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7 new trustees elected at Loyola

Loyola press release - July 28, 2014

The Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees elected seven new members to begin serving Aug. 1, including Janet Boles, Dennis Cuneo, J.D. ‘76, Sally Forman, Gail Jock ‘62, Stephen Landry ‘83, Gerald L. Ray ‘71 and Robert A. Savoie, Ph.D., M.B.A. ‘81. Boles, Cuneo, Jock and Savoie are returning trustees, having served in previous years.

CEO of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Inc. John J. Finan ‘70, Jr., will serve as the newly elected chair. Finan replaces J. Kevin Poorman as chair, who is completing 10 years on the board and three as chair.

“The Loyola Board of Trustees includes leaders in the New Orleans business community and beyond—folks we are fortunate to have serving in this capacity at Loyola. At the same time, I also want to thank our departing members for their tireless service and dedication to Loyola,” said the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., university president.

Other officers for the 2014-15 board include New Orleans-based entrepreneur Barry D. LeBlanc, M.B.A. ‘82, who will serve as vice chair, and member of the Loyola Jesuit community and French professor the Rev. Peter Rogers, S.J., who will serve as secretary treasurer. Wildes also serves as an officer on the board.

New members:

Janet Boles is the owner of Boles Law Firm-Baton Rouge LLC and specializes in regulatory, public utility, gaming, pilotage and corporate law. She is a past president of the American Red Cross ARC Angels, past board member and chair of the Baton Rouge Community College Foundation and former member and chairwoman of the Louisiana Mineral Board.

Dennis Cuneo is a partner in Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment firm with offices in New Orleans. He also operates his own consulting firm, DC Strategic Advisors LLC. He was formerly a senior vice president of Toyota, where he played a key role in the launch and expansion of Toyota’s manufacturing operations in North America.

Co-founder of The Idea Village, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local entrepreneurs, communications consultant Sally Forman has served as chief of protocol for the City of New Orleans and in the press offices of both Republican and Democratic administrations in Louisiana. She is the author of “Eye of the Storm: Inside City Hall During Katrina,” which chronicles her role as director of communications for New Orleans during the storm.

Gail Jock is a native of Baton Rouge, La. She spent 11 years as a dental hygienist after receiving a degree in dental hygiene from Loyola in 1962. Jock splits her time between New York City and Wheaton, Ill., and is a member of the Lotos Club, one of the oldest literary clubs in the U.S., and a volunteer with the New York Piano Competition.

Stephen Landry, a 1983 Loyola College of Business graduate, is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP in Houston, Texas. He originally joined the firm’s New Orleans office in 1985 where he worked with oil field clients. From January 2007 to April 2013, Landry served as director of tax compliance and accounting with Marathon Oil Company, and later as its vice president of tax.

Gerald L. Ray has a varied and distinguished career in the glass industry beginning with a variety of positions in the flat automotive glass segments. Ray is a founder and managing partner of LRST LLC, and for the past three years has served as vice president and managing partner of Guardian Auto Glass LLC. A 1971 Loyola graduate, he was co-captain of the school’s baseball team and in 2009 was inducted into Loyola’s Sports Hall of Fame. He resides in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Robert A. “Bobby” Savoie is chief executive officer of Geocent LLC, one of the largest information technology and engineering services companies, headquartered in New Orleans. He received his M.B.A. from Loyola in 1981 and in 2008 was named College of Business Alumnus of the Year.