About Us : Board of Directors

Nancy Zito – Executive Director

Nancy has had the vision and desire to start a school in Gardere since moving to Baton Rouge in 2005. Her passion for the school is contagious. Where we are today is a testimony to her faith and perseverance. Nancy has been an educator for over 30 years. She is a certified teacher with a Masters Degree in Education. Teaching in both volunteer and paid positions, she has served as classroom teacher, director of curriculum, and director of programs and enrollment. She has taught in both public and private schools including daycare centers, nursery schools, and elementary level schools. The schools she has worked in have been in both urban and suburban communities and have served people of all economic levels and racial make-up. Nancy began the Gardere Community Christian School as a tutoring program with the assistance and support of First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge. As Executive Director, Nancy is also a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors:

Martin Brodnax – President
Cajun Constructors, LLC – Indurstrial Estimating Manager
martyb@cajunusa.com

 

Joseph Juban – Vice President
Attorney of Counsel, Long Law Firm
jej@longlaw.com

 

Crystal Pichon, – Secretary
Lexlee’s Kids – Executive Director
crystal@lexleeskids.org

 

Debra Copeland – Treasurer
Retired (Church Secretary)
debbiecopeland57@gmail.com

 

Michael Durham – Member at Large
Bernhard Energy – Vice President and General Counsel
mdurham@bernhardenergy.com

 

Ryan Forsthoff – Member at Large
Partner & Chief Operating Officer, InforMD Solutions

Partner, Origin Commercial Ventures

rforsthoff@gmail.com 

Hardy Swyers – Member at Large

Retired Real Estate Developer

hardy@hswyers.com

Onolee Thomas – Member at Large
Health Coach – FMOLHS
oabthomas@bellsouth.net

Daniel Zito – Member at Large
Tipton Associates – Partner; Principal Architect
dzito@tipton-associates.com

 

**Board Members are elected for a two year term and may serve additional terms upon a vote of standing members.