Marsiglia Institute of Justice announces new cohort for civic engagement course


NEW ORLEANS – The Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice, led by United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, announced today the 29 fellows comprising the Institute’s fall 2021 cohort.

The Marsiglia Institute is a 12-week course designed to reclaim civil discourse through a study of the U.S. Constitution and its modern-day applications. Participants, who represent a range of backgrounds and ideologies, explore how public policy shapes communities in class discussions and lectures from prominent experts.

Fall 2021 fellows include: 

  • Austin Aubert, Elements Imaging
  • Tatiana Sofia Begault, Goodwill Industries SELA
  • Jennifer Bernard, Corcoran & Bernard CPAs LLC
  • Rebecca Bourg, Chalmette Refining
  • Rayven Calloway, Calloway Consulting
  • Ronald Carrere, Jr., Liberty Bank & Trust Co.
  • Chriss Cazayoux, ACT, Inc.
  • Erin Cowser, Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Shannon Cvitanovic, Self-Employed
  • Emma Dixon, Retired
  • Lorin Gaudin, Self-Employed Writer & Service Provider for Orleans Re-Entry Court Program
  • Vaughan Hart, Vivace Corporation
  • Kristine Haskett, Tulane University
  • Vonnie Hawkins, SocialWorx Institute, Inc.
  • Dana Johnson, Coca-Cola United
  • Terrica London, State of Louisiana
  • Bethanie Mangigian, Broadmoor Improvement Association
  • Demetric M. Mercadel, U.S. House of Representatives – LA02
  • Amy Mercieca, Operation Restoration
  • Shiloh Moates, MSH Architects
  • Chenier Montz, Access Health Louisiana
  • Ronnie Slone, The Slone Group
  • Craig Stewart, Creative Motivational Services, Inc.
  • Stacci J. Tobin, Fair Fight Initiative
  • Elizabeth Townsend, Finance New Orleans
  • Matthew Tritico, The Washington Post
  • Rachel Trujillo, Help NOLA Vaccinate
  • Todd Wackerman, STEM Library Lab
  • Shelby Wynne, West Jefferson Medical Center

Launched in 2018 in honor of the late Nancy M. Marsiglia, the Institute is building a network of advocates eager to promote civic engagement. More information on the Institute can be found at


About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
For 95 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA. 



About Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
In 1914, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law opened its doors and has been opening the minds of future law professionals ever since. In the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor, pursuit of justice, and service to others, the College of Law has as its mission to educate future members of the Bar to be skilled advocates and sensitive counselors-at-law committed to ethical norms in pursuit of dignity for all. The College of Law offers both civil law and common law curriculums, full time day and part-time evening programs, as well as three joint degree programs. Critical and analytical thinking, ethics and professionalism, and a commitment to serve the community of the 21st century are fostered and encouraged. The College of Law faculty is a community of scholars committed to academic excellence in teaching and scholarship, as well as service for others.