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Our Staff

CEO

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.

Director of Development

As Director of Development, Sarah works with our individual and corporate donors, and manages grants to support St Tammany Humane Society's ongoing operations and major funding campaigns. Sarah Davis joined STHS following her service on STHS Board of Directors; she also served as member of the 2017 Unleashed! Rescue Me Gala committee, and as chair of STHS branding committee. Sarah was most recently President and Owner of 360 Media Group, Inc., a multi-media sales firm representing The Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated GOLF Group, for which she led new business development, territory strategy, and advertising sales. Her prior experience includes working with other leading publishers, and in media relations at the New Orleans Saints.

She is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, and relocated back to Louisiana from Atlanta. In addition, she has worked with many non-profit organizations representing animal welfare, health, housing and family causes to drive annual and event-specific giving. In addition to her love of animals, her interests include art, travel, cycling, renovating, and spending time with her family as new Northshore residents.

Sarah and her husband John Russell and son John Christopher reside in Mandeville with their two rescue cats, Latte and Nola.

Director of Veterinary Medicine & Services

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.

Director of Marketing & Community Outreach

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 our organization as Director of Marketing & Community Outreach. Her favorite part of the job is her ability to see the impact the rescue has on the community while still feeling part of a large family. She has three pets; a pit mix named Bane, a senior cat named Purloin and Miles, a cat adopted from our rescue!

Foster Coordinator

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!

Volunteer Programs 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.

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.

Director of Veterinary Medicine & Services

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.