Megan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, a member of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Lower Ninth Ward Street Library.
Her husband, Jermaine Smith, and their sons, Jefferson and Abel, inspire her to work toward making New Orleans a better place.
Dr. Kirk E. Lee is a native New Orleanian. After 40 years with his company, The Paragon Resource Management Group, Kirk retired from his career as a Corporate Psychologist. Kirk had previously retired from the US Air Force, where he served as a Senior Officer with both pilot and training commands.
Kirk is an community servant and carnival enthusiast who brings 40 years of experience serving on several bank and nonprofit boards. In addition to his role as OBONO’s board president, Kirk is involved in the Eucharistic Ministry involving Church, home bound and hospital ministries.
When he’s not serving our community, Kirk enjoys spending time with his two sons and five grandchildren.
She is thrilled to be on OBONO’s inaugural Board of Directors and to help the organization continue on its literacy mission.
A native New Orleanian, Elizabeth earned a degree in journalism from the University of Richmond before returning home to attend law school at Loyola University New Orleans.
She is now a practicing attorney in private practice in the greater New Orelans area.
Ms. Merrill’s first introduction to One Book was by writing the discussion questions for the University of Nebraska Press’s One Book One Lincoln in 2009. After moving to New Orleans the same year, OBONO was the first event she volunteered with while working with Literacy AmeriCorps. She joined OBONO as a Project Leader in 2015. In 2017, Ms. Merrill moved into the position of Board Secretary.
Jennie Merrill has a B.A. in Psychology and English with a concentration in Creative Writing from North Park University in Chicago, IL. She currently lives in New Orleans, LA and spends her free time exploring the South for the best BBQ.
During his professional career, he has worked at Louisiana Cancer Research Center, Couch, Conville, Blitt Law Firm, Postlthewaite and Netterville CPA firm and Ochsner Health Systems. Additionally, he runs his own accounting firm, Ashton Mitchell Jackson Accounting Services, since 2012 offering tax and other accounting services.
Ashton also sits on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Uptown Music Theatre and The Urban League of Louisiana Young Professionals.
Ashton recently served as Campaign Treasurer for the Committee to Elect Ethan Ashley run for Orleans Parish School Board District 2 and LaToya Cantrell’s Campaign for Mayor of New Orleans, in which he is assisting with the transition. He is currently serving as the Campaign Treasurer for the Committee to Elect Royce Duplessis run for State Representatives, District 93.
Ashton is deeply involved with his community and some of his service initiatives includes, but not limited to, supporting young people during Louisiana’s National Lemonade Day, Kicks for the City Shoe Drive and co-hosting an annual Holiday Toy drive/fundraiser.
David obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Communications – Public Relations from Loyola University New Orleans in 2006, Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of New Orleans in 2011, and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research with dual concentrations in Higher Education Administration and Curriculum Theory, and an Education Specialist (Ed. S.) Certificate in Educational Leadership with a focus on applied research, measurement, and evaluation, both from Louisiana State University (LSU). He is a native of Galveston, Texas.
An award winning Art Director and print designer with 20 + years of experience, Mariana has worked as an Art Director for gift publishers, AMCAL, Inc and Papyrus, and as a Sr Designer for Chronicle Children’s Books in San Francisco.
A native of the Republic of Panama, Mariana lived in California for twenty-five years and moved to New Olreans summer of 2007. She gladly supports NOLA’s re-building efforts through pro bono work for kids’ non-profits and family literacy programs.
Mariana is the former Creative Director of PlayBuild NOLA, a non profit dedicated to educational activities and programming focused on design, architecture, city planning and related disciplines, to expose under-served populations to those fields and to stimulate curiosity, enthusiasm, and engagement with the professional community in New Orleans. There she contributed five years of service by donating her creative vision and design expertise to define the look and feel of the PlayBuild brand.
As mother of two sons, she is a passionate advocate for diversity in design professions, and for the power of design to positively impact young people so they may see themselves reflected in a positive maner and enable them to effect change in their communities.
Mariana studied Fine Art with emphasys in graphic design at San Diego State University and is fluent in Spanish — FUERZA!
A few years ago, Alessandra co-founded BabesAndBeignets.com, a lifestyle blog for the twenty-something woman. The local attention gained her national credibility, as she and her blog have been featured in Paste Magazine and on Buzzfeed. You can also often catch this local social influencer; speaking on influencer relations along the Gulf Coast at events and conferences such as New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.