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20384 Harrison Ave
Covington, LA 70433
Ph: (985) 892-7387

   

Our Staff

Scott W Bernier, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bernier most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the Second Harvest Food Bank in the Greater New Orleans area, where he was responsible for the nonprofit’s Operations, Programs, Community Kitchen, Transportation, and Facilities functions. Previously, he served on the Board of Animal Assisted Therapy Services in Connecticut, a group that provides canine and equine therapy to people with physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional disabilities as part of their other, ongoing treatment plans.

In 2010, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Connecticut Food Bank, and in 2008, after 20 years in the field of corporate transportation and logistics, he entered the world of nonprofit organizations as Director of Operations for Easter Seals Goodwill in New Haven, CT.

A native of Connecticut, he received his BA in Business Administration from Central Connecticut State University.

He currently resides in Covington, LA with his wife Lori, daughters Kaycie and Madalyn, sons Rhyan and Khyle, and their dogs, Max and Chase.

Jacqie Bella, Director of Placement, Programs and Welfare

Jacqie is originally from Northwest Indiana where she grew up as a child who loved animals of all kinds. She aspired to someday be a veterinarian, but fell in love with the idea of being a Chef her Junior year of high school. She graduated Culinary School in 2007 from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, then moved to Louisiana in 2008.

She began working at St. Tammany Humane Society in October of 2008 as a Kennel Tech, was promoted to Kennel Manager six months later, and was promoted again several years later to Shelter Manager. She left STHS to revisit cooking, but missed the homeless animals so much that she realized rescue work was her true calling. She returned to our organization in July of 2014 as an Adoption Counselor and Intake Coordinator and was promoted again, this time as our Director of Placement, Programs, and Welfare!

Estelle E. Felarise, DVM, Medical Director

Dr. Estelle graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  She was born and raised “down the bayou” and has made Covington her home since 2005.  Equines originally stole her heart, but in 2009 she wanted to focus more on the family pet.  Dr Estelle began working for St. Tammany Humane Society full-time in 2010. She felt she could better serve her community by helping homeless animals at our rescue as well as citizens through our Community Vet Clinic.  She is a member of the LVMA, AVMA and Florida Parishes VMA.  Dr Estelle also spends her free time running the roads as a Baseball and Cheer mom.  She currently lives in Covington with her husband Perry, her two children Spencer and Sophie and her two fur babies Klohee and LuLu, both adopted from STHS. 

Mark Steinway, Controller

Mark was born into a military family that regularly traversed the country. Camping with his family in national parks along the way solidified an early love of nature and all living things. Mark’s mother used to jokingly refer to him as “St Francis” because he wanted to rescue and bring home every animal he encountered. After college, Mark worked for over 25 years in broadcasting. While living in Seattle during the 90’s, a horrific case of animal abuse occurred that changed Mark’s life forever. Motivated to change the animal cruelty laws in Washington state, Mark quit his career and invested his life’s savings to start a large animal sanctuary on 80 acres of land just outside of Seattle called Pasado’s Safe Haven. Mark became an animal control officer and spent years investigating animal cruelty cases, using his broadcast skills to document and expose numerous examples of cruelty and neglect. The organization he co-founded is thriving today and has changed many laws and successfully prosecuted many animal abusers. Mark’s life changed dramatically when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf South. He led Pasado’s rescue team, including hundreds of volunteers, rescuing over 1,200 pets in the aftermath. During the weeks of rescue work and months of reuniting pets with their owners, Mark met his (now) wife, Mindy. Mark and Mindy live close to the Humane Society, in Abita Springs, with an ever-changing number of rescued animals.

Susie Kaznowitz, MBA, Director of Development

Susie was born and raised in the Mandeville/Covington area and attended all Mandeville public schools. She has a true passion for not only her community, but also the animals that reside in it. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University before working for the St. Tammany Humane Society. From 2010-2012 she served as Development and Volunteer Manager before returning to school. Upon graduation of her MBA, she returned to the shelter as Director of Development. Her favorite part of the job is her ability to see the impact the shelter has on the community while still feeling part of a large family. She has two pets; a pit bull name Bane and a senior cat named Purloin.

Ashleigh D'Addezio, Development and Volunteer Coordinator

Ashleigh is originally from Hickory, North Carolina, where she developed her love for animals at a very young age and volunteered at her local rescue throughout high school. She went to college at North Carolina State University where she majored in Criminology and double-minored in Nonprofit Studies and Animal Science. Her first job out of college was as an Animal Control Officer for a no-kill city in West Columbia, SC. When the no-kill program was threatened by budget cuts a year later, she became an Adoption Counselor at a rescue in Columbia, SC, called Pawmetto Lifeline for an additional year. In August of 2016, she began working at St. Tammany Humane Society after moving to Louisiana with her husband. Her job consists of volunteer management, writing and designing direct mail to be sent to our supporters, and creating marketing materials. Ashleigh is dedicated to helping STHS create a no-kill community for companion animals in any way that she can. Her house is home to seven cats of varying ages and disabilities and a 17 year old dog named Caesar, all rescues.

Kelsie Owen, Development and Events Coordinator

Taylor Stelly, Front Desk Supervisor

Taylor is a long time resident of the Northshore area. She graduated from Fontainebleau High School and is currently attending Southeastern Louisiana University for Management. Though she grew up in the city during the school year, Taylor spent the summers in the country riding horses on various trail rides around the US and helping her grandparents with their small farm in Mississippi. Her passion for animals was known from a very young age. She joined St. Tammany Humane Society as a receptionist two years ago was recently promoted to Front Desk Supervisor. Taylor now lives in Folsom with her fiance, Dalton, and their eight chickens and four rescued dogs. They dream to have their own small farm one day. She is very excited to lead our team of front desk receptionists to provide the best quality customer service to our veterinary clients.  

Molly, Front Desk Receptionist

Briana, Adoption Team

Paula, Adoption Team

Ragan, Kennel Lead

Cindy, Kennel Staff

Gregg, Kennel Staff

Samantha, Kennel Staff