Board of Trustees


Paul C. DeCelles (CEO)

  • Ph.D., Physics, Johns Hopkins University, 1960.
  • Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1962-1963.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1964-1966.
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), 1965-1966.
  • Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame, 1963-1979.
  • Overall Coordinator, People of Praise, Inc., 1971-2003. 
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, LaSalle Company, 1972-present. 
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Trinity Schools, Inc., 1981-2010.

Nano Farabaugh (President)

  • M.S. University of Massachusetts, 1974.
  • B.S. Nursing, College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN, 1972. 
  • Professor, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, 1976-2012.
  • Certification in reality therapy, choice theory and lead management, William Glasser Institute, 2007. 
  • Faculty, William Glasser Institute, 2010-present.
  • Praise Academy at Lakeside, President, 2015-present.

Joan Pingel

  • M.A., Curriculum and Supervision, Louisiana Tech University, 2008. 
  • B.S., Special Education, Indiana University at South Bend, 1992.
  • Faculty, Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1994-2004. Teacher of the Year, 2001.
  • Faculty, St. John's Cathedral School, Shreveport, LA, 2004-2005.
  • Faculty, Sun City Elementary School, Bossier, LA, 2005-2015. Teacher of the Year, 2013-2014.
  • Louisiana Teaching License.
  • Louisiana Administrator's License, 2008-present.
  • Certification in Reality Therapy, Choice Theory and Lead Management, 2011.
  • Praise Academy at Lakeside, Principal, 2015-present.

Debbie Mixell (Secretary)

  • M.S., Education, Indiana University, 1989.
  • B.S., Education, Ball State University. Specialization in English with a special endorsement for Junior High/Middle School.
  • Advanced Training in Reality Therapy, Choice Theory and Lead Management, 2014.
  • Faculty, Saint Mary School, Muncie, IN, 1980-1985.
  • Faculty, Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1985-2005. Teacher of the year, 1988.
  • Dean of Girls, Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1987-1990.
  • Head of School, Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1990-1999. The school was awarded its second Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education during Debbie's tenure as Head of School in 1993.
  • Product Specialist and Marketing Manager, LaSalle Company, 2005-present.

David Zimmel

  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Portland, 2005.
  • Missionary, Property Developer, and Construction Manager, People of Praise, 2005-present.

Mary Grams (Treasurer, Nonvoting member)