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Who we are

Since 1888, the Louisiana SPCA has been promoting, protecting and advancing the well-being of Louisiana's companion animals.

Board of Directors

 

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Walker Saik
President

Walker Saik is a senior manager in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young, specializing in the energy sector. He received his Masters in Accountancy from Wake Forest University and a Bachelors in Economics from Davidson College. He and his wife Margaret adopted two Labradors in 2012 (Abby and Roux) and enjoy every moment with those two! Before serving on the Board for the Louisiana SPCA, Walker served for two years on the organization's Finance Committee.

 

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Machelle Hall
Vice President

Machelle Lee Hall has volunteered with the Louisiana SPCA since 2009, and both of her cats and one of her two dogs are Louisiana SPCA alums. Ms. Hall teaches at the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic at Tulane University Law School. She received her JD from Tulane University Law School where she was the Editor in Chief of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, her MA from Central European University, and her BA from Hamline University in Minnesota. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Hall was a consulting archaeologist in the Upper Midwest and Gulf Coast states.  Ms. Hall also volunteers for the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, Gretna Historical Society and several Mardi Gras organizations.

 

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T. Colette White
Secretary

Colette White is a local attorney and currently serves as Board Secretary for the Louisiana SPCA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rich Bouchner
Treasurer

Rich employed at Capital One with their Wealth and Asset Management & Private Banking Group as a senior vice president responsible for institutional and high net worth investment management, as well as trust and private banking sales and business development for Louisiana.  Prior to joining Capital One, Rich served both personal and institutional clients while working with firms such as Merrill Lynch in New Orleans, and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and  Sanford C. Bernstein in New York City. He is honored to be on the board of trustees of the Louisiana SPCA, where he chairs the finance committee; and he also on the board of the Louisiana SPCA’s endowment.  Rich earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his Masters of Business Administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Rich is the proud parent of a Lab/Great Dane rescue named Easy.

 

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Kerri Kane, Esq.
Past President

Kerri served as the President to the Louisiana SPCA Board in 2017, of which she has been a member of since 2008. After graduating from Loyola Law School in 2004, Kerri became a civil defense attorney focusing in the areas of complex litigation, pharmaceutical & medical device products, liability, casualty, and litigation management. Kerri's primary goals as a board member are to focus on increasing spay and neuter numbers, decreasing euthanasia rates, and educating the public on healthy and appropriate pet ownership.

 

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Lynn Coatney

Lynn Coatney is a decades-long community volunteer in New Orleans. After completing her B.S. in Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin, she worked as a teacher/consultant for blind and visually impaired students in Austin and New Orleans.  The Coatneys support a number of nonprofits through the Mike and Lynn Coatney Family Foundation.  Lynn was on the Board of Trustees at St. Martin's Episcopal School and a founding member of the Board of Directors for Dignity Period. A volunteer with the Louisiana SPCA since 2005, Lynn regularly fosters kittens and puppies, especially those requiring bottle feeding or additional care.  Friends and family members all have pets that began as her fosters, including her own dog and two cats.  

 

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Mary J. Koss, CPA

A native of Wisconsin, Mary is a graduate of Tulane University and is the Director of Client Accounting Services with Bourgeois Bennett, a CPA and consulting firm. Mary's expertise lies in assisting new businesses in getting a healthy start by providing accounting, tax, and advisory services. Mary has been a guest speaker at numerous universities and business organizations, and has taught professional education classes as well. Mary joined the Louisiana SPCA board in 2012.  She held the office of Treasurer and chair of the finance committee and served on the Louisiana SPCA Foundation board from 2013 through 2017. Among other community involvement, Mary served on the Board of Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans for 14 years holding the offices of treasurer, secretary and board chair. 

 

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Jeff Meckstroth

Jeff joined the Louisiana SPCA Board after serving on its Foundation Board. Jeff specializes in financial instruments and asset allocation, and was recently named a National Top 100 Investment Consultant by Scottrade, Inc. Jeff is a graduate of Tulane University, where he was also a doctoral candidate in finance and taught investments to MBAs. Jeff attended Vanderbilt University, and researched his Master’s Thesis in Economics at Cambridge University, England. Jeff is married to Sarah Sharp and together they have twin children, Shelby and Miles. Their four-legged family includes Louisiana SPCA adopted dog LuLu, who loves to dance and Snowflake, an active 17 year old cat. Jeff is completing his third term as St. Martin’s Episcopal School Board Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Chair of Real Estate Committees. Jeff and Sarah also serve on the Board of Directors of Tulane’s Summer Lyric.

 

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Aileen Nethery

Aileen, passionate about animal welfare, joined the Louisiana SPCA Board in 2017. Originally from Scotland, Aileen is currently the Manager of LEadership Development overseeing Entergy's Enterprise Leadership Programs, where she brings over 30 years of HR, leadership and organizational development experience and is passionate about developing the leadership skills and talents of Entergy's leaders. Aileen graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland, and is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (UK) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In addition to serving on the board, Aileen also volunteers with the Louisiana SPCA where she shares her passion, energy and expertise with both the staff and animals of the organization.

 

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William (Billy) S. Rippner

Billy joined the Louisiana SPCA board in the Summer of 2010 and current serves on the board’s development committee. A graduate of Tulane University Law School, Billy is dedicated to the mission of the Louisiana SPCA, particularly cultivating and preserving the human-animal bond. His professional experience includes working as an ADA with the Orleans Parish DA's Office and as the Executive Director for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. He has been the President of Compass Furniture since 1992, is the president of Two Men and a Truck moving company, and also serves on the board Second Harvest Food Bank. Billy has two dachshunds, Holly and Maxie.

 

 

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Kathleen Schrenk

A native New Orleanian, Kathleen received a B.S. in Education from Louisiana State University and is a former middle school English and science teacher. After leaving the classroom in 2001, she pursued her interest in volunteering. She has been a tutor with S.T.A.I.R. (Start the Adventure in Reading) and a garden docent for school groups in New Orleans City Park, where she also adopted and maintained an entrance garden with friends for thirteen years. Following Hurricane Katrina, she worked with volunteer groups to help rebuild City Park and Louisiana's wetlands. She was on the building committee of the Louisiana SPCA and is a founding board member and vice-president of NOLA City Bark. Kathleen is the author of A Dog Steals Home (February 2017, Pelican Publishing), a middle-grade novel which explores animal rescue. Her family currently includes a City Park stray named Lola, a Pekingese mix.

 

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Allison Shapiro

Allison Shapiro is Director of Marketing & Technology for her family’s international business, Krispy Krunchy Foods, LLC. She graduated with honors from Tulane University and is currently pursuing her MBA. Allison is a member of the Junior League of New Orleans and has served on the board of the American Cancer Society of New Orleans’ Hope Lodge. Allison has been involved with many other organizations such as Newcomb Alumni Association, The Young Leadership Council, 504Ward, The New Orleans Chamber, and the March of Dimes where she was a Spotlight on Success Honoree in 2009. She has grown with the Louisiana SPCA from fostering, volunteering and working in the clinic as a young child to chairing special event committees and now serving as a Board Member.

 

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Jackie Shreves

Jackie began her involvement with the Louisiana SPCA 15 years ago as a volunteer with Howling Success. During her ten years on the board, she has served as Treasure, Vice President, and President. Jackie enjoys being involved with an organization that is in a unique position to improve the lives of animals not only in its care but in the wider community. Jackie also serves on the Board of Friends of City Park, the NOLA City Bark Board, the Maison Hospitaliere Foundation Board, as a commissioner on the Lake Vista Crime Prevention District and the Impact 100 Women’s Advisory Committee. Jackie’s family includes Katie, a cocker spaniel, and cats Henry and Frankie.

Committees

Executive Board

Walker Saik, Chair

Machelle Hall, Vice Chair

Rich Bouchner

Colette White

Kerri Kane

Strategic Planning Committee

Aileen Nethery, Chair

Billy Rippner, Vice Chair

Walker Saik

Machelle Hall

Rich Bouchner

Kerri Kane

Kathy Schrenk

Jackie Shreves

 

 

Board of Trustees

Kerri Kane, Chair

Walker Saik, Vice Chair

Colette White

Donna Richardson

Kathy Schrenk

Jackie Shreves

Government/Legal Committee

Machelle hall, Chair

Colette White, Vice Chair

Jackie Shreves

Julia Breaux

Ondina Canales

Ryan McCabe

David Radlauer

Lynda Woolard

 

Development Committee

Jackie Shreves, Chair

Allison Shapiro, Vice Chair

Donna Richardson

Kathy Schrenk

Lynn Coatney

Emma Crumley

Ellen Kempner

Suzanne Lanks

Melissa Lessell

Malin Kvist Maitrejean

Finance Committee

Rich Bouchner, Chair

Jeff Meckstroth, Vice Chair

Walker Saik

Billy Rippner

Mary Koss

If you're interested in becoming a member of the Louisiana SPCA Board of Directors, please email info@la-spca.org

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