ROYAL KNIGHT I
The Knights of Nemesis has chosen it's Royal Knight
to reign over our first parade with Mrs. Krista Showalter Kamlade,
ROYAL KNIGHT II
Charles Ponstein, a 57 year native of St. Bernard, will lead the
2007 Knights of Nemesis Parade as their Royal Knight. Charlie is
married to the former Claudette Staiger and they have 3 children,
Jeff, Neil and Sadie. Jeff is married to Lindsay Passafume and they
have a 2-year old daughter named Payton. Neil graduated from
Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and is employed by
Republic Beverage Company. His daughter Sadie is
a senior at LSU.
Charlie has been a businessman in St. Bernard Parish since 1972
and was an elected official from 1980 to 2004, most recently serving
as Parish President from 1996 to 2004.
“I am looking forward to 2007. Everyday, St. Bernard is getting
better and better. Hopefully Knights of Nemesis will be another
piece of the puzzle that brings St. Bernard and the region back”
ROYAL KNIGHT III
Mr. Anthony A. Fernandez, Jr. is a lifelong resident and
practicing attorney in St. Bernard Parish. Born at Shell Beach he is
a graduate of St. Bernard High School, University of New Orleans and
LSU School of Law. He has served as Chief Criminal Deputy Sheriff of
the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office for 20 years and now is retired
working part time. He stayed with the SBSO during Katrina and
assisted in rescue operations and helped evacuate many parish
residents after the storm.
He also is the Pastoral Council chairman of Our Lady of Prompt
Succor Church. In that capacity he worked with many volunteers and
clergy to clean up the church and rectory to re-establish mass and
religious services after the storm. He also assisted in the opening
of the OLPS school facility and St. Bernard Cemetery. He serves on
the Archdiocese school board and is a recipient of the Order of St.
He is the president of the St. Bernard Historical Society and
organizer of the annual Battle of Lake Borgne celebration which he
reinstated December 2006.
He is the coordinator of the Santa on the Bayou Christmas
Celebration. This event prior to Katrina consisted of a boat parade
in Yscloskey, Shell Beach and Hopedale together with a Christmas
Party for children at Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale. In 2006, this
Christmas celebration was held at Nunez Community College with the
help of hundreds of volunteers (including the Knights of Nemesis)
and sponsorship of the Meraux Foundation and assistance by many
other parish businesses. This event hosted over 4,000 children and
nearly 10,000 parish residents.
He is also the attorney for the St. Bernard Home Mortgage
Authority and is working with the authority members to offer a $30
million dollar low interest home program for St. Bernard and
Plaquemine residents. He was parish treasurer for St. Bernard Parish
when the parish government complex was built.
He is married to Roselyn Caluda Fernandez and they have four
children: Dr. Greg Fernandez, Mark Fernandez, J.D., Randall
Fernandez, Lisa Fernandez. They also have two grandchildren and will
be residing with his parents in Kenilworth.
ROYAL KNIGHT IV
Billy Showalter, one of the original organizers and first president
of the Knights of Nemesis Social Club, will be leading the 2009
parade. Billy is a 54 year old native of St. Bernard Parish and a
1972 graduate of Chalmette High School. He retired from the United
States Postal Service as a Supervisor. His contributions to St.
Bernard are extensive: past president of the Versailles booster
club, organizer of Versailles boosters men's softball league and
past float lieutenant of the Gladiators Carnival Club.
Billy is the proud father of two children. Krista, the wife of
Troy Kamalade, is a past Goddess of Nemesis. Chalmette High School's
1995 Valedictorian, and a pharmacist with C & C drugs after
graduating from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is the
proud mother of daughter Kathryn.
Billy's son Jason is married to Alisha Marengo and they have a
son, Evan. Jason graduated from Chalmette High School in 1998 and
completed a degree in drafting from Nunez Community College. He is
presently employed as a draftsman at Universal Personnel. Billy is
proud of both of his children and feels blessed with his two
"It is a honor to have been elected by the Knights of Nemesis
board to lead the 2009 parade. When this club was formed one of our
goals was to bring a large carnival organization to St. Bernard
Parish. We are well on our way to achieving that goal. Every year it
becomes a little bigger and hopefully someday be the biggest
carnival club ever to roll in St. Bernard Parish."
ROYAL KNIGHT V
Craig P. Taffaro, Jr., is a lifelong resident of St. Bernard and has
been St. Bernard Parish President since January 2008. Before that,
he served as the District D Parish Councilman from 2004 to 2008 and
from 1996 to 2000. Craig lives in Meraux with his wife Debbie and
their eight children, Meghan, Craig III, Emma, Grace, Paolo, Mollie,
Luca, and Antonio. He spent over 20 years as a Licensed Professional
Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He also held a
Faculty Appointment in Psychology at Nunez Community College, was
the Founder of Straight Street Group Home and Non-Profit Counseling
Organization and the Treatment Director of St. Bernard Parish Drug
Court. Craig graduated from Holy Cross High School, earned a
Bachelor's Degree from University of Louisiana-Lafayette and a
Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of
Southern Mississippi. As an active resident of St. Bernard, he is a
member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Violet and several community
ROYAL KNIGHT VI
The Royal Knight Nemesis VI is Dr. Bryan Bertucci, M.D. The Royal
Goddess Nemesis VI is Jackie Bennett Gaeta. Dr. Bertucci and Mrs
Gaeta will lead the 6th annual Knights of Nemesis parade through the
streets of St. Bernard Parish on February 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Bryan Bertucci is a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish.
He is a graduate of Jesuit High School, received his undergraduate
degree in Biology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL., another
Bachelor of Science degree (Physician’s Assistant Program) from the
University of Alabama, Birmingham, and his M.D. from Louisiana State
University Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Bertucci has
served with distinction on the staff of eight different hospitals in
South Louisiana, and is currently the St Bernard Parish Coroner. He
is married to Ruth Frey Bertucci (36 years) and the proud father of
their 5 children…Theresa Bertucci Truxillo, Bryan Jr, Stephen,
Nicholas, and Matthew
ROYAL KNIGHT VII
Ronnie Lehrmann, a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish, will
lead the 2012 Knight of Nemesis Social Club parade as their
Royal Knight. Ronnie it the father of four children, Gwen
Melerine, Heidi Spotorno, Ronnie Lehrmann Jr., Beth Ann
Estopinal. and has a stepson David Davies.
Since 1969 he has been the proprietor of Lehrmann's Bar and
Seafood. For 20 years Ronnie held fundraisers for Operation
Merry Christmas at his establishment. He also has served as
a past chairmen. Lehrmann's held the annual auction and also
celebrity bartenders for OMC with proceeds contributing
thousands of dollars for the children each year.
Ronnie was the founder and President of the Chalabi 8 Ball Pool
League that's been in existence for 40 years.
"It will be an honor representing the organization as
their Royal Knight VII." Ronnie Lehrmann
ROYAL KNIGHT VIII
Ricky Gonzales, a 40 year native of St. Bernard Parish, will lead the 2012-2013 Knights
of Nemesis Parade as The Royal Knight. Ricky has been an active member of the Knights
of Nemesis Social Club since it was established in 2004. Ricky is also a successful
businessman in St. Bernard Parish, and a member of several community organizations.
Ricky is married to Amy Gonzales, who will serve as the 2012-2013 Goddess of
Nemesis. Ricky and Amy are the first married couple to reign together as royalty in the
Ricky is proud and honored to be the father of three children. Ricky Gonzales Jr. age 18,
recently graduated from Chalmette High School, and is now preparing for the future as a
United States Coast Guard. Kristin Gonzales age 17, is a junior at Chalmette High School
and a member of the cheerleading team, and Natalie Parada age 10, stepdaughter to
Ricky, attends J. F. Gauthier Elementary. She enjoys dancing and playing softball.
“I am looking forward to leading my fellow Knights of Nemesis through the streets of St.
Bernard. Thank you for the honor of The Royal Knight.
ROYAL KNIGHT IX
Perry M. Nicosia has been married to Nicole Delos Reyes Nicosia for the past 15 years
and has three children, Gene, Ashlin and Cole. He is a lifelong resident of St. Bernard
Parish. Graduated Valedictorian at Promised Land Academy. He was a graduate of the
University of New Orleans in 1989 and from Loyola School of Law in New Orleans in 1992.
After an academic career filled with many honors and awards, Mr. Nicosia went on to a
successful legal career. He has been an active member of the community and spent most
of his adult life coaching all little league sports. He was awarded St. Bernard Middle
School's Volunteer of the Year in 2012. In 2012, he was recognized by the Contessa
Entellina Society as its Man of the Year receiving its Annual Civic Award.
His community involvement, education and legal experience led him to seek his first
political office in 2006 when he ran for School Board and was elected in his first
bid for office. In 2009, Mr. Nicosia was elected Judge for the 34th Judicial
District Court for the Parish of St. Bernard. He served as Chief Judge in 2011.
He is proud to add to his accomplishments his reigning as Royal Knight for the
Krewe of Nemesis in 2014. He will be sharing his reign as Royal Knight with his
family members who will be riding on the float with him.
ROYAL KNIGHT X
This year’s Royal Knight is Donald Picou, one of the founding members of the
Knights of Nemesis and currently serving as vice president. Donald is married to
Patricia Wallace Picou, a past Goddess Nemesis. He is the proud father of Donald Jr.
Donald Jr. is married to Megan Taylor and they are expecting their first child in the
spring of 2015. Donald is the son of June N Picou and the late Elmo (Donald) Picou.
He is a graduate of Chalmette High School. Donald has been a successful businessman
in St. Bernard Parish for over 25 years and an active resident of St. Bernard Parish.
He is a member of OLPS church and several community organizations.
“It is an honor to have been chosen as Royal Knight X. It’s our ten year
anniversary and I’m looking forward to leading the Knights of Nemesis parade for 2015”,
Past Royal Knights