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Susan J. Thomas, M.S.N. ’04, R.N., Thibodaux, La., joined American Sentinel University, a leading online university accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, as an assistant professor of nursing. She will be responsible for developing online nursing courses that meet the quality standards set forth by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and American Sentinel University. Thomas will also work with the dean of nursing to maintain curriculum integrity, promote learning opportunities for students, and foster a rich online environment for the students.
Dana-Megan Rossi, J.D. ’04, Washington, D.C., an accomplished legal analyst and marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience, was appointed publisher of Main Justice (www.mainjustice.com). She draws on her extensive knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and government enforcement matters gained from years managing litigation and regulatory enforcement business intelligence projects. She joined Main Justice from Arnold & Porter, L.L.P., where she led the firm-wide strategic business and client development of several practices, including the government investigations and enforcement, data breach and cyber security, and life sciences groups.
Paul C. Kitziger '93, J.D. '04, Paul C. Kitziger ’93 (management), J.D. ’04, a shareholder at Liskow & Lewis, has been selected to New Orleans CityBusiness’ Leadership in Law 2014. He advises clients on the negotiation and documentation of real estate transactions, corporate and general business matters, and secured transactions. He also counsels clients on transactions involving public offerings and private placement of securities, as well as ongoing SEC compliance and periodic reporting. His business law practice includes corporate governance advice and the creation, acquisition, and sale of small to medium sized business entities and assets in a variety of industries, including real estate, construction, and oil and gas. He also has experience in the health care industry in the creation of federally qualified health care centers and in representing clients in the negotiation and documentation of physician employment agreements. Prior to joining Liskow & Lewis, he owned and operated a local real estate holding company and a local retail business.
Faith Sylve Hooks ’04 (political science), Lake Charles, La., published Conversations Between Me and I: The Forgotten Art of Self-Therapy, in which she motivates readers to find the courage to face their dark sides and appreciate life’s blessings even more (www.rosedogbookstore.com). In addition to publishing her first book, she was promoted to Director of Education at Unitech Training Academy in Lake Charles, La. Unitech has six campuses throughout Louisiana and is based in Lafayette, La.
David D. “Beau” Haynes, Jr., J.D. ’04, returned to the law firm of Kathleen L. DeBruhl & Associates, L.L.C., a healthcare law firm in New Orleans, La., that represents physicians and physicians’ practices. David previously served as legal counsel for Ochsner Health System.
Meghan Brachle ’04 (performance), lives and works full time as a musician in Miami, Fla. She founded a chamber music group based in south Florida called the Chrysalis Chamber Players (www.chrysalischamberplayers.com). They are now in their second season and have successfully programmed a wide variety of chamber music performances. They also have received grants and donations that enable the group’s educational outreach programs for young musicians.
Brian Bossetta ’04 (history), Westhampton Beach, N.Y., published The Piano Keys. After graduation, he moved to New York where he worked in theatre as both a playwright and actor. Along with The Piano Keys, Brian has written his second novel, Sanctioned, and has penned a number of stage and screenplays.
Nicholas A. Blanda, J.D. ’04, Lafayette, La., in 2012, was named a partner in the firm of Anderson & Dozier. The firm is now Anderson, Dozier & Blanda, L.L.P., and specializes in plaintiff’s representation in personal injury and death cases arising from maritime accidents, trucking/automobile accidents, onshore/industrial accidents, product liability, and premises defect. Nicholas also was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, an exclusive designation for trial lawyers who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership.
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.