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. Sarah Gallagher

Chief Academic 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.  

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. Lynise Harris

Chief Program Officer

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 Program Officer 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 Technology 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.

Mr. Travis Brown

Executive Director, New York

Biography coming soon.