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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.

John Paul Castillo ’02 (visual arts), M.F.A., joined Adams and Reese’s New Orleans, La., marketing team as graphic 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), had her New York solo debut, Gag, at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery September 6 – October 20, 2012.

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.

Kara Hannan McGinn ’01 (political science), and husband Michael welcomed a baby boy, Patrick Francis McGinn, into the family on May 19, 2012. Big sis Maura is two years old. Everyone is looking forward to visiting New Orleans and the campus soon!

Bryan Hymel ’01 (performance), Metairie, La., won the prestigious Beverly Sills Award that signals a star in the works. He accepted the $50,000 prize at the Metropolitan Opera, where he made his debut in December, jumping in to take over the daunting lead role in Berlioz’s The Trojans from another singer. The Sills award goes annually to a vocalist from 25 to 40 who has appeared in a featured role at the Met. His other major venues have included London’s Covent Garden the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He’ll sing Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Met next season.

Bryan Hymel ’01 (performance), Metairie, La., made his debut with the Met on Dec. 26 as a last-minute replacement, singing the daunting role of Aeneas in Berlioz’ epic opera, Les Troyens. His performance earned rave reviews from New York critics and accolades from his colleagues. Bryan had just completed a well-received run in Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable at London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and arrived in New York to step into the role.

Jacob Tomsky ’00 (philosophy), Brooklyn, N.Y., released Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles and So-Called Hospitality, which hit the New York Times best-seller list at No. 6 for nonfiction e-books. Jacob has appeared on several talk shows, including ABC’s Katie with Katie Couric, revealing secrets of the hotel industry. (jacobtomsky.com)

Michael T. Scripps ’00 (finance/history), and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed Adeline Elizabeth Scripps on August 21, 2012.

Jamie Peckenpaugh ’00 (communication), New Orleans, La., executive director for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, was named to New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch” list.

Dana M. Douglas, J.D. ’00, shareholder in the New Orleans, La., office of Liskow & Lewis, was selected to New Orleans CityBusiness’ Leadership in Law 2013. This year marks the second time that Dana has been recognized as a member of the Leadership in Law class—she also received the honor as an associate in 2007.

Dr. Kellie Axelrad ’00 (biology), New Orleans, La., dentist, was named to Gambit’s “40 Under 40” for 2012.


Karla Redditte ’99 (communication), is a reporter and anchor of NBC 12 News Today Saturday at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. in Richmond, Va. During the week, she reports on education issues in the Commonwealth. She began working at NBC12 in September 2012. She previously worked in Biloxi, Miss., Savannah, Ga., and Huntsville, Ala.