

Mary K. Garton

Assistant Superintendent

Mary K. Garton is the Assistant Superintendent of NOLA Public Schools. She is responsible for supporting the Superintendent to lead the district in a variety of areas including Administration, Exceptional Children’s Services, and Talent and Culture. Mary has significant teaching, non-profit and district administration experience, having served Jefferson Parish Public Schools as Chief of Staff and Chief Human Capital Officer and NOLA Public Schools teacher. She joined at the start of Superintendent Lewis’ administration as his transition team leader in 2015 before serving as the Chief Portfolio Officer and Chief Student Services Officer. Mary is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the University of New Orleans, with a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and Mathematics.

Diane Allison

Diane Allison

Chief Financial Officer

Diane Allison is the Chief Financial Officer for NOLA Public Schools. She is responsible for the financial management and overall accounting, budgeting, debt and treasury management, and financial reporting for the district. Before joining the district, she served as the Director of Business Services of the Ascension Parish School Board for 9 years. Diane is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans and graduated from Wright State University with a BS in English and Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, and the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Garri Brown, Chief of Staff

Garri Brown

Chief Talent and Culture Officer

Garri L. Brown is the Chief Talent and Culture officer for NOLA Public Schools. In this role, Garri leads all human resource functions and our district-wide community events. Garri worked in the corporate sector for nearly twenty years in operations, associate development, and human resources before transitioning to the field of education. Prior to joining NOLA Public Schools, she served as Executive Director of Employee Services for Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Garri graduated from Grambling State University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and holds Master’s in Human Resources Management from Walden University and a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Ulyses Collins III

Ulyses Collins III

Senior Safety Officer

Ulyses Collins III is the Senior Safety Officer for NOLA Public Schools. Collins oversees safety, security & investigations, transportation enforcement, incidents of reported bullying, athletics, expulsion appeals, and public relations. He is a product of NOLA Public Schools and has served as a Teacher, Coach, Director of Athletics, and Assistant Principal here as well. Collins is a commissioned New Orleans Police Officer and maintains partnerships with city, state, and federal law enforcement/public safety agencies to facilitate crisis management planning and training for schools. Collins earned his BS degree from Alabama A&M University in Health & Physical Education and a MA in Educational Leadership from Xavier University.

Tiffany Delcour

Tiffany Delcour

Chief Operations Officer

Tiffany Delcour is the Chief Operations Officer for NOLA Public Schools. She is responsible for Facility and Asset Management, Capital Planning, Child Nutrition, and Information Technology. Before joining the District, Tiffany served as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Recovery School District. Tiffany is dedicated to improving the built environment for all children and preserving the investments made in New Orleans School Facilities. Tiffany earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University and her Masters of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Candice Forest

Candice R. Forest, Esq.

Deputy General Counsel

Candice Forest serves as the Deputy General Counsel for NOLA Public Schools. She assists the General Counsel and advises the district in several areas including compliance, school accountability, and charter school oversight. A product of NOLA Public Schools, Candice earned a BS in International Business & German Studies from Dillard University and a JD from Vanderbilt University Law School. Before joining the district, Candice served as an attorney for the Louisiana Department of Education, where she provided legal services to the Recovery School District. She is both a member of the Greater New Orleans Martinet Legal Society and the Chair for the City of New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Dina Hasiotis

Dina Hasiotis

Chief of Staff

Dina Hasiotis is the Chief of Staff for NOLA Public Schools. In her role, she leads the executive leadership, School Support and Improvement, and Communications teams. Dina joined the district in 2016 and led the design and implementation of the Charter School Accountability Framework. Previously, she was a Partner with TNTP, advising districts and states on school improvement and also directed the research of The Mirage, which highlights the need to radically rethink teacher development. Dina proudly started her career teaching 7th grade in NOLA public schools. She is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a Master's in Public Administration from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Dr. Shayla Guidry Hilaire

Dr. Shayla Guidry Hilaire

Chief of Exceptional Children’s Services

Dr. Shayla Guidry Hilaire is the Chief of Exceptional Children’s Services for NOLA Public Schools, and oversees programs that provide a range of supports for individuals with disabilities and their families and advises on statewide policy. Before joining NOLA Public Schools, Dr. Hilaire served as Chief of Innovation in St. Helena Parish, and a high school teacher. Dr. Hilaire obtained a BS in Secondary Education and a MS in Special Education from McNeese State University. She also received a specialist degree in Educational Technology and Leadership from Northwestern State University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Thomas Lambert

Thomas Lambert

Senior Systems & Enrollment Officer

Thomas Lambert is the Senior Systems & Enrollment Officer for NOLA Public Schools. A native of New Orleans, Thomas attended NOLA Public Schools and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University majoring in History and is certified in Secondary Social Studies. Thomas taught in Jefferson Parish Public Schools before joining their central office team as their data manager. Since joining NOLA Public Schools, Thomas has served the district working on data management, state reporting, data analysis, the charter school application process, and school planning.

Don LeDuff

Don LeDuff

Executive Director of Student Access and District Initiatives

Don LeDuff is the Executive Director of Student Access and District Initiatives for NOLA Public Schools. He supervises enrollment services for students attending schools participating in the common enrollment system, including overseeing daily operations at the enrollment Family Resource Centers, conducting strategic family outreach campaigns, and cultivating partnerships with local community organizations. Prior to joining the district, Don worked for KIPP New Orleans Schools as a Director of School Operations. Before getting into education, Don worked in finance at Liberty Bank & Trust Co. in the New Orleans metro area. Don earned his BA in Business Administration from Morehouse College.

Kathy Moss, Esq.

Kathy A. Moss, Esq.

General Counsel

Kathy Moss serves as General Counsel for NOLA Public Schools. She advises the school district and its executive staff in a variety of areas including compliance, board policy and procedure, legal strategy, and policy development. Kathy graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in Marketing and earned a JD degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Prior to joining staff, Kathy served as a Judicial Law Clerk and an Associate Attorney at Bryan & Jupiter, APLC. Kathy is a member of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, Louisiana Council of School Attorneys, and the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Dr. Kelli Peterson

Dr. Kelli Peterson

Chief Portfolio Innovation and Accountability Officer

Dr. Kelli Peterson is the Chief Portfolio Innovation and Accountability Officer for NOLA Public Schools. She is responsible for the charter authorization process, accountability for charter schools, portfolio innovation and strategy, and building capacity of charter boards. Dr. Peterson has served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, school administrator and district charter school authorizer. Her efforts to alleviate inadequate educational opportunities and experiences for students of color is embedded within the equity, accountability, and charter authorizing work and is the core of her role. Dr. Peterson earned her BS from Spelman College, M.Ed. from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and Doctorate of Education from Tennessee State University.

Litouri Smith

Litouri Smith

Senior Student and Schools Officer

Litouri Smith is the Senior Student and Schools Officer for NOLA Public Schools. He is responsible for managing operations at the Mahalia Jackson site and provides administrative and operational support to schools. Litouri has been with the district for over three years serving in a variety of school support roles. Prior to joining the district, Litouri was the founding principal of Paul Habans Charter School where he served for nearly three years. A Mississippi native, Litouri received his BS in Psychology from Xavier University of LA and his Master of Educational Leadership from American College of Education.

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2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

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