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Search Committee

With the guidance of our consulting firm, a Search Committee was put together by the Board of Trustees at the June 3 meeting. Ultimately, the Committee and Fr. Chris will present a qualified candidate to be confirmed by the Board. Another major function of the Committee is to keep the SJEDS community informed and engaged throughout the process, while also ensuring the necessary confidentiality of the process. The members of the committee are a diverse group of people bringing both a church and school perspective.

 

The Education Group

The Board of Trustees has acquired the services of The Education Group (TEG), a consulting firm founded over 30 years ago by educators to tailor head of school searches to the needs of each school by valuing their rich history, traditions, and mission. To learn more about TEG and our consultants visit their website.

 

Search Committee & Consultants

Mike Rabalais

Mike Rabalais

Committee Chair

Mike is a St. James Episcopal Day School Board of Trustee member as well as an alumnus of St. James Episcopal Day School. Mike and his wife Amy have two children, Pace and Marjorie, currently attending St. James Episcopal Day School, and are both active parishioners of St. James Episcopal Church. Mike is currently a Wetlands Biologist at Natural Resource Professionals, LLC, in Baton Rouge, LA.

Denise Allen

Denise Allen

Search Committee

Denise is a Baton Rouge native and a long-time member of St. James Episcopal Church. She is currently serving on the church’s Vestry as the Sr. Warden, the equivalent of a board president. Before retiring, Denise worked as a project manager for AT&T. 

Nicole Brien

Nicole Brien

Search Committee

Nicole Brien is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the Day School and an active parishioner of St. James Episcopal Church.  She is a chemical engineer and is presently the Environmental Affairs Supervisor at Placid Refining. Nicole and her husband, Shane, have three daughters, all graduates of the Day School.

The Rev. Ralph Howe, Jr.

The Rev. Ralph Howe, Jr.

Search Committee

Father Ralph Howe, Jr. is a Senior Associate at St. James Episcopal Church and the Chaplain of St. James Episcopal Day School.  He worked as the Senior Chaplain, a teacher, and the head of Religious Studies Department for 10 years at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge.  Fr. Howe previously served on the Board of Trustees at three Episcopal schools as well as the Board of Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) for six years, both as a member and as Vice President.  Fr. Howe is presently a guest member of the Board at the Day School.

Emily Wray Lamont

Emily Wray Lamont

Search Committee

Emily Wray has been a lifelong parishioner of St. James Episcopal Church. She and her husband, Randy, are parents of two SJEDS alumnus and grandparents to two current SJEDS students. Emily Wray was a kindergarten teacher at SJEDS for 12 years.

Bahin Leonard

Bahin Leonard

Search Committee

Bahin is a lifelong Episcopalian presently serving on the church Vestry and appointed a Trustee of the St. James Episcopal Day School. She is married to Frank Leonard, we are past parents and grandparents of Day School graduates. Bahin has also served as a member of the Rector Search Committee, the Outreach Committee, as a lay reader, and in various community capacities. Professionally, she is a residential contractor and real estate broker.

Erik Piazza

Erik Piazza

Search Committee

Erik is a partner at the law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP and president of The Baton Rouge Growth Coalition. Erik and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Daniel and Matthew. Daniel is a recent graduate of St. James and Matthew will be in 4th grade at St. James.

Nancy Roberts

Nancy Roberts

Search Committee

Nancy Roberts is an attorney at the law firm of Mang, Bourgeois & Callaway, LLC, and is currently serving in her third year as a member of the Board of Trustees at St. James.  She and her husband, Trey, are parishioners of St. James Episcopal Church, where they are active volunteers. They have three children, Laurel (6th grade), a recent graduate of St. James who attends Episcopal, Frances (4th grade) and William (2nd grade), who both attend St. James.

Leslie Spencer

Leslie Spencer

Search Committee

Leslie Spencer is a native of Baton Rouge, La. A past Physics Researcher and STEM Educator, Leslie is the founding Assistant Principal of IDEA Innovation Academy and College Preparatory School. She currently serves on the St. James' board of trustees. 

Dave Davies

Dave Davies

The Education Group Consultant

In his forty-two years in independent school, Dave has served as a Head of School, Interim Head of School, Assistant Head, and Head of Upper School in various Episcopal, Methodist, and non-religiously affiliated schools throughout the country.

Allison Lorimer

Allison Lorimer

The Education Group Consultant

Allison has been affiliated with The Education Group since 1994. Years of contact with school administrators have kept Allison in tune with the needs of private schools and the people who work in them.