Dr. Vera Triplett, PhD
Founder & CEO

Dr. Vera Triplett is the founder and CEO of the Noble Minds Institute for Whole Child Learning. She is a former Deputy Superintendent of the Recovery School District and also previously served as the COO and CEO of a local charter management organization. Dr. Triplett has worked at a cross section of education, mental health and juvenile justice for over 20 years.

Susan Wetwiski
Lead School Administrator

Board Members

Jamaal “Jay” Stafford, Chairman of the Board
Jamaal W. Stafford is an associate at the law firm of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. Jay received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Business from the Virginia Military Institute and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Jay is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Guyon Lewis
Guyon Lewis is the owner of Equitable Solutions LLC, a firm specializing in the acquisition and management of residential properties in southeast Louisiana. Prior, Guyon worked in various operational capacities for Target stores. He earned a degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College and an MBA from Tulane University.
Ting-Ting Rivers
Ting-Ting Rivers has led finance and operations for the Louisiana Recovery School District, New Schools for New Orleans and a start-up charter school in New Orleans. Prior to her work in education, she worked in public finance investment banking at UBS and Bank of America and in government in New York State. Hailing from New York, Ting-Ting graduated with a bachelor’s from Yale and a MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Patricia Hawley
Patricia Hawley is a social worker in New Orleans, with professional interests in community outreach and research, disaster mental health, and human behavior in the social environment. While completing graduate degrees in feminist studies and social work, she coordinated several community programs in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Louisiana. In New Orleans, her work has focused on outreach and assistance to populations experiencing homelessness.
Lisa Bakale-Wise
Lisa Bakale-Wise has worked with the New York City Department of Homeless Services and legal aid to low-income, underserved individuals. After receiving her law degree from New York University, she moved to Louisiana to help fight the unjust imposition of the death penalty. Her practice includes state and federal litigation and is rooted in a deep appreciation for the dignity of her clients.