Meet the Staff
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Web Editor, MyNewOrleans.com/BizNewOrleans.com
Social Media Editor, all publications
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor, custom publishing
Jessica (Jess) was born in New York City and raised in Greenwich, CT. 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 and she has a pup named Megalodon. 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! You can reach Jess at (504) 830-7241 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiffani Reding Amedeo
Art Director, New Orleans Magazine
Creative Director, 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, 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 email@example.com.
Art Director, St. Charles Avenue, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Photograph by Danley Romero
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) 830-7238 or email@example.com.
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 – Dahling! You can reach Colleen at (504) 830-7215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Lisa Picone Love
Senior Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine
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 Masters 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 Orleans. Since 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine
Veronica Ridgley is a New Orleans native and graduate of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University - Geaux Tigers! Following LSU, she went on to earn her MBA at the University of New Orleans. Veronica is passionate about bettering her community and, in addition to being a graduate of the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, is involved in several philanthropic organizations including Junior League of New Orleans and New Orleans Opera Association. Veronica treasures the New Orleans culture. On any given day you can find her dining and shopping in The Big Easy with drink in hand and high heels on, posting it all on her Instagram account. You can reach Veronica at (504) 830-7257 or email@example.com.
Sales Manager, St. Charles Avenue
Brittany Brady was born in the depths of Mississippi where she has since led a nomadic lifestyle. After graduating from LSU, she migrated to the city that will forever have her heart – New Orleans! – and is currently residing in the Warehouse District. In addition to being a part of the St. Charles Avenue team, Brittany enjoys being involved in the city's music scene, craft cocktails, being an eccentric foodcentric, having more knowledge of the NBA than the average male and learning from people of all walks of life! You can reach Brittany at (504) 830-7248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Account Executive, St. Charles Avenue
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Samantha Blanchard moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2015. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in fashion merchandise. During this time, she discovered her love for sales and people. In addition to being the newbie on St. Charles Avenue magazine, she enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, friends and her rescue beagle, Gumbeaux! On the side, she is also a dance team coach and teacher! Samantha’s hobbies include: shopping, traveling (especially to Dallas to see her beau), painting, running, and WINE! Samantha can be reached at (504) 830-7226 or Samantha@MyNewOrleans.com.
Account Executive, St. Charles Avenue
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 email@example.com
Account Executive, Louisiana Life
Originally from West Monroe, Louisiana, Brittany moved to Uptown New Orleans in January 2014. She attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations. During her time at ULM, Brittany danced on the dance team and was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. Since then, she has participated as an Executive Mentor for the Loyola College of Business, a committee member of the Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals and a volunteer for other nonprofit organizations. Brittany's hobbies include: dancing, shopping, travelling and spending time with my family. You can reach Brittany at (504) 830-7298 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales Manager, Biz New Orleans
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. 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.
Account Executive, Biz New Orleans
Caitlin Sistrunk was born in New Orleans and raised in Covington, La. 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 email@example.com.
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 (985)-705-3584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sr. Account Executive of 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
Account Executive of Custom Publishing, New Orleans Bride and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles
Although Zane grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, she considers herself a New Orleanean 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.
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.
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 5 1/2 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 2 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 email@example.com.
Staci Woodward McCarty
“I’m not that interesting, but I think I’m pretty cool.” Originally from New Orleans, Staci McCarty began her Renaissance Publishing journey in December 2006. After growing up in Metairie and attending Archbishop Chapelle High School, Staci received her associates degree in visual communications from Delgado Community College. While not trying to wrangle her three rambunctious baby boys Keaton, Maxwell and Beau – all under the age of 4 yrs. old – Staci enjoys date nights out with her high school sweetheart Keaton.. and a cocktail or two. Fun fact about Staci: even at a towering 5’2” stature, she made her high school varsity basketball team as a freshman. You can reach Staci at (504) 830-7266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Production Designer
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 email@example.com.
Monique Di Pietro
Originally from Uptown New Orleans, Monique has now found her way to the suburbs. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from UNO then eventually decided to follow her passion by acquiring an Associate's Degree in Visual Communications. She is relieved to now be doing something that she loves to do, Graphic Design, here at Renaissance Publishing. Monique adores her husband and their two kitties and is a huge fan of vintage, running, laughter and all things creative. You can reach Monique at (504) 830-7237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terra is a native Louisianian from Lafayette, for New Orleans. In 2013, Terra graduated cum laude from Loyola University with a B.A. in English Literature & Environmental Studies. A writer, poet, gemini, & costume enthusiast, Terra has worked in IT management, startup, & journalistic industries across the Crescent City. Over the past 7 years, she has studied abroad in India, published a chapbook, written for myriad publications, & performed locally for a variety of literary events. Despite her Cajun family ties, Terra's been NOLA-converted down to her core. You can reach Terra at (504) 830-7240 or at email@example.com.
Administration / Circulation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Director of Marketing & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Strahan is a Houma native that moved to Uptown New Orleans to attend Loyola University New Orleans. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology, she moved to the Warehouse District and has officially declared New Orleans her home. While at Loyola, Margaret was involved in Delta Gamma Fraternity, PRSSA and the University Programming Board. When she’s not planning events, Margaret enjoys participating in the New Orleans social scene whether it be at a Mardi Gras ball or a festival. She also enjoys wining and dining, spending time with friends and family and traveling to new places. You can reach Margaret at (504)-830-7264 or Margaret@MyNewOrleans.com.
Denise C. Dean is a New Orleans native. She has a son who is a Navy veteran who currently works in the local hotel industry. She is blessed with a grandson as well, who is the joy of her life! Her morning routine involves prayer, yoga and meditation. Her love of God, animals and laughter is evident upon meeting her. A fun, crazy Saints gathering is just as joyful as going to the opera. Visiting museums, learning anything about science, dancing, enjoying good wine and local seafood, are among the joys of her life. You can reach Denise at (504) 830-7254 or email@example.com.
Sara Kelemencky grew up in Massachusetts and recently moved to New Orleans with no idea of what she is getting herself into. She enjoys reading, traveling and festivals. She loves cooking and enjoying good food, which seems to be aplenty in this great city. You can reach Sara at (504) 830-7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscription & Administrative Assistant
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.
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