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Brian M. Ballay, J.D. ’04, of Baker Donelson’s New Orleans, La., office, was elected shareholder. Brian focuses his practice in the area of commercial litigation, including contract and business litigation, unfair trade practices and trade secrets, employment disputes, and construction law.
Meredith Smythe ’03 (economics/finance), and Nick Smythe ’02 (English) welcomed a baby boy on January 23. He’s named after Osa James “Jack” Smythe ’39 (philosophy) and is a fourth generation Loyola Legacy along with big sister Mallory, 4.
Nicole Haase ’03 (communication/Spanish), completed a certificate in baking/pastry at WCTC near Milwaukee, Wis. She was hired as a food administrator in the Culinary Institute at Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin. While in culinary school, she won a bronze medal at the American Culinary Federation Central Region Conference Knowledge Bowl competition.
Alana Dellatan Seaton, M.M.T. ’02, board certified music therapist, was hired by The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Her duties include creating patient music therapy plans and working with musicians as part of the KSO’s award-winning Music & Wellness program. Alana has 10 years of clinical experience in facilitating individual and group music therapy sessions, treatment planning, and treatment team collaborations. She has managed her own private practice in both New Orleans and in Knoxville over the past 10 years.
Amy Paulsen, J.D. ’02, San Francisco, Calif., after practicing as a commercial litigator in Jacksonville, Fla., completed her M.B.A. at Illinois State University in 2010, while utilizing her Loyola maritime law background as an Ocean Procurement Lead at Caterpillar, Inc. In the spring of 2012, she married Brett Walker at a small ceremony in the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, La. This summer, she relocated to the Silicon Valley to manage all modes of transportation procurement for Tesla Motors, Inc., maker of the award-winning Model S all-electric sedan.
Erika Kennair ’02 (communication), Studio City, Calif., vice president of scripted development for Syfy, was profiled in Hispanic Executive magazine. Erika previously interned at Paramount Pictures in ratings research and Twentieth Century Fox in series production, and she worked as an assistant at Fox Searchlight in postproduction. She also had a fellowship provided by the David Angell Fellowship, Humanitas Prize, and worked for NBCUniversal running its Diversity Initiative for Writers. At Syfy, she finds potential series and leads them from pitch through production and airing.
Anna Fogarty ’02 (music therapy), joined Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects in Fairhope, Ala., as its sole interior designer. She earned her master’s degree in interior design from Boston Architectural College.
Bettina Durant, M.C.M. ’02, Lawrenceville, Ga., was appointed to serve as a secondary advisor to the award winning Collegian newspaper of Georgia Perimeter College (GPC). Bettina assists Advisor Cynthia Stevens in advising students as to journalistic style and writing. She began as an adjunct with GPC in August 2007 and presently teaches Communication and Journalism. Her professional experience includes chief legislative aide, freelance columnist/freelance writer, public information officer, and instructional designer.
Dana L. Boyle, J.D. ’02, principal of Boyle Law Firm, 1119-60th Street, Kenosha, Wis., was named to the Wisconsin Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Wisconsin for 2012. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. Dana established Boyle Law Firm in 2009, after working for five years in the insurance defense industry in Milwaukee. Her firm’s practice is dedicated to family law, collaborative divorce, family immigration, and mediation. She established her relationship coaching business in 2007. Dana married David C. LaPointe in Sycamore, Ill., on October 16, 2010, and they currently reside in the Chicago, Ill., suburbs. (danaboyle.com)
Kurt Amacker ’02 (communication), is the author of the comic book miniseries Dead Souls, the urban fantasy mini-epic Immortal: 60, and Tad Caldwell and the Monster Kid—an original graphic novel that hearkens back to the family adventure films of the 1980s. Most recently, he co-wrote the official comic book miniseries for the Finnish Gothic rock band, The 69 Eyes, after meeting the band in 2009. Titled The 69 Eyes: Helsinki Vampires, the series will run as three prestige format graphic novels. Kurt lives in New Orleans, La., with his wife, Sabrina, and their two cats. When not writing comics, he coordinates the yearly Fangtasia vampire ball in New Orleans, with Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes. (www.facebook.com/kurtamackercomics and www.seraphemera.org)
Shondra Williams, M.S.N. ’01, Harvey, La., became the chief executive officer for Jefferson Community Health Care Centers in September 2012. She spent 12 years at the state Department of Health and Hospitals, managing a program that oversaw 65 clinics.
Agnes Wan, M.M.’00 (performance), M.M.T. ’01, Alcoa, Tenn., pianist, released her debut CD, Robert Schumann: Romance at the Piano, on Soundset Recordings label. Music critic Jerry Dubins remarked, “... Wan plays these Schumann pieces as expressively and poetically as anyone I’ve heard, always placing her technical mastery at the service of Schumann’s ever-inventive musical imagination. This is an especially well-presented recital, as beautifully played as it is recorded.”
David Sparacio, M.B.A. ’01, was hired by IBERIABANK as a senior vice president in the corporate accounting group. Additionally, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he is currently assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office in The Pentagon. He currently resides in Birmingham, Ala., with his wife, Danielle, and their four children.
Analia Saban ’01 (visual arts), Santa Monica, Calif., had her exhibition, Gag, selected as a critic’s choice in the international contemporary art magazine ArtForum. In her New York solo debut at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, one of the city’s premier galleries, Analia cast items from her studio—a sheet, a towel, and a toilet brush, among others—in acrylic. Each object was hung or draped from raw canvases to create a collection of three-dimensional works.
Anthony Pursell '96, M.A. '01, Anthony Pursell ’96 (music education), M.A. ’01, Ph.D., was featured in the March issue of The Instrumentalist, a prestigious publication for music educators nationwide. Pursell is the band director at Tarleton State University in Texas. Pursell, who is also a contributing editor for The Instrumentalist, discussed the challenges of attracting audiences to the university’s concert hall.