Angela Bass

Angela Bass

Board Member

Angela is the Deputy Director of Policy at Mississippi First. In this role, Angela helps to develop and manage the organization’s policy and research agenda. Previously, Angela was a middle and high school math teacher, a Dean of Students at a high performing charter school in Memphis, and a Teach For America Corps Member in the Mississippi Delta. She received her M. Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University and her B.A. in Comparative Women’s Studies and Women’s Health from Spelman College.

abass@republiccharterschools.org

Wood Caldwell

Wood Caldwell

Board Member

Wood is a Principal at Southeast Venture, LLC. Wood’s work at Southeast Venture provides him with a deep knowledge of the city and its various neighborhoods and needs. A Board Member with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, he has worked diligently as a member of the Executive Committee to ensure the YMCA meets organizational growth goals and to continue a legacy of quality youth programming for families in Tennessee. Wood holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

wcaldwell@republiccharterschools.org

Hal Cato

Hal Cato

Board Member

Hal is a passionate youth advocate who spent the past decade leading the Oasis Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Under his leadership, the organization grew more than 500% and received numerous regional and national awards. Prior to joining the Oasis Center, Hal spent 11 years helping to build what is now known as Bright Horizons, where he served both as the Vice President of Client Services and as the Founder and President of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. In 2009, Hal was named Nashvillian of the Year by the editors of the Nashville Scene for creating the Youth Opportunity Center.

hcato@republiccharterschools.org

Ron Corbin

Ron Corbin

Board Vice Chair

Before joining RBBC Holdings, Ron was a leading executive for Allstate, America’s largest publicly traded auto and personal property insurer. In addition to his high-level of expertise in developing proven financial and management systems, Ron leveraged his expertise for the betterment of a wide array of social and community issues. Ron also served in the U.S. Military, where he earned the rank of Sergeant E5 in the United States Army. He served a year in Vietnam and was honorably discharged. Ron is a Distinguished Alumnus of Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma.

rcorbin@republiccharterschools.org

Mignon Francois

Mignon Francois

Board Member

Mignon Francois is the Founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection (TCC), a nationally recognized bakery in Historic Germantown and the proud parent of a RePublic High School student. Mignon has won numerous national awards, including Family Business of the Year through Black Enterprise Magazine. A New Orleans native and charter school enthusiast, Mignon also serves on the board of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation. Mignon is an alumnus of Xavier University in New Orleans and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Houston Baptist University. She is also working towards her MB.A. at Lipscomb University.

mfrancois@republiccharterschools.org

Allyn Gibson

Allyn Gibson

Board Secretary

Allyn is a full-time mom to her two-year-old son and newborn daughter. She previously worked as a litigation associate for Bass, Berry, and Sims. She is an alumnus of Teach for America, and taught 3rd grade in New Orleans. Allyn received a B.A. in Sociology and French from Wake Forest University, and her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.

agibson@republiccharterschools.org

Lee Harper

Lee Harper

Board Member

Lee is a Development Partner at West End Investment, LLC. In this role, Lee manages day-to-day operations, develops investment strategies, and oversees product development, financial management, and customer markets of Koinania Coffee. She previously worked as the City Executive, Assistant Vice President, and Financial Director of Hope Community Credit Union in Jackson, Mississippi. Lee also served as the President of the Jackson Public School Board of Trustees. Lee graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a B.S. in Business and Office Administration.

lharper@republiccharterschools.org

Stewart Hood

Stewart Hood

Board Chair

Stewart is the Vice President of Systems at Munistrategies, LLC – a Jackson, Mississippi-based community development entity that specializes in capital infusion in low-income communities. He is also an Investment Analyst at Grits Capital, LLC and the Co-Founder of Fondren Public, LLC. He received his M.B.A. from Babson College and his B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Mississippi.

shood@republiccharterschools.org

Ben LaBolt

Ben LaBolt

Board Member

Ben is a communications strategist and founding partner of The Incite Agency.  At Incite, LaBolt has advised organizations from Fortune 500 companies to advocacy organizations on how to be more targeted, proactive and agile, defend brands under siege, and tackle significant customer and public policy initiatives. For the prior decade, LaBolt managed press relations for candidates and elected officials from the city to the national level. He served as National Press Secretary for the 2012 Obama-Biden campaign and Communications Director for Rahm Emanuel's successful campaign for Chicago Mayor. Ben serves as an adjunct instructor in Crisis Management at NYU’s School of Professional Studies and is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. He is a graduate of Middlebury College.

blabolt@republiccharterschools.org

Waymon Tipton

Waymon Tipton

Board Treasurer

Waymon manages the wealth management group at Avondale Partners, LLC and serves on the firm’s operating committee, which oversees coordination and implementation of firm-wide strategies. Waymon is an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church and serves on the boards of the CFA Society of Nashville and the Board of Sequatchie Concrete Services. He holds an M.B.A. from the Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

wtipton@republiccharterschools.org