National Leadership Team

Khori Whittaker

Mr. Khori Whittaker

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Whittaker is the President and Chief Executive Officer. He started his career as a fifth grade teacher in Long Beach, California through the Teach for America movement. He was an early employee at InsideTrack, Inc. working to improve college access and completion for students across the country. Mr. Whittaker led recruiting at InsideTrack during a critical growth phase and led InsideTrack’s Community College Impact Initiative team, successfully launching, for the first time, unique student coaching and train-the-trainer programs in two states and ten college campuses. He also served as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admission at Stanford University. Prior to joining Lighthouse Academies, Mr. Whittaker launched and led the grassroots and community engagement team at the Foundation for Florida’s Future. He serves on the board of directors of Global Glimpse, Inc. and the advisory board of the Drug Free America Foundation. Mr. Whittaker earned a BA in Economics from Princeton University and a MA in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach.

Sue Jamback

Ms. Susan Jamback

Chief Schools Officer

Ms. Susan Jamback is the Chief Schools Officer. Ms. Jamback began her career as an art teacher winning an art teacher of the year award.  She opened her first charter school in 1996 in a makeshift facility in Chelmsford, MA.  After leading the school through charter renewal, she went on to lead Lowell Community Charter School.  The school served Cambodian and Latino families in one of the state’s highest need communities.  After leading that school through charter renewal, Ms. Jamback embarked on a career as a consultant coaching school leaders and conducting charter school evaluations. She has worked with several LHA schools and leaders over the past four years.  Ms. Jamback earned a B.S. at Plymouth State University and a M.Ed from Antioch.

Jerome Ballard

Mr. Jerome Ballard

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Jerome Ballard is the Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining Lighthouse Mr. Ballard was the Founder and President of Perfect People Solutions (PPS), a cutting edge full service HR consulting practice that focused on operational excellence and leadership development.  He started his professional career as a lawyer and has spent over 20 years in the human resources profession. He has held senior HR roles for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Whirlpool, Michelin and PepsiCo.  Mr. Ballard received his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY and his law degree from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, FL.

Marcia Saulo

Ms. Marcia Saulo

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Saulo is the Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Saulo’s early career was in corporate marketing, where she focused on new product introductions and strategic planning in complex, highly-regulated service industries.  Companies she worked for included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, New York Life and Verizon Data Services. Taking a detour from that path, she founded and operated her own successful pottery painting studio for eight years.  She then became the Regional Finance Director of Imagine Schools, where she spent over five years helping grow the region from one charter school in one county to seven in five counties.  Following that, she spent just under two years at the School District of DeSoto County as Finance Director (their CFO position), where she was responsible for budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, payroll, fixed assets, internal accounts, and purchasing.

Ms. Saulo received a BA in Fine Arts from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, a BS in Accounting from the University of South Florida in Sarasota, FL, and a MBA in Marketing from Drexel University in Philadelphia.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in Florida), as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).  Her additional professional accreditations include SFO (Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations) and APM (Accredited Payables Manager).


Ms. Lynise Harris

Chief of Staff

Ms. Lynise Harris is the Chief of Staff. After becoming the first in her immediate family to complete a college degree, Lynise began her career as a human resources professional where she developed a love of helping people reach their full potential. After a rewarding U.S. Peace Corps experience, Lynise further developed her passion for helping people by becoming a certified executive coach. Since 2002 she has been focused on serving professionals and students develop and reach goals and gain person and academic success. This includes helping several higher learning institutions in Hawaii, Alabama and Florida develop an academic coaching program. She now expresses her passion for coaching and education by partnering with the Lighthouse College Preparatory Academies’ Directors of College Transition to ensure Lighthouse Scholars have a successful plan for entering and completing college. She has a B.A in Communications from Texas State University and an M.S. in Leadership Coaching Psychology from Capella University.


Mr. Casey Muse

Chief Information Officer

Biography coming soon.

Lenisha Broadway

Ms. Lenisha Broadway

Regional Vice President, Arkansas

Ms. Lenisha Broadway is the Vice President, Arkansas.  She served as the Regional Director of the Southern Region for two years.  Ms. Broadway served as the principal at Ridgeroad Middle Charter School in North Little Rock, AR, for five years, and as the Assistant Principal for the four years prior.  Prior to that, Ms. Broadway taught special education for four years.  She is also a field facilitator for the FISH! Program of best practices in social and emotional learning, character education, classroom management and human behavior.  Ms. Broadway earned her B.S.E. in Special Education and M.S.E. in Education from the University of Central Arkansas.

Ryan Gall

Mr. Ryan Gall

Regional Vice President, Indianapolis

Mr. Gall was the Founding Principal for Indianapolis Lighthouse College Prep Academy (CPA).  He served as Principal for five years graduating the first two classes with 100% of graduates being accepted to a four year college or university.  Prior to the opening of the CPA, Mr. Gall served as the Director of Instruction for Indianapolis Lighthouse. As a Program Facilitator and Teacher for the Indianapolis Public Schools, he created and implemented the BELIEVE Academy middle school program. Mr. Gall has over six years of teaching experience including both middle school and elementary school. At KIPP Indianapolis, Mr. Gall not only taught fifth grade math, but also designed curriculum maps, served as math department chair and created programs to foster culture, academics and character. He started his career as a Teach For America Corps member teaching in Detroit, MI. Mr. Gall holds a BA in Business and English from Alma College as well as a MA in Elementary Education from Wayne State University.


Dr. Sheri Miller-Williams

Regional Vice President, Northwest Indiana

Biography coming soon.

Terri Milsap

Ms. Terri Milsap

Regional Vice President, New York

Ms. Milsap is an experienced educator who began her career teaching high school English in Illinois.  She taught for twelve years before entering school leadership.  She served as the Principal of The Academy of Communication and Technology Charter School in Chicago, where she led and received a five year charter renewal.  She then became the Founding Principal and Chief Academic Officer for The Chicago High School for the Arts.  Under her direction as Turnaround Principal Coach for the State of New Jersey Regional Achievement Center for NJ DOE, 85% of Trenton schools received approval of their strategic implementation plan on first submission.   Most recently, she served as Executive Director for Schools That Can Newark where she designed programming for school leaders and teachers with a strong focus on Common Core alignment, PARCC readiness, culture, instructional strategies, data collection and analysis and family engagement.  Ms. Milsap holds a BA from Illinois State University, a BA in Secondary English/Language Arts and Teacher Certification from Governers State University, a MA and Administration Certification from Concordia University.  She has also done doctoral coursework at the University of Illinois at Chicago.