Board of Directors

The Board of Directors’ purpose is to decide and enact policy

that contributes to the benefit and longevity of Ecole Bilingue while fostering the school’s mission. The Board meets monthly to determine long-term strategy for the school’s academic and financial success. Board members are not paid for their position and receive no financial benefits for their service.

The Board of Directors are

Joel Vilmenay – President
Joel Vilmenay, General Manager of WDSU-TV6 New OrleansJoel Vilmenay was named President & General Manager of WDSU-TV, the Hearst NBC Affiliate in New Orleans, LA, in February of 2007. In this capacity he provides strategic leadership for WDSU-TV, MeTV New Orleans and a suite of web and mobile applications. Joel is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, where he received a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film. He also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland. Joel serves on the Board of Directors of Second Harvest, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Kingsley House, The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters and the Fore Kids Foundation. He is also the immediate past president of the NOCCA Institute board. Joel began serving on the Board of Directors of Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans in 2015.

Anne-Gwin Duval Secretary
Anne-Gwin Duval has 24 years of experience in law and risk management. She has worked as an attorney in local law firms, and has held positions in law and risk management in both the public and private sector. Currently, she is employed at Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC where she handles claims and litigation, insurance procurement, bonding, and contract negotiation. Anne-Gwin has a son in 4th grade at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.

Cathy Green – Treasurer

Duane Nettles Past President
DuaneThe Rev. Duane Nettles is an Episcopal priest and rector of Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans. Prior to being named rector, Duane served as Executive Director of Annunciation’s nonprofit that welcomed over 15,000 volunteers to New Orleans and rebuilt 109 homes in the Broadmoor neighborhood. He received his undergraduate degree at Tulane University and his Masters of Divinity at Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary and is currently pursuing advanced studies at University of the South – Sewanee. Duane has two sons in the 3rd and 7th grades at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. He has served on numerous nonprofit Boards and as served on the Board of Directors for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans since 2011. Duane began his term as President of the Board of Directors in August of 2015.

Andrew LapeyreHonorary Member
AndrewAndrew Lapeyre is a graduate of Tulane University and is employed by Intralox, LLC.  Intralox, LLC is a world-wide conveyance solutions company. Andrew has been employed with Intralox for 24 years. He is married to Crickett and they have twin daughters, Martha & Vivienne whom attended Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orléans from 2003 – 2013.  Additionally, Andrew volunteers as Assistant Treasurer for the Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans. Andrew was the immediate past President of the Board of Directors and has served on the Board of Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans since 2010.

Matesa GagoMember
matessaMatesa Gago holds leadership positions with a global consulting firm and a nonprofit humanitarian organization with institutional partnerships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and American Red Cross’ Global Disaster Preparedness Center. As President of the Disaster Resilience Group, Ms. Gago supports humanitarian organizations build new competencies and approaches to meet the broader goals for improving the lives of vulnerable people. As Vice President of Response 2 Resilience, she manages R2R’s International program portfolio that provides grants to universities across the globe to conduct research in Disaster Preparedness. She currently sits on several nonprofit boards and has one child attending Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2010.

Polly HardieVice Chair
Polly Hardie is the President of the Alliance for Neighborhood Prosperity, a New Orleans based non-profit. Ms. Hardie holds a degree from Duke University where she studied Political Science, French, & Marketing. She worked as the Director of Marketing for a sports management firm in Los Angeles, California before leaving to follow her husband overseas in his career as a Diplomat. Ms. Hardie serves on the Board of Durham Nativity School and the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health in her native North Carolina. Following 10 years in Europe (Austria, Malta, France & Finland), the Hardies and their four sons are pleased to call New Orleans home. Polly began her term on the Board of Directors for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans in 2015.

Michael DeGruy – Member
MDeGruyMichael DeGruy was born and raised in New Orleans and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Master’s Degree in Construction Management.  He has over 13 years’ experience in the commercial general construction industry.  He is employed by Ryan Gootee General Contractors, LLC as Vice President of Construction Management where he has worked since the company’s inception in 2005. Michael is married to Tracy and they have two sons, Logan (8) and Julian (6), whom attend Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, and a daughter, Séverine (1).  He has been a member of the Building Committee since 2013 and his Board term began in April 2016.

Gary J. Mannina – Member
Gary J. Mannina is a native New Orleanian who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tulane University and a diploma from the Sorbonne, University of Paris. He spent over forty years as a teacher and school administrator. He is fluent in French and serves as honorary consul of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

Amber Howell – Member

Jaye Hakes – Member

Julie FabianPresident Emeritus

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