BOARD MEMBERS

Todd Reynolds, Chairman

Executive Director, Groundwork NOLA

 

Kathy Grote-Litchfield, Secretary

Consultant, Workforce Development and Non-Profit Programs

Laura Smith, Treasurer

CEO, Louisiana Council for Economic Education

Brittney Barras

Director of Admissions and Dual Enrollment, Nunez Community College

Jared Loftus

Chief Operating Officer, Rasa.io

Justin Williams

Project Manager, Woodward Design+Build

 

Michael Robertson

Member Attorney, Perrier Lacoste

Keith Esquerre

Principal, Perrier Esquerre Contractors

Tevin Felix

college student and NOTEP Alumni

OUR TEAM

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ADAM BOURNE
PRESIDENT, INSTRUCTOR

Adam moved to New Orleans in 2010. He has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a masters degree. Adam has 10 years experience managing residential and commercial construction sites and has spent the last four years as the President of NOTEP. He is skilled in equipping students to reach their full potential and has a vision to see NOTEP students filling the skilled trades gap in New Orleans. 

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JANELLE DEJAN

ELECTRICAL INSTRUCTOR

Janelle was born and raised in New Orleans, and became an electrician through a union apprenticeship program. Today she is a Master Electrician. For nearly 20 years she has honed her craft by working on flood damaged homes and commercial construction projects. Interested specifically in increasing minority leadership roles and participation in the electrical industry, Janelle seeks to raise interest in electrical careers. She believes skilled trades can provide solid careers, develop strong work ethic, and give a great sense of value and reward. 

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ROBERT JORDAN
CARPENTRY & ELECTRICAL INSTRUCTOR

Robert has worked as both a residential carpenter and and as an electrician with MMR Group. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi. 

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TERRANCE PAYNE

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING, CARPENTRY INSTRUCTOR

Terrance moved to New Orleans from Oxford, Mississippi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. Passionate about making a difference, he moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in teaching skilled trades to students in the city. He’s worked in a wide range of construction fields including flooring, carpentry, and operating heavy machinery.

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ROSS HARMON

CARPENTRY INSTRUCTOR - LIVNIG SCHOOL

Ross is a master carpenter with decades of experience across the building trades working both residential and commercial construction, specializing in historic renovation, building material re-use and salvage and artistic collaborative projects. Ross was instrumental in the building of Parisite Skatepark and the Music Box Village in New Orleans.

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NIGEL TALLEY
TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR

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WILLIE RUSSELL
ADJUNCT HVAC INSTRUCTOR