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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Photograph by Danley Romero
Digital Media Editor, all publications + BizNewOrleans.com/MyNewOrleans.com
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 email@example.com.
Sales Manager, Acadiana Profile, Acadiana Weddings & Louisiana Life Magazine
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renaissance Publishing Employees
Editor, New Orleans Magazine
Ashley McLellan is the editor of New Orleans Magazine, associate editor of Louisiana Life and a contributor to Biz New Orleans Magazine. With more than 20 years of experience editing and writing for local and national magazines, newspapers and digital media, she has won multiple awards from the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) and the New Orleans Press Club. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pontypridd in Wales, and is a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI). She also holds a Diplôme de Sabreur from the Confrerie du Sabre d’Or, and will saber a bottle of Champagne in exchange for a glass of bubbly. When not listening to her favorite podcasts or besting the New York Times Spelling Bee, she enjoys spending time with her two boys, running the streets of New Orleans and marching with amazing ladies of the Dames de Perlage beading krewe.. You can reach her at (504) 830-7262 or email@example.com.
Executive Editor, New Orleans Magazine & Louisiana Life Magazine
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing Editor, Biz New Orleans
Award-winning writer and editor Kim Singletary is a Southern California transplant (by way of Canada, Washington, Colorado and Nebraska) who has finally found her perfect home in the land of beignets, zydeco and zero chance of shoveling snow. Her career has included communications work in the performing arts and nonprofit sectors, as well as serving as a writer and editor for a variety of regional and national magazines. In addition to contributing to the New Orleans Advocate/Times Picayune, Kim has served as the managing editor of Biz New Orleans magazine since its launch in 2014, where she has led Louisiana’s only business magazine to receive multiple national recognitions. She currently lives in Uptown with her husband, young daughter, two cats and one very sassy fish. You can reach her at (504) 830-7260 or email@example.com.
Associate News Editor, BizNewOrleans.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor, Custom Publishing
Topher Danial is an Arab American writer and editor based in New Orleans. He is passionate about using his platform to discuss issues affecting marginalized populations, especially the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to his journalistic work, he is an avid reader and fiction writer and has published work in New York Times Modern Love. You can reach Topher at (504) 830-7240 or email@example.com.
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 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. 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.
Research Database Coordinator
Drew Hawkins is a writer, journalist, and the producer and host of the literary podcast Micro. A true son of South Louisiana, Drew was born in Lafayette, raised in Ponchatoula, attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts in High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. When he isn’t reading or writing, Drew loves teaching self-defense, training martial arts, and spending time with his wife and two children. You can reach Drew at email@example.com.
Tiffani Reding Amedeo
Creative 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Sales Manager, New Orleans Magazine & St. Charles Avenue
Kate grew up in Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, and attended the University of Virginia undergrad. After a few years of working in local advertising in Charlottesville, VA, she moved to New Orleans and got her M.B.A from Tulane’s School of Business in 2013. As so many do, she fell in love with New Orleans and didn’t want to leave after graduating. She found herself back in local advertising, married a Tulane classmate, and started a family. She now lives in Old Metairie with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. You can reach her at (504) 830-7216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine & St. Charles Avenue
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 email@example.com.
Senior Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine & St. Charles Avenue
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 Meggie@myneworleans.com.
Account Executive, New Orleans Magazine & St. Charles Avenue
Erin Chairtano is a born and raised New Orleanian happy to be back at Renaissance Publishing working again on St. Charles Avenue. A 2010 graduate of Louisiana State University, Erin enjoys spending time with family – especially her husband Gregory and daughter Elouise – hanging out with friends, eating out at some of the city’s best restaurants, frequenting happy hour (toddler in tow) and traveling the world (when she can)… her favorite place to visit is Italy where she and her husband said, “I Do!” You can reach her at (504) 830-7210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advertising Consultant, St. Charles Avenue
Penn Iarocci is a born and raised in New Orleanian. After graduating from Tulane University she lived in NYC for nine years working in sales in marketing at an Investment Bank. When she missed New Orleans more than she could stand, she moved back home, met her husband and started a family. She’s now raising two rambunctious little boys and spending her free time on environmental sustainability projects. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Account Executive, Biz New Orleans, Custom Publishing & St. Charles Avenue
Meghan Sumrall is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She recently moved to New Orleans after graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a communication degree. When she’s not at work, you can find Meghan hanging out with her dog, Bruce, and husband, Taylor, or laughing at her own jokes. You can reach her at (504) 830-7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Account Executive, ]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
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 email@example.com.
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 JessicaJ@BizNewOrleans.com
Rosa Balaguer Arostegui
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Production Designer
Meghan is a Metairie born, Mandeville raised Louisianian. After attending Southeastern Louisiana University, she earned her bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design. When not designing, you can find Meghan divulging in a new book series (or rereading her favorites), getting stuck on the Food Network, or day dreaming about being in Walt Disney World. You can reach Meghan at 504-830-7202 or at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Mallary@myneworleans.com.
Jessica Armand was born and raised in New Orleans. After relocating to North Carolina following Hurricane Katrina, she caught the first gator she could find and came running back home in 2015. Jessica has a business degree from Delgado and a background in accounting. When Jessica isn’t working you can usually find her around someone’s crawfish table, at a local snowball stand or at a concert/festival. She loves all things New Orleans and spending time with her family cheering on her favorite football teams – Who Dat! Geaux Tigahs! You can reach Jessica at (504) 828-1380 or Jessica@myneworleans.com.
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