Our Team Is Dedicated To The Success Of Our School

Our Lead Founder

Kayleigh Colombero

Kayleigh Colombero, Lead Founder and Superintendent

Kayleigh Colombero is the Superintendent of Étoile Academy Charter School. She was part of the 2016 Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, a rigorous, yearlong, comprehensive training program in urban charter school creation and leadership.

Growing up in a financially unstable home, Kayleigh experienced many personal challenges on her path to college. Luckily, Kayleigh had a few mentors that pushed her to succeed in the face of much adversity. She set her sights on Smith College, an elite private college, which she eventually attended on a scholarship.

Kayleigh has eight years of experience in education as a middle school and high school teacher, an instructional coach, a department chair, a team leader, and as the executive director of a youth-development nonprofit.

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Michelle Bair

Dr. Michelle Bair, Chair

Senior Director of Development at Memorial Hermann Health System

Dr. Michelle Bair has a wealth of experience in development including annual giving, donor information management, data analysis, gift processing, and cultivating individual donors.

Ja’Milla Lomas

Ja’Milla Lomas, Vice Chair

Marketing at Gulf Coast Services Association

Ja’Milla Lomas brings a wealth of marketing, special events, and communications experience to her board service. She has a Masters of International Business with a concentration in Marketing.

Alexandra Caritis, Secretary

Litigation Associate at Kirkland & Ellis

Alexandra Caritis is a trial attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Alexandra was a 7th grade science teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools.

Alim Adatia

Alim Adatia

Director of Outreach at Strategists, LLC

Alim Adatia is the Director of Outreach Strategists, LLC, a global communications and public relations firm in Houston. He is also a partner at Outreach Cultural Intelligence training law enforcement to engage in communities and work towards better outcomes.

John Archer

Director of Accounting at Harmony Public Schools

John Archer is the director of accounting at Harmony Public Schools, one of the largest K-12 charter school networks in Texas with a strong focus on STEM education in underserved communities.

Emmanuel Enriquez

Community Liaison at Houston Health Department

Emmanuel Enriquez is the site administrator for a community center in the Gulfton area. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Cognitive Science. Emmanuel is the first college graduate in his family and is the proud father of an Étoile student.

Tabinda Ghani

Tabinda Ghani

Director of Financial Stability at Family Houston

Tabinda Ghani serves as the Director of Financial Stability at Family Houston. She holds a Master of Business Administration alongside a Master in Social Work from the University of Houston.

Rebekah Stone Guill

Director of Community Engagement at Smith Restaurant Group

Rebekah has over a decade of experience working in education in a variety of contexts, including teaching, curriculum design, instructional coaching, and professional development. She previously worked for KIPP Houston and led the expansion of Niroga Institute’s stress resilience programs into schools in Texas.

Jasmine Lynch

Founder of Come Bee Enterprises & Alternative Teacher Certification Training Mentor for Houston Community College

Jasmine brings over 10 years of experience & knowledge in the field of education as a former teacher in the Houston Independent School District and a former educational coach and trainer for the Houston area non-profit, T.E.A.C.H..

In her current role at Houston Community College, she mentors and prepares teacher interns on their journey to successfully obtaining a Texas standard teacher certification. Jasmine is also the Founder of Come Bee, a wellness community that provides holistic health resources to adults and children. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern University A & M College.

Hanieh Nasizadeh

HR Manager at Air Products

Hanieh Nasizadeh brings over a decade of experience in Human Resources focusing on Talent Management, Employee Relations, Recruitment, and Compensation. She holds a Bachelors from University of Houston in Psychology and Human Development Family Studies.

Philip Wright

Chief Schools Officer at YES Prep Public Schools

Philip Wright is the Chief Schools Officer at YES Prep Public Schools, an open enrollment charter school with 21 campuses serving 15,000 student across the city of Houston.

Adeeba Yusuf

Category Manager at BHP

Adeeba Yusuf brings international experience in supply chain management and continuous improvement. She holds a Bachelors from University of Houston in Accounting and Supply Chain Management.