Sherri A. Tarr

Chief Operating Officer
sherritarr@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5609

 

Sherri Tarr joined the staff of the Jewish Federation in August 1999 as the Women’s Campaign Director.  Throughout the years, she added the title of Young Leadership Director, then became the Assistant Campaign Director, the Campaign Director, the Development Director, the Assistant Executive Director and now am the Chief Operations Officer.


She is a past President of Gates of Prayer Sisterhood and of Congregation Gates of Prayer, and has served on numerous Gates of Prayer Committees including the Choir, Nursery School and Worship and served on the Rabbinic Search Committee in 2017.


A native of Orlando, Sherri is a graduate of Emory University and the Georgia State University College of Law. She is married to Dr. Matthew Tarr, and is the mother of two children - Josh and Kayla.

Caitrin Gladow

Marketing and Communications Director
cait@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5614

 

Caitrin Gladow is the Marketing and Communications Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. Since 2008, she has crafted the organization’s internal and external messaging, as well as steering development strategy for online giving. Cait is responsible for running the organization’s annual GiveNOLA Day campaign, which has resulted in a first place finish for amount raised by a small organization for the past four years. She also guides the Federation’s Partnership2Gether relationship with New Orleans’ sister city of Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel, as well as local interfaith and poverty relief outreach efforts.


Prior to the Jewish Federation, Cait worked in corporate public relations for Kaplan Higher Education Online. She graduated from Florida State University in 2001 with a BA in History. She volunteers in New Orleans with the Gleason Initiative Foundation, SBP, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Cait is also the founder of the Greater New Orleans Seminole Club, which brings garnet and gold to the Crescent City.

She lives in Uptown New Orleans with her husband and three children.
 

Mithun Kamath

Staff Counsel / Director of Governmental Affairs & External Partnerships
mithun@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5608


Mithun Kamath serves as Staff Counsel / Director of Governmental Affairs & External Partnerships. Mithun is a New Orleans native and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 2004 and Tulane University in 2008. He obtained his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013 and immediately moved back to New Orleans, and from 2013-2018 served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Orleans Parish DA's Office. As an ADA, he primarily worked on appellate matters, and has argued at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

He is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Committee. Mithun has extensive political and governmental experience, including having previously been Legislative Director for Federation CEO Arnie Fielkow at the New Orleans City Council. He also served as Regional Field Organizer for Senator Mary Landrieu's successful re-election campaign in 2008. 

Melody Kirkwood

Office Manager/Executive Assistant
melody@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5688

 

Melody Kirkwood was hired in May 2018 as the Executive Assistant to Arnie Fielkow and Office Manager. She comes to the Federation with a vast background of experience to include music education, corporate communications, marketing and graphic design, fundraising and special event management.  

 

In addition, Melody has a true passion for volunteering. She has served in various capacities for several non-profit organizations to include Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, the New Orleans Sports Foundation, the Will Clark All-Star Golf Tournament benefitting “Athletes for Autism”, Archbishop Rummel High School Parent Booster Board and was the event director for the Great 100 Nurses Celebrations in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

 

Having been raised by parents who loved Mardi Gras, Melody has been a member of several Krewes over the past 40 years!  Most recently she was the founding member and Captain of the Knights of Jason, Inc.  Due to Melody’s experience as a Krewe Captain and Officer, she has received several awards including the Key to the City of New Orleans from former Mayor Marc Morial and a proclamation from Parish President Aaron Broussard and the Jefferson Parish Council for her contributions in reviving the economy of Jefferson Parish after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 

Melody has one son, Trey Kirkwood and two beautiful toy poodles, Tori and Maddie!

Joel Meariman

Controller
joel@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5606

 

Joel Meariman wass born and raised in the Greater New Orleans area. He is a proud alum of East Jefferson High School and The University of New Orleans. He earned his BS in Accounting from UNO is 1991. He has been a CPA for over 25 years.


Joel is a father of 6 kids. He recently became a grandfather. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with family. He feels his family is his greatest treasure. He enjoys watching all local teams - especially the Saints and Pelicans.

Brenda Montamat 

Office Assistant
brenda@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5605


Brenda Montamat was born and raised in New Orleans. She currently lives with my husband in Metairie. I have two stepchildren and two grandsons. Brenda has held an administrative position for 28 years.


Her hobbies include reading, football, bike riding and spending time with her grandkids. She loves her New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers.

Michelle Neal

Director of Jewish Education and Allocations Programs
michelle@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5604

 

Michelle Neal has been the Director of Jewish Education and Allocations Programs since September 2017.  Her previous position was as Outreach Coordinator at the Louisiana State Bar Association in the Member Outreach and Diversity Department, where she traveled across the state working with local bar associations and recruiting volunteers.  For 25 years prior to the Bar Association, her work consisted primarily of fundraising.  Over the years, she served as a fundraising consultant for Eden House; Grant Writer for Kingsley House; Director of Development at the Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans and Girl Scouts of Louisiana; and as Major Gifts Director at Volunteers of America National Office.  


In her down time, she volunteers with several animal rescue organizations, including the Humane Society of Louisiana; as well as with organizations focused on substance abuse recovery.


Michelle graduated with Honors from Trinity University in Washington, DC, majoring in Communications.  She lives with her long-time husband, Burt, with their youngest child and six special needs rescue dogs.  She is proud to be called “mom” by seven children, ranging in age from 18 – 38; and is “nana” to ten. 

Sidney Payne

Facilities Manager
sidney@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5607

 
Sidney Payne is a Facilities Manager at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans where Sidney Manages the Maintenance staff in the areas of HVAC, plumbing ,Electrical, Janitorial, and landscaping. Sidney has many years of experience managing budgets, ,safety inspections, construction projects, vendosr and equipment.
 
Sidney completed college coursework at Dillard University, Loyola University and Delta College where he received an associates degree in Architectural design.
 
Sidney has worked in Casinos, Financial Institutions, and Universities achieving employee of the year several times in his career in Financial Institutions.
 
Sidney enjoys helping others and volunteers with the American Cancer Society with their annual relay for life event.

Tana Velen

Next Gen and Programming Manager
tana@jewishnola.com | 504-780-5628


Tana Velen moved to New Orleans in 2015 and through luck and opportunity, began her career at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans at the same time. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing and like most Arts majors, ended up in a field barely related but one that she also thoroughly enjoys.


Her professional interests include mastering spreadsheets, creating emails with zero typos, and planning events and programs that leave a smile of the faces of the Jewish community members who attend. Her personal interests include Harry Potter, writing stories influenced by Harry Potter, and learning to have conversations with her peers and colleagues that are unrelated to Harry Potter. 

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