Meet the Team

The Doerr Furniture team is comprised of a wonderful collection of talent, character & experience who all share a passion for, both, people and furniture. Here you will find out a bit more about who we are, what we do and possibly something most don’t know about us. Our friendly team ensures exceptional service and white-glove delivery of items to your home in a professional manner. Please visit our showroom at 914 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117. 

Shane Mutter

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mutter comes from a long history of retail and finance.  He first started his career at Doerr while attending LSU, where he graduated in Busin. . .

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Mr. Mutter comes from a long history of retail and finance.  He first started his career at Doerr while attending LSU, where he graduated in Business Management. Covering all ends of the business, from budgets and figures, to marketing and store inventory, he leads the Doerr team with confidence and stability.  Shane makes each employee feel like they have a place at Doerr, and leads his team with enthusiasm and charm. He and his wife, Jenny, have two kids, Ella and Sebastian, who light up their life.  They reside in Mandeville, where they have a shared business offering linens and bedding.  Shane is very active in the community; he is involved in Habitat for the Humanity, Sound Sleep Initiative, and fund-raisers for several causes through his competitive cycling. Just his way of giving back and keeping strong the community that housed his Family's store for so many generations.

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Julian Mutter

President Emeritus

David Mutter

Vice President

Amy Freese

Merchandising Director

Amy is the Merchandising Director and has been with the Doerr family since 2006. She is responsible for all merchandising for Doerr. Her duties inc. . .

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Amy is the Merchandising Director and has been with the Doerr family since 2006. She is responsible for all merchandising for Doerr. Her duties include purchasing all products for display and the reorder and flow of the inventory. She is responsible for choosing the many custom programs that Doerr has to offer, from the upholstery, leather, bedroom and dining. Also, she is in charge of the displays throughout the store.

Amy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Louisiana State University, as well as playing LSU volleyball on a full scholarship. Her design career started in 1985 with a locally owned company called Expressions Custom Furniture and continued with them for 14 years. She started as assistant to the Creative Director and moved to Merchandise Manager. There she developed exclusive products for the Expressions franchise system. She assisted Expressions in the opening and merchandising of over 70 stores throughout the country. When the Expressions Franchise was sold and moved away from New Orleans, Amy continued her career as a merchant with the Hurwitz-Mintz organization as well as the Kirschman’s Furniture organization. Amy travels to all of the major furniture and accessory markets across the country from the Highpoint, NC International Furniture Market, 2 times per year, to Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco and New York with the goal of finding the highest quality furniture for the best value. Amy and her husband, Daniel, reside in Lakeview with their twin son’s Colt and Chase.

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Helene Rightor

Sales Director

 

With a diverse managerial background and mission to nurture a creative and passionate environment, Helene expertly leads a team of highly . . .

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With a diverse managerial background and mission to nurture a creative and passionate environment, Helene expertly leads a team of highly talented and enthusiastic Design Consultants! With her team-oriented approach, she cultivates a community environment built on valuing each other, the company and our customers! As the Sales Director, you can often find her buzzing around behind the scenes; being not only the voice of the new Doerr online blog, but also coordinating details between all departments. By thinking outside the box and having a hands-on approach, Helene generates a more focused work- culture in which not only she thrives but betters the Design Consultant and Customer interactions!

At Doerr, Helene feels she “… has found a family company in every sense; the Mutters, the employees, and the customers all care about what we do. What we want to build is a place where the team (from design consultants to delivery team!) feels like they are involved. Each idea contributes! My job is to facilitate the natural talent!”. Helene encourages an environment that helps everyone on the team reach their personal design potential! In her free time, she can often be found peaking around corners to find old hidden gems laying around to inspire her next refurbish project!

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Jamie Mutter

Director of Design Services

Jamie is Doerr Furniture’s Design Director and a Professional member of the IDS Interior Design Society.Through her love of working with color, . . .

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Jamie is Doerr Furniture’s Design Director and a Professional member of the IDS Interior Design Society.Through her love of working with color, fabrics and furniture space planning, Jamie takes pride in bringing you one of the most experienced teams of residential and commercial furniture in the Metro and New Orleans area. A native of Thibodaux, she graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design before meeting her husband, Brett, at Doerr, and marrying into the Mutter family.  They now have two little boys that they hope to instill the core values and tradition that Doerr Furniture has offered them throughout the years.

Since she joined Doerr in 2009, Jamie’s approach with every one of her clients’ projects are to embark on them with much enthusiasm and patience, as she loves getting to know the customer and helping them find their own unique style that they will love forever. 

Jamie’s objective is to help assess her clients’ needs, how they live in the space, their individual style and create a design solution that reflects their budget, personality and lifestyle. Using design boards, material selection and floor plan renderings, Jamie’s expertise clearly and visually helps you develop the space of your dreams.

Her way of thinking attracts Architects and Designers, Residential and Commercial projects, or your own one of a kind home designs. Whether it’s fusing contemporary and eclectic elements together or a sophisticated and cohesive traditional style, Jamie can bring you the finest in luxury furnishings, accessories, and window treatment!

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Allene La Spina

Design Consultant

Allene La Spina, born in the beautiful country of Colombia, came to the States in the late 90’s to study Art and Design.  For the next 15 years,. . .

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Allene La Spina, born in the beautiful country of Colombia, came to the States in the late 90’s to study Art and Design.  For the next 15 years, she got her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at California College of Arts & Crafts and later her Masters of Fine Arts in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  Both her upbringing and studies have made her an expert in materials, fabrics and colors; and moreover, it has made her appreciate flawless craftsmanship.  For the last 4 years in New York, she gained experience as a buyer for Contract furniture, staying updated on the latest trends, drawing floor plans, making furniture selections on a variety of projects, but more than anything, acquiring the skill set to better listen to the individual clients’ wants and needs.  “Our sales floor tells a lot of different stories in the vignettes of furniture spread throughout.  Whether you want to maintain a traditional look, seeking a new formal dining table to coordinate with your existing pieces, or are looking for the perfect playroom sectional that will stand the wear and tear of kids, pets and guests, I’m here to listen to your wishes and dedicated to helping you build your own story for your home.”

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Greg LeBlanc

Design Consultant

Greg’s great listening skills coupled with his keen eye are sure to meet your needs and surpass them!  A native of New Orleans, Greg graduated f. . .

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Greg’s great listening skills coupled with his keen eye are sure to meet your needs and surpass them!  A native of New Orleans, Greg graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree.  During his 25+ year career, his top priority is focusing and dedicating himself to aligning client needs with meaningful solutions. Early on, Greg gained experience in the fashion trade with Rubenstein Brothers, where fabric sensibility, style and color coordination were a key skill set. With the variety of styles and selections of furnishings offered by Doerr, Greg draws visions from his wealth of business experiences to continually address clients’ needs and desires, while helping to cultivate their own vision. With his high level of attention and accuracy, Greg has provided countless clients with everything they need to make their space work best for them!

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Harvey Gremillion

Design Consultant

A native of New Orleans, he graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Business. . .

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A native of New Orleans, he graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Business. Harvey started at Doerr Furniture in 1995. He previously worked in the furniture business in Metairie for 6 years. As an avid collector, with a passion for antiques, he loves to educate customers about the arts and craft movement, especially Stickley Furniture. Before Harvey joined the furniture industry, he worked in the men’s fashion trade for years for New Orleans’ beloved department stores. His knowledge of fabrics and color schemes has influenced his design skills when ordering upholstery for his clients. As a historian, he loves to study about the 1960’s, the Beatles and mid-century modern furniture and accessories.

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Janel Eddlestone Dominici

Rug Specialist and Design Consultant

Janel can help you create a space that is entirely your own using furniture, rugs and accessories. A native of St. Bernard Parish, she graduated fr. . .

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Janel can help you create a space that is entirely your own using furniture, rugs and accessories. A native of St. Bernard Parish, she graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Before joining Doerr in 2011, Janel gained experience initially working in retail management. Her real passion for design began when she worked for Jacqueline Vance Rugs. There she worked and gained her love for rugs, fabrics and many textiles. After working for Jacqueline Vance for 13 years, Janel and a colleague owned and operated New Orleans Fine Rugs for 8 years in the Uptown District. Being well trained and versed in many different design styles, along with her expert talent of coordinating colors, has resulted in countless rewarding experiences for her clients. Janel's main goal is to listen to a customer's needs and guide them to create the perfect room.

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Jennifer Braud

Design Consultant

A native of Mississippi, Jennifer attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Psychology. After workin. . .

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A native of Mississippi, Jennifer attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Psychology. After working for a promotional products company following graduation, she discovered her love of creativity and design. From there, she began working as office manager for her family's business, while also planning & designing events for friends and family. After re-locating to New Orleans, she embraced the opportunity to work for Doerr Furniture and expand on her knowledge and passion for furniture and design. With her experience in space planning, her keen eye for detail & style, and her valuable interpersonal skills, Jennifer has quickly become a pro at serving our customers & helping make their houses into beautiful homes.

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Judy Sprinkle

Design Consultant

A native of New Orleans, she attended Delgado College and is an avid student of design and an Associate Member of the IDS Interior Design Society. . . .

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A native of New Orleans, she attended Delgado College and is an avid student of design and an Associate Member of the IDS Interior Design Society. Judy came to Doerr from Houston, TX where she specialized in turning apartments into lofts, cabins into lodges and houses into estates. From cozy to chic, to expansive estates, Judy's fluency with color, texture, and lighting in perfect balance is a gift. Over the past 2 plus decades, she has had the ability to translate the desires of her clients into classic statements of style. She has remained in the forefront of her profession gathering broad knowledge about exotic wood, fabrics, fine carpets, and vast assortment of leathers. She has worked on special projects such as "This Old House” on PBS (the Golden Residence). She also designed interiors of homes that were showcased in "The Parade of Homes;" Judy can bring comfort and beauty to your space.

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Pamella Meisner

Design Consultant

Originally from the Northshore, Pamella initially fell in love with color, fabrics, and texture while in design school at Our Lady of the Lake Univ. . .

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Originally from the Northshore, Pamella initially fell in love with color, fabrics, and texture while in design school at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX and later at  Delgado here in New Orleans.  She also  worked in the film and fashion industry, where she had the opportunity to work as a set dresser and alongside top fashion designers who furthered her desire to work in a creative environment.  From there, she transitioned her passion for spatial planning and design into a career in Real Estate.  She came to Doerr Furniture excited to expand on her love of furniture and interior design, and she is excelling with clients and interiors alike!  Pamella’s mission is to transform a home into a sanctuary of relaxation and sophistication for family and friends to cherish.

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Richard Pendleton

Design Consultant

A native to New Orleans, Richard long ago fell in love with the Arts and graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Fine Arts Degree. In a. . .

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A native to New Orleans, Richard long ago fell in love with the Arts and graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Fine Arts Degree. In a city where music, architecture and art take so much precedence, he pulls his inspiration from all around him to constantly inspire and motivate him. With his substantial background in color and composition, the furniture industry became a natural step and instinctual passion for Richard after his experience as a Host in the New Orleans Hospitality Convention Industry. Becoming Doerr’s very own local Artist in 2008, Richard first joined the Doerr team as the Manager of the Doerr Rug Gallery. Now Richard specializes in furniture selection and space planning, and always stays updated on the most current furniture and design trends! Several of his canvas paintings as well as his hand-painted silk ties can be found on display at Doerr Furniture and galleries across the Greater New Orleans area. With a passion for modern design, Richards innate ability to use his resourceful and creative eye can help you solve any of your design challenges and bring versatility to your home!

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Theresa Beaubouef Purcell

Design Consultant

Theresa is Doerr Furniture’s most experienced sale Design Consultant associate, with 22 years at Doerr, and a Professional Member of the IDS Inte. . .

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Theresa is Doerr Furniture’s most experienced sale Design Consultant associate, with 22 years at Doerr, and a Professional Member of the IDS Interior Design Society. A Native of St. Bernard Parish, Theresa currently resides in LaPlace with her husband of 14 years where she has raised her two boys and stepchildren.  They are a part of the First Baptist Church community. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in News Editorial Journalism with a minor in Political Science. She has been the recipient of the "Salesperson of the Year" award at Doerr since 2005, and often receives Doerr's "Salesperson of the Month" award.. Theresa started at Doerr Furniture in 1995. She has had extensive on-site training and continues to attend workshops to have up-to-date decorating skills. Theresa loves working with customers to help make their home as they envision it to be and looks at every day as a gift from God and is so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family at Doerr Furniture!

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Mary Vance

Digital Marketing Director

Having started her career at Doerr in 2015 as a Sales Consultant, Mary is now our Digital Marketing Director in charge of web content, pricing and . . .

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Having started her career at Doerr in 2015 as a Sales Consultant, Mary is now our Digital Marketing Director in charge of web content, pricing and social media. Before joining the Doerr team, Mary operated her own home accessories business which showcased her love of working with color, floral design, and decorating with unique and unusual pieces.  A native of New Orleans, Mary’s extensive background also encompasses a long history with transporting time sensitive materials in the shipping industry in other areas, including the Port of New York. With over 40 years of experience specializing in customer service and market management, Mary has the depth of knowledge and attention to detail that applies to an infinite variety of projects.  After witnessing the September 11th tragedy, she coordinated much of the transport of military cargo, combat vehicles and, being a Hazmat specialist, responsible for approval of hazardous materials destined for the Middle East. Her diverse background and proven track record of communication with people all over the world provide Mary with many strengths, including brand awareness, product knowledge, and digital ingenuity, all done with a distinct and creative eye!  In her leisure, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, working on various craft projects, volunteering, singing as first soprano with her church choir, Bible Study and working to strengthen her relationship with God.

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Holly Bradford

Secretary

Holly is our beloved secretary. Born in Metairie, raised on the north shore and finally settled back into the city she loves, New Orleans. With Hol. . .

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Holly is our beloved secretary. Born in Metairie, raised on the north shore and finally settled back into the city she loves, New Orleans. With Holly’s strong work ethic and an eye on customer service, she keeps the foreground of Doerr running like a tight ship. Her outgoing personality, high spirit, and infectious laugh creates an enjoyable atmosphere for employees and customers alike.

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