Office of Graduate Programs

John Clarke, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Executive Education
John Clarke
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Academic Operations
(504) 865-5661

John Clarke’s extensive international work experience distinguishes him as an advisor and collaborator with a global reach. He brings significant international academic and professional background to his work at Freeman, as well as a dedication to preparing students for their careers through innovative courses that tie theory to the realities of the business world. As a North America-based management consultant, he worked extensively in Europe and Asia and supported large-scale organizational change in multinational companies. He began taking students abroad in 2005 and has since led more than fifteen hundred students on international experiences. He has developed and taught immersion experiences in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom. In the Freeman School, he teaches several courses in the MBA and PMBA programs and is involved with the development of new courses and new programs.

Melissa Booth, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education
Melissa Booth
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education
(504) 865-5410

As assistant dean of graduate education and director of admission, Melissa Booth is responsible for guiding students through their time at the Freeman School. Additionally, she manages all domestic and international recruiting efforts for graduate business programs, as well as fellowship allocation for all MBA and specialized masters programs. Prior to joining the Freeman School in 2014, she spent more than four years as the director of admission and recruiting for Depaul University. She holds a BS in international business from Illinois State University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business.

John Silbernagel, Director of Graduate Education
John Silbernagel
Director of Graduate Education
(504) 865-5480


Advises MBA and Master of Management in Energy students. A native New Orleanian, John Silbernagel has served as the director of graduate education since 2006. He works closely with students and plays an integral role in their academic, personal and professional development. Prior to his current role, he worked in admissions, student services and financial aid at the Freeman School. He holds a BS in marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Tulane University.


Erin Douglas, Associate Director of Graduate Education
Erin Douglas
Associate Director of Graduate Education
(504) 865-5343


Advises Master of Finance students. Erin Douglas has been associate director of graduate education since 2017. Prior to that, she served for nearly three years as graduate program admissions leader. She is highly skilled in process improvement, program development, academic advising and community outreach. She holds a BA in anthropology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and an MBA from the Freeman School.


Kim Black, Assistant Director of Graduate Education
Kim Black
Assistant Director of Graduate Education
(504) 865-5402


Advises Professional MBA and Master of Management students. In her role as assistant director of graduate education, Kim Black manages the Professional MBA and Master of Management students and serves as the academic advisor for students enrolled in those programs. Additionally, she plans, manages and supervises up to four Global Leadership programs per year in Italy, China and Argentina. She holds a BS in elementary education from Louisiana State University and an MEd from the College of William and Mary.


Denise Kidd, Assistant Director of Graduate Education
Denise Kidd
Assistant Director of Graduate Education
(504) 865-5467


Advises Master of Accounting and Master of Business Analytics students. Prior to joining the Freeman School, Denise Kidd worked for the University of West Florida in a variety of roles including MBA coordinator, general education coordinator and business systems specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Science in Administration with a focus on leadership from the University of West Florida.




Brandy Anderson, Senior Program Coordinator
Brandy Anderson
Senior Program Coordinator
(504) 247-1300

As the senior program coordinator, Brandy Anderson works directly with graduate program coordinators, department heads and deans in the areas of budgeting, orientation, course scheduling and registration. She has been in this role since 2016. Prior to that, she spent over 9 years working in admissions at the graduate school at the University of New Orleans.

Laura Kreller, Executive Secretary
Laura Kreller
Executive Secretary
(504) 247-1290

Laura Kreller has been an executive secretary at the Freeman School since 2017. Previously, she spent 10 years as a program coordinator for the Tulane School of Medicine. She also has experience as a front office manager and as an insurance verification specialist. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Tulane University.