Meet Our Team
Emily Madero, President & CEO
Emily Madero has devoted over a decade of her career to building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans with The Idea Village. She joined The Idea Village in 2006 to launch IDEAcorps™, an experiential learning program connecting top MBA talent to entrepreneurs. While there, she served as a critical part of economic recovery in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Formerly serving as COO and most recently acting CEO, Emily was a key player in starting and building New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a festival celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in the city. Through her extensive experience, Madero has developed and taught entrepreneurship-curriculum at Tulane and Loyola University, and to corporate clients including GE. A longtime New Orleans resident, Emily earned her Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology from Tulane University.
Sabrina Cutaia, Volunteer and Special Events Programming Manager
After graduating from Tulane University, Sabrina Cutaia began her career in event production with the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans) and moved on to work large-scale events with NOLA Motorsports Park, eventually transitioning into music festivals. Sabrina has worked on many notable events over the years, such as the BUKU Music + Art Project, VooDoo Music Festival, and finally French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
AJ Gaulton, Operations Director
AJ has years of event experience that dates back to college where he was a leader on the official sports game day management team. After receiving his B.A. in Marketing from Pacific University in Portland, OR, he moved to New Orleans to pursue the live event production field. In addition to being employed by the New Orleans Pelicans, he held vital roles during the NBA All-Star Weekend and Essence Festival before landing at French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Stephanie Loman, Chief Development Officer
Stephanie Loman is a native Louisianian who earned her B.A. in Cultural Resources Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and her M.A. in Arts Administration from University of New Orleans. She has worked for several local cultural institutions, including Louisiana Nature and Science Center, WYES, Contemporary Arts Center, The National World War II Museum, and 3 Ring Circus Arts and Education Center, with a range of experiences in event production, membership, development, research, archives, and historic preservation. Stephanie was hired to work as the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage Manager at the 2009 French Quarter Festival and joined FQFI as full-time team member in 2011 as Operations Manager. In 2015, she transitioned into the role of FQFI’s Development Officer and in 2019 was named Chief Development Officer.
Greg Schatz, Entertainment Director
New York native Greg Schatz majored in music at Ithaca College for one year and later received a B.A. from Cornell University, where he studied anthropology and ethnomusicology. He moved to New Orleans in 1995 to pursue a career in music. As a composer, bass player, accordionist, and keyboard player, he works with several ensembles around New Orleans and has performed at clubs and festivals in Europe and around the U.S., including French Quarter Festival. In fall 2008, he joined the staff of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. as Entertainment Manager and was promoted to Director in 2019.
Becca Schick, Development Director
Becca Schick is a native New Orleanian who earned her B.A. in Sports Management with a Business Minor from The University of West Alabama and her M.B.A. from Saint Leo University. She has extensive event production and sponsorship experience and held positions with New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Fair Grounds, New Orleans Zephyrs, and Live Nation before joining the team at French Quarter Festivals, Inc. In her spare time you can find her on the softball field reliving her collegiate memories.
Rebecca Sell, Marketing and Communications Director
Rebecca Sell has overseen marketing and communications Manager for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. since 2013. She brings over a decade of journalism, tourism, marketing, non-profit, and management experience to the role. She has been published in several regional publications including New Orleans Magazine, Biz New Orleans, and Southern Woman and previously served as Communications Manager for a technology company with a national client base. During her tenure at FQFI, Rebecca has worked directly with international media to coordinate and help produce event coverage. She has served as a festival spokesperson and appeared on outlets including The Weather Channel and ABC News. Rebecca has also developed and executed national advertising campaigns that support FQFI’s mission to promote and support the City of New Orleans.
Dave Stover, Finance Director
Dave Stover embodies the perfect mix of talents for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – he is a professional musician and a professional accountant. Stover attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1995. Shortly after graduation he moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in music. As a bass player, Stover has enjoyed sharing the stage with many of the city’s incredible musicians performing a myriad of musical genres. After Hurricane Katrina, Stover moved to Nashville to further his education by studying accounting at Middle Tennessee State University. After two years away he returned home to New Orleans and joined the French Quarter Festival staff in the fall of 2009.
Heather Twichell, Food and Beverage Director
Heather Twichell has been involved with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. since 2000 when she served as an intern. Since then she has worn many hats for the organization ranging from volunteer to Operations Manager and Development Manager. She has also held positions at the House of Blues, Gucci, Aveda, and the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel but always felt the pull of her events background calling. In 2017, Heather returned to her French Quarter Festival family with great excitement and now serves as Food and Beverage Director.