The Louisiana SPCA Board of Directors is responsible for setting the vision, goals and direction of the organization and supporting the senior team members who carry them out. The Board considers trends and issues impacting the state and focuses efforts on strategic long-term outcomes.
Board of Directors
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.
T. Colette White
Colette White has volunteered for the Louisiana SPCA as a foster parent for the past 9 years. A practicing attorney, she joined the Louisiana SPCA Board of Directors in August 2016. In March 2017, Colette was elected to serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors. Colette serves on two LA/SPCA board committees – the Trusteeship Committee and the Government Relations and Legal Affairs Committee, for which she is a co-chair. A longtime resident of the historic Algiers community in New Orleans, Colette and her beloved German Shepherd, Max, enjoy exercising and spending quality time together.
Jeff joined the Louisiana SPCA Board after serving on its Foundation Board. Jeff specializes in financial instruments and asset allocation. 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.
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.
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.
Allison Shapiro Dandry
Allison Shapiro Dandry 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.
Karen Adjmi is the co-owner of Earthsavers Spa + Store and loves to do good. She was born and raised in New Orleans and attended Tulane University. After college she worked for a mid-size marketing agency where she met Jackie Palumbo. Together they opened their own graphic design studio where they developed their skills in marketing and advertising. As a hobby, they opened Earthsavers. What began as an eco-friendly shop quickly evolved into a center of all things self-care and wellness. For the last 30 years she has been privileged to do what she loves and enhance people’s lives in the process. Karen is the loving owner of three dogs: Sophia, Ava and Bear. Throughout her life she has had a huge interest in helping animals and is thrilled to be a part of the SPCA’s board.
Susan taught high school English before obtaining her juris doctorate degree, cum laude, from Loyola Law School. She had a solo civil litigation practice from which she retired in 2004. Volunteer recovery work following Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levee system led Susan to run for the New Orleans City Council, where she represented District “A” for eight years; serving as Chair of the Council’s Criminal Justice Committee and as a member of the Utility Committee. In those roles, Susan spearheaded numerous criminal justice reforms and was an advocate for energy efficiency and expansion of the green industry in New Orleans. Susan has been a long-time supporter of the Louisiana SPCA both before and during her time on the City Council. Today, Susan is happily retired again. She and her husband Hervin, both New Orleans natives, live in the Parkview neighborhood with their beloved four-legged children, SPCA rescues Emmi and Louis.
Ryan McCabe has volunteered on the Louisiana SPCA’s Government and Legal Affairs committee since 2016 and joined the Board of Directors in 2018. He received his B.S. in Finance and his B.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Albany and his J.D. from Tulane Law School. Ryan is a partner at Dwyer, Cambre & Suffern, APLC, where he practices real estate and commercial litigation. Ryan is the proud parent of two spoiled puggles, Jodie and George.
Jackie Palumbo is the co-owner of Earthsavers Spa + Store. A New Orleans native, she attended the University of New Orleans. For the past 11 years she has served as a member of the City Park Improvement Association and the Friends of City Park board. Jackie and her husband Vincent share a son, duaghter, four grandchildren, and two four-legged children. Jackie has welcomed rescue animals into her home throughout her life. Some found her by chance, and others were adopted from the SPCA. Jackie believes every animal deserves to find their forever home! Jackie is honored to be working with the Louisiana SPCA, and is looking forward to a wonderful year.
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.
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.
Ellen Kempner, Secretary
Eric DeRouche, Treasurer
Strategic Planning Committee
Billy Rippner, Vice Chair
Government & Legal Committee
Machelle Hall, Chair
Colette White, Vice Chair
Susan Guidry Ryan McCabe
Lynn Coatney, Chair
Allison Shapiro Dandry, Vice Chair
Mailin Kvist Maitrejean
Michael S. Todd
Jeff Meckstroth, Vice Chair
Nene Glenn Gianfala
Karen Adjmi, Co-Chair
Ellen Kempner, Co-Chair
Kendall Winingder Schindler
Our Advocacy Council members are mission-based voices of influence connecting the Louisiana SPCA to a greater constituency and supporting the governance of our Board of Directors by guiding the direction of animal welfare and serving as organization advocates in the state.
Lynn Coatney, Co-Chair
Ellen Kempner, Co-Chair
Jackie Shreves, Co-Chair
Nene Glenn Gianfala
Julie Miller Hart
Susan O. Hess
John D. Hopper
Virginia F. Lovell
J. Coller Ochsner
Stephanie M. Prunty
Kendall Winingder Schindler
Thomas P. Westervelt
In Louisiana, our pets are a part of our culture as much as anything else. And for more than 130 years, the Louisiana SPCA has been an advocate for all our furry friends across the state. Follow our Lead and show the characters of Louisiana you care by supporting the Louisiana SPCA.
The Louisiana SPCA helped more than 2,000 animals find their forever home in 2019.