Meet the Staff


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

Melanie Warner Spencer

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

For 20 years, Melanie Warner Spencer has covered news, lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, including as the design columnist at The Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at The Houston Chronicle and as the editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury 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. Melanie is also an award-winning fine art and editorial photographer. She has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography, by the Press Club of New Orleans for writing and editing and by the International and Regional Magazine Association for writing, editing and photography. Melanie is currently serving as the President of Press Club of New Orleans. When not making magazines, Melanie enjoys cooking, trying out new restaurants and best happy hours and taking road trips. You can reach her at (504) 830-7259 or

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

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

Kelly Massicot

Digital 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

Topher Balfer

Editor, Custom Publishing

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

Rich Collins

Associate News Editor,

Rich Collins is an Emmy Award-winning writer, musician and actor known for the Disney Channel TV series “Imagination Movers.” Rich is the former managing editor of Gambit Weekly newspaper and former president of the Press Club of New Orleans. Rich’s music has been used on “Ellen,” “Good Morning America,” “Wipeout” and other shows. He has performed live on “The View,” “LIVE with Regis and Kelly” and “Good Morning America.” He developed and taught a songwriting curriculum at Loyola University New Orleans. He performs at locations throughout New Orleans including at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Raised in the Washington, D.C. area and educated at the Catholic University of America, Rich moved to New Orleans in the 1990s and lives here with his wife (a local) and five children. You can reach Rich at (504) 830-7257 or

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

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.

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, daughters Ava and Lillian 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

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

*Photograph by Danley Romero

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

Molly Tullier Patty

Art Director, Custom Publishing

Molly Tullier Patty 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


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 – Dahling! You can reach Colleen at (504) 830-7215 or

Jeanel Luquette

Director of Marketing and Events

Don’t let the French name fool you, Jeanel is an Irish-Catholic girl from Philadelphia who has called New Orleans home since 2012. She majored in English Lit at West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a minor in education. After realizing she did not want to be a teacher, Jeanel began an interesting 15-year career that led her to move to New Orleans, sight-unseen. She quickly fell in love with the city, and later a local New Orleanian whom she married in 2018. Jeanel loves her adopted city and while she is still a die-hard Philly sports fan, she has found room in her heart for the Saints too! She and her husband live Uptown with their dog Huey.  You can reach Jeanel at 504-830-7232 or

Abbie Dugruise​

Events Coordinator
Marketing Assistant

Abbie Dugruise was born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She graduated from Nicholls State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Abbie moved to New Orleans after graduation to begin her career as Event Coordinator/Marketing Assistant at Renaissance Publishing. She enjoys using her creative side on a daily basis; as well as, cooking, shopping, and binge-watching Netflix. You can reach her at 504-830-7264 or

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

Rachel Webber

Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine

Originally from Baton Rouge, Rachel Webber attended Louisiana State University for liberal arts. In 2013 she moved to New Orleans with her husband (then boyfriend) to start an adventurous life living on their sailboat. They have just recently moved back on land and are looking forward to the changes the new year will bring! She has been in the service and hospitality industry for over a decade and joined Renaissance Publishing in 2018. Rachel enjoys traveling, sailing, diving, cooking and being social in this lovely city. You can reach Rachel at (504) 830-7249 or

Meggie Schmidt

Senior Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine

Meggie Schmidt is a native New Orleanian who attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park where she was a Division 1 varsity swimmer. She received her masters degree in communications and technology from Georgetown University. Over the past four years, Meggie worked for leading firms in D.C. gaining invaluable experience in the fields of marketing and public relations. Now back in her hometown, Meggie is an avid runner and loves traveling and spending time with family and friends. You can reach her at (504) 830-7220 or

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

Samantha Shiff

Senior 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

Caitlin Sistrunk

Sales Manager, 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

Brennan Manale

Senior Account Executive, Biz New Orleans
​Project Manager, Business Custom Projects

Brennan is proud to be born and raised in New Orleans! After graduating from Mount Carmel Academy, she went on to become an active member of the University of New Orleans Drama & Communications department. A true music lover since birth, her theater days led her to find her intense passion for singing. She has performed with numerous cover bands throughout the city, having played for many events throughout the Gulf Coast region. You can currently see her perform at numerous venues and functions throughout the area.  When not working or singing, you might find Brennan planning various fundraisers for local philanthropies, shopping for the next fabulous pair of shoes or enjoying cocktails (Champagne, anyone??) with family and friends. In her down time, she’s usually binging on the latest Netflix obsession with her beloved fur-babies Gus, Mia, Priscilla, Sebastian and Hannah. She anxiously awaits fall each year to cheer on the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers! Brennan is thrilled to join the Renaissance Publishing team and is looking forward to pulling the best from her wide range of experiences to make her future here a big success. Vive la Nouvelle Orleans! You can reach her at (504) 830-7298 or

Jessica Jaycox

Senior Account Executive, Biz New Orleans

Jessica Jaycox was born and raised in New Orleans. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in business administration. She is eager to begin her career at Renaissance Publishing and to be a part of the wonderful team that is Biz New Orleans. Jessica enjoys spending her time exploring every dining establishment in the city, hanging out with friends and watching ‘them Tigers’ play. You can reach Jessica at (504) 830-7255 or

Brooke LeBlanc

Senior Account Executive, 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

Becca Farnell

Account Executive, Custom Publising

Becca Farnell was born and raised in Daphne, Alabama. After graduating from Spanish Fort High School, Becca attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she graduated with a major in advertising and a minor in English. In her free time Becca enjoys writing, running, spending time with friends and family, and all things fashion. You can reach Becca at (504) 830-7219 or

Shelby Harper

Account Executive, Custom Publishing

Shelby Harper was born and raised in New Orleans. Shelby attended Archbishop Chapelle High School and Louisiana State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a concentration in sales. Shelby loves drawing and spending her time with family and friends.  You can reach Shelby at (504) 830-7246 or

Rebecca Taylor

Sales Manager, Acadiana Profile and Acadiana Weddings

A Lafayette Native and currently residing in Lafayette.  She has worked in print media for 18 years, 11 years with Acadiana Profile Magazineand 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

Nancy Dessens

Sales Manager, Louisiana Life Magazine

Nancy Dessens is a life-long resident of the Westbank of New Orleans and loves her mid-century modern home in Gretna that she shares with her husband, Derek, and their fur-child, Cece. She graduated from Immaculata High School and the University of New Orleans. With over 12 years of multimedia advertising experience under her belt, she takes her work and her business relationships very seriously. In her spare time she enjoys entertaining friends and family at her home, cooking and lounging in her pool. You can reach Nancy at (504) 830-7263 or


Sarah Duckert

Digital Operations Manager

Sarah Duckert is excited to join the Renaissance Publishing team as Digital Operations Manager. A born-and-bred New Orleanian (Mid-City to be exact), Sarah took a brief break from her hometown to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she graduated with a degree in marketing and served as President of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration for the Student Government Association. After working various sales and marketing jobs in New Orleans, and a brief, but magical summer in Italy, she obtained her M.B.A. from the University of New Orleans.
Sarah has over ten years of experience in sales and marketing and is especially passionate about digital media. Most recently, she was Digital Sales Specialist at WWL-TV/TEGNA Media for 3 ½ years.
When she is not working or reading about the latest digital media news, you can find her being a tourist in her own city, exploring new restaurants, making arts and crafts, spending time with family and friends, and mapping out where she’ll take her next trip of a lifetime. You can reach Sarah at 504-830-7206 or


Emily Andras

Production Manager

Emily Andras is a New Orleans native. A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Emily spent time with national newspaper chains in Phoenix, Arizona and Chicago, Illinois before coming home. When she’s not designing ads, she’s usually out at a farmers market with her dog Pepper, reading a new book, or getting a little too intense about a Saints game. You can reach Emily at 504-830-7237 or

Rosa Balaguer Arostegui

Production Designer

Rosa Balaguer Arostegui is a first generation New Orleanian with her roots growing from the Dominican Republic. She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart for high school and Loyola University of New Orleans for college, majoring in mass communication with a focus in advertising and a minor in visual arts. A recent graduate of Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement, Rosa obtained a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in digital design to enhance her skills in graphic design. She loves to create across all mediums and is always happy to paint custom dog paintings for fellow dog aficionados. You can reach Rosa at 504-830-7221 or

Meghan Rooney

Production Designer

Meghan Rooney was born in Metairie and raised in Mandeville, Louisiana. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She enjoys rainy days inside, Bravo network, good music, and spending time with her four cats and dog. When not designing, you can find her lost in a good book or daydreaming about being back in Disney World. You can reach Meghan at (504) 830-7202 or

Lane Brocato

Traffic Coordinator

Lane Brocato was born and raised in Mandeville, Louisiana. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in entertainment management with a minor in marketing. Lane moved back to New Orleans after graduation and began working at Renaissance as an intern. Since then, she moved to subscriptions assistant and is now traffic coordinator! She enjoys traveling, fashion, music festivals and makeup! You can reach her at 504-905-7411 or

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. 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

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

Claire Sargent

Audience Development

Claire is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, but she has been down in the Big Easy since 2010. She is a recent graduate from the University of New Orleans, and she has a Bachelor’s in English. She lives in Metairie with her fiancé and her cat named Mae Mae. In her free time, she enjoys singing, writing and hanging out with her friends and family. You can reach Claire at (504) 828-1380 or

Mallary Matherne

Office Manager
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 graduated in December of 2016 from the University Holy Cross where she received her degree in Psychology of Social Counseling and received the “Outstanding Student in Social Counseling” Award. 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! You can reach Mallary at (504) 830-7254 or

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