Nemesis Royalty

GODDESS NEMESIS XIV

Katherine “Katie” Tommaseo is the wife of Rocco Tommaseo, and proud mother of Nicco Tommaseo. She is a graduate of Chalmette High School, Class of 1995. While in high school she was voted as “Best Dressed Girl”, “Most Athletic” and to the Homecoming Court. Katie was chosen to be a member of the Louisiana High School Woman’s Volleyball All-State Athletic Association Team and All-Star Team. She served as team captain her senior year. Tommaseo graduated with honors from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science in 2000. She was a member of the Lady Colonels Volleyball Team, served as team co-captain, named to the Southland Conference All Academic Volleyball Team, and a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society.

Katie worked as a Sales and Marketing Manager for the Holiday Inn Select New Orleans Convention Center under the late Hotelier, Ray A. Liuzza. Katie served as a Judicial Secretary for the 34th Judicial District Court, where she began her journey with St. Bernard Parish Government. Currently, Katie is the Executive Director of Tourism & Film for St. Bernard Parish Government and serves on serval boards and commissions such as Vice-Chairman for the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition and member of the St. Bernard Tourist Commission.

Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has true passion for her community and proudly promotes St. Bernard Parish.

ROYAL KNIGHT XIV

MICHAEL C. GINART, JR. is the son of the late Michael C. Ginart and the late Cecelia Ginart Tanet and step-son of Joseph Tanet. Mike is married to the former Alice Rose Johnson and has two children, John Claude, who just completed the Louisiana Bar Exam and will be practicing with his father and Jayne Cecelia who is now a Senior in high school and captain of her swim team. He is the son-in-law of Howard Johnson, Jr. and the late Jane Cadella Johnson and the family are members of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church.

Mike graduated from Chalmette High School, Class of “1979" with Honors, and was a two sport letterman and Student Council President. He went on to study at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he was a three time letterman in football, receiving the scholastic award, in 1982. He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Distributive Education. He was selected for the National Dean’s List and received the National Business Association 1984 Award of Merit.

After graduation, Mike began teaching within the St. Bernard Parish School System while attending Loyola Law at night. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1988 and has been self-employed in the practice of law in Chalmette since 1989. Mike is a member and past President of the 34th Judicial District Bar Association. He is also a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, The American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has been honored by his selection in Who’s Who in American Law and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He is a founding board member of the Chalmette High School Alumni Association, has served on the board of the St. Bernard Youth Foundation, St. Bernard Courthouse Restoration Committee and the Northwestern State University Alumni Association, and was chairman of the St. Bernard Youth Chorus Gala. Mike was a little league coach at Rebel Park as well as post-Katrina for St. Bernard Parish Recreation. He served one term as Councilman for District D of St. Bernard Parish during which over 1-1/2 billion dollars of post-Katrina reconstruction was accomplished. With the vast majority of the reconstruction completed, Mike chose not to seek reelection. In 2016 Mike was appointed by Governor John Bell Edwards to the newly reconstituted Louisiana Public Defender Board to represent the Fourth Appellate District (Plaquemines, St. Bernard and New Orleans). This Board oversees the funding of public criminal defense statewide for those who otherwise cannot afford representation, both juvenile and adult.

As the sole member of the Law Offices of Michael C. Ginart, Jr. & Associates, (the successor of the Law Offices of Tonry & Ginart and Tonry, Ginart & Jones). Mike is principally involved in helping others in their time of need, whether it be personal injury, business litigation, successions or criminal defense. Mike successfully represented both the St. Bernard Parish Government and St. Bernard Parish School Board in post-Katrina litigation against their insurers. He and his law firm are financial partners and supporters of our local schools, religious, non-profit and charitable organizations and causes. He is a member of the Knights of Nemesis Carnival Club, 2003 King of the Krewe of Lourdes and 2010 King of the St. Bernard Irish-Italian, Islenos and Canary Island Parade, which Mike is a founding member.

Past Royalty

GODDESS NEMESIS I

Mrs. Krista Showalter Kamlade is the wife of Troy Kamlade , and they have one daughter, Kathryn Leigh.  Krista is the daughter of Billy and Sue Showalter.  She graduated from Chalmette High School and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy.  She is a pharmacist employed by C & C Drugs.  Krista is a member of the Chalmette High Alumni Association and the St. Bernard Irish, Italian and Islenos Community Parade.

ROYAL KNIGHT I

The Knights of Nemesis has chosen it's Royal Knight to reign over our first parade with Mrs. Krista Showalter Kamlade, Walter Boasso.

GODDESS NEMESIS II

Kimberly Lusco Campo is the wife of, board member, Kenny Campo Jr. They have been married 14 years and they have 1 child, Patrick.  She is the daughter of Santo Lusco Jr. and the late Patricia Lusco and the stepdaughter of Carmella Lusco. She is a graduate of Seton Academy. 

Mrs. Campo has been a resident of St. Bernard Parish for the past 15 years.

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS III

Mrs. Audrey Hutto Scivicque is the wife of Daven Scivicque, Jr. They have been married for 7 years and have two daughters, Angelique and Monique. Audrey also has another daughter, Dominique.

Audrey has been employed with Lockheed Martin for 18+ years where she is a financial cost analyst. Since transferring to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in October 2005, Audrey has been residing in Fort Worth, TX. (She also wanted to stress that she will never forget what ST. BERNARD means to her and her family.

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS IV

Karen Ruppert Fecke is the wife of founding board member Steve Fecke. They have 2 daughters, Brandy and Jenna, who attend Louisiana State University. A previous resident of St. Bernard Parish, Karen now resides in Pearl River, LA where she and Steve have reopened Jubilee Foods.

While in St. Bernard, Karen was an active member of the St. Bernard Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW), Fleur De Lis Homemakers Club and on the "Sweet Times in St. Bernard" Committee.

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS V

Melissa Showalter Jurisich, is a life-long resident of St. Bernard Parish and is the daughter of Susie Showalter and founding board member Robby Showalter. Melissa resides in Meraux with newly-wed husband Nick Jurisich and their two Labrador retrievers, Diogi and Stella. Melissa currently works for The Gambit Magazine as an Advertising Account Executive.

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS VI

Jackie Bennett Gaeta was also a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish until Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home in Chalmette, after which she relocated to Slidell, LA in 2006. She was married to the late Michael Gaeta for 19 years, and is the mother of two children…Tasha Ann Gutierrez and Brandon Gaeta. Mrs. Gaeta is the daughter of the late Jack Henry Bennett, one of the founding members of the Knights of Nemesis, and her mother Pamela Leah Timmons. She is a graduate of PGT Beauregard High School and attended Nunez Community College. Mrs. Gaeta is employed by Apollo Marine Specialties in New Orleans, and enjoys volunteering for a variety of community events in St. Bernard.

ROYAL KNIGHT VI

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS VII

Patricia Wallace Picou is wife of founding member Donald J. Picou.  They have been married for 32 years and have one son, Donald Picou Jr.  Patricia is the daughter of Richard Wallace Sr. and the late Deanna Bangs Wallace and the step daughter of Marie Wallace.  She is a graduate of Cabrini High School. 

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS VIII

Amy Beasley Gonzales is a life-long resident of St. Bernard and is the wife of board member Ricky Gonzales. They reside in Violet where Amy is a stay at home mother to their three children Ricky Jr., Kristin, and Natalie. She is the daughter of Jerry Beasley and Kathy Ziegler, and the granddaughter of the late Herbert and Lavona (Johnnye) Beasley and the late Donald Serpas and Catherine Serpas.

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS IX

Leighann Nicole Fernandez is the daughter of Shannon Fernandez and board member Daniel Fernandez. She is the granddaughter of Linda Fernandez and the late Martin “Ronnie” Fernandez and Debbie and board member Shelton McMillan. Leighann is a graduate of Cabrini High School and is currently studying Psychology and Criminal Justice at Loyola University. She has been working at Raising Cane’s since its Chalmette opening in July 2012.

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS X

This year’s Goddess Nemesis is Kayla Tarva who resided in St. Bernard till Hurricane Katrina, but now lives in Raceland, La. Kayla is engaged to Ian Duet. She is the daughter of Floyd Tarva Jr and Chris “FeFe” Lanclos Tarver. The sister of Floyd J. Tarver and the niece and goddaughter of board member Joseph “T-Boo” Lanclos Jr. The granddaughter of Joseph Lanclos Sr., Carol Sylvera Lanclos and the late Floyd Tarver Sr. and the late Francis Tarver.

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.

GODDESS NEMESIS XI

The Knight’s of Nemesis Krewe is proud to announce Jenna Miserendino as Goddess Nemesis XI. She is the daughter of founding board member Luciano and Stephanie Miserendino, and is the sister of Krewe member Luciano Miserendino, Jr. Her grandparents are Cynthia Mortillaro, Giovanni and Anna Miserendino, and the late Stephen Mortillaro, Sr. Jenna is a resident of Meraux, LA and is a Chalmette High School class of 2015 graduate. She will attend the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where she plans to study towards a degree in Forensic Chemistry.

ROYAL KNIGHT XI

Dr. Domingo De Los Reyes, a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish, will reign as the Royal Knight of the 2016 parade. He is a graduate of St. Bernard High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Louisiana State University and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, TX. He has been practicing chiropractic for over 10 years and is the owner of Simply Precise Family Chiropractic in Chalmette. He is an active member within the community and a member of both the Rotary and Kiwanis Club and is the past president of Rotary. He is engaged to Natasha Morgan and is the proud father of Noah Domingo-Jesus De Los Reyes.

GODDESS NEMESIS XII

The Knight’s of Nemesis Krewe is proud to announce Amanda Impastato as Goddess Nemesis XII. She is the daughter of Jesse and Suzanne Shaffer. She is from Braithwaite, Louisiana and currently resides in Metairie, Louisiana with her husband, Anthony Impastato and daughters, Giana and Bella. Her father, Jesse III is currently on the Nemesis board and her brother Jesse IV serves as a member. Amanda graduated high school in 2004 from Archbishop Hannan High School and received her Bachelors degree in Education from the University of New Orleans. She currently teaches 4th grade at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Kenner, Louisiana. Amanda is honored to represent this great organization and excited for the 2017 carnival season.

ROYAL KNIGHT XII

Mr. Edward John Robin, Sr. will assume the privilege to reign as king over the court of the Krewe of Nemesis in St. Bernard Parish for Mardi Gras 2017. Mr. Robin, lovingly known by all who are dear to him as Doogie Robin, was born in New Orleans on March 9, 1926, ninety years ago. He elected St. Bernard Parish as his home for the entirety of his life, where he presently continues to reside in the picturesque bayou community of Yscloskey, Louisiana. Mr. Robin is a well-known and respected figure in St. Bernard Parish. He founded a concrete establishment in the southeast region that has thrived to carry out the pride of the seafood industry for four generations. In 1947 and with meager beginnings, young Robin harvested local waters to found Robin’s Seafood.

GODDESS NEMESIS XIII

Jenny Robin Nadler has been selected as the Royal Goddess XIII of the Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade. Jenny is the wife of Darin Nadler. They have three children, Mary, Darin Jr. and Madeline and reside in old Arabi. She is the daughter of Keith Robin, a Nemesis board member and Judy Doescher Robin, a Nemesis float lieutenant. Jenny is a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish, A graduate of Andrew Jackson High School and LSU School of Nursing. She is a Legal Nurse Consultant and an employee of the Oschner Health System. Jenny has been a riding member of the Knights of Nemesis since its first parade in 2006.

ROYAL KNIGHT XIII

Carl Doescher has been selected as our 2018 Royal Knight of the Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade. Carl is a graduate of Chalmette High School and Southeastern Louisiana University. A Lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish, Carl resides in old Arabi where he also works in his family’s business of 60 years. Along with working in Arabi, Carl has many other businees interests in St. Bernard. He is a member of the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association and a board member of the Old Arabi Historic Commission.