Nemesis Royalty


This year’s Goddess Nemesis XVII is Natalie Fernandez Blum. Natalie is the proud wife of Kevin R. Blum and mother of Benjamin Parker Blum. She is the daughter of Richard “Ricky” Fernandez and Karen Buras Westcott. Natalie is the granddaughter of Linda LaFrance Fernandez and the late Martin “Ronnie” Fernandez, Sr. and Joyce and Richard “Dicky” Buras. She is also the niece of Knights of Nemesis board member Daniel “Danny” Fernandez, Sr.

Natalie is a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish and is the proud graduate of Chalmette High School’s class of 2012. She is also an alumna of the University of New Orleans, where she earned her Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2019. Natalie works in Customer Service and Logistics for TCI Packaging in New Orleans and is also a licensed Louisiana real estate agent. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors. Natalie is truly honored to have the opportunity to be this year’s Goddess Nemesis XVII, and looks forward to representing the Knights of Nemesis in the upcoming Mardi Gras season.


Louis Pomes is a life-long resident of St. Bernard Parish and has worked in public service for over forty years helping to make St. Bernard a place we can all be proud to call home. Most of his career has been spent working for St. Bernard Parish Government. Presently, he administers and oversees the daily operations of the public works division - Road Yard as the Chief of Operations. Having served under six parish presidents, Louis has worked side by side with the men and women in field operations and administration.

Louis was the father of one daughter, Ashley Pomes (deceased), and from her he has two grandsons, Hayden and London. He was also blessed to help raise four step-children and now over a dozen grandchildren call him “Paw-Paw”. Enjoying these grandchildren with him is his fiancé Cherie Chenier Carreras.

On any given day, you will probably see Louis wearing his signature white cowboy hat. The hat is no gimmick. Louis has the largest commercial cattle business in St. Bernard Parish, raising over 300 head of cattle and harvesting over 700 rolls of hay annually. He was the president of the Southeast Cattlemens Association 2006-2010. He enjoys his tractor work, participating in numerous seafood cook-offs, running the oyster booth at the Islenos Festival, and watching his race horses run at the fairgrounds.

Louis was the recipient of the White Horse Award given by the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America in recognition of his efforts to find and lead abandoned horses to safety, feeding them, and treating their wounds in the wake of hurricane Katrina. The horses had to be reached by boat and cared for until teams of veterinarians from LSU arrived to take them to Baton Rouge. As part of the “essential personnel” for parish government, Louis has never evacuated for a storm and has always been an integral part of disaster response and rescue after a storm.

“I am honored to be chosen as Royal Knight XVII.”

Past Royalty


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Pamela Krementz Bennett is the wife of Jim Bennett, founding board member and current Vice-President of the Knights of Nemesis. She is the proud mother of one child (from a previous marriage) Jimmy Leaber, Jr. Pamela is the daughter of Carmela Calcagno Lamarque and the late David A. Krementz.

Pamela graduated from Andrew Jackson, and briefly attended USL, UNO, and St. Bernard Community College. She has worked as a Management Analyst for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (a Federal agency within the Department of the Interior) for the past 17 years. Prior to that she was employed as an Esthetician and Cosmetologist at Hair Den and The Forum, and as the Office Manager at Lamarque Ford.

Pamela was a former Queen of the Krewe of Lourdes and a Junior Maid in Shangri-La and is honored to reign as Goddess Nemesis on their 15th anniversary.


Guy McInnis has served as St. Bernard Parish President since January 2016. Prior to becoming parish president, McInnis was elected Councilman-at-Large East in 2011.

In 1985 McInnis graduated from McNeese State University with a degree in Accounting and has an extensive background in finance, and has extensive financial management experience in both the private and public sectors.

At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he was hand-picked to oversee the financial control systems. He has managed businesses and bottom lines for decades including supervising a $12 million sheriff’s department budget as the department’s comptroller.

A career educator, McInnis taught math, business, and horticulture at Chalmette High School for 16 years and coached girls and boys’ basketball and softball. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the community in 2005, McInnis helped bring back public education in St. Bernard Parish only three months after the storm flooded the entire community, serving in varying capacities in the school system as the people rebuilt in the aftermath of unprecedented devastation.

McInnis, 56, is married for 35 years to the former Laurie Montalbano, a registered nurse, and reside in Chalmette. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.


Rhonda A. Miller-Johnson will have the pleasure of reigning as Royal Goddess for the Krewe of Nemesis Parade in 2021. Rhonda is resident of St. Bernard Parish since 1974. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1983 and briefly attended Mississippi State. She is known by many from her involvement in Rebel Park, St. Bernard All-Stars, AAU Volleyball and Adult Cabbage Ball leagues. She has worked as a Management Analyst for the United States Department of Agriculture for the past 16 years. Prior to that she was employed by St. Bernard Parish. Rhonda is also a float lieutenant for Knights of Nemesis for the past 5 years.

Rhonda is the daughter of Hillary T. Miller and the late Donald R. Miller. She is married to Charles W. Johnson, Sr. of St. Bernard and the step-mother to Charles W. Johnson, Jr. Rhonda is also the sister of Ray “Goat” Miller, Randy Miller, Ross Miller and Rory Miller. Rhonda and her family reside in St. Bernard.

Rhonda is a fun-loving, ball playing, enthusiastic, family woman with a love for the Parish. She can’t wait for her reign!


Russell Luke Vucinovich, Jr will have the pleasure of reigning as Royal Knight for the Krew of Nemesis Parade in 2021. Russell is a third generation of lifelong residents of St. Bernard Parish until 2005. As a graduate of St. Bernard High school in 1980, he promptly went into business for himself.

Together with his wife of 36 years Eileen, they raised their family in Meraux, Louisiana. In 1984 Russ and Eileen joined the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest as a food vendor and remain as one of the oldest food vendors in the fest. Since 1988 Russ has owned and operated Vucinovich's Resturant, a family owned business. With roots still in St. Bernard he opened La Bella Vita Reception Hall in Meraux in 2012. Throughout the years in business Russell has been involved with and has donated to many different charities and non-profit organizations.

Russell is a fun loving 58 year old who is dedicated to his family. "Last year, I was the last man on the last float," he said, "and this year I will ride as the Royal Knight, I cannot wait!'