Superintendent's Cabinet


Ernest E. Garrett III is the former executive director and chief executive officer of the Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc., located in Webster Groves, Mo. He is also the founder and owner of Garrett LCSW & Consulting, a deaf-owned and operated limited liability company headquartered in Jefferson City, Mo., licensed by the City of Jefferson and accredited by the Better Business Bureau (A+). [Read More...]

 Katherine Granier
Deputy  Superintendent of Financial Services

Katherine Rasy Granier is a veteran of the Louisiana state government with over 18 years of experience in the development and implementation of finance, budget and statistical analysis, public policy, strategies, processes and controls. Her expertise encompasses establishing budgeting functions, systems and best practices, cost-reduction, and building business relationships to ensure goal-surpassing fiscal performance. [Read More...]

 Leslie Hill
Director of Government and Community Affairs

/UserFiles/Servers/Server_441941/Image Leslie Hill is an experienced government relations professional with over fifteen years in government, policy, and legislative affairs. Hill has spent the last nine years with the Louisiana Department of Education working with the Louisiana Legislature to pass and implement legislation to improve educational opportunities across the State. Hill has developed and maintained strong relationships by providing timely, relevant assistance to Legislators and staff, constituents, state executive branch leadership and other important stakeholders.... Prior to working at the Department of Education, Hill was the Deputy Director of a state licensing board where she worked to update the board’s statutory and administrative regulations. She also worked for Congressman Bobby Jindal in constituent services for the 1st Congressional District in the New Orleans area. Hill later worked for Luke Letlow, Special Assistant to the
Governor, during the Jindal gubernatorial administration. In the Governor’s Office, she made recommendations to the Governor of persons to serve on state boards and commissions and served as part of the Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Programs teams. Hill is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she was a member of the Tiger Band Color
Guard and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. She is an alumnus of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) “Leadership Louisiana” program.

 Dr. Heather Laine
Director of LSD

Dr. Heather Laine began her education career as a paraeducator with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) in the late spring of 1999 then became a teacher of the self-contained special education classroom for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students from preschool to high school from August 1999 to July 2006. After LACOE, she moved to Mesa, Arizona to work at Sequoia Deaf school for 14 years where she was employed as a teacher, elementary assistant principal, and then a K-12 principal. [Read More...]

Dr. LewisDr. Shirley B. Lewis
Assistant Superintendent of SSP

Shirley B. Lewis, Ed.D, is a product of the East Baton Rouge School System of which she is proud to proclaim. Lewis, a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana State University, and Nova Southeastern University, has numerous credit hours in educational leadership obtained from Southern University, Baton Rouge. She holds a variety of certifications in education, which she believes has prepared her for serving in the many capacities within the Special School District.  [Read More...]

/UserFiles/Servers/Server_441941/Image/About Us/Exec Staff/                              Dr. Marie Smith
                            Deputy Superintendent of Learning Services

Marie A. Smith, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, possesses multiple certifications and licenses in regular and special education administration, school and mental health counseling, curriculum and instruction, and teaching. Smith’s knowledge spans essential disciplines to include administration, counseling, student behavior, evaluation/assessment, professional development, and program research. [Read More...]

Exec. Director of ESS

Kathleen Carr, M.Ed., oversees a team of professionals whose responsibilities include providing diagnostic testing and results to young scholars enrolled in the SSD’s educational and residential programs.  Connecting with SSD’s “customers,” the young scholars and their families, starts with a conversation that helps instructors provide the specialized educational programs and support services to fit scholars enrolled in or seeking enrollment in the system. [Read More...]

 Donald Snider
Special Assistant to The Superintendent 

Donald Snider is a senior-level visionary with a proven record of success. His extensive experience in the field, excellent leadership skills and strong management acumen have afforded him the experience to undertake high levels of responsibility and to design major foundational policies. His extensive entrepreneurial experience and powerful national affiliations have led to numerous executive appointments. [Read More...]

Marie Henderson

Director of Accountability, Assessment, and Research

Marie Young Henderson, PhD, earned her doctorate degree in Psychology from 
Louisiana State University and holds a Louisiana Certification in School Psychology. Her training at LSU focused on educational assessment, school-based intervention, and Applied Behavior Analysis. Henderson specializes in individualized and system-wide program planning, data tracking, implementation fidelity, and efficacy analyses. Henderson began her career with Livingston Parish Public Schools where she worked in Pupil Appraisal as a School Psychologist, Behavior Intervention Specialist, and Academic Interventionist....
In 2009, Henderson transitioned to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), where she had the opportunity to work directly with the state superintendent for 6 years. Under Superintendent Pastorek, Henderson was as a performance management consultant in the Superintendent’s Delivery Unit. The Delivery Unit was one of the first in the nation to support state level government in establishing student focused goals, strategic planning, and data management routines for monitoring and tracking programmatic efficacy. Henderson continued her work at LDOE under Superintendent White in leading the District Support Office. The District Support Office directed the work of over 50 staff across Louisiana who were tasked with supporting Local Education Agencies in planning and implementing various educational priorities. Henderson transitioned to Louisiana Schools for the Deaf and Visually Impaired in 2015, as the Director of Shared Academic Services, to support implementation of the various educational priorities she had supported statewide. As the director, Henderson managed various district level requirements, such as, data systems, admissions, and pupil appraisal. She supported the schools in understanding state level requirements related to Academics, Early Childhood, High School, and Special Education. Additionally, Henderson supported the schools in applying their knowledge of state requirements and student needs to planning for federal and state grant expenditures. From 2019 to 2020, Henderson served as the Director of the Center for Innovation on LSDVI’s campus. In this role, she focused on statewide supports and services for Deaf and visually impaired scholars across Louisiana.


/UserFiles/Servers/Server_441941/ImageMelanie Hall Principal of LSVI Melanie Hall currently serves as the Principal for the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, and is in her seventh year at the school. Mrs. Hall holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts in Teaching from Louisiana State University.  Throughout her 11 years in education, she has taught social studies, ELA, reading intervention, and served as a mentor teacher. As the principal, she uses her training as an educational leader, experience as a teacher, and knowledge as a certified teacher of the visually impaired to support high quality instruction in the core and expanded core areas throughout the school.

Director of Human Resources

Kenyetta Sewell was responsible for Human Resources for the Louisiana Lottery Corporation for six years. Her responsibilities included the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and strategic initiatives. Strategic initiatives included recruiting and retention, learning and development, compensation and benefits, and other initiatives related to employment. [Read More...]

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