class notes


00 Having Fun and Staying Busy

Maggie Zepeda, who is a teacher, became a proud member of the Coachella City Council after she garnered more than 33 percent of the votes in the election. As a new member, beating out an incumbent, she was overwhelmed but very excited about her win. She becomes the first woman on the council since 2004. We wish her nothing but good luck in getting stuff done. Steve D’Avria wrapped up another season of Homeland as a CIA tech. The film and television major also played a game maker in The Hunger Games. As if we need another reason to watch Homeland. After going into labor during the football team’s exciting win over Oklahoma, Amber (Aguiar) and Andy Ankowski welcomed their second child, Frederick Morris, on Oct. 29. Big sister Samantha Marie helped encourage the birth by forcing her laboring mother to pick her up for push-ups after every Irish score. Alicia (Reinert) and Scott Potter had their second child, Beck Reinert Potter on Nov. 6. He joins sister Blake Marie Potter. In Scott’s words, “pretty fun.” Also in November, Laura (Julian) and husband Darren Fraser welcomed son Brody Patrick. He and big brother Brooks manage to dictate everything in the family’s Naperville home. Katy Yanez got to relive her Lyons Hall days of sleeping in a loft when she bunked in Brooks’ room over the BYU game, along with Chrissy Scotti. Heather (Schomann) Drevna, Nga (Do) Peace, and Rachel (Harris) Seaman visited for the game as well. Emily (Merkler) Wood gave birth to twins on Dec. 29. Emily and husband Keith welcomed Josephine and Oscar. In addition to being a full-time mommy, Emily is in Chicago working for the Jones Day Law Firm. On a much more somber note, it is with much sadness that I share the news of the passing of two of our classmates. On Sept. 24, Melissa Mundo was killed in a car accident in Wisconsin. She is deeply missed by her parents, Richard and Sharon, and her brothers Richard and Kevin, as well as countless friends and classmates. T.J. Arcati passed away Jan. 7 after a long battle with cancer. T.J. and wife Heidi have a daughter, Hadley, 4, and son, Hunter, 2. T.J. had been a partner with an anesthesiologist practice on Long Island. In attendance to toast his memory were classmates Ken Yanicky, Kevin DeHond, Steve Szczepanski, Adam Tracy, Greg Macaluso, Anthony Provanzano, and Craig Colasono, as well as Brad DeHond ’97 and Isabelle Cote ’06MBA. A foundation has been set up in his name to benefit cancer research. Inquiries can be addressed to Kevin DeHond at Please remember our classmates and their families and keep them in your prayers. — Laurie (Strotman) O’Malley;

00MBA Babies, Human and Otherwise

There are lots of new babies, both human and business, for our class. Congratulations to Anne (Hellwig) Irvani; she is a new mother and welcomed daughter Alexa on Oct. 25. She writes, “My husband Sam and I are thrilled to be parents and have impressed upon Alexa the importance of a rigorous academic schedule in preparation for possible admission to ND. She only responds by blowing bubbles and falling asleep at this point, but I think she knows what’s in store.” Anne loves her job in marketing for an environmental consulting firm, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. The company focuses on emission reduction projects and the development of new markets for alternative fuels in transportation. She also got together with Kevin Twomey and his son, Liam, Jason and Roxy Young, and Danielle Barbieri last September at the home of Mike Caponigro ’89. She traveled from her home in Southern California to see them in the Bay Area, and Kevin was visiting from Corning NY. They watched the Purdue game together. Danielle has big news, too. She launched her own company, It’s a site that pulls advertised prices from store circular ads and matches coupons to them, saving you money. Mike McComb also has a new venture. McComb & Company has partnered with Ergo Depot to open a new San Francisco showroom. Check out for more information about healthy, active work environments. Jose Portillo writes, “On the business side, we have just taken another shoe company to represent for Latin America. We are doing three brands (GH BASS, GBX, and GB), plus this multi-brand company that carries close-outs for major US department stores. We are opening our Panama office in the next couple of months as part of the plan. On the personal side, my daughter and I started horse-back riding lessons last August. We are doing that together which is a lot of fun. I greatly recommend a father-daughter activity.” Did anyone catch Peggi (Lacey) Kaley’s appearance on HGTV’s “Property Brothers”? They were going to meet friends and ended up getting filmed as they checked out their friends’ remodel. Peggi says, “Allegedly we were the buyer — which unfortunately was not true. It made for good TV, though, and they did sell about 60 days post production.” The Kaleys are featured in the last five minutes of the Kristin and Craig episode. There were a couple of get-togethers for the BCS National Championship Game. The Owen Gwin and Mike McDaniel families met halfway between Dallas and OU (in Ardmore OK) at a cool place called Two Frogs Grill. Brendan Scott, Andrew Tuite, Chuck Alberton, Will Callard, John Freeman, and Rookie Ruch attended the BCS game in Miami. They rented a 35-person bus and even had Brian Lohr’s brother in the mix. — Georgette (Leonard) Stubin; 46917 Polo Drive, Canton MI 48187;

00JD Ain’t Technology Grand?

I’ll likely email folks quarterly to see if they have anything to report; if you don’t want these emails, just let me know. Sheri and Jim Schueller welcomed a new son, Caden James Schueller, into the world in early 2012. Jim’s company, Bloomfield Development, also recently won an architectural design award from the Association of Licensed Architects for a home in Highland Park IL. Marisa Salazar reports that The Civil Rights Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., which she co-founded in 2003 with Dr. Milo Colton, is celebrating 10 years of asserting and defending the civil rights of minorities, including Native Americans. Chris Mugica, a partner in the Austin TX office of Jackson Walker, was recently selected as the first Jackson Walker Legal Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, a year-long commitment that includes in-person conferences and virtual training on the fine points of legal practice, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership, along with managing partners and general counsel who volunteer to share their professional experiences and advice. He is also the section head of litigation for the Austin office. John Geelan has been promoted to general counsel and secretary of Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm based in Minneapolis. Eric Steiner is general counsel and director of claims at ABA Insurance Services, Inc. in Mayfield OH. Colleen Grogan, in Georgia, reports that her new front porch renovation is nearly complete. Beth Hanlon, also in Georgia, is pretty firm that she has nothing to report. And of course, this column wouldn’t be complete without mention of ND’s first appearance in the National Championship Game since before we were even in law school; according to various reports, attendees included Jamie Bordas, Chris Regan, Geoff Brown, Claire (Campfield) and John Storino, Tyler Murray, Tyler Farmer, Chris Parent, David Dwyer, Sophie and Blake Fix, and Tim Curran. I’m told that some of the best dressed among them made it into Club LIV to party with LeBron, Dwayne Wade, and Scottie Pippen. God Bless, and Go Irish. — Brian J. Murray; 178 Cranston Court, Glen Ellyn IL 60137,

01 Updates

Jimmy and Becky (Klein) Hinkel added another boy to their family on Nov. 13. William Henry joins big brothers Caleb and Ethan, who had fun cheering on the Irish last season. The Hinkels are baptizing Will at the Log Chapel in the spring. Jen McEntee is his godmother. Kori (Yelle) and Garett Skiba welcomed their first child, Nolan William, on Nov. 19. The Skiba Family lives in Chicago. Nicole and James Golab had their third girl, Vivian. She joins her sisters, Caroline and Lucy. The Golabs live in Austin TX. Congratulations to Katie (Leicht) Matsoukas, who was elected a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago office. Despite the outcome of the game, it was wonderful to see many classmates in Miami. — Megan Murray; 2015 N. 56th St., Milwaukee WI 53208; 414-778-0310;

01MBA Class Secretary

Dominic Pang;

01JD Fun in Miami

Our class made a strong showing in Miami for the BCS National Championship game. Kathleen Lundy and I headed down for the game and met up with classmates Raf Millares, Rudy Monterrosa, Amiee McGimpsey, Marjie (McCanta) High, and Becky Brown. We showed Ocean Drive that we could still hang late into the night. Elizabeth and Mario Bianchi and Sheada and Steve Pratico also hit South Beach with us. I ran into Chris Jennings and Mike Johnson before the South Beach pep rally and got to see photos of their very cute kids. On game day, Kathleen and I headed to the ND Tailgate with Leigh Ann and Chris Schultz, where we caught up with Terrence O’Donnell, Kim (Bero) Rennick, and Karen (Sugden) Manley before heading to SunLife Stadium for the game. Although we missed seeing him, Jason Scheiderer was also in for the game with his wife, Megan. Richard Ambrow is an associate at Troutman Sanders LLP. Qiana Lillard received an FBI Director’s Award for her work on her recent victory in a homicide trial involving the death of a child. — Jonell Lucca; res 480-699-0377; cell 602-677-3266;

02 In Loving Memory

I am saddened to share news of the passing of Eden (Essex) Banks. Eden passed away in December after a long battle with breast cancer. After graduating from Notre Dame, Eden attended Harvard Law School. She is survived by her husband, Cory Banks. The Class of 2002 has made a donation to METAvivor in Eden’s name. May we all remember Eden’s smiling face and kind-hearted spirit as we pray for her and her family. Van Giles married Danielle Veldhuizen at St. Michael’s Church in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood on Aug. 11. Van’s brother, Hudson Giles ’97, served as best man. Bill Bruton ’04 and Blair Wozny were groomsmen with John Culkin ’03 assisting with usher duties. Other Domers in attendance included Van’s father, William H. Giles ’67, as well as Marcie (Bomhack) and Matt Wolbeck, Elizabeth (Seibold) and Kevin Berrill, Bridget (Jones) ’03 and Vu Le ’05, Abby (Schmitt) and Ryan Flanagan, Amir Tahmassebi, Zachary Sackley, Michael Dougherty, Patrick Coan, Dave Miller, Brent Campbell ’03, John Lynk ’03, Kyle Guenther ’06, and Flanagan and T.J. McDermott ’99. Kevin and Jeanne (Nurthen) Jones, Luke Ratke, Nick Galeone, and Rocco Piacentino could not attend due to problematic weather but were sincerely missed. Anne (Geary) and Joe Brinker welcomed their second daughter, June Catherine, in January. Big sister Maryn Claire is very excited for the addition. Rochelle Lacapa was in town to welcome June at the hospital. Ali (Pedine) Scherer and husband Mike welcomed their second daughter, Remi Amelia, on Oct. 4. Remi joins big sister Ella in New Fairfield CT. Kathleen (O’Connor) and Paul Ricketts welcomed son Connor on Aug. 15. Connor joins big brother Jack in Virginia Beach, where Paul joined a practice after completing his fellowship in gastroenterology. Please join me in welcoming Chad Silker on board as the new class president and in thanking outgoing President Peter Rossmann for all the work he did for our class. Chad hit the ground running by organizing a minireunion in Miami before the National Championship Game that raised more than $1,000 for Camillus House, a Catholic homeless shelter in Miami. Approximately 300 people attended the party at Waxy O’Connor’s and the bar ran out of draft beer, forcing them to take a boat up the Miami River to pick up additional kegs. A huge thanks to Chad for planning this event; he can be reached at with any ideas for future events. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran; 5111 Ballycastle Cir., Alexandria VA 22315;

02MBA Babies, Football, and Japan

Julia (Dayton) ’02JD and Scott Klein welcomed Peter John on Sept. 6 after only two hours of labor. Amanda (Pavlou) and Steve Wygal welcomed son Graham Alekos on Dec. 31, a New Year’s Eve surprise. All new moms and dads are doing great. Colleen (Brooks) Campbell is on a 10-month assignment in Japan, working on the Ichthys Onshore LNG facility with the combined cycle power plant for CH2M HILL. The consortium is CH2M HILL, UGL, an Australian company and GE (both France and US). The project is the third largest energy project in the world. Colleen is looking forward to returning stateside in March, but in the meantime is making the most of her experience in Asia and practicing her Japanese, which she claims is still bad. Finally, many of our classmates took advantage of the great football season to support the Irish in Miami, including Jean ’02MA and David Cordova, Federico Barquero Tefel, Krishnan Gopalakrishnan, and Paul McKeown. — Melissa Hurd;

02JD Miami Wrap-Up

The Class of 2002 had an impressive turnout at the National Championship Game in South Florida. Tim and I spent the weekend with Kevin Barton and Kevin Stella, and tailgated with April ’01JD and Pat Dahl, TC Couhig, and B. Pat Costello. It felt like the Joyce South parking lot when we ran into Will Thompson, Peyton Berg, George Rau, and John Murphy. Also spotted were Jennifer Starmann, Jennifer Stefanski O’Guinn, Kristina Campbell, Nicole Borda Conway, and Ben Jilek. John Murphy and Kiera Kociban Mathey remarkably made it to both bookends of the season, the season opener in Dublin and the National Championship Game. Will Thompson and his family have relocated to his home state of Kentucky, where Will accepted a job as director of transfer pricing at Brown-Forman, a producer of wines and spirits, including Southern Comfort and Jack Daniels. Erin Reiff moved to Dover Corporation as international tax counsel in June 2012. Dover is located in suburban Chicago. Congrats to Fred Marczyk and Pat Dahl, who were promoted to partner at their respective law firms. Fred practices in the insurance coverage group of Drinker Biddle & Reath. He and wife Megan live in the Philadelphia area with twins Freddy and Grace, 4. Pat focuses his practice on appellate, civil, and commercial litigation at Wicker Smith in Fort Lauderdale. He and April have daughters Shea, 5, and Kiley, 4. — Megan Glunz Horton; 521 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; res 847-256-2335;

03 Weeks Away

Our reunion is only a few weeks away and there is still time to make your plans to attend. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about the reunion and how you can attend. We would love to see you and your family at the reunion from May 30 to June 2. In other news, Jacob Rodebiker and wife Molly were married in June in Fargo at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church with Archbishop Samuel Aquila presiding. They are expecting their first child in June 2013. They live in Bismarck, where Jake practices law with Vogel Law Firm and Molly teaches preschool at St. Mary’s Grade School. Additionally, they are adjunct faculty at the U of Mary. Michelle and Peter Kenny celebrated their one-year anniversary this summer by going on safari in South Africa, while also getting a puppy and buying their first home. Jenny (Hurley) Seele and husband Louis were happy to have second son, Jack Benjamin, join their family on Dec. 12 (12/12/12). Big brother David is 2, and happy to have a playmate. Tara (Murphy) Kesner and husband Carmen had their second child, Lillian Quinn, in October. Her older sister Teagan is very proud. Tara is thrilled to be staying home with the two of them, while also trying her hand at event planning.Dina Bernardelli’s law firm also notified me that she has been made partner at Zupkus & Angell, P.C. in Denver, CO. — Joshua Gentine;

03MBA Class Secretary

Rosemary Guillette Cahill; 903 Providence Place, Apt. 136, Providence RI 02903;

03JD Class Secretary

Lawrence A. Ward;

04 Debut Novel

Caela Carter’s debut novel, Me, Him, Them, and It, published by Bloomsbury, hit shelves on Feb. 26. Caela and Greg Larsson were married on Aug. 18 at St. Ignatius Church in NYC and had the reception at the Central Park Boathouse. They honeymooned in the Greek islands (Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete) after a brief detour to Dublin to watch the ND game. The couple reside in NYC, where Greg is an actuary working for The Hartford. Domers in their wedding party included Eric Larsson Jr. ’08MBA, Nestor Alvarado, Aaron Wall, Brian Cullen ’05, Dan Carter ’06, Linda Hu, and Megan Burke ’02, along with Caela’s dad, Bill Carter ’72, and Richard Carter Jr. ’68. Other Domers at the wedding include ’04 grads Dave Lodewyck, Sean MacCready, Katherine Aragon, Molly (Donnelly) Colonna, Betsy Schroeder, Jenn (Craig) Meyers, Sonia Wallace, Matt Ruckman, and Eliot Poindexter, along with Kelly Crecilius ’05, Kevin O’Sullivan ’06, Stephen McQuade ’98, and Katherine Perella ’99. Also in attendance were Caela’s roommates from ACE Jacksonville: Shonagh Brent, Danny Fillenwarth, Kristen Kramer, Tom Anthony, and Naitnaphit Limlamai. In other ACE news, Bianca Bautista married fellow ACE ’06 graduate Josh Prenosil on Oct. 13. Dr. Lauren Wagner and Tom Fanning ’05 got engaged in Chicago. Lauren also sent updates about other classmates, including the news that Kristin Cordova and husband Carlos Rascon celebrated the birth of their first child, Antonio Samuel, on Jan. 11. Sharing this birthday is Jack Harvey Tipton IV, the first child for Jack Tipton and his wife, Erica. Prof. Marianne Dunn was married on Dec. 29, with several ’04 McGlinn Shamrocks in attendance: Megan Roe, Sarah Blake, Katie McDermott, Laura (Knapp) Masterson, Kristen (Quigley) Donovan, Tara Dane, Perciliz Tan, Brita Hellige, Soquel Harding, and Brianne (McNicholas) Straka. Congratulations to Kevin Lindgren and his wife, Michelle (Stieber) Lindgren ’04 U of Illinois, who welcomed their first baby, Ella Marie, on Oct. 12. Kevin is a pediatric hospitalist at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates IL, having completed his pediatric residency this past July at Loyola Chicago. Michelle is a radiology resident at the U of Chicago. Jennie Bradley got married on June 30 to Brian Lichter ’05 Washington U in St. Louis. Their wedding was at St. Patrick Church in downtown South Bend, and their celebrant was ND history professor Rev. Bill Miscamble, CSC. Jennie’s bridesmaids were maid of honor Laura Bradley ’11, matron of honor Monica (Go) Markovich, Lily (Pascucci) Harrison ’05SMC, and Anna Bradley, future Domer. Also in attendance were Jennie’s brothers, Kevin ’07, Dan ’08, Michael ’14, Tim ’16, and Brendan, Domer-to-be. Brian and Jennie met in DC, where they still live. Jennie went to Harvard Law School and is an associate at Jones Day, and Brian went to Northwestern Law and is a public corruption prosecutor at the Justice Department. Kate (Marotta) Hourigan and husband Michael Hourigan ’03 welcomed their second son, Teddy, on Dec. 2 in Palo Alto CA. He joins big brother Charlie. Kelly (Lanktree) and Andrew Warner became the proud parents of James Andrew on Aug. 15. Karina (Harty) and Nick Morrison welcomed their first daughter on Aug. 10; baby Isla joins big brother Kai. — Carol Martino;

04MBA Game Day

Andy Downard is building prototype gadgets for Exponent in a mobile lab in Afghanistan to help the troops safely come home. Andy will be returning to the States in June. Victor Unda Vila and Slav Lakov *and their families met up for dinner while in Miami for the BCS National Championship. On game day, *Nirav Shah tailgated with Brian Dominic ’97, Sean Hynes ’97, Joe Villinski ’97, Harry Durkin ’53, and me. Shortly before kickoff, Slav and his son met up with me and we were among a handful of Irish fans watching the game from the Alabama section. Please keep the updates coming and join our Facebook group for the easiest access to 10-year reunion information when it is released later this year. — Harry Howisen;

04JD Updates from Warmer Times

It’s freezing where we are in Chicago and New Jersey, so we’re going to start off with some updates from a warmer time of year. Risa (Zander) ’05SMC and Brian Josias enjoyed a minireunion at the Purdue game and tailgated with Mike Hannigan and Eric Tamashasky, to name a few. Brian joined Schiff Hardin’s white-collar and general litigation group in Chicago in 2012. Dan Bubar traded the Chicago skyline for the Blue Ridge Mountains. He and his family of four live in Roanoke VA, where Dan joined the US Attorney’s Office in 2010. Tom Van Gilder was recently named national medical director for Wellness for Humana, Inc. In January, he and Finn Pressly co-presented at a webinar on wellness initiatives for large corporations. Tom lives in Milwaukee with his wife and six children, but has offices in Chicago and Cincinnati. Michelle Barton Smigel married Tim Smigel in 2011. She was promoted to partner at Miller Nash LLP in Portland OR, last year. Jason Orris an associate at Milsap & Singer in Kansas City. His wife, Billie (Taylor) Orr, is the project director of the Advocates for Family Health Program at Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Amy Katcherian is working in New York City as an in-house attorney for Fidelity National Financial. Ben Whipple and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Grant James Whipple, on Sept. 25. In November, Ben became the director of governmental affairs at Boyd Gaming Corp. Paola Canales works in the Madrid office of Amadeus IT Group as in-house legal counsel, where she provides support to the M&A group and the airline, cruise, car, and ferry distribution teams. This year, she will transfer to the Amadeus Bangkok office for a multi-year assignment. Paola is engaged, and her wedding is planned for autumn in Sevilla, Spain. After six years abroad, Jocelyn (Penner) Hall and husband Jeff Hall ’06 moved back to the United States from Larnaca, Cyprus. Jocelyn and Jeff work for World Vision International, a humanitarian aid, relief and development and advocacy organization. They live in Athens GA with their son, Judah. Susan (Brichler) Trujillo proudly reports that her 4-year-old son scored a goal against his own team at a recent soccer game. As for the two of us, Katie Bryan is a litigation associate in the Florham Park NJ, office of London-based law firm Clyde & Co, while Finn Pressly is an employee benefits associate at Littler Mendelson PC’s Chicago office. — Katie Bryan;; or Finn Pressly; 550 N. Saint Clair St., No. 1405, Chicago IL 60611;

05 Winter Escapades, Christmas Babies

Robert Murphy married Kerrie Glass ’06 in Charleston SC on May 5, 2012. Many ND alums attended, including the brothers of the groom, Brendan ’07 and*Jim ’10*, fellow Siegfried Rambler Mike Spencer, bridesmaids Carly Gibbs ’06, Kaitlin Cronin ’06, Kate Corgel ’06, Tamara Adducci ’06, and Melissa Bauters ’06. The service was celebrated by Siegfried Hall Rector Father John Conley, CSC. On Oct.13, Brian and Julianne Heinimann organized their annual Oktoberfest dinner at the Glunz Bavarian Haus. Kevin Leicht, Bill Benear,Christie Bolsen, Beth (Ward) Scheidler, Katie Seeberg, Michelle Mikos, Joe Bochenek, Jake and Anne (Raih) Hamann, Dihan Fernando, and Don ’01 and Kristina (Meszaros) Pierce all enjoyed a night of German music, beer, and schnitzel. Jim and Ruthie (Stefanski) Christoforetti had to wait six extra days, but Leo Anthony Christoforetti finally decided to meet the world on Dec. 14.. He has a couple pounds to gain if he’s going to one day join the Christoforetti boys as a Bengal Bouts Champion. Matt Bennett and wife Megan had their first baby on Dec. 19. Elizabeth Lynn is beautiful. Nick and Jessi Chimerakis had their first child just a few days after the Bennetts. Cora Jane was born on Dec. 22. While visiting his brother in New Orleans, Brian “Bucket” Cullen met and befriended local zydeco legend Dwayne Dopsie on Bourbon Street. The two got along famously; there was even talk of Bucket joining his band as the washboard player. Bucket is still mulling over the offer, as he recently began work on an experimental jazz album, tentatively titled Jazzed-Up With Brian Cullen. Brien Hughes recently baked cookies for the spaghetti supper at his local church, where he won a VHS copy of Wrestlemania III in the fundraiser raffle. Brien has heard that the original event, held at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987, was awesome, but unfortunately he no longer owns a VHS player. Notre Dame alums in Manhattan continue to step up to the plate for inner-city Catholic elementary schools. In January, Sean Quigley, Kim Dunn, Courtney Zeph, Mark Desplinter, and Katie Murphy ’07 joined school advisory boards as part of Inner-City Scholarship Fund’s new School Champions Program ( They will work with the principals on budgeting, fundraising, increasing enrollment, and strategic planning. If you live in the New York area and are interested in joining a school board, please contact one of them for more information. Lastly, if you have not yet registered on the alumni web site, or haven’t logged in since your last major life event or change of address, please visit — Kristin Boyd; Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave., New York NY 10010; 317-523-1195;

05MBA Proud Parents

On Aug. 31, Paul and Maria Diaz Redmann became proud parents with the birth of daughter Alexa. Maria is a group marketing manager at Baxter Healthcare. Stacy and Ethan Quirin are expecting a baby around April 10. Petya Hristova and Nikolaos Kavakiotis got married in Greece on Sept. 1, in a very nice stone village by the beach with lots of sunshine. The crazy Russian Misha Mikhail Moshkov attended the wedding. Nikos has finally moved from the club of bachelors to the club of married and proper gentlemen. Just around this time 10 years ago, we started receiving admits to our alma mater. I am getting nostalgic and already starting to think of our 10-year Reunion. I am planning to bring my wife and son with me this time. We probably will still be in Singapore then; it will be a long flight to South Bend but am sure it will be worthwhile. Anyone else planning already? Send me your updates for the next column or go to the Notre Dame MBA Class of 2005 Google Group by emailing at — Himanshu Gosar;

05JD Class SecretaryAdam Russ; 1491 Hunters Chase Dr., No. 2C, Westlake OH 441452;

06 Career and Family Changes

Ann Marie Warmenhoven was commissioned as a US Foreign Service officer in October. Her first post is N’djamena, Chad. Dan Carey was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 leaders in sports for his work as the director of business development at Wasserman Media Group. Kristina Barrios bought her first house in April 2012, and spent the year focused on demolition, renovation, and painting. Kristina works with Texas Capital Bank as a credit underwriter and assistant VP, along with Katie Crowley ’07. Jason M. Kirker is an official PhD candidate in the Department of English at Southern Illinois U-Carbondale. His dissertation will focus on literary representations of a “middle” ground during the Northern Irish Troubles in 20th- and 21st-century Irish literature. Lawrence Denson ’08 and Anne Marie Desir were married in a fantastic ceremony on Nov. 10 in the Dominican Republic. Domers in the wedding included Jessica Quaranto as bridesmaid, with her husband Peter Quaranto and their little pumpkin Alexander as ring bearer (future Domer). Matt Tipton ’09 was best man. Domer guests included Cassandra Henry, Anna Mazig ’08, Kyree Blackwell ’07, and Leah McGee. Lawrence and Annie live in New York City; Lawrence is an entrepreneur and Annie works in the entertainment industry. Rebecca Wellman married Rich McAvoy ’11JD in the Basilica on July 21. The wedding party included Brittany Cross, Caitlin Dahl, Kate Sheehy, Jenna (Nowak) Straub, and Jason DiNapoli ’11JD. Casey Dunne is finishing her last semester at San Diego State and will graduate in May with her MPH. For the past year, Casey has been the clinical epidemiology intern at Scripps Mercy Hospital and is writing her thesis on hospital infection control. Angelica (Sandrea) and John Fahy welcomed their second son, Brendan James, on Sept. 23. — Anna (Skoien) Lall; 48 Pinckney St., Apt. 5, Boston MA 02114;

06MBA Weddings, Babies, and Bowl Games

Andrea (Miller) Hayse, Brian Hope, Ron Thompson, Jamin Hemenway, and a host of others made the trip to Miami for the BCS Bowl Game. Unfortunately, I missed the big game. I know this will come as a shock to many of you, given my reputation as a rabid Irish fan, but I had good reason. My wife, Julia (Kelly) Sama ’03, and I are happy to announce that Devon Kelly Sama was born on Jan. 10. She has done nothing but grow since her birthday. If she keeps up her current rate of growth, Dad may have to alert Coach Muffett McGraw. I also got a great update from Julia (Kropp) Nader, who was married in November to another Domer. Her husband, Michael Nader ’97JD, ’98LLM, is a partner at Ogletree Deakins in San Francisco, and she continues to work at the E&J Gallo Winery as a senior marketing manager. The happy couple lives in San Francisco. Julia mentioned that AJ Rodrigues, Laura (Hanley) Kestner, and Naiomi Lundman attended the wedding, and that Jenny Bailey made it out for the bachelorette party in Napa. As always, you can send updates to or join our group on LinkedIn. Find the group by searching for Notre Dame MBA – Class of 2006. — Andrew Sama; 276 Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame IN 46556; cell 574-339-6115; bus 574-631-5206

06JD Busy Domers

Sarah Troupis had some exciting news to share. Her dad, for whom she was working, retired and Sarah decided to take the year off from work to travel with her dog, Choppy. Sarah has a website (, where she is documenting their trip. Becky (Austen) and Ken Marchinda welcomed their second son, Maximilian Jude, on June 15. Maximilian, Becky, Ken, and Isaac Anthony are living in Summit NJ. — Amir Hassan Sadaghiani;

07 Class Secretary

Stephanie Pelligra; 1730 N. Clark St. Apt. 801, Chicago IL 60614; cell 315-382-6487; bus 312-227-4824;

07MBA Bright Flower

Billy and Nikki Bright welcomed daughter Viola on Dec. 11 in Orlando FL. Other classmates, please send me any news that’s fit to print. — Joe Curry;

07JD Award Winners

Emily (Merkler) Wood and husband Keith welcomed twins Oscar and Josephine into the world on Dec. 29. Brian Kiolbasa of Lane Powell PC in Portland OR, was elected to the board of directors for Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger. The organization works with the Oregon Food Bank and supports its mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Additionally, Brian was recently named co-general counsel for Special Olympics Oregon, serving as outside legal counsel on a pro bono basis. James Paulino won the outstanding young lawyer award given by the New York State Bar Association. Shameless self-promotion: I was named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawyers in Illinois. I also recently won the Trial Lawyer Excellence award along with my father, Patrick Salvi ’78JD, for securing the highest verdict in the history of Lake County IL: a $33.2 million verdict on behalf of a young man paralyzed in a motor vehicle collision. The award is given out by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter. Send me your news, please. Promote yourself. Also, add yourself to the Law School referral network. Give me your contact info and area of practice to get referrals from fellow alums. — Patrick A. Salvi II; Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., 22 W. Washington St., Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602; 312-372-1227;

08 South Bend to South Beach

The Class of 2008 converged on Miami for the National Championship to kick off 2013. The festivities in South Beach will soon be outdone in South Bend as we celebrate our five-year Reunion May 30 to June 2. While we can’t promise a Flo Rida concert on the beach of St. Joe Lake, we can deliver all your classmates again in one place, ready for a good time. Register at and keep in touch via our “Notre Dame Class of 2008” Facebook page. Tara Carey ’08, ’10MEd was awarded the Light of Learning Award for excellence in teaching from Most Rev. Kevin Rhoades, Bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese. Tara is a Spanish teacher at Christ the King School in South Bend. The parish and school honored Tara with a celebratory Mass and reception. A graduate of the ACE program having served in Pensacola, Tara continues to work with ACE as a clinical faculty member. Erin O’Shea is an actor in Chicago and was seen singing the blues in Black Ensemble Theater’s 2012-13 production of The Other Cinderella. The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic wrote, “Erin O’Shea stops the show with her dynamite voice.” Erin also performed in From Doo Wop to Hip Hop. Erin is a co-founder and the production manager for a young not-for-profit theatre company in Chicago called Awkward Pause Theatre. Jennifer Betancourt is a co-founder and company member. NASCAR executive Jimmy Small was honored by Ivy Sports Symposium as one of the “10 NEXT,” which recognizes 10 rising sports executives under the age of 30 from around the world who have achieved an exceptional level of success and will shape the sports industry of tomorrow. Jimmy was honored on Nov. 16 at Columbia U in New York at a special ceremony and was profiled in SportsPro’s magazine and web site. Ashley Paluf is engaged to Austin Bach and will be getting married Oct. 12, at Notre Dame. After a chance encounter at Pig Tostal, a couple of white lies, and an eventual long distance relationship, Dan Wolff ’08, ’13MBA and Mallory Davidson ’10 got engaged this past December in Chicago. Patrick ’08, ’10MEd and Bonnie (Fullard) Kaiser moved to Mirebalais, Haiti, for the year. Bonnie is conducting research for her anthropology PhD, and Patrick is volunteering at a school. Jamie Grebowski and Greg Engle were married in Chattanooga TN, on May 19. The bridal party included Domers Kayleigh Hough, Alex Hale, Alex Wulz, Joe Powers, and Paul Spadafora. Assisting as an usher was Tim Roy, and countless other classmates and alumni were in attendance. Jamie and Greg live in Philadelphia, where Greg works as an assistant district attorney and Jamie is a jet-setting consultant for Deloitte. Lawrence Denson and Anne Marie Desir ’06 were married in a fantastic ceremony on Nov. 10, on the beautiful island of the Dominican Republic. Domers in the wedding included Jessica Quaranto ’06 as bridesmaid, with husband Peter Quaranto ’06 and their little pumpkin and future Domer Alexander as ring bearer. Matt Tipton ’09 was best man. ND guests also included Cassandra Henry ’06, Anna Mazig, Kyree Blackwell ’07, and Leah McGee ’06. Lawrence and Annie live in New York City. Lawrence is an entrepreneur, and Annie works in the entertainment industry. Katie Kulovitz married Craig Carlson, a 2008 graduate of Davidson College, in Charlotte NC on Nov. 10. Caitlin Ardell Munro was in the bridal party and Stephanie Bauer and Riley Saunders joined in the fun. Katie and Craig reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Elisabeth Rowley Sullivan and Billy Sullivan were blessed with the birth of daughter Mary Claire on Dec. 2 in Nashville TN. After four years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Philadelphia, Class President Bridget Keating recently moved back to Notre Dame to work for the University in audit and advisory services. She says her Notre Dame dream came true all over again, except this time with better parking privileges. We look forward to seeing you on campus for Reunion 2013. — Megan O’Hara;

08MBA New Baby, New Jobs

Congrats to Eric and Sara (Wantuck) Crawford, who had a baby boy, Evan Joseph Eric Crawford, born on Jan. 21. Kristin Reilly (Greenwood) started a new job as a vice president at BMO Harris Bank. Preethi Mahtani (Varadarajan) started a new position in corporate finance at Orbitz. — Megan Fitzgibbons; 555 W Kinzie, Unit 1404, Chicago IL 60654; 312-209-4018;

08JD Reunion Time

Neha (Bansal) Hannan left her associate position at Clyde & Co US LLP in August and joined Chubb & Son as assistant vice president and associate coverage counsel in New York. Nate Sechrest joined Reagan Outdoor Advertising in Salt Lake City as their general counsel and director of public affairs. Last July, Sean Dudley joined Burr & Forman LLP in Mobile AL, his wife’s hometown. He is still working in M&A, commercial lending, and general corporate legal matters, and he loves the close proximity to extended family and the short office commute. Aaron Bart Fricke is honored and overjoyed to be the director of gift planning in the Office of Development at ND. Filed under the “It’s a small world” category, I ran into Aaron in the Midway Airport in Chicago on my way home for Thanksgiving. Matt and Elizabeth Morrison welcomed twins Sean and Sarah on Aug. 17. Their first child, Claire, was 16 months old at the time, so that made for three children under a year and half old. The Morrisons are managing to stay sane amidst the chaos. Sean and Sarah were baptized over Christmas with Tom and Carol Pohl again serving as godparents. Ted and Sarah (Moore) Seilheimer welcomed their first child, Owen Walker, on Oct. 8. I was one of the lucky ones to make the trek down to Miami this January for the National Championship Game. I saw a few of our classmates before the game at the massive 2,000-person tailgate, including Dan Greene, David Raimer, and new parents Ted and Sarah Seilheimer. Even though we lost, I had a great weekend and truly enjoyed running into great friends from undergrad and law school. Please mark your calendars for our five-year Reunion on campus May 30–June 2. I hope to see you there. — Marie-Thérèse Mansfield;

09 Doing Better than Fine

Katie Parrot graduated from the U of Virginia School of Law and got engaged to Brian Wright in May. Jaime Amrhein, Dana Gusky, Heidi Hausse, and Allison Marvel came to New Orleans to celebrate at the engagement party in September. Abby Wilgenbusch got engaged to Michael Scholl on Dec. 24. The couple lives in Nashville. He works in media relations for Vanderbilt Athletics and she works in strategic marketing for Schneider Electric. They plan to get married in summer 2014. ReenAnn Downing got engaged to Michael Rutter in Ireland in September. The wedding will be held at the Basilica in October. Mary Kate Mannix is engaged to John Allen, and they will be married in May 2014 after Mary Kate graduates from medical school. Katie Notter is marrying Greg Bline April 27. The wedding party includes Kelsey Reno, Erika Daley, Danielle (Patzner) Rogers, and Joy Beissel. Cristina Elstad got engaged to Parker Smith, a fellow medical student at MCG in Athens GA. Natassia Kwan is marrying Anthony Tartaglio in November. She will graduate law school this May and begin practicing law as a commercial litigator at a large firm.Brigid Fenlon and George Packer are engaged along with friends Chris Terscheluse and Shannon Traeger. Tyler Baker and Carolyn Skinner got engaged over the holidays. Mary DeAgostino is engaged to Kevin Kelly, a graduate of Temple U and Harvard Divinity School. They plan to be married in early March 2014 in Nashville, where Mary attends Vanderbilt U School of Medicine and Kevin teaches at Merrol Hyde Magnet School. James Butler and Clare Heintz ’09SMC are engaged. James proposed to Clare on Dec. 30 in Chicago. The two celebrated with other alumni on New Year’s Eve: James Champlin, Brian Droste, Kelsey Burke ’12, Kate Orbon, Liz Slawin, Michael Faron, Kathleen Dudek, Katie Cahill, Conor Douglass, Gregor Shields ’10, Matt Herrmann ’10, Garrett Brown ’11, and Jeff Burke. John Dalhoff is engaged to Katie Kohler ’09SMC. John and Katie will be married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on June 29. Sara Wilgenbusch and Nathan Baumgartner ’09, ’10MSA were married Oct. 6 at the Basilica. Wedding party included Abby Wilgenbusch, Amanda Musto, Suzanne (Fox) Alfano, Brianna Klco Coburn, Lauren Floccare, Jonathan Alfano, Brandon Doyle, and Joe Berndt. Ushers included Will Coburn, Michael Scholl, Ken Shamrell, and Benjamin Funke ’12MFA. Krystyna (Traudt) Jones and Christina Shakour were readers. Susan (Bigelow) and Drew Reynolds were married on May 12 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The wedding party included Andrea Cisneros ’10ACE, Christine Clark, Erin Ramsey, Elizabeth Stewart ’08, Matthew Gelchion, Dan Reynolds ’06, and Brian Reynolds ’13. Drew and Susan reside in Boston, where Susan is finishing her master’s in theological studies and Drew is working on his PhD in social work, both at Boston College. Nicole Yamaguchi got married to Andrew Sun on Sept. 30 in Palos Verdes CA. They are classmates at USC Keck School of Medicine. Eileen Offer, Teddy Okanekhua, Andrew Knutson, Teresa Backes, Julia Sendor, Lauren Kopsky, and Chris Lee were in attendance. Elizabeth Peterson married Justin Hendricks ’07 in Buffalo NY on Aug. 11. The wedding party included Jenni Ross, Colleen Harren, Matthew Carney ’06, and Nathan Payne ’08. Readers included Cindi Sulzbach, Valerie Cosimano ’08, and Ann Marie Clifford ’07. Ann Kelley married Collin McCabe ’10 on Aug. 18. They live in Boston. Ann is teaching high school biology and oceanography, and Collin is a PhD student studying human evolutionary biology at Harvard U. Devin Fee and Joyce Almario were married on Sept. 29 in San Diego. The wedding party included Liz Pike, Marissa Pitterle, Michael Furman, Greg McCool, and Andrew Polich. After honeymooning in the Maldives, they returned to Austin TX, where Devin serves as president of the Notre Dame Club of Austin. Audrey Loucks got married to Tom Etter Aug. 3. Meredith Rowland married Scott Hurley on Dec. 31 in South Bend. The party included Johann DeSousa, Brandon Sparks, Carlo Santos, Luis Crespo, Brandon Pierpont ’08, Ben Rowland ’08, Andrew Matasic, Chris Gruenberg, Matt Fanous, and Alice Shepherd. Michael Spencer was promoted from investment analyst to bank portfolio manager at 1st Source Bank in South Bend. He married Rachael (Dougherty) ’10 on July 14. In attendance were Mathew Spencer ’11, Mike Spencer ’85, Paul Heydweiller, Erin Maxwell ’10, John Dougherty ’83JD, and Tim Mascarenhas ’00. They reside in Osceola. The Notre Dame Cycling Club gathered in Madison WI on Sept. 29 for a reunion. Tim Campbell and Jenn Perricone ’11 were married that day at St. Patrick’s Church. Mark Vermeersch and Mike Lavery were ushers and Kiel Hockett split his pants while attempting to bust a move. Paul and Sarah Schlueter live in Lancaster CA. Paul is a test engineer for the Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base, and Sarah is a stay-at-home mom with their new baby boy, Daniel Jacob Schlueter. He was born on Sept. 8. Jon and Caitlin’08SMC Buttaci welcomed son Michael Lawrence Buttaci Aug. 31. His godparents are Joseph and Morgan Caudle. Meagan Davis and husband Brian Broun welcomed their second son, Aaron Cooper, on Nov. 6. They also celebrated the baptism of Aaron and brother Myles at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gautier MS on Dec. 14. Amber Travis had a baby girl, Laiya Dianne, named after her grandmother, Dianne McCollough-Travis ’74. Her godmother is Mallory Jacobs. Dave Kimbell ’11ACE and Erin (Dowd) welcomed their first baby, William Henry Kimbell, on New Year’s Day. David Patterson and wife Ellie (Flood) Patterson welcomed a baby girl, Magdalene Rose on June 4. Keaton and Jessica (Stouffer) Lambert welcomed daughter Arabella Lucy in November. Her godparents are Andrew and Michele (Sagala) Chronister. James Zasadinski won the Ronald Altman Student/Resident Award at U of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After two years in the NFL, Chris Stewart is back at ND Law to finish up his JD, Class of ’15. Rev. John-Paul Witt SJ professed vows in the Jesuits on Aug. 11. He is continuing his studies for the priesthood at Saint Louis U, where he is working on an MA in philosophy. Emerson Spartz was named to Chicago Business’ Top 40 under 40 list. Clarissa Negret transferred to Facebook Headquarters in San Francisco, where she is in charge of analyzing user trends. Jessica Hagemann secured an agent for her first novel, Tequila Got Me Pregnant. Monica Tarnawski earned a master’s degree in English Education from Teachers College Columbia U and works as a secondary English teacher in northern New Jersey. Rupa Jose is a psychology and social behavior PhD student at UC Irvine. Caroline Green will be starting a three-year internal medicine residency in June at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC), an Air Force training program in San Antonio TX. Natalie (Leopold) married Daniel Kapnick Sept. 8 in Houston at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, officiated by Archbishop Fiorenza. Michelle Webb started working for Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry in Baltimore. Craig Wiborg and Andrew Matasic climbed Mt. Vesuvius. Rev. Mr. Simon R. Carian was ordained a deacon in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 4, along with 32 of his classmates from the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City. Deacon Simon has lived in Rome since 2009. He graduated summa cum laude from the Pontifical Gregorian U, and is pursuing further graduate studies in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical U of the Holy Cross, as well as in bioethics at the Pontifical Institute of John Paul II. He also serves as head of Campus Ministry for the Notre Dame Rome Program. Deacon Simon will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe on May 18 in the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, in Santa Fe. In late 2009, Simon Joseph was hired as the assistant to the director of membership and prizes at the American Philosophical Society, America’s oldest learned society, where he manages record keeping and the election of new members. In addition, he has been the Inaugural Program Coordinator at the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science since 2010. Via PACHS, he serves on the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. — Megan Flynn; 2126 37th St. NW, Washington DC 20007; 574-320-0573;

09MBA Class Secretary

Shawn Pulscher; 10 Lafayette Ave., Apt. 312, Morristown NJ 07069; 801-336-7344;

09JD Class Secretary

Josh Rinschler; 732-882-6695;