Strong and engaged governance is essential for achievement. The Amistad board of directors facilitate our mission while we operate with a level of integrity that sets a standard of cultural excellence. 


Kim Boyle, Esq., Amistad's Board President and Chair, practices in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights, constitutional law, commercial, tort, and general litigation. Her employment practice includes representing employers in employment related claims, such as retaliation and discrimination claims, as well as workplace harassment. Ms. Boyle also handles EEOC charges and other administrative complaints through the administrative and judicial process. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Boyle served as Judge Pro Tempore, Division I, for the Civil District Court for Orleans Parish. Kim Boyle is also a former assistant professor of law at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.

Laura Rosanne Adderley, Ph.D

Laura Rosanne Adderley is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she has worked almost continuously since 1996. She works primarily as a comparative slavery historian, focusing particularly on the 19th century and the era of slave trade abolition and emancipation. She serves as the Tulane History Department member on the Board of the Amistad Research Center. Additionally, she has a range of community interests relevant to ASWAD’s (Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora) mission, including work with an anti-racism organizing collective in New Orleans, human rights education with Amnesty International, and work for the Episcopal Church on the legacy of African-American Episcopal saint, Frances Gaudet.

Ronald M. Carrere, Jr.

Ronald M. Carrere, Jr. is a native New Orleanian and a graduate of the University of New Orleans, with degrees in Business Administration and Finance, specializing in Real Estate Finance. An alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Art and Practice of Leadership Development program, Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, Loyola Institute of Politics, and the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute. Currently employed by Liberty Bank & Trust Co., Ronald Carrere, Jr. serves as the Vice President of Development, where he is a leader in both the Real Estate and Commercial Lending Divisions, while also assisting with several community initiatives. Prior to entering the private sector, he spent seven years working for the City of New Orleans in both the Workforce Development and Economic Development departments.

Andrea Green Jefferson, Ed.D.

Dr. Andrea Green Jefferson recently embarked upon new career opportunities after thirty years in various administrative and teaching positions in higher education and at the elementary and secondary levels. She works in the financial services industry, is licensed by FINRA, and holds the Series 6 and Series 63 Securities licenses, as well as life insurance licenses in several states. She also started her own custom hand-made jewelry design company using gemstones, crystals, and specialty beads from around the world. Dr. Jefferson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University and A&M College in 1969, the Master of Education degree from Rutgers University in 1970, and the Doctorate of Education degree from the University of New Orleans in 1979. She completed post graduate studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1989, and at the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2006.

Judge Terri F. Love

The Honorable Terri F. Love serves as a judge on the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. Prior to her fourteen-year tenure on the Fourth Circuit, Judge Love served as a Judge Ad Hoc for the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court and as a judge on the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans for five years. Before entering the judiciary, Judge Love was the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the city of New Orleans, where she authored New Orleans’ first domestic violence ordinance. Judge Love holds a B.A. from Jackson State University and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School. She attained her Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Jacklyn Monk

Jacklyn Monk is Executive Editor of Essence and InStyle magazines. She was deputy managing editor of Real Simple for 15 years and has held senior positions at Vibe and Bridal Guide. A media executive with extensive leadership, management, strategic, and operations experience, Jacklyn has a proven track record for quickly synthesizing information, implementing effective systems, and efficiently executing projects. At the age of 25, she became the first African American beauty editor at a general audience women's magazine, New Woman. In addition to being on the Amistad Research Center Board of Directors, Jacklyn is a member of the Aging in New York Fund, the philanthropic wing of the New York City Department for the Aging. She is a graduate of the City University of New York at York College and received a Mastering Management certificate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Mrs. Sybil Haydel Morial

Sybil Haydel Morial’s involvement in human and civil rights dates back to the early 1950s. Mrs. Morial participated in some of the first tests for integration of New Orleans’ universities, attempting to enroll at both Tulane and Loyola. In 1962, when the Louisiana Legislature enacted racist laws in response to the court decisions outlawing segregation, she was the lone plaintiff in a successful challenge to a statute prohibiting public school teachers from being involved in any organization advocating integration. Mrs. Sybil H. Morial is a Director of Liberty Bank and Trust Company. She serves as a member of the Metropolitan Area Committee Education Fund, Tulane University Presidents Council, and the advisory committee of the Tulane Medical Center. Mrs. Morial is Vice-President of the International Womens' Forum, and President of the Womens' Forum of Louisiana. She is on the Board of Directors of the Public Law Center; Vice-President of the Earhart-Tulane Corridor Association; President Emeritus of the Louisiana League of Good Government; and Honorary Chair of the Friends of Mercy Hospital.

Lance Query, Ph.D.

Dr. Lance Query is the Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources emeritus at Tulane University. He received the Ph.D. in Latin American History from Indiana University, Bloomington, and the M.A. in Library Science from the University of Chicago. His undergraduate studies were at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Query previously served as Dean of Libraries at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, and Assistant University Librarian and Acting University Librarian at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. For two years, post-Hurricane Katrina, he served pro bono as acting director of the New Orleans Public Library. He has consulted regarding academic research libraries in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Currently, he serves as a senior consultant for the Association of College and Research Libraries division of the American Library Association. He is president of the Board of Cypress Academy, the newest public charter school in the Orleans Parish School District and docent at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams is a philanthropist who contributes her time and resources to many local charities. The American Cancer Society recently recognized Mrs. Williams contributions to the community and honored her as a Belle at their 2015 “Belles and Beaus” Gala. She is a past chairperson of the Susan G. Komen annual “Survivor's Luncheon” and a six-year member of the Susan G. Komen Summercure Chef’s Wine Dinner committee. She is also a past chairperson of the Young Audiences “Dancing for the Arts” Gala and currently serves on their Board of Directors. Elizabeth has served on the Sugarplum Ball committee (benefiting Children’s Hospital), Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour committee, Kids Zoo to Do Committee, and the Family Services TOPS Gala committee. Elizabeth is a proud member of several civic organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated (Crescent City chapter) and Jack and Jill of America (New Orleans chapter). Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.

Ron Wilson, Esq.

Since graduating from law school, Ron Wilson has been engaged in the private practice of law – primarily public interest and civil rights litigation. He is a cooperating attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, handling primarily employment and voting rights cases, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, litigating Establishment Clause cases. He has litigated numerous cases in the areas of housing discrimination, employment discrimination, school desegregation, voting rights, police misconduct, prison conditions, separation of church and state, freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process of law and equal protection. He has prepared and/or assisted in the preparation of briefs submitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He was one of the attorneys of record in Edwards v. Aguillard, 107 S.Ct. 2573, in which the Louisiana Creation Science law was declared unconstitutional, and Chisom v. Roemer, 111 S.Ct. 2334 (1991), in which the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1973, et seq., was held applicable to judicial elections.

Linetta Gilbert, Vice Chair

Linetta J. Gilbert serves as Managing Partner of Gilbert & Associates. A respected leader in the philanthropic community, Linetta provides consulting, coaching, and network-building support to foundations, large and small non-profits, and emerging thought leaders. Her areas of practice include strategy development/planning and technical assistance for advancing organizational and community wide racial equity outcomes; board development; strategic planning; leadership development; and group facilitation. Some of her current and recent clients include: Greater Milwaukee Foundation, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Casey Family Programs, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. She served as Senior Program Officer for Social Justice Philanthropy with The Ford Foundation, where, over nearly a decade, she invested, monitored, and leveraged $1 billion in resources dedicated to transforming and strengthening community-based philanthropic organizations worldwide.

Byron Stewart, AIA | Treasurer

Byron Joseph Stewart, AIA is President and Chief Executive Officer of Byron J. Stewart & Associates in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, LA. In 1979 he graduated from Southern University of Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Architecture. With an esteemed career spanning more than 38 years in the Architectural profession, Mr. Stewart has led various multi-disciplinary teams consisting of architects, engineers, CADD operators and other professionals in the successful completion of numerous public and private sector projects with construction budgets of up to $500 million. As one of New Orleans’ most innovative architects and businesspeople, Mr. Stewart’s body of work also credit joint venture partnerships with Perez, Ernst & Farnet on the Harrah’s New Orleans Casino project and a wide range of public sector projects (HANO, RTA, OPSB, the New Orleans Convention Center, the Shreveport Convention Center, New Orleans Armstrong International Airport, etc.) and private sector projects ranging from retail and commercial buildings to churches and residences.

Theon Wilson, Esq. | Secretary

Theon A. Wilson is a practicing family law attorney in New Orleans, LA and Owner of Law Offices of Theon A. Wilson. Wilson received her Juris Doctorate in 1976 from Tulane University School of Law and Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology in 1973 from Newcomb College. With more than 40 years of family law experience, Wilson’s law practice focuses on divorce, child custody, child support and community property partition. In 1972, She is a community leader that has volunteered her time on multiple boards and councils to include: Former Board Member & Vice President, Southeast Louisiana Girl Scouts Council; Former founding member, Association for Women Attorneys; Former Board Member, Housing Authority of New Orleans; and Former Board Member, Irish Channel Action Foundation. She was recognized by New Orleans’ Magazine Best Lawyers and she is a YWCA Honoree.