Sara Marchiafava - TreasurerSara 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 GhosnHassan 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.
Joseph Austin - SecretaryJoseph 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. FontenotWilliam 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
Alexander PerlisAlexander 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