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Board of Directors

Sara Marchiafava - Treasurer

Sara Marchiafava
is Senior Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration at the LSU College of Science where her responsibilities include budget and account management. She has lived in Baton Rouge since 1974 and graduated from LSU in 1978 with a background in both business and social sciences. She has been a member of BRPN for two years and was recently elected to serve on the BRPN Board as treasurer.

Hassan Ghosn

Hassan Ghosn
is a long-time activist, beginning with his work as a student at the Lebanese university in Beirut where he worked for equal opportunity, social justice, secularism, peace and human rights. Hassan continued to be an advocate in Baton Rouge at LSU campus and the community at large. He has worked for, and with, numerous local agencies including the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Arab American University Graduates (AAUG), the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge (ICBR), Bienville House Center for Peace and Justice, and the Baton Rouge Progressive Network. Hassan is also active with many national and local organizations such as Moveon.org, Jewish voices for peace, and Creative non-violence voices. He has been on the BRPN Board of Directors since its inception.


Monica Taylor





Gwen Palagi




Karla King




Joseph Austin - Secretary

Joseph Austin
is an Environmental Manager for Phillips Service Corporation. Prior to working for Phillips Service Corporation Joseph spent 6 years working in the field of environmental management for LA DEQ and Waste Management. Joseph has been an active member of the Baton Rouge Community, serving as a mentor and youth advocate through his works with Capital Area CASA, Baton Rouge Big Buddy, and Alpha Phi Alpha. Joseph is new member to the BRPN board and currently serves as the chair of the community education and workshop committee.

William A. Fontenot

William A. Fontenot
became a board member in August of 2010. He is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a BA in Political science. For the last forty years he has assisted hundreds of groups across this and many other states with a wide variety of environmental and social justice issues and problems. From 1978 to 2005 he served in the Attorney General's Office as the Community Liaison Officer.

Alexander Perlis

Alexander Perlis
, a freelance research mathematician and software engineer, grew up in Baton Rouge and has taught college and high school locally. He holds degrees from LSU and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and is passionate about non-profit administration and helping to bring about positive changes within our communities. Alexander has previously been active as a board member in the community bicycle non-profit BICAS in Tucson, also on the board of the Frederick School / NUNUs in Arnaudville, and Louisiana Hiking Trails in Baton Rouge. He joined the BRPN board in January 2011.