class notes


00 Get Ready for Reunion

It is that time of our lives when we start making plans to return to campus for our 15-year reunion. I can hardly believe it has been 15 years since we danced our last dance at Heartland or swayed to our final alma mater as a class or ate our last meals in the dining halls. Our class has done so much since then: finding success in our careers, growing families, living all over the world. We have been a busy bunch. Matt Buyske ’02 had the privilege of promoting his brother, Michael Buyske, to lieutenant commander in the Navy on Nov. 1. Michael is an optometrist at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. He previously served seven years as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) stationed at Naval Station Bremerton, Naval Base San Diego and Surface Warfare Officer School at Naval Station Newport RI. He also did an individual augmentee (IA) assignment to Baghdad in 2006. Thank you so much for your service to our country, Michael and Matt. John Gavigan has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer for First Financial Bancorp. He will oversee the finance, accounting, treasury and investor relations teams. Gavigan joined First Financial in 2008 as the assistant controller. He was promoted to controller in 2011, managing the accounting, external reporting, SOX, tax and loss share areas. Congratulations on the new position, John. Stacey and Matt Ulman are doing well and moving to Miami, where Matt is starting a new job. The Ulmans attended Saskia Sidenfaden’s wedding in Palm Springs in November. It was a gorgeous affair. Matt and Stacey are hoping to bring their three kids up to Notre Dame for the first time for Reunion this summer. Speaking of kids, our Notre Dame family continues to grow. Tim Sullivan and his wife, Julie, welcomed their son Conor in August. He joins big sisters Brigid and Kara and big brother TJ. Tim is the president of the Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia and practices law in Wilmington DE, where he manages the Delaware office of a litigation boutique. Christin (Yesnick) ’04SMC and Michael Fairchild ’04MBA welcomed their second child, Alexis Christine, in December. Michael will be serving his second term as president of the Notre Dame Club of Greater DuPage in 2015. Jennifer and Mike Cisternino welcomed children numbers 4 and 5 when twins Joseph Michael and Gianna Elizabeth arrived on New Year’s Eve. Mike, Jen and family live in Indianapolis. Congratulations to all the families. I hope all of you are finalizing your plans and packing your bags for the Reunion. I can’t wait to hear more updates from you and hopefully see many of you back on campus. — Laurie (Strotman) O’Malley;

00MBA Reunion News

First, the updates: Rookie Ruch got married Nov. 22 to his lovely bride Debbie in Raleigh NC. Kevin Twomey, his wife Catherine and son Liam moved to Minneapolis in December. Kevin has a new job with TE Connectivity. Some great news out of San Francisco: Roxy (Maldonado) Young is now the VP of marketing at Hipmunk, and Jason Young is the VP of product marketing at Marin Software. Jon Puskas writes, “Rachel and I brought our niece and nephew back for their first game weekend against UNC. We enjoyed a personal tour of the stadium, had front row seats to a hockey game, and took in the sights of our ever-growing campus. Another highlight was bumping into Hal Paul and Jen (Blandford) Paul, Vinnie Prajka and Kristin (Cummins) Prajka, Jeanine Skendzel and a few other classmates. Other than having beautiful families in tow, nobody seemed to have aged a day. It was a true joy to hear of their successes.” John Casserly and I were there too, along with Margie and Will Callard. Sadly we missed you Jon. So let’s avoid near misses by having as many classmates as possible attend Reunion 2015. Our 15-year reunion will be June 4 to 7. Details and registration information can be found at You can expect class dinners, lectures, educational programs and recreational activities on campus. You can take the whole family as there are fun activities planned for kids. This is the fifth year the Graduate Business Alumni reunion has been combined with the undergraduate and Law School reunions, providing MBA alumni with greater opportunity for networking and program offerings. Please consider going. I hear it is a fun, rewarding and renewing experience for all who attend. The MBA Alumni Office needs volunteers from our class to serve on a reunion planning committee. If you are interested, please email Thank you. — Georgette (Leonard) Stubin; 46917 Polo Drive, Canton MI 48187;

00JD Class Secretary — Brian J. Murray;

178 Cranston Court, Glen Ellyn IL 60137,

01 Updates

Rachel Callahan shared some information about a wedding she attended. Susan Roberts married Cristian Rabi in August. The couple resides in Santiago, Chile. In addition to Rachel, the following ND graduates were in attendance: Katie (Boyle) Dunn, Suzanne Winters, Jen Kosteva, Erin (Flynn) Klawitter, Kara Hamby, Karen (Callan) Sheriff, Brian O’Donahue, Drew Olejnik and Mary (Lyons) and Chris Anderson. Jeff Irish informed me that his wife, Helen (Monks) ’06, is very outnumbered, as they recently welcomed their third boy. Rory Quinton was born in October. The Irish family lives in North Palm Beach FL. Congratulations to Kerry Donovan, who was elected to be one of the 35 members of the Colorado State Senate. Kerry represents Senate District 5 and began her four-year term in January. Laura (Fronczak) MacFarlane and her husband, Darren, welcomed their second child in August. Indiana Teddy joins big brother Sammy. Laura is an interior designer in Tallahassee FL. — Megan Murray; 2015 N. 56th St., Milwaukee WI 53208; 414-213-4687;

01MBA Work, Family, Fun

Pamela Sivula is the finance VP of international digital and DVD distribution at Paramount Pictures. She is a volunteer instructor in the Sierra Club’s annual 10-week wilderness travel course. She summited Mount Whitney last year and plans to attempt Yosemite’s Half Dome this year, permits allowing. She has four nieces and seven nephews and enjoys being the “cool” aunt. ( Karsten Becker lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with his wife, Rene Marie, and their children: Hazel, 6, and Torben, 5. Karsten works for BNP Paribas as the country product manager for cash management in Germany and Austria. Please email me any updates you would like to appear in the Class Notes. — Dominic Pang;

01JD Election Winners

Congratulations to Christina (Lauricella) Klineman, who was elected to be a Marion County Indianapolis Superior Court Judge, receiving 80,996 votes. She bested 11 other candidates. It is a six-year term, and as you might guess, a hard-earned and highly competitive process. Husband Andy Klineman and their three sons, Aidan, Joe and Spencer, could not be prouder of her courage to go for it. Congrats also go out to JonMarc Buffa, who was elected commissioner on the District of Columbia’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 1C-08). His term began Jan. 1. I guess running for a class representative position was just the start to his political career. November was football month for me. As my alma maters faced off in Tempe AZ, I got to visit with Julie Foster and celebrate her birthday with a relaxing day at the spa. Then I flew out to join Kathleen Lundy for the Northwestern game. Well, at least I got to see classmates Ryan Mahoney, Julie Foster, Tom Mauch and Rudy Monterrosa. Please continue to send me great updates. — Jonell Lucca; res 480-699-0377; cell 602-677-3266;

02 Happy 2015

Bill Ferreira was named a partner at Hogan Lovells LLP, a global law firm, where he advises universities and government contractors. He is based in Washington DC and lives in northern Virginia with wife Jennifer and sons William, 5, and Alexander, 2. Rudy Gallegos and Elizabeth Emerson-Gallegos welcomed new son Matthew Finneran Gallegos to the family on June 27. After two years in Texas and two years in Spain, they are happy to be back in Indiana near family and friends. Rudy accepted a position at the BP Oil Refinery in Whiting IN, and Elizabeth is enjoying staying home with Matthew and his brother, Alex. Marie (Hogan) and Jeffrey Spoonhower ’99 welcomed Catherine Ann on Oct. 17. Katie joins big brother Sean and big sister Teresa as the third little Spoon in South Bend. Elizabeth Hogan ’99 served as godmother at her baptism. Susan (Clark) and Joe Schwartz welcomed another boy, Declan Clark Schwartz, on Aug. 23 in Anacortes WA. Joe and Susan now live in Pensacola FL, where Joe serves as the new flight surgeon for the Blue Angels. Thanks for the updates, keep them coming. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran;

02MBA New Places, New Conversations

Rick Carrico EMBA is the chief financial officer of Greater Hudson Valley Health System in New York and recently relocated to the Hudson Valley. The family is exploring their new area, just outside New York City. Last summer, five classmates and their families got together for a barbecue and swimming in Chandler AZ. Jason George, Mary (Sadowski) George, John Muskett, Dave Lesser and Shawn Lee were together in the same room for the first time since graduation. So much has changed; kids, careers, and marriage dominated the conversation. It was a far cry from the times when we were debating Corby’s vs. the Backer. — Melissa Hurd;

02JD It’s a Small World

Across the globe, on Aug. 9, Abe Moore and his wife, Desiree, welcomed their second child, a beautiful baby girl named Poppy Oliver Moore. She was born in Doha, Qatar, where Abe and Desiree are working for K&L Gates. Abe concentrates his practice on the resolution of complex commercial disputes. It was great to see Shelby and Dan Leonardi and Joanna Angelides as they visited Beth and Ryan Garino in Chicago over the New Year holiday. Shelby teaches legal research, analysis and writing to first-year law students in the Legal Writing Program at the U of South Carolina School of Law. Dan continues to practice in the areas of intellectual property and commercial litigation at Nexsen Pruet in Columbia SC. Joanna is a terrorism analyst in Washington DC. Tim Horton is a partner at Nixon Peabody as a result of the firm’s merger with Ungaretti and Harris, effective Feb. 1. Tim has been with Ungaretti since he summered there in 2001, and is looking forward to expanding his practice with the new firm. 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 Mini Update

Kristen (O’Connor) and Jim Dowd welcomed their third baby, Graeme Sorin, on Oct. 21. He loves big sister Amory, 5, and big brother Jimmy, 3, and cannot wait to live in the Quint his sophomore year. Katie (Stolz) Madden and her husband, Loren, welcomed their first child, John Joseph IV, “Jack,” on Thanksgiving Day. Katie coordinates the master’s program in higher education at the U of Michigan and teaches a class for first-year master’s students in the program. Joanne Davidson married Kieran Fahey in April. Fellow Domers in attendance included Daniele (Paulding) Daveline, Nick Daveline, Katey (Schaffer) Carney, Amy (Gnaster) Ricke, Gina Cora, Lindsey (Rem) Manske, Jim Shea ’76, and Jack Dagenais ’76. Bridget (O’Brien) Hoyt and Eileen Davidson ’10 served as bridesmaids. Andrew Hoyt ’05 officiated at the ceremony, while Joanne’s father, Gerard Davidson ’76, gave her away. Joanne recently accepted a new job as the research communications program director at Notre Dame, and the couple will relocate from Dublin to South Bend. Patrick Conforti and wife Kristin (Capece) welcomed twins Emily and Patrick Jr. on March 28. They joined big brothers Nicholas and Eugene, 2-year-old twins. They live in Andover MA. Ann Marie (Madigan) Rybak launched a “Women in Leadership” index with her firm, Barclays, and they rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on July 10. Please send updates. — Josh Gentine;

03MBA Class Secretary — Rosemary Guillette,

9 Messenger St., Unit 7, Plainville MA 02762;

03JD New DA

Laura Leslie Krieg was named district attorney of Tuolumne County CA in January. Laura had spent nearly 10 years as a deputy district attorney and then assistant district attorney for the county. She was sworn in on Jan. 5. A reception was held in her honor, and classmates Ida Shum and Jamie Klang were able to attend to help celebrate with Laura. Jason Flaherty became a partner in the compensation and benefits group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in its San Francisco office. — Lawrence A. Ward; 206-903-8817;

04 Ordained, Published, Married

David Halm took his final vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross on Sept. 13 at the Basilica and was ordained a deacon the following morning. Many ND alums were in attendance including Father Aaron Michka, CSC, ’04, MDiv ’08; Tim and Kara O’Malley; Kate Dembs Santucci ’03; Josh Gentine ’03;Mark Leaheey ’02; Andrew McElhinney ’99 and Tony Oleck ’14. Most of the Holy Cross priests and brothers attended. Rev. Richard Warner, CSC, ’62 presided at Mass and received David’s vows. Many residents of Fisher Hall attended. David is assigned as deacon at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear AZ, and will be ordained a priest in April at Notre Dame. Kathryn (Camarata) ’08 MA and Brent Burish ’04, ’05MBA welcomed their first son, Adam Charles Burish, in August. Adam and his two big sisters recently relocated back near Disney World in Orlando with their parents. Josh Dermott married Ross Bidlingmaier on Oct.11 near Washington DC. Domers attending included many former ND swimmers and swim fans: Lisa D’Olier, Matt Obringer, Brooke (Taylor) ’05 and Roger Klauer, Alan Carter ’07, Justin Barber ’07, Tim Kegelman ’07, Mary (Murphy) Conte, Mike Conte, Kate Belden, Mark Bescher, Steve Saftig ’03, Brenda (Reilly) and Matt Grunewald, Caroline (Reams) Wight, Sara (Cerreta) Bubolz, Sarah Bowman, Tara (Riggs) Boone ’02, Danny Wiederkehr, Jackie Gelzheiser ’03 and Brian Casey ’85. We have a published author in our midst. Brian South wrote to report that his novel, The Zombie Sheriff Takes Tucson: A Love Story, was getting published. He describes it as a comedic horror western about a zombie sheriff who tracks down law-breakers and eats them. According to Brian, the book was expected be available sometime in February. Natalie Cal Atkinson ’06 and Jimmy Atkinson, along with big sister, Julia, welcomed James Joseph Atkinson IV on Aug. 12. Michael Johnston ’05 is his godfather. Keri (Oxley) and Dave Brenner ’05 were married at the Basilica on a beautiful Saturday in August. Despite three overlapping years at Notre Dame, the couple didn’t start dating until October 2012 when the bride’s brother set the two up. There were many Domers present, and the wedding party including Marie (Brenner) Somogyi ’08, Cindy Brenner ’09, Nicole Shirilla ’00, Danielle (Protasewich) Hugill and Mark Crnich ’05. Kevin Popit ’05 was the best man and delivered a speech-song that the Palais Royale wedding staff is still talking about. Dave is the son of Dave Brenner ’73 and Denise (Crowley) Brenner ’77. Congratulations to Jackie (Coloe) and Brian Dosal, who welcomed Caroline Lourdes on Nov. 24. Jonathan Bennie was appointed to a three-year term on the City of Cincinnati Zoning Board of Appeals. He works for the law firm of Barron, Peck Bennie & Schlemmer, practicing primarily in the areas of real estate and business law, and has been named an Ohio Rising Star for 2014 and 2015. Please continue to send your updates. — Carol Martino,

04MBA Family Grows

Jared Hall and his wife, Nikki, became the proud parents of Alice Ann Hall in May 2014. Jared and Nikki, as well as brother Pete and sister Julia, are thrilled with the addition to their family. Ben Bauman married Amanda Stouffer in Seattle in November. Sam Stapleton and I were in the wedding party, and Claire (Hein) Nicholls, Jason Young, John Humphries, Bill Kim and Rodolfo Bollat-Montenegro celebrated with Ben and Kate. Manish M. Shah launched as a secure file sharing, storage and management solution for businesses and individuals. It is accessible around the world on desktop or mobile browsers and is the newest release from his corporation, AcceleWeb Inc. ( Michael Fairchild and his wife, Christin ’04SMC, welcomed their second child, Alexis Christine, in December, and Mike was elected to his second term as president of the ND Club of Greater DuPage. Mary (Murphy) ’04 and Eric Nedell, along with big brother Conor and big sister Ann Monroe, welcomed the newest member of the family, Patrick Theodore, in November. The Nedells hosted Ryan Lentell, Justin Kelly and Chris Chotard in Richmond last April for the Monument Avenue 10K. Eric, Ryan and Justin were participants in the race. Chris had his customary travel issues and was a late scratch for the race on account of a cancelled flight. — Harry Howisen;

04JD Updates from Sunny States

Jim Murray is the director of the John Gardner postgraduate program at Stanford U’s Haas Center for Public Service. He was selected to be a part of the inaugural national cohort of the Presidio Institute’s Cross Sector Leadership Fellows. Jim lives in San Francisco with his wife, Anna Marie, and sons TJ, 7, and Paul, 5. Julie Maurer accepted a partnership with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon’s Phoenix office, continuing her practice in commercial litigation with an emphasis on the insurance bad faith and transportation sectors. 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 Blvd., 16th Floor, Newark NJ 07102;

05 Get Ready for Reunion

Laura (Hammond) and Gregory Brady welcomed baby Benjamin Robert to their family on May 9. Michael Johnston traveled to Pasadena for the baptism of his godson, James Joseph Atkinson IV, the son of Jimmy Atkinson ’04 and Natalie (Cal) Atkinson ’06, born on Aug. 12. Nick Stober and Brandi Gangloff were married on Dec. 6 at St. Monica Catholic Church in Mishawaka. In attendance were Rev. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C.; groomsmen Nate Stober ’07, Steve Stober ’11 and Mike Giampa; and guests Ryan Goes ’06, Matt Jagodzinski, Paul Holt ’08, Jeff Grontkowski ’06, Erin Burke ’06, Laurie Wasikowski ’07 and Jimmie Schindler II. For those who want to use your Instagram accounts to show off your ND pride, the 10-year Reunion, scheduled for June 4-7, will give you a chance to use all your favorite filters and hashtags. Annoy your Michigan and USC friends by posting your smiling face in front of the Golden Dome or Touchdown Jesus with #ND2k5. There will be Class dinners Friday and Saturday night, new building tours, a daily and nightly refreshment tent and daycare. You can find more information and a list of who has registered by visiting In other exciting news, the AIM Class will be hosting its 20-year reunion the following weekend, June 11-13. Thursday night will feature a picnic dinner, with formal programs Friday and Saturday. It’s important to visit to update your profile. If you would like to read about yourself or your friends in the next edition of Notre Dame Magazine, you can send me your stories. — Kristin Boyd; Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave., New York NY 10010; 317-523-1195;

05MBA Class Secretary — Himanshu Gosar;

05JD It Is an Honor

I am honored to report that we now have a member of the federal judiciary in our midst. On Dec. 8, Bob Numbers was appointed to an eight-year term as a US magistrate judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina. His chambers are located in Raleigh. Bob’s wife Caroline, daughter Alex, 6, and son Thomas, 2, participated in his swearing in, which was performed by Chief Judge James C. Dever III ’84, himself a Notre Dame alum. This may be another reason to consider consenting to the jurisdiction of a magistrate judge when practicing in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Out in the Rocky Mountains, Michelle (Tyler) Michel and her husband, Corey, welcomed baby Madeline in October 2012. Michelle reports that Madeline is a fabulous, spirited little toddler who keeps them on their toes. Michelle has practiced as an assistant county attorney for Adams County in Brighton CO for six years. Chad Silker was appointed to the planning and zoning commission for Ballwin MO, which is consistently identified as a “Best Place to Live” by Money magazine. There’s now a lot of pressure on Chad to keep up that lofty ranking. He serves on a 10-citizen panel that advises the city’s board of aldermen on zoning issues. If you come across a zoning issue in practice, you know who to call. I am honored to have recently had the opportunity to work with two of our old classmates and friends. Jack Barber and I took part in a webinar, “Fighting over Value in a Business Divorce,” on Jan. 14, sponsored by Financial Poise, The ChamberWise Education Consortium and West LegalEdcenter. The webinar was part of their joint webinar series, “Complex Financial Litigation,” and is available online. Jack served as the moderator for the panel discussion, which focused on how parties apply various valuation methods to advocate their respective positions and how courts address issues where partners in a business split and go their separate ways. Meanwhile, back in America’s “North Coast,” Paul Harris and I are classmates again. We were selected to take part in the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2015. A product of the Cleveland Leadership Center, the year-long program prepares a diverse group of mid-career professionals for meaningful, fulfilling and impactful engagement in the community. Bridge Builders participants work in conjunction with local nonprofit organizations to tackle a problem facing each organization and strengthen Cleveland. In case you hadn’t heard, the LA Times, Travel & Leisure magazine, and Fodor’s Travel included Cleveland on their lists of the hottest destinations for 2015, and the city will be hosting the Republican National Convention in 2016. We would love to have you visit. Until then, please keep me updated on your lives and adventures, wherever they may take you. Go Irish. — Adam Russ; 2193 W. 7th St., Cleveland OH 44113;

06 New Arrival, Fashion Week

Natalie Cal Atkinson and Jimmy Atkinson ’04, along with big sister, Julia, welcomed James Joseph Atkinson IV on Aug. 12. Michael Johnston ’05 is his godfather. Erik Rocca walked the January runways for Moncler and fellow Notre Dame graduate, Thom Browne ’88 in Paris and Milan. — Anna (Skoien) Lall; 55 Wyman St., Boston MA 02130;

06MBA Class Secretary — Andrew Sama;

276 Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame IN 46556; cell 574-339-6115; bus 574-631-5206

06JD Busy Domers

Maya (Kinatukara) and Haseeb Omar welcomed a baby boy, Aman Joseph Omar, on Oct. 21. Haseeb is general counsel and chief compliance officer at Cascade Card in Los Angeles. Maya is director of human resources at AdColony in Los Angeles. Dory Mitros Durham and her husband, Michael Durham ’01JD, welcomed their third son, Brennan Francis, in October. Brennan joins big brothers Owen and Henry. Razvan Miutescu has been busy since law school. He has become a serious wine lover and married Gabriela Rosca, a friend he has known since high school in Romania. Razvan was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2013-2015 in Maryland. He works at Gorman & Williams in Baltimore. Mary Ann (Mazzarini) McCarthy and her husband, Mike ’03, welcomed their first future Domer, Claire Abigail, on Aug. 29. Claire Abigail was named after both grandmothers. Mary Ann plans to return to Covington & Burling in Washington DC in March. Mike just accepted an assistant US attorney position in DC and will be leaving Latham & Watkins in April. I hope all is well with everyone and that you email me life updates for our column. — Amir Hassan Sadaghiani;

07 Good News

Francesca Seta and Brendan Whalen were married on Aug. 31 in Charleston SC. The two met at Notre Dame while attending the 2011 graduation of their sisters, Emily Whalen ’11 and Nola Seta ’11. Their wedding party included Teresa (Backes) Cornelius, Megan (Ohlenforst) Russell, Kristin Brown, Chris Paley, Emily Whalen and Nola Seta. The couple felt lucky to be surrounded by so many Notre Dame friends and family as they said, “I do.” They live in Atlanta, where Brendan works as the vice president of acquisitions at Pollack Shores Real Estate and Francesca is an orthodontist at Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics. After meeting in 2007 on stage in the annual PEMCo musical revue, Tim Masterton and Julianna Pinnaro ’10 married on Nov. 8 at St. Clement Church in Chicago. Serving in the wedding party were Lauren Schmitt ’10, Catherina Pinnaro ’08, Elizabeth Kuhn ’10, Caitlin Ford ’10, Meghan Bescher ’10, Paige Rotolo, cantor Kelly (Rice) Schmitt ’10, Will McAuliffe, Brad Lancy, Dan Masterton ’11 and Mike Masterton. Dozens more Domers were in attendance, with the classes of 2005-2013 well represented, especially on the dance floor. Tricia (de Groot) ’07, ’08MSA and Steve Misner welcomed Kathleen Marie Misner on Nov. 11. Kristina (Citi) and Tom Mueller ’07MSM have moved to Irvine CA. Tom recently finished his doctorate in organ at the Eastman School of Music, and accepted a position as assistant professor of church music and university organist at Concordia U Irvine. Kristina manages, an Irvine-based startup that offers an internet marketplace for activity bookings. Their daughter Isabella, 4, would love to have a play date. Contact them if you live in the Orange County region. God bless and go Irish. Please send me your updates. — Stephanie Pelligra;

07MBA Class Secretary — Joe Curry;

07JD More Babies

Stefanie (Wowchuk) and Matt McDonald ’08JD welcomed Luke Gregory McDonald into the world on Sept. 30. He falls asleep to the Victory March every night, so Matt is getting Luke primed to bring a National Championship back to ND in 2035 as the starting quarterback. Cheering for Luke may well be Lauren Grace Foster, who was born May 28 to proud parents Susan and Brian Foster. One way or another, great things lie ahead for Lauren. Brian clerked for the Hon. Paul Niemeyer ’66JD in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. For the last six and half years, Brian has worked at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC. He is in the litigation department and has handled a variety of issues, including ERISA, antitrust, IP, general commercial, financial services and, more exclusively now, policyholder-side insurance coverage litigation. He has also represented a number of clients on a pro bono basis in Guantanamo habeas litigation. His success in representing those clients led to Brian receiving the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award at his firm. It has been a rewarding and transformative experience for our dedicated classmate. That’s only two. If you’re keeping up with these entries, you know something is coming from me. Julianna and I welcomed Patrick Salvi III into our lives on Feb. 2, 2015. He will either compete with Luke for that quarterback position (sorry Mom) or perhaps be a ’40JD graduate. For those who know me well, you know I cried while typing this paragraph. Send me some news. I don’t know how many of you read the blurb, but I sure love hearing about this stuff. — Patrick A. Salvi II; Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, 22 W. Washington St., Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602; 312-372-1227;

08 Spring Fever

In a relationship that started at Club Fever nearly eight years ago, Joe Jost and Rose Fisher ’09 were married at Incarnation Catholic Church in Minneapolis on Aug. 9. The wedding party included Emily Gentry ’05, George Fisher ’07, Andy Hellmuth, Nick Weiland, Emily Fisher ’09 and Claire Fisher ’11. Many other classmates, as well as Professor John Weber, made the trip to join in the celebration. Ali Frogameni married Braden Turner on July 12 at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. The bridal party included Kara Tully, Kristin Drach, Andrew Eggert, Chris Stroh, Anthony Frogameni ’10, Dan Dalton ’09 MSA and Joe White ’09 MSA. Many other classmates joined in the wedding festivities, and the entire group took a picture with a “Marry Like a Champion Today” sign. In September, Sara Medek married Timothy Peterson in Minneapolis. Many Notre Dame friends were in attendance including Jess (Stalter) and Dave LeDonne, Whitney Endsley, Adam Hipp and Jim McCarthy, who served as bridesmaids and groomsmen. The couple lives in Cincinnati, where Sara started her radiation oncology residency. Aimee Sirois married Risheet Patel in Indianapolis on Oct. 4. Aimee is a third-year psychiatry resident, and Risheet is a family physician. Bridesmaids included Katie Linder and Laura Conlon. ND graduates in attendance included Dan and Erin (Duquette) Quandt and Mike Milford ’07. Aimee and Risheet were elated to watch the Irish beat Stanford during their cocktail hour, and the reception kicked off with a victorious rendition of the Victory March. Andy Mastroe married Julie Kulevich at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA on Oct.18. Dr. Jason Liu served as best man, and Dr. Vincent Zhou, David Varga and David Prina were groomsmen. Greg Lim, Peter Tooher and Erin Ramsey-Tooher ’09 were also in attendance to celebrate with the couple. Greg O’Donnell married Jennifer Rolfs ’09 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Oct. 25. The wedding party included Alan Turner, Michael O’Donnell ’05, Shaun O’Donnell ’01, Peter O’Donnell ’98, Eamon Holahan ’10MEd, Cathy Rolfs ’11, Christina McFarlane ’07, Katie Ellerhorst ’09, Liz Keedy ’09 and Caity Schneeman. Maria (Jourdan) and Michael Rolfsen welcomed their second baby Domer, Lucy Jane Rolfsen. Melissa (Nolan) ’11 and James Greenwood welcomed their first child, Roslyn Ann, on Feb. 21, 2014. Her godmother is Megan McGarry ’11. Roslyn proudly attended her first ND football game this past fall. Congratulations to all of these ’08ers, and please keep the updates coming. We love hearing from you and so do our classmates. — Megan O’Hara;

08MBA Baby News

Congrats to Rich Lindberg and his wife Laila on their baby boy, Richard Maximus Lindberg, born on Dec. 29. Please contact me with any updates. Thanks. — Megan (Fitzgibbons) Ulrich;

08JD How Did We Get So Old?

Geoff Spiess was promoted in August to the position of corporation counsel and director of human resources for the City of Mishawaka. Jeff Vercauteren joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC of Madison in September as part of their commercial real estate team. Jeff works with Jennifer Jin, who is on the state and local taxation team in the Milwaukee office. T.J. Pillari was named a director and shareholder at Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista in Avon OH. He specializes in estate planning, business succession planning and probate and trust administration. In January, Anand Sambhwani joined the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, commercial litigation branch in Washington DC. Becca and Vijay Dewan welcomed their daughter, Chloe Jain, to the world on Oct. 3. The Dewan family is all doing well in New York. Speaking of baby news, Stef (Wowchuck) ’07JD and Matt McDonald proudly announce the birth of Luke Gregory on Sept. 30. Stef and Matt are already singing Luke the Victory March every night. 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

Five years out from graduation, our classmates continue to make Our Lady’s University proud. We boast business moguls, world-class athletes, lawyers, physicians, social workers and the record for the best-attended five-year Reunion. Jessica Farmwald married Jordan LaRusso on a beautiful September weekend in the mountains of Colorado. Allison Fullenkamp, Mary Kaminski and Ally Brantley were beautiful bridesmaids. The Doublewide and several other beloved classmates brought the South Bend party to Colorado. Heidi (Rocha) Witte ’09, ’11MEd participated in the Wheel of Fortune for Teachers’ Week and was featured on the episode that aired nationwide on Sept. 17. She raised awareness for her Los Angeles Catholic school in addition to showcasing her mental prowess. She and husband Mark Witte are expecting their first child in March. Susan (Traina) and John Malone ’09MBA were married Oct. 4 at Saint Aedan’s Cathedral with a reception on the waterfront in Jersey City. Brittany Clingen and Alison Heyden were bridesmaids. Paul Riegle ’09MBA was a groomsman. Sister of the groom Mary (Malone) Denvir ’93 had her four adorable boys in the wedding party. Members of the MBA class of 2009 cheered on the newlyweds and the Irish in their victory over Stanford, including Margot (Woolley) and James O’Neil, Christopher Estep, and Nathaniel Gori. Andrew Matasic and Craig Wiborg hiked Mount McKinley over the summer and deemed it more difficult and significantly colder than Mount Kilimanjaro. Mike Roscitt married Katie Dieringer outside her hometown in West Virginia. Fellow ’09 Domer Mike Clemente presided over the ceremony, along with participation by Sean Gaffney, Kieran O’Connor and Tommy Gruffi. It was an awesome celebration that may have included an impromptu band formation serenading the bride. 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; 1701 E. 12th St., Apt. 13P, Cleveland OH 44114; 574-320-0573;

09MBA Growing Families

Greetings, everybody. I’ve got a couple of big announcements to share with you. First, Lauren (Fischer) and Peter Schultz welcomed a baby boy, Robert Barry Schultz, on Jan. 23. Rumor has it that his first words were, “I prefer Malik,” but that still needs to be confirmed by trustworthy sources. Congrats, you two. Later that day, Marc Snover married Lauren Ruegemer in Riviera Maya, Mexico. With them to celebrate were achel (Mellard) Sasser, Chris Gibson, Pete Travnicek, Katie (Hesemann) Beitzel, Carrie (Johnson) and Dan Harrison, Cheryl (Ramsey) and Brad Barker and Nathaniel Gori. That’s it for now. Enjoy spring and please keep the updates coming. I’m looking at you, Trevor Bradna. — Shawn Pulscher; 801-336-7344;

09JD Class Secretary — Josh Rinschler;