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Dr. Karen Rodrigue ’96 (psychology/pre-med), Dallas, Texas, a new assistant professor in UT Dallas’ School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) and the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL), is focusing her research on identifying the key factors, both environmental and genetic, that impact the brain and cognition as we age. In addition to her research endeavors, Karen will begin teaching cognitive neuroscience to undergraduates next spring.

Sean Kane ’96 (biology), was named vice president of sales for SafeWire, a company that launched a guidewire in 2012 that is designed to mitigate forward migration. Sean will use his more than 17 years of sales, clinical, and executive management experience in the medical device industry to lead the sales of SafeWire’s worldwide Minimally Invasive Spinal Solutions Sales Division. Additionally, he will act as manager of corporate marketing and strategic planning.

Rick Dietz ’96 (biology), after more than 16 years at the Audubon Zoo and five years as general curator, was named director of The Wilds, nonprofit safari park and wildlife conservation center, located two hours east of Columbus, Ohio, and operated by the Columbus Zoo. The Wilds has a staff of 200, covers nearly 10,000 acres, includes more than 100 lakes, and features rare and endangered species from Asia and Africa that roam in large herds on the property.

Ana Zorrilla ‘95, Ana Zorrilla ‘95 (English) was honored by New Orleans CityBusiness as a Health Care Hero for her work in animal care as the CEO of the Louisiana SPCA.

Rhonda Sharkawy '95, Rhonda Sharkawy '95 (sociology) won the F. Poche Waguespack Award from the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors Commercial Investment Division. The award is given to the overall top producer, and Sharkawy, the senior retail leasing and development executive for Stirling Properties, has won the honor every year since 2010. In 2013, she claimed more than $45 million in sales and leases and led all commercial agents in the local division with 83 transactions closed over the year.

Raul Navarro ’83 (general studies), M.B.A. ’86, M.S. ’95 (secondary teaching), Raul Navarro ’83 (general studies), M.B.A. ’86, M.S. ’95 (secondary teaching), will be ordained a Jesuit priest on June 8, 2013, in Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Ashley Hansen ’95 (visual art), Ashley Hansen ’95 (visual art) runs her family business, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz on Tchoupitoulas Street, which is celebrating its 75th year of operation and was just honored as a 2014 America’s Classic by the James Beard Foundation.

Michael Glaser ’95, Michael Glaser ’95 (criminal justice) will take over as chief of the Kenner Police Department in July. Glaser, who was elected to the head position without opposition in February, has been with the department for 24 years in various roles, including patrol officer, detective, and legal affairs officer.

Harold J. Flanagan ’84 (management), J.D. ’95, of Flanagan Partners, L.L.P., New Orleans, La., was named to Louisiana Super Lawyers 2013 in the area of insurance coverage, energy and natural resources, and transportation/maritime law. This is his third listing in Louisiana Super Lawyers.

Reid Alan Flamer, J.D. ’95, and Niki Elena Ruiz-Milian were married in a private ceremony on July 27, 2012. The couple plans to honeymoon in London and Paris and make their home in Westchester, Fla.

R. Seth Bullock ’95 (finance), was appointed chief financial officer for Par Petroleum in Houston, Texas, and named to its Board of Directors.

R. Seth Bullock ’95 (finance), Bellaire, Texas, was promoted from director to managing director with financial turnaround and management consulting firm Conway Mackenzie, Inc. Seth has extensive experience in the energy sector advising underperforming companies, unsecured creditors, and banking institutions on financial restructurings, valuation, strategic planning, and business turnarounds. Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, he worked with Koch Capital Markets.

Erik Staffeldt, M.B.A. ’94, Spring, Texas, most recently director of corporate accounting with Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., was appointed to the position of director of finance and will oversee the company’s finance and treasury functions.

David A. Martinez, J.D. ’94, a senior associate at Steeg Law Firm, L.L.C., in New Orleans, La., was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 for Real Estate Law.

Catherine Comiskey Marsh ’94 (communication), and husband, Andrew, are happy to announce the birth of their third child, James Comiskey Marsh. James joins sister Mathilde Mouledoux Marsh and brother William Harrison Marsh. He was born on June 17, 2011.

Robert L. Hand, M.B.A. ’94, New Orleans, La., registered investment advisor for FSC Securities Corp., was named to New Orleans CityBusiness’ Money Makers Class of 2012, which recognizes the area’s leading fiscal professionals based on their professional and community achievements.

Sam Fradella '94, Sam Fradella ’94 (accounting) was named One to Watch by New Orleans CityBusiness. Fradella was named vice president of Metairie Bank in 2006 and manages a $67 million loan and $35 million deposit portfolios.

Douglas Elliott, J.D. ’94, Douglas Elliott, J.D. ’94, has been named a special partner at Pugh, Accardo, Haas, Radecker & Carey in New Orleans.

Shannon Eldridge, J.D. ’94, Shannon Eldridge, J.D. ’94, has joined McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch in New Orleans as an advisory member.

Maurice A. Brungardt ’94 (political science), J.D. ’97, is currently assigned as a supervisory special agent to the Washington Field Office of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), the law enforcement and security branch of the U.S. Department of State. Maurice supervises 16 special agents who perform criminal investigations, provide protective security for U.S. government officials and visiting foreign dignitaries, and support the security programs at various U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. Maurice resides in the Northern Virginia area with his wife and three children.