Nina Noelle Russell, CYT Student
Alexandra Gandy, CYT Student
I am originally from Chalmette which is a suburb of New Orleans. I am married to Sean Benoit and we have a daughter and two sons (Kayla -26 Luke -19 and Zach -16). I attended Nicholls State University and graduated with a BA in Psychology with a minor in History. I have worked at The Boys and Girls Clubs of New Orleans, CARC, Normal Life, and CPSB. I currently am a Title I Tutor at Westwood Elementary. I am ecstatic to be the Managing Director at CYT-Lake Charles! I know God has great things in store for our students!
Hi, my name is Lisa Leubner. I am the Finance Director for CYT Lake Charles. I am also the Admissions and Marketing Director at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School where I have been for the last ten years. I am also the volunteer troop leader for two Girl Scout troops and I am cheer sponsor at EDS. Prior to 2008, I worked as the Marketing Director at the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana, Director of Employment and Training at US Unwired, and Employment Manager at Harrah's Casino. I am married to James and we have two daughters that attend EDS, Kaitlin and Jolie. Kaitlin is in 9th grade this year and Jolie is in fifth grade. My hobbies are my family, traveling, and trying new things. I graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing but also majored in Business Management.
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be the chapter coordinator for CYT-Lake Charles! I worked as a director for a local child care center and have over 8 years experience working with children. I attended McNeese State University where I majored in Early Childhood Development. I am currently living my dream as a wife to my best friend (Carl) and stay at home mom to our three children ( Leslie, McKenzie, and Boston). I feel honored to be a part of this wonderful program. "To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter. " P.T. Barnum
I am just so blessed to be Show Coordinator for CYT-Lake Charles! I’ve always had a real love for music and performance but my love of theatre truly came from my niece Leslie who inspired me to audition for my first show after watching her on stage! Now we are hooked and that’s all we do! I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with a few local community theatres and be in productions such as Grease and Hairspray. I’ve met so many amazing people and I love sharing this passion with my family! I reside in Sulphur with my husband DJ and our 2 amazing kiddos Emma and Noah. I look forward to working with your children and helping them to create memories they will never forget!
Chelle is our Design Artist at CYT. She produces a wide range of art throughout our company. From social media, t-shirts, and advertisements to bringing stage sets to life with paint and faces into character with makeup. Chelle is a native of Sulphur where she and her husband raised their two boys. She has an Associates Degree in Commercial Art and is also a freelance artists with murals in multiple homes and schools in the Sulphur and Lake Charles area. Chelle is excited to share in the opportunity that CYT brings to the area that gives kids a positive place to ACT UP!
Renee is our Artistic Director at CYT- LC. After spending her first 35 years growing up in Denver, Colorado, God spoke to her, and she packed up & moved to Louisiana alone with just her puppy, mini cooper, and a pod full of her whole life. A year and a half later, after some of the greatest struggles & joys of her life, Renee found her way to CYT. Renee starting dancing at age 5, continuing it competitively until she was 18 years old. She's trained in all types, including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, pointe, and fosse. As a freshman in high school, she was cast in her first musical, The Wiz, as a lead dancer & chorus member. At that moment, theatre hooked her. Continuing to act throughout high school, college & afterwards, she moved into directing after getting her Master of Arts in English and Drama Education. After being in Lake Charles for a year, she was asked to direct the winter musical, Songs for a New World, as McNeese State University. Renee currently works as a High School Teacher in Bridge City, TX.