Nina Noelle Russell, CYT Student
Alexandra Gandy, CYT Student
Cherie is Co-Founder and Managing Director at CYT-LC. She grew up in Chalmette which is a suburb of New Orleans. Attending college at Nicholls State University, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in History. She moved to the Lake Area in 1993 where she met her husband, Sean. They have a daughter (Kayla) and two sons ( Luke and Zach). Her work experience includes: The Boys and Girls Club of New Orleans, CARC, Normal Life, and CPSB. Throughout her life, she has found herself working with kids of all ages, in different capacities, but God's calling to start CYT in Lake Charles has been the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding job experience yet.
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.
Jessica Menard is the class coordinator for CYT-Lake Charles. She currently resides in Sulphur with her husband and their three children. She was the director for a local child care center and has over eight years experience working with children. She attended McNeese State University and majored in Early Childhood Development. She has a passion for CYT and is thankful to have been a part of it's beginning. Watching the students thrive has been a joy!
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!
Abigail is the HYPE leader for CYT - Lake Charles Before starting her position, Abigail worked as Stage Manager for "Annie,Jr" and as a class session teacher. Continuing her work with CYT HQ, Abigail can be seen as a member of CYT’s EXPO Crew. She is incredibly excited to continue her CYT journey working with our teenagers in developing our HYPE program. Native to Lake Charles, Abigail has worked with numerous theatre companies in the area in Directing, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Sound Operation and much more! As a graduate of McNeese State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in English Education along with a Minor in Theatre, she is looking forward to sharing her passion for the arts in this new and exciting position!
Jill Engel is CYT-Lake Charles' Social Media Coordinator. She is a full time student at McNeese State majoring in Mass Communications: Public Relations with minors in History and Theatre Arts. She's passionate about theatre, photography and of course, her bloodhound, and looks forward to being able to share the joy of theatre with her students and how beneficial and thrilling live performance can be!
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.