The Board of Trustees is a subcommittee of the Vestry of St. James Episcopal Church. The Rector of the church appoints the members, and each member serves a three-year term. The Board meets every month, with the exception of June and July, with additional meetings as needed. The Rector, Head of School, Bookkeeper, Advancement Director, and Parents Guild President also serve on the Board as non-voting members.
Jill Couvillon and her husband, Clay, have been attending St. James Episcopal Church since their son, Townes, started school at St. James. She currently works for Arthur J. Gallagher in a sales and risk management position. Jill and Clay have two children, Townes at St. James, and Barrett at Episcopal.
Will Eglin is the Chief Financial Officer of GMFS, a Baton Rouge based residential mortgage company, and a CPA. He is a native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of LSU. Will and his wife, Kasey, are members of First United Methodist Church where he serves on the Finance Committee. Will and Kasey have three children, Porter and Merrill at the Day School, and Addison at Episcopal.
Nicole Brien is presently the Environmental Affairs Supervisor at Placid Refining. Nicole and her husband, Shane, have three daughters. Cate is a graduate of The Day School and is now in ninth grade at Episcopal. Ella and Sadie currently attend The Day School and are in the fifth grade. Nicole also volunteers as a Children’s Church teacher during the 9:00 a.m. service at St. James.
Board Member, Vestry Representative
Jay Noland is a board member of St. James Place, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, CPEX, and the Friends of Rural Life Museum. Jay, his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Fairfax and Jack, are parishioners of St. James Episcopal Church. Their children are recent graduates of The Day School and currently attend Episcopal.
Preston Q=Petersen and his wife, Gretchen, have three wonderful children. Thomas, Adele, and Helen attend the Day School. The Q=Petersen family attend both St. James Episcopal and St. Aloysius Church. Preston is the Director of the Team Automotive Group and has served on numerous boards throughout the community.
David and his wife, Anna Baker Trimble (a Baton Rouge native), are parishioners of St. James Episcopal Church. Their two oldest children, Margaret (3rd grade) and George (Kindergarten), attend the Day School. Their baby sister Honey was baptized at St. James. Before moving to Baton Rouge with his family in 2016, David was active in the Austin, TX non-profit and tech start-up communities.
Nancy Roberts and her husband, Trey, are parishioners of St. James Episcopal Church, where they are active volunteers. Nancy has served on the Associate Vestry, and is currently a member of the Children’s Council and a Sunday School teacher for children ages nine to twelve. She and Trey are the parents of three children, Laurel, Frances and William, who all attend the Day School.
Shannon Blakeman is a partner with CARBO Landscape Architecture. He is a registered landscape architect, and he has worked with St. James on the campus master plan and various landscape improvements. He and his wife, Haley, have two children, Ava a St. James graduate, and Hayes, who is in the fifth grade at St. James.
Mike Rabalais and his wife, Amy, have been attending St. James Episcopal Church since 2010. Mike attended St. James Episcopal Day School and Episcopal High School where he graduated in 1997 along with Amy. Mike has served on the Associate Vestry and is currently an usher during church services. Mike and Amy have two children, Pace and Marjorie, who attend St. James.
Barbara Lane Irwin
Board Member, Vestry Representative
Barbara is a lifelong parishioner of St. James and attended the Day School. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and sits as secretary of the Board of Directors to the Leadership Ascension Foundation. Barbara is married to Mark Garon; one of their four children currently attends the Day School.