Advisory Board

Advisory Boards bridge schools and communities. These individuals together provide the classroom speakers, mentors, job-shadowing venues, funding for scholarships, and paid internships for all eligible Academy students.  

An Academy Advisory Board member:

  • Enjoys creating customized work experiences in which students develop skills necessary for academic and professional success;
  • Appreciates the value of capable and caring adult mentorship and professional internships to high school students who would not otherwise access this support;
  • Understands the critical importance of their partnership to Academy staff and students who thrive with a strong degree of engagement from an Academy Advisory Board.

Academies are not only enhanced by a creative and engaged Advisory Board, but DEFINED by it.

Corporate personnel, representatives from institutions of higher learning, representatives from community-based non-profits, local or regional government representatives, small-business owners and employees all offer vast and essential resources that complete the structure of the NAF Academy model. Our Academy Advisory Board members are:





Brian Leger

Meritus Credit Union


Jacey Wilkerson

Travel Machine


Connie RoyMeritus Credit Union

Stephanie Bennett

Acadiana High School

Kathleen Comeaux

Chase Bank (retired)

Layne Edelman

Acadiana High School

Dr. Tony Greco

UL Lafayette College of Business

Nancy Kinchen

South Louisiana Community College

David Lejeune

Acadiana High School

Marilyn McDonald

Caffery Real Estate

Barbara Pippin

Lafayette Parish School System

Jan Scott Richard

City of Scott, Mayor

Amber Slinin

Hilton Garden Inn

Maegan Sonnier

Travel Machine

Mary Ellen Vincent



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