Staff

Sean Tate - Executive director

Sean Tate currently serves as the Executive Director of DiscoveryFEST Enrichment Program; designed to make the hours of a child's day rich with play, learning, and discovery. After three years with Partnership for Youth Development (PYD) serving as the Program Manager for DiscoveryFEST's predecessor program, the CP3 Afterschool Zone, Sean returned to reestablish the CP3 Afterschool Zone as DiscoveryFEST. Sean comes to this role from Firstline schools, where he most recently served as the REACH (Firstline's signature afterschool enrichment program) Program Coordinator for Samuel J. Green Charter School. Prior to his work with PYD and Firstline, Sean worked several years as a Program Coordinator for Playworks New Orleans and as a Summer Camp Director and Coordinator for the Jefferson Parish Recreation Department. Through these experiences, Sean brings over fifteen years of experience in working with local youth through coaching, summer, and enrichment programming.

A lifelong New Orleanian, Sean earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from Tulane University and a Master's of Science in Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans. Sean was also selected as a member of the Greater New Orleans Foundation's inaugural Emerging Leaders cohort and serves as a board member for Playbuild and The Cookbook Project. Through his role as Executive Director of DiscoveryFEST, Sean aims to provide New Orleans youth with safe and healthy opportunities to have fun and gain positive experiences through games, sport, and other enriching activities.


Maiwenn Raoult - Program Manager

Maiwenn Raoult is originally from Venice, California. She double majored in Education and Photography at Hampshire College. After she received her B.A., she moved to New Orleans in 2013 to continue her work with youth and art with kidSMART. Alongside photography, working with youth is one of her biggest passions. She is dedicated to providing youth with art and extra curricular activities as a way to explore themselves and speak about life. She has worked on various projects with Big Class in New Orleans, One Bird in Haiti and Venice Arts in Los Angeles.


Kelsey Coyle - Program Manager

Originally from Vermon, Kelsey moved to New Orleans, for the second time, in June 2013. Kelsey graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, where she completed her Senior Research Project on the CP3 Afterschool Zone, the predecessor for the DiscoveryFEST program. Kelsey believes strongly in creating a safe and fun envrionment for children to learn and explore outside of the classroom. Kelsey enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog, as well as eating her way through New Orleans, ad traveling back to her home of Vermont.

The Board


Travis S. Chase - board member

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Travis S. Chase is currently the Development Director for Teach for America - Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta. He has more than twelve years of experience with Dillard University, Xavier University, and Pepperdine University. As a development professional, he worked to implement several capital campaigns, annual giving, donor relations, and corporate and foundation relation giving programs, supporting fundraising operations for budget relief for student scholarships and growing the endowment. 

Prior to working with Dillard University, Travis taught English in Japan, from 1998 – 2000. He is the grandson of the legendary Mrs. Leah Chase of Dooky Chase Restaurant. He earned his B.A. from the Dillard University with a dual degree in International Business and Japanese Studies, and he is pursuing a Masters of Management Information Systems from Southern University at New Orleans. 


Grace Landrieu - board member

Grace Landrieu is a third generation New Orleanian and cares deeply about creating equity for all children in New Orleans. After graduating from Georgetown University, she returned home as a Teach for America corps member to help rebuild the school system. Understanding the importance of community support to student development, Grace co-founded a company and created an iPhone app, Dash4Teachers, that connected teachers with students' families.

She has since moved to New York, where she has worked in product design at Amplify and New Classrooms, two organizations that are using the power of technology and the talent of teachers to reimagine the way schools can work, so that every child can receive an excellent education. 


Kelsey Lee - Board Member

using the power of technology and the talent of teachers to reimagine the way schools can work, so that every child can receive an excellent education. Kelsey Lee is a tax consultant in Deloitte Tax LLP's Business Tax Services group. She has experience with large US-based and foreign-owned corporate clients in the consume business industry. Kelsey has served both public and privately-owned multinational corporations in retail apparel and technology businesses. She has experience in the areas of accounting for income taxes and income tax compliance. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Kelsey has a BS in Accounting from Louisiana State University and an MS in Accounting from Tulane University. She has since moved to New York but still thinks of New Orleans as home.


todd pereira - Board member

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Todd Pereira was born and raised in New Orleans.  He has lived and worked in Jefferson Parish for many years. His early experiences with LA Music Commission and House of Blues have proven the area's desirability as a venue for production, and he is deeply committed to growing the economic base. He has direct experience with the Parish's assets from maintaining recreational facilities to presenting in corporate boardrooms.  He enjoys leading and participating in volunteer endeavors and spending time with family and friends.  He is a fan of Carnival, a Krewe of Endymion member, and enjoys trying new restaurants.


annie sinclair - board member

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Annie Sinclair is from Basalt, Colorado. She received her B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado in 2011 and spent a year studying Spanish in Alicante, Spain. She moved to New Orleans in August of 2012 and worked for the Partnership for Youth Development as a mentor in the CP3 program, which later evolved into DiscoveryFEST. She currently works as a Legal Recruiting Coordinator for McGlinchey Stafford law firm.  In her free time, she is also a musician who sings and plays the guitar and piano.


Sarah Whicker - Board member

Sarah Whicker is an environmental scientist (MSc Environmental Technology from Imperial College London) and executive-level co-creator of impactful entities and initiatives. Providing sustainable development consulting and interim leadership to mining companies prepared her to build and lead Millrock Resources, Inc., a mineral exploration start-up, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She was elected to the Boards of Millrock’s four subsidiaries, Alaska Miners Association and Pulse Dance Company, a founding Board member of two grassroots community organizations and recognized in Alaska’s 2012 – 2013 Top 40 Under 40.

In 2014, Ms. Whicker founded Thunderhead Strategies LLC to continue consulting after serving on Alaska Dispatch’s transition team during its takeover of the Anchorage Daily News, and moved to her favorite city, New Orleans. She works on passion projects with a range of clients, is pursuing an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification and is an ecojustice advocate through the Presbytery in the United Nations. Ms. Whicker currently sits on the Boards for Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans, J.W. Johnson School Community Gardens and DiscoveryFEST.


Katie Wiarda - board member

Katie Wiarda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.A. in History with a minor in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma in 2012. Shortly after receiving her degree in 2012, Katie moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University Law School. She currently works as a family law attorney for Salley & Salley, LLC. Katie enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community. In her free time, she loves exploring the city of New Orleans and finding new restaurants to try.