Meet the Staff

Editorial

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.

Morgan Packard

Editor, St. Charles Avenue
Managing Editor, New Orleans Magazine

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

Executive Editor, St. Charles Avenue

Bev Church is the executive editor of St. Charles Avenue magazine, a post she has held since its inception 15 years ago. 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

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

Sarah Ravits graduated from Tulane University with degrees in English and Psychology. At Renaissance Publishing she has served as an editorial assistant, associate editor and managing editor of custom publishing jobs. She became managing editor of Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile and editor of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles in May 2013. She resides in Mid-City and enjoys running in City Park, reading and live music. You can reach Sarah at (504) 830-7239 or sarah@myneworleans.com.

Lauren LaBorde

Web Editor, MyNewOrleans.com
Associate Editor, New Orleans Magazine

Lauren LaBorde earned a degree in Mass Communication from Loyola University New Orleans. After graduating, she interned at Washingtonian magazine and was a terrible restaurant hostess before joining Gambit, where she was the calendar listings editor and resident reality TV correspondent for more than three years. She started at Renaissance Publishing in June 2013. She is not related to Errol. Outside of work, Lauren is an improviser and writer at The New Movement comedy theater. You can reach her at (504) 830-7228 or lauren@myneworleans.com.

Melanie Warner Spencer

Editor, custom publishing
Editor, New Orleans Bride

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. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 15 years, fellow writer and filmmaker Mark Patrick Spencer however, is at the top of her list of favorite pastimes. You can reach her at melanie@myneworleans.com.

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, La., 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 and dog Bailey 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

Art Director, St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life, Acadiana Profile

Sarah George was born and braised in New Orleans for 26 years at an average temperature of 95 degrees. Although still simmering in the melting pot that is New Orleans, she dreams of one day expanding her existence into cooler, less humid environments. She received her associate's degree in visual communications from Delgado Community College, and hopes to continue her education in the near future. She enjoys light, time, pockets, owls, and moderation. You can reach Sarah at sarahg@myneworleans.com.

Antoine Passelac

Art Director, custom publications

Imported from France with a case of wine and a wheel of cheese, Antoine Passelac attended the Ecole de Communication Visuelle in Paris and graduated in 2004. He moved to the U.S. in 2010 to follow his future wife, Amy. After two and a half years in San Francisco and two visits to New Orleans, the two made the decision to make NOLA their new home. Music, food and art: Antoine enjoys every second of his new (Orleans) life! You can reach Antoine at (504) 830-7202 or antoine@myneworleans.com.

Advertising

Colleen Monaghan

Vice President of Sales

Colleen Monaghan is a seventh generation New Orleanean and member of the Mayflower Society, who loves her city with a passion. She is a UNO alum, who has more than 30 years of experience in both publishing and the non-profit sector. Colleen enjoys art collecting, traveling the world and living life to its fullest. She has been known to organize fabulous events both for herself and many charities in New Orleans and San Francisco areas. You can reach Colleen at (504) 830-7215 or colleen@myneworleans.com.

Jonee Daigle Ferrand

Senior Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine

Jonée Daigle Ferrand is the Sales Manager for Renaissance Publishing and has been with the company for six years. She is married to her best friend, Brad Ferrand, with whom she resides in Covington, along with their kitty cat, Bella. Jonée is one of six children and recently welcomed a daughter of her own, Lilette Mae Ferrand. She enjoys working with nonprofit organizations, is a member of the Junior League of Covington and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. You can reach Jonée at (504) 830-7257 or jonee@myneworleans.com.

Maegan O'Brien

Sales Manager of St. Charles Avenue

Maegan O'Brien was born in New Orleans and raised on the Northshore in Mandeville, La. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in finance, but marketing and advertising are her true callings. Maegan recently made the switch from New Orleans Magazine to St. Charles Avenue and is excited about her new position. 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@myneworleans.com.

Brittany Brady

Sr. Account Executive of St. Charles Avenue

Brittany Brady is a true Southern-bred girl having been born in Starkville, Miss. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business Administration, she migrated to the New Orleans area and currently resides Uptown. In addition to being a part of the St. Charles Avenue team, Brittany enjoys being involved in the city's music scene, wining and dining, and spending time with family and friends. You can reach Brittany at (504) 830-7248 or brittany@myneworleans.com.

Aimee Arceneaux Rudd

Sales Manager, custom publications, New Orleans Bride, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles

Aimee Arceneaux Rudd is a New Orleans native currently residing in Old Jefferson. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a marketing degree in December 2004. Since then Aimee has been working in the advertising sales industry and is the Sales Manager for our Custom Publishing division. When she’s not at work, she is hanging out with her friends, family and four dogs. You can reach Aimee at (504) 830-7240 or aimee@myneworleans.com.

Elizabeth Schindler

Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine

Elizabeth Schindler is a New Orleans-born, Aries-carnivore who, after graduating from St. Mary's Dominican High School, attended both the University of Southern Mississippi and University of New Orleans, where she studied theatre and journalism. Her favorite things include, but are not limited to: America. The Majesty of Song. Interpretive Dance. Discovery of the Wheel. Tupac. Kissing Babies. Sorcery. Teaching Robots to Love. Dream Journaling. The Gift of Sight. Dragons. She is the self-appointed human ambassador to essential underwater allies such as Merfolk and the Loch Ness Monster, and is a strong parallel parker. You can reach Elizabeth at elizabeth@myneworleans.com.

Kate Sanders

Sr. Account Executive of 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 attended the University of Virginia and received a B.A. in English in 2003. She worked in advertising for seven years at The Hook Newsweekly in Charlottesville, Va. Currently, she resides Uptown and loves to enjoy the city's food, music and festivals as well as spending time with friends, family, and her black lab Marley. You can reach her at (504) 830-7216 or kate@myneworleans.com.

Sarah Daigle

Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine

Sarah Favret Daigle was born and raised in New Orleans. She attended Ursuline Academy High School, ran track and cross country at Samford University, and graduated from Nicholls State University with a bachelorís degree in science. She currently resides in Covington with her wonderful husband Chef Patrick Daigle and her puppy, Polo. Sarah loves long summer nights, wining and dining, laughing until she cries and spending time with her family and friends. You can reach Sarah at (504) 830-7220 or email her at sarahd@myneworleans.com. You can reach her at (504) 830-7216 or sarahd@myneworleans.com.

Brooke LeBlanc

Sr. Account Executive of 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

Kathryn Beck Sanderson

Sales Manager, Louisiana Life

Kathryn was born and raised in Alexandria, La. She attended Louisiana State University and received her bachelor's degree in mass communication with an emphasis on advertising. Kathryn then moved to New York City to work at Woman’s Day magazine. After missing everything about the South, Kathryn moved to New Orleans and joined the Louisiana Life team. She has a slight addiction to television, naps and wine – her three favorite things in life. Realizing how this sounds, Kathryn is looking for new hobbies to put in this biography. You can reach Kathryn at (504) 830-7250 or kathryn@louisianalife.com.

Rebecca Taylor

Sales Manager, Acadiana Profile

Rebecca is a Lafayette native. She has worked in print media for over 14 years, including over three years with Renaissance Publishing. She and her husband, Mike, have two children (Michael and Lauren). Family fun involves camping, playing tennis and attending all extracurricular activities for Michael and Lauren. You can reach Rebecca at (337) 298-4424 or rebecca@acadianaprofile.com.

Erin Azar

Sales Assistant

Erin Maher is a native of New Orleans. She graduated from Louisiana State University and The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She is also an alumna of Mount Carmel Academy. She has been with Renaissance Publishing since June 2010. Erin enjoys Jimmy Fallon, dreaming about traveling to Paris and baking from scratch. You can reach Erin at (504) 830-7241 or erin@myneworleans.com.

Staci Woodward McCarty

Production/Web Manager

Staci McCarty began working at Renaissance Publishing in December 2006. Since then she has taken the role of Production/Web manager; gotten married to the man she had been dating for ten years; and has had two little boys, Keaton and Maxwell, both under the age of two! Her life at home and at work are crazy to say the least, but she would not have it any other way. You can reach Staci at (504) 830-7266 or staci@myneworleans.com.

Administration / Circulation

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. New Orleans to him 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.

Kristi Ferrante

Director of Marketing and Events

Kristi Ferrante is a graduate of Cabrini High – many moons ago. She is married and has three beautiful girls and two awesome dogs, a Siberian husky named Stoli and a puggle named Buddy. She has been with the company since 1993 years and doesn’t plan on going anywhere soon – unless the company has other plans! In her spare time she loves to listen to music, play cards and board games and read. You can reach Kristi at (504) 830-7264 or kristi@myneworleans.com.

Christian Coombs

Distribution & Circulation Manager

Christian Coombs is a local boy that grew up a stone's throw away from New Orleans on the "Best Bank." He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a bachelor's degree in communications and became a part of our family in 2007.  With his own big family of three boys and one little angel, he and his wife Angie never seem to slow down. Christian can be found driving a very colorful Renaissance Publishing van around the metro area when he's not inside the office, so honk your horn at him and let him know that you support our local publications as well as our great city.  You can reach Christian at (504) 830-7244 or christian@myneworleans.com.

Erin Duhe

Subscriptions Representative

Erin Duhe was born and raised in New Orleans. She attended St. Mary’s Dominican High School then graduated from LSU in 2010, where she studied Business Administration and Communication Studies. She loves going to festivals and watching TV in bed, but she loves eating good food most of all. You can reach Erin at (504) 830-7231 or erind@myneworleans.com.

Office Address:
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