Michelle Kendall, MPH
Michelle Kendall became a part of the DDD in 2018 as an intern. Since then, she has served in various roles including Community Programming Manager, Farmers Market Manager, Assistant Director, and was promoted to the role of Executive Director in December 2022.
Michelle is a Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from LSU Health Science Center of New Orleans. Her varied professional and academic background spans over various sectors including public health, economic development, government, non-profits, and more.
Her past work includes policy & legislative coordination for the Louisiana Cancer Control and Prevention Programs, Co-Chair of the Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition, non-profit event planning & fundraising for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, and research & evaluation for Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She developed a passion for small businesses at her very first job as cashier & supervisor at Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket in Downtown Covington, LA.
Originally from Folsom, LA, she is has called Hammond her home since 2014. She lives in the Iowa Addition, a historic Hammond neighborhood just blocks from Downtown, and is currently renovating a home built in 1903. In her free time, she enjoys strolling around Downtown with her son, Ellis, and dogs, Pinto & Adzuki.
Katie Taylor is a native of Mandeville, LA but has called Hammond her home for 10 years. Moving to Hammond in August of 2013, she began pursuing her degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her time as a Southeastern Lion, member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, as well as employment and volunteer work for local Hammond businesses rooted her deeply in this community.
After achieving a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2018, she decided to stay in the town she grew to love. She watched Hammond continuously grow onwards and upwards and it is her goal to be apart of that advancement and prosperity firsthand.
Katie enjoys being a downtown Hammond resident. You can find her most evenings and weekends enjoying craft beers, savoring her passion for food at local restaurants, exploring local events and frequenting walks around downtown with her pup, Charlotte.
You can follow her culinary adventures on Instagram @katiemarietaylorr