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 Youth 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 enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Bentlie has been involved with Pride Resources for over 14 years. She started out as a camper in 2005 and proceeded to join the Pride Troupe and become an intern at PA camp. In addition, Bentlie was also the office intern her senior year of high school. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelors in Marketing and Management. In addition to her involvement in junior high
and high school, Bentlie continued to volunteer with Pride as a PA A-Team member and Staff member. She is very happy and thankful for the opportunity
to work with Action.
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.
Debbie is a lifelong resident of Franklinton in Washington Parish and has over 25 years of experience working with non-profit organizations as a parent volunteer and leader with 4-H, Beta Club, Boy Scouts and other groups serving children and youth. She currently works for a non-profit organization that provides services to abused and neglected children through the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and CAC (Children’s Advocacy Center) programs. She has been part of the PRIDE organization for over 13 years as a board member, staff member for PA Camp, and chaperone for PRIDE Troupe events and trips.
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 and Social Studies. She is working on getting her concentration in Science as well. She currently lives in Pearl River, La 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 the PRIDE Troupe.
Jill Scholl is a native of Slidell,Louisiana and has a vested interest in this city and in the Parish of St. Tammany. Her and her husband, Brion, raised their daughter there and are very involved in their community.
Jill became involved in PRIDE when her daughter asked to attend PA Camp during the Summer of 2002. After that amazing summer of PA Camp, her daughter, Katie, became a member of the Troupe and Jill became a PRIDE mom. In July of 2005, Jill started working at the PRIDE Office as the Business Administrator and stayed in that position for the next 8 years.
She currently is a Real Estate Advisor at Engel & Voelkers in Slidell. She is the grandmother of 4 and hopes that her grandchildren get to attend the PA Camps in the future.
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.
Tracy Pendry is an Elementary Curriculum Specialist for the St. Tammany Parish school system. In this position, she works with K-5 social studies and science content, supporting teachers to ensure student success in these areas. Tracy has been an educator for 25 years, and prior to working in St. Tammany, she enjoyed teaching 5th grade students in North Carolina for 15 years. In addition to working with kids professionally, Ms. Pendry also is a mother of two amazing young ladies, Kate and Sawyer. Both girls have been involved in PRIDE troupe their entire time in high school, which started her connection to the organization. She currently serves as the Parent Troupe coordinator and now is excited to work with other PRIDE Board members to continue the legacy of this tremendous organization.
Grant Yenni grew up in Mandeville and joined the Pride Troupe in 2005. He served as the self proclaimed technical leader during his time in the Troupe setting up and operating the lights and sound system for Troupe performances. Following his graduation from Mandeville High School in 2009, Grant attended LSU studying mass communications and graduated in 2013. Grant now works for the St Tammany Parish Public School System doing play by play for high school football, volleyball, basketball, and soccer and as a multimedia producer for STPPS-TV Channel 13.