class notes


10 Festivities

Alyssa Novak and Andrew Jones ’11 were married on Oct. 18 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with Father Joe Carey, CSC, presiding. Stephanie Mills-Gallan was matron of honor, and the best man was Pat DuBois ’13. Bridesmaids included Julie Novak ’13SMC and Chrissy Tofani ’11. Groomsmen included Stu Jansen ’11 and Alex West ’12. Claire Wagner ’07, Amy Holsinger ’11, Lizzie Schwegman ’11 and Steph Lowe ’12 gave readings and petitions at the ceremony, and soloist Hal Melia ’12 provided vocal talent. More than 50 ND alumni were in attendance. After a delightful honeymoon in Paris and Rome, the happy couple is residing in Minneapolis. Samantha Williams married Eric Johnson on Dec. 28 high above the Santa Clara Valley at Mountain Winery in Sarasota CA. Ten classmates, including maid of honor Gina Camarata, were in attendance. Samantha will graduate with her JD from Georgetown this spring. She and Eric live in Washington DC with their cat, Pickles. Andrew Cavanagh ran the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3 in a very respectable 3:35:23. That time was all the more remarkable because Andrew fought through leg cramps for the final three miles. There to cheer Andrew on were classmates Brian Hayes, Terrence Egan, Mike Henry, Tim Keown, Urvy Mathur, Matt Dobleman, Kara Klug and Pat Pirozzi. Also there to support Andrew were his brother Christopher ’06, his parents Ned ’71 and Janet and some of Christopher’s Notre Dame classmates. We look forward to seeing you at the Class of 2010 Reunion this June. Please visit for more information. Continue to send me your updates. Go Irish. — Matt Molloy;

10MBA Updates and Reunion

Kasey Suryan sends a shout-out to his classmates. He had a great year, marrying his high school sweetheart, Lauren Purmalis. They are expecting their first baby and still living in beautiful Southern California. Kasey is a franchisee for Sonic Drive-In. Brent Piechowiak and his wife, Jenny, welcomed their second baby, Lia. Brent is a finance manager of Enterprise FP&A for Stryker. Brent, Jenny, Lucas and Lia live in Michigan. Garrett Busch ’09, ’10MBA and his wife, Betsy Busch ’10, ’11MSA, are hosting a Trinitas wine dinner at the Morris Inn on campus April 16. They would love to see some classmates along with the ND alumni and fans that will be there. Another great opportunity to come back to campus in 2015 is to celebrate our fifth anniversary. You have probably received communications from me and the Alumni Association regarding Reunion, taking place June 4 to 7. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at this incredible event that includes numerous activities appealing to individuals across industries, backgrounds and generations. There is also a separate schedule for children’s activities that in the past has included trips to museums, swimming, movies and tours of the ND Fire Department and police headquarters. This year there will be a dinner for graduate business alumni “around the globe” in Hurley Hall, the previous home of the College of Business. There will be a signature event featuring alumni who have become standup comedians. And, there is a beverage tent that is open every afternoon and evening. Attendees can choose to stay on campus in a dorm, or off campus. The Alumni Association has organized discounted rates at a number of nearby hotels. We hope to have a great turnout from the class of 2010. As recent alumni, we are able to sign up for the activities, lodging and meals for a discounted rate of only $125 per person. Registration is now available at Please let me know if you have any questions about Reunion, and I look forward to seeing you this summer. Email me with your promotions, new additions and special updates. Go Irish. — John Gerberich; cell 847-331-4707;

10JD Fantastic Times

Last issue we heard about a cake of cheese, but Kim Shubert and Mike Davey, at their November nuptials in Canandaigua NY, took their food to the next level by focusing on pies and garbage. The pies were miniature pies in apple, mixed berry and pumpkin. Let that sink in. The garbage took the form of “garbage plates,” a late-night snack popular in the Rochester NY region, made up of macaroni salad, home fries, burger patties, and hot sauce. (This was once referred to by as the “fattiest food in the state of New York.”). A fantastic time was had by all who attended, including: Doyle and Brittany Grice (bridesmaids); Rob Hamburg, John Cronin, and Ryan Dattilo (groomsmen); Kathleen (Donovan) and Kenny Coffin; Laura Moran; and Jim Davey ’12MBA. After a honeymoon in Brazil, during which Kim’s parents cared for their pup, Rocco, the happy couple returned to their home in NYC. Stepping it up in both the venue and donut categories was Erin Brown, who married Scott Jones in October at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Helping them celebrate in the lovely Diego Rivera Court were David Diorio, Tom Kenny ’11JD, Alex Stege, Sylvia Suarez, Kory Wilmot ’07, Katie ’07 and John Meiser ’07, ’10JD and bridesmaid Ally Spacht ’04, ’10JD. It seems beautiful already, but now add, in this order: a scotch bar, a champagne bar, gallery visiting, dinner, speeches, dancing, dessert, lip syncing The Jackal, cider and donuts, and drinks at Detroit jazz club Cliff Bell’s. All too often fine art, cider and donuts are left out of weddings. Thank you for bringing them back, Erin and Scott. The newlyweds live in Washington DC, and both are white collar attorneys at Latham & Watkins. Congratulations also to Stacy Greiner and Michael Chambliss ’05, ’10JD, who were married in May in Santa Clarita CA. Joining them were Joe Barron ’05, Jen (Quintanilla) and Joe Barton, Angela Beaumier ’09JD, Lindsey (Brazys) Pianowski ’05 SMC, ’10JD, Jackie Cahill, Kathleen (Donovan) and Kenny Coffin, Brittany Grice, Matt Ivers ’05, Emily Mraz, Bernie (Nguyen) Florip, Julius Sparacino ’59 and F. Quinn Stepan ’59. Question: How did they spice things up at the reception? A) A synchronized swimming troupe called the Aqualilies, B) Magicians from the Magic Castle, or C) Midas, a loveable white standard poodle? The answer is D) All of the above, you fools. They could have served literal garbage plates to the guests, and all would have given the reception rave reviews. Note: They did not serve literal garbage plates. The couple lives in LA, where Michael works for Glaser Weil and Stacy for Valencia Technologies. Our class just keeps producing beautiful babies. Congratulations to Ashley and Lee Metzger who welcomed Edward Leo Metzger IV in November. Baby Leo is already well-poised for success, as he requested and received a “Play Like a Champion Today” sign from Santa for his room. Lee did not provide information about how much Kentucky basketball paraphernalia Leo has, but one can assume the answer is “plenty.” Congratulations to Erin (Butler) ’11JD and Corey O’Neal who welcomed baby Grace Mary in 2014. The happy family lives in Florida; Grace loves the sun and surf. She enjoys squawking, among other noise-making activities, and looks forward to her first visit to ND.
Our five-year reunion is coming up June 4 to 7. Think: hospitality tent. — Susie Wine ’03, ’10JD; 1106 N. St. Joseph St., South Bend IN 46617; 574-514-3746;

11 Class Updates

On Aug. 9, Justin Gilson (gasp, a Michigan grad) proposed to Sara Jaszkowski overlooking Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline at sunset. Despite opposing views on their respective football programs, Justin and Sara will be getting married on July 25 at Our Lady of the Lake Church in McCall ID following Justin’s graduation from the U of Chicago Booth School of Business. Fellow Welsh Family Hall Whirlwinds Kristina Cieslak, Kirsten Martin, Nola Seta, Kathryn Thesing, Emily Whalen and Ellie Hall will be bridesmaids at the wedding. Sara and Justin will move to Boston in August where Sara will enter the Harvard Business School MBA program. Kaitlin Robinson and John Lalor got engaged in October in Chicago. The wedding will be held in June at Soldier Field. Several ND classmates will join the couple in the wedding party. Lily Bauer and Scottland Keefer were engaged in December and are planning a June 2016 wedding in Chicago. Lindsay Schwartz and Adam Gruner are engaged and will be married on May 23 at St. Joseph’s Church in Libertyville IL. A reception will follow at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire. The couple met as first-year medical students at the U of Illinois College of Medicine. Lindsay is currently interviewing for pediatrics residency, and Adam is interviewing for emergency medicine. Kaitlyn Smous and Martin Wieck, both architecture graduates in the Class of 2011, were married on Dec. 6 in Nashville TN. Nathan Marsh, a fellow 2011 Arkie classmate, officiated the ceremony. Seventeen other 2011 Arkie classmates were in attendance, including Nick Convey, Camila Zablah, Lon Stousland, Lauren (Albergo) Randall, Dan Nowlan, Meaghan de la Rosa, Bryan Keve, Marie Anne Cross, Marty Sandberg, Ben Spitler, Paige Mariucci, Nathan Sonosky, Mary Myers, Paul Hayes, Taylor Davis, Terry Howell and Tiffany (Tran) Peterson. Laura Berlage and Kevin Flanagan were married in Laura’s hometown of Indianapolis on Nov. 15. Father Pete McCormick, CSC, officiated at the ceremony. Michaela Byrne, Steven Alagna and Matt Lopez were in the wedding party. Many other ND alums were present to celebrate. Lillian (Civantos) Gerken and her husband, Matthew James, welcomed a son, Matthew Joseph, on May 16. After graduating from the U of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mariah McGrogan joined Pittsburg-based Reed Smith LLP as an associate in their labor and employment group. Congratulations to Cora Dayon on joining the law firm Montgomery McCracken as an associate in their Cherry Hill NJ office. Send me your updates. — Evan James;

11MBA News Notes

Matt Collins launched a sports nutrition company called SizeSlim. Jeff Harer and his wife, Jenny, are expecting their third child in February. They can’t wait for the little man to arrive. Jeff recently started a new role as the end-to-end P&L forecaster for P&G’s North America Beauty business. Jack Johnson has been busy over the past year with getting married, buying a house in the Milwaukee suburbs and spending less time hunting. Lacey (Pletcher) Love’s trophy wife status was upgraded when her husband Adrian Love ’10MBA landed a sales territory in the southeast. Quick Hits: Cindy Chiow still does not miss the snow, and Nate Burns is really into skiing these days. If you would like to see your update here, please reach out. — Chris Orenchuk; 574-514-5671;

11JD Accomplished People

Jason DiNapoli was commissioned a first lieutenant in the New Jersey Army National Guard. Make sure you salute at all future tailgates. Rich McAvoy and Rebecca Wellman McAvoy ’06 are expecting a bundle of joy. Await the next magazine for updates. Caitlin Dahl ’06, ’11JD and Matt Cirenza ’06 got engaged in the fall and will be marrying on Aug. 22 in Chicago. In that vein, it was a busy winter at the Basilica for our class. Shawn Clancy married Carla Carillo in the Basilica on Feb. 14, quite the nice day for a wedding anniversary. Additionally, Julie Veldman married Mike Harris on March 7 in the Basilica, with the loving support of many ND law alums including, but not limited to (like that legal phrase?) Caitlin Dahl, Katie Jakubowski, Carolyn (Wendel) O’Connell and Brian Osterman. It was also a busy winter in Las Vegas for ND law alums. Ryan Ouyang celebrated his big 3-0 with the assistance and insistence of several ND alums, such as Jina Jang, Alex Lee, Ting Ni ’12JD, Wileen Leu ’12JD and Steven Ouyang ’11. Ryan Ouyang did not marry anyone during that weekend. Dan Nora was lucky in love this winter and popped the question to Marion Binet; she accepted. Ryan Finlen ’06, ’11JD hosted a party in Chicago attended by Erin Rogozinski ’08, ’11JD, Kathleen Coverick ’08 and me. PJ Hines wished he was there for many reasons. Send me your updates. — Lauren Sharkey;

12 Updates Needed

Please send me your class updates. — Tyler Harmsen; Napoleon 3400 Dept. 12, Santiago de Chile;

12MBA Babies, Weddings, a Parrot, an Apology

Thanks to all of our classmates for their fantastic submissions; it’s been an amazing start to the new year. On the baby front, Devon and John Madia had their second child, Ava. Eric Sauerhoff and his wife, Stacey, welcomed a baby, Grace. Michael Martin and his wife, Mary Kate, are expecting a baby as well. Classmates Brian Kuske and Michelle Lanouette are engaged, as are classmates Tim Hunt and Becky Liu. Meghan O’Neil and Nate Mariner were married last fall. On a more serious note, Anand Hingway now owns a rescued pet parrot. It is unclear whether he rescued it or it was rescued prior to coming into his possession. Chris Roper and an undisclosed lady friend recently made the trip to Disney (Land or World, to be determined). Kelly and Dan Marques recently made the move to Atlanta, while Brendan Gallagher took up residence in a mountain yurt. Last but not least, apparently the email forwarding I set up wasn’t working, and I missed a few notes along the way; I’m sorry. Here are some great past updates. Robin Burgher and her husband welcomed baby Odette in June 2013. Phil Negri and his brother sold their business, Negri Electronics, to First Ascent at the end of 2013. In August, Corey Krawiec led his team to victory in the 2014 Baltimore Ravens Annual Golf Classic with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Perhaps the defending champions should have been a little more worried about him. Keep the updates coming, and I promise not to miss any Class Notes in the future. — Jenna Palumbo;

12JD The Happenings

Kevin Knight got hitched. He and the newly minted Jessica Knight tied the knot on Aug. 23. Lots of ND alums were there, including (but not limited to) Joe Callaghan, Stacey Callaghan, Todd Dixon, Dan Reynolds, Sean Ashburn, Kate Maternowski, Catherine Zung, Matt Newman, Courtney Schoch, Peter Kosydar, Natalie Warrick, Terry O’Donovan, Kevin Tracey, Tim Duda, Tom Keenan, John Henry Schroeder, Ryan Swan and Manfred Jingebells. I also heard that Katy Milton had big plans set for Feb. 9, the date for her wedding to Dr. Pete Bunch in San Francisco. Fun fact: Katy met Dr. Bunch, of Sevenoaks, Kent, England, at a rowing club in Cambridge. Carter Mills took a big step toward this same kind of celebration when Rob Isham ’14JD asked her to marry him and she said yes. Carter and Rob live in Chicago, where Carter is the Lexis rep for several Chicago-area law schools. Andrew Doyle let me know that he’s enjoying his time at the public defender’s office in Bend OR and that he’s super excited for the beginning of golf season. He won his last trial, which is cool, and has made a habit of using pop culture references from the likes of Banksy, Metal Gear Solid and Family Guy in open court to defend “the Constitution and clients’ liberty.” Ryan Shupe recently joined up with Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, in Chicago, where he’s going to be working primarily in medical malpractice defense. Another fun fact: Ryan and I take the same bus to work, meaning we occasionally get time to catch up standing in the cold at 7:30 a.m. And in a correction from the last issue, Jonah Smith did not leave the USPTO, and is still there enjoying his cool new office while working primarily with combinational chemistry. On the side, he’s working on starting up his own ecological design and consultation company, and his Mandarin-studying, track-running daughters are doing very well. Joe Callaghan started working for Mayer Brown LLP in November, and Stacey Callaghan started working for Akerman LLP in June. Joe’s move to Mayer Brown means they work in the same building, Stacey on Floor 46 and Joe on Floor 42. Stacey is happy that this arrangement allows her to keep an eye on Joe, but Joe’s feeling some office envy because she’s four floors higher up. If you ask me, it just sounds like one more episode in the sitcom that their life as two young, fun-loving, married attorneys needs to be made into. An anonymous tipster clued me in to the fact that Dante Tota has a girlfriend. Mr. Tota’s publicist confirms that Dante does indeed have a girlfriend. Congratulations, Dante. Alvin Adjei recently re-entered the fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled world of high-stakes woodcarving, submitting his piece “Confidence in Fir” to the Greater Boise Area Festival of Carpentry Arts. It is a seven-eighths scale bas-relief of Peter Horvath proofreading an MMU. Alvin said he selected fir because, “I had a bunch sitting around. And I dunno, it smells like Christmas and stuff.” That is all for this quarter. Keep your updates coming. — Jimmy Champlin;

13 Joy and Happiness

Hello friends, and thanks again for all the wonderful updates. I received more updates than ever before, so either people are starting to do things or people are starting to read this. Either way, I’m very happy for all of you. I’ll start off by congratulating several happily married and engaged couples. Braving the cold of White Bear Lake, Shannon Warchol and Michael O’Brien got married on Jan. 3. I’ve heard, from reliable sources, that the ceremony was absolutely beautiful, and pretty chill. Soon to join them will be previous Knott RA Jeff Ulrich and the RA from his sister dorm (PE) Beth Wloszek. This brother-sister dorm connection, plus Jeff’s decorated Bengal Bout history, might make this the most classic ND engagement I’ve heard of. I hear Jeff hit an “Engage Like a Champion” sign right before he asked. I’d also like to congratulate Eric Ross on his November engagement to Stephany Mazur. It is truly a reason for thanks giving. Finally, Lindsey Marugg informed me that Meghan Buckingam got engaged to her high school sweetheart, Tyler Kruger. Meghan used to sit in front of my friends during football games, so I can assure you that she is a very patient and forgiving person. On behalf of the Class, I’d like to congratulate all of these couples and wish them nothing but joy and happiness. On a similar note, my friend Gabe Delatte had his first child this past January. While I have no doubt that Gabe will be an excellent father to Micah (Class of 2036), we’ll need to find another babysitter for Andrew McKernan. The only other update I received via email was from my fellow Italian classmate Leo DiPiero, who just returned from a 17-month mission trip to Uganda, where he worked with the Holy Cross to teach primary, secondary and university students. I’m sure our teacher, Patrizio, would be very proud. Those are all of the updates I received, but per usual I did some sleuthing of my own to find out what you’re all up to. Connor Wathen, deprived of medical school classes by the blizzard, spent two days attempting to make Cleveland’s largest igloo, only to realize that you can’t build anything beautiful within city limits. Danny Mullhall, a medical student at U of Nebraska, sent me an email asking why all of the updates are about Sorin graduates. Danny, it’s because I never made any friends outside the dorm, and it’s much more difficult to Facebook creep on people than TV leads one to believe. I heard, however, that there was a recent run-in with what was thought to be a ghost in his attic. It turned out, however, to be nothing more than an old bowl of ghoulash. Within the month, Alvin Hu will be moving to Cincinnai to take a new job and be closer to me. This could legitimately be the best thing to happen to Cincinnati since our Christmas tree was officially measured to be a foot taller than Cleveland’s tree. Please keep the updates coming, I look forward to hearing from you all, unless you’re Bobby Shields, who insists you’d all like to know what he has for lunch every day. Next issue is due May1. — Chris Champlin; The Cannery Apartments, Dayton OH 45402;

13MBA Makes Its Way

I’ve seen a lot of baby pics on Facebook in the almost two years since we graduated, but I have details on just a couple. Brittany and Luke Gildner welcomed Max James on Nov. 21. The prize for youngest child (as of this writing) goes to Kiri Kuwabar-Rice, the son of Mai Kuwabar and Robbie Rice, who was born on Jan. 21. In Robbie’s spare time, he and Nicholas Jones are bouncing entrepreneurial ideas off each other. Nicholas’s business, Bacon on a Stick, is doing well and hopefully will soon expand into other states, perhaps Arizona or Hawaii. You can check the original out at the pink tent at the Western Idaho Fair. A Domer through and through, Jim Cunningham is marrying Katherine Hemmann at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on June 12. If that’s not Irish enough, they are honeymooning in Ireland. Working at BTS is like being back at Mendoza, since Anne Wilson sees so many Domers working there now. Along with Ilze Swanepoel, Mike Cordingley and O’Neil Peart, Anne visited the home of futbol giant Real Madrid in January as part of a BTS global conference. Congratulations are due to Konrad Billetz, who was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Forbes identifies 30 people in 20 fields who are impacting and shaping their industry. That is very impressive, Konrad. If you’ve had anything happen — happy or sad, in your career or in your personal life — and you want people to know, tell me the news and I’ll do my best to include it. The next deadline is May 1, but send me stuff as it happens. — Nick Imgrund; 314-775-7364;

13JD Perfecting the Stare

Mary Megan and Joe Florczak welcomed their daughter Juliet Rose Florczak on Jan. 6. Joe reports that she has perfected his “stare” already. Law Review alums (survivors?) know what he is talking about. I wasn’t on Law Review but I stole their food a lot, so I also know about the stare. Brian Salvi proposed to Eirene-Gin Nakamura ’15JD, and she manifested her mutual assent by accepting. Congratulations to Brian and Eirene. Adam Mathews is on the board of the Parks and Recreation Department of Lebanon OH. Adam’s plans include construction of a cheetah breeding facility. No but seriously, Adam Mathews is breeding cheetahs in Ohio. I fact-checked this. Send me all happenings, doings and what-not. — Alex Blair;

14 Class Secretary — Michael Nichols;

14JD Congrats and Good Luck

Winter is here. For those of you who moved to warmer climates, you have my jealousy. For everyone else feet deep in snow, I highly recommend investing in a few bright orange traffic cones — guaranteed parking in every season. In more “note”worthy updates, congrats to Geoff Palachuk on two publications: Transformative Use Test Cannot Keep Pace With Evolving Arts, 16 U. Denv. Sports & Ent. L.J. 233 (Fall 2014); and Aereo – Bringing the NFL To A “Cloud” Near You, Gonz. L. Rev. (forthcoming). Props to Geoff — he revised one and rewrote the other while studying for the bar. That’s an official domination of the Different-Kind-of-Lawyer Status. Good luck to everyone sitting for the February bar. You can be assured your class is supportive of you and wishes you all the best. For those retaking, remember JFK and Michelle Obama. For all of us working to pay off heavy student loans, you are in good company. I leave you with the words of Bruce Springsteen, “Well I got a job and tried to put my money away, but I got debts that no honest man can pay.” (Can I get an amen?). — Rachel Hanley;