Chief Executive Officer:
After receiving his B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, Neil went on to play professional basketball in Australia. He has been an educational administrator for the last eleven years serving as the Assistant Headmaster at the Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, MD, as Interim Head of Upper School at the Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida. After serving as the Principal of Visible Men Academy for two years, Neil is leading the school growth and advancement initiatives as the Executive Director. Neil is an Aspen Institute Educational Entrepreneurship Fellow. He is a member of the inaugural Echoing Green/Open Society Foundations Black Male Achievement Fellowship. Neil is also a Nantucket Project Senior Fellow and was recently awarded the Nantucket Project Audience Award for his talk, “Race to Truth.” Neil has a diverse and well- esteemed public speaking background that has allowed him to present at the Aspen Institute, Soro’s Foundation, NASA, National Association of Independent Schools, The University of Miami, Leadership Florida and more. Neil serves on the Board of Directors for Washington Jesuit Academy in Northeast Washington D.C. and the United Way of Manatee County. He is an avid reader, cycler and sports enthusiast. He lives in Sarasota with his wife, Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, and their two young sons.
Operations & Finance:
A. Louis Parker
Most recently, Louis left his great corporate career to attach the humanitarian crisis of education for boys of color by opening a K-8 free public schools for boys (Visible Men Academy) in the heart of the high poverty area of Bradenton, FL. He benefited from being an A Better Chance (ABC) student and attending Phillips Academy, Andover that launched his education and career and wants to provide the same opportunity for others.
Mr. Parker earned his MBA from Harvard and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He sits on the boards of The Executive Leadership Council Foundation and A Better Chance, and previously served as a director of Grain Communications Group and ScanTech Holdings. He also holds distinction as a NACD Fellow, NACD’s highest credentialing.
Shannon received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Colgate University and went on to earn a Masters in Social work MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. Her masters thesis was entitled, “Family Ties, The Influence of Extended Families in Biracial Identity Development.” Shannon’s early clinical social work was in pediatrics, trauma and psychiatry at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital and Georgetown University hospital. Prior to that she was the Case Management Coordinator of the Greentree Shelter, the largest homeless shelter for families in Montgomery County, Maryland.
In Washington DC, Shannon served on the Cedar Lane Nursery School Parent Education Board, and the Georgetown Hospital Parent Advisory Board. Currently, she is a member of the Community Outreach Committee of the Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, Florida. Shannon is on the board of the Smith Alumni Club of Sarasota, overseeing diversity and student recruitment Initiatives. Shannon was a proud recipient of the 2016 Wonder Woman Award by the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee/Sarasota recently joined the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle Class of 2017. She is fluent in French and emerging in conversational Spanish. Shannon lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband Neil, and their two sons.
Cynthia Cavallaro Day