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Margaret Joffe ’79, J.D. ’86, Margaret Joffe ’79 (sociology), J.D. ’86, has been named a special partner at Pugh, Accardo, Haas, Radecker & Carey in New Orleans.

Dennis Elliott ’86 (jazz studies – violin), Richmond, Va., released a new album named Fiddler’s Dream which is available from his website (Dennis-Elliott.com). Dennis also won the 2012 Virginia State Mandolin Championship and the 2012 Virginia State Banjo Championship.

Kimberly Araya '86, Kimberly Araya ’86 (political science) has been hired as Director of University Conferences & Guest Services of American University’s Housing and Dining Program in Washington, D.C. Prior to taking the job at American University, Araya spent more than 12 years at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, serving as the Assistant Director of Housing & Residential Life and Director of Conference & Event Services.

Stephen E. Wessel ’85 (finance), was named regional president of Investar Bank’s new franchise serving the New Orleans-area market, including the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. With 27 years of banking experience, Stephen will be responsible for the development, expansion, and management of all branching, commercial, consumer, and mortgage banking activity for the New Orleans area. Stephen most recently served as senior vice president and New Orleans market president for Home Bank and previously was president, chief executive officer, and a director at Guaranty Savings Bank in Metairie. In addition, his career in the New Orleans market includes senior leadership positions at Whitney National Bank, AmSouth Bank, Hibernia National Bank, and other area financial institutions.

Stephen E. Wessel ’85 (finance), Metairie, La., regional president of Investar Bank’s new franchise serving the New Orleans-area market, including the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, 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.

Paula Shields, M.B.A. ’85, Jacksonville, Fla., was elected to Marywood University’s Board of Trustees. She is a certified senior professional in human resources with more than 20 years of experience in the field.

Judy Cannella Schott, J.D. ’85, was promoted to vice president for Gilsbar, a Covington, La., based insurance services firm. Judy oversees the property and casualty division as well as the health and life client services.

Kim D. McGuire, J.D. ’85, attorney in five jurisdictions, child advocate, attorney ad litem, and forensic interviewer, has authored Without Recourse? Finding Your Voice!, now available on amazon.com. The book addresses the fact that we have all been victims—victims of consequences by reason of circumstances. This means because of random things happening to us, our lives change. Once we find our inner voice through inner strength, or with the help of others, we can hopefully all aspire to live a harmonious life.

Cheryl Landrieu, J.D. ’85, New Orleans, La., was appointed to take over as clerk of court for the state’s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in January.

Cheryl Landrieu, J.D. ’85, New Orleans, La., the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s long-time research attorney, was appointed as the court’s third clerk of court, and the first woman to hold the position.

The Hon. Susan Chehardy ’82 (history), J.D. ’85, New Orleans, La., the first woman elected to Louisiana’s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, is now the first woman to become its chief judge. She is the ninth chief judge of the court, which was established in Gretna, La., in 1982. As chief judge, she succeeds the Hon. Marion Edwards, J.D. ’67, who retired after more than 14 years on the court.

Dr. Robbie Fox Castleman ’85, Dr. Robbie Fox Castleman ’85 (religious studies) has published a new book, New Testament Essentials: Father, Son, Spirit, Kingdom with IVP Connect Press. This is her eighth book since graduating from Loyola. She is currently under contact from Baker Books Academic for her next book, The God-Breathed Word: Trinitarian, Canonical, Speech Act Hermeneutics, due out in summer 2016. She is a professor of theology and the New Testament at John Brown University in Arkansas.

Ramón A. Abadin, J.D. ’85, formerly of Abadin Cook, joined Sedgwick, L.L.P., establishing a Miami, Fla., office for the firm. Ramón focuses his practice on complex commercial, insurance, and corporate litigation matters, as well as specialty tort defense litigation and premises liability.

Debra Simon ’84, Debra Simon ’84 (English) has opened a new location of Energy Medicine Practice in Colorado.

Steven Hubbell, M.B.A. '84, Steven Hubbell, M.B.A. '84, was named secretary of the board of directors of the Catholic Foundation of New Orleans.

Kimberly A. Cook, J.D. ’84, formerly of Abadin Cook, joined Sedgwick, L.L.P., establishing a Miami, Fla., office for the firm. Kimberly specializes in professional liability defense, complex litigation, and catastrophic injury defense cases.

Dr. Darlene Brooks ’69 (music therapy), M.M.T. ’84, Philadelphia, Penn., a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC), a fellow in guided imagery and music (GIM), a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT), and a Reiki master, has been the director of the music therapy department at Temple University for six years. She also is the coordinator of the master’s program in music therapy, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and serves as director of undergraduate studies for Boyer College of Music & Dance, on the Boyer Executive Council, and other committees in the college.

Greg Sonnier ’83 (arts), New Orleans, La., who began his culinary career on Chartres Street, cooking for Paul Prudhomme at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen in the French Quarter, will be the executive chef for Kingfish, a new restaurant opening in mid-April at Chartres and Conti Streets.

Louis A. Raspino, Jr., M.B.A. ’83, Houston, Texas, was elected to the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and was appointed chairman of the audit committee. Louis’ career has spanned almost 40 years, most recently as president and chief executive officer of Pride International, Inc., until Pride’s merger with Ensco, P.L.C., in May 2011. Louis also serves on the boards of Dresser Rand Corporation and Forum Energy Technologies.


Glen Golemi ’83, Glen Golemi ’83 (general business) was honored by New Orleans CityBusiness as a Health Care Hero for his work as the CEO of United HealthCare, Gulf States Region.