Stephen Rosenthal

  • Academic Excellence Committee

  • Development and Marketing Committee

  • Executive Committee (Chair)

  • Finance Committee

  • Governance Committee

Stephen Rosenthal serves as President of Strategic Comp, a workers compensation insurer. A New Orleans native, Rosenthal graduated from Amherst College and received his MBA from The Wharton School. Rosenthal has been actively involved in New Orleans public education for more than 20 years and is a strong advocate of charter schools with expertise in charter school accountability, finance, and governance.  Stephen may be contacted at

Brian Weimer
Immediate Past Board Chair

  • Academic Excellence Committee

  • Executive Committee

  • Governance Committee

Brian Weimer is a native of Lafourche Parish with a passionate commitment to quality public education for all students in New Orleans, his home city since 2004. A graduate of LSU law school, Brian serves as the Research Compliance Officer for Tulane University in the fields of regulatory compliance and research integrity.

C.J. El-Dahr

  • Finance Committee

Kathleen Edmundson

  • Development and Marketing Committee

Kathleen Edmundson brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations. Prior to that, she was a member of Teach for America’s Charter Corps, teaching in Orleans Parish Public Schools for ten years. Kathleen graduated cum laude from the University of Florida, and serves on the boards of several Louisiana non-profit organizations.

Kathy Conklin

  • Governance Committee (Chair)

Kathy Conklin is a member of the New Orleans law firm McGlinchey Stafford PLLC., and is certified by the Louisiana State Bar Association as a specialist in tax law and in estate planning and administration.  The primary focus of her law practice is employee benefits. Ms. Conklin graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School and summa cum laude from LSU.  In addition to her service on the ReNEW board of directors, she is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of My House, Center for Learning in New Orleans and is the Community Involvement Chair of the Krewe of Muses.

Noah Hardie

Noah Hardie is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force officer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Officer, and C-suite Executive who now leverages his breadth of experience in risk mitigation in both the public and private sectors to provide risk management and insurance solutions to a diverse list of clients as a First Vice President for Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.  Prior to joining Alliant, Noah was assigned as a Lead Task Force Officer with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and was the liaison with FBI regional offices, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and the Port of New Orleans. Noah’s position with the FBI followed years of international experience as a Clandestine Service Operations Officer for the CIA. The former U.S. Air Force Captain also has private sector experience as a Chief Financial Officer in the construction industry.  Noah holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Spanish from the United States Air Force Academy. In addition to speaking French and Spanish, Noah holds an advanced certificate in international maritime law from the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta.

Dr. Randy Roig

  • Academic Excellence Committee (Chair)

Dr. Randy Roig is a resident of New Orleans and is a graduate summa cum laude of the Tulane University School of Engineering and of the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He is presently the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  He is on the faculty of the medical schools of Emory and Tulane Universities and of LSU in New Orleans. Dr. Roig has volunteered for numerous non-profit boards and organizations, serving in leadership positions, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Medical Legal Interprofessional Committee of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, to name a few.

Pauline Parquet

Pauline Parquet is a New Orleans native and is the Senior Vice President of claims for a national insurer, Great American Insurance Company.   Pauline is a graduate of both Tulane University and Vassar College and previously worked for Louisiana Child Protective Services.

Mykell Clem

Mykell Clem is a Staff Attorney for the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and a graduate of Southern University Law Center and Louisiana State University.  Mykell frequently volunteers for various non-profit organizations, such as the Society for St. Vincent de Paul – New Orleans, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, and the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Riley Kennedy

Riley Kennedy leads organizational development and marketing at Woodward Design+Build, a commercial general contractor. Prior to joining Woodward, Riley worked in finance, operations, and external relations at Collegiate Academies, a New Orleans charter high school network and a popular high school choice among ReNEW students. She remains engaged in the education community and is an active supporter of workforce development programs as well as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. Riley earned a bachelors degree in finance and legal studies from Tulane University and may be contacted at

Susan Castellanos

Monica Landry

Appointing a parent, guardian, grandparent or alumnus to the ReNEW Board

ReNEW's board includes a member who is a parent, guardian, grandparent, and/or alumni. If you are a ReNEW parent, guardian, grandparent, and/or alumni and would like to be considered for a board appointment, please see below for the process and timeline for selection:

Please fill out the  ReNEW Board Nomination Form here.  Once you submit the nomination, the ReNEW board will contact you to set up an interview.  

All nominations will be considered in an open meeting of the Governance Committee at the first governance meeting occurring after April 1st of each year.   The Governance Committee will then present its nomination recommendation to the entire board for a vote at the annual board meeting which will be held in either May or June per the posted board meeting schedule.  

All applicants will be contacted on the status of the nomination.  If the applicant is selected to join the board, they will be given the next steps on the board member orientation process.