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Meet Our Staff


jessicaJessica Taylor was born in New Orleans, LA. In 1999, she graduated from Salmen High School in Slidell, LA, and in 2007 from the University of New Orleans with a B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration. She has worked at Hillside since June 2011. She has been married for seven years to her husband, James, and they have a six year old son, Owen. Jessica has three pets, a lab mix named Annie and two cats named Bella and Allie. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and reading.




tammyTammy DesOrmeaux was born in Lake Charles, LA.  She graduated in 1977 from Saint Louis High School in Lake Charles, LA.  She attended Acadiana Technical College in Lake Charles and the University of New Orleans.  She moved to Metairie in 1986 and then to Covington in 2003.  She has worked at Hillside since January 2008. She enjoys gardening, cooking, art, home decorating, reading, and making jewelry.  She also enjoys spending time with her family of rescued cats, five horses, and two Dwarf Nigerian goats.




Erna Firmin was born and raised in Avoyelles Parish, where she lived until 1999, after which she and her husband, Earl, moved to Bush, LA.  Erna graduated from St. Joseph Academy.  She has four children, three boys and one girl, along with ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She also has two dogs and two cats.  Erna has worked at Hillside since 2002.  Erna states, “I hope to have a few more good years at Hillside with my Hillside family.”



Christi loves working with animals, helping them heal, and sending them home to their loving owners.  “Working at Hillside is a great joy and I hope to be here a lot longer, making new friends and helping our community by saving our pets.”







Susie Montgomery grew up in Geismar, Louisiana.  She graduated East Ascension High School in 1987.  Susie married Jamie Montgomery in 1991 and moved to Bush.  She began working at Hillside in 1993 as a veterinary technician.  After a few years she became interested in grooming and learned the trade. She has been grooming at Hillside for about twenty years. She has two children: Maison, who is eighteen and attends Southeastern and Marlee, who is fifteen and attends Covington High School.  She has three dogs and two cats.