Chantell H. Reed, Krewe Captain

Chantell H. Reed is a native New Orleanian and certified parade head. Born during the police strike the Friday before Mardi Gras, it is her favorite holiday. Her first parade ride was in 9th grade. Chantell graduated from Northwood University in Cedar Hill, TX and earned a Master’s in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans. In the daytime and all in between, Chantell is the Deputy Director for New Orleans Health Department within the City of New Orleans. Prior to joining NOHD, Chantell occupied key positions in community health in the areas of elder care and behavioral health. It is in those capacities that she works to bring palpable change in quality and equitability in healthcare for all within our community.

Chantell currently serves on the board of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and the Loyola Center for Counseling and Education and is a former board chair of the International School of Louisiana. Chantell is a former member and float lieutenant of the Krewe of Nyx. She currently lives in New Orleans with her two boys.


Brandye A. DeLarge, Co-Captain; Director of Finance

Brandye A. DeLarge is a native of New Orleans, and lover of any and all things of the Big Easy. Her love runs so deep that she has a fleur de lis and the City of New Orleans inked on her body. Mardi Gras is one of her favorite times of the year, and she has ensured both her kids love it as much as she does. She is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, and a double graduate of Florida A&M University. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, she matriculated to Chicago to embark on her professional career.

Brandye possesses over 17 years of successful account management experience gained from the Pharmaceutical Industry, Non-profit Industry, Consulting, Higher Education, and City Government. Her proven track record in these roles can be attributed to her ability to build successful relationships with customers, high level interpersonal and teamwork skills, in-depth knowledge of the business, effective execution of strategic plans, managing budgets up to $30M, strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Specialties include: Finance and administration, budgeting, grant management, organizational assessment and redesign.


Danielle M. Bogan, Director of Protocol

Danielle M. Bogan first fell in love with New Orleans and Mardi Gras while visiting her close friend who attended undergrad in New Orleans. Once she came to New Orleans she felt as though she was home. She felt connected to everything about the city, especially the deeply rooted traditions and history of Mardi Gras. Danielle has been an active participant in all things Mardi Gras, from parade viewing, to king cake (she lives for a long king cake season), to attending the balls of various krewes and organizations (she has been to about 16 different balls even attending 5 in one weekend), to riding with Zulu several times and later becoming an active member of the Krewe of Nyx. She looks forward to taking her love of all things Mardi Gras to the next level as a board member for the Krewe of Harmonia.

Danielle obtained a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. She also received a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Graduates of The Jepson School are known as individuals who explore the fundamental questions about who we are, how we live together, and how we influence the course of history. Following graduation Danielle began her career in the legal world. She has worked for several preeminent law firms around the city including, Gauthier, Houghtaling, & Williams, an iteration of the law firm founded by legendary trial attorney Wendell Gauthier and the firm which started the nationwide tobacco litigation, and currently Chehardy, Sherman, Williams. During her time at these firms she worked as a litigation paralegal as part of a highly effective trial team which has successfully tried cases throughout Louisiana as well as about fifteen other states including St. Louis, Missouri, Palm Beach, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, and New York City. Her team is often brought into trials by existing counsel to bring a dynamic power to their trials. Mainly because her team has a reputation for handling high profile litigation in a tasteful and effective way.

Angela Bryant, Treasurer

Angela Bryant is a native and current resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from Eleanor McMain Senior high school, she attended Loyola University of New Orleans where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration. For 23 years, she has been employed with a Fortune 500 Company working in the Insurance industry. She is a Claims Manager, managing 4 Supervisors and 4 Teams of Claim Adjusters. Her position has afforded her experience in, but not limited to, operational management, human resources, customer service as well as diversity and inclusion.

Mardi Gras has always been one of Angela’s favorite holidays. Her friends and family know that you can find her on the uptown parade route for every parade, once the carnival season begins. Because of her love of Mardi Gras, her family affectionately refers to her and her husband as Arthur and Arthurine Hardy. Before joining the Krewe of Harmonia, Angela was a member of Nyx and also paraded with the Krewe of NOMTOC (New Orleans Most Talked of Club).

Angela resides with her husband in Algiers, who is in his 31st year of military service with the United States Army. They are now empty nesters after raising their daughter, who is now serving as Chief Dental Resident in New York City.

Hail Krewe of Harmonia!


Aspen S. Murphy, Director of Communications

Aspen S. Murphy received her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in Washington, DC. She was a Magna Cum Laude graduate with Annenberg honors. After graduating from the real HU, Aspen worked for major news networks and Fortune 500 companies. 

Aspen is an alumnus of the Nancy Marsiglia Institute for Justice and the Leadership River Region Program. She is also a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute where she was honored with their Emerging Leader Award and previously served on their board. A Louisiana native, Aspen has always enjoyed Mardi Gras with her family and looks forward to joining the board of the Krewe of Harmonia to continue their parade tradition with her husband and children.

Currently, Aspen is the Board Chair of the River Region Chamber of Commerce and an Ignatian Law Scholar at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.


Casey Schreiber, PhD, Historian

Dr. Casey Schreiber is Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Public Policy at Dillard University. She was named a 2016 Pardee RAND Faculty Leader in Public Policy Analysis and a 2017 Periclean Faculty Leader in Civic Engagement. Her approach to studying cities and city life considers how culture, politics, economics and social life influence communities and neighborhoods. She delivers presentations to national audiences including the UNCF Annual Convening, Urban Affairs Association, the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Pop Culture Association and Louisiana History Association. Prior to joining academia, Schreiber worked in the business of professional sports for the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans VooDoo, Tampa Bay Rays, and the National Football League.

Dr. Schreiber very much loves New Orleans and continuously finds inspiration from this remarkable city to use in her teaching, research and creative work. As an author, her book titled, Saints in the Broken City: football, fandom and urban renewal in Post-Katrina New Orleans, tells the story of how Saints fans used their football team to craft narratives of renewal during the road to recovery after Katrina.

Anxious to be part of a women's movement, Schreiber logged one failed attempt to become a Big Easy Rollergirl before joining the less athletically challenging Krewe of Nyx where she enjoyed eight years of parading. Schreiber can always be found on the parade route during Mardi Gras, often with her three young kids arguing over who gets the biggest piece of king cake.

Jennifer L. Avegno, MD, Board Member

Dr. Jennifer Avegno is a New Orleans native who purposely moved 2 blocks off the Uptown route so she would never have to miss a parade. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she discovered for the first time that no one in the Midwest understands what wearing purple, green, and gold on a Tuesday in February is all about. Escaping the cold, she earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from Tulane University and her MD from LSU School of Medicine – New Orleans. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Charity Hospital and began both clinical and academic practice at what is now UMC, with appointments to the faculty at both LSU and Tulane. Jen currently serves as Director of the New Orleans Health Department, where she leads a team of dedicated public health professionals in tackling some of the most pressing issues of inequity, racial injustice, and other social determinants of health in our City. She serves on a variety of boards in the community and has extensive experience in developing innovative partnerships across sectors to improve health and well-being. A recovering Nyx sister, her happy place is a neutral ground during Mardi Gras while St. Aug or the 610 Stompers march by.

Kristin K. Green, MD, Board Member

Dr. Kristin K. Green was born in New Orleans and raised in Violet, Louisiana. After graduating as class valedictorian from St. Bernard High School, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Dillard university. From there, she matriculated at LSU’s School of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program. She has proudly been providing compassionate Ob/Gyn care to the women of New Orleans and surrounding areas since 2007. Kristin currently serves as a member of the medical executive committee at Touro Hospital.

Kristin’s fondest memories of Mardi Gras include traveling from her home with immediate and extended family, parking at her Great Uncle’s house on North Roman Street and walking to Orleans and Claiborne to enjoy the Zulu parade and partake in all its antics. She is a current member of the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale and former member of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. Kristin currently resides in New Orleans with her daughter, Kierstin.

Nichell Thompson, Director of Planning

Nichell Thompson was born in New Orleans and raised in Miami, FL, has always been a lover of New Orleans especially Mardi Gras. Nichell is currently a full-time real estate agent with over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate and has a degree in business studies. Married to Fletcher C. Thompson for 28 years and a mother of one daughter, Kami Thompson, who is currently attending Louisiana State University. Nichell has always loved Mardi Gras particularly due to her family’s long history with the Zulu Aid and Pleasure Club Inc and as a former member of the Krewe of Nyx. Nichell is excited to bring her love for Mardi Gras and New Orleans to the Krewe of Harmonia and is looking forward to being a member of this great organization.

Penny A. Roberts, PhD, Director of Accessibility

Penny Roberts, PhD, MT-BC, NMT is a Louisiana native and graduate of the Loyola University, New Orleans Music program. From then on she went on to earn a Master of Music Therapy from Florida State, and finally a PhD in Aging from the Tulane University School of Medicine. She has over 15 years of experience providing therapeutic interventions to communities with special needs, including older adults, oncology, and children and adults with disabilities.

Dr. Roberts is currently the chair of the Music Therapy Department at Loyola, President of the Music Therapy Association of Louisiana, and is currently the President of the Advisory Board for the Loyola Center for Counseling and Education.

Dr. Roberts is passionate about her clinical work with older adults and a tenacious researcher of social determinants of health. In particular, she seeks to create and strengthen community engagement through work with organizations such as Preservation Hall and the Louisiana State Museum. Community connection is imperative to health and wellbeing, and Dr. Roberts looks forward to ensuring women of all abilities are represented in the Krewe of Harmonia.

Samantha François, PhD, Director of Diversity

Dr. Samantha François is a native New Orleanian with deep roots in the city's social justice and cultural traditions. Her mother, Althea Francois, was a member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Black Panther Party and in her later years, a lead organizer in the grassroots campaign to Free the Angola 3. Her father, Russell Mills, Jr., masked with the Wild Tchoupitoulas Black Masking Indians, and her grandmother, Gloria Mills, ran for the Orleans Parish School Board and was an active member of the National Council of Negro Women and United Teachers of New Orleans.

Dr. François has continued in that tradition through membership in her former Mardi Gras parading krewe from 2014 through 2020 and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide education, mental health, and arts and culture programming to New Orleans youth. As a psychological scientist and assistant professor of social work at Tulane University, Dr. Francois researches the effect of structural and interpersonal violence on African American adolescent development using a critical race theory framework. Dr. François also teaches courses in diversity, social justice, anti-racism, human development, and community organizing and advocacy. Dr. Francois is also a proud mother of Sean Solomon and wife to Antonio Brown.

Sharmeria M. Jones, Director of Creativity & Design

Sharmeria M. Jones is a native of New Orleans; she takes pride in celebrating Mardi Gras. For as long as she can remember, carnival has been an annual highlight in her life. The thrill of the music, parades, beads, family fun and overall excitement has been to her liking. Growing up Uptown she could always catch a parade a block or two away. After spending years as a spectator, Sharmeria began actively participating in carnival season more than a decade ago. It has been quite pleasuring for her to ride on “Fat Tuesday” and serve in many capacities in the world of Mardi Gras including Zulu Mayor’s First Lady 2010, Parade Duchess, Queen’s Entourage and as a Krewe rider. In some of her past roles she has been the overseer of costume design and execution, headdresses, décor, events and coordination. She has past membership in the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale and the Mystic Krewe of Nyx.

Sharmeria graduated from Southern University at New Orleans where she earned an undergraduate degree and a Master’s Degree from the School of Social Work. She is passionate in her career as a dedicated Social Worker providing help and healing to individuals and families with mental illness through counseling and therapeutic services to improve wellness. She has served on various committees and has made a plethora of professional connections throughout her career.

Sharmeria is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters. Her oldest daughter is the mother of her two handsome grandsons and her youngest daughter is a senior at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.

Sharmeria is both eager and honored to bring her experience and love for Mardi Gras to the Krewe of Harmonia.

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