VCPORA Seeks Executive Assistant

Organization Description

VCPORA is a not-for-profit neighborhood and preservation advocacy organization founded in 1938 to protect the unique architecture of the Vieux Carré and to preserve the area's historic ambience.  Today, VCPORA plays an important part in protecting the French Quarter by:
    Informing members and the public generally about preservation and zoning issues
    Working with the Vieux Carre Commission to maintain the neighborhood's architectural integrity
    Educating the community via programs about history and preservation
    Promoting the neighborhood's residential characteristics
    Fostering relationships with businesses to improve the quality of life for all
    Working with municipal authorities to monitor and improve enforcement

The organization's mission is "To preserve the Vieux Carré as a national treasure, to maintain its quaint and distinctive character and to achieve in that historic, living neighborhood a quality of life which can be enjoyed by residents, fellow citizens, businesses and visitors."

Position Summary

The board of directors of the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents and Associates, Inc. seeks a well-organized, energetic, and personable individual to manage the daily operations of the office and to assist in implementing programs and activities related to the organization's mission.  He/she will work under the supervision of the Executive Director to provide a strong organizational base and to improve administrative functions throughout VCPORA.  He/she will foster cooperative working relationships among the board, staff, volunteers, and community and will work to raise the level of public awareness and participation in the group's activities.  The position involves administrative and clerical duties and includes numerous opportunities for interaction with city government, agencies, residents, and business leaders. 

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Annual Meeting: November 3, 2014

Annual Meeting and Program

Monday, November 3, 2014

Beauregard-Keyes House

1113 Chartres Street

                   6:00 p.m.  Socializing with complimentary wine

6:30 p.m.  Annual Meeting and Election of Board

Program featuring
Richard Sexton

Author of  The Creole World

Annual Meeting to include:

Election of Board of Directors for VCPORA

Message from the President


Special thanks to the Beauregard-Keyes House for their generous hospitality

VCPORA Proposed Board of Directors Slate 2014-15

To be considered November 3, 2014

Property Owners Category

Dan Altenloh has over 25 years of experience in building business and quality/reliability systems for high tech companies, including telecommunications, semiconductor and opto-electronics.   He holds a Ph. D. in Chemistry from University of North Texas.  In addition to his business experience, he has also been active in local community activities in the Dallas area such as working with city agencies, developers, builders and neighborhood groups to help solve flooding problems.  Now that he is a half-time (soon to be full-time) resident of the French Quarter, he is serving on the board of his condominium association, and is specifically working for a better environment for the residents.  He became active on quality of life issues after he and his neighbors experienced noise, crime, crowding and other safety concerns stemming from nearby bars and clubs.  Dan’s documentation of these problems, which he presented to a number of groups, helped get action from local agencies and the area is now under increased surveillance and scrutiny.  The problems have lessened, and Dan looks forward to helping the rest of the French Quarter with similar issues.

Ira Paul Babin served as President of the board for the Foundation of Historical Louisiana during the 1990's and more recently, as a long standing member of the board of directors for Magnolia Mound Plantation, both in Baton Rouge. Additionally he has been a trustee of the board of the Beauregard-Keyes House here in the Vieux Carré and currently volunteers as a docent.  Ira’s interest in preservation and tourism reach back to his high school and college days, when he was a tour guide at Houmas House, later becoming the manager.  Now retired, his most recent post was as director of marketing with the Louisiana Office of Tourism.

Deborah West Brown has lived in the City of New Orleans her entire life.  She realized her life-long dream of living in the French Quarter in March of 2010 when she and her husband completed their renovation of an 1830’s Greek Revival townhouse.  She shares her home on Dumaine Street with her husband Gary and two SPCA canine rescues, Mona and Mick.  Deborah has served on numerous boards including the Community Resource Partnership (CRP), Upper Audubon, Coliseum Square, and Irish Channel Neighborhood Associations.  Deborah has a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University, Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Practitioner certifications, and is currently working at Shell Oil Company as a Senior Project Manager-Production.

Terry A. DuFrene, currently a Managing Director and Senior Investor, has been with J.P. Morgan for the past 20 years, and joined their New Orleans team in 2011 after transferring from their Houston offices. Outside of his professional demands, Terry is on the board of the New Orleans Ballet Association, a member of the Investment Committee for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, sits on LSU’s Planned Giving Professional Advisory Council, and serves on the Finance Committee of VCPORA. His favorite hobbies are hunting, fishing and travelling. Terry and his wife, Lynette, live here in the French Quarter.

Jennifer Kelly is a native of Florida who came to Louisiana to attend LSU in Baton Rouge, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Design.  After a 3 year post-college stint in Atlanta, she came to New Orleans to work for Perez Architects, and chose to live in the French Quarter, which is when she fell in love with the neighborhood.  A subsequent job took her to Los Angeles, but again, she returned to New Orleans, living in Marigny, until she relocated to Houston for 10 years.  It was there that she began her interior design company, Designlab.  The pull of New Orleans was strong, though, and she made her way back.  Jennifer now lives and works in the French Quarter, where almost all of her clients’ projects are located.  She is a member of several civic and professional organizations, and a dedicated volunteer at VCPORA events.

Kelly McLaughlin is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where she practiced architecture. Her design practice included master planning, historic restoration, renovation and new construction of varied program types and scope. She taught design studios in Auburn University’s College of Architecture Urban Studio and The University of Alabama’s Department of Interior Design. Kelly is married to a New Orleanian. In 2007, they moved from Birmingham to the French Quarter.  She and her husband enjoy walking their dogs and being hounded by their son throughout the Quarter. She currently serves as VCPORA’s secretary.

Patricia (Pat) Meadowcroft began her career in retail in 1968 with Federated Department Stores achieving a position as Vice President, included in the group were such icons as Bloomingdale’s and Filene’s.  In 1994, Wal-Mart brought her to the New Orleans area where she fell in love with it. She then moved to JC Penney in order to stay here avoiding another transfer.  After hurricane Katrina and the levee failures of 2005, Pat was responsible not only for managing numerous stores in Louisiana and Mississippi, but she re-opened 10 that had been severely damaged.  Losing her home prompted her move to the Vieux Carré full-time, where she’s been since 2006.  She retired in 2011, grateful for the opportunity to travel all over the world for her job, but she is happy to have the chance to follow her passions.  Pat enjoys traveling, art, music and all the diversity that New Orleans and South Louisiana bring. She’s has served as president of Tammany Yacht Club's First Mates, and is VCPORA’s Membership Committee chair, worked on numerous fundraisers and events, and has been a dedicated volunteer for LPBF as well as VCPORA. 

Evelyn Rodos  Originally an Uptown girl, Evelyn’s interest and appreciation for the French Quarter came from her mother, the late Lillian Rodos.  Her extended family began to migrate to the Quarter, and a few years after graduating from Louisiana State University, she followed.  She’s lived in the heart of the Vieux Carré, right off of Jackson Square, in family-owned buildings for 25 of the last 35 years.  In the interim years, she was in Los Angeles, working primarily as a location manager.  That background fueled her involvement in a local group striving to strike a fair balance between the film industry and the fragile French Quarter neighborhood.  For several years, Evelyn has served on VCPORA’s Quality of Life committee. She is a full-time landlord, and works as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner.  She feels fortunate to "marry" her passion for local music and Feldenkrais by working with the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Assistance Foundation where I am one of their health care providers, an active volunteer and donor to their mission. 

 Kate Simister has been a resident of the French Quarter since 1991. She was a member of the French Quarter Citizens Board from 2000-2005 and 2008-2013 and was also a member of the initial Rampart Street Committee in 2004. Kate has a B.A. in Social Science from UC – Berkeley and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). During a 30+ year career in engineering and construction project management, Kate worked in Alaska, Algeria, Iran, and Chile. She provides project management services through her company, Acanthus Consulting, Inc., and is currently working with Waldemar S. Nelson & Company on Freeport-McMoRan projects. Kate greatly enjoys the convenience, conviviality and neighborliness of life in the French Quarter and says owning and caring for a property here has been one of her most rewarding and challenging experiences.

 David Speights has a wide range of experience with federal, state and local governments, as well as private non-profit and international organizations.  He was with the U.S. EPA from 1980 until his retirement in 2004.  David’s environmental emergency work included the Bhopal, India chemical tragedy, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Prior to the EPA, he served in the Mississippi’s Governor’s office and later as a consultant to state and local governments.  A south Mississippi native, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia. 

Commercial Category

Jeff Morgan, a native of Evangeline Parish, moved to New Orleans in 1988 to attend Tulane.  He established residence in the French Quarter in 2006 and owns a home on St. Philip.  Jeff also makes his living in the French Quarter, working in the U.S. Customhouse as a Senior Attorney for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  His practice is primarily focused on international trade, immigration, and employment and labor law issues.  He is an adjunct faculty member at Tulane and holds degrees from McNeese State University, Tulane Law School, and Stanford Law School.  He previously served on the adjunct faculty for Loyola University’s College of Business, completed a teaching fellowship at Stanford Law School, and served as a managing editor of the Tulane Law Review.  Jeff is active in the Nola Softball League and is a past member of that organization’s Board of Trustees.  He is also a member of the steering committee for NOAGE, promoting the welfare of older adults in the New Orleans area.  He and his partner have previously restored historic properties Uptown but are particularly devoted to the preservation and enhancement of the French Quarter, a neighborhood that they and their two dachshunds greatly enjoy.

Lisa Shedlock After retiring from law enforcement in Michigan, Lisa realized her life’s ambition of moving back to New Orleans in 2005, to be near her southern roots.  She has owned and operated her own boutique, Hoi Polloi, and lived in the French Quarter for nearly 10 years.  Lisa and her husband lived in the Upper Quarter and now live on Ursulines St.  Lisa has been active in several VCPORA committees, including Quality of Life and Finance.  She is vigilant in safeguarding the Vieux Carré as an historic neighborhood for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.  Lisa’s favorite part of living in the Quarter is having everything she needs within walking distance.  She and her husband enjoy taking long walks, and chatting with neighbors and friends.

Rental Residential Category

Nancy Ferraro earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and her master’s degree in Multicultural Education from California State University-Dominguez Hills.  She worked for a small public relations firm for 4 years before continuing her education to become a teacher.  She taught elementary school in Las Vegas for 11 years. Nancy and her husband, Frank, moved to the French Quarter in October 2010.  Both Las Vegas natives, they share a passion for New Orleans and specifically the French Quarter. Each day is an adventure living in a small neighborhood that also serves as the major tourism hub of the city and safeguarding the delicate balance of co-existence is an important issue for the couple. Nancy has been involved with VCPORA for two years and currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator.

Darrell Hammond is an actor, stand-up comedian, and impressionist known for his long stint on Saturday Night Live.  He was a regular on SNL from 1995 until 2009, making him the show's longest tenured cast member. He made a name for himself with his impressions, notably of Bill Clinton and Sean Connery, and has impersonated more than 107 celebrities.  In 2007, he made his Broadway theater debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and in 2009, he had a guest-starring role on the FX drama Damages.  In November 2011, his darkly comic memoir God, If You're Not Up There, was published by HarperCollins, and is now set to open as a Broadway play.  Although Darrell has been a long-time New Yorker, a seven-week stay in the French Quarter a few years back spurred him to look for a more permanent perch here, which he now has on lower Royal Street.   As someone who's never quite fit in, he appreciates the Quarter's mysteries and idiosyncrasies.  Serving on the VCPORA board will give him a chance to reciprocate and give back to the neighborhood that has made him feel so welcome. 

Associate Category

Hilary Somerville Irvin, a native of Minter City, Mississippi, moved to New Orleans 43 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island, where she had the pleasure of working with the grande dame of preservation, Antoinette Downing, who whetted her appetite for urban preservation. Her formal training includes a B.A. in history from Hollins College, M.A. in history from the University of New Orleans.  Following these she received fellowships with the Attingham Trust for the Study of the Country House, the Victorian Society's Summer School in London, and Alumni Study Week in Glasgow, Scotland. From 1985 until retirement in 2013, she served as the Principal Architectural Historian for the Vieux Carré Commission. Her research has been published in numerous articles and essays, several of which center around the City’s French landscaping traditions. She now works as an independent historical and architectural consultant.

Susan Krantz is the University of New Orleans Dean and Professor Emerita.  She received her B.A. in English from Newcomb College, her M.A. in English and American Literature from Mississippi State University, and her Ph.D. in Early Modern English Literature from Tulane University. As Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UNO from 2003-2013, she led the administrative, financial, and academic functions of the collective humanities, arts, and social science departments housed in the college. She is especially interested in the cultural and creative economy in New Orleans.  She was instrumental in establishing the New Orleans Jazz Institute (the academic unit coordinating with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra) and the UNO Art Gallery in the burgeoning St. Claude Arts District, as well as a new academic program in Transportation Studies. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, for the UNO Alumni Association, for the Neighborhood Story Project, and for the Committee for a Better New Orleans, among others.  Most recently, she has been named to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation Board.  As a native New Orleanian and an enthusiastic supporter of the city’s history and culture, she is devoted to maintaining the unique heritage and current vibrancy of the French Quarter.

Julie Smith is a long-time VCPORA member, was a French Quarter resident for many years, and is still a Quarter Rat and ardent preservationist at heart, although she is currently exiled to the Irish Channel.  She moved to New Orleans after graduating from the University of Mississippi, worked as a reporter for the Times-Picayune, and then spent time at the San Francisco Chronicle before leaving to write fiction.  She's the author of the Skip Langdon and Talba Wallis mystery series and is the founder of booksBnimble, a digital publisher. She moved back to New Orleans in1994, when she and her husband bought a home in the French Quarter, and later lived in the Marigny, but only steps from Esplanade. 


At Home in the Vieux Carre - Friday, May 2, 2014


Illegal Short-Term Rentals

Illegal short-term rentals have plagued the French Quarter for years, but now the practice is spreading to neighborhoods across the city.  VCPORA and French Quarter Citizens want to help other affected neighborhoods and citizens. If you're being adversely affected by an illegal short-term rental, please fill out the form below and send it to us at, or email us and we can email or snail mail you a copy.  Continued  »  

January At Home in the Vieux Carre

Friday, January 17, 2014 
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
1310 Chartres Street

Warm up your weekend by kicking it off at the February edition of At Home in the Vieux Carre!  This month we'll be at 1308 and 1310 Chartres Street in the lower Quarter.  Our hosts, Kimberly and John Michael Wells and Pat Meadowcroft, live in adjoining halves of this beautiful Creole cottage - it's two homes for the price of one!  Come check out how very similar spaces can be designed and decorated, and get ideas for your own place.

As usual, we'll have wine and delicacies from the Sweet Palate.

Friday, January 17, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 pm
1308 and 1310 Chartres Street

$5/VCPORA members, $10/non-members, FREE to those who join that night

Please join us!

7 Essential Items to make New Orleans Noise Ordinance fair and functional

1.            Establishments that offer live entertainment must take reasonable measures to assure compliance with the requirements of the noise ordinance.  Such measures include, but are not limited to, developing and implementing a sound control program and documenting sound level measurements to be kept on file at the premises.

 2.            Appoint a full time person who will have the authority and affirmative duty to administer and enforce the ordinances, and who shall have the full backing of NOPD and Health Department, and who shall establish and maintain a publicly accessible (via interactive website) centralized record-keeping system to track complaints, enforcement and compliance efforts.

 3.            Amend ordinance to clarify that all measurements of sound emanating from private or public property in all zoning districts will be taken at the property line of the source of the sound.

 4.            In order to impose penalties that will deter repeat offenses for abuse of sound ordinance standards, pass state legislation to allow higher or unlimited fines.  In the absence of this legislation, consider other deterrents such as limited operating hours or complete shut down of the offending establishment.

 5.            Make significant revisions to the Mayoralty permitting process to ensure advance public notification and opportunities for public comment prior to granting a mayoralty permit authorizing a sound-producing land-use to the requesting establishment.

 6.            (Would pertain only to French Quarter)  Return decibel levels in Vieux Carré Commercial (VCC) and Vieux Carré Residential (VCR) districts to the following levels which existed in 1997 in the French Quarter and which still currently exist in the Marigny.

VCR: 7 am - 10 pm - L10 60  Lmax 70; 10 pm - 7 am - L10 55  Lmax 60.

VCC: 7 am - 10 pm - L10 65  Lmax 75; 10 pm - 7 am - L10 60  Lmax 65

 7.            (Would pertain only to French Quarter)  Enforce a maximum of 85 Lmax in the VCE for sound protruding into the public space.  This maximum helps ensure that citizens and involuntary listeners won’t be exposed to sound beyond acceptable industrial levels.  Also, maintain ambient as the standard in the VCE but use as “db level 10 above ambient noise level, not to exceed Lmax 85 db.” 


VCPORA's 75th Anniversary Gala - Saturday, September 28, 2013

VCPORA's 75th anniversary Gala is this Saturday-
get your tickets now, before they're sold out!

Call 504-621-4080 for ticket information!

Win a Week in Provence!

75th Anniversary Gala Auction features Le Moulin!

Have you ever dreamt of spending time in a medieval village in Provence, France?  Your dream will come true if you are the successful bidder at our special live auction on the evening of Saturday September 28, 2013 at the Cabildo on Jackson Square at VCPORA’s annual gala, “Vive le Vieux Carré

The pièce de résistance being offered is a week at an 18th century home in the medieval village of Eyguières, France located in the lovely and picturesque province of Provence. The house was built approximately 250 years ago and is located on two acres on the outskirts of the village at the foot of the Apilles Mountains.


The original two story house is shaded by four 250 year old Provencal Plane trees. This main structure has a living room, dining room, library with wifi, and a full gourmet kitchen with attached pantry. The owner’s two bedrooms are on the second floor.  Attached to one end of the main house are the former stables which have been converted into 4 guest bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There is also a detached former woodshed that has been converted into a guest room which includes a bedroom, bathroom, and sitting area. On the other side of the main house is a two story 100+ year old sawmill which has been completely restored and is used as a grand entertaining room. The mill has a working waterwheel which formerly powered the mill, a dining room table that can seat 12, a large living room couch positioned in front of a fireplace, and a full gymnasium on the mill's mezzanine level. Other Le Moulin amenities include a heated pool with a pool house, and a large outdoor terrace for dining.


The house comes with 2 caretakers, 2 Peugeot convertibles, French TV, satellite TV offering news and programs from England, 6 adult and 2 children’s bicycles, and 2 washers and dryers.  Nearby are the towns of St. Remy de Provence, Avignon, and Le-Baux-de Provence.  The beaches of San Tropez are a 2 hour drive away.

Le Moulin is a perfect place for a family vacation or a group of friends to gather. We hope you will bid on this wonderful auction item donated by one of our members who appreciates historic preservation.

If you love the French Quarter, please join us for this extraordinary event.  Help us celebrate this special occasion and our history of preserving our neighborhood’s culture and architectural heritage.






Is New Orleans "Overbooked?"


Elizabeth Becker, author of the bestselling book “Overbooked,” a critical analysis of the tourism industry, will be in New Orleans this week for two speaking engagements.

The first will be on Wednesday, May 29 at Garden District Books (2727 Prytania St.) at 5:30 p.m., where she will do a book signing.  The second will be on Thursday, May 30 at the Beauregard-Keyes House (1113 Chartres Street) from 6 – 8 p.m. where she will do a presentation followed by a question-and-answer segment.  That event is in partnership with the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates.  A light reception will follow.

Ms. Becker is an award-winning former correspondent for the New York Times and former Senior Foreign Editor at National Public Radio, and has travelled extensively.  Her in-depth research and interviews, conducted literally all over the world, give her an unmatched perspective and insight into tourism.

“New Orleans is in many ways a crucible for the modern tourism industry,” says Meg Lousteau, Executive Director of the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates, whose group has coordinated Ms. Becker's visit.  “The city has announced plans to increase the number of visitors by 50% in the next 5 years.  Tourism is arguably the city’s biggest industry, and we want it to continue to thrive.  But it’s worth learning about tourism management, public policy, and the pluses and minuses of modern mass tourism.”

“VCPORA is pleased to host this event in partnership with the Beauregard-Keyes House,” says president Carol Allen. “Our respective organizations share an interest in cultivating the kind of tourism that respects New Orleans history and celebrates its authentic culture.  What better place to host it than this historic house museum in the French Quarter.”

For further information on Ms. Becker and the book, please see the following pages.

VCPORA is a 75 year old preservation advocacy non-profit organization, the oldest in the state of Louisiana. 
Our mission is to protect and preserve the Vieux Carré as a neighborhood.

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VCPORA's January At Home in the Vieux Carre Kicks Off 75th Anniversary Year!

Friday, January 18   
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. (note expanded hours!) 
817 St. Philip Street

The January At Home in the Vieux Carré has special significance – it’s the kick-off event for our 75th anniversary year!  Please join us at 817 St. Philip, the home of Bryan Drude and Carlos Trujillo, as well as our very special guests, Councilmembers Jackie Clarkson and Kristin Gisleson Palmer.

The At Home will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at 817 St. Philip Street.  Admission is $5/members, $10/non-members, and FREE to those who join that night!  Also, we'll have a specialty cocktail from Cafe Amelie, and divine treats from The Sweet Palate!

We are so grateful to French Quarter Realty, who is in their fourth year of underwriting the At Home events!