racial disparities within the criminal justice system. John McCann ’12 (marketing), the owner of Navé, a lifestyle fashion brand that provides bold, unique clothing; seeks to empower people; and allows them to pay it forward to one another by handcrafting an inspirational quote into each garment, announced that Navé had the first public launch of its new clothing line, Dream. Samantha Montano ’12 (psychology), Ph.D., was just honored in the Paris Review for her book collection on late19th- and early-20th-century disasters. Says the Paris Review: “She aims to preserve an increasingly relevant piece of the historical record in a time of rapid climate change: ‘We do not want the stories of how people have survived disasters to be a secret. We want that information to be shared.’” Kathryn Rose Wood ’10 (music therapy), M.M.T. ’12, a New Orleans-based musician, songwriter, and clinical music therapist, chaired an inaugural benefit concert, Music for Mental Health: An Evening of Song and Discussion, on Sept. 22 at the Mint Museum’s performance space. The concert included live music performances and panel discussions from New Orleans musicians and mental health advocates in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Month. Proceeds were donated to the New Orleans affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She also released her debut album, In the Ashes, which she wrote after losing her 19-year-old brother, Preston, to suicide in 2015. The album contains the single “Lullaby (to Preston),” which was named a “Daily Discovery” by American Songwriter Magazine and received positive attention
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from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, To Write Love on Her Arms, and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. Another single, “Big Steel Wings,” was featured as the May 2017 theme song for the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ website. She celebrated the album’s release with a party at Gasa Gasa on Oct. 8, 2017. (See p. 9.) Michael A. McCall-Delgado ’13 (history) is the strategic researcher for the Amalgamated Transit Union, or ATU, in Washington, D.C. He recently was interviewed by the Washington Post regarding his report for the ATU that criticizes the District of Columbia’s intention to use private contractors in its attempt to revamp the city’s mass transit system. Ganiyu Jimoh, M.S. ’14, is serving as chief of operations for the Baton Rouge Constables Office and recently released a book, African Students and Their Determination for Education, which was inspired by the hardships he and others faced trying to pursue an education in Nigeria. Half of the proceeds from the sales of his book will go to his home village to buy school buses, and half will go to a new community center in Baton Rouge where teachers will volunteer their time to help kids with their schoolwork. James H. Johnson ’00 (English), J.D. ’14, joined Perrier & Lacoste in New Orleans as an associate. Kimberly Kilpatrick Uddo, D.N.P. ’14, was named a 2017 Woman of the Year by New Orleans CityBusiness and was honored at a luncheon on Nov. 2, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency. Kendall Cousin ’15 (music industry studies) was hired as an international marketing
coordinator at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. (See p. 49.) Emily Williams ’15 (finance) is attending the University of Utah law school. Gloria Cosenza ’16 (voice performance) joined Loyola University New Orleans as an admissions counselor. She will focus on recruiting transfer students. Dominic Minix ’16 (music industry studies) was featured in Gambit’s music issue. He serves as guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader for Yung Vul.
Lauren Vega ’17 (visual arts and art history) joined Loyola University New Orleans as an admissions counselor. Her territory includes Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and parts of Louisiana. Elyse Harrison ’17 (psychology) joined Loyola University New Orleans as an admissions counselor. Her territory includes parts of Louisiana and all of Texas.
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