Meet our team

Our team has been carefully crafted and selected from professionals who have a desire to see change in their communities.

Clarice Nixon - Founder/ Executive Director

Clarice Nixon is a passionate and accomplished individual with a deep commitment to empowering others and making a positive impact in my community. Born and raised in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, I embraced the values of hard work, perseverance, and compassion from an early age.

With a thirst for knowledge and a drive for excellence, I pursued education and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. My dedication and aptitude in the financial domain led me to a successful 21-year career in Financial Management, predominantly in the Private Sector. Throughout my journey, I honed my skills as a Budget Analyst with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and later rose to the esteemed position of Chief of Finance and Accounting with the United States Coast Guard.

Yet, my ambition and desire to make a difference extended beyond my professional life. With a heart for community development and a passion for uplifting youth and young adults, I founded an organization tailored to providing hands-on teaching and guidance in various trades. As a member of the Board of Directors, I envisions my organization as a catalyst for helping the next generation discover their path to success.

Deeply rooted in my faith, I have been a devoted volunteer with my local church for over 15 years. Serving in ministries such as Sunday School, Youth & Young Adult, and Marriage Ministry, I discovered my love for teaching and speaking about the word of God. With an unwavering belief in encouraging others to discover their true identity and potential in God's eyes, I have become a beacon of inspiration for those around me.

My journey took an exciting turn when I recognized my passion for teaching Financial Literacy. In 2021, I made a bold decision to dedicate my time and expertise to this cause, establishing "JCN Financial Solutions." As the proud owner of this venture, I impart knowledge and wisdom on all things finance-related, empowering individuals to take charge of their financial futures.

While my devotion to financial education continues to flourish, my entrepreneurial spirit led me to explore new horizons. In 2022, I ventured into Real Estate, investing in properties with a vision to restore and revitalize her beloved city. Focused on renovating old homes and bringing vibrancy back to her childhood neighborhood, I aim to create a lasting legacy of community growth and renewal.

My journey is characterized by my resilience and determination. Guided by my favorite motto, "I love the person I've become, because I fought to become her," by Kaci Diane, I exemplify the strength that comes from overcoming challenges and embracing personal growth.

With my warm heart, steadfast faith, and unwavering dedication, I continues to inspire those around me. Whether it's through my financial teachings, community initiatives, or faith-based guidance, I remains a true role model and catalyst for positive change.

Josalynn Coleman - Vice President

Josalynn Coleman is an Educator at KIPP New Orleans Schools with 10 years of experience in the field. Within this career, she is not only helping to educate the future, but working to develop and empower the young students as leaders within the school, their community, and beyond. Working with middle school aged children gives her the opportunity to expose students to life beyond their reality and provide positive alternatives to the crime that they witness, and some are even involved in within their communities.

By focusing on fostering healthy, authentic relationships and maintaining high expectations for her students, Josalynn has been able to put her Bachelor’s of Arts in English she earned at Xavier University of Louisiana to good use. Over the years, her strengths at KIPP Leadership has garnered some recognition for her ability to help increase students’ academic achievement in English Language Arts (ELA). Josalynn may spend her days at KIPP, but it’s the ability to be compassionate and cater to the well-being of the total child that gets her up in the morning. It’s often said and holds to be true that kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you truly care about them.

When she’s not at KIPP, Josalynn is an avid swimmer and traveler. Currently she assists with Brown Girl Swim, working to build African Americans’ confidence in water, in turn opening up additional doors of opportunity within the world. She also loves spending free time with family and friends.

Elizabeth Oubre - Treasurer

Meet Elizabeth Brooks Oubre, the dedicated Treasurer of At the Well. Born and raised in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, she is a proud alumna of St. Mary's Academy. From a young age, Elizabeth developed a profound passion for teaching and serving the youth. Professionally, she thrives as a Network Relations Manager, but in her leisure moments, she finds joy in quality time with her family, indulging in baking, and exploring her creative side through painting. With a heart full of compassion and a commitment to making a difference, Elizabeth's involvement with At the Well allows her to channel her passion for helping others into meaningful actions within the community.

Tahirah T. Stevens-Gaillard - President

Tahirah Thea Gaillard is the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership for Neumann University in Aston, PA. She has a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Neumann University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Neumann University. She has nine years of experience in the classroom setting. Tahirah is currently working to obtain a second master in Mental Clinical Health at Her alma mater Neumann, where she is a proud member of the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International and the Black Alumni Association.

Tahirah has a passion for people and their journeys through life. She lives by the African Adinkra symbol Sankofa, to go back and get it. This is what has motivated her to become a therapist and provide quality mental health to all that desire it. She stands on the words of Romans 12:12, "Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer."

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