Board of Directors

Gerald Knighton, Board Treasurer

Gerald-Knight--Board-Treasurer-leafGerald R. Knighton is Chaplain for Hospice of St. Tammany Hospital. He served as Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a Major, Chaplain, U.S. Air Force in 1994. He has lived in 10 states, D.C. Korea and Guam. Gerald is a graduate of Louisiana College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree. He has served as church pastor, military chaplain, and high school teacher. While teaching at an alternative high school in Texas, Gerald worked with students to expand their vision and explore the opportunities open to them through training and a strong work ethic. Gerald and his wife Karen Hoyt have three children and four grandchildren. They live in Slidell where Karen serves as choir director at the Village Church, Lutheran, in Lacombe.

Geri Kittel, Board Bookkeeper

Geri-Kittel--Bookkeeper-leafGeralyn (Geri) Kittel has worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for various companies. Her career goal is to be a dynamic and highly efficient bookkeeper with extensive knowledge and experience managing accounting and financial records. Geri’s extensive bookkeeping experience includes serving as full charge bookkeeper with Slidell Glass for about seven years. She is currently working as a bookkeeper for Savoie Realty and Esthetic MD in Slidell, LA. Geri’s working experience also includes working in the education system as a substitute teacher and bus driver. She has two grown sons and she been a great asset to Gulf South Leadership Institute in the past two years serving as bookkeeper and board

Karen Gould, Board Secretary

Karen-D-Gould--Board-Secretary-leafKaren Gould is a Financial Associate with the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Central Gulf Coast Team. No matter what your goals, achieving them requires preparation and planning. As a Financial Associate, Karen helps individuals and families assess their current situation and develop a financial strategy that’s customized for them. From strategies to help individuals and families grow their assets to preparing for retirement, she helps people make informed decisions to stay on track with their set goals. Karen and her husband are both members of The Village Lutheran Church in Lacombe, LA.   

Patricia A. Brown

Patricia_Brown----Board-Member-leafPatricia A. Brown (Jones) is the Senior Service Hydrologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office (WFO) at New Orleans/Baton Rouge LA, located in Slidell, LA. Ms. Brown manages the Hydrologic Services Program for twenty-two parishes in southeastern Louisiana and eight Mississippi counties, including the Mississippi Gulf coast. Ms. Brown has been an active member in the National Weather Service Employee’s Organization (NWSEO). She served as the NWSEO Southern Region Chairperson for the years 1994 to 1997. She has served as the steward in three of the four offices in which she worked. Ms. Brown is the proud mother of one son, Zane Jones, and step-mother to Jessika and Jerome Jones. Her motto is – “We are here, with our talents, at this time, in this place, in this lifetime, to serve.”

Eugene Wellington (Sr)

Eugene-Wellington----Board-Member-leafBishop Eugene Wellington (sr.) is the founder and pastor of The El-Bethel Apostolic Church in Slidell, Louisiana. Bishop Wellington is a native of Sierra Leone, West Africa and he has traveled extensively around the world. His leadership roles include serving as the director of Miramon Center a men’s transitional housing program in Slidell, LA. He also served as the Executive Director of Community Christian Concern, and has also been instrumental as the Director of Foreign Missions for the United Pentecostal Church Section 12 of the Louisiana District. He has five children and is happily married to his wife, Cecelia Wellington. Bishop Wellington’s involvement within the Slidell community has made him a great asset to the Gulf South Leadership Institute team.

Dale Nunnery, Non-voting Member – Technical Writer

A Veteran of the United States Air Force (active & reserve duties), who performed the duties of a Legal Services Specialist, and was Honorably Discharged in 1992. She received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, Fredericksburg Virginia. She has been employed in a variety of positions: System Analyst/Administrator, Network Administrator, Technical Writer, Software Tester, End User Trainer, and Technical Support Analyst/Helpdesk Manager Assistant for several firms in the Maryland/Virginia/District of Columbia areas. She is currently volunteer with the Gulf South Leadership Institute both as technical writer and non-voting board member.

Wimbai Mutonono, Non-voting Member – Executive Director, GSLI

Wimbai-High-Res-leafWimbai Mutonono is a non-profit professional, passionate to combine leadership and education to make a significant contribution in the field of leadership development. Wimbai has over 10 years of diverse experience in faith-based education, and the non-profit sector with emphasis in program administration, youth career/workforce readiness training, youth mentoring, organizational coaching, organizational consulting, crisis management, and leadership team building.