Meet Our Board Officers

Mack Crayton III, PhD. (President)  - Dr. Crayton is a native of Shreveport, LA and earned his undergraduate degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe, Masters Degree from Tennessee State University and Doctoral Degree from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.  Dr. Crayton is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has more than twenty-five years of teaching experience, serving fifteen of these years as a Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at Xavier University of Louisiana and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Dillard University in New Orleans. Now CEO of Crayton’s Services, LLC., Dr. Crayton is a STEM Educational Consultant, Author, Educational Motivational Speaker and Graphic design artist.  Dr. Crayton assists CLASS scholars in the areas of Math, Science, and online homework resources.

Jai Reed (Vice President) - Pastor Jai Reed, is a native of New Orleans and is a graduate of Marion Abramson High School (New Orleans public school).  He is a licensed and ordained minister and also a international gospel recording artist.  As Senior Pastor of the non-denominational ministry, New Beginnings and also as a Gospel recording artists Pastor Reed travels the US preaching and singing to thousands.  Still the largest percentage of his time as a Pastor is spent providing Christian consultations to his Parishioners and to others in.  As a Gospel Artist, he has three albums to his credit and he earned one of gospel music’s highest recognitions, a Stellar Award nomination for his album, Anointed for Purpose. Pastor Reed has shared the musical stage with Gospel Greats such as the legendary Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Le’Andria Johnson, and Bobby Jones.  Pastor Reed is Founder and CEO of the faith-based community advocacy organization, Helping Other People Endure (HOPE) Project.  Founded in 2012, HOPE Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides assistance to homeless and economically underprivileged families in New Orleans and also helps deserving students from these families further their education though its Mary Johnson Scholarship Fund.   Pastor Reed is experienced with event planning, fundraising, marketing, Christian mentoring and counseling.


Melaney Batiste (Secretary) - Ms. Batiste is a native of Picayune, MS and holds an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology, and a Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling, both from Xavier University of Louisiana.  Ms. Batiste hold the honor of having served as a former Miss Xavier and she is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ms. Batiste has over thirty years experience as a Speech Pathologist and is currently employed by Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC).  Since 2015, Ms. Batiste has served as a tutor for CLASS assisting scholars in the areas of Language Arts, Reading and History.

Latrice Lowery (Treasurer) - Mrs. Latrice Lowery is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Marion Abramson High School (New Orleans public school). She holds an undergraduate Degree in Business Administration, plus a Certification for Director in Child Care Management and Administration from Southern University at New Orleans. Currently, she is a Supervisor of Human Resources at Children's Hospital, Houston TX.  Mrs. Lowery is a highly skilled Human Resources professional with ten years of experience in benefits administration, full cycle talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, compensation analysis, payroll, tax and audit/compliance.  She is married to Mr. Terry Lowery and they have three children.

Milton Batiste, III (Chairperson) - Mr. Milton Batiste is a native of Alexandria, LA and holds an undergraduate degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Masters Degree from Grambling State University in Sports Management and Administration. Mr. Batiste is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He serves as Director of Activities and Transportation at the Arc of New Orleans.  Mr. Batiste also serves as a team coach with Arch's Special Olympics and in the past five years, he has secured over $500,000 in grant funding for the Arc. 

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