class notes


00 Class Secretary — Laurie (Strotman) O’Malley;

00MBA Class Secretary — Georgette (Leonard) Stubin;

46917 Polo Drive, Canton MI 48187;

00JD Class Secretary — Brian J. Murray;

178 Cranston Court, Glen Ellyn IL 60137,

01 Growing Family

Jimmy and Becky (Klein) Hinkel welcomed another little boy into their family in November. Caleb, Ethan and Will are great helpers with their baby brother, Adam. Becky and her crew of boys live in Coshocton OH. Toni (Plummer) Kirkpatrick and her husband, Rob, welcomed their first child, Robert John Kirkpatrick IV, in January in Connecticut. Lina Nealon, founding director of Demand Abolition, a national organization combating sex trafficking, just launched the CEASE Network. CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) includes 11 US metropolitan areas. Lina and her husband, Brian, expected their third child in May. Lina and Brian and their daughters, Zemyna and Eila, live in Boston. Congratulations to Luis Nunez, who joined Burditt Consultants in Conroe TX as director of community and economic development. Dr. Carlos Gomez-Meade and his wife, Dr. Carley Gomez-Meade, a dermatologist and a pediatrician, respectively, started Little Leaves Sun Protective Playwear to provide sun-safe playwear for children. The parents of two young boys were struggling to find clothing to protect their children that wasn’t swimwear, so they created their own. As a parent of three young children, this sounds like a great idea. You can check it out at Susie (Buser) and Travis Alexander added another adorable little girl to their family in April. Claire Elizabeth is being well looked after by her big sister, Emma. It is with a broken heart that I must end this update with the death of one of our classmates and friends, Chris Emmert. Chris was a bright light to everyone who knew him. His laugh and smile were contagious. His memory will live on through his beloved daughters, Julia and Claire. Chris always felt so lucky to be a part of the Notre Dame family, but I am pretty sure we were the lucky ones. He will be greatly missed. —*Megan Murray*; 2015 N. 56th St., Milwaukee WI 53208; 414-213-4687;

01MBA Class Secretary — Dominic Pang;

01JD Good News to Share

Congratulations to Ryan Mahoney and Anne Fink, who are engaged to be married next spring. I got to meet Anne at the Northwestern game last fall, and was happy to hear Mahoney’s good news. Rafael Millares was appointed the chairman of Florida’s Traffic Court Rules Committee. Raf continues to serve as the managing shareholder of Estrella Ticket Defense Law Firm. Christine (Harding) and Andrew Mayle ’02JD welcomed their third son, Sean Andrew, on Feb. 10. Sons Matthew and Robert are excited to be big brothers. Christine continues her work as a partner in the Toledo office of Thacker Martinsek, which was recently named as the top law firm in the country for female partners and 24th in the Top 100 law firms for female attorneys by Law360. Sheada and Steve Pratico welcomed twin daughters, Amira Grace and Farah Rose, on Feb. 11. The girls join big sister Kira and big brother Marco, 3, who is an avid cowboy and hunter. Steve’s firm has merged with Barnett Bolt, where Steve is now a partner practicing commercial litigation. Rudy Monterrosa is engaged to Cecilia Lopez, with a May 2016 wedding planned. Rudy proposed on Feb.16 in Rome after pulling off a great fake-out by taking Cecilia to an Irish rugby game in Dublin on Valentine’s Day. Cecilia recently joined Rudy in his law practice, where they both practice criminal, family and immigration law in Indiana. I was promoted to section chief for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force/Asset Forfeiture Section at the US Attorney’s Office in Phoenix. My counterpart in the Tucson office is Robert Fellrath ’99 JD. Clearly, ND Law is slowly taking over the office. Communications update: our listserv has lost about 120 of our classmates. I am going to try to shift how we communicate with our class, so please go onto to set up or update your profile with a good email address. Also, please friend me on Facebook so that I have another way to keep in touch with you so we can keep our class column full of fun updates. — Jonell Lucca; res 480-699-0377; cell 602-677-3266;

02 Summer Updates

Bill Fusz joined Facebook in Menlo Park CA last summer after graduating with his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is a lead on developer policy operations. Bill and his wife, Laura, welcomed their third child, Samuel, in August. Patrick Murphy stood in as godfather at Samuel’s baptism in February. John Cowen was appointed to the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The main objective of the ELC is to provide the Federal Reserve with economic insight and ground-level views of developments in the economy. He is based in Brownsville TX with wife Robin and children Grace, 6, and Jack, 4. Christie (Bodnar) Swiss was recently named a partner of the law firm of Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP in California and the managing partner of the firm’s San Diego County office. Christie is a trial and appellate attorney focusing on professional liability, public entity representation, civil rights and general business litigation. Christie and husband Tim Swiss live in Carlsbad CA with their daughter, Adrienne. Tim is the owner of Tim Swiss Design, a product development company. Kelly (Harris) Telfeyan was elected as an income member at Dickinson Wright PLLC in January. Thanks so much for the updates and please send more. Have a wonderful summer. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran;

02MBA Time to Explore

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 the 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 as kids, careers and marriage dominated the conversation. It was a far cry from when we were debating Corby’s versus the Backer. — Melissa Hurd;

02JD New Babies

2014 was a busy and exciting year for Cathy Coble and her husband, Rick, who welcomed a son, Aidan, on Sept. 21. Their daughter, Anjali, loves being a big sister. In other happy news, Cathy was recently elected to shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, where her practice focuses on employment litigation on behalf of management. A third son, Sean Andrew, joined the family of Christine ’01JD and Andy Mayle on Feb. 10. They are all doing great. In addition to practicing law full-time, Andy recently purchased an interest in the Catawba Island Brewing Company, which has approximately a dozen employees and distributes craft beers to bars and restaurants throughout Ohio. They plan to expand their production capabilities over the next 12 months, which Mayle describes as “lemur manifest destiny.” God help us! Also in February, Julia (Dayton) and Scott Klein ’02MBA welcomed baby Lucas James Klein. Luke couldn’t wait to meet his big brother, Peter, and arrived three weeks early. Julia left private practice in January 2014 to be the general counsel of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. She tells me it has been a fantastic change, filled with many challenges and “House of Cards esque political intrigue.” Congrats to Stephen and Kiera (Kociban) Mathey on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Caroline Leah, on April 11. Caroline is adored by big brother Brendan, 8, and big sister Anna Jane, 6. Tim and I traveled to Greensburg PA in April for the funeral of B. Pat Costello’s dad, B. Patrick Costello Sr. ’49. He was a frequent guest at our law school tailgates who will be missed by all who knew him. Mr. Costello practiced law for more than 60 years and truly embodied what it means to be a Notre Dame Lawyer. The highlight of our trip to Pennsylvania was meeting Mary ’99, ’01MA and B. Pat’s new baby girl, Colette Ann, born on March 27. For all of you competitive types, this is baby number 5 for the Costellos. B. Pat is an assistant general counsel at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean VA. Thanks for all the happy updates. Keep them coming. — Megan Glunz Horton; 521 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; res 847-256-2335;

03 Class Secretary — Josh Gentine;

03MBA Class Secretary — Rosemary Guillette;

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

03JD Class Secretary — Lawrence A. Ward;


04 Summer News

Genevieve McCann married Patrick Chartrand on Aug. 2, 2014 in the groom’s hometown of Montreal. Domers in attendance included: Maureen (Bresnahan) and Jake Baska with daughter Madeline; Julie (Kurtzman) and Sean Brooks; Meghan Colgan and Brian Long; Kalinda (Brown) and Mwangi Gathinji; Juliette (Hobbs) and Greg ’09MBA Leutchmann with daughter Tessa; Cristin McAuley; Stephanie Hassler; Brian Michalek; Scott Sherwin with wife Marcy; and Jamie (Lamers) Vermie with husband Brad. Stephanie, Juliette and Kalinda served as bridesmaids. The couple resides in Washington DC, where Genevieve is attending law school at the Catholic U of America and Patrick is a consultant at Hewlett Packard. Cara (Yannuzzi) Jennings and husband Jason welcomed their second baby, George Finnegan, “Finn,” on Dec. 22. Big sister Michaela is super excited. Maggie (Priest) and Dan Silky welcomed their first child, Henry John, on Jan. 29. Proud family members include Henry’s grandfather, Richard Priest ’57, aunt Kathleen (Priest) ’87 and uncle Pat Celeste ’87 and cousins Erin Celeste ’15 and Brian Celeste ’18. Congratulations to David P. Fitzgibbon, who recently became an associate in the intellectual property group at Dilworth Paxson LLP. Many of you tell me often how much you enjoy reading our class notes, so please continue to send updates. Your classmates want to hear what you’ve been up to. — Carol Martino;

04MBA Announcements

Beth Stevens and her husband, Nate, welcomed Cole Jacob to their family in March. Cole joins siblings Trent and Ellie. Michael Fairchild and his wife, Christin ’04SMC, baptized their daughter, Alexis Christine Fairchild, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in April. Please email updates. — Harry Howisen;

04JD More Additions to the Family

Paola Canales and her husband welcomed their first child, Matias, in February. Stephanie Kuta ’04 and John Linzer welcomed their second child, Emily Quinn Kuta Linzer, on April 12. Thankfully she waited until they got to the hospital to say hello to the world. Kristy and Ben Whipple had their second boy, Carter Benjamin Whipple, on Feb. 10. Carter, his brother Grant, Kristy and Ben are doing great. On the professional side, Ben took a job as a lawyer/lobbyist with two firms: Jeffrey T. Whipple & Assoc. and The Law Offices of Paul L. Williams in January. He engages in the general practice of law and represents large businesses, statewide associations and governmental entities before the Illinois legislative and executive branches of government. He maintains a presence in Springfield during the legislative session. Billie (Taylor) and Jason Orr welcomed a baby boy, Declan Thomas, on March 9. The Orrs live in Kansas City MO. Keep the updates coming. We love hearing from you. — Finn Pressly; Littler Mendelson, 321 N. Clark St., Suite 1000, Chicago IL 60654; 312-795-3242;; Katie Bryan; LeClair Ryan, 1037 Raymond Blvd., 16th Floor, Newark NJ 07102;

05 Happy Reunion

Erin Mangan Lariviere was named Young Engineer of the Year at GE Aviation in Cincinnati. There are more than 3,000 young engineers eligible for the award, but Erin was well-prepared by ND’s Aerospace Engineering Program. We thank her proud father, Tom Mangan ’74MBA, for sharing the exciting news. Katie Boyle married Ben Dyer on Sept. 6 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Milwaukee. Many Irish fans were in attendance including maid of honor Emily Chin ’06, bridesmaids Erin Brooks and Andrea Brault, groomsman John Baker, readers Sarah (Bates) Grey and Emily (Paladino) Splitek and greeter Katrina Picon. The service was celebrated by Father Matthew Kuczora, CSC. Katie and Ben met at the U of Chicago Law School and recently moved to Champaign-Urbana.
 Meghan and Brian Hansen announce they had a son on Feb. 9. Theodore Fox Hansen (“Teddy”) had a great first winter in Chicago but is excited summer is finally here. Jan Wohrle Stebbins and John Stebbins welcomed baby Molly Rose on March 13. Rachael (Larson) and Michael Forest had their first child, Oliver Henry, on March 17, making him a lucky St. Patrick’s Day baby. Oliver is the second grandchild for Rachael’s parents, Karen and Tom Larson ’80. Caitlin (Early) and Ryan Greenberg had a daughter, Samantha Rose, on Jan. 7. Ruthie (Stefanski) and Jim Christoforetti welcomed their daughter, Filomena Margaret, into the world on March 2. Big brother Leo is proud and excited to have a little sister. The new family of four is healthy and happy in New York City, though hoping to move outside the city. Kristina (Meszaros) and Don Pierce ’01 had their second son, Thomas Andrew Pierce, on May 6. Big brother George was at the hospital to meet Thomas. It’s been a big year of firsts for several Keenan Knights and their leading ladies. Lauren (Flynn) and Ryan Craft welcomed Elizabeth Flynn Craft on Nov. 21. On April 4 Susie (Wlodarczyk) and Chase Heaton had their first son, Henry Wilson Heaton. Matt Englehardt and Molly Brethauer had their first child, Sawyer Abigail Englehardt, on Nov. 22. She is already a big Fighting Irish fan. On Aug. 23, Christie Bolsen and Bill Benear got married in Columbus OH after meeting in Chicago at a party thrown by Lauren Blum and Michelle Mikos. ND alums in attendance included best man Kevin Leicht; groomsmen Mike Bell, Brian Hansen, Kevin Rycyna, Brian Fontana, Joe Bochenek, Steve Eckert and Greg Kuhl; bridesmaids Lauren Blum, Chris Hettel, April Garcia and Nicole Phillips; and guests Jim Christoforetti, Ben O’Connor, Conner O’Keefe, Matt Scheidler, Beth (Ward) Scheidler, Tony Bosley, Brian Heinimann, Julianne (Comiskey) Heinimann, Meghan (McCall) Hansen, Tim Fetter, Jack Leicht ’74, Mary Kay (Conaty) Leicht ’74SMC, Katie (Leicht) Matsoukas ’01, Tom Hansen ’74, Megan McCormick, Steph (Sellinger) McRoskey, Brian McRoskey, Margarita (Nuno) Finley, Erin Mai, Emily (Tumbrink) Brackstone, Mary (Laski) Poteet, Bryce Cooper, Sara Gilloon, Andrew Soukup ’04, ’08JD, Nicole (Somers) Soukup ’08JD, Erin Brooks, Joanna Cornwell, Andrea Brault, Marisa Munoz, Natalie Bennett ’06, Dave Finocchio, Brad Amiri, Dave Goett, Rebecca (Ayala) Goett, Greg Henesy, Eric Scholten, Michelle Mikos, Meghan O’Keefe, Deanna Sortino, Gale Bowman, Danny Leicht ’13, Nick Rossetti, Allison (Janusz) Rossetti, Andy Rutz and a late night appearance by Nipple Guy. I hope many of you were able to attend and enjoyed your time back on campus at the 10-Year reunion. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our class fund, which sponsored the food and drinks provided in the dorm on Friday night. If you love reading about your classmates but would like to see a friend or family member’s name in bright lights, you can send your stories to me. — Kristin Boyd; Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave., New York NY 10010; 317-523-1195;

05MBA Class Secretary — Himanshu Gosar;

05JD Summer Notes

Last summer, Louis Crisostomo departed our nation’s capital and joined the US Attorney’s Office in Nashville as an assistant US attorney prosecuting narcotics and gang cases. When Louis isn’t partaking in Music City’s vibrant dining scene and nightlife, you may find him in New York City for periodic law school minireunions with Melissa Astudillo, Jordan Cortez, Mike Gauvin ’03JD, Coleman Lechner ’02, ’05JD and Jack Palma ’02, ’05 JD. John McKiernan ’02, ’05JD recently left his post as director of academic programming and counseling at Yale Law School in New Haven CT to become assistant to the president of Loyola U of Maryland in Baltimore. In this role, he will serve as aide-de-camp to President Rev. Brian Linnane, SJ, and provide policy analysis and project management support to the president’s cabinet. I hope to see you on campus this fall. Until then, please send updates on your lives and adventures. Go Irish. — Adam Russ; 2193 W. 7th St., Cleveland OH 44113;

06 Dooley Award Recipient

The Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College (GALA-ND/SMC) presented Patrick Burke with the 2015 Thomas A. Dooley Award on April 10. Burke served as co-founder and executive director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. Currently, Burke is the director of player safety for the National Hockey League. The Thomas A. Dooley Award honors individuals who, through their faith-based background, have demonstrated personal courage, compassion and commitment to advance the human and civil rights of lesbian and gay Americans. Andrew Breslin received GE Aviation’s 2015 Young Engineer Award for his significant contributions to the design and advancement of ceramic matrix composites. Steve Shamp graduated from the U of Cincinnati College of Medicine on May 23. Fabian Farias and John Masters joined the celebration. Steve will specialize in radiation oncology as a resident at Case Western U Hospitals in Cleveland. Annie (Mantey) and Matt Duffy ’07, ’13JD welcomed their first baby, Daniel Edward Duffy, on Jan. 14. Danny was born in Pasadena CA where they’ve resided since August after living in Tampa for a year as Matt completed his circuit court clerkships. The newly expanded Duffy family, along with crazy dog Mantey Te’o, will be saying goodbye to the warm weather and moving to Washington DC this fall. Angela (Celis) Slutz and husband Joe welcomed a daughter, Marley Marie, on Sept. 4 in Austin. Marley is proud to be the family’s first native Texan. Amanda and James Leito had a baby boy on June 28, 2014. He is James “Jay” Vincent Leito V. The Leito family made a trip to ND for the UNC game. Lindsey and Justin Oldham welcomed a son, Meyer Robert, in January. Meyer joins big sister Sloane as an avid Notre Dame and KU fan. More baby news: my husband Brian and I welcomed our first child, a son, Peter Joseph, on March 19. We are all very tired but hopeful that writing these updates for the past nine years will help with Peter’s Notre Dame prospects someday. Please feel free to share updates beyond babies and weddings, which are wonderful in their own right. Our class would love to hear what you’re up to. Stay tuned for updates regarding our 10-Year Reunion in June 2016. — 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 Baby Domer

Lisa and Dan Salemi welcomed their second son, Thomas Neil, on Nov. 11. Thomas Neil was named after Dan’s paternal great grandfathers who were World War II vets. Tommy joins big brother Billy. Dan is a partner in the employee benefits group at Franczek Radelet in Chicago. Lisa is in-house counsel for DeVry Education Group. I hope all is well with everyone and that you email me life updates for our class column. — Amir Hassan Sadaghiani,

07 Class Secretary — Stephanie Pelligra;

cell 315-382-6487;

07MBA Class Secretary — Joe Curry;

07JD A New Law Firm

Monica Patankar has started her own law practice, Piccony & Patankar PC, in Aurora IL. She practices estate planning, family law, tax law (federal and state representation) and real estate law. She practices in the counties of Dupage, Kane and Kendall in the Chicago area. Monica can be reached at We wish the best of luck to Monica. That’s only one, so here goes: Patrick Salvi ’78JD, Patrick Salvi II (me), and Brian Salvi ’09, ’13JD tried our first case together. We represented a lady with an incomplete spinal cord injury when a truck turned in front of her at an intersection. The jury allowed an $18 million verdict, which was reduced to a $12.6 million judgment due to a stipulation on liability that the plaintiff was 30 percent at fault and the defendant 70 percent at fault. However, before the verdict was read, the parties settled for $14 million. I am confident that many of you are hiding your personal and professional successes from me. Maybe you like hearing about me, but I prefer to write about you. If I get three submissions, I promise there will be nothing about me in the next edition. That is unless my wife gives birth again, which would be very difficult in light of this being a quarterly publication. — Patrick A. Salvi II; Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., 22 W. Washington St., Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602; 312-372-1227;

08 Updates

Christopher Liedl married Kirsten Boreen (Vassar ’09) last August in Weston MA. The wedding party included brothers Jonathan ’11, William M.Ed ’14, David ’14, and Henry Liedl. Also in attendance were John Gleason, Josh Rivera, Emily and Mike Hatke and Brendan McMeel. Fanon Dottin ’08 and Kristen Sell ’07 tied the knot on May 16 in Durham NC. Kristen is in her 4th year of residency for cardiothoracic surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Fanon is a chemical engineer who works for KBR. Cindy Duffy married Chase Sessoms in Little Rock AR on April 11. In attendance were Bethany (Hoelscher) McCubbin, Kathy (Nosek) and Rob Ladd, Kelly (Opdyke) Roccasalva, Tim Kneedy, Katy (McCullough) ’09 and Graham Austin ’09. Cindy and Chase live in Little Rock, where they are working on their 1930s Craftsman house. 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 Class Secretary — Megan (Fitzgibbons) Ulrich;

08JD Remembering Classmates

Dan Cory taught a seminar course this spring as an adjunct at NDLS called “Environmental Law and Development.” Dan and his wife, Jenica, have four little ones. Do you remember adorable baby Magnolia, who was born when we were 3Ls? She is in second grade and the big sister to Boothe, 6, Henry, 4, and Sutton, 1. Desmond Jui is practicing law at Fisch Sigler LLP in Washington DC. Annie (Mulligan) and Jacob Zipfel left the Windy City in April and moved to Seattle, where they are enjoying the Space Needle, Starbucks and Frasier reruns. Jacob works in-house at Amazon. On a related note, I love my subscription to Amazon Prime. I’m almost caught up on The Good Wife after binge-watching during the interminable Chicago winter. On a serious note, I’m sure many of you heard the sad news that Drew Haase ’06, ’09JD passed away in April. I worked with Drew at the US Attorney’s Office in South Bend and shared many laughs, jokes and drinks with him. Drew was a great person and friend, and I am lucky to have known him. I know Drew was a friend of many people in our class. I offer my deepest condolences on this great loss. 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.” — Marie-Therese Mansfield;

09 Doing Better Than Fine

Mark Weber will be pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management this fall. His film, POVERTY, INC., has played in 27 film festivals as well as universities, conferences and communities. Email if interested in seeing the film or organizing a screening. Craig Borchard was ordained a deacon on May 23 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in South Bend and plans to be ordained a priest June 4, 2016. Andrew Bulso will be ordained a priest on June 12 for the Diocese of Nashville. Kelly Poupore graduated from Seton Hall Law in May and is employed as an associate at Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter LLP in Malone NY. Tim Cummings is changing careers from sixth grade math teacher to research project manager with the Student Social Support Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. Andrew Matasic and Craig Wiborg plan to walk to the Great Wall of China on their hands. Dan Murphy defended his master’s in applied physics from Rice U. He will be working as a middle school science teacher at Western Academy for a year and then returning to Rice to finish his PhD. Stephanie Nguyen was accepted into the higher education and student affairs PhD program at IU Bloomington. She will start classes in fall while continuing to work full-time at the Kelley School of Business Institute for international business as a program manager of two US State Department grants. In January, Jess Hagemann launched a new Austin-based ghostwriting business. Cider Spoon Stories ( is a legacy-writing service that helps seniors, veterans and others preserve their life stories. It also specializes in grant writing and workshop development and facilitation. Kevin Smith graduated from SLU medical school in May and will pursue an internal medicine residency at Duke. Jackie Kallberg graduated from U of San Diego School of Law in May 2014 and passed the California Bar in November 2014. Harrison Chilton is moving to Boston for private equity investing after his two-year stint at the Stanford GSB. Kevin Garcia continues to be awesomely humble as Captain America. After completing a federal clerkship for the Honorable Kristen L. Mix in the US District Court for the District of Colorado, Dennis Slater joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a litigation associate in New York. Following years of success in Atlanta, Andrew Masak and Dr. Caitlin Hildebrand will be taking their talents to the Pacific Northwest, where Caitlin will begin her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Andy will impress the labor and employment bar with his intellect and skill. Shannon Burke is pursuing a dental degree from U of Maryland. Following graduation, she will be commissioned as an officer for the Navy Dental Corps. Michael McDonald will film a web series about people with disabilities in 12 countries on six continents. It will consist of 24 webisodes and will take15 months to produce. Anyone interested can check L’Arche International’s YouTube channel to view the series starting in September. John Avila graduated from Harvard Law School in May 2014 and was admitted to the New York bar in January. He is clerking for a federal judge in Philadelphia and will be joining a law firm in DC in the fall. Susanne DeSantis completed her first marathon last fall in Chicago. She and Monica Tarnawski plan to conquer 26.2 together this fall in Savannah. Melissa Yuen has been awarded a Jane and Whitney Morgan Fellowship by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She will be at the Met beginning Sept. 1 to complete work on her dissertation about the Italian Baroque painter Mattia Preti and his time in Rome. Traci (McMillan) and Stephen Beach are excited to launch a new website,, which they are creating in partnership with the CSC. The site aims to connect students interested in postgraduate service with alumni who worked in volunteer or service organizations after graduation. If you or your friends volunteered through SSLP or postgraduate, you can leave a review and share your story with the Notre Dame community. Innsbruck study abroad classmates enthusiastically met in Miami April 17-19. Ann Yackshaw, Lisa Knoll, Tracy Welch, Laura Marie Lazar and Jonathan Toups competed to see who could get most tanned while missing those unable to join. Elizabeth Keedy became engaged to Steve Goetz over Christmas. Katie Rehberger and Joe Wells are engaged, and Katie’s Nashelorette included Casey McNeill, Kerry McGuire, Christine Oresky, Betsy Scott, Kristin Wasikowki, Jenni Gargula, Margaret Knoedler, Shannon Raley, Liz Keedy and Katie Shakour. Molly Slavin and John Larsen became engaged over Christmas. They plan to be married in Atlanta in October 2016. Charlie Cummings got engaged to Jessica William in Indonesia in August and will be married in September in Baltimore. Nathan Menendez will marry Kelly Morgan July 11. Analise Lipari and Brian Brower ’11 MEd were married in New Hampshire on Jan. 3. Alumni in attendance included bridesmaid Laura Wilczek, Felicia Lipari ’07 SMC, Evan Liu, Shannon Sinn, Amy Elliot, Kimm Mering, LeAnn Parson, Conor Kelly, Kate Kelly, Susan Reynolds, Drew Reynolds and Drew Clary, who served as a groomsman. Paul Lipari ’16 also was a groomsman. A snowy evening, with wedding photos on a curling rink, made the day extra special. Analise teaches at the Washington Jesuit Academy in Washington DC. Nick Trapp married Kateri Bose Aug. 14 at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha. In June, Jessica Winschel will marry Adam Bisher. Bridesmaids include several Notre Dame girls: Angela (Sutton) Rapattoni, Anna (Lacey) Hooven, Alie Minnis, Sarah Podwika, Elise Yahner and Katie Sushinsky. Kyle Peters married Annabelle Lefebvre in York, Australia, just outside Perth, and they honeymooned in the Margaret River wine region of Australia. Upon return to Chicago, the couple celebrated with friends in true O’Neill 3B fashion. In attendance were classmates Chris Lardakis, Mike Hernandez, Fiona Gilleran, Jimmy Mitchell, Patrick Doonan, Neal Andrews, Julie Wagner, Mandy Gonzales, Alex Klupchak and Kat Kennifer. There are reports of several gargoyles also attending later in the night. Please visit the Notre Dame Class of 2009 Facebook Page to reconnect with members of the class. 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 Pretty Quiet Out There

Greetings, everybody. Things have been pretty quiet since our last update, but I have a few updates to share. First, one that I missed last time: Cheryl (Ramsey) ’08MBA and Brad Barker welcomed their first child, Caroline Jane Barker, on Aug. 22, 2014. The Barker family lives in Birmingham MI. Brian O’Connor married Rose McLoughlin on Feb. 15, 2014 in San Francisco. Brian and Rose have a daughter, Ruby Mae, who will turn 1 on June 21. George Cleveland got engaged last May; he and his fiancé, Jen, will be married on Oct. 17 in Palo Cedro CA. Brad Annis will be a groomsman, but George declined to make him the best man because that would allow Brad to stand too close to Jen during the ceremony, and, well, you just never know. That’s all I’ve got for now. Please keep the updates coming. — Shawn Pulscher; 801-336-7344;

09JD Class Secretary — Josh Rinschler;