classnotes

2010s

10 Congratulations

Graduation celebrations continued for our class as many finished law school and graduate school. James McCaughan, Adam Joines, Brennan McLoughlin, Caitlin Harrington, and Amelia Schwingle graduated from the U of Illinois College of Law on May 11. A special congratulations to all of you who took your bar exam in July. The class of 2010 continues to do amazing things. Meg Mirshak completed two years as a reporter for The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle in her hometown. She is also president of the Notre Dame Club of Augusta. Daniel Collins is the author of an autobiographical account of his time at Notre Dame, Life as the Notre Dame Leprechaun: Behind the Face of the Fighting Irish. It hits shelves in the Hammes Bookstore this football season. Engagements continue to bring happiness (and future wedding reunions) to our class. Claudia Miranda and Francis Garcia were recently engaged. Claudia is a medical student at the U of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Barbara Vi Thien Ho got engaged in May to Jeremy Tamargo. Barbara has been teaching fifth and sixth grade in Baltimore through Teach for America for three years. She recently moved to Syracuse, where she will work for the Syracuse City School District as an instructional mathematics couch. Kate D’Ambrose and Brian Slaboch ’09 plan to get married in the Basilica next June. Congratulations to the happy couples. More engagements mean more weddings with wonderful memories. Classmates Jim Sellinger and Erin Williams were married at the Basilica on June 23, 2012. Attendants included classmates Kara Klug, Megan Krizmanich, Lindsey Shambaugh, Betsy Wojcicki, Sean McRoskey, Keith Ruehlmann, Justin Smith and Patrick Duffey. John Minser married Rebecca Blowers ’10SMC at her grandparents’ home in Michigan. Their groomsmen included classmates Thomas Pappas, Andrew Gray and Michael DesJardins. Matthew Gray and Megan Kraft ’11SMC were married on July 27 in the Basilica. All the best to our newlyweds. I have my own exciting news to share. Molly Smith and I were married in Baltimore MD on June 15. Our attendants included classmates Jim Healy, Mary Jenkins, Paul Leuck, Joe Maciuba, Carolyn McCarthy, Tom Staudt, Michelle Stein and Danny Smith ’08. We went on a honeymoon to Ireland, which included a visit to Notre Dame’s O’Connell House in Dublin and a visit with classmate Allison Cudworth in Galway. That’s it for this time around. Be sure to join our ND Class 2010 Facebook group and keep sending your updates. Go Irish. — Matt Molloy; 602-510-7373; NDclass2010@gmail.com

10MBA Weddings, Work, and New Additions

Greg Cochara ’06, ’10MBA was married to Katie Manges on June 21 in Sparta NJ. The reception was held in the Grand Cascades Ballroom at Crystal Springs Resort. The dance floor was the stuff of legend, rivaling the Linebacker on a football Friday. The happy couple honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and then moved from New Jersey to Chicago. Balakrishnan (Balki) Rangan got engaged to Devikaa Rajaraman, a classical dancer from New Delhi, India. He has relocated from Amsterdam to New Delhi, taking the position of senior manager, financial control, with the Royal Bank of Scotland’s captive operation in India. Andy Dietler married Janelle Abriani on June 15 at a winery in Pleasanton CA. In attendance were Alan McLaughlin, Brian Cannella, Andrew Franger, Mike Bush, Chris Gresh, Tim Hannigan, Brady Foose, Sarah Hill, Dan McDonough, Caitlin Hurley, Kerry Doyle, Dan BonAnno ’09 and Anne Marie Krishnan. They went to Greece for their honeymoon. Xavier Navarro recently got engaged to Lauren Alvarez. They knew each other in Miami, but did not rekindle the fire until they met in NYC. As a true romantic, Xavi proposed to her on the Brooklyn Bridge overlooking the city. The wedding is set for April 2014 in Miami. Cassie and Michael Boyle announced that Michael Andrew Boyle III (MB3) was born on April 30. ND class of 2035. If he gets his looks from mom and behaves like dad, we are in trouble. Logan Snyder recently started a new gig as a director of finance at Human Care Systems, Inc. in Boston. Leah Exten and Mike Hurley relocated to Denver where Leah was promoted to director of finance, Americas, with Geodis Supply Chain Optimisation. Betsy and Pat Mulvehill announced that Maryn Helen Mulvehill was born in January 2013. Jason Gooding is in Phoenix working for PetSmart at their corporate headquarters. He shared that PetSmart is a great company to work for with an excellent work/life balance that gives the employees a lot of freedom. He married Kristina Hannan on July 5 at a resort in Scottsdale. They were friends as undergrads and ran into each other in Scottsdale after Jason moved back. After dating for about a year and a half, they had a small ceremony with just 50 of their closest friends and family. Karl Jensen said he was recently promoted to be the financial planning and analysis manager for the wealth management group at Bank of the West. He also started attending the Pacific Coast Banking School in August. Mat Ashley had an eventful few months. In May, he graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC with a master of international public policy degree focusing on development economics, and at the same time, started in a financial planning role at the World Bank. I hope to see all at the game in Dallas. Got news? Let me know. — John Gerberich; cell 847-331-4707; jgerberi@alumni.nd.edu

10JD Class SecretarySusie Wine;

206 Via Vicini, Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688; 574-514-3746; swine@alumni.nd.edu

11 Wedding Bells Are Ringing

Congratulations to Hugh McDermott, who married Rachel Craghead in Springfield IL. Patrick Brown and Jessica Hedrich were married at the Basilica. They will be settling in Princeton NJ, where Jess will pursue a PhD in economics. Melissa Harintho and Nathaniel Bloodworth, students at Vanderbilt U, will be married in Nashville in July 2014. Jessica Shaffer and Adam Weightman were married in Ann Arbor on Dec. 28 and honeymooned at the National Championship game. Adam is finishing medical school and Jess is completing law school at the U of Michigan. In Livonia MI, Jacques Dupuis and Kathryn LaBelle ’12 were married. Kelly Forster and Dan Jacobs were married at the Basilica. Celia Johns and Trevor O’Brien ’10 are engaged and excited to start their married life in Louisville KY. They will be married by Father Pete McCormick, CSC, ’06Mdiv. Ty DeBoer proposed to Chelsea Clark in front of the Golden Dome, and they will be married in Philadelphia in September 2014. Tess (Theresa) Civantos was married on May 25 to Frank Barber of Princeton NJ. They traveled to Rome for their honeymoon, where Pope Francis personally blessed their marriage. Her maid of honor was Lillian Civantos. Katherine (Kat) Conover and John Deahl ’12 were married in Topeka KS on June 22. Ricky Gonzalez surprised Kristen Kemnetz with a ring on March 7 following a Muse concert. The couple will be married at the Basilica on June 27, 2014. Tiffany Tran and Joseph Peterson were married on March 16 by Rev. Richard Bullene, CSC, ’76, ’81Mdiv. The couple resides in Long Beach CA, where they fight off USC fans daily. Congratulations to Brigid Mangano and Andrew Boyle, who were married on July 6, 2012 in Bedminster NJ. John Kramb and Kelly Flynn will be married on Nov. 9 at the Basilica. John is in Meridian MS completing Navy pilot training, and Kelly works for GE Aviation in Cincinnati. Brandon Porras and Blair Carlin were engaged on April 13 and will be married in Corona CA next July. Rosary Abot met Queen Elizabeth as a representative for BP at the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Kelly Pierson spent 10 weeks of her summer in Austin TX, where she assisted in the launch of a start-up called Hustle and Play. Jordan Gamble is now studying at the Indiana U School of Law. Rory Kelly is stationed at Camp Pendleton CA where he works as an intelligence officer for the Marines. He has yet to get a tan. Kyle Nickodem completed his second term as an AmeriCorps volunteer with College Possible, where all his students earned admission to college. Kyle will begin his PhD in quantitative psychology at the U of Minnesota. Aleksandra Koryzno began a new job as public relations coordinator with R&R Partners in Las Vegas NV. After finishing her master’s degree in civil engineering at ND, Brittani Russell became the engineer in residence for Building Tomorrow in Kampala, Uganda. Congratulations to all. — Evan James; NDClass2011@gmail.com

11MBA Spread the News

Hello, MBA Class of 2011. Please send me updates and help spread the good news about your lives and careers post ND. — Chris Orenchuk; 4751 N. Virginia Ave. Unit 2, Chicago IL 60625; cell 574-514-5671; chris.orenchuk@gmail.com

11JD Class SecretaryChuck Flynn;

Charles.a.flynn@gmail.com

12 Wedding Announcements

Kelly Solinger and Zach Bloss were married at the Basilica on July 6. On June 8, Doug Carder married Stephanie Bodien ’13SMC at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms MI. They honeymooned in Rome and will move into the apartment that David Ulery moved out of in April. What a small world. Please plan on attending our minireunion during the Navy game weekend Nov. 2. More details will follow via email. — Tyler Harmsen; tharmsen@nd.edu

12JD Applause

Many thanks to those of you who sent me some news, and greetings to those who just emailed me the word “hello.” A big round of applause for Melesa Freerks, who was named to the Young Professionals Council of the American Health Lawyers Association as a discussion list moderator. If my research is correct, this means she’ll be helping attorneys interested in health law discuss hot topics and trade techniques on the AHLA website. I think it also means she’ll get a shout out on the AHLA website, which is super cool. Brigette Dutra recently adopted a calico cat named Prudence from the Pasadena SPCA. I recently started working as the supervising attorney of the DePaul College of Law’s Domestic Violence Courthouse Pilot Program. It’s a great job, but I’m a little nervous about having a job as a “supervising attorney” without having previously held a job as a “supervised attorney.” In our last piece of newsworthy tidbits, Alvin Adjei accepted a position at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as an ADA. Alvin is excited about the new position and assures me that he will still have time to devote to his amateur woodworking. — James Champlin; jchampli@alumni.nd.edu

13JD Life as a Leprechaun

Aly and Patrick Bottini would like to announce the birth of their first son, Harrison Patrick, on June 3. Pat said they liked the name Felix, but Professor Pojanowski took it already. Hyeja and Joseph Ganahl welcomed their fifth son, James David, on July 28, right before Joseph sat for the Maryland Bar. John Gerardi wed Holly Klejeski on May 25 in South Bend. Many of you know Holly from her time behind the circulation desk at our own Kresge Law Library. The couple will move to Chicopee MA, where John will be an associate for Egan, Flanagan, and Cohen in Springfield. Will Hendrick married Karen Achilles on June 15 in Geneva NY. Will and Karen will practice tax law in Chicago. Kevin Landino married Jennifer Phelan on May 31. Mike Claus’ dancing at the reception was incendiary. The Landinos will be living in Nashville to be closer to Taylor Swift. Michael Patlan appeared before the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in June. Michael wrote two briefs and delivered the oral argument on behalf of an indigent defendant through the NDLS moot court program. Amanda and Adam Mathews were awaiting the birth of their first daughter, Rachael Elizabeth, due on Sept. 2. Sam Sarofeen was named to the board of directors for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and will be joining IBM as an in-house counselor. We all survived the bar examinations, mostly. — Alex Blair; apblair@gmail.com