Claire Pittman, President
Claire and her husband, Daniel, have two delightful children: their son, Liam, is in Second Grade French, and their daughter, Mary, is in Kindergarten French. Having lived and traveled throughout Europe, Claire knew that FLAIM would be a wonderful beginning to her kids’ cultural experiences.
Claire has over 10 years experience as a consultant in communication, technical writing and program management. She is an avid amateur bike rider, and when possible, she attempts to pick her kids up from school daily on her big green bucket bike. She supports her Irish heritage as a member of the Celtic Society of Louisiana.
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Carlos Thomas, Vice President & Fearless Leader of the FLAIM Men's Club
Carlos, a Tennessee native, moved to Louisiana in 1999 to work in academic support for the LSU football team and attend graduate school. There he met his best friend and future wife, the former Kerii Landry. Both Carlos and Kerii share a passion for equal access to quality public education for ALL children. Moreover, they believe that cultural competency is necessary for all children in the 21st century, thus their love for BR FLAIM. Carlos enjoys cooking, spending time with his family, and tennis when his shoulder works properly.
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Jillian Ray, Secretary
Jillian was born and raised in Jennings, La. She has lived in Baton Rouge since 2004, when she relocated to attend college at Southern University. Being an active parent and seeing her child in a diverse learning environment were most important to Jillian when she searched for a school for her daughter. She was so happy to find this and much more when they became a part of the FLAIM family! Her daughter, Morgan, is now in third grade Spanish.
Jillian runs a small cookie business, Star Parties and Sweets, and is a Brownie Girl Scout Troop Leader here at FLAIM. She enjoys cooking with Morgan, planning parties, attending Girl Scout events, and is an avid reader.
Matt Diez, Government Relations Liaison
Former PTO President Matt Diez was instrumental in the Primary-Upper FLAIM expansion and will continue working with the District as the PTO Government Relations Liaison.
Matt Diez is the father of two BR FLAIM students. Ada Marie is in 2nd Grade French, and David is 4th Grade French.
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Justin Lemoine, Capital Improvements Committee
Justin was raised in Avoyelles Parish and comes from a strong cajun French background. He has daughters in 3rd and 1st grades. As a landscape architect, Justin started as the PTO's Landscape Committee Chair from there his role has expanded to not only the outdoor portion of the campus but the building as well. He is also active in FLAIM's Men Club. Justin lives, works and breathes MidCity Baton Rouge. He serves in a volunteer capacity on a number of initiatives including the MidCity revitalization efforts and his neighborhood association.
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Heidi Sonnier, Fall Fest Committee Chair
Heidi grew up in Abbeville where she was surrounded by her strong French-Acadian roots. Heidi and her husband, Todd, felt it was important for their son, Jules, who is going into 2nd grade, to learn about French culture and language.
Heidi has been a realtor in the Baton Rouge area for over 15 years. She is a strong supporter of the revitalization of Mid-City and Downtown. Heidi has a keen sense for event planning and organization. She served on the board of Forum 35 for four years and planned some of their largest fundraisers.
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Christina Yi, Westdale Liaison
Christina Yi and her family moved to Baton Rouge in August 2015. She has two daughters in Spanish, and her son is in Mandarin. She is so thankful to be a part of the FLAIM family. Her love for language and diversity and her travels abroad are part of the reason the kids are in an immersion program.
Christina does not come from a Spanish, French or Mandarin background, but instead she loves practicing Arabic and American sign language. She also enjoys fishing and playing tennis.
Christina is happy to continue working with the FLAIM PTO as she assists the Westdale Immersion program grow their PTO.
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