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1990s

Donald J. Palmisano, Jr. ’95 (sociology), J.D. ’99, Atlanta, Ga., as the former general counsel and now executive director and CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia, is the leading political and policy advocate for the state’s doctors at a time when their profession is facing unprecedented change. Since he stepped into the CEO role in January 2011, the organization’s membership has increased by 19 percent.

Michael O’Shaughnessy ’99 (management/marketing), was named general manager of the Wentworth By the Sea Hotel & Spa in New Castle, N.H., and is responsible for all operations of the historic grand hotel. He brings many years’ experience in the hotel industry, most recently at the Four Season Hotel in San Francisco, Calif.

Gerry Miller '99, Gerry Miller ‘99 (music education) was featured in the March issue of The Instrumentalist, a prestigious publication for music educators nationwide. Miller is the band director at Wakeland High School in Texas where he has led his student wind symphony and marching band to multiple state awards. In his article, Miller shared advice for rehearsal technique and concert preparations.

J.T. Hannan ’99 (political science) , and his wife, Katherine, welcomed Philip Michael Hannan.

Larry Graham ’99 (music), was named executive sports editor at UT-San Diego, formerly The San Diego Union-Tribune. And in an effort to expand the size and scope of the staff, he added several new members to the staff, including Craig Malveaux ’12 as a preps writer and Michelle Gingras ’12 (communication) as a multimedia journalist.

Jenny Doussan ’99 (visual arts), London, U.K., authored a monograph on the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, titled Time, Language, and Visuality in Agamben’s Philosophy, due for release this May with Palgrave Macmillan. She has dedicated the book to the memory of Emmett Bienvenu, who was an immensely influential teacher for her, and taught her how to move beyond opinion and think critically.

Eric Delgado ’99 (international business/management), Silver Spring, Md., was appointed chief operating officer of Zippy Shell Storage Operations, L.L.C. During the last decade, Eric was instrumental in developing several financial services firms, including MCM Capital, which manages a portfolio of performing and non-performing residential whole loans worth more than $1.8 billion.

John D. Dale ’99, John D. Dale ’99 (finance) was named to the board of directors of Oklahoma-based law firm GableGotwals. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law, and litigation-bankruptcy.

Jamie Baglio, J.D. '99, Jamie Baglio, J.D. ’99, has been named a special partner at Pugh, Accardo, Haas, Radecker & Carey in New Orleans.

Tom Andes ’99 (English), had his fiction included in the Best American Mystery Stories 2012 list (October).

K. Todd Wallace, J.D. ’98, shareholder in the New Orleans, La., office of Liskow & Lewis, where he heads the firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Executive Board of Directors and as one of the firm’s two Hiring Partners, was selected to New Orleans CityBusiness’ Leadership in Law 2013.

Amy Cyrex Sins '98, Amy Cyrex Sins '98 (communication) won a 2014 Best Chefs in Louisiana Award in the Up and Coming Chefs category from the American Culinary Federation -- New Orleans. Sins is the chef/owner of Langlois Culinary Crossroads. from the American Culinary Federation -- New Orleans. Sins is the chef/owner of Langlois Culinary Crossroads.

Amy Sins ’98 (communication), New Orleans, La., started Langlois Culinary Crossroads, where guests are treated to an entertaining and interactive culinary experience that ends with a restaurant quality meal they can easily recreate at home. (www.langloisnola.com)

Eric John Ladwig ’98 (drama), Dallas, Texas, published book six in his fantasy series. The Last Heir of Doren is the 11th book published by Eric, including The Last Dark Weapon, Space Station Apocalypse, and Amongst the Shadows. He also maintains a small blog of short stories called Half Dressed Alien Worlds.

Delini M. Fernando, M.S. ’98 (counseling), Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, received promotion and tenure at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She teaches courses in group counseling, group seminar, and internship.

G. Scott Vezina, J.D. ’97, G. Scott Vezina, J.D. ’97, Philadelphia, Pa., was promoted to partner with personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig, L.L.P.

Megumi Hosogai ’97 (communication), Los Angeles, Calif., is the owner of MEGUMI•O (megumio.com), which makes sunglasses with polarized UV400 lenses and rims that don’t touch the cheek or eyelashes. The sunglasses were included in the 2013 Oscar Gift Bags and are gaining popularity with celebrities.

Edwin Escobar ’97 (finance/marketing), embarked on a motorcycle ride mission to Central America’s capital cities. Twenty-nine hours later, he finished with a world record and raised $52,000 for children’s nutritional programs in El Salvador. His journey to San José, Costa Rica; Managua, Nicaragua; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Guatemala City, Guatemala; holds the Guinness World Record for the most country capitals traveled continuously on a motorcycle. The funds raised for the epic motorcycle ride benefitted 260 families in dire conditions in El Salvador.

Andrea Bourgeois-Calvin ’97 (biology), Metairie, La., water-quality program director for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, was named to Gambit’s “40 Under 40” for 2012.

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.