VMA Founder, Louis Parker, Retires as CEO

The Giving Coast

The Visible Men Academy (VMA) family extends deep gratitude to A. Louis Parker as he transitions from chief executive officer to an Emeritus Board Member. As a co-founder of VMA, Louis developed a vision that continues to guide VMA’s work today. Through his dedication and determination, a dream became a reality, and young boys continue to benefit from a unique, engaging experience that focuses on each child's individual academic and character development. In recent years as new needs arose, Louis selflessly stepped in to take a more active role. Drawing upon his leadership experience, he gave freely of his time and talents. He worked to recruit new leadership and staff who will continue to help the school fulfill its mission of providing boys with an outstanding academic, character, and social education in a nurturing school environment. Upon his departure at the end of 2022, Laura Randall, Sr. Director of Development and Janjay Gehndyu, Principal of VMA assumed the responsibility of overseeing the school's management. Both bring a tremendous amount of experience to their respective roles and will report directly to the VMA Board, chaired by Naiema Frieson. Having been a part of VMA from the beginning, Louis preserves the school's rich history and offers wonderful insight into its evolution over the years. As such we look forward to benefiting from the ongoing support of Louis as an advisor to VMA and an Emeritus Member of the Board.

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