LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS - Key Persons


A. Louis Read

Job Titles:
  • Distinguished Professor of Mass Communication Emerita

Adam Bock

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Guitar

Albert F. Dupont

Job Titles:
  • Instructor
  • Technology Coordinator

Alice V. Clark

Job Titles:
  • Associate Dean, Professor of Music History
Alice V. Clark is a scholar whose work focuses on the motet in late-medieval France. She has contributed to publications such as The Cambridge History of Medieval Music and The Cambridge Companion to French Music, and her articles appear in journals such as Plainsong and Medieval Music and the Journal of Musicology. In addition to her work as a medievalist, she has presented papers on various topics related to teaching, and she has published an article reading Giacomo Carissimi's Jephte (c. 1648) through the lens of Jesuit spirituality. At Loyola, Dr. Clark teaches a broad range of courses in music history and medieval studies, both for music majors and for the Loyola Core, including the First-Year Seminar and Honors Programs. She has received University Senate awards for both teaching and advising.

Amina Scott

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Contemporary Ensemble, Bass

Ann Mahoney Kadar

Job Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor

Antoine Diel

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Voice

Benjamin Benus

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor of Design History

Billy O'Connell

Job Titles:
  • Extraordinary Professor of Practice, Music Industry Studies

Brent Echols

Job Titles:
  • Interim Director of Bands

Brianna C. Harris

Job Titles:
  • Facilities Coordinator & Facilities Contracts, College of Music & Media
Brianna first joined Loyola University and Performance Facilities as a student worker in Fall 2014. She's worked under the leadership of Stewart Becnel and Clinton Keene from 2014-2017. After graduating in Spring 2018, she continued to work with the Performance Facilities department as a freelance worker, until being hired as Assistant Technician in 2019 and then as Lead Technician in 2022.

Bruce Owen

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Viola

C. Patrick Gendusa

Job Titles:
  • Chairman & Professor of Theatre Arts

Caleigh Flynn

Job Titles:
  • Executive Assistant to the Dean, Instructor - Digital Film Studies

Cali Traina Blume

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Department of Design

Carmen Balthazar

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Dean of Curriculum, College of Music and Media

Carol Rausch

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Opera Workshop

Cassandra Faulconer

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Bass

Claire Shackleton

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Voice

Daniel Meinecke

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Piano

Daniela Marx

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of Design, Professor of Design

Dave Salay

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Percussion

David Badie

Job Titles:
  • Instructor

David Grunfeld

Job Titles:
  • Instructor

Diego North-Rios

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Facilities Technician and Sound Engineer, College of Music and Media
  • Assistant Facilities Technician for the Performance Facilities
Diego North-Rios acts as the Assistant Facilities Technician for the Performance Facilities at Loyola University New Orleans. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Diego received a Bachelor's in Music Performance in the College of Music and Media here at Loyola in 2020 after transferring from North Park University in 2017. After working in work study and freelance for the Performance Facilities for 6 years, Diego was taken under the wing of the Lead Technician and Facilities Contractor Mrs. Brianna Harris and was instated as the Assistant Facilities Technician in 2022. On top of supervision and management duties, Diego serves as the in-house sound engineer for Roussel Hall and Nunemaker Auditorium.

Donald Jones

Job Titles:
  • Director / Choreographer

Dr. Lina Lee

Job Titles:
  • Department of Design

Dr. Sheryl Kennedy Haydel

Job Titles:
  • Interim Dean of the College of Music and Media
Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, PhD, APR earned her doctorate in mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi - Hattiesburg, an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus in Marketing and an MA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and bachelor's in mass media from Clark Atlanta University. She has worked as a journalist and an award-winning public relations executive. In addition, Haydel serves as a media expert on the use of social media in political and social movements. Twice she has been awarded the Individual Award of Excellence by the Public Relations Society of America's New Orleans chapter. She also serves as the director of the National Association of Black Journalist's high school program (JSHOP). Haydel has held both academic and administrative positions at several institutions. Her research examines the role of the Black collegiate press in the pursuit for Civil Rights and the use of social media today for both branding and activism.

Dreux Montegut

Job Titles:
  • Extraordinary Professor of Voice

Dudley Grady

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Mass Communication

Duncan Becker

Job Titles:
  • Technical Director / Theatre Faculty

Ed Wise

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Practice, Popular & Commercial Music Theory

Edward McClellan

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor Division Coordinator of Music Education and Music Therapy

Elizabeth Argus

Job Titles:
  • Musical Theatre Voice Instructor

Elizabeth Parent

Job Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor

Emily Eck

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Practice, Music Technology

Eric Lynn

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Department of Design

Erin Callais

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Department of Design

Flo E. Presti

Job Titles:
  • Musical Theatre Voice Instructor

Gayle Parmelee

Job Titles:
  • Co - Coordinator of the Loyola Ballet Program
Gayle Parmelee, Co-Coordinator of the Loyola Ballet Program and former Director of the Loyola Ballet (1978-1999), began her professional dance career in the New Orleans Opera Ballet. In New York, Ms. Parmelee appeared on Broadway in Oklahoma! and Silk Stockings, and was a June Taylor Dancer on the Jackie Gleason television show. While studying at both the Ballets Russes and the American Ballet Theatre schools, she also performed in several concert ballet groups. Returning to the South, Miss Parmelee directed and choreographed for the Louisiana Ballet, the Jackson Ballet and the Savannah Ballet before joining Loyola's faculty in the fall of 1978. For 21 years she trained many young men and women, including Karen Beck Zollinger, Cheryl O'Sullivan, and Laura Zambrano, in the art of dance through the university's preparatory and repertory ballet programs. A large percentage of students who obtained a ballet minor from Loyola are professional dancers, teachers and directors. Miss Parmelee skillfully built a ballet program based on the Vaganova Russian syllabus, something many people thought was impossible to do in the United States. Miss Parmelee retired from Loyola University in the spring of 1999, after having directed 42 consecutive productions for the Loyola Ballet. As the Coordinator of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program, her influence on the art of dance will endure for many years to come.

Georgia Gresham

Job Titles:
  • Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts and Dance

Gordon Towell

Job Titles:
  • Coordinator of Jazz Studies

Gracie "Jay" Jessop

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Voice and Ensembles

Gray Baldwin

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Music Therapy

Gregory Lee Jr.

Job Titles:
  • Extraordinary Professor in Practice, Marion M. and John S. Stokes Jr. Visiting Professor in Race and Culture in Media
  • Senior News Editor at Front Office Sports
Gregory Lee Jr. is the Senior News Editor at Front Office Sports based in his hometown of New Orleans. During his 30-year career, he has worked in various editing roles at the Times-Picayune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Sun-Sentinel, NBA.com, and The Athletic. He is a director and alum of the Sports Journalism Institute. He is also on the Scripps School of Journalism advisory board at Ohio University and the chair of the School of Communication Advisory Board at Texas Southern University. He is also a former adjunct professor at the University of Maryland at College Park. He is also a Missouri Honor Medal winner. Gregory is a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a proud HBCU graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana.

Helen Jaksch

Job Titles:
  • Extraordinary Professor of Theatre Arts

Helen Myers

Job Titles:
  • Piano and Musikgarten Instructor, Preparatory Arts Program
Helen Honoree Myers, N.C.T.M. has been teaching private and group piano lessons for over thirty-four years. Mrs. Myers holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University New Orleans. While at Loyola on a music scholarship, she was an active member of the University Chorus. Mrs. Myers is permanently state and nationally certified to teach piano at all levels. In addition to her private studio, she taught private and group piano lessons through the Loyola Preparatory Arts Program from 1986-2000. She recently rejoined the Prep program, as a private and group piano instructor and a certified and licensed Musikgarten instructor. Mrs. Myers is the high school chorus director and teaches Fine Arts Survey and Group and Private Piano at Ursuline Academy. Mrs. Myers was employed as a preschool music teacher for ten years and has been the accompanist for Komenka Ethic Dance and Music Ensemble for the past five years. She was recently awarded the Archdiocese of New Orleans Adult Service Award for volunteering in her church parish for five years in youth ministry. Before teaching full time in the high school division, Mrs. Myers enjoyed teaching an after-school Musikgarten program in the Soeur Teresita Early Childhood Center.

India Mack

Job Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor

Irini Kyriakidou-Hymel

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Voice

Ivan Griffin

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Voice

J. Calloway Cieslak

Job Titles:
  • Events Coordinator

Jaclyn Bethany

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Department of Digital Filmmaking

Jake Eckert

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Recording Technology

James Atwood

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Percussion

James Mackay

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition

Jane Gabka

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Oboe

Janna Saslaw

Job Titles:
  • Coordinator of Composition Studies, Professor of Music Theory

Jasmine Williams

Job Titles:
  • Lighting Designer

Jason Mingledorff

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Saxophone

Jay Weigel

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Film Scoring

Jean Montès

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor of Music

Jeffrey Ory

Job Titles:
  • Instructor

Jill Boatright

Job Titles:
  • Instructor

Joe Duke

Job Titles:
  • Professional in Residence in Journalism

John Mahoney

Job Titles:
  • Emeritus Professor of Music

John Reeks

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Clarinet

Jonathan McHugh

Job Titles:
  • Endowed Professor, Hilton Baldridge Chair, Eminent Scholar in Music Industries Studies

Jonathan Peterson

Job Titles:
  • Interim Director School of Communication and Design

Joseph Hebert

Job Titles:
  • Emeritus Professor of Music

Joshua "JHawk" Hawkins

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Ensembles, Hip Hop & R & B

Journey Schaubhut

Job Titles:
  • Interim Director, Loyola Preparatory Arts Program

Kaci Thomassie

Job Titles:
  • Costume Director / Theatre Faculty

Kai Knight

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Dance

Karen Barbalich Smith

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Piano

Karl Lengel

Job Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor

Kate Duncan

Job Titles:
  • Director of School of Music Theater Professions & Conrad Hilton Endowed Chair in Music Industry Studies, Assistant Professor - Popular & Commercial Music

Kathryn Lintott

Job Titles:
  • Office Manager, School of Communication and Design

Kayla Gagnet

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Marketing & Communications Masters Program

Keith Pinkston

Job Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor

Kevin Winter

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of French Horn

Kristin Diable

Job Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor, the Craft and Business of Songwriting

L. Kasimu Harris


Laura A. Jayne

Job Titles:
  • Director of Student Services, Instructor

Leah Chase Kamata

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Voice

Lee Domingue

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Department of Design

Lindsay Anne Williams

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Digital Film Studies

Lisa Collins

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Professor, Journalism

Lisa McKinley

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Practice, Department of Design

Lori Atkinson

Job Titles:
  • Office Manager, School of Music and Theatre Professions

Louise LaBruyère

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Choral Music and Music Theory

Marcus St. Julien

Job Titles:
  • Professor of the Practice of Organ, Theory, and Voice

Marjorie M. Garnier

Job Titles:
  • Violin Instructor, Preparatory Arts Program
Marjorie M. Garnier is a Native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti and a graduate of Loyola University in Music Performance (B.A). She is a Violin Instructor for the Young Artist Academy of the GNOYO program and has started several String programs in New Orleans (Behrmann Elementary School in Algiers and The Ellis Marsalis Center in the lower 9th ward). In Haiti she was the Music Director and Conductor for Ecole Vision Nouvelle and the Academic Curriculum Director for Holy Trinity School of Music. Ms Garnier has been with the Loyola Music Preparatory program since 2010.

Mark Grote

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Visual Arts - Emeritus
Mark Grote was awarded in 2014 the Edward & Adelaide Benjamin Distinguished Professorship. Grote has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. He will be doing artist residencies fall of 2015 at Burren, College of Art, Ireland, Tirana, Albania, and exhibiting his sculpture at the courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Ireland. In 1992-93 he received a Fulbright to England as a visiting artist to Exeter College of Art and Design. Additional Grote has received numerous grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. His work is placed in many public and private collections, including the K & B Collections New Orleans, LA; Verlaine Foundation New Orleans, LA; Pan American Life Insurance Company New Orleans, LA; Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana; West Texas Museum in Beaumont, TX; Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi; Dayton Museum of Art, Dayton, OH; Hilliard Museum of Art Lafayette, LA; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; Meadows Museum, Shreveport, LA; Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA; Missoula Museum of Art. Missoula. MT. He has exhibited work at the Gallery Christian Siret in Paris, France; Gasworks Gallery, London, England; Sculpture House Gallery, London, England. He has received a Pollock/Krasner grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and Atlas grant for LA, Board of Regents. In 2010 Grote was awarded the Marquette Fellowship from Loyola University. Grote has completed residencies at Bemis Center for Fine Art Omaha, Nebraska-2003; Gasworks Artist Residency, London, England-1999; Richard Attenborough Center, Leicester, England-2003; Santa Fe Art Institute Artist Residency, Santa Fe, New Mexico-2007. He has lectured at several universities throughout the United States and England.

Martha D. Alguera

Job Titles:
  • Communications Coordinator, College of Music and Media
  • Founder and Director of Voces Unidas
  • Loyola University As Administrative Assistant to the President
Lifetime New Orleanian Martha Alguera has a passion for all things music and community activism. Having produced nationally recognized Secondline celebrations for Prince and Fats Dominoe, Martha believes in the power of music + community. Working alongside musicians such as Grammy award winner Leo Nocentelli (of the Meters), Big Chief Alfred Doucette, James Andrews and others as production or stage manager is something she enjoys doing tremendously. Martha is the owner of Music Synergy504 LLC, a music event productions company and also hosts a radio show on 102.3fm/WHIV. "La Rola Nola" which features Latin and New Orleans style music. Martha is the founder and director of Voces Unidas: Louisiana Immigrant's Right's Coalition which helps immigrants recently released from immigrant detention centers in Louisiana by providing transportation and logistical services to reunite them with their families or sponsors. Voces Unidas also provides mutual aid to refugees in the New Orleans area covering payment of basic needs such as rent, utilities, food, etc during times of need such as the Covid global pandemic and natural disasters. Martha joined Loyola University as Administrative Assistant to the President in 2014 being promoted to Executive Assistant in 2017.

Mary Freeman Wisdom

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Music History, Coordinator of Music History and Literature, Coordinator of Graduate Students, CMM

Mary Staes

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Social Media Coordinator for School of Communication and Design

Matt Normand

Job Titles:
  • Design

Matthew Wright

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Trombone

Meg Frazier

Job Titles:
  • Interim Director - Music Therapy, Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Francisco M. Gonzalez Endowed Professor of Music

Melissa A. Weber

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Music History

Melissa Marshall

Job Titles:
  • Musical Theatre Voice Instructor

Meryl Zimmerman

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Jazz Voice

Michael Giusti

Job Titles:
  • Chairman, Department of Journalism and Department of Strategic Communications

Miles Doleac

Job Titles:
  • Chairman, Assistant Professor - Digital Filmmaking

Mollie Pate

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of French Horn

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Job Titles:
  • Director of the Loyola Strings, Professor of the Practice

Nick Volz

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor of Classical and Jazz Trumpet

Nikita Milton

Job Titles:
  • Instructor

Olivia Scott

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Advertising and Mass Communication

Patti Adams

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Flute and Piccolo

Paul Macres

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Bass

Penny Roberts

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Perrin Isaac

Job Titles:
  • Guitar Instructor, Preparatory Arts Program
  • Instructor, Guitar

Priscilla Dardar

Job Titles:
  • Student Records Coordinator, College of Music and Media

Raney M. Antoine Jr.

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Practice, Hip Hop and R & B

Robert A. Thomas

Job Titles:
  • Professor and Director, Center for Environmental Communication Loyola Chair in Environmental Communication

Salvatore Mannino

Job Titles:
  • Artistic Director & Extraordinary Professor of Theatre Arts

Sanford Hinderlie

Job Titles:
  • Professor, Popular and Commercial Music

Scott Gericke

Job Titles:
  • Department of Design

Shannon Corrigan

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Mass Communication

Shawn M. Donnelley

Job Titles:
  • Professor for Nonprofit Communications, Faculty Director, Shawn M. Donnelley Center, PRSSA Faculty Adviser

Steph Cat

Job Titles:
  • Theatre Arts & Dance Office Manager

Stephanie Screen

Job Titles:
  • Piano and Violin Instructor, Preparatory Arts Program

Stephanie Thompson

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Clarinet

Tiffany Vega-Gibson

Job Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor

Timothy Kappel

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Practice, Music Law

Tom Varisco

Job Titles:
  • Instructor, Department of Design

Tyler Smith

Job Titles:
  • Professor of the Practice in Voice

Valerie Andrews

Job Titles:
  • Instructor

Victoria Vega

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Music Therapy

Wessell Anderson

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Saxophone

William Hess

Job Titles:
  • Instructor of Euphonium

William Horne

Job Titles:
  • Emeritus Professor of Music

Woodward Scott

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Visiting Committee

Yui Asano

Job Titles:
  • Coordinator of Accompanying