Amanda Morettini, Interim Executive Director
Amanda is a native of Metairie. She has been working in childcare for 7 years along with spending her time caring for family and babysitting while growing up. She has had a lifelong passion for caring for children and is devoted to creating a warm and nurturing environment where children can grow. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, cooking, and being in nature. While interning at a school after graduating college, she realized that she thrives in the education environment. Amanda knew then that the road to happiness would lead to working in childcare and being able to create a compassionate and accepting space for children to blossom.
Aisosa Ogunbor, Operations Manager
Aisosa “Sosa” is our Operations Manager. She was born and raised in Destrehan, Louisiana. She has worked with children for 12 years 4 of which have been at Abeona House as an infant and one-year-old teacher. Aisosa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Sciences with a minor in Bioethics. She started at Abeona as a substitute teacher during her final years of college and has been in love ever since. “My favorite thing about Abeona House is the diverse and loving community that you are welcomed into on day 1. We’re like one big family. Everybody is so genuine and they make you feel like you belong.” When she’s not at Abeona House, you can find her out and about exploring the city with her foster dog, Elis.
Jessica Mulherin, Chef
Jessica was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and moved to New Orleans in 2012 to experience the culture of this vibrant city and continue to develop her fervor for all things food. She learned from a young age by watching her grandmother how to cook the whole family both delicious and healthy food. She began her career in a local family owned German restaurant and has since been in the hospitality industry for the past 19 years. Through all of this experience, Jessica has developed a passion for eclectic international menus, from scratch recipes and balanced, nutritious meals. She is extremely eager to bring these passions to the children of Abeona and help them continue to develop their exceptional little palettes.
Some of her other interests include fostering/animal rescue, painting, and baseball (Philadelphia Phillies!). She has a rescue dog named Freyja and 3 rescue cats. She and Freyja have raised several litters of kittens together and found them amazing homes!
Jessica started a small catering, food delivery and pop-up business throughout the Covid Pandemic that she continues to develop little by little focused on International Cuisine, specifically Eastern European Cuisine. Her maternal grandmother was of Polish descent and she has continued to pass along these traditions to future generations.
Jessica is very excited to be a new addition to the Abeona family and looks forward to bringing the values and core beliefs of Abeona into the menus she creates for the children of fresh, healthy, from scratch meals.
Charmaine Russell, Dishwasher (she/her)
Charmaine Russell is native of New Orleans. Charmaine shares, “I first started working at Abeona House in 2018 as a security guard then of year later I became an dishwasher. When March of 2020 came, Abeona House shut down due to COVID-19 and I became an substitute teacher for Inspire Nola Charter School in November of 2021. I really enjoy working with children; I worked with children most of life and especially being a mother to my own. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, doing lots of shopping, and watching sports. I’m also a fan of horror movies. It feels good to be back with my Abeona family.”