Staff Directory and Contact

New Canal Lighthouse Museum & Education Center

Light-House-IMG_60118001 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70124

Pontchartrain Beach Office - Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Mailing Address         (Please send all correspondence to this address)

P.O. Box 6965
Metairie, LA 70009


Media Inquiries

Contact Rachel Strassel : or (504) 579-2487

Water Quality Department

Dr. Brady Skaggs

William Pestoff

Ronny Carter

John O’Donnell

Justin Sumner

Eric Grimm


Water Quality Program Director

Water Quality Coordinator

Wastewater Specialist

Water Monitoring Assistant

Home Systems Inspector

Water Quality Assistant - Americorps Member

Coastal Sustainability Program

Dr. John Lopez

Dr. Michael Hopkins

Shelby Barrett

Adam Songy

Mary Grace Lemon

Tasia Denapolis

Eva Hillman 

Eden Krolopp

Coastal Sustainability Program Dir.

Coastal Sustainability Assistant Dir.

Coastal Scientist 

GIS Coastal Scientist 

Coastal Scientist

Fisheries Biologist

Coastal Scientist

Volunteer/Science Coordinator - Americorps Member

Education, Development, Membership, and Events

Chris Cook

Kimberly Cooke

Kelowna Ostwald

Mary Elise Schlesinger

Gretchen Bonfert

Dwight Williams

Kate Tannian

Michelle Robison

Lighthouse Director

Education Coordinator

Education Assistant - Americorps Member

Development Director

Grant Writer

Public Access Director

Visitor Services Manager

Lighthouse Assistant



Kristi Trail

Domenica Antonucci

Rachel Strassel

Frank Martinez

Tanya Vidal

Phillip Hutchins

Ridgely Myers

(position vacant)

Executive Director

Executive Assistant


Human Resource Director

Finance Director

Accounting Assistant

Water and Coastal Engineer 

Outreach Coordinator - Americorps Member