National Leadership Team

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.

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.

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.

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

Lynise is a certified Executive Coach and has her Masters in Leadership Coaching Psychology.  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, she further developed this passion by becoming a certified executive coach. Since 2002 Lynise has supported students and professionals in reaching their goals and achieving personal and professional success.  Lynise supported the grant writing efforts, train the trainer, and implementation of academic coaching programs at several higher learning institutions in Hawaii, Alabama and Florida.  Lynise now expresses her passion for coaching and education as Chief of Staff at Lighthouse Academies. In this role she builds and manages multiple programs with strong focus on academic excellence, financial sustainability and building excellent human capital.

Mr. Casey Muse

Chief Information Officer

Biography coming soon.

Ms. Lenisha Broadway

Executive Director, Arkansas

Ms. Lenisha Broadway is the Executive Director, 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.

Ms. Sarah Gallagher

Deputy Chief Schools Officer

Sarah Gallagher is the Deputy Chief Schools Officer.  In this role, she is responsible for crafting a strong vision of college preparatory instruction for all grade levels and content areas at Lighthouse Academies.  She also ensures that schools have the appropriate curricula, assessments, and leadership training in order to make this vision a reality for Lighthouse scholars.   Sarah is an experienced educator, school leader, teacher coach, and education researcher who has continually worked to ensure that students from low income backgrounds have access to high quality education.  Sarah has coached over 100 teachers and school leaders, and draws upon her research on student motivation and achievement to ensure that students are actively engaged in rigorous and targeted instruction daily.  Sarah earned her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and went on to complete an M.Ed. at Providence College in secondary education and an M.S. in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan.