Melanie Richardson

Executive Director

Melanie Richardson is a native New Orleanian who has been working in the fields of mental health and education for over 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Specialist in Community College Teaching from Arkansas State University. Melanie is committed to educating families and professionals and removing institutional disincentives, impediments, and other barriers in order to increase the academic success of minority and low-income students.


Christine Neely

Chief Operating Officer

Christine Neely has been in the field of Education for over 20 years and has always worked to improve standards and provide resources to families and students. She received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and her Masters in Education from Loyola University.  Christine has spent over 15 years serving as lead teacher in grades PK-3rd while working closely with administration to mentor new teachers, develop curriculum and make the switch to Common Core.  She is an active member of P.E.O International which promotes educational opportunities for women worldwide.  She has been married for over 22 years and has two teenage boys.




Shelley Stocker

Board Chair

School Talent Grant Director,  New Schools New Orleans

Shelley serves as the School Talent Grant Director, working on NSNO’s federal Teacher Incentive Fund and Charter Schools Program grants. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University before completing a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to moving to New Orleans in 2003 she worked in a wide variety of campus life capacities at Cornell University and Louisiana State University. As a member of the 2005 University of New Orleans’ Teach Greater New Orleans program she served on the Special Education staff of Nelson UNO Charter School before joining Partnership for Youth Development in the summer of 2006. Over an eight year tenure with PYD, Shelley provided a strong operations infrastructure and grant management for the organization while delivering diverse supports to partner non-profits.


Dr. Bridget Rey


Child Development Consultant, Louisiana Department of Education

A New Orleans native, Bridget comes to the Department of Education with extensive experience as a school psychologist in Orleans Parish Public Schools and the Recovery School District. Prior to her work at with LDE, Bridget was the Class Coordinator at New Orleans Early Education Network and after interning with Quality Care for Children, a Child Care Resource and Referral agency in Atlanta. She loves working with parents of young children to emphasize the importance of laying a strong educational foundation for their children. Bridget holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Xavier University, an M.A. and Specialist in Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph. D. in Special Education from Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Michelle Frentzos


Senior Manager Financial Services, Contemporary Arts Center

Michele is the Senior Manager for the Contemporary Arts Center's Financials Services and has been with the CAC since 2009. With over 18 years of accounting experience, Michele has worked in several fields of accounting ranging from the Oilfield to the Restaurant Industry, Property Management to Non-Profit. Michele's experience in accounting has brought her to the CAC's financial services team which offers financial services to other non-profits.