Board of Directors
THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS is responsible for the governance and operation of Catholic High School. The Board of Directors’ responsibility is to ensure Catholic is operated in accordance with the mission and charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The Board delegates to the president, principal, and school administration the executive authority to operate the school in accordance with that mission and charism. Further, the Board explicitly refrains from interference in the administration of the school especially in areas such as personnel, curriculum, discipline and admission of individual students.
- Mr. Blaine Clark '77
- Mr. Maurice Coleman '82
- Mr. Richard Bourgeois '94
- Mr. David T. Butler '77
- Mrs. Gwen Cotton
- Mr. Ryan J. Gallagher
- Mrs. Lisa Harvey
- Mr. Francis C. Jumonville Jr. '73
- Mr. Douglas Nelson '79
- Mr. Gerald E. Tullier
Blane Clark ’77 has a B.S. in Accounting from LSU and juris doctor from LSU Law School where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif (top 10%). He is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of the Kean Miller law firm, where he has worked since his graduation from law school, devoting most of his practice to representing clients that are buying or selling businesses. He is also a member of the Management Committee.
Blane has been recognized for his legal skills by being listed each year since 2006 in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) in Corporate Law and in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Chambers USA) in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions. In addition to serving as past member of the board for Big Buddy Program, the Hospice Foundation and Myriam’s House, he is an active member of the Catholic High School Alumni Association, where he served as president in 2007-2008, and is a lifetime member of the Catholic High School Men’s Club.
Blane and his wife Celeste, a 1978 graduate of Vandebilt Catholic in Houma, have four children – Gordon ’08, Hayden, Sarah, and Emma. He and his family are members of St. Aloysius Church.
Mr. Maurice J. Coleman, a CHS 1982 graduate, is Deputy Chief Investment Officer of the $18 billion Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana and is directly responsible for overseeing its approximately $5 billion of private markets assets. He also serves as an adjunct finance instructor for the Louisiana State University E.J. Ourso College of Business. Prior to joining the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana, Mr. Coleman was Managing Director at Cherokee Investment Partners in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was also an Investment Director for Delta Air Lines mostly in its pension benefit trusts and in other corporate finance positions for fourteen years. He began his career in corporate banking with Wachovia Bank in Atlanta.
A Catholic High Bruin Man of the Year, he is a member of the Catholic High School Foundation and was inducted into Catholic High School’s Grizzly Great. He and his wife of 29 years, Allison have two sons: Maurice Coleman, Jr., a 2013 graduate and Miles Coleman, a 2016 graduate.
Mr. Coleman received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the Louisiana State University and is CFA charterholder. He is a member and past president of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and is a 2009 Hall of Distinction inductee.
Rich Bourgeois ’94 received his B.S. in Microbiology from LSU and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif (top 10%). After receiving his law degree, he worked as a commercial litigator in Washington, D.C. with a large international law firm. In 2003, he was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Louisiana where he served as deputy criminal chief, supervising and prosecuting cases involving computer crimes, as well as large scale schemes involving healthcare, banking and mortgage fraud. He has been recognized for excellence by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and the Department of Homeland Security
Rich was appointed a full time United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana in 2013 where he currently serves. He is a frequent lecturer at various continuing legal education programs as well as industry specific programs on matters regarding criminal law and procedure, computer crimes and forensics, identity theft, health care law, and civil practice and procedure.
Rich and his wife Tam, a 1995 graduate of Dominican High School in New Orleans, have three daughters. He and his family are active members of St. Aloysius Church.
David Butler ‘77 has a B.S. in accounting from LSU and a Juris Doctor from LSU Law School. He has served as a past board member for the Baton Rouge CYO, Serra Club and Boy Scout Troop 7. At Catholic High School, he has served on the Men’s Club executive committee and on the alumni board. He has also served as a football statistician, Catholic High football broadcast team member, Catholic High track official, Bear Facts magazine contributor, Centennial committee member, chairman of the Centennial publication committee and chairman of the Class of 1977 Endowed Scholarship. He was inducted into the Catholic High School Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
David and his wife Myria have three children, David ’05, Stephen ’07 and Patrick ’11. He and his family are members of St. Aloysius Parish.
The Brothers of the Sacred Heart have always been a big part of Gwen’s life; her father, A.J. Chiniche was a proud graduate (’49) of St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. She has three sons with her husband, Matthew: Bryan, Sean ’09 and Jacob ’11. They are also blessed to have Jacob’s wife, Emily Lasseigne (SJA ’11) as their daughter-in-law.
Receiving her B.S. in Commercial Banking from LSU, Gwen worked as a Loan Review Officer at Central Progressive Bank, in Hammond, Louisiana until transitioning to be a stay at home mom and full-time volunteer. Volunteering at St. Jean Vianney School and Church, Gwen has given her time to the Emergency Assistance, Disaster Relief and Hospital Ministry Committees.
Matthew and Gwen were most recently a chair couple for the Capital Campaign for the long-awaited school gym. As parents at Catholic High School Gwen and Matthew were the Parents Annual Giving Event chair couple for the 2007-08 school year. Gwen also gave her time to various committees including: Mothers’ Club Auction, Senior Supper, Grandparents Day and Teachers Appreciation. She was Mothers’ Club President for the 2009-10 school year and served on the Strategic Planning Committee (2010-11).
Gwen is a dedicated volunteer to Cancer Services of Baton Rouge and Options (Hammond, Louisiana), an organization providing services for people with disabilities. She currently serves on the advisory committee for fundraising. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge.
Ryan Gallagher is currently serving as principal of Brother Martin High School.
Gallagher graduated from Brother Martin in 2000. He earned his B.A. in English from Tulane University and his M.A. in English from Tulane as well. He joined the faculty at Brother Martin in 2005. Before serving as principal, Gallagher taught English; coached cross country, track & field, and basketball; and served as co-director of Staff Development, Director of Student Formation, and Assistant Principal for Discipline & Attendance.
Lisa Harvey currently serves as principal.Harvey received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in Religious Education from Loyola University of New Orleans.
She taught for six years at St. John Interparochial School in Plaquemine and came to Catholic in 2000, serving as a religion teacher and moderator of the dance team, Bruinettes.
She began serving as Religion Department Chairperson during the 2002-2003 school year. She served as assistant principal for Instruction during the 2003-2004 school year and served six years as academic assistant principal.
Francis Jumonville, CPA (Inactive) is a 1973 graduate of Catholic High, and a 1977 graduate of LSU, where he earned a B.S. in Accounting. From 1977 through 1982, Francis worked at Postlethwaite & Netterville, CPA’s, specializing in audits of pension plans and construction companies. Since 1983 through the present, Francis has worked at Airtrol, Inc., where he has held the position of Secretary-Treasurer since 1985. He has served on the Board of Directors of the CHS Foundation, Catholic High School Alumni Association, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baton Rouge, Big Buddy Program, and Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. He currently serves on the Board of The Vision 21 Foundation, The E.J. and Marjory B. Ourso Family Foundation, and The Baton Rouge Area Foundation. He is a lifetime member of the Catholic High School Men’s Club. Francis and his wife, Robin, are members of St. Aloysius Parish, and have two sons: Ben (CHS ’08) and Todd (CHS ’10).
Doug Nelson ’79 is a certified public accountant with a B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University. He is a partner with Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, where he serves as a member of the firm’s executive committee and as its Assurance Services department head. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.Doug and his wife Susan (SJA Class of ’79) are currently members of St. Patrick’s Church where Doug serves on the Parish Finance Council. Prior to joining St. Patrick’s, Doug had been actively involved in various ministries and committees at St. Thomas More Church and School. He was a member of the Pastoral Council, Confirmation team leader, and Eucharistic Minister. He also served several years as Finance Chairman of the St Thomas More School Board and was a member of the St Thomas More School Strategic Planning Committee.
In addition to various business organizations, Doug is also a member of the Metropolitan Serra Club, a Bishop Ott Shelter team leader, and presently serves on the Catholic High School audit committee.
Doug and Susan have one son, Ben ’05, who is a graduate of LSU and Tulane Law School.
Gerald Tullier is currently serving as president of Catholic High School.
Tullier graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary School and St. Joseph Cathedral Prep. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, a Masters in Theological Studies from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, and a M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans.
Tullier was program director for Refugee Services at the Associated Catholic Charities in New Orleans before joining the faculty of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans in 1978. At Brother Martin, he served as religion and English teacher, department chair, assistant principal, vice principal, and principal.