Meet the Staff

Editorial

Errol Laborde

Errol Laborde

Executive Vice President/Editor in Chief

Errol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the Editor in Chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as Editor/Associate Publisher of New Orleans Magazine and Editor/ Publisher of Louisiana Life Magazine. Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the New Orleans Press Club. Errol’s most recent books are "Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu" and "Marched the Day God," a history of the Rex organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife Peggy to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

Melanie Spencer

Melanie Warner Spencer

Editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine
Editor of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine
Managing Editor, Louisiana Life Magazine
Managing Editor, Acadiana Profile Magazine

Melanie Warner Spencer is a native Kentuckian, but says she got to New Orleans as fast as she could. For more than 12 years, Melanie has covered lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, serving as the design columnist at Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine. Her work also has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and Reuters in the United States and across the globe. In her spare time, Melanie is an award-winning fine art photographer and has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography. She also has been honored by the Press Club of New Orleans for its Excellence in Journalism Awards and is currently serving as the First Vice President of the organization. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 18 years, fellow writer and filmmaker Mark Patrick Spencer however, is at the top of her list of favorite pastimes. You can reach her at (504) 830-7259 or melanie@myneworleans.com.

Kimberley Singleton

Kimberley Singletary

Managing Editor, Biz New Orleans

A Southern California transplant (by way of Canada, Washington, Colorado and Nebraska) Kimberley Singletary has finally found her perfect home in the land of beignets, zydeco and zero chance of shoveling snow. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University Long Beach, she has logged more than 15 years in the magazine industry, breaking for a few years to run a 15-ton sand sculpting competition in the middle of downtown Omaha. She lives in Uptown with her husband, young daughter, and a giant black dog who prays for snow every single day. You can reach her at (504) 830-7260 or kimberley@bizneworleans.com.

Kimberley Singleton

Ashley McLellan

Managing Editor, New Orleans Magazine

Ashley McLellan has over 15 years of experience working with design and editorial professionals. In addition to Renaissance Publishing, Ashley has written for Metropolitan Home and Times-Picayune, as well as two books on interior design. A Gulf Coast native, Ashley has lived, worked, and adventured from New Orleans to New York, the Mediterranean Coast to the wilds of Wales. She lives in Mid-City with her two boys and a menagerie of dogs, cats, and backyard chickens. You can reach her at (504) 830-7262 or ashley@myneworleans.com.

Kelly Massicot

Kelly Massicot

Web Editor, MyNewOrleans.com/BizNewOrleans.com
Social Media Editor, all publications 
Associate Editor, New Orleans Bride Magazine

Kelly Massicot is a proud New Orleanian, born and raised on crawfish, snowballs and red beans every Monday. After attending Mount Carmel Academy, she stayed close to home and earned a degree in marketing from the University of New Orleans. Along with running the internet, Kelly also writes the New Orleans Bride Magazine blog “Let Them Eat Cake,” which posts new and exciting wedding-related content every day. When not diligently working, Kelly can be found trying new restaurants around the city, binging on the latest Netflix series, organizing wine and cheese nights and obsessing over her chiweenie pup Hugo Peabody. You can reach Kelly at (504) 830-7228 or kelly@myneworleans.com.

Morgan Packard

Morgan Packard

Editor, St. Charles Avenue

Morgan Packard may not be a native New Orleanian, but with every passing day New Orleans becomes more her home. Attending Newcomb College and gaining her masters from Tulane University, Packard immersed herself in the culture and peculiarities of the Big Easy, the culmination of which was reached when she joined the staff of Renaissance Publishing in May 2006. You can reach Morgan at (504) 830-7227 or morgan@myneworleans.com.

Bev Church

Bev Church

Executive Editor, St. Charles Avenue

Bev Church is the executive editor of St. Charles Avenue magazine, a post she has held since its inception. She is the co-author of four bestselling books on entertaining and she writes an entertaining column and editor's note every month for the magazine. After graduating from Tulane University's Newcomb College, Bev taught in the public schools. She and her husband, Dr. John Church, began raising a family and became involved in civic and charitable activities. She was co-owner of a party and decoration shop and is currently owner of Entertaining Celebrations, which produced her two latest books: "Entertaining Celebrations" and "Seasonal Celebrations." She has appeared as an entertaining expert on Good Morning America, HGTV and WWL-TV. Bev has her own line of centerpieces and is still involved in many charitable organizations. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League and a member of the Garden Club of America.

Sarah Ravits

Jessica DeBold

Manager, production and custom publishing

Jessica (Jess) was born in New York City and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She moved to New Orleans in 2010 to escape the long, cold winters, and to attend Loyola University where she received her B.A. in philosophy pre-law and journalism. Jess is a fourth-degree black belt, a belly dancer, and she has a three-legged Yorkie named Mr. Ridley. She has traveled to several foreign countries, including Egypt in 2013 where she witnessed a revolution while working with UN Women to report on gender inequality. Much to her Yankee family’s dismay, Jess has made a home for herself in New Orleans and won’t be leaving anytime soon. Jess manages the production department as well as the custom division. If you are interested in creating a custom magazine, you can reach Jess at (504) 830-7241 or jessica@myneworleans.com.

Tiffani Reding Amedeo

Tiffani Reding Amedeo

Art Director, New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, New Orleans Bride

Tiffani Reding is the Cajun girl of the office. Originally from the bayou in Cut Off, Louisiana, she attended Nicholls State and graduated from Delgado with a degree in visual communications. She has been with Renaissance Publishing since the start of the company in 2006. She loves spending her spare time with her husband Mike, daughter Ava and their dogs Bailey and Maggie at their home in Harahan. She is a self-proclaimed shoe shopper who is always looking for another pair of heels. You can reach Tiffani at (504) 830-7295 or tiffani@myneworleans.com.

Sarah George

Sarah George

Art Director, Biz New Orleans, Louisiana Life, Acadiana Profile

Sarah is a New Orleans native with a visual communications degree from Delgado Community College. When not at the office, she can be found in her garden planting something or the other. She is a science fiction fan and is eagerly awaiting flying cars and hover boards. You can reach Sarah at (504) 830-7269 or sarahg@myneworleans.com.

*Photograph by Danley Romero
Ali Sullivan

Ali Sullivan

Art Director, St. Charles Avenue, Custom Publications

A New Orleans native, Ali Sullivan broke out of the service industry to join Renaissance Publishing after graduating Delgado with a degree in visual communications. She is delighted to be designing with the company, and more than happy to now have her weekends free to bike to brunch. You can reach Ali at (504) 830-7202 or ali@myneworleans.com.

Advertising

Colleen Monaghan

Colleen Monaghan

Vice President of Sales

With over 30 years in the publishing and non-profit sectors, Colleen Monaghan is an accomplished sales strategist and solution-oriented Vice President of Sales at Renaissance Publishing who thrives in challenging, fast-paced environments where her performance directly impacts the bottom line. As a seventh generation New Orleanian, Colleen loves her hometown of New Orleans with a passion, enjoys volunteering in the non-profit sector which allows her to strategize about new events that bring people together in a fun environment while raising money at the same time.  Colleen loves art collecting, traveling the world and living life to its fullest, while wearing fabulous hats and elaborate costumes and partaking in the elixir of life. Vino – DahlingYou can reach Colleen at (504) 830-7215 or colleen@myneworleans.com.

Cheryl Lemonie

Cheryl Lemoine

Director of Marketing and Events

Cheryl Lemoine is a marketing, public relations and event planning maven with more than 20 years of experience. She is an LSU graduate with a B.A. in journalism who proudly bleeds purple and gold. A true New Orleanian and never one to miss a party, she’s a gal about town who enjoys attending social soirees, fundraising events, wine tastings, Saints and LSU football games and sporting a costume. The self-professed foodie has written columns on both wine and food, and loves spending time traveling, cooking, shoe shopping and laughing with friends. A Chalmation by birth, she currently resides in Mid-City with her three fuzzy kids, two rescue chihuahuas named Cosmo and Olive and their big sister Libby. You can reach her at (504) 830-7232 or cheryl@myneworleans.com.

Cheryl Lemonie

Whitney Weathers

Event Coordinator

In August 2016, Whitney moved to New Orleans from Arkansas to complete an internship. After falling in love with the city, she decided to stay. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University, where she earned a degree in hospitality administration with an emphasis in tourism and event management, and a minor in business administration. Whitney was also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Whitney loves traveling and spending time with her family. She enjoys experiencing new things in New Orleans, especially the good food and fun festivals. She lives in the CBD and loves going out with her great group of friends. You can reach Whitney at (504) 830-7264 or whitney@myneworleans.com.

Kate Sanders

Kate Sanders

Sales Manager, New Orleans Magazine

Kate Sanders moved to New Orleans in 2010 to attend Tulane University and received her M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing. Previously, she worked at The Hook Newsweekly in Charlottesville, Virginia after getting her B.A. at University of Virginia in 2003. She resides Uptown and loves to enjoy New Orleans' food, music and festivals with friends and family as well as spending time with her black lab Marley. You can reach her at (504) 830-7216 or kate@myneworleans.com.

Brittany Gilbert

Jessica Marasco

Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine

Jessica Marasco (like Tabasco) is a proud New Orleans native!  She is a graduate of Dominican High School and N.O.C.C.A. followed by four wonderful years at the famous Northwestern in Natchitoches (Steel Magnolias was filmed there), where she got her B.A. in theatre.  She is a huge Saints fan and a lover of anything Mardi Gras, in fact you can catch her throwing glittery purses with the Krewe of Nyx!  She currently lives in Mid-City with her rescue schnoodle, Baby Colston. You can reach Jessica at (504) 830-7220 or jessicam@myneworleans.com 

Claire

Claire Cummings

Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine

Claire Cummings was born and raised in New Orleans. She graduated from East Jefferson High School and then earned a BA in film, theatre and communications from the University of New OrleansSince graduating from college, Claire has worked on various movie sets, as well as managing a few retail stores. She lives at home with her chihuahua Dixie and pit-mix Lola. You can reach Claire at (504) 830-7250 or claire@myneworleans.com.

Peyton

Peyton Simms

Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine

Originally from Baton Rouge, Peyton moved to her home away from home - New Orleans - in May of 2016. She studied apparel design at Louisiana State University and after a summer in New York City, chose to finish her degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Peyton enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dog, Milly! You can often find her trying the best new restaurants or shopping for a new outfit. Peyton can be reached at (504) 830-7249 or peyton@myneworleans.com

Lisa Picone Love

Lisa Picone Love

Sales Manager, St. Charles Avenue

Lisa Picone is a New Orleans native. She graduated from Mt. Carmel Academy and LSU, where she received a B.A. in mass communications/advertising. She has worked in advertising and nonprofit arts administration for over 20 years. She received a Master of Fine Arts from UNO and is a two-time Big Easy Entertainment Award winner having performed on stages all around town as an actress and cabaret singer. She currently resides in St. Bernard Parish with her husband and their two children Clyde (a pit mix) and Lee Lou (a tom cat). You can reach Lisa at lisa@myneworleans.com.

Samantha

Samantha Shiff

Account Executive, St. Charles Avenue

Samantha Shiff grew up in Dallas, Texas, but traded in her cowboy boots for Mardi Gras beads in the summer of 2017. She graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in integrated marketing communications and a minor in business administration. She loves trying new things and traveling to new places. Her favorite things are Ole Miss football, being outside on nice days, and all types of music. Samantha can be reached at (504) 830-7226 or Samantha@MyNewOrleans.com

Maegan OBrien

Maegan O'Brien

Sales Manager, Biz New Orleans

Maegan O'Brien was born in New Orleans and raised on the Northshore in Mandeville, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in finance, but marketing and advertising are her true callings. She currently lives in Old Metairie and loves traveling, wining and dining, and spending time with family and great friends. You can reach Maegan at (504) 830-7219 or Maegan@BizNewOrleans.com.

Caitlin Sistrunk

Caitlin Sistrunk

Account Executive, Biz New Orleans

Caitlin Sistrunk was born in New Orleans and raised in Covington, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor's degree in marketing. While attending LSU Caitlin fell in love with both marketing and advertising. She is ecstatic to begin her career as a Sales Associate with our new magazine. Caitlin loves painting, hanging with friends and cooking. You can reach Caitlin at (985)-705-3584 or caitlin@bizneworleans.com.

Caitlin Sistrunk

Carly Goldman

Account Executive, Biz New Orleans

Carly Goldman was born and raised in Long Island, New York before moving down to New Orleans to attend Tulane University. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in english and philosophy, Carly became particularly interested in marketing and advertising and delightedly joined the Biz New Orleans team. In her spare time, Carly enjoys exploring New Orleans with friends and her dog, Parker. You can reach Carly at (516)-459-9945 or carly@bizneworleans.com.

Brooke LeBlanc

Brooke LeBlanc

Sales Manager, Custom Publishing, New Orleans Bride and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles

Brooke LeBlanc was born and raised in New Orleans. She attended Archbishop Chapelle High School and the University of New Orleans, where she received her degree in hotel, restaurant & tourism with a concentration in marketing. She loves traveling, spending time with her family and friends, watching movies and drinking wine. You can reach Brooke at (504) 830-7242 or Brooke@MyNewOrleans.com

Brooke LeBlanc

Zane Wilson

Account Executive, Custom Publishing, New Orleans Bride and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles 

Although Zane grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, she considers herself a New Orleanian due to her love for the city. She graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in communication, and also studied at Complutense University of Madrid while studying abroad in Spain for six months. Zane is involved with the American Cancer Society, enjoys traveling, art, speaking Spanish and all of the cultural aspects of New Orleans. You can reach Zane at (504) 830-7246 or Zane@MyNewOrleans.com

Brooke LeBlanc

Tess Jones

Account Executive, Port Division 

Born and raised in a small Texas town, Tess Jones made her way to New Orleans almost 3 years ago where she completely fell in love with the people, the food and the city. She graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with a B.A. in mass communication- public relations, a minor in psychology and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She is currently working on her master’s degree and resides in the Garden District. Tess has spent the majority of her career in the oil and gas industry focused on sales and client development; she is excited to now be part of the Renaissance Publishing team! A country girl at heart, Tess enjoys anything outside including offshore fishing, being at the beach or on the river and hanging out with friends comfortably in her Crocs. Tess can be reached at (504) 830-7239 or Tess@MyNewOrleans.com.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Sales Manager, Acadiana Profile

A Lafayette Native and currently residing in Lafayette.  She has worked in print media for 18 years, 11 years with Acadiana Profile Magazine and over five years with Renaissance Publishing. Rebecca has a passion for print media and loves working with a variety of clients helping the clients grow their business and brand. She is married with two children. Rebecca enjoys playing tennis, long walks, spending time with family, shopping and long weekend getaways. You can reach Rebecca at (337) 298-4424 or rebecca@acadianaprofile.com.

Lisa Holland

Lisa Holland

Account Executive, Louisiana Life Magazine

Lisa Holland is a native of New Orleans and resides in the Old Metairie area with her husband, son and their two dogs Calvin and Hobbs. Lisa is a veteran in the tourism industry, most recently with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau for the past 16 years. When not spending time with family and friends, she is a huge music fan and loves everything about Louisiana’s history and culture. She is eager to represent Louisiana Life magazine and looking forward to exploring our beautiful and vibrant state.You can reach Lisa at (504) 830-7298 or lisah@LouisianaLife.com

Production

Monique DiPietro

Demi Schaffer

Production Designer

Demi Schaffer was born in sunny San Diego, California, but brought down to "The Boot" (southern Louisiana) to be raised in New Orleans. She attended De La Salle High School and later earned a degree in visual communications/graphic design from Delgado Community College. Demi enjoys watching and rooting for her favorite sports teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Eagles. You can reach Demi at (504) 830-7202 or demi@myneworleans.com.

Molly

Molly Tullier

Production Designer

Molly Tullier was born in New Orleans and raised in Chalmette, Louisiana. After attending The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, she fell in love with the challenge of graphic design. In 2016, Molly graduated from Delgado Community College with a degree in visual communications. On the weekends, you can find her sewing costumes and knitting. You can reach Molly at (504) 830-7266 or molly@myneworleans.com.

Topher

Topher Balfer

Traffic Coordinator

Topher Balfer is no stranger to the world of publishing and journalism. During his time at Loyola University New Orleans, he served as editor in chief of the campus newspaper, The Maroon. His team won over 75 national awards during his tenure, including the prestigious Pacemaker Award for excellence in journalism. He can be found at any given time with his nose in the book of a children's novel—or with a pen in his hand, working on stories of his own. You can reach Topher at (504) 830-7240 or topher@myneworleans.com.

Administration / Circulation

Todd Matherne

Todd Matherne

Chief Executive Officer

Todd Matherne is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and has spent his entire professional career in the publishing industry. His favorite thing that he loves about his job is publishing magazines that celebrate life. To him, New Orleans is the city that celebrates life unlike any other and he believes our titles here at Renaissance speak to people that want to celebrate with us. You can reach Todd at (504) 830-7247 or todd@myneworleans.com.

Todd Matherne

John Holzer

Distribution Manager

John was born and raised in New Orleans, graduating from Metairie Park Country Day School. He attended SMU and UNO for finance and business administration. John is very excited about starting a new career in the publishing industry. John loves to hang out with friends on the weekend, trying out new restaurants, going to festivals, fishing and is an avid golfer.  He is also a huge sports fan that enjoys college football and his hometown Saints. You can reach John at (504) 830-7244 or john@myneworleans.com.

Sara Kelemencky

Mallary Matherne

Administrative Assistant
Digital Media Associate

Even though working at Renaissance Publishing is a birthright of Mallary, she is looking forward to learning all the aspects of her family business. Mallary attended Louise S. McGehee and is a proud member of the 14 year club. She is continuing her education at University Holy Cross where she will receive her degree in psychology of social counseling at the end of 2016. Mallary enjoys everything outdoors and can be seen most weekends with either a paddle board or camping gear strapped to the top of her Jeep! For any questions regarding subscriptions, please contact (504) 830-7231.

Brittanie Bryant

Brittanie Bryant

Subscriptions/Receptionist 

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Brittanie moved to New Orleans after attending the University of Kentucky. She is on a mission to find the best BBQ shrimp in New Orleans and wholeheartedly does ongoing research at a number of her favorite restaurants. Brittanie loves anything Scottish, University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball, the Bayou Boogaloo Festival and dancing with her cat. You can reach Brittanie at (504) 828-1380 or Brittanie@myneworleans.com.

 

Office Address:
Renaissance Publishing
110 Veterans Blvd. Suite 123
Metairie, LA 70005

(504) 828-1380 phone
(504) 828-1385 fax

Lafayette office:
128 Demanade Suite 104
Lafayette, LA 70503

(337) 235-7919 ext. 230 phone