Mark Jackson, ’03

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Undergraduate Education:
Ashford University, University of Central Oklahoma

Other Education:
College of the United States Air Force: Aircraft Science and Structural Maintenance; Current student in Ashford University MBA program

Briefly describe your Career Path.
At the age of 20, when Hurricane Katrina hit, I was forced to decide where and how to change the situation I was in. I joined the Air Force to earn a college education and to serve my country. I served 5 years in the Air Force traveling the world and even living in Tokyo, Japan. Through this experience I gained employment at the Department of Defense as a Military Aircraft Technician and Quality Inspector. Leaving the military as an Honorable Veteran, I began to build on the entrepreneur spirit in me that was cultivated at St. Augustine when I won the entrepreneurship contest in my senior year. After much research I found my passion for real estate and financial intelligence. Today, I co-own M&C Real Estate located in Oklahoma City, and we handle all facets of real estate transactions and do a variety of business with people across the country.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared your for your future?
St. Augustine taught and showed me how to grow from a boy to a man. I learned that with the right tools and dedication I could achieve my dreams. When I was in 8thgrade I wanted to be a drum major and in 9th grade I wanted to become Student Body President. I worked hard and practiced and did my best at every performance.

My teachers encouraged me, and Mr. Hampton was like the grandfather I didn’t have. If he saw potential in you then you had to see it in yourself. When my senior year came, because of the support and what I learned, I became a drum major and Student Body President. These experiences gave me the determination and leadership ability that would stay with me forever. Including, when I was awarded the United States Air Force Airman of the Year in 2008 and also received early promotions.

St Aug prepared my entrepreneurship attitude through Ms. Davis’s business class where we were challenged to create business plans and compete with our classmates for the best plan. Winning this competition showed me that I could succeed in any venue or setting.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
St. Aug provided me with so much and instilled in me the values of hard work and diligence. Without this school I would have never thought I could attain a college degree, let alone receive it in two and a half years. The dedicated staff serves as fathers for many young men who do not have those figures present in their lives. This school gives encouragement and opportunities that some students at St. Aug could not get anywhere else. I love what St. Aug did for me and it is an honor to help continue the mission of the school by donating financially to this great institution.

Keith R. Wilson, Sr., ’84

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Undergraduate Education:
Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

Briefly describe your career path.
I started out as a freshman at St. Augustine in the fall of 1980. After graduation in 1984 I went on to attend Texas Southern Univ. in Houston Tx. on a Music Scholarship.

What is your current position and how long have you been with your employer?
I presently work for Delta Air Lines as a Customer Service Agent. This year marks 26 years of service with the Airline.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
While attending St.Augustine, I learned a lot of life lessons. I learned to stand tall and believe in the things that are important to me. Also, proudly being named Drum Major my senior year taught me leadership skills that I even used during my presidency of the Atlanta Alumni Chapter.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
I feel that I have to give back so another kid can have the chance that several young men had of walking the halls of 2600. It was a humbling experience to recieve the Fr. Charles Hall Award, and I feel that several other alumni need to step up, give back and tell other kids that going to St.Augustine not only gives you a good education, but it also prepares you for life.

Ruston Henry, ’80

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Undergraduate Education:
Xavier University, New Orleans, LA

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
Owner/Pharmacist in Charge of H & W Drug Store (2 locations East Bank & Westbank) for over 30 years

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
St. Augustine instilled the discipline in me needed to achieve my goals. It exposed me to many different aspects of black life.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
Because if we don’t contribute to keep St. Aug the next generation will miss a valuable tool for their future.

Representative Austin Badon, ’82

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Undergraduate Education:
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Graduate Education:
Troy State University, New Orleans, LA

Briefly describe your career path.
After attending St. Augustine HS, I attended UNO where I earned a degree in Political Science. While at UNO, I took an internship class at the New Orleans City Council under the leadership of Councilwoman Dorothy Mae Taylor. While there, I received my first taste of public service. I then went on to work in the private sector for years. In 2003, I earned a Master’s degree from Troy State in Human Resources Management. Later that year, I was asked to run for State Representative of District 100 in New Orleans East. I was elected and took office in January of 2004. I was re-elected in 2008. I was again re-elected without opposition in 2012.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
State Representative District 100, 9 Years

Describe your main responsibilities.
I am elected with the trust of the people to enact legislation which would improve the quality of life for all citizens of the State of Louisiana. My whole career has been dedicated to bettering the lives of families in Louisiana.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
I have been chosen as a Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for Good Government. I have also been chosen as Legislator of the Year by the Victims and Citizens Against Crime. I have served as the Chairman of the House Education Committee and I currently serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
I carry my St. Aug experience with me everyday. I hate to be late for anything and my work ethic is unquestionable. I have never missed a day of work while serving in the legislature. St. Aug taught me never to use excuses. Recently after getting out of surgery, I felt compelled to go to the State Capital on the same day as my surgery and cast my vote on some very critical issues. I try to model my career after my St. Aug General Science teacher, George “Nick” Connor, who also served in the Legislature.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
I contribute to St. Aug because I owe so much to my alma mater. Outside of God, my parents and family, St. Aug has been the biggest contributor to my growth into the young man that I am. I bleed purple and gold.

Alton A. DeLarge, Jr, ’67

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Undergraduate Education:
Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Graduate Education:
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Briefly describe your career path.
Since July 1972 my entire career of 41 years in city government has focused on planning, evaluating, monitoring, administration, and procuring grants for social action programs designed to address acute social action problems which hamper special population groups ie.(housing, education,recreation, unemployment, and economic development).The career path chosen provided opportunities to work my way up through the system, gain necessary experience, and administer a program which has become one the best in the United States.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
Currently I am Director of the Sewerage & Water Board ‘ s Economically Disadvantaged Business Program. The objective of the program is to provide competitive opportunities to businesses which have had limited business growth and development opportunities. I have worked in this position for the past 15 years, and employed by the S&WB may 1986.

Describe your main responsibilities.
My main responsibilities involves coordinating all aspects of the EDBP which includes certification , re-certification, outreach, procurement management, monitoring, in-depth analysis of public bids, and insuring that Economically Disadvantaged Businesses have legitimate opportunities to participate in Board contracts.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
The EDBP serves as a model to other DBE Programs in the City, State, and Nation, as evidenced by its awards from the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) for Outstanding Local Performance Achievement.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
I can honestly say that almost everything I am today is because of the discipline, values, and moral fiber instilled in me by the administration, faculty, and staff of St. Augustine High School.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
St. Aug was established in 1951,to give young African American men the proper education, discipline, and values, to enable them to be prepared for the opportunities available as legal segregation came to and end.The mission of St. Augustine High School will continue if its Alumni supports that effort.

Melvin Ferdinand, ’86

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Undergraduate Education:
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Briefly describe your career path.
I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 28 August 1994.  Following recruit training, I reported to Camp LeJeune as a Postal Clerk. I then reported to Quantico in May of 1996. In March of 1997, I reported to the Basic Adjutant Course with follow-on orders to 3rd MarDiv, Okinawa, Japan, 4th Marine Regiment. I then reported to Marine Barracks, Washington, DC in June of 2000 where I served as a Project Manager at the Marine Corps Institute (MCI) and a Flanking Officer during the Evening and Sunset Parades. In June of 2003,I received Active Duty Special Work (ADSW) Orders and reported to Quantico as the Staff Secretary (SSec) for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) from May 2003 – February 2004.  During that time, I was selected for the Active Reserve Program and reported to the Separations and Retirement Branch at Quantico; my first Active Reserve (AR) billet where I served from March 2004 – August 2007. I reported to Command and Staff College in August of 2007 and graduated in June 2008.  I then reported to Reserve Affairs (RA) where I served as the SSec for RA.  In July of 2009, I reported to Baghdad, Iraq as an IMA. I returned to Quantico in January 2010, where I served as the Reserve Liaison Officer at the College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) until July 2011.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
Adjutant, Marine Forces Reserve, G-1

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
1) Bronze Star, (1) Defense Meritorious Service Medal, (1) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and (2) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Durrell Edwards, ’96

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Undergraduate Education:
Columbia College, Columbia, MO (Patrick AFB,FL Campus)

Other Education:
Community College of the Air Force, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

Briefly describe your career path.
After a year of college at University of Southwestern LA (UL), I joined the US Air Force in 1997. I entered in as an Air Traffic Control Student, but switched to be a Security Forces member (Law Enforcement) guarding nuclear missiles.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
I am a Noncommissioned Officer in charge of Chapel Operations, as a Chaplain’s Assistant for the 65th Air Base Wing, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. I have been working in this career field for approximately 12 years and have been the military for 16 years.

Describe your main responsibilities.
My main responsibilities is to ensure that military members, their families and Dept of Defense employees have their 1st Amendment Right of “Free Exercise of Religion”. Also, I oversee $200K in funds for the chapel, while supervising contract valued at $79K. And finally I perform logistical support for a $10M building and perform personal security for the chaplain while deployed in contingent areas, i.e. Iraq, Afghanistan and more.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
Five Achievement Medals for meritorious service in America and abroad. I also received the honor of Noncommissioned Officer of the 2nd Quarter and Year for my unit in 2012.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
Entering basic military training was a difficult ordeal that breaks you down and builds you up as a team. It is the cornerstone of the military. Others had issues, but the foundation that was instilled me from St. Aug; taught me that I can do anything! It taught me that discipline is needed in a world when lives are at stake and that the foundation instilled in me has allowed me to succeed in all avenues of the military. I often bragged that the military was hard but my high school taught me how to survive even the most difficult challenges.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
Because I know that if it had not been for St Aug, I would not be the man I am today.

Stephen Harrell, ’81

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Undergraduate Education:
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Other Education:
New Orleans Police Aacdemy New Orleans, LA
United States Army Basic Military Course, Fort McCllelan, AL

Briefly describe your career path.
My chosen career profession is Law Enforcement.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
I’m currently a 25 year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department. I also proudly served our country as an active duty member of the United States Army.

Describe your main responsibilities.
Serving our community as a respected law enforcemnet professional.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
My most notable achievement was being afforded the opportunity to allow my son Ryan Harrell, to follow in a family tradition of attending St. Aug where he was able to enbrace the outstanding traditions, and values of this historical institution.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
The St. Aug experience for me goes beyond just education, its traditions and values raised young boys to become strong men in our community and other communities throughout the world.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
Giving back to something you love!!

Kendrick Johnson, ’87

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Undergraduate Education:
Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Briefly describe your career path.
My chosen career path is in social and human services.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
I currently serve as the Director of Alumni Relations and Recruitment for St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LA. I returned to DaAug in the Spring of 2009 after previously serving as a teacher in August of 2005.

Describe your main responsibilities.
My main responsibilities are to recruit prospective students and to build/maintain relationships between the school and it’s alumni base.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
One of the most notable honors in my life is having the opportunity to assist in the securing of the legacy of St. Augustine High School.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
St. Aug has given me the spiritual, academic, and disciplinary foundation to succeed after high school.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
Financially contributing to the school is one of my ways of showing my love for the school.

Jerome Tinguee, ’87

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Undergraduate Education:
Southern University at New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Other Education:
Career College of the Air Force

Briefly describe your career path.
I went into the United States Navy after high school in 1987. Completed 4 years of active duty service and then returned home to New Orleans where I am presently serving in the Louisiana Air National Guard as Supv. of Vehicle Operations.

I began working at the United States Postal Service in 1998 as a City Letter Carrier. Since then, I have worked as a Letter Carrier Trainer, Acting Customer Service Supv. and Acting Finance Supv.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
My current position is a City Letter Carrier/Acting Finance Supv.

Describe your main responsibilities.
As a Letter Carrier, my main responsibilities are to insure prompt and accurate sorting and delivery of the mail. As Acting Finance Supv. my responsibilities are scheduling, auditing and handling customer complaints.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
In the Air National Guard, my most recent award was the Outstanding Airman at our last Operation Readiness Inspection. At the Postal Service, I recieved an award for 15 years of service to the Company and also a safety award.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
St. Augustine has prepared me by giving me a solid education which is the foundation for success. They were also influential in teaching me a work ethic that does not except failure nor does it allow excuses. Finally, St. Aug gave me teachers, coaches and support staff that were role models and they were truly concerned about my total development as a man.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
I contribute to St. Aug because I want it to continue to be an institution of hope and a shining light in a city that can sometimes seem so dark hopeless.

Albert Poree, ’99

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Undergraduate Education:
Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

Graduate Education:
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Briefly describe your career path.
My professional career journey began in 2004 as a defensive back for the Arena 2 Green Bay Blizzard. After the season, I began teaching and coaching football at Edna Karr High School under current head coach Jabbar Juluke. In 2005, I began working for Big Brothers Big Sisters as the Director of Patnership Development. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina forced me to relocate to Houston, TX where I then enrolled in graduate school while completing an internship in The University of Houston Athletics Departments as the Assistant Director of Special Events and Athletic Operations. Once my intership ended I began seeking full-time employment opportunities. I soon joined the team at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Michoud working as a Compliance Auditor for three years. I have spent the past three years working C-130 aircraft new business proposals in Marietta, Ga.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
I am a Proposal Analyst,Sr with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Ga and have been employed with Lockheed Martin for six years.

Describe your main responsibilities.
I am responsible for generating cost and price estimates for numerous multi-million dollar C-130 Airfcraft new business sales invoving both the United States Government and various international customers.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
Graudate of the Lockheed Martin Foundations for Leadership Program, Graduate of the Lockheed Martin Round Table Mentoring Program, Lockheed Martin Diversity Award winner, Lockheed Martin Spot Award Recipient, Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, AS9100/ISO 9000 Certifed

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
St.Augustine High School prepared me for how to successfully overcome adversity, how to successfully compete in all facets of life, and the importance of giving back to the communities of which we live and work in as proud black men.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
I contribute to St. Aug to show my appreciation for the individuals who so generously afforded me the opportunity to attend St. Augustine High School.

Pastor Darryl C. Jones Sr, ’87

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Undergraduate Education:
Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana

Briefly describe your career path.
My professional career path commenced as an executive team member (Support Services Director, 7 years) working with a “pilot program” in New Orleans serving the unemployed and underemployed population. The name of the organization was the New Orleans Jobs Initiative. The Founding Executive Director of the program was a former purple knight, the late Darryl M Burrows (Class of 1970 Salutatorian). From there I have served in the following professional positions:

Grants Manager- Lousiana Technical College- District One
Lead Counselor- Orleans Parish Sheriff Office
Community Outreach Coordinator- Harris County Social Services
Managing Consultant- Harrison International Consulting Services, Inc.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
Presently, I am the Managing Consultant at Harrison International Consulting Services, Inc. I have held this position since March 2007.

Describe your main responsibilities.
Oversee the daily responsibility of the firm services that includes, but not limited to: Community Outreach, Public Relations and Marketing Services.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
(Men’s Ministry) Man of Distinction Award 1997- Greater St Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church; (Men’s Ministry) Vision Award 1998- Greater St Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church; The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc ( Phi Iota Iota Graduate Chapter) – Omega Man of the year Award Recipient 2000; Former Advisory Board Member 2005-2006- Texas Southern University Minority Training Program (Houston, Texas), Strategy Based Decision Making Team Member 2011 & 2012- Menard Williams Elementary School (Richmond, Texas); Elected 9th District Chaplain- The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc (Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas & Oklahoma). 2500 plus membership.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
I know that St. Aug has prepared me from an inmature boy in 1983 to a young responsible man in 1987. The discipline, teamwork, mentoring and consistency of teachers is a trademark that I will forever cherish! The discipline and fundamentals of what I learned at St Aug has catapulted me to organize and launch a ministry in 2013.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
I am blessed to be a blessing!

Dr. Ken Boutte, ’72

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Undergraduate Education:
Xavier University, New Orleans, LA

Graduate Education:
University of California, Berkeley, CA

Other Education:
Harvard University, Institutes for Higher Education, Cambridge, MA

Briefly describe your career path.
After completing the Ph.D. and postdoc at Berkeley, I joined the faculty of the Biology Department at Xavier University in August of 1985. I became an Associate Professor of Biology with tenure in 1991. In 1995, I became the Chairman of the Biology Department, in July of 1997 became the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in 1998 became Professor of Biology, and in July 2007 became Dean of Freshman Studies. In 2010 I was on loan from Xavier to the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Obama administration where I served as a Program Officer for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program and provided oversight to over $18 million in grant projects. I returned to Xavier in January 2011.

What is your current position & how long have you been with your employer?
I am currently Professor of Biology and the Associate Dean of Summer Programs and External Initiatives at Xavier University of Louisiana located in New Orleans. I have completed 27 years with Xavier.

Describe your main responsibilities.
My duties include serving as coordinator of summer courses and programs, director of University exchange programs, and coordinator of articulation agreements and partnerships with other institutions.

What notable awards/achievements/honors have you received?
I was a Scholar in Residence at New York University in 1991 and 1992. I have held several appointments, including the New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRIDGES Grant Review Panel, the Higher Education Advisory Group for the National Educational Goals panel, the Chancellor’s Council for Tulane University’s School of Medicine, The National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Review Panel, and the Board of Directors for St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
St. Aug provided the foundations, both academically and socially, for me to be successful in college and beyond. The teachers were firm but caring, and encouraged me to continue to achieve and grow. This mentality has stuck with me throughout my life, allowing me to not only contribute to society but be a leader. The saying “Pride Builds St. Augustine” has resonated with me since graduating in 1972.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
I believe in St. Aug. And I believe the morals, values, and education I received there should continue to be instilled in young men. In addition to being an alumus, I am proud to say that I am the parent of a St. Aug alumnus. I would not have allowed my son to attend St. Aug if I did not believe in this institution.

 

Jamon Barrow, ’91

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College Attended:

Xavier University, New Orleans, La

Briefly describe your career path.
After graduating from Xavier with a BS in Marketing I began working at Allstate Insurance Company. I remained with Allstate for a total of 13 years. During my time with Allstate I developed a passion for On-Site Catering as a weekend hobby. As time passed my hobby became a business, Smoke N Spice, and began to demand the majority of my time. Soon, there was little free time so a decision was made to invest more attention, interest and time into Smoke N Spice, and I have not looked back since. We have had the pleasure of doing business with St Aug (our favorite customer), the NBA, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Xavier University, City of New Orleans, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Burger King, BET, Auburn University and many more. It has been a pleasure to own and operate a business and St Aug is a major part of that.

What is your current position?
My current position is Owner/Operator of Smoke N Spice. We have been in business since 2004.

Describe your main responsibilities.
My main responsibilities are to negotiate contracts with our customers, grow the business, and the logistics of ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

What notable awards/achievements have you recieved?
St. Augustine’s Father Charles Hall Award; St. Augustine’s Service Award.

How do you feel St. Aug prepared you for your future?
St. Aug gave me the confidence to believe that I could achieve anything I put my mind to. St. Aug also taught me how to not judge a book by its cover. It doesn’t matter where you come from when entering St. Aug, its graduates are polished achievers upon graduation, time and time again. St. Aug also prepared me with a customer base as Purple Knights support each other in business.

Why do you contribute to St. Aug?
I contribute to St. Aug because St. Aug has given me so much. If I don’t, who can I expect will. One thing that saddens me is that far too few alumni give back but St. Aug has given us so much. I also give back because St. Aug has to be there for my son, Chase. He lives to one day be a Purple Knight. St. Aug does so much with so little; I think its time St. Aug has more. What could St. Aug do with more?




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