Board of Directors and Leadership Council

Step Forward Board of Directors

Waynette Ballengee
Community Volunteer

John Dean
Partner of Counsel
Heard, McElroy and Vestal

Dr. Jana De Benedetti
Rabbi, B’nai Zion Congregation

Toya Graham
Executive Director
Beaird Family Foundation

Kristi Gustavson – ex officio
Chief Executive Officer
The Community Foundation of North Louisiana

Wealthia Jackson
Owner, Bridges to Education

Cheryl McGowen
Retired Educator

Kyle McInnis
Partner, Kean, Miller, LLP

John Peak
Retired President of Chase Commercial Banking NLA

Step Forward Leadership Council

Nancy Alexander
Executive Director, Northwestern Child and Family Network
Step Forward Early Childhood Network Co-Chair

Sonja Bailes
Public Relations Liaison, Bossier Parish Schools
Step Forward Communications and Outreach Advisor

Dr. Rick Bateman
Chancellor, Bossier Parish Community College
Step Forward Post-Secondary Advisor

Dr. Joseph Bocchini Jr., MD
Director of Children’s Services
Willis Knighton Health System
Step Forward Health Advisor

Kasey Brown
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, City of Shreveport
Chair, My Brother’s Keeper Network

Rosalind Glover Bryant
Supervisor of Compliance/Parental Community Involvement, Caddo Parish Schools
Step Forward Parent Advisor

Sandy Cimino
Vice President, Business Development
Community Bank of Louisiana

Dr. Larry Clark
Chancellor, Louisiana State University Shreveport

Mitch Downey
Superintendent, Bossier Parish Schools

Dr. Rodney Ellis
Chancellor, Southern University Shreveport Louisiana

Chris Gabriel
Executive Vice President
Volunteers of America North Louisiana

Dr. Lamar Goree
Superintendent, Caddo Parish Schools

Lisa Johnson
President / CEO, Bossier Chamber of Commerce

Terrie Johnson
Supervisor Grades 9-12, Bossier Parish Schools
Step Forward High School Advisor

Jacques Lasseigne
Regional Industry Coordinator, Louisiana Workforce Commission
Step Forward Workforce Development Network Chair

Rodrigo Mondragon
Owner/Operator, Ki Mexico

Tim Magner
President, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

Mandy Perdue
Program Director, Early Childhood Education,  Bossier Parish Community College

Andrew Randall
Pastor, Abounding Faith Temple

Dr. Phillip Rozeman, MD
Cardiovascular Consultants

Dr. Tim Wilcox
Administrator of Psychiatric and Clinical Support Services, Willis Knighton Health System

Tim Wilhite
CFO and General Counsel, Wilhite Electric

Alexis Young
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Webster Parish Schools