Our Team

We are a team of people absolutely committed to choosing kids over adults and building a future for our city-parish in which all students receive an excellent education, and we’re ready to get to work.

Alliance Staff

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Adonica Pelichet Duggan

Chief Executive Officer

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Liz Smith

Chief Strategy Officer

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Lauren Fields

Director of Communications

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A product of the small farming community of Oberlin, Louisiana, Korey brings nearly a decade of hands-on and on-the-ground political campaign consulting experience to the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students. In his time with the Baton Rouge-based The Political Firm, Korey took a leading role in bringing clients and campaigns into the digital age. 

An 8th generation Louisianian, Korey’s passion for this state and its future runs deep. As the son of a schoolteacher and a product of the Louisiana public school system, he knows that the foundation for a strong and prosperous community begins with a second-to-none education. Korey believes each student, regardless of where they live or their socio-economic status, deserves the best educational opportunities we can possibly provide them.

Korey received his B.A. in Political Science from LSU in 2016. You’ll most likely find him cooking, enjoying the natural beauty Louisiana has to offer, or cheering on his beloved Tigers, Saints, and Braves in his free time.

Korey Ryder

Director of Governmental Affairs

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Jade Miller

Director of Community Affairs

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Yesenia Medina

Strategic Communications Associate

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Jennifer Hurst

Administrative Assistant

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Kristen C. Smith



Jennifer Peters

Relationships and Experience Manager

Alliance Board


LaMiesa Bonton

Board Member

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Gary Borden

Board Member


Nial Patel

Board Member

Advisory Council

  • Stephanie Cargile
  • LaMont Cole
  • Sherin Dawud
  • Trey Godfrey
  • Dwight Hudson
  • Ted James
  • Bo Staples
  • Beverly Brooks Thompson
  • Raina Vallot