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ReNEW Schools Board of Directors 

The Board of Directors is a high-capacity group possessing the wide array of professional skills necessary to launch and govern a highly successful group of charter schools in New Orleans. All board members are dedicated to the mission and vision of ReNEW and are uncompromising in their mission to deliver schools that fulfill the promise of academic achievement for every student. Each member of the Board has committed his/her professional experience and expertise to ReNEW, and is prepared to execute his/her duties as a member of the governing Board of Directors.

Board Officers


Board Chair: Stephen Rosenthal (Academic Excellence Committee, Development and Marketing Committee, Executive Committee Chair, Finance Committee, Governance Committee) is president of Strategic Comp, a workers compensation insurer. A New Orleans native, Rosenthal graduated from Amherst College and received his MBA from The Wharton School. Rosenthal has been actively involved in New Orleans public education for more than 20 years and is a strong advocate of charter schools with expertise in charter school accountability, finance, and governance.; 504.616.5158


Vice Chair: Sandra Cahill (Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee) is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with over twenty-five years’ experience during which she worked for a Big Five accounting firm and two Fortune 500 companies.  Sandra is a graduate of the Lafourche Parish public education system, has an accounting degree from Nicholls State University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University.   Sandra is currently employed as a tax advisor in Entergy’s corporate tax services department.


Treasurer: John Marshall (Finance Committee Chair), is Director of Consulting at Bellwether Technology, where he focuses on helping clients improve their reporting processes through data management.  He has over ten years of experience working with finance organizations and entrepreneurial entities.  John has an undergraduate degree from Davidson College and an MBA from Tulane University.


Secretary: Liza Sherman (Governance Committee) is a New Orleans native with 15 years of experience in workforce, economic, and community development in the GNO area. In her current position as Chief Operating & Programs Officer with Tulane University Hillel, she manages all student programs including a 300 person leadership cohort.  Her past professional experience has included management of a $180 million capital infrastructure upgrade program for community and technical colleges throughout Louisiana. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree in History from Boston University.


Immediate Past Board Chair: Brian Weimer (Academic Excellence Committee, Executive Committee, Governance Committee) is a native of Lafourche Parish with a passionate commitment to quality public education for all students in New Orleans, his home city since 2004. A graduate of LSU law school, Brian serves as the Research Compliance Officer for Tulane University in the fields of regulatory compliance and research integrity.


Board Members

Kathleen Deen Parke (Development and Marketing Committee) brings over 15 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations. Prior to that, she was a member of Teach for America’s Charter Corps, teaching in Orleans Parish Public Schools for ten years. Kathleen graduated cum laude from the University of Florida, and serves on the boards of several Louisiana non-profit organizations.


Kathy Conklin (Governance Committee Chair) is a member of the New Orleans law firm McGlinchey Stafford PLLC., and is certified by the Louisiana State Bar Association as a specialist in tax law and in estate planning and administration.  The primary focus of her law practice is employee benefits.  Ms. Conklin graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School and summa cum laude from LSU.  In addition to her service on the ReNEW board of directors, she is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of My House, Center for Learning in New Orleans and is the Community Involvement Chair of the Krewe of Muses.


Noah N. Hardie is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force officer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Officer, and C-suite Executive who now leverages his breadth of experience in risk mitigation in both the public and private sectors to provide risk management and insurance solutions to a diverse list of clients as a First Vice President for Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.  Prior to joining Alliant, Noah was assigned as a Lead Task Force Officer with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and was the liaison with FBI regional offices, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and the Port of New Orleans.  Noah’s position with the FBI followed years of international experience as a Clandestine Service Operations Officer for the CIA. The former U.S. Air Force Captain also has private sector experience as a Chief Financial Officer in the construction industry.  Noah holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Spanish from the United States Air Force Academy.  In addition to speaking French and Spanish, Noah holds an advanced certificate in international maritime law from the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta.


Dr. Randy Roig (Academic Excellence Committee Chair) is a resident of New Orleans and is a graduate summa cum laude of the Tulane University School of Engineering and of the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He is presently the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  He is on the faculty of the medical schools of Emory and Tulane Universities and of LSU in New Orleans. Dr. Roig has volunteered for numerous non-profit boards and organizations, serving in leadership positions, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Medical Legal Interprofessional Committee of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, to name a few.