class notes


00 Reasons to Celebrate

Our class has had many reasons to celebrate. Whether from the tiniest of additions to the family to job promotions to marriages, we have been busy. Tara Churik ’00, ’01 was married to Bjorn Austraat in September of 2013. They were married at St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City, where they are parish members. Their reception was held at the St. Regis, New York. The maid of honor was Alison Main, and Melissa Guerrero served as a bridesmaid. Other Domers in attendance were Nicole Rund ‘98, Sara Burke ’99, Dr. Violet Kramer, Dr. Kristin (Ryan) Elias and Josh Stees. Tara works as a principal in the life sciences practice of North Highland Consulting. Bjorn works as an associate partner in the telecommunications practice of IBM. They met while Bjorn lived in California, and have lived in Manhattan for three years, where they own a co-op in the Financial District. Drew Brennan married Bridget Nicholl on Jan. 24 in front of family and friends at Assumption Catholic Church in Chicago. Over 60 Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s grads were in attendance, including Michael Brennan ’69, Brian Borger, Tom Hundman, Matt Horsley, Dominic Giuliani and Chris Craytor. Bridget and Drew live and work in Chicago and love being close to their families in and around the city. Congratulations to the new couples. We wish you the best in your new life together. Now onto the baby news: Camille (Fitzpatrick) and Sean Markey ’01 welcomed their second son, Timothy Fitzpatrick, in January. Timothy joins big brother James Martin. Camille is an associate director at Boston College, and Sean is a psychologist in private practice. The Markeys live in Newton MA. Brian Mink and his wife, Lianne Wojnarowicz ’03SMC, announced the birth of their third child, Sloan Evangeline, on Dec. 31. Her big brother, Bryce, and big sister, Leighton, are very excited and happy about their latest addition. Rob Sprague and his wife, Maura Sichol Sprague ’01JD, adopted their second child, Liam Alexander, on Jan. 16. The Sprague family resides in Pittsburgh, where Rob works as a radiologist at U of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Congratulations to the new additions. Not only are we adding to our families, but our class is adding to their résumés. Melissa Tacey has been promoted to director of international logistics for Ecolab Company and continues to reside in Chicago. Brian Seaman was recently been named to the Top 40 under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Brian is counsel for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. He resides in Philadelphia. After all that hard work, our class also knows how to celebrate. Julie (Reising) McDonald, Dave Melander, Francis O’Connor, Renee (Daniels) and Scott Miller, and Sharis (Long) ’01 and Dan Cooley celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Minnesota with Biz (McShane) Murphy, who recently relocated to the Twin Cities with her family. Biz is the director of accounting systems and processes for Heidrick & Struggles. Speaking of getting together, our class is having The Class of 2000 tailgate for the Northwestern game on Nov. 15. We have a group of tickets to the game available for purchase as well. Please join us for the tailgate and game. It will be a great chance for food, drinks and time to catch up with old friends. Please contact Melissa Tacey with any questions: or 989-906-2619. Details will be emailed and posted on Facebook closer to the game. Thanks so much again for all your great announcements. Keep them coming. I love hearing from you. — Laurie (Strotman) O’Malley;

00MBA Class Secretary — Georgette (Leonard) Stubin;

46917 Polo Drive, Canton MI 48187;

00JD Class Secretary — Brian J. Murray;

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01 Updates

Maria (Feilmeyer) Morrow successfully defended her dissertation and obtained a PhD in theology from the U of Dayton in December. Her husband Jeff and children Maia, Eva, Patrick and Robert were on hand for the celebration. Meghan (Gurgol) and Mike Evoy happily welcomed daughters Genevieve Mary and Cecilia Elizabeth last spring. The twins join siblings Xavier and Josie. John Lavan is planning an August wedding to Alison Warner. John and Alison live in New York City, where he works for Citi as a director of equity derivatives trading. In March, Tim Logan joined the LA Times business staff as a reporter covering housing and residential real estate. Camille (Fitzpatrick)’00 and Sean Markey welcomed their second son, Timothy Fitzpatrick, in January. Timothy joins big brother, James Martin. Sean is a psychologist in private practice, and Camille is an associate director at Boston College. The Markeys live in Newton MA. In December, Christian Hawley was ordained an Episcopal priest. He is the assistant rector at the Church of the Ascension in Knoxville TN. Recently, Christian got engaged to Madeline Shelton, and they are planning a November wedding in Austin TX. Joe Feeser was hired as principal of St. Joan of Arc Catholic School (preschool – 8) in Indianapolis. Joe had been the assistant principal and will begin his new role this summer, after enjoying his 25th Indianapolis 500 in May. — Megan (Miller) Murray; 2015 N. 56th St., Milwaukee WI 53208; 414-213-4687;

01MBA Class Secretary — Dominic Pang;

01JD Short and Sweet

Tessa Davis was elected partner at Linklaters in Singapore in their banking and projects (energy) group. Melissa Plumlee was promoted to senior corporate counsel at PROS, Inc. (NYSE: PRO). Please send me updates for the next column. — Jonell Lucca; res 480-699-0377; cell 602-677-3266;

02 Happy Summer

James Hinkle was ordained to the priesthood on June 7 in Arlington VA for the Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese for the Military Services. After seven years in the submarine force, he hopes to be a chaplain in the Navy. He is studying Canon Law. Ryan Newell, who focuses on corporate and commercial litigation in Delaware, was recently elected a partner at Connolly Gallagher. From 2005 to 2008, Ryan was part of the team that successfully defended the State of Delaware before the US Supreme Court in an original jurisdiction action brought by New Jersey that challenged Delaware’s sovereignty over the Delaware River within its historic Twelve Mile Circle. Ryan is regularly consulted about electronically stored information and document retention issues, and writes frequently about developments in Delaware law. Ryan has served as the president of the St. Thomas More Society of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, is the president of the Notre Dame Club of Delaware, and serves on the board of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. Greg Schwartz and Sarah Kampbell welcomed Erica Marie Schwartz in July, joining brother Nathan. In October, they moved to Chicago for Greg’s new position as an assistant professor at Northwestern Medical School. Sarah completed her PhD in Byzantine history at Princeton U in November. Erica (Walter) and Grant Gholson are thrilled to announce the birth of their first baby, James Thomas Gholson, who was born on March 14. Grant and Erica live in Chicago, where she is a professional development manager at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, and he teaches philosophy and theology at St. Ignatius College Prep, while finishing his doctorate in theological ethics at Loyola U Chicago. Jeff Raedy left the Air Force at the end of September after 10 years of service. Jeff then took a round-the-world trip, planning his route as he traveled. He started off in Madrid where he spent a week with his roommate, Pete Morrell, and his family. From there, Jeff wandered around the rest of Europe, parts of Africa and Asia, Australia and New Zealand before arriving back in the US in early April. All told, he visited 38 countries. Maureen (Smithe) and Chris Brusznicki welcomed baby Ben in early March, and he is very loved by his three siblings. Maureen and Chris took him on his first trip to Notre Dame for the Blue-Gold Game, and he seemed very happy to be in the place where his parents met. Meghan (DiPerna) Gulia and her husband Greg welcomed their first child, Kathryn Elise, on Feb. 13. Kathryn arrived in the midst of a blizzard in New York City. Kate (Fox) ’04MEd and Tim Dolezal welcomed their fourth child, Margaret Frances, on Jan. 20. Thanks so much for the updates, please keep them coming. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran;

02MBA Class Secretary — Melissa Hurd;

02JD Twelve Years Out

Congratulations to Sara (Culley) Costello and her husband, Frank, on the arrival of their beautiful daughter, Josephine Elizabeth, born on Feb. 7. The Costellos live in DC, where Sara works for the Office of Hearings and Appeals at the Department of the Interior. Andy Mayle is handling a high-profile class action lawsuit against the city of Toledo OH and RedFlex, the world’s largest traffic-camera company. The lawsuit challenges the city’s traffic-camera ordinance, which requires motorists who are cited to appear before an administrative hearing officer in lieu of having their cases heard in municipal court. Mayle argues that the ordinance violates a special provision in the Ohio constitution relating to judicial jurisdiction, which may not be impaired or restricted by any municipality. The suit seeks restitution of all monies that Toledo and RedFlex have held or collected under the city’s traffic-camera ordinance. Good luck to Andy as he argues the case before the Ohio Supreme Court this summer. Jon Reali has had a busy year, co-founding a new archery supply and machining business with his father, Charles Reali ’66. The new company, Real Axis Machining in Battle Ground WA makes archery equipment but also machines, fabricates and welds other products. The company helps customers with everything from programming to machining metal and parts to assisting with intellectual property issues such as trademarks and copyrights. Interesting tidbit you may not know: Jon is a five-time national champion and national record holder in archery. Drop me a line and let me know what’s new in your world. — Megan Glunz Horton; 521 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; res 847-256-2335;

03 Slow News Cycle

Catherine (Davey) Talarico and her husband Aaron ’02 had their second child, Claire Elizabeth, on July 22. They live in Laguna Beach with their eldest, Caroline, 5. Angela (Chiappetta) and Brendan Fitzpatrick welcomed their fourth child, Emmeline Rose, on Oct. 16. They also have Jake, 5, Henry, 4 and Mary, 2. Father Gary Chamberland, CSC, baptized Emmeline. They live in St. Louis where Brendan is a resident in emergency medicine at Washington U and Angela will finish her commitment to the Air Force as a dentist this summer. On Oct. 3, Christina (Cepero) and Chris Umpierre welcomed Victoria Alina, who was baptized Feb. 1, by Rev. James E. McDonald, CSC. She joins big sister, Catherine Elena, 2. The family lives in Bonita Springs FL. After 10 years in sunny southern California, Joe Essner has taken a job as a systems engineer with The SI Organization in St. Louis. Please send me your updates by email or shoot me a note on Facebook. — Joshua Gentine;

03MBA Work and Play (Pens)

Congratulations to Araceli (Viramonte) Villegas on being chosen one of the Sports Business Journal’s 40 under 40. The award recognizes executives under the age of 40 who have had significant accomplishments in the area of sports business. After business school, Araceli spent seven years with NASCAR, bringing the sport to international audiences. Today, she is vice president, television for Oscar de la Hoya’s Los Angeles-based boxing promotions company, Golden Boy. Araceli and her husband, Miguel, have two boys, Miguel Jr., 6, and Alejandro, 4. Wyatt Kilmartin and family are on the move again. After a few years in Shanghai, Wyatt, Robin and sons Caden, 10, and Evan, 8, have moved to Singapore. Wyatt is vice president of sales and marketing at RIDGID Asia Pacific. Congratulations to the new parents in our class. Katherine and Jeff Skaggs welcomed son, Chase Garrett, on Oct. 8. Jaime Slaughter and Alex Acey welcomed daughter, Noa Joy, on Feb.12. Please email me your latest updates. — Rosemary Guillette, 9 Messenger St., Unit 7, Plainville MA 02762;

03JD Class Secretary — Lawrence A. Ward;


04 Decade Has Passed

By the time you read this, our class will have already celebrated our 10-year reunion. It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since we graduated. I hope that everyone who attended had a wonderful time. Please send updates about friends that you reconnected with and stories that were shared. Congratulations to our class president Jazmin (Garcia) and Matt Smith ’03 on the birth of Mikaela Rose Smith on March 2. Mikaela is their first daughter, joining big brother Diego. Jenny (Wilding) and Ben Bogucki finished their residency and fellowship training at Washington U in St. Louis and moved to Columbus OH in July. Ben is working as a dermatologist and Jenny is an ophthalmologist. They welcomed their first child, daughter Elliot Grace Bogucki, on Aug. 4, and Jenny reports that she’s been keeping them on their toes ever since. Meagan Sutton married Holden Bonwit on Jan. 4, with Paul Sheperd ’03 as a groomsman. Meagan and Holden then returned to the U of Oxford to finish their MBA studies. Other ND folks in attendance at the wedding included Erin (Fleming) Mcloskey ’02, Gabriel Torres ’02, Robert Bruggner ’03, Joseph Essner ’03, Karen Chu ’03, Emily Haranin ’03, Jamison Klang ’03JD, Rebecca (Traina) Algren, Meg Smith, Christian Kondratowicz ’05 and Chris Bonwit ’71. Also in attendance at Meagan and Holden’s wedding was Andrew DeBerry, who sent an update sharing that their ND Club took over a local Mass this winter and had the church finish with the Alma Mater. Katie (Perry) ’04, ’06Med and Erik Oswald welcomed their first child, Logan Reid, on Sept. 19. The happy family resides in Wisconsin while Katie is finishing her PhD at UW-Madison. Ryan McDonald and Jessica Rinaldi ’03 were married on Jan. 11 at St. John the Evangelist in Philadelphia with the reception at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wannamaker Building. On the groom’s side, ND grads Toby Reiff ’02, Dan Lustig ’03 and John Raih were in the wedding party. Ryan’s brother, Joe McDonald, was the best man. On the bride’s side, Jessica’s twin sister Danielle Rinaldi Lustig ’03 was the maid of honor. Other ND grads in the bridal party were Ana Morales ’03, Meghan Mocogni and Megan Brown. There were a bunch of other Domers in attendance including Matt Krizmanich, Jeff Alexander, Kyle Karrenbauer ’02, Mike Kinder ’03, ’04, Olga Urbieta, Sarah Bowman, Kristen Flood Wappler ’03, Madeleine McKenna Durkin ’03, James Durkin ’03, Nicole Spann O’Brien ’03, Timothy O’Brien ’03, Lizzette Butkeiwicz ’03, Genevieve LeFevour ’03, Laura Barrett Assomull ’00, Lyndsey Read ’00 and Jake Lustig ’94. An Air Force special operations pilot stationed in Florida, Will Herbert was recently selected as one of the Air Force’s 5 Olmsted Scholars. He is taking a three-year paid hiatus from flying to learn Chinese and then get a master’s degree in Hangzhou, China. Mike Baird ’03, also a spec ops pilot, got this before Will and helped him apply for the program. Katie (Welch) and Aaron Rarick ’05 welcomed daughter Lucille Kate on April 5. Lucy looks forward to tailgating her first Irish football game in South Bend this fall. Please continue to send your updates or send me a message on our Class of 2004 Facebook page. — Carol Martino;

04MBA 10 Years Out

Brian Woodward and his wife Natasha are the proud parents of six children and they live in Pasco WA. The newest addition to the family is Mitchell, who was born in February. Tim Chase is the general auditor for Western Refining Inc. The IIA recognized Tim with an honorable mention in April. During his time with Western Refining, Tim has grown the internal audit group from a team of three individuals to a team of eight and the group’s primary objective is to assist Western Refining with managing its risks and ensuring that the business meets its objectives. — Harry Howisen;

04JD 10 Years Since Graduation

Liz (Barrow) Mangan gave birth to her second son, Colin, on Sept. 25. Big brother Michael, born on Sept. 29, 2011, is excited to have a best buddy. Liz works as a real estate broker and legal consultant in New York City. She and her husband Michael own Mangan Properties, a residential firm managing Manhattan rentals and investment properties. She is also an associate broker with Douglas Elliman, where she focuses on luxury sales. Also, John Linzer joined the IP group at Quarles & Brady in Chicago. If you’re on Facebook, sign up for our class page. (Thanks for setting it up Katie (Koenig) Schmanski.) If you’re heading to a home game this fall, be sure to post when you’ll be on campus. Keep the updates coming. We love hearing from you. — Finn Pressly; 321 N. Clark St., Suite 1000, Chicago IL 60654; 312-795-3242;; Katie Bryan; 1037 Raymond Boulevard, 16th Floor, Newark NJ 07102;

05 Class Secretary — Kristin Boyd;

Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave., New York NY 10010; 317-523-1195;

05MBA DIY Ideas

Stephanie (Madia) Mobley ’06 and Todd Mobley became the proud parents of a daughter, Sarah Eileen, on April 11. Baby and mom are doing great. Jenise Frohlinger ’05 wanted us to know that she has started a new blog website,, a place to discover fun do-it-yourself ideas and inspirations. Please send in your updates for the next column by emailing me or send to the Notre Dame MBA Class of 2005 Google Group by emailing at Take care and good luck in life and work. — Himanshu Gosar;

05JD Careers and Families

Giancarlo Estrada was married in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, on Feb. 15. He and his wife reside in Phoenix AZ, where he is principal of Estrada-Legal PC. After commencement, Giancarlo obtained his master of laws in taxation at the U of San Diego. He is licensed in California and Arizona. His practice focuses on small business counsel and estate planning, including formations, wills, trusts and other related areas of law. On Jan. 1, Pat Kilbane began a new career adventure at Ullmann Financial in Ponte Vedra Beach FL. He serves as a financial advisor and legal consultant, where he handles expert witness work in high net worth divorce cases. As part of the new role, Pat has earned his Series 7 license, Series 66 license and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation. Pat is highly active in the Jacksonville community. At the end of April, Pat joined the Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s Board of Directors for the first meeting of their term. He also serves as the president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association and president of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville, which recently hosted Brian Kelly and raised more than $14,000 for the club scholarship fund.
Katie Garza is a magistrate judge in Lake County Indiana Superior Court, Juvenile Division, where she has practiced since 2010. She and her husband, Giovanni, welcomed their second child, Sofia Marie, in November. She joined big brother Alexander, born August 2011.
Gretchen (Heinze) ’04 JD and Adam Townshend welcomed their second daughter, Kathlyn Elizabeth, on April 3. Kathlyn joins big sister Artley Jeanne who, as the luck of the Irish would have it, was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2012. Adam serves as an assistant US attorney in Grand Rapids MI, where he handles civil and criminal health care fraud cases. Kait Kuzmickas married Phil Price on May 3 at the Basilica. Myra Michail and Amanda (Hubbard) Herman attended. Kait is an attorney with Klein, Daday, Aretos & O’Donoghue, LLC, in Chicago. Amanda was recently promoted to manager for Sprint’s Network Lease Abstractions Team. She is responsible for a team of nine attorneys, paralegals and real estate professionals who report to her. Her team manages Sprint’s cell site lease portfolio nationwide.

Joyce (Sioson) Reimnitz and her husband, Patrick, visited Melissa Astudillo, who relocated to the Philippines in late 2013 and serves as director of In The House Asia, a professional networking community for in-house attorneys. Before she left New York City, Melissa was given a farewell party that included classmates Coleman Lechner, Louis Crisostomo, Jordan Cortez and Jack Palma. Finally, Claudia Salgado Levy reports that after graduation, she got an internship at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. A few months later, she moved back to her home country of Ecuador, where she worked for several years for the attorney general’s office handling international human rights cases as well as investment arbitration cases. In 2010, she successfully accomplished the Geneva L.L.M. in International Dispute Settlement. She then worked as consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. She is pursuing her PhD in international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, which she plans to finish by June 2015. Brenda and Paul Harold live in South Bend with their five children: Magdalene, 9, Thomas, 7, Anne Therese, 5, Stella Maris, 3, and Mary Frances, 1. Paul is enjoying life as a commercial litigator at LaDue Curran & Kuehn LLC ( He also enjoys tormenting unsuspecting 2Ls and 3Ls as an adjunct professor teaching Commercial Sales at NDLS. Former classmates are more than welcome to have a glass of bourbon from the Harold bar whenever they are in town. Just send an email and let Paul know when you will be coming by. ( — Adam Russ; 2193 W. 7th St., Cleveland OH 44113;

06 Much to Enjoy

Josh Henderson and wife Staci welcomed their second daughter, Elaina Bernadine, on Feb. 3. Sabitha (Narendran) and Andrew Salzmann ’05 welcomed their second son, Gabriel Lawrence, on March 10. Big brother Benjamin couldn’t love him more. Arina Grossu is the new director for human dignity for the Family Research Council in Washington DC. Anna (O’Connor) Wolf is still awesome. Matthew Smedberg received his PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt U; together with Lauren Price ’05, he is moving to Houston to work with math curriculum developer Reasoning Mind. I’ve survived my first year of teaching and am looking forward to a packed summer of bachelorette parties for Liz Berry and Beth Martter, family vacation, and curriculum planning. Keep the updates coming. — Anna (Skoien) Lall; 55 Wyman St., Boston MA 02130; 617-553-2562;

06MBA Welcoming New Additions

It’s been pretty light on updates but the news I have is great news. Amy and Prentice Ng welcomed their second child, Colin Thomas, on March 15. They are seeing more diapers and less sleep than normal but otherwise doing great. I also heard from Katie and Larry Witt, who welcomed their second child, Samuel Lee, on Nov. 23. Samuel and his big sister Emily are keeping the Witts very busy, but they plan to attend the USC game in November in Los Angeles. If you are headed to that game, be sure to connect with them. Congratulations to the families, and please send along any other news of new arrivals, new jobs or big events. 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

Jared Danilson and his wife, Alivia, welcomed their third daughter, Carli Elizabeth on March 3rd. Big sisters Ainsley and Kailee were excited to meet her, and Jared will now never sleep well again! Jared is an associate with Faegre Baker Daniels in Indianapolis. Paul Ferguson and Sarah Troupis recently got engaged! The happy couple is getting married on August 2nd in Madison. They started dating last September at Alex Hock’s wedding. I hope all is well with everyone and that you email me life updates for our class column. — Amir Hassan Sadaghiani;

07 News and Notes

On May 17, Dr. Kristin Schwarz graduated from Boston U School of Medicine and matched for residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, the joint training program between Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital and BUSM’s Boston Medical Center. Schwarz received the Alpha Omega Alpha Student Service Leadership Award and the Preblud Award for Pediatrics. A medical responder in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Schwarz came back “Boston Strong” to complete the 2014 Boston Marathon, her sixth Boston Marathon overall. Schwarz will be featured in the soon-to-be-released Boston Marathon documentary film, Boston. Christina (O’Donnell) and Sean McFarlane welcomed triplets in March; they are named Noelle, Lauren and James. Michael Ferkovic married Julie Englehart on May 3 in Cleveland. Father William Lies, CSC, ’93MDiv served as celebrant and homilist of the nuptial Mass. At the reception, guests were treated to an assortment of foods, beers, wines and cocktails. P.J. Hoffman (best man), Jordan Powell, Liam Moran and JMike Weber served as groomsmen. Additional guests included Keita Miyamura, Billy Kane, Pat Sullivan, Nick “Tuna” Fanslau, David Poell, Matt Houser, Sean Murphy, Carla ’08 and Nate Barbera, John Kozy, R.J. Kornhaas, Tara and Matt Cavo, Annie Tilton, Ray McCarthy and Sean Grady. Hillary Thornton has joined the Irvine office of Fisher & Philips LLP as an associate to its firm. Ashley O’Keefe and Eric Coon became engaged in April. Ashley and Eric live in New Orleans where she is completing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology. On Nov. 23, Michelle Muñoz Durk and her husband welcomed their first child, Adrian Edward. Louis Cavadini graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and will start his family medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka on July 1. Kevin and Mary (Corrigan) Flanagan gave birth to baby Jane Maureen on Dec. 4. Shannon (Swanigan) and Rob Wilson ’09 celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Lauren Marie Frances, in February. Their daughter Claire is proud to be a big sister. We are sad to share the news regarding the passing of Stephanie Kirkpatrick Politte on March 12. God bless and Go Irish. Please submit Class Notes. — Stephanie Pelligra; cell 315-382-6487;

07MBA Class Secretary — Joe Curry;

07JD Good Things

Adam Bartrom is engaged to the one, the only Emily McCabe. In boxing terms, he is way outside his weight class. Welcome to the club. But so long as we don’t tell Emily, the Aug.16 wedding will be grand. Katie (Welch) and Aaron Rarick ’05 welcomed daughter Lucille Kate on April 5. Lucy looks forward to tailgating at her first Irish football game in South Bend this fall. She will likely be drinking a different type of beverage than me, but I, too, prefer bottles.
Derek Muller and his wife Emily are living in sunny southern California with their four children. Derek teaches at Pepperdine U School of Law in Malibu. He has recent publications in the Arizona State Law Journal and the Indiana Law Journal. Look for him at the ND-USC game in the fall. Got news? Send it to me. I love emails that provide updates on classmates. I provide my address below, but I have yet to receive an update via letter. — Patrick A. Salvi II; Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., 22 W. Washington St., Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602; 312-372-1227;

08 First Mass

Rev. Patrick E. Reidy, C.S.C. was ordained on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and celebrated his first Mass the following day at the Basilica. Fr. Pat’s siblings, Tim ’10, Catherine ’13, and Molly ’15 served as readers at the liturgy, and his parents, Jean and Mike Reidy ’81, extended a beautiful blessing over him. Fr. Pat’s former Sorin College Rector, Fr. Jim King, C.S.C. ’81, M.Div. ’87, vested him during ordination and concelebrated Fr. Pat’s first Mass. Fr. Pete Jarret, C.S.C. ’86, M.Div. ’91 and Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C. M.Div. ’06, both former rectors of Keough Hall, concelebrated Fr. Pat’s first Mass in Keough, where he is now rector. Many ’08ers were in attendance throughout the weekend to celebrate with Fr. Pat. Festivities included an outdoor reception featuring Knights of Columbus steak sandwiches. Congratulations and prayerful best wishes to Fr. Pat! Peter Hadley, Kerry O’Connor and Nick Zarazua reunited in New York City for a weekend that culminated with a viewing of Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. It had been nearly ten years since they first bonded over Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic” at a SUB movie event in DeBart 101 their freshman year. The reunion weekend was chock full of dramatic slow motion, whip pans and deadpan delivery that was received with mixed reviews. Michael O’Connor did not attend… but he did recently get engaged. Congratulations to Michael on his engagement to Alexandra Montgomery this past February! The couple plans to wed next June. — Megan O’Hara;

08MBA New Daughters

Congrats to Jamie O’Reardon, whose daughter, Caroline Christine O’Reardon, was born on Jan. 25. I had a baby girl, Emma Grace Ulrich, on Feb. 1. Please send me any updates. — Megan Ulrich;

08JD Babies and Jobs

Congratulations to G Costa and his wife, who are expecting their first child in July. Stay tuned for next quarter’s updates for the name and sex of Baby Costa. G is associate general counsel at the U of Idaho. Lily Vidal started a new job in February. She is working in house for the Dufry Group in Miami. Finally, in memory of Kyle D. Smith, the Class of 2008 Mock Trial Award fund has been established at NDLS. Please donate at, and under “Designations” mark “Kyle D. Smith, Class of 2008 Mock Trial Award.” This is an expendable scholarship, meaning that we will be able to award the scholarship as long as we have money in the fund. Please be generous this year and in years to come. — Marie-Therese Mansfield;

09 Doing Better than Fine

Class vice president Janeva Waked married Columbus Morfaw on May 2 in a beautiful ceremony in Minneapolis. Kadeja Gaines, Kathleen Rooney, Mary Kaminski, and I were among the bridesmaids, and members of the class of ’09 had a great showing. Katy Janik married Larry Murphy on April 12 in New Orleans with a sizable ND crew in attendance. Tara Brito, Molly Slalvin, Jen Cole, and Christina Sensabaugh were among the bridesmaids. Erin Cosgray and Dave Venker were married April 26 in Baltimore. Many ND grads were in the wedding and attended the weekend festivities. Clare Heintz ’09SMC and James Butler celebrated the sacrament of matrimony together with family and friends on May 3 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Chicago. Mary Catherine Johnson married William Kazmierski in January, and is living in Austin and working in insurance administration for a medical clinic. In September, Megan Kenny and Scott Feister were married in their hometown of Cincinnati. They are working on PhDs, in organizational communication and laser/plasma physics, respectively. Nathan Cutler and Christine Morris were married on May 25 in Detroit. The couple is moving to Philadelphia, where Nathan will be starting his ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Institute. Christine is graduating from dental school and plans to work as a dentist in Philadelphia starting in July. Erin Heck married Matthew Shambaugh on May 25 in Youngstown OH. Matt Kernan ’09 BBA, ’14MBA proposed to his girlfriend Sarah Moran ’14MTS in mid-March after returning from a two-week trip to Ghana. They were due to graduate from Notre Dame in May and move to Denver to start their new jobs and family. Matt will be the CEO of a new Catholic non-profit organization, and Sarah will be a high school theology teacher. Tony Schiazza got engaged to Grace Malley on March 22. David Cavidini got engaged to Micaela Alvarez ’10. Stephanie Fairhurst got engaged to Javier Palomo. Jen Fedyna got engaged to George Maier in Princeton NJ; they plan to marry in Philly in December. Katie O’Connell got engaged to Matt Ward in Savannah GA, and they plan to be married in Chicago in the fall of 2015. Jen and Katie plan to incorporate Laura Wolbeck’s three cats in their weddings. Chris Hall and Katherine Pezzella were engaged last March and got married on June 8 in Topsfield MA. Once he finally forgave her for being a Michigan graduate, Ryan O’Connor proposed to Stephanie Monastra in April. They met in law school and will be living outside of New York. Mark Sullivan and Elizabeth Laskurain became engaged on Dec. 26. They will be married at the Basilica on March 14, 2015. Shannon (Swanigan) ’07 and Robert Wilson welcomed their second child, Lauren Marie Frances, in February. After completing five years in the Navy, Rob will be attending the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth this fall to earn his MBA. Christine and Juan Muldoon welcomed their first born son in February of this year and are looking forward to moving back to Chicago from New York this summer as they start business school at Chicago Booth. Ali and Dan Rodgers are thrilled to announce they became and uncle and aunt when Danielle (Patzner) and Greg Rodgers ’08 welcomed their son, Abram Paul, into the world April 21. Uncle Jeff Rodgers ’09MBA joined in the celebration of what they hope to be the first of many Irish babies in this family. Megan (Grebe) and Nathan Loyd welcomed their third son, Ambrose Thomas Loyd, on April 6. He was welcomed by his brothers, Augustine and Simon. Ryan Oakley married Becki Smith in May 2013 and received two children in the package. The couple is now expecting a third child in August. Ryan also will be starting medical school at Texas A&M Health and Science Center in Temple TX. After five years at Horton’s Kids, a DC non-profit, Frances Thunder is off to Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business to get her MBA and pursue a career in social entrepreneurship and cross-sector collaboration. Kelsey Young received her PhD in geological sciences from Arizona State U in May. She will start a postdoctoral research position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in August. Lourdes Long graduated from Harvard Business School and is moving to Houston to join Chevron’s Commercial Skills Development Program. Hugh Monahan’s company, Stellar Jockeys, is about to release its first commercial game, Brigador, which has been featured in several major video game publications including PC Gamer Magazine and Kill Screen. If all goes well, the company will expand and continue developing games. Please visit the Notre Dame Class of 2009 Facebook page to reconnect with members of the class and find out who is going to which football games. If you have any additional news or announcements, please contact me. Go Irish. — Megan Flynn; 382 Central Park West 7G New York, NY 10025; 574-320-0573;

09MBA Anybody Out There?

Sometimes, in this world connected by so many social networks, one can wonder if anybody reads printed words in magazines anymore. But I know people do! For instance, I know George Cleveland reads every single issue of Woman’s World from cover to cover, and that Takashi Doi reads Better Homes & Gardens religiously, and that Eric Litton leaves work early on the 10th day of each month so he can read the new issue of Cat Fancy, and that Nathaniel Gori reads the magazine he founded with John Malone, Always on Pointe, with Paul Riegle every single week. So my hope is that some of you, my dear classmates, read this magazine and have exciting news you’d like to share with the rest of the class. My only other option is to stalk every single one of you on the aforementioned social networks, and I haven’t proven to be very good at doing that. Having said that, I have cobbled together some exciting baby news to share: Heather and Michael Burns celebrated the arrival of Chael Ezra on Oct. 30; Juliette (Hobbs) ’04 and Greg Leuchtmann celebrated the arrival of Tessa Constance on Nov. 5; Juliana (de Sousa Solis) ’09MNA and Jack Gaither welcomed John Charles to their family on Nov. 23; Marie and Rory Tipton welcomed Keegan to the world on Dec. 21; Carol Pan and Anthony Wang celebrated the arrival of Brendan on Jan. 11; and Maureen (Borbely) Pulscher and I were blessed by the birth of Lily Grace on Dec. 1. That’s all I’ve got for now, but I look forward to hearing from many more of you in the months to come. Cheers! — Shawn Pulscher; 801-336-7344;

09JD Class Secretary — Josh Rinschler;