It’s time to utilize the Arts to Influence the Youth.

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The Crown and Shield Foundation’s mission is to utilize the arts and media production to educate and influence today’s youth.


Guiding Principles

Each decision that The Crown and Shield Foundation makes regarding the execution of the mission is guided by four principles that define our character and culture as an organization.


Acting with high standards of moral integrity


Helping others connect to and help each other


Defining success based on personal initiative and community impact


Appreciating and preserving our natural habitat


The primary goal of The Crown and Shield Foundation is to create programs that utilize media production and the arts to maximize the learning experience of children in an encouraging, wholesome, safe, and exciting environment.

We want to encourage personal initiative and at the same time provide a setting for children that nurtures, inspires, and educates.

With each project, we will inspire children to live creative and meaningful lives.


“To teach them you have to reach them. To reach them, you have to meet them where they are.”


Whitney C. Jordan

FOUNDER, Chairman of the board

Jordan, a New Orleans native, is honored to lead its quest to nurture, educate, and empower the youth of today. Jordan believes that mentoring faith and encouragement to children is the best ways to combat the pressures of today’s culture.


Ted Baehr

Member of the board

Baehr is the founder and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry (CFTVC), as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit.


Meg Alsfeld Kaul

Member of the board

Kaul is a financial advisor with AGESS Wealth Management. Prior to her current position, she was General Counsel for FBT Film Credit, LLC. Kaul previously practiced law as an attorney at Adams and Reese LLP, and then Kean Miller LLP, handling entertainment matters such as production legal, tax credit transactions and film financing.


Josh Canizaro

Member of the board

Canizaro was born and raised in the greater New Orleans area where he began serving as a youth pastor in the summer of 1999. He joined the team at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, which became one of the largest and fastest growing multi-site churches in America. He is the Founder and current Lead Pastor of One Hope, a thriving and growing church in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana.


Eric Strachan

Member of the board

New Orleans native and lifelong resident, Strachan witnessed firsthand the importance of protecting community and the significance of investing locally. After being in local politics, Strachan moved over to the World War II Museum where he works as the Manager for Corporate Giving.


Micharl Calogero

Member of the board

Calogero is an attorney whose passion for more than 20 years has been to serve people. Calogero offers compassion, empathy and solid judgment, based on the law and equity. His tenure in local government has shown him the need for true, caring and thoughtful service to people in his community.


Corey Malmgren Pretzel

Vice-president, secretary

As Vice-President and Secretary of The Crown and Shield Foundation, Malmgren worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional staff assistant and legislative correspondent as well as for the House Ways and Means Committee. Currently, she is the Executive Director for US Policy and Government Relations for Merck.


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