BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD MEMBER BIOS  

Jon Randall

Maxwell Zwain

Jeff Benjamin has worked in higher education for 11 years. The bulk of that time has been spent educating young men and women at the Community College level. It was during this time that he found his true passion educating and creating growth opportunities for African American males. It was him finding this passion which led to him mentoring African American Males in hopes to help them matriculate through college. After becoming a mentor and realizing that within his own community college there were others like him who shared the same passion, he was then asked to head a recruitment and retention program for African American Males. Within this program he created experiential out of the classroom learning activities and utilized a cohort style approach in the classroom at the community college level which yielded positive results. It was this program that springboarded Jeff into his current position as an instructor of First Year Experience and chair of the Black Male Initiative at a University in New Orleans, LA.

It is Jeff's mission to help create positive learning environments for students that allow them to succeed all while fostering and building relationships with the community, because it is within those relationships where growth is gained

Tiffany Lokey is the proud parent of two Encore students who have both attended ENCORE Academy since they started school.  She also has a toddler who is looking forward to being an ENCORE Academy Dragon in the future.  

Tiffany is originally from San Antonio, Texas and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  After obtaining her RN, she worked as a Labor & Delivery nurse in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Tiffany moved to New Orleans with her husband in 2000 where she worked as Labor & Deliver nurse and a childbirth educator.  Thereafter, she dedicated 9 years to a career in High Risk Obstetric Home Health as a Perinatal Educator before transitioning to the health insurance industry. Tiffany currently enjoys working for a major health insurance company where she is a Clinical Educator and also provides Quality Education to both clinical and non-clinical staff.  

Tiffany is passionate about promoting public health and well-being through education.  She feels that serving on the ENCORE Academy board is an honor and offers an opportunity to help foster the advancement of our school and promote progress of New Orleans public schools.  Tiffany’s family loves living in New Orleans and enjoying the diverse art, music, and culture that only this city can offer.   

Brittney Joseph, MSW, LMSW is a native New Orleanian who attended New Orleans public schools until relocating to Georgia. She returned to the city in 2003 to attend Xavier University of Louisiana where she obtained a BS in Psychology. She subsequently graduated from Southern University of New Orleans with a Masters of Social Work and now works as a technology training specialist for a large behavioral health corporation. Ms. Joseph is the mother of one child, who attended Encore Academy since it's inception in 2011.

Brittney is active in her community and volunteers with the homeless outreach missions and other initiatives. She especially enjoys providing therapeutic support services to women in need and volunteering to read to children.

Ms. Joseph enjoys watching movies, traveling, spending quality time with family and friends, and swimming.

Maxwell Zwain

Brian Brian L. Turner, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a native of New Orleans, La., where he graduated from Isidore Newman High School. He earned an athletic scholarship to Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, La. He then went on to complete his doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Jackson State University. Ideally, Dr. Turner sees himself at Xavier University preparing students for graduated training programs, conducting solid research, and investing in the continued health and wellbeing of the New Orleans community.

Dr. Turner’s research and clinical interests are as follows: 

The intersection of culture and psychology 

Social justice/equality 

Coping styles and mental health outcomes

Diversity/multicultural competency/inclusion issues (broadly defined)

Mental health advocacy/legislative issues

Psychodiagnostic assessment and measures

Clinical Training and Supervision. 

Dr. Turner has been honored as Top Teachers by Alpha Lamba Delta Honor Society, Xavier University of LA, UWF Employee of the Month; UWF Presidents Award for Leadership in Diversity; UWF Division of Student Affairs Award of Excellence; UWF Housing and Residence Life Oracle Outstanding Faculty Member; Pensacola Independent News Weekly Rising Star for 2012, and the University of Akron Division of Student Affairs Celebration of Diversity Award.