BRYC prepares high-achieving, under-resourced high school students to enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.


BRYC provides Fellows the best college-preparatory and persistence resources money can buy — for free so they can maximize the value of their degrees, build wealth, and interrupt generational poverty cycles.


BRYC was founded in 2009 when a group of high school teachers, led by Daniel Kahn and Sam Joel, recognized that even their highest-achieving students lacked the resources they needed to realize college success.


In 2021-2022 BRYC will serve 300 high schoolers with an eye toward our 2024-2025 goal of having 500 Fellows annually at our downtown Baton Rouge campus. We also will support 300 College Fellows across 50 schools, augmenting BRYC’s college persistence and career services. Simultaneously BRYC is exploring ways to make our services available to considerably more youth across Baton Rouge and Louisiana. We are incredibly proud that our 438 alumni persist in college at a rate of 75 percent, and we are committed to sustainable growth that preserves the integrity of BRYC’s impact.


9th/10th Transition

Start high school strong


ACT Preparation

Boost ACT scores


College Access

Enter and pay for college


Development Team

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Lucas Spielfogel

Program Support Team

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Laura Hawkes
A'Shonte Johnson headshot
A’Shonte Johnson
Kamesha Brumfield headshot
Kamesha Brumfield

College Team

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Connor Gonzales
Michelle Myers headshot
Michelle Myers
John Belmontez headshot
John Belmontez

Upperclassmen Learning Team

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Aareena Dhillon
Rachel Stevens headshot
Rachel Stevens
Elizabeth Gardner

Underclassmen Learning Team

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Allie Diefendorf
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Brei Gage
Rachel Howatt headshot
Rachel Howatt
Taylor Iles headshot
Taylor Iles

Community Team

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Josh Howard
Elin Hawkinson headshot
Elin Hawkinson
Dr. Christi Brown headshot
Dr. Christi Brown

Persistence Team

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Catherine Molleno

Board Members

Treasurer: Lisa Adamek

  • Attorney; activist; community servant

Secretary: Francisca Adjei

  • English as a Second Language Coordinator, McKinley High School

Dr. Jewel Crockett

  • Physician, Baton Rouge Clinic

Nigel Fontenot

  • Patent Attorney, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center

Kevin Knobloch

  • Managing Director – Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

Dave Luecke

  • Chemical Plant Manager, ExxonMobil

Mikki Ceasar Mathews

  • Vice President of Public Finance Investment Banking, Piper Sandler & Co.

Board Chair: Chaunda Allen Mitchell, PhD

  • Director of Community Programs, Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Jennifer Perkins

  • Senior Consultant, Emergent Method LLC

Zaheer Poptani

  • Financial Advisor and Chief Compliance Officer, Dent Wealth Advisors

Linda Orlansky Posner

  • Attorney; activist; community servant

Garrett Temple

  • NBA Guard-Forward, New Orleans Pelicans

Vice-Chair: Jessica Tucker-Baghian

  • CEO, Roxton Strategies, LLC; Principal, Watershed Advisors

Corey Wilson

  • Superintendent, East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission (BREC)