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Thomas J. Meyer ’90 (communication), Mandeville, La., vice president of Benefit Planning Group, 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.

Jerry Hingle ’90 (marketing), CEO and executive director of the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA), for the past six years, has worked with small companies throughout Louisiana, introducing them to the possibility of expanding their business by exporting homemade products to a foreign market.

Maureen “Molly” Corbett ’90 (political science), Parkville, Md., after graduation, went on to graduate school at the University of Colorado, Denver, and became a community organizer. She worked for Fr. John Bauman, S.J., at PICO in California and later volunteered for Fr. Jim Short, S.J., in Belize. She has worked in the nonprofit sector her entire career, starting as a community organizer and going on to director of programs and grants at the Ventura County Community Foundation; having her own nonprofit consulting business; and most recently, starting a nonprofit. She founded Asylee Women Enterprise (www.asyleewomen.org) two years ago with the help of eight Catholic women’s religious communities. They provide housing, community, and companionship to women seeking political asylum. Currently, they are assisting women from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Eritrea.

Bradley J. Chauvin ’87 (marketing), J.D. ’90, was named partner with Couch, Conville & Blitt, L.L.C., a multi-state law firm based in New Orleans, La.


Luba Zygarewicz ’89 (visual arts), Mandeville, La., will have her exhibit, a thousand threads, displayed at the Contemporary Arts Center in March. For her installation, in the CAC’s Emerge Gallery, Luba strung tea bags from every cup of the beverage she had consumed since May 12, 2011.

John Gros ’89 (piano), New Orleans, La., and his band, Papa Grows Funk, will go on indefinite hiatus in early summer. Over its 13 years, Papa Grows Funk has toured extensively (even as far as Japan) and recorded a total of five live and studio albums. The band’s most recent studio effort, Needle in the Groove, was released nationally in early 2012. Allen Toussaint produced several songs, and Better Than Ezra bassist Tom Drummond produced the remainder. In addition to future solo gigs, John will be playing with Dave Malone’s Raw Oyster Cult project.

Val Patrick Exnicios, J.D. '89, Val Patrick Exnicios, J.D. ’89, has been appointed, by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, as judge pro tempore of Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Section H. He is currently a principal in the New Orleans firm Liska, Exnicios & Nungesser. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, where he has served as chairman of Section Council since 2003 and chairman of the Mass Tort, Class Action & Complex Litigation Section since 2008. He is also a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana Association for Justice, and the Federal Bar Association. He served as president of the Louisiana Center for Law & Civic Education from 2007 to 2009 and is currently a board member. He has won numerous awards and frequently lectures at continuing legal education classes on ethics, professionalism, and mass tort/class action matters.

Dr. Phyllis Verrone ’88 (elementary education), became engaged on March 31, 2013, to Mr. John Lampman. The happy couple will be married in 2014 and live in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Hon. Mitchell Theriot, J.D. ’88, Lockport, La., former business administration professor at Nicholls, began his new career as judge for the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, District 1, Division B, when he was sworn in on Jan. 23. Along with teaching and practicing law at his private office for 25 years, Mitchell also served in the Louisiana House of Representatives for eight years.

Sr. Mary Elise Kennedy, M.P.S. ’88, celebrated her 50-year Jubilee with her fellow sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine with a con celebrated liturgy at the St. Augustine Cathedral-Basilica on October 13. In 1962, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph. In 1965, she began teaching third grade at St. Theresa’s in Coral Gables. She spent the next 18 years teaching first grade at Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth, St. Agnes School in St. Augustine, and St. Pius V School in Jacksonville, Fla. In 1986, she became principal of St. Pius V School, where she continues to minister.

Daneeta Loretta Jackson '88, Daneeta Loretta Jackson ’88 (English) continues to pursue a career in the arts. Her creative partnership, the ElekTrik Zoo, produced several new works in the past year, including three portrait documentaries, six experimental videos, and an exhibition at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center that was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Jennifer Cooke ’88 (marketing), Metairie, La., was named to New Orleans CityBusiness’ “Women of the Year 2012” list.

Linda White Russo ’87 (marketing), Mandeville, La., lending officer for Bank of New Orleans, was named to New Orleans CityBusiness’ “Ones to Watch: Banking/Financial Services” list.

Dr. Jami Prince, M.R.E. ’87, was named director of education for Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus. Jami has worked in education for more than 16 years, most recently at the University of San Francisco, where she was a consultant in the Teacher Education Department, assisting both students and faculty members. She previously worked as a psychologist with her own private practice in San Francisco, Calif.

Michael C. LaBonia ’87 (communication), Houston, Texas, was named executive vice president of multi-market advertising for Hearst Newspapers. He leads sales efforts for national accounts for the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News.

Tom Cortazzo ’84 (management), J.D. ’87, Metairie, La., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer partner, was nominated as the president-elect of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Alumni Association (2013).

Robert Zarbin, J.D. ’86, became the proud father of a daughter, Ava, on October 1, 2012. Ava joins big brother Gino, age 2. Robert and his wife reside in Annapolis, Md. Robert recently opened his own law practice, Zarbin Law Firm in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Lucy Herbers Unger ’86 (sociology), is married with four kids, living in her home town of St. Louis, Mo., where she is a practicing trial attorney, defending local hospitals and manufacturers for claims of personal injury brought against them. She also is the managing partner of her 30-lawyer firm, Williams, Venker & Sanders, L.L.C.

Sue Sanders ’86 (communication), will have her first book, Mom, I’m Not a Kid Anymore, published in May by The Experiment Publishing. Her essays have been appeared in the New York Times, Real Simple, Salon, Parents, Family Circle, The Rumpus, Brain, Child, and other magazines and newspapers. Sue lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband and daughter.

Rebecca MacPherson ’86 (history), the Federal Aviation Administration’s assistant chief counsel for international law, legislation and regulations, will join the Washington, D.C., office of the global law firm Jones Day as of counsel in the Airlines & Aviation Practice, effective January 22. Prior to joining the FAA in 2004 as assistant chief counsel for regulations, Rebecca served for eight years as associate chief counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.