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New employees join Institutional Advancement

April 8, 2011

Three new employees recently joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at Loyola University New Orleans.

Michael Indest, Jr., who has a background of more than seven years of non-profit/arts management, volunteer coordination, fundraising and grant writing, has joined Loyola as the assistant director of campaigns for the Office of Annual Giving.

A native of New Orleans, Indest has a broad range of experience in both the development and management of private foundations and traditional service- and community-based charities. Indest has also worked extensively with performing and media arts organizations as a consultant in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and New York City. As an active member of the arts community, Indest also serves on the board of directors of the Neutral Ground Ensemble, a local theater organization with a philanthropic and service-driven mission.

Past endeavors include membership on boards of community-based theater and entertainment companies, stage and production management for national tours of broadway musicals, and hurricane recovery efforts with the Diocese of Baton Rouge following Hurricane Katrina. Indest is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University

Allison Russell Waldron has been named assistant director of Jesuit programs and Wolfpack athletics in the Office of Alumni Relations. Waldron served as the public relations coordinator at the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans prior to her hire at Loyola. In that position, she was responsible for planning events for the foundation, and producing its bi-annual newsletter, e-newsletter and annual report. Prior to her work with the foundation, she worked in public affairs office for the U.S. Army’s Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

Waldron has a strong history of voluntarism, having volunteered for WYES-TV for more than 15 years, specifically for the Showboat Auction and Wine Auction. She has also volunteered with the Pitot House and Louisiana Landmarks Society. Waldron is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the Junior League of New Orleans. She is an adjunct professor of advertising at the School of Continuing Studies at Tulane University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She earned a Master of Science degree in public relations from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Semaj Riley joined the Office of Alumni Relations last month as the new administrative assistant. She was most recently employed by Bank of Louisiana, where she worked as a general office clerk for the vice president of credit cards and several other departments. She also assisted with planning and coordinating for the Credit Association of Greater New Orleans. Riley is currently enrolled at Southern University in New Orleans where she is earning a degree in accounting.

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