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Kenny Anderson

Kenny is the Student Business Incubator Director and Business Consultant at LSU's Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC), housed in LSU's Office of Economic Research and Development. He is responsible for overall management of operations, marketing, billing and client relations for the Student Incubator. Anderson started as a graduate assistant at the Louisiana Business and Technology Center, focusing mainly on client research and business planning. Throughout his time at the LBTC, Kenny has entered consulting engagements with over 100 businesses. He earned his BA in Economics from Kalamazoo College in 2010 as well as his Masters in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 2014.

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Jason Boudreaux

Jason is Manager of the Pennington Biotech Initiate (PBI), an incubator affiliated with LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and a Technology Business Consultant at the Louisiana Business & Technology Center (LBTC). Boudreaux is responsible for interviewing and recommending approval of potential tenant companies to PBI, and providing consulting services to those companies and LBTC clientele. Prior to receiving an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, Boudreaux attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and received his Doctor of Medicine. As a business consultant Boudreaux has worked directly with over 200 entrepreneurs. Boudreaux works with life science companies throughout the state of Louisiana and companies at the Louisiana Emerging Technologies Center at LSU and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, two life science incubators that assist in developing and commercializing biotechnologies and medical devices.

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Dave Lefkowith

Dave serves as Assistant Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education. He is co-leader for Jump Start and Course Choice, two innovative programs to transform career and technical education. He worked at Procter & Gamble brand management as a senior executive with two publicly traded companies and as a management consultant (Bain & Company, president of The Canyon Group). Dave helped large institutions transition from monopolies to competitive, customer-oriented enterprises. He is an honors graduate of Yale University and Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

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Claire Loup

Claire is a Senior Economic and Financial Education Specialist at the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and has been with the Fed since 1999. In her current position, she furthers the Bank's district-wide strategies promoting economic and financial education. She trains educators, develops curriculum, writes articles, and partners with a variety of educational organizations and universities to provide professional development opportunities for current teachers and pre-service teachers of topics related to economics and personal finance. She has presented programs at national and state academic conferences for economics, social studies, personal finance, business, and career and technical education. Claire is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and a Master of Business Administration and a member of the Board of the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition.

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Layne McDaniel

Layne is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and President/CEO of Noesis Data, Innovative Analytics, and Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation. He serves on numerous Boards including the Louisiana Dream Teachers; Manship Theatre; and Big Buddy Program. He also serves as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a member of the Louisiana Society of CPAs’ Financial Literacy Committee.

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Phyllis Phillips

Phyllis has been the Executive Director of the Louisiana Association for Personal Financial Achievement (ACHIEVE) since 2011. ACHIEVE is a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the lives of individuals in Louisiana by providing the training, skills, and tools needed to help its citizens manage their personal finances. In a relaxed classroom environment she teaches the concepts that will enable participants, regardless of age, to achieve the level of understanding necessary to make progress toward their financial goals. Phyllis’ knowledge of financial management systems, basic savings and investing, budgeting, and credit are delivered with ease and with the goal of meeting the objectives of her clients.

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Rob Roberts

Rob is a native Floridian who attended the University of Florida. He received a master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. Rob has been a middle school reading teacher in South Texas and Harlem. He served as the National Program Director for Health Corps in New York, as well as, an Obesity Task Force Manager with the New York City Department of Education. Presently Rob is the schools manager for EverFi in southern Mississippi. He is motivated to inspire other teachers to provide critical life skills education to their students, such as financial literacy.

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Brett Robinson

Brett serves as a staff attorney and trainer for the Louisiana Board of Ethics. This position entails supervision and review of complaints, investigations, advisory opinions, and pursuing actions against people who may have violated the Code of Governmental Ethics. He received a degree in Finance and a Juris Doctorate from LSU. In his spare time, he participates as a little league umpire and a high school basketball referee. He’s a sports enthusiast who enjoys making road trips.

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Janet Simmons

Janet has 32 years of experience in the nonprofit industry both professionally and as a volunteer and has been the President and CEO of HOPE Ministries since 2012. In 2004, she began working at HOPE Ministries as their Volunteer Coordinator and subsequently as HOPE’s Program Director and Operations and Social Enterprise Director. In 2006, Janet’s business experience was crucial in the development and implementation of HOPE’s Understanding the Dynamics of Poverty six-hour professional development workshop. Since its implementation, HOPE has trained over 860 professionals from 181 organizations and corporations. Janet’s passion for the impoverished and the desire to help people move forward began at an early age. She was born and raised in Japan as the daughter of missionaries. She credits her faith as a Christian as the motivating factor in her work.

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Laura Smith

Laura serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Louisiana Council for Economic Education, a statewide non-profit organization that provides Professional Development workshops and classroom resources to K-12 educators and pre-service teachers. Laura’s own background as an educator informs her drive to bring innovative and experiential teaching tools, with a focus on kinesthetic activities, to Louisiana teachers. Mrs. Smith is an author and a recipient of the Teachers for Tomorrow Award for Curriculum Development and the Brunswick Yarns Award for Excellence in Education. She has served as a nationally touring motivational speaker for middle and high school students, and as adjunct instructor at Louisiana State University

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Kimberly S. Thomas

Kimberly has been a Senior Tax Accountant at Postlethwaite & Netterville in Baton Rouge since 2013 and a Senior Associate at Warren Averett in Birmingham, AL prior to her tenure at P&N. Her commitment to community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles including serving on the board of The Arc of Baton Rouge and as a volunteer with Junior Achievement. Miss Thomas received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Grambling State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Houston Law Center.

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David Wilburn

David is a Business Education teacher at Woodlawn High School, EBRPSS. As the Career and Technical Education facilitator at Woodlawn, David has been involved in numerous financial literacy programs and business education endeavors throughout his teaching career. He currently teaches the Principles of Business, Accounting I & II curriculums to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. He is also the school’s Internship coordinator. David attended the Jump$tart National Educators Conference in 2014 as a Louisiana Coalition scholarship recipient.

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