Vera Triplett, Ph.D.

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Dr. Vera Triplett earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Southern University at New Orleans in 1996 and her Master’s degree in school/community counseling and PhD in counselor education from the University of New Orleans in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Dr. Triplett began her career in 1997 as a middle and high school English teacher. She taught under the Orleans Parish Public School System from 1997-2001. It was her work as a teacher that led her to be compelled to pursue further training that she believed would be beneficial to her students returning to school to pursue a Master’s degree in counseling. During her tenures as a master’s and doctoral student, Dr. Triplett worked with various social justice and child advocacy organizations including the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the Youth Empowerment Project. She also served as the clinical director for the New Orleans Child Advocacy Center.  Upon completion of her doctoral studies, she served as a professor of counseling in the master’s program at Our Lady of Holy Cross College (OLHCC). While there, she also served as the clinical director of the Counseling and Training Center, where she developed and ran the Play Therapy Program and Play Therapy Room aimed at servicing the mental health needs of young children. Just prior to Hurricane Katrina Dr. Triplett wrote and ran a project called crossing the bridge, a multifamily therapeutic program for juveniles coming out of secure care and their families. While evacuated in the aftermath of Katrina she worked for a Houston, Texas based mental health clinic where she got herself assigned to working with Katrina survivors evacuated to Houston, Texas. Once she returned to New Orleans she developed and ran a program called the smallest survivor, a group play therapy program for children who had survived Katrina. She also returned to her position as a professor and clinical director at Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

Dr. Triplett left OLHCC in 2008 to serve as the Chief Operations Officer for the Capital One New Beginnings Charter Schools Network which oversaw four charter schools in New Orleans.  She served in that capacity for three years before being named Chief Executive Officer of the organization during the 2011-2012 school year. During her year as CEO of the organization all of the schools where recognized as top gains schools.  In June 2012, Dr. Triplett transitioned to the Recovery School District (RSD) to serve as the Executive Director for Transition and was then promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the organization a year later. She recently left the RSD to launch her own venture, a therapeutic school called the Noble Minds Institute for Whole Child Learning that integrates both her education and mental health backgrounds. She also founded a runs a girls group called Real Women Cover their Butts and serves as a mentor for the Soledad Obrien and Brad Raymond Foundation.

Dr. Triplett serves on numerous boards including the Greater New Orleans Foundation Board, the Parkway Partners Board, the Junior Achievement Board, the Operation Spark Board where she serves as chair, and the International High School Board.

Dr. Triplett has been Married for 18 years to John Triplett. She has three children- Taylor Triplett 17 and Jontell Triplett 21. Her Son Elie died in May of 2010 and he left behind a son, her only grandson, Kemyne “KJ’ Williams who is four years old.