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2014 Howling Success Co-Chairs
Louisiana native Reagan Charleston has two passions: design and rescuing animals; both undoubtedly in her blood. As a child, she was either in her grandparent's art galleries and studios where her mother and grandparents created internationally collected copper sculptures, or was playing with the myriad of stray dogs and cats taken in by her grandparents and parents. Their passions for art, design, and creativity weren't the only beliefs instilled in her at a young age. They also passed to her a passion to help, nurture, and love all creatures in need, both big and small.
When she isn't working on her jewelry and accessories line, Reagan Charleston Design, she is savoring time with her four pups Bacchus, Bijou, Beignet, and Puff, and a no-longer feral cat, Miss Kitty, who became a part of the family when she began following Reagan and the dogs on their morning walks. Reagan resides in Covington with her husband, Jeff, retired NFL athlete and Saints Super Bowl XLIV Champion. Reagan's celebrity worn & coveted jewelry has been featured in numerous national publications and she relishes the opportunities provided by her career to give back to charitable organizations dedicated to animal welfare. Reagan began volunteering at LA/SPCA in 2011 with her husband, Jeff, who emceed Dog Day Afternoon with Jennifer Hale in 2012. She was thrilled to participate as a major fundraiser and celebrity model for the Alegria Fashion Show 2013. She is honored to again work as a volunteer with the LA/SPCA, this time as Co-Chair for this year's Howling Success with her fellow animal lovers and advocates.
Chriss Knight is an award-winning television journalist who has lived in cities all around the country before she, her husband, two cats and hamster called New Orleans home. She puts her love for animals and her Georgia State University Broadcast Journalism degree to good use hosting "The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans", a behind the scenes web series by Audubon Nature Institute, and as co-host of NOLA Marketplace on WGNO/WNOL. Chriss also manages social media accounts for various New Orleans businesses, and is a Fashion/Lifestyle writer for America's Best Racing.
Chriss is highly involved in charity events throughout Greater New Orleans and holds the LA/SPCA dear to heart, which is why you will find her at many of the organization’s events. She and her hamster, Hampton rocked the runway as a top 3 model fundraiser at the LA/SPCA’s 2013 Alegria Fashion Show. She co-emceed our 2011 and 2013 New Orleans on Tap Beer Festival and is excited to serve this year as Co-Chair for the 2014 Howling Success Patron Party & Gala. Chriss has found a forever home supporting the animals and mission of the LA/SPCA.
Born and reared in rural Mississippi, Marty Brantley grew up in a household that was always home to at least a couple of dogs and cats. Admittedly, he will tell you that until recently, all those animals he grew up with were claimed by his older sisters or parents as their own, a source of humor during family get togethers even today. He and his family share a great love for miniature schnauzers. Marty and his partner, Mike Hollis are the proud parents to miniature schnauzer, Jackson Rex and uncles to Charley Jane, along with a host of equally as fabulous nieces and nephews.
Marty currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Operations at Delery Comarda Realtors, one of the fastest growing boutique real estate brokerages in the New Orleans area. He’s utilized his education in psychology and counseling, practical experience in integrating technology, project management, and crisis management to effectively relocate over 600 university students as Katrina approached New Orleans and lead a team of staff in the rebuilding efforts for student residential facilities following landfall. Comparatively, Howling Success will be a breeze.
Marty, along with his partner, Michael Hollis, CEO of Hollis Companies Employee Benefits Specialists are proud supporters of a number of local organizations other than the LA/SPCA including Forum for Equality and Halloween New Orleans, A Benefit for Project Lazarus. Marty currently serves on the Board of Directors of HandsOn New Orleans and is looking forward to being more “hands on” with Howling Success 2014 as one of this year’s Co-Chairs.