Chelsea Tallo Little, Executive Director
Meet Chelsea, aka "Chelda"!
Chelsea Tallo Little has been a part of the Hammond DDD for over five years, beginning her journey in 2015. One year later, she was promoted to Executive Director and has been non-stop ever since! In 2017, she was recognized as one of Tangipahoa’s “Future 40 Under 40”; and in 2019 she led the campaign for Hammond to be chosen as one of Main Street America’s “Top 10 Greatest Main Streets”.
Last year, she received one of only two scholarships to become “Main Street Certified” through the Main Street America Institute. Currently, she is in the process of becoming a certified Louisiana Economic Developer through the LED. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with degrees in Public Relations & Marketing in 2014. Her Hammond roots run deep, as she is also a proud graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
When she's not busy Downtown, Chelsea enjoys teaching dance at Lemoine Academy of Dance, rescuing animals, and relaxing at the beach with her husband Lee.
Chelsea has extensive knowledge in small business advocacy, specialing in grant funding and financial assistance. She also shows off her graphic design skills in the DDD's visual branding.
Chelsea cares deeply about improving the Downtown District of Hammond, one small business at a time!
Meet Kati, the DDD's Resident Redhead.
Kati joined the DDD team in February of 2020 after a 5-year stint with Tulane University Athletics as the Football team's Social Media Coordinator. She oversees the DDD's daily communication, marketing, and branding efforts.
Kati is a proud #LionForLife, holding two degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University: a Masters in Organizational Communication ('15) and a Bachelors in Communication ('13). She was also a four-year starter on the SLU Lady Lions Softball team, where she was voted team captain (and self-appointed team comedian).
When she's not snapping pics for the DDD's Instagram, she moonlights as a featured speaker, educating kids & teens on social media practices.
She enjoys yoga, reading true crime novels, listening to podcasts, and enjoying a cold beverage with her husband, Michael.
She loves to live and work in Downtown Hammond, and is passionate about making it even better.
Michelle Kendall became a part of the DDD in 2018 as an intern. She became a part-time employee in 2019, and was promoted to the DDD's full-time Community Programming Manager in 2021.
A portion of Michelle's duties include the day-to-day operations of the Hammond Farmers Market; managing over 30 vendors and their customers. The market runs every Saturday from 8 AM to noon.
Michelle also focuses on grant writing. In 2020 alone, Michelle helped the DDD receive $8,300.
She graduated from LSUHSC New Orleans with a Masters of Public Health in 2020. She also earned her BS in Health Education & Promotion from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2017.
In her free time, she enjoys bopping around downtown with her son Ellis and Blue Heeler pup named Pinto. She also lives within the downtown district, and her ultimate dream is to open an open-air grocery right store here in #DowntownHammond.
John Daniel Guerin serves as the Board Chairman. This is his second year working with the DDD.
John and his wife, Christy, have three kids: John Daniel III, Coreen, and Eddie. They enjoy riding bikes and exploring all that Hammond has to offer. In his spare time, John Daniel enjoys fishing, hunting, and attending Southeastern Louisiana University sporting events.
Elsbet Smith Hollywood is the current Vice Chair of the Board, serving in the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce Seat.
She is an attorney who lives in Downtown Hammond with her husband, Tim, and their kids, Baker and Knox. "We love walking to the Farmers Market on Saturdays, getting bubbles and a book from Bayou Booksellers, and stopping for lunch," said Elsbet. Bartleby, their beagle, even joins in on the fun!
When asked about her favorite dish to order in Downtown Hammond, Elsbet had a hard time choosing just one! "A SteaKhouse filet, an Espresso Martini from Cena, the Casual Cow from Blackened Brew, and onethirteen's Breakfast Brunch Plate... just not all in the same day!"
"The Hammond DDD is such a triumph because of the time dedicated to it by so many community members over the years," said Elsbet. "I feel that it is my honor and duty to contribute to the Hammond DDD's continued success."
Evan Singer joined the DDD Board of Directors as the Finance Chair in 2021, in the Major Assessed Property Owner Seat. He is Senior Vice President at First Guaranty Bank in Hammond, and this is his first year serving on the Board.
His favorite thing about Downtown Hammond is the architecture and landscaping. "Downtown Hammond has such a unique personality. Each facade is beautiful and maintained, and is a great representation of small businesses."
Overall, Evan is excited for the the future of Downtown Hammond: "It's important to me to give back to this amazing community that has been so good to me and to FGB. I believe in the DDD Board's vision and am excited to be a part of the team."
Fun Fact: Evan's favorite Downtown Hammond dish is an Oyster Caesar Salad from Brady's.
John Exnicios is serving his first term on the Board in 2021.
He is the CEO of the top real estate team in Tangipahoa Parish. John enjoys property investing, traveling, entertaining, and fine dining. His favorite thing about Downtown Hammond is the old architecture that has created a vibrant setting for a friendly, lively, small town atmosphere.
"My favorite things to order in Downtown is the filet egg rolls at The SteaKhouse and the house-made cheesecake from Cena," says John. "Margaritas from La Caretta hit the spot as well."
"Serving on the board is important to me because I can keep a pulse on the town I now call home," explains John. "It gives me the ability to have an active role in helping to support and grow the community that I have so much pride in."