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Our Staff

Nicole Young

Executive Director

Nicole Young graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 and immediately began work on the Obama Presidential Campaign. After 2008, she lived in Washington, DC for four years working at the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Before coming to BECNO, Young served as the Associate Director for Social Justice at the College Board where she worked to evaluate, support, and expand the College Board’s work for students of color. Young received her Master’s Degree in Education Policy at The University of Pennsylvania.


Jessie Morgan-Owens

Academic Director

After receiving her doctorate in American Literature at NYU in 2009, Jessie Morgan-Owens served as an Assistant Professor of English at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. In 2012, Morgan-Owens returned to the US, and joined the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. Of the thirty recipients of the Dean's Award at NYU, Morgan-Owens was one of two graduate students chosen to join the research community at the Humanities Initiative. Her current book project Another Ida May illuminates the influence of photography in the anti-slavery campaign by focusing on a daguerreotype of one seven-year-old girl. Originally from Louisiana, Morgan-Owens moved to New York in 2000, after earning her BA in Photojournalism at Loyola New Orleans, to begin a career in magazines at Travel + Leisure. She continues to shoot professionally with her team Morgan & Owens.

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.