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.

Jerome Ballard

Mr. Jerome Ballard

Managing Director of Human Assets

Mr. Jerome Ballard is the Managing Director of Human Assets.  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. Lynise Harris

Managing Director, College Transitions

Ms. Lynise Harris is the Managing Director, College Transitions. 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.

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. 

Marcia Saulo

Ms. Marcia Saulo

Managing Director of Finance

Ms. Saulo is the Managing Director of Finance.  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). 

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.

Phyllis Goodson

Ms. Phyllis Goodson

Regional Vice President, Illinois & Wisconsin

A fulfilling career as a dedicated educator in the Chicago Public Schools has afforded Phyllis Goodson the opportunity to foster many capable youth.  She holds a Masters Degree in Education from National-Louis University and a Bachelor Degree in biological sciences from Northern Illinois University.  She was a former principal of the Chicago Military Academy – Bronzeville, (the first public college prep army military academy in the United States), and retired as Director of Academic Affairs in the Department of New Schools for the Chicago Public Schools. Ms. Goodson has guided, problem-solved, and facilitated educational reform through the development, review and evaluation of over fifty charter schools, contract schools, and small schools. Believing education is the basis for a sustainable human society, she continues to contribute to the betterment of public schools as the founder of Goodson Consulting.  Working with the Department of Education of Dominican University, Mrs. Goodson has supported the next generation of educators by supervising first year “Teach for America” candidates.

Listed in the 1996 Edition of Who’s Who of American Teachers, Mrs. Goodson has been honored as Coca Cola Teacher of the Month and with the Toyota Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She has co-authored a nationally distributed middle school textbook, Scott Foresman’s Life Science.

Carlisha Willams

Ms. Carlisha Williams

Regional Vice President, Oklahoma

Ms. Carlisha Williams is a Tulsa native who believes educational equity is a pivotal social justice and human rights issue.   She is a Teach for America Alumna and has educational experience working with KIPP Tulsa and KIPP Reach College Preparatory Schools.  She serves as a Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of the Gambia, Executive Director of Women Empowering Nations and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. 

Ms. Williams received a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She completed undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated with academic distinction and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management, Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies, and a minor in Non-Profit Organizational Studies. Ms. Williams has been honored with several awards including: Williams and Tulsa Shock Women of Inspiration Award Recipient, 2013 Circle of Friends in Service Award from the Tulsa Chapter of The Links, Inc., 2013 University of Oklahoma AFAM Alumna of the Year and Xi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Community Service Award.

Jeremy Williams

Mr. Jeremy Williams

Regional Vice President, Northwest Indiana

Mr. Williams previously served as the Regional Title 1 Testing Director for Lighthouse Academies. Prior to that, Jeremy served as the Head of High School for Christel House Academy in Indianapolis. He was also an Assistant Principal in Hammond, Indiana. As a classroom teacher, Mr. Williams taught mathematics through inquiry in Merrillville, Indiana.

Mr. Williams holds a Master’s Degree in Education and an Indiana Administrator’s License from Indiana Wesleyan University. His Bachelor’s Degree was focused in Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics. Mr. Williams is currently a doctoral student in the Organizational Leadership program at Indiana Wesleyan University.