The Shreveport Charter Foundation is the charter petitioner and holder. The Shreveport Charter Foundation is a Louisiana not-for-profit corporation organized exclusively for educational purposes and is comprised of respected leaders from Northwest Louisiana that are committed to providing high quality educational options for the citizens of Caddo Parish.
The Board of Directors is responsible for developing and outlining the mission, vision, and values of the school and developing the appropriate policies to ensure those fundamentals are maintained. The Shreveport Charter Foundation Board of Trustees has contracted with a professional education management organization, Charter Schools USA, to provide all necessary management and professional expertise. Charter Schools USA assists in developing, planning, and marketing the School, as well as finance, human resources, curricula and school operations. Charter Schools USA is responsible for developing and implementing the ongoing operational procedures in accordance with the mission, vision, and values outlined by the Board.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the legal and financial obligations of the Magnolia School of Excellence. The Board establishes policy consistent with the school's mission and ensures the school's programs and operations are faithful to the terms of the charter including compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. The Board will continue to uphold the mission and vision of the school through visible leadership and stewardship of the school, including the following:
- Communicating the mission and vision of the school to the community
- Recruiting and mentoring Trustees to ensure they have shared values
- Holding Charter Schools USA accountable to achieving the mission and vision of the school
- Participating in fund raising and other community events on behalf of the school
- Leading by example in their personal and professional endeavors
The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is comprised of a diverse and talented group of community leaders, with a skillset including business/finance, education, medicine, government, technology, public relations, community work, and music, and all of whom are passionately committed to improving public education for ALL students in Caddo Parish and are actively involved in the Shreveport philanthropic and/or business community.
Collectively, the Foundation’s Trustees have a long track record of impacting education reform and community development in Caddo Parish. The Foundation’s impressive Board of Trustees are:
Ann Stokes, President, now retired, is the former owner and president of a construction
company, and has devoted much of her life to volunteering for education and workforce‐related
issues at the local and state levels. This includes the founding board of the Alliance for
Education, Leadership on the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Shreveport Chamber of
Commerce Education Chair, Council for a Better Louisiana, and Sci‐Port.
Melva Turner‐Williams, Ph.D., Vice President, is the Associate Dean of the College at Centenary
College of Louisiana and previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at
Southern University Shreveport. She earned her Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson
Zazell Dudley, Secretary/Treasurer, is the CEO and President of Dudley Worldwide, LLC and
founder and initial President of the Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce and past president of
the Shreveport‐Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce. She is founder of the Minority
Supplier Institute through her involvement with the Shreveport Strategic Action Council.
Phillip Rozeman, M.D., Trustee, is the President and a founding physician of Cardiovascular Consultants and is a member of the Board of Trustees governing the Willis‐Knighton Health System and is Chief of Cardiology of the Minden Heart and Vascular Center. He is founder of the Alliance for Education and Education’s Next Horizon – both nonprofit organizations that connect education and business leadership. He has received multiple community service awards for public service in education.
Ernest Lampkins, Ph.D., Trustee, is a retired educator, musician, aviator, and civic leader, whose many accomplishments include serving as the first black Mayor of Greenwood and former Supervisor of Music for Caddo Parish Public Schools. He was named Distinguished Professor of Music at Wiley College and has been elected to the African American Educators Hall of Fame.
Delano Wilson, Trustee, is the owner of M*A*C*S* LLC, a communication firm that specializes in social, economic, and political business strategies. He was honored as small business of the year and 40 Under 40 Professional of the Year by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.
Keith Hanson, Trustee, is the is co‐founder and developer of Twin Engine Labs, a software engineering firm that specializes in turning “blue sky” entrepreneurial ideas into profitable products. He fosters a quickly growing local alliance of technology companies called Tech Rouler and has been recognized with the Rising Star of the Year award by the Governor of Louisiana.
Cynthia Peatross, J.D., Trustee, is an attorney licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas and a member of the law firm of Hayter & Peatross, L.L.C. and owner of Premier Title Resources, L.L.C. and Premier Exchange Resources, L.L.C., with previous legal and financial experience as in-house counsel with Pioneer Bank, as well as previous volunteer service with Volunteers of Youth Justice.
Meeting of the Shreveport Charter Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors on February 3, 2014.
Board Meeting Minutes
Board minutes are posted when approved.
For more information on Charter Schools USA, visit their site at www.charterschoolsusa.com.