Michelle Stanard Duhon owner of Bayou Preservation, LLC, and has been working in historic preservation and materials conservation since 2007. She has a BA in History and Art History from the University of Georgia, and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas School of Architecture. Michelle has worked on a wide range of preservation projects from the famous Art Deco Fair Park complex in Dallas, TX, to a small baseball collection for the Louisiana State Museum, to fully restoring the famed Marie Laveau tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. She specializes in plaster, paints and coatings, stone, and metals conservation. Michelle has served as past Vice President and Chair of SOC’s Advocacy and currently serves on the Soiree and Restoration Committees.
Gerard L. (Jerry) Schoen, III is the Director of Community Relations, Funeral Director, Management at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries working in various positions for the past 39 years. He is a graduate of Brother Martin, University of New Orleans, and Funeral Service Foundation School of management. Jerry has presented at NFDA Annual convention, ICCFA Annual Convention, Dodge Seminar and numerous State Conventions, and numerous Funeral Service Training Education programs. He is past President for the Funeral Service Foundation, a national endowment group; Past Trustee of Louisiana Funeral Directors and Embalmers Regulatory Board, Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, 1999-2000, served as President of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and currently serves as the Treasurer of the LFDA South District. Current Board Positions include…Nunez Community College Foundation, Save Our Cemeteries, N.O. Katrina Memorial Corporation, LA. Law Officers Enforcement Association, Fireman’s Charitable and Benevolent Association, Heaven’s Pets, LLC. Season’s Grief Center Hospice Association and LA. Central Credit Union. Jerry currently serves on SOC’s All Saints Soiree, Tours & Marketing, and Education Committees.
David Hymel is the founder and owner of Hymel & Ready, a New Orleans-based CPA firm. He has assisted several non-profit organizations in the areas of auditing, tax, and litigation support services. In 2014, he was honored as a “Money Maker” by New Orleans City Business. David grew up in Old Jefferson, and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Orleans. His love of New Orleans’ cemeteries began at an early age, through regular visits to the local cemeteries with his grandparents. David is a member of SOC’s HR & Finance Committee and he joined the SOC Board in 2015.
Milton Carr, Jr. is a native of New Orleans, born in the historic Treme neighborhood. He attended Catholic schools throughout New Orleans and completed his education at Mesa Jr. College in San Diego. Milton returned to New Orleans in 1973 and worked as an electrician and for Domino Sugar for 33 years. His love and knowledge of local history, including the origins of Mardi Gras Indians, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, and the music of New Orleans led him to become a licensed tour guide in 2001. Milton has been conducting tours ever since. He joined the Save Our Cemeteries Board in January 2018 and serves as a member of the SOC Education Committee.
Kelley Mackenroth is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.); Loyola University New Orleans (M.S.), and Loyola University College of Law (J.D.). is a practicing attorney-at-law who specializes in title and property-related issues, estate planning, and successions. Kelley devotes her time to serving on various Boards and special event committees for a number of non-profits in New Orleans. Formerly, Kelley was a tour guide, a middle and high school teacher, and a Big Easy Rollergirl She was named one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40” for her contributions to the New Orleans Metropolitan region. Kelley and her husband, D. Irwin, live in New Orleans with their three small children. Kelley joined the SOC Board in 2015 is a member of SOC’s All Saints Soiree and legal ad hoc Committees.
Courtney Payton, Vice President, is an attorney and a graduate of Loyola University School of Law who joined the Board in 2015. She is a licensed tour guide, with experience in grant-writing, public relations, and event planning. Courtney is an active member of the Krewe of Muses, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Audubon Insectarium, the Association of Women Attorneys, and the International Law Society. A long time restoration volunteer with SOC, she now serves as Vice President and Chair of the All Saints Soiree Committee.
Jerry F. Pepper is a New Orleans native dividing his time between residences in Baton Rouge, Covington, and Sarasota, FL. His hobbies: taking care of his dog Monte, mixology, reading, tennis, and running. When not pursuing these endeavors he practices law, dabbles in Louisiana genealogy and history, and serves on numerous public and private boards, including the Board of the Louisiana Landmarks Society. Jerry is a member of the A Run/Walk Through History Committee and joined the SOC Board in 2015.
Michelle LaBanca is a Realtor with French Quarter Realty where she predominantly works within historic neighborhoods and strives to educate home buyers, sellers, and investors about the importance of preserving a property’s historic integrity. Michelle received her BA in Interior Design from Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville, TN and upon graduation immediately moved to New Orleans to work with our historic housing stock. In 2012 she co-founded a Historic Tax Credit Consulting firm to help residential property owners utilize federal and state historic tax credit programs to rehabilitate historic homes. She believes New Orleans’ cemeteries are unique in that they are fully integrated into our neighborhoods, not simply as places of remembrance but as cultural symbols. Thus, preserving New Orleans’ cemeteries is simply a natural extension of preserving New Orleans’ homes, neighborhoods, and culture. Michelle joined the Board in 2018 after serving on the 2017 All Saints Soirée committee. She is also a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative.
Shanna Hudson-Stowe, President, has more than 30 years of work experience in commodity and wholesale purchasing and merchandising, administration and nonprofit fundraising and management. Ms. Hudson-Stowe has worked for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation since March 2006. She has successfully secured several grants and donor solicitations over the course of her career, notably a capital campaign for the George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. As Development Associate at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, she works to raise funds for year-round activities and supervises volunteers at events and festivals. Shanna received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri in 2003, and Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2006. She joined the SOC Board in 2015.
Alex L.M. Ducros is an Attorney with Orrill, Cordell & Beary, L.L.C. in New Orleans. A native New Orleanian, Mr. Ducros (pronounced with a silent ‘s’) is a graduate of Ben Franklin Senior High School, N.O.C.C.A., LSU, and Loyola University New Orleans’ School of Law. He is a member of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, The Society of the Founders of the City of New Orleans and numerous other groups. Mr. Ducros also has a background in graphic design and is a professional drummer and drum instructor. Alex joined the SOC Board in 2014 and serves on the All Saints Soiree Committee.
Dr. Beverly Guillory Andry is currently an adjunct faculty member at Delgado Community College. She was on the faculty of Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA. for many years and was Deputy Director of the Historic District Landmarks Commission. She was also an Urban Planner for the Regional Planning Commission for the Parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany for the City of New Orleans and served as Senior Counselor for the New Orleans Client Center, job training Partnership Program. She serves on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Festival, Ashe Cultural Arts Center/Efforts of Grace, the New Orleans Jazz Celebration and is President of Broad Community Connections. She holds an MBA from the A. B. Freeman School of Business – Tulane University and a Ph. D from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University A & M College. Beverly joined the Board in January 2017 and serves on SOC’s HR & Finance Committee.
Sally Asher is the author of “Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names” and “Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans.” She holds two master’s degrees from Tulane University and has been the public relations photographer since 2008. She frequently lectures on New Orleans history through the Louisiana State Museum. Asher is currently working on a book about Prohibition in New Orleans to be published by LSU Press and is contributing a chapter to a New Orleans tricentennial book to be published by Pelican Press. Sally serves on SOC’s All Saints Soiree Committee and joined the SOC Board in 2015.
Alan Raphael has been involved in public relations, marketing, advertising and special events in New Orleans for more than three decades. The Bastrop, LA native, and Tulane University graduate began his career with KALB-TV (NBC), later moving to WBRZ-TV (ABC).Raphael joined New Orleans advertising and public relations agency Montgomery, Stire & Ehrhardt, serving Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Walt Disney’s World On Ice, International Paper, Burger King and the Greater New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Raphael is a licensed tour guide, additionally completing the Friends of the Cabildo Walking Tour class in April 2001. In 2006, Raphael joined the staff at The National World War II Museum.As Marketing Outreach Manager, Raphael’s energies are now focused on sharpening the Museum’s outreach efforts. In 2015, Raphael was honored by the New Orleans Concierge Association as Sales & Marketing Person of the Year. In his hours away from the Museum, Raphael enjoys cycling, New Orleans music and cultural events, and photography of same. Alan joined the SOC Board at the beginning of 2017. He serves on the Tours & Marketing, Education, and Soiree Committees.
Annie Irvin, Secretary, is the Executive Director at the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden in the French Quarter. A native of New Orleans, she grew up with a fond appreciation of the city’s unique historic and cultural traditions. Much of her career has been devoted to heritage conservation and the preservation of our built environment. After working at the Preservation Research Center for several years, she co-founded the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild. She is passionate about civic engagement and is a board member of both the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association and the Committee for a Better New Orleans. Annie joined the SOC Board in 2017 and currently serves on SOC’s Restoration and Soiree Committees and also as SOC’s Secretary.
Tee Zimmerman is a graduate of Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans and the University of Alabama. She is past President of Friends of the Cabildo and the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation, and is a licensed tour guide local realtor. She and her husband are history and architecture lovers and long-time members of Save Our Cemeteries. They have two children and live in Uptown New Orleans. Tee joined the Board in January 2018 and serves on the Restoration and Soiree Committees.
Derek Wood is a multi-generational Louisianian who moved to New Orleans in 1995 to attend The University of New Orleans. In 2000, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in both music performance and philosophy; in 2005, a Master’s of Arts in Religious Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. Presently, he is completing his PhD in history at Tulane. In 2015, Derek began work as a graduate assistant in the Department of History at the University of New Orleans and in 2016 he earned another Master’s of Arts. Derek works as a tour guide all over New Orleans and is an avid fisherman and Carnival enthusiast. Derek joined the SOC Board in 2017 and serves on the Tours & Marketing and Education Committees.
Sandy Hester was born and raised in Georgia, before coming to New Orleans in 1995. Sandy holds a M.A. in history, and has worked as a tour guide for twelve years. She is a member of the SOC Restoration Committee, Tours & Marketing Committee, and joined the Board of Save Our Cemeteries in January 2017.
Laura Carlisle, Treasurer, is an associate in Baker Donelson’s New Orleans office and a member of the Labor & Employment Group. She focuses her practice on employment law and commercial litigation. Ms. Carlisle has experience defending clients in a variety of business disputes, including contract disputes, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, non-compete agreements, fraud, and unfair trade practices, and she has worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, construction, and affordable housing. She has been a member of the board of Save Our Cemeteries since January 2017, serves as SOC’s current Treasurer, and is on the All Saints Soiree Committee.