BRYC Overview


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 aspires to provide its Fellows with the best college-preparatory resources money can buy — for free.


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.

A Decade of Persistence

In 2019-2020 BRYC will celebrate its 10-year anniversary and drive a campaign to ensure our next decade. At the center of that campaign is the word PERSISTENCE, underscoring that BRYC is about long-term success. Our 373 alumni, who represent nearly 60 colleges and live, work, and study in more than 20 states, remain in college at a rate of 86 percent. BRYC too has persisted: from a fledgling engine-that-could to a well-oiled operation of 18 staff members and 130 volunteers serving 250 youth across nine school districts. Ages nine and 10 are when nonprofits are likeliest to fold. BRYC is charging through its decade milestone, stronger than ever, preparing for continued expansion.

Core Competencies: The Three Cs


Promoting academic growth and beyond-class engagement, and helping Fellows enter and complete college.


Supporting Fellows in living their values, representing themselves effectively, and critically examining society.


Fostering a loving, vibrant, youth-led Community through which Fellows connect to valuable resources.

Program Support Team

Lucas Spielfogel
Laura Hawkes
Candace Daymond
A’Shonte Johnson
Kamesha Brumfield

College Team

Chelsea Werner
Michelle Myers
Connor Gonzales
John Belmontez

ACT Learning Team

Leigh Phillips
Elin Hawkinson
Aareena Dhillon
Elizabeth Gardner

Underclassmen Learning Team

Allie Diefendorf
Brei Gage
Rachel Stevens

Community Team

Josh Howard
Francesca Simmons
Christi Brown

Board Members

Lisa Adamek

  • Attorney; activist; community servant

Francisca Adjei

  • English as a Second Language Coordinator, McKinley High School

Jessica Tucker-Baghian

  • CEO, Roxton Strategies, LLC

Nigel Fontenot

  • Associate, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Kevin Knobloch, Treasurer

  • Managing Director – Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

Sarah Kracke, Interim Chair

  • Owner & President, Kracke Consulting

Dave Luecke

  • Chemical Plant Manager, ExxonMobil

Mikki Ceasar Mathews

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

Chaunda Allen Mitchell, PhD

  • Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion / Director of Drug Policy, Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Jay Noland

  • Owner, Noland Development, LLC

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

Corey Wilson

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