About Us

Organized in 2006, the Krewe of Atlas is named after the mythological Titan warrior Atlas. Krewe Members are bound together by the belief that Mardi Gras is a “Celebration for the Masses.” After storming Olympus and threatening the Gods, Atlas was sentenced to hold up the world on his shoulders forever. Just as the world encompassed people from all walks of like so does our Krewe, and in the spirit of Atlas we strive to lift up our “area of the world” through our community service projects.

Royal Court XI

2018-2019

Board Members

Captain XI

John Pumilio

Involved with Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex over 26 years, Captain XI was drawn to the diversity of the Krewe of Atlas and its charitable works in 2013. In addition to Mardi Gras, our captain enjoys time with

family and friends, cooking, party planning, decorating, and trips to New Orleans. He was honored to represent Atlas as their Captain and wishes to thank ALL former Atlas Captains for paving the way!

King Atlas XI                       

John Favrot

Born and raised in Port Allen, LA, John now lives in Frierson, LA, with his wife of 38 years, Dans Favrot. They are proud parents of three children Kenneth,  Zach, and Emily, and the grandparents to David, Kate, Nolan, 

Kai, and Eli. King Atlas XI graduated from LSUS and is retired from the International Paper Company after 36 1/2 years. When you can pull him away from watching any and all LSU sports he enjoys traveling, golf, hanging out at the pool, spending time with family and friends, and being an active member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2008.

Queen Atlas XI

Emily Favrot

Native of Shreveport and graduate of C.E. Byrd High School, Emily holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from LSU in Art History and Anthropology. She also obtained her paralegal certification from LSUS, and is serving as a paralegal and notary public at the Law 

Office of Damon D. Kervin, APLC. In addition to being active member of the Krewe since 2013, Emily also loves hanging out with her amazing son, Eli, swimming, playing cars, reading, and building blocks.

Co-Captain XI

Dana Favrot

Native of Shreveport, now residing in Frierson, Dana is a nine-year veteran of the Krewe of Atlas and has been heavily involved in numerous activities and charities with the Krewe. Dana retired from LSU Health after 25 years where

she served as RN clinical research coordinator for the Infectious Disease department. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband of 38 years, her children and grandchildren, cooking, and hanging out with her fellow Queens forever.

Duchess of Peace

Theresa Miller

Our Duchess of Peace was born in German while her parents were stationed overseas with the US Air Force. She is an alumna of Parkway High School and earned a Liberal Arts degree from LSU.​ Theresa has spent over 20 years in the Human Resource-Personnel

 

field and is currently a realtor with Century 21 Elite in Shreveport. A member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2017, she is also very active in the community serving with several other non-profit organizations, currently serves on the Easter Seals Board of Directors, and is the Secretary-Treasurer for the Northwest Board of Realtors. In her spare time, she loves riding her motorcycle, spending time with her grandchildren, bowling, spending time at the lake, fishing, or just floating in her swimming pool.

Duke of Peace

Chris Miller

Chris is a native of Bossier City and attended Bossier High School and Bossier Parish Community College. He is the senior outside salesman for ABC supply and has been employed there for 22 years. The Duke of Peace has been a 

member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2017, assisting with its various charities. He has been married to his wife and duchess for the past 13 years. Combined they have three sons and one daughter, along with seven wonderful grandchildren. In his spare time he loves riding his motorcycle, traveling to new places, bowling, and cooking in grill competitions.

Duchess of Love

Bitsy Smith

Bitsy was born in Manning, South Carolina, but has been a resident of Shreveport for over 36 years. Having been raised on a farm, she has a deep love of all animals. She and her husband and duke have been married

27 years. They are “OWNED” by six special rescue kitties. Our duchess has one daughter and three grandchildren in South Carolina, and a stepdaughter and two grandchildren in Maine. 

She has been part of Mardi Gras for the past sixteen years and a proud member of Atlas for the past 5. She is also found of the social group “Queens Forever”.

Duke of Love

John Smith

Our Duke was born in Shreveport and is a graduate of First Baptist High School and Louisiana Tech University where he majored in the geosciences. He has been part of the Mardi Gras scene for sixteen years, and part of the Krewe of Atlas for

the past 5 years. Proudly married to his wife and duchess for nearly 26 years, he is a father of one and grandfather of five, and “cat daddy” to six fur babies (all of whom are rescues).

Duchess of Harmony

Amanda Favrot

Our Duchess is a native of Shreveport, and is a graduate of Byrd High School and Centenary College. She received her master's degree in counseling psychology from LSUS and for the past 10 years has been a professional counselor working in our community. In

her spare time, Amanda loves to read, cook, listen to music, and be creative. The most important thing in her life is her family: her loving husband and Duke Zach, her teenaged stepson David, and her 4-year-old son Kai. A member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2013, she is very proud to represent her Krewe.

Duke of Harmony

Zach Favrot

 

Born and raised in Shreveport, Zach is a graduate of Byrd High School and is curently a senior at LSUS. After graduation, he plans to become a teacher and coach in the local community. He is currently the coach for Byrd's boys' lacrosse team and Director of Operations

for the Red River Youth Lacrosse Association. Our duke married his duchess in 2013, and is the proud father of two boys: David and Kai. He has been a member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2013. In his spare time he loves to hand out with family, win at Trivial Pursuit, and wrestle bears.

2019-2020

President - John Pumilio

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Born and raised in Shreveport, John is the son of Linda Dupree Pumilio and the late Albert J. Pumilio. John is the youngest of four children having one sister and two brothers. John is currently the Vice-President of Tra-Dor

Property Management and his background is in accounting.

John first became involved in Mardi Gras in the late 1980s when Mardi Gras first made its return to the Ark-La-Tex. He is a former member of the Krewe of Apollo where he served as both Captain and Queen as well as various board positions. John first joined the Krewe of Atlas during season six in 2013-2014 and served as the Duke of Fire for season eight and co-captain and treasurer in season nine.

REMEMBER: THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM! ALL HAIL ATLAS!

Captain XII - Dana Favrot

Native of Shreveport, now residing in Frierson, Dana is a ten-year veteran of the Krewe of Atlas and has been heavily involved in numerous activities and charities with the Krewe. Captain Dana retired from LSU Health after 25 years where she served as RN clinical research

coordinator for the Infectious Disease department. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband of 38 years, her children and grandchildren, cooking, and hanging out with her fellow Queens forever.

Treasurer - Randy Mobley

grm61@bellsouth.net

Randy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and spent his younger years there and in Delaware. He graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History. He has been

married to Sylvia for 52 years (although they are still not sure they are married as their anniversary date is April 1). They have two children – Heather & Laurie and three Grandchildren Haley, Jake & Kate plus a great so-in-law – Jacob. He has been involved in Mardi Gras for over ten years. Randy is retired from the Insurance Agency business. He currently serves as the Treasurer of Marian Council 3779 of the Knights of Columbus.

Secretary - Lacie Kempff

lacie.kempff@gmail.com

Born in Texas, Lacie moved with her family to Louisiana in 1997.  Daughter of Feico Kempff and Linda kempff. She graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in 2004, and Northwestern College of Nursing in 2012. She currently works as a Registered Nurse at Christus Highland Medical Center. Lacie first

 

joined The Krewe of Atlas during season VII, and had the pleasure of serving as Duchess of Illumination in season X. Lacie is the proud mother of 12-year-old Jackson. She loves to spend time with her boyfriend of four years, Aaron. Together, the three of them like to play video games, spend time with friends, and take their dog, Willie, for walks through the neighborhood. Lacie is very excited to serve as this year’s secretary, and encourages everyone to enjoy all that this amazing Krewe has to offer!

Lt. of Merriment – Emily Favrot

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Emily Favrot is a lifelong resident of Louisiana and is currently working as a paralegal and notary public. She enjoys spending time with her son, Eli, and her friends and family in the Krewe of Atlas. Emily is a 7-year veteran of the Krewe of Atlas and served on Royal 

Court VII as the Duchess of Innocence, and Royal Court X as the Duchess of Illusion. She has been heavily involved in the Krewe’s many activities and fundraising events, including: silent auction, booze barrel, garage sale, and decorated purse auction.

Historian - Christine Wasner

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Christine was born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana. She attended Parkway High School and earned a BS Degree in Accounting from LSU Shreveport. She went on to become a CPA and worked 11 years in public accounting. She gladly

retired from doing tax returns to switch gears and pursue a career in the medical field as a CFO of a large local orthopedic group. Retired from that after 15 years to start her dream of owning her own business. She is currently an Investment Adviser Representative with Primerica. She married her high school sweetheart, Dave, and has 2 awesome boys. Justin is about to graduate from LA Tech and Jonathan is starting his own business venture in real estate investments. This is Christine's first year to get involved in a Mardi Gras Krewe and is excited to serve as Historian! 

Parade Lieutenant – Chris Miller

Chris is a native of Bossier City and attended Bossier High School and Bossier Parish Community College. He is the senior outside salesman for ABC supply and has been employed there for 23 years. Chris has been a member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2017, assisting with

its various charities. He has been married to his wife and duchess for the past 14 years. Combined they have three sons and one daughter, along with seven wonderful grandchildren. In his spare time he loves riding his motorcycle, traveling to new places, bowling, and cooking in grill competitions.

Lt. of Charity - Sylvia Mobley

msm37@bellsouth.net

Sylvia was born in Gladewater, Texas into a large family with fun loving parents. She graduated from Saint Paul School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas in 1959 and enjoyed a very rewarding career as a Registered

Nurse. After working in pediatric cardiovascular surgery at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Sylvia and Randy moved to San Antonio where they were blessed with two girls – Heather & Laurie. Both have become wonderful women. Laurie has blessed us with three Grandchildren – Haley, Jake and Kate. After a brief stay in Plano, Texas, we moved to Shreveport in 1976. Sylvia became a School Nurse and retired from the Caddo Parish School Board in 2000. Her hobbies include fishing, making mosaics, traveling and enjoying cocktail hours. What a great journey this life has been and she looks forward to many great tomorrows.

Fundraising Chair - Elizabeth Sims

esims79@yahoo.com

Elizabeth has been involved with Mardi gras in the Ark La Tx for 4 years. She was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She went back to NM for college where she obtained her BS in Criminal Justice. 

She married her best friend David in 2006 and they moved back to his home state of Louisiana in 2007. They have 3 sons, Christopher, David Jr, Mickey and 1 princess Isabella.

She is the founder of SuperKids Homeschool Group (a local group for families who teach their special needs child at home) and she also judges beauty pageants. Elizabeth enjoys playing ball hockey with her kids, reading, bowling, and spreading autism awareness. She is also a huge Saints and LSU fan.