Board Member Biographies

Sean Blondell
Secretary

Sean Blondell is the managing member and lead attorney at Sean Blondell Law Firm LLC in New Orleans. Blondell is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Business in Washington, D.C., and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Marketing. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge where he was vice president of the Sports Law Association, treasurer of Black Law Students Association, and a member of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team and the Recruitment Committee. In addition to his work with AAEE, he regularly volunteers his personal time serving as the president of the board for the New Orleans Hoopz; on the board for College Beyond, an educational nonprofit; and a sponsor to many organizations and initiatives in the Greater New Orleans community.  He and his wife, Laci, are the proud parents of four children.

Jill E. Condon

Jill Condon is a certified public accountant with experience in public accounting and CFO roles in the New Orleans area. She is currently the AVP of Retail Pharmacy at Ochsner Health System and holds a B.S.M. from Tulane University.  Ms. Condon also serves on the Audit Committee at Ben Franklin and is the mother of a Franklin graduate and a current student.

Charmaine Cooper Hussain
       

Charmaine Cooper Hussain, is the owner of Apostrophe Catastrophe, LLC. Ms. Cooper Hussain specializes in the application of Associated Press style in technical and corporate communications for clients such as Texas Instruments and ExxonMobil. She is the mother of a recent Franklin graduate.

Alea M. Cot
President

Alea M. Cot, Board President, is the assistant provost for international education at the University of New Orleans and has been serving in various international capacities at UNO since 1988.  She holds an M.A. in International Relations from Tulane University.  She oversees study-abroad and exchange programs for international students and scholars and the Intensive English Language Program.  Mrs. Cot is the parent of a recent Franklin graduate.

Stacy D. Deitelzweig
       

Stacy D. Deitelzweig, is the Parent Association representative on the AAEE Board.  She is the mother of a current Franklin student and a Franklin graduate.

Angele DeLarge
       

Angele is a native New Orleanian earning her Master of Public Administration from Louisiana State University. She has more than 15 years of experience supporting public education in New Orleans, starting her career as an educator working to increase student performance and access to high-quality curriculum. Angele has subsequently spent the last decade working with both state and national organizations leading equitable strategy design, external partnerships, and program implementation. She currently leads DeLarge Strategic Solutions, LLC. supporting leaders in developing equitable external-facing strategies, community partnerships, and stakeholder investment. Angele and her husband Marcus are the dedicated and loving parents to Marcus and Mackenzie.

Richard M. Ireland, Jr.
Treasurer

Richard M. Ireland, Jr., is chairman of the AAEE Finance Committee.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from Tulane University, an M.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University, and a J.D. with concentration in tax and business law from Loyola University.  He is also the father of a Franklin graduate.

Tandra LeMay
       

Tandra LeMay is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce, Integrated Production Technologies & Technical Education at Fletcher Technical Community College.  Ms. LeMay holds a B.S. in Business Administration from LSU and a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans.

Jonathan L. Levy '03
       

Jonathan Levy '03 works for American Express Global Business Travel where he specializes in structuring partnerships and business development within new business lines; additionally, he develops and manages a portfolio of multifamily and commercial real estate around the Greater New Orleans area.  He holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a proud Franklin graduate.  

Allen Miller, Sr.
       

Allen Miller, Sr., is a partner at Phelps Dunbar specializing in the area of commercial litigation. He is a member of the Federal, National, American, Louisiana, and New Orleans Bar Associations. Mr. Miller currently serves as the chair of the city of New Orleans’ Ethics Review Board and president and executive committee board chairman for New Orleans’ Court Appointed Special Advocates. He holds a B.A. from Xavier University and J.D. from Southern University Law Center and is a current Franklin parent.

Dr. John W. Nicklow
       

John W. Nicklow, Ph. D., is president of the University of New Orleans. He is a registered professional engineer who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Bucknell University and a doctorate in civil engineering from Arizona State University. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. Dr. Nicklow is the parent of a Franklin graduate.

Todd Ragusa
       

Todd Ragusa is the founder of Ragusa Consulting, a public relations consultancy firm specializing in senior-level counsel to clients facing dynamic issues pertaining to their public images. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University New Orleans and a a M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver. He is a fellow of the Loyola University Institute of Politics in New Orleans. Mr. Ragusa is married to a Franklin alumna.

Allen Square, Jr.
       

Allen Square, Jr., is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Square Button Consulting, LLC.  With over 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors, Mr. Square has worked with and led teams to deliver value to projects and organizations. Mr. Square's experience is deep and varied, covering several industries such as engineering, construction, consulting, and technology. After completing an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Square worked as a consultant with Bain & Company, Inc., and as the chief information officer of the city of New Orleans. Mr. Square also holds engineering degrees from Tulane University (B.S., Electrical Engineering) and Southern Methodist University (Master's of Science in Telecommunications).

Mitchell Turnbough
       

With over 30 years in the industry, Mitchell Turnbough has designed homes across the United States and in the Caribbean. Mitchell studied at Ringling College of Art and Design mentoring under Benjamin Baldwin (the man whom architect Louis Kahn called "The Dean of American Interior Design"). Mitchell's work has been published in Architectural Digest and he has been inducted into Architectural Digest's "AD 100 Top Designers". Mitchell's work has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, House & Garden, Coastal Living, and Departures. Mitchell was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, then worked and lived in the metropolitan NYC area before relocating to New Orleans in 2018. His daughter is a current student at Ben Franklin High School.

Stephen Tyler
       

Stephen Tyler is the Athletic Association representative on the AAEE Board.  He is a New Orleans native and lifetime resident of the city. He holds a B.A. in English from Tulane University and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer. Mr. Tyler is a protégé of the late Brandon Tartikoff, with whom he created a pilot for a weekly “dramatic comedy” for PBS, Under New Management. Mr. Tyler directed many of WYES’ Nostalgic New Orleans documentaries and produced a documentary on former New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison’s investigation of the JFK assassination, He Must Have Something. He was co-creator of the satirical series Real New Orleans and the Saints television program Hey, Buddy D!  Mr. Tyler is in post-production on a feature-length documentary, A Séance for Mary Sherman. He is the father of two Franklin graduates.

Dominique Lang Verner '06
       

Dominique Lang Verner '06 is the Alumni Association representative on the AAEE Board.  She manages Lang Law, LLC, a private law practice where she represents a diverse group of clients in civil litigation and criminal matters, with an emphasis on family law, personal injury, estate planning, and DUI/DWI defense. Dominique earned her J.D. from Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center and her B.B.A. in Economics from Southeastern Louisiana University. She holds memberships in several professional and civic organizations and currently serves on the Executive Board of the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Min D. Yang '81
       

Min Yang, Class of 1981, is a Franklin alumnus. He has over 30 years of experience in project management and resource development, chiefly in the realms of architecture, construction, and real estate investing. Mr. Yang received his B.A in Architecture from Tulane University. He is the chair of the AAEE Facilities Committee as well as other nonprofit boards in the city. He is the father of a current Franklin student and a Franklin graduate.