Jessie Morgan-Owens

Interim Executive Director


A scholar, educator, and writer with fourteen years experience teaching and practicing participatory writing pedagogies, Jessie Morgan-Owens received her doctorate in American Literature from New York University in 2009. Her book, Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement (March 2019, W.W. Norton) introduces an unknown poster child whose photograph transformed the abolition movement. Her research in photography and abolition has been supported by a National Endowment of the Humanities grant and a residency at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. In addition to her academic work in photography, Jessie shoots professionally with the award winning team Morgan & Owens. She is originally from Monroe, Louisiana. 

Justin Lamb

Program Director

After graduating from Boston University in 2007, Justin Lamb spent the last seven years working with New Orleans middle and high school students in and outside of the classroom. In 2007, Lamb became a founding writing teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, where he also served as a New Orleans Outreach program manager from 2011 to 2013. Before arriving at Bard Early College, Lamb taught spoken word elective courses and worked as an interventionist for John Dibert Community School. Lamb is also a poet and a four-time member of Team Slam New Orleans, winners of the 2012 and 2013 National Poetry Slam.


Justina George

Director of Student Resources

Justina George graduated from Columbus State University and in 2008 moved to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans where she received her MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management while serving as the university’s Assistant Director of the International Project for Nonprofit Leadership. Before arriving at Bard, Justina managed operations at College Track New Orleans, managed a 21st Century Community Learning Center and worked in The Office of Education Opportunity and TRIO Programs at Georgia State University. Justina is a graduate of the Education Policy Fellowship Program, Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity Institute, and the Education Leadership Institute.

Tayler Butler

Student Resources Coordinator

Tayler Butler is a current member of Louisiana Delta Service Corps and a recent Bard College graduate, having majored in Political Studies. At Bard, she headed a community youth empowerment program in Hudson, NY, and an on-campus affinity organization, Colored Wom∆n United. Under the Bard Educational Opportunity Program, Butler mentored Bard Early College’s ECO scholars on college and professional development. She also volunteered as a writing tutor in an upstate New York correctional facility as a part of the Bard Prison Initiative. The summer before her last year at Bard, Butler worked for Wisconsin senator, Tammy Baldwin, as a Victory Congressional Intern in Washington D.C. 


Adele Baugues

Campus Coordinator

Adele Baugues is a current member of Louisiana Delta Service Corps. She was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012 with a B.A. in English Literature and from the University of New Orleans in 2017 with an M.A. in English Literature. She is excited to be a part of the Bard community and to be surrounded by such positive and intellectual energy.