The Success Preparatory Academy Board of Directors meets at 6:00pm on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are located in the library of the school at 4621 Canal St. Please view our public comment policy here
Robert Edgecombe is a Director in the Real Estate and Environmental Economics practice of Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm, and joined SPA’s board in 2014. He has also served on the Board of Trustees at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Robert received his B.A. in History from Rhodes College and a Master’s in City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He was a 2004 Teach For America corps member, and worked for the organization in various leadership capacities after his time in the classroom. A New Orleans native, he lives in Lakeview with his wife and daughter.
Shawn Préau, AIA is an Associate at the firm of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple: a New Orleans-based architecture, interior design and urban planning firm widely recognized for producing award-winning, innovative projects. Shawn’s work embodies the firm’s core values of context, culture, and social responsibility and throughout his time with the firm, he has actively managed the renovation of several schools throughout Orleans Parish while mentoring the firm’s young architects as they grow their professional understanding of architectural practice.
A graduate of Louisiana State University, Shawn and his wife Victoria—a professional educator—returned to New Orleans in 2000. Residents of the Carrollton neighborhood, they are the proud parents to three young charter school students.
Darin Lim Yankowitz
Darin Lim Yankowitz is the vice president of people and performance at Teach For America, and leads human assets, analytics, and finance for Teach For America's national recruitment team. Darin began his career in education teaching summer school in rural South India, before joining the 2008 corps as a high school algebra, biology, and environmental science teacher in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He holds a BA in philosophy from UC San Diego and an MA in educational leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Angela Keyes is a developmental psychologist at Tulane University School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Xavier University, and a Masters and PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Infant Mental Health at Tulane. Angela has worked in various capacities to support early childhood education professionals in creating and maintaining quality learning environments for children. A native New Orleanian, Angela lives in LaPlace with her husband and family.
Jabreel Walker is a Process Engineer with Motiva Enterprises, LLC, at their Norco refinery. A Texas native, Jabreel received her degree in chemical engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, TX. Since moving to New Orleans in 2009, Jabreel has been involved in various community activities exposing children to the various STEM fields and encouraging them to pursue higher education. She is an active member of several organizations including the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Young Leadership Council. Jabreel loves living in the city of New Orleans with her dog Clark.
Emile A. Bagneris, III
Emile A. Bagneris, III is the Managing member of The Bagneris Firm, LLC, a law firm representing clients across the country in personal injury, civil litigation and criminal litigation from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. He has been recognized for possessing the highest ethical and legal ability in the practice of law by his peers, an honor designated by an AV Preeminent rating with the Martindale-Hubbell. Emile took over this position in 2016, joining his wife in the practice after accumulating 23 years of litigation experience gained from handling criminal defense cases, serving as an Assistant District Attorney under Harry Connick, and representing large corporations and insurance companies on the defense side of civil litigation. Over two decades, Emile’s practice was concentrated in general liability, medical malpractice, products liability, commercial litigation, environmental litigation, professional liability and auto/transportation. He has tried in excess of 70 jury trials and 200 judge trials in Orleans Parish. His wealth of experience, outstanding trial skills and significant knowledge of the venue, judges and jurors before which he practices has earned him a designation as a “Top Lawyer” as designated by his peers.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 1993. He is a New Orleans native and proud graduate of Jesuit High School. He maintains an active Life membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and is a member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc., and Young Men Illinois, Inc. He resides in Lower Coast Algiers with his wife and is the proud father of three daughters.
Randall Frost is the manager of planning, information and analysis for Canal Barge Company. In that role he leads the corporate financial analysis and business intelligence team. He is also a member of CBC’s corporate planning team where he works with executive leadership to develop and execute on corporate goals. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and his MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane. He is an Alabama native who has lived in New Orleans since 2010 and adopted it as his home.
Keywanna Pierce-Jenkins is an Accountant and IT Liaison at Covenant House New Orleans. Prior to joining the team fulltime she served as a volunteer, and has been an employee for 23 years. Keywanna is a proud graduate of Warren Easton Charter High School and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. She received and Associate Degree in Accounting from Delgado Community College and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. She is also a Veteran, having served her country in the U.S. Army. Mrs. Pierce-Jenkins attends Mt Kingdom Missionary Baptist Church where she is involved with the youth department. She is a member of the Krewe of Nefertiti and a 5 year member of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. A native New Orleanian, Keywanna is the proud mother of two daughters, one whom attends Success @ Thurgood Marshall.
Beth McAlear is a CPA working in the financial services practice of Ernst & Young in New Orleans. Beth previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of New Schools for New Orleans, a local not-for-profit organization. Beth earned a B.A. in English from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and later, after moving to New Orleans many years ago, an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. She lives in uptown New Orleans and is the proud parent of a New Orleans public school graduate.