John G. Daniel, Executive Director - John has more than 30 years of leadership including a successful tenure as vice president/associate executive director for the renown Father Flanagan’s Boys Town National Operations from 2000-2004, and serving as deputy executive director at Louisiana Hurricane Recovery from 2005-2010. He is also a member of the East Baton Rouge Children and Youth Planning Board and founder and president of the Unity Day Youth and Family Zone.  “His leadership, energy and creativity will be a tremendous asset to the program and to our scholars,” said Fred Cerise, chairman of the Boys Hope Girls Hope organization’s board of directors and former head of LSU Hospitals.  “He’s a true role model for the kids.”  Daniel graduated from Cornell University in 1979 with a double bachelor’s degree in government and psychology. 

Alvin Aqeel Abdul-Salaam  - Residential Counselor, he is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.  The father to four sons and four step-daughters.  Currently resides in Baton Rouge, La. with wife, Demetria, and youngest son, Taaj.  Educated in the New Orleans Public and Private School System 1957-1969, with some course study classes at UNO and Delgado Community College, Mr. Salaam is currently enrolled in an online (Arabic) Language Program.  He served in the U.S.M.C. from 1969 to 1973, had a six month tour in Viet-Nam, and recently retired from a New Orleans Consulting Engineering Firm after thirty-seven years of service.  A community activist, Abdul Salaam has served as a Board Member and Board President of Masjidur-Rahim’s Board of Directors.  He has represented the New Orleans Muslim community on the New Orleans Human Relations Commission and taught Islamic Religion classes for boys ages 8-17 as well as adults.  He is currently Ad Hoc Katib (Emam.)  Aqeel is responsible for Friday Sermons at three different Mosques, one in New Orleans and two in Baton Rouge.

Betty W. Dupas, Residential Counselor, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she resides with her husband Eugene.  She’s the mother of four sons, Eugene W. Dupas Jr., Brandon G. Dupas, Justin L. Dupas, and Cameron M. Dupas.  Betty attended Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge and earned an Associate Degree in Business from Spencer Draughon Business College in Baton Rouge. She also, attended The University of Phoenix.  Betty has worn many hats.  She’s worked as a Substitute Teacher for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.  She has since worked for the City of Baton Rouge as an Administrator and Program Coordinator for the Volunteers in Court Program with Baton Rouge City Court.  She later worked as a Project Assistant with CH2M Hill Engineering Firm.

Dr. Leigh Jefferson Griffin, PhD, Higher Education Administration at Louisiana State University, and volunteer, is a native of Plaquemine, Louisiana but currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband Geoffrey and their two children, Cameron and Carsyn. Leigh earned both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge and her PhD form LSU. She began her career in education as a 2nd grade teacher in the Zachary Community School System. She has since worked as an Instructional Coach, Interim Dean of Students, and Project Manager. She recently completed a stint as project manager in the East Baton Rouge Parish School system and has accepted a professorship at Southern University and A&M College.


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