Staff/Board of Directors
Jeff Polito (J-Po) earned his BA in Communications and Theater from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1996 and his MFA in acting from the University of New Orleans in 2000. In August of 2000 he was hired in the St. Tammany Parish Talented Arts Program teaching theater and was also hired to teach adjunct classes at SLU. In August of 2005 he was assigned to Fontainebleau High School and continues to teach there and at SLU today. In 2002 he worked his first PA Camp and has been working with PRIDE and PA Camp ever since. Currently he is the director of the Troupe and PA Camp. Jeff lives in Covington with his three sons, the "Po-Boys." He is very excited for the next chapter of our organization as Action Youth and Community Resources.
Melissa "Missy" Segreti is a Pride alumna who currently volunteers as an Action Parent and Assistant Director. Missy spends her summers as Staff at PA Camp and is a former Life Skills facilitator for Pride/Amplify. She is a Special Education Paraprofessional at Little Oak Middle School in Slidell and is currently studying Elementary Education at the University of Louisiana Monroe online. Missy loves pageantry and enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Board Vice President
Sean Huber grew up in Mandeville and started attending Positive Attitude in 1998. Sean joined the PRIDE Troupe and became a PA Camp Intern while at St. Paul's in Covington. He served as Troupe Leader during his senior year and credits PRIDE for developing many of his leadership skills throughout high school. After graduating in 2003, Sean went to the University of South Alabama where he graduated with degrees in Meteorology and Geography. Sean now works as a Meteorologist at WorldWinds, Inc. in Slidell, LA. Sean joined the PRIDE Board of Directors in 2017, excited to give back to the organization that gave so much to him growing up. As President, he hopes to help PRIDE remain an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles, acceptance, and leadership for teenagers throughout St. Tammany Parish.
Benjamin Netterville grew up in Denham Springs, Louisiana. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Marine Corps where he worked towards his promotion to the rank of Sargent. After his time in service, he attended Southeastern Louisiana University and in 2007, earned his BA in visual arts. He also earned his FMA in Studio Arts fro University of Memphis in 2012. In January of 2013, he was hired as an adjunct professor to teach Drawing at Southeastern Louisiana University and in 2020, began teaching Basic 3D Design. In 2014, he was hired into the St. Tammany Parish Talented Arts Program, teaching visual art at Northshore High School. He has taught all levels (K-12) throughout the parish as an itinerant teacher and is currently the Talented Art Teacher at Lakeshore High School. He remains employed at Southeastern Louisiana University. In 2018 he was lucky enough to experience staffing at his first PA Camp and instantly fell in love with the campers, inters, and the program itself. He was hooked and needed to find more ways to be involved. Currently, he lives in Covington with his wife (also a teacher) and our two boys...one of which experienced his first camp in 2020. Benjamin is very excited to be on the Board and is looking forward to building relationships, mentoring, and his continuation of working with the youth in our community.
Kacie grew up in Mandeville, La. She went on to college at Southeastern Louisiana University where she earned her bachelors in Middle School Education with a concentration in Math , Science, and Social Studies. She currently lives in Slidell where she is a full time teacher at Little Oak Middle School teaching Math and Science to 5th grade students. She loves her job, it is something that she dreamed about since she was a kid and is finally living that dream. She is also a member of her schools PBIS team where they try to find ways to encourage positive behaviors in school. She was very involve in PRIDE when she was in high school. It all started when she was in 7th grade and attended PA Camp for the first time. After that she went to camp every summer until she was able to join the Troupe. When she was a part of the PRIDE troupe she also started to intern at PA Camp. She was an intern for three years. Her senior year she was part of the leadership team for the PRIDE Troupe and loved every second of it. She is back at PA Camp as a staff person and it is loving the awesome experience.
Katie was born and raised in Covington, LA. She began her journey with the PRIDE Troupe in the summer of 2006 when she first attended PA Camp. Katie went on to intern at the camp and become the Education/Advocacy Leader for the troupe in high school. She's a graduate of Fontainebleau High School where she spent a portion of eight years in the Talented Art Program. In college, she studied Graphic Design at Southeastern Louisiana University. Now, she is developing her graphic design career, and using her skills to aid Action Youth and Community Resources.
Wendi Michot is a parent of two girls, Kylie and Madison, and a very spoiled Yorkie, Sadie. Wendi first heard about Action when her two daughters, who are now in college, were in Action and participated in PA Camp in high school. She is from New Orleans but lived most of her life in Covington. Wendi went to Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has been a Registered Nurse for the last 23 years.
Board Alumni Relations
Brooke Hagler is an alumni of Pride from the years 2005-2009. She is a graduate of Mandeville High School. While she was in Pride, she was the Band Leader and a PA intern for two years. She has since graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelors in Vocal Music Education. She currently teaches talented music at Northshore High and surrounding schools in the Slidell and Pearl River area. Brooke's vision as Alumni Relations is to bridge the gap between old and current Pride members as well as keeping the vision of Pride alive in the community.