Meet Your Hosts

Auld Sweet Olive Bed & Breakfast

JESSICA

Innkeeper

Hailing from North Carolina, Jessica attended Furman University (Go Paladins!) where she majored in Art History. Following her graduation, Jessica worked in higher education at Johnson and Wales University as well as the University of California.

A frequent visitor to New Orleans, Jessica fell in love with the city and finally chose to settle here. She spends her spare time wandering art museums, cooking stores, and used bookshops, and practicing calligraphy and pure barre.

A chef at heart, Jessica uses her cooking skills to concoct fresh local dishes for the Sweet Olive breakfast table. She is passionate about her adopted home, and loves to share her knowledge with guests from near and far.

ANA

Assistant Innkeeper

Ana was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts and came to New Orleans to study at Tulane University. She earned her BA in Political Science / International Relations, and also her BSM in Entrepreneurial Management.

As a scholar in the Altman Program, she spent a year studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Santiago, Chile. Ana is fluent in Portuguese and can manage quite well in Spanish.

After four years in New Orleans, Ana couldn’t bear to leave, and settled here. When not at Sweet Olive she enjoys exploring the hidden gems of the city with her best friend Sophie, and working as bartender at the classic Bombay Club in the French Quarter.

SOPHIE

Assistant Innkeeper

Born into a musical family from Thousand Oaks, California, Sophie has found her second home in New Orleans and works as a tour guide leading cocktail and jazz tours in the French Quarter.

A recent graduate of Tulane University, she earned dual degrees in International Relations and Marketing as a scholar in the Altman Program in International Studies and Business. She spent a year abroad studying, exploring, and eating her way through Bogotá, Colombia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is proud to be fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese (and conversational in Hebrew after a drink or two!).

In addition to guiding tours for global travel company Urban Adventures, Sophie serves as the Guest Experience Manager for the company’s North America region. She manages a team of representatives overseeing tour operations in Boston, Miami, Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, and more.

Sophie hopes to gain fluency in six languages by the age of 30 and operate her own city destination for Urban Adventures. She loves to dance salsa and bachata, bounce between the music clubs on Frenchmen Street, and sip cocktails made by Ana at the Bombay Club.

NANCY

Owner

Prior to purchasing Sweet Olive, Nancy lived and worked in Hollywood, producing documentaries and unscripted television for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and cable. Her work producing for The Travel Channel landed Nancy her dream job on "The Amazing Race." Nancy traveled with the contestants around the world four times, and won an Emmy Award as the show’s Senior Producer.

Nancy is a member of the International Documentary Association and served as a judge for the IDA’s feature awards. She also served as the first Director of the Peabody-award winning nonprofit group The Moth, and has held positions at such varied institutions as the United Nations, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Richmond City Morgue.

Born in Williamsburg, Virginia, Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and a Master’s degree from Tulane University. She currently teaches theatre history, producing, plays & playwrights, performing arts management, and stage management at Tulane, and serves as Production Director for the Department of Theatre & Dance. Nancy is a soprano in the Trinity Episcopal Church choir, and is a proud leader of Girl Scout Troop 40174.

JIM

Assistant Innkeeper

Head of Housekeeping

A native New Orleanian (his family settled here in the early 1800s), the term “Renaissance Man” doesn’t even begin to describe Jim’s talents.

Following his service in the U.S. Navy, Jim attended culinary school at the prestigious Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine. After showing off his skills in the kitchens of several prominent restaurants, including Wisconsin’s 4-star American Club, Jim followed his heart back to Louisiana. Jim segued into the botanical arts, serving as Coordinator at the Louisiana Nursery in Baton Rouge, one of the South’s top 10 Nurseries.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jim entered nursing school, became a Licensed Practical Nurse, and took time out to serve as caretaker for his ailing father. In 2013, Jim found his way to Sweet Olive where he currently serves as our Assistant Innkeeper, Head of Housekeeping, and beloved Majordomo Extraordinare.

ROBBIE

Housekeeping

Hailing originally from Dorchester, Wisconsin, Robbie made his way to New Orleans searching (as many have before) for adventure. Just months later, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and Robbie was forced to evacuate.

When Robbie returned, he won what many sports fans would consider a dream job, working at the New Orleans Superdome. He continues to serve in a supervising housekeeping capacity at the Dome. Working at the Plaza level, Robbie gets to see what few fans do – the Saints marching onto the field, up close and personal.

In his leisure time, Robbie enjoys art and drawing, as well as basketball and many other sports. A fixture at Sweet Olive since 2014, his hard work is exceeded only by his friendliness and unflagging good cheer.