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 PRIDE Troupe and PA Camp. Jeff lives in Covington with his three sons, the "Po-Boys."
Assistant Youth Director
Melissa "Missy" Segreti is a Pride alumna who currently volunteers as a Pride 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.
Assistant Youth Director
Bridget Truxillo is a Pride Parent and volunteers as an Assistant Youth Director. Bridget works for Eustis Insurance & Benefits as a Surety Bond Account Manager. She also enjoys working as a driving instructor for a local driving school. Bridget is a volunteer soccer and softball coach and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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 Pride.
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.
Board Vice President
John Mineo IV
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.
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 Salmen 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.