VIBE Board of Directors

Carol Allen was born in Elton, LA and began her career in education as a high school teacher. She later served as Elementary school principal and Gifted/Talented Consultant in the Bellevue Public Schools, Nebraska. After completing her Ed D from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, she became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Management at the University of South Carolina. From there Carol moved to New Orleans to take the job of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction (NOPS), which she held for two years. She then became Associate Superintendent of the Elementary Schools in the NOPS until 1985 when she resigned to move to France, where she lived for 23 years. In France she served on the board and as board president of Marymount School of Paris. She also served on the board of the American School of Paris, and consulted with international schools abroad in curriculum planning and evaluation. Upon returning to New Orleans in 2008, Carol worked part time for the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation. She then served on the board and as board president of a French Quarter Advocacy non-profit organization, Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates.(VCPORA) She volunteers at St. Jude Community Center as a GED instructor and is on the board of the Louisiana Landmarks Society. She’s happy to serve on the board of a dynamic educational institution like the International High School of New Orleans.
Shontell Thomas is a native of New Orleans, LA. She graduated from Isidore Newman School. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught as a high school Spanish teacher before pursuing her career in medicine. She currently works as an Physician with the Ochsner Medical Center.
Mariska is a native of Plaquemine, Louisiana. After graduating from LSU in 2004, she moved to New Orleans to begin her professional career as a certified public accountant. Mariska is a Tax Managing Director at KPMG specializing in closely-held family businesses. She also proudly serves on the LSU Foundation Professional Advisory Committee.
Blair is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from the
University of Kentucky with a degree in marketing, and upon graduation she worked in public relations for a Fortune 500 company. In 2010, she moved to New Orleans to attend law school. After law school, she began working as an attorney at Fishman Haygood, LLP. Her practice spans a variety of subject matters, including class actions, coastal land loss and industrial and environmental accidents, public bid law disputes, securities fraud litigation, and contract disputes. Blair also proudly serves on the board of directors for the Association for Women Attorneys and the Independent Women’s Organization of New Orleans.
Stacie is from Monroe, LA and is a graduate of what was then Northeast Louisiana University where she received a Bachelors in Public Relations. She moved to New Orleans in 1990 and has worked for the State of Louisiana for over 25 years. She and her husband Jon have two sons, Alex and Nicolas, both of whom will graduate from IHSNO. Stacie feels strongly that education and academic success is essential for all. She believes in the future of IHSNO and the International Baccalaureate Program and is devoted to ensuring that its students have a high-quality education.
Robert Keller is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Villanova University with degrees in Philosophy and English. Upon graduation, he came to New Orleans to work as an advocate in the city’s growing non-profit sector through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. At the completion of his volunteer program, Rob stayed in New Orleans to attend law school. He currently works as a litigation associate at Courington Kiefer & Sommers, LLC. Rob also serves on the Justice for All Ball Committee for the Pro Bono Project and the Kohlmeyer Circle for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Amer Tufail is the product of international schools in Switzerland (The American School in Switzerland) and Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabian International School – Riyadh). He is the founder and principal of GreenPoint Engineering, a consulting firm that specializes in the delivery of public infrastructure projects, with a focus on water resources and sustainability. He is also a diplomate and the state representative of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He and his wife Maggie have four boys and live in New Orleans.
Kevin is a life long resident of New Orleans who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Orleans and graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1991. He currently maintains and manages the Katner Law Firm, LLC, a boutique law firm offering immigration, personal injury and legal counsel concentrating his services to the Brazilian and Hispanic communities. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Bureau, Advisory Board for the Hispanic Apostolate and besides serving on the Board for the International High School of New Orleans, he also currently holds a position on Board of Directors for the Home Builder’s Association of Greater New Orleans and the Louisiana Home Builder’s Association. He is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Louisiana Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Knights of Columbus. He is married to Belkis Leyva Katner, who is originally from Cuba, and together they have one daughter.
Anne is a native of New Orleans. She graduated from Louise S. McGehee School and earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Virginia. Anne currently works in commercial banking at IBERIABANK as a Loan Portfolio Manager. She also proudly serves on the Junior Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans.
Father Jim Carter, S. J. is President Emeritus, following his service as the longest tenured president of Loyola University, serving for over 21 years. His career at Loyola spans more than 45 years and he recognized as a theologian, scientist and civic leader.

Carter received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Spring Hill College, a master’s degree from Fordham University and a S.T.L. from Woodstock College. His field of research is nuclear and elementary particle theories. He has published many articles in the fields of nuclear physics and in theology.

Thelma Ceballos Meyers was born in New Orleans, however her parents are from Nicaragua and Guatemala. She graduated from Tulane University with a Marketing
degree in May 2007 and completed her LUTCF designation in March 2015. She is currently working on the RICP designation.

She began her career with State Farm Insurance in 1999 and opened her State Farm Insurance agency doors on December 1 st, 2007. Thelma is the first Latina State Farm
Agent in LA. In 2013, she became the first Latina Smart Driver volunteer instructor for AARP i and served on the Diversity Council for AARP. She has participated in KABOOM!, a project for building playgrounds for local urban schools, providing school
bags & supplies to local students, donating food baskets on Thanksgiving, and Visa gift
cards during Christmas.

In 2014, Thelma was appointed President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Hispanic Chamber Foundation. I am proud to see the positive changes that have transpired within the Chamber and the Hispanic community.

In 2015, became a board member for the Workforce Development Board, and in February 2016, became their Chairperson for the Operations Advisory board.

Thelma is a believer in “giving back” and chooses her volunteer projects where she thinks she can have the most impact.

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Email: vibe.board@ihsnola.org