class notes


00 Busy Bees

We continue to be a busy class with careers, families and being social. In November 2014, Stacy (Fuller) and Matt Ulman enjoyed traveling to Palm Springs for Saskia Sidenfaden’s wedding. Stacy served as maid of honor, and she and Matt were joined by Mark Roman and his wife for the fun. In April 2015, Matt was transferred from Jupiter FL to Miami to become the VP of finance for FPL Fibernet. The Ulmans have had many visitors since moving to Miami, including Saskia and Catherine (Syner) Shaghalian and her family. The Ulmans had a wonderful time at Reunion last June. It was the first trip to Notre Dame for their three children, who think ND is the best place on earth thanks to the South Dining Hall and the Kids’ Club. They are already talking about the next reunion. Dan Ryan had a busy fall and winter. In October, Dan received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Justice Department’s second-highest award for employee performance. Dan was part of a team that received the award for its work in connection with the Department of Justice’s $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America, concerning the Bank’s origination and securitization of residential mortgages. In addition to that honor, Dan got the honor of becoming a father for the second time. He and his wife, Erin, had a baby girl, Liliana, in January. Big brother Maxton is adjusting to life as a big brother, and Dan has his work cut out for himself. Speaking of excellent career moves, Melissa Tacey has been promoted to global director, international logistics for Ecolab and will be relocating to Minneapolis/St Paul. She is sad to leave Chicago, but she knows she is headed for a great opportunity. Gia (Puccini) and Jeff Rauenhorst have been very busy. In October, Gia spent a long weekend with Ashley (Lowery) and Jake McCall in Alexandria VA. Gia was in Washington DC attending a convening of the recipients of the Race to the Top education grant project as a representative of the school district where she worked in district leadership. It was a full house, with six kids between them and a true delight to spend the time catching up. Gia’s and Ashley’s daughters are already talking about how they want to room together at Notre Dame. Gia and Jeff recently moved to Incline Village NV on Lake Tahoe after almost 10 years in Berkeley CA. The Rauenhorsts are thrilled with their move and enjoy the mountains and lake very much. Any and all alumni are encouraged to look them up if they are coming to the Tahoe region to ski. Also, congratulations to Christine (Hughes) and Matthew Thompson, who welcomed their son, Kyle, to their family on Saint Patrick’s Day of 2015. He has a sister, Alexis. Christine works as the director of sales at the company she joined out of college, celebrating 15 years this summer. After 12 years at Intel, Matt went to Bluewolf, located in San Francisco, in 2012 as director of sales. The family continues to make their home in the San Francisco Bay area. In other news, our class will be having a tailgate for the Duke game on Sept 24. We also have a limited number of tickets still available for purchase. Folks can contact Cathy Scroope at or Melissa Tacey at Details will be posted on the class Facebook page. There may be limited tickets available, but you might want to put in for Duke tickets in the lottery so you can join us at the tailgate. We are going to pay for the tailgate out of donations we got at our reunion. Hopefully we will see you all there. In the meantime, please feel free to send me your updates. — 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 Warm Welcome

Theresa Bresnahan-Coleman and her husband, Zane, welcomed their son, Reece Julian Coleman, in January 2015. Reece joined big sister Shea, who was thrilled to have a little brother. In November, Benjamin Cooke joined the law firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista in Avon OH. He focuses his practice on corporate and business matters. Ben and his family live in Avon Lake OH. Bill Rueter recently married Lora Allen in Philadelphia, where they reside. Bill is a senior legal analyst with the law firm of Fox Rothschild. Rev. Gerard J. Olinger, CSC, began his position as vice president for university relations at the U of Portland in January. He is responsible for the offices of alumni relations, development, marketing and communications and university events. He also serves as a concurrent assistant professor of political science. In July of 2014, he was named to the Board of Trustees at Notre Dame. Gerry is looking forward to seeing classmates when he is back in South Bend for meetings. My family and I had a great New Year’s Day celebration watching the Irish in Cedarburg WI with Angela (Chaput) and Ed Foy and their kids. We made plans to attend our 15-Year Reunion, which will be on campus June 2-5. We all went five years ago and had a great time. Between our two families, we will have six future Domers, so you can bet there will be some good parties in the family dorm. I would highly recommend it to all of you. It’s always great to be back on campus, and Reunion is a perfect time to catch up with old friends. I hope to see you there. — Megan Murray; 2015 N. 56th St., Milwaukee WI 53208; 414-213-4687;

01MBA Aid for Military Transition

Brian Niswander launched a venture to assist military members with their transition to the civilian workforce. The organization,, collects responses from veterans and allows those serving to review data which matches their military status such as branch, career specialty, years of service, rank and education, and help guide their career transition. Brian also started a company to coach veterans and others with their job search and interviewing skills: Please email updates you would like to appear in the Class Notes. — Dominic Pang;

01JD Updates and Reunion News

Amy Gaughran Macdougall is back in Boston with her family after two years in Germany with her husband Mike’s job. They loved the traveling but are happy to be back home where they are homeschooling their three children. Eric Moser is in Kentucky, where he recently released his first interactive novel, Community College Hero, available at Amazon, Chrome Store and others. It is comic-book inspired but definitely a PG-13 storyline, so be sure to check it out. He’s working on a sequel and, yes, still manages to practice some law. Angela and Richard Ambrow welcomed a baby girl this summer; everyone is doing well.* Shonda Maupin Folsom*, after almost eight years in Big Spring TX, opened her own law office. The Folsom Law Firm focuses on probate, estate planning, guardianships, real estate and business formation and contracts. All this while Shonda is a mom to busy twin boys. A mom with four children, Jennifer Dovidio Valentine, started her own part-time freelance business putting her advocacy skills to use for the benefit of nonprofits. “The Write Words: Research and Writing Support for Good Causes” identifies grant funding sources and helps write grant proposals, a meaningful way to contribute to her community. John Fitzgerald had an article published in the Journal of Moral Theology on how lawyers can find happiness in their profession. It makes me think back to Prof. Schiltz’s class. Sarah Bassler Millar ’97, ’01 JD, has been named chair of the employee benefits and executive compensation group at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, where she is a partner. Speaking of Sarah, I joined her, Kathleen Brannock and Kathleen Lundy in attending the Boston College game at Fenway Park. Lundy and I enjoyed the Friday night festivities, including the pep rally and ND night at the Boston Pops, which was one of the best ND events we have attended. There was something about hearing our band play the Victory March in the aisles. We enjoyed a beautiful Mass, brunch and some quality Irish pub time. (Thanks to John Murphy ’02JD for picking a good bar.) Then we headed to the stadium for the once-in-a-lifetime game in the pahk after dahk. We had fantastic weather and a great time, although we missed seeing Rudy Monterrosa and Sean Yuzwa. Speaking of a great time, our 15-Year Reunion is set for June 2-5, and I know some of you already have plane tickets and hotel rooms booked. However, many of you received a card in the mail that a law school reunion may be moved away from the June date to the fall, specifically Oct. 7-9. It’s a cool idea, but it is unfortunate that we’re part of the transition year. As of early February, it’s still unclear when our reunion will be (we may party both dates), but please check with JonMarc Buffa or me for updates. Communications update: our listserv has lost about 120 of our classmates. I am trying 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 and ask to join the Notre Dame Law Class of 2001-1 group so that I have another way to keep in touch with you and we can keep our class column full of fun updates. — Jonell Lucca; cell 602-677-3266;

02 In Memory of Dan Probst

I am very sad to share that Dan Probst passed away suddenly in November. Dan’s family established a scholarship fund in Dan’s name at Notre Dame. For those who would like to contribute, donations can be made to the “Dan Probst Memorial Fund” by mailing a check to the University of Notre Dame, Attention Jamie Barry 11000 Grace Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556. To all who knew him, Dan was a great guy and loyal friend. He will be missed greatly. Please keep Dan’s family and friends in your prayers. Patrick Murphy married Kyle McKenzie in Puerto Vallarta in January 2015. Benjamin Baughman and Joe Biggs served as groomsmen. The couple recently moved to Denver as Pappy pursues an MBA at U of Colorado in Boulder. Meghan and Jeff Wittich welcomed a baby boy, William Hugh, on Dec. 7. Chrissy (Wiatr)and Jim Butz ’04 welcomed Juliette Rose to their family on Jan.11. Sister Ava, 2, is excited to have a little sister. Greg Wright married Kristen Garde on Oct. 17 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington KY. Bill Fusz, Seth Hiland, Alex Amaro, Tim Dysart and Kristen (Wright) ’05 and Danny Linton ’03 were among the guests who joined the bride and groom at the reception in watching on their iPads and laptops as the Irish beat USC. Greg and Kristen live in Chicago, where Greg is a corporate lawyer. Kelly (Cooke) and her husband Collin Donohue welcomed their first child, Declan Grady, on June 17. They are having the best time as a new family of three. Christie (Bodnar) and Tim Swiss welcomed Scarlett Victoria on Oct. 19. Big sister Adrienne is very proud. The Swiss family lives in Carlsbad CA, where Christie is a partner at the law firm of Collins, Collins, Muir + Stewart and Tim owns a new product development firm, Tim Swiss Design. Gavin Noble and wife Beth (a Domer at heart and by association) welcomed their second child, Clara Lierre, on Dec. 20. Reed is a very happy big brother. Mother and baby are doing well. Kristen and Ryan Frierott welcomed their first child, Conner Charles, on April 27. Ryan is a partner in the Goldberg and Segalla law firm Chicago office. Thank you for the updates and please keep them coming. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran;

02MBA Class Secretary — Melissa Hurd;

02JD Chicago Babies

Two of our Chicago-area classmates welcomed babies in January. Congrats to Erin Reiff on the arrival of her sweet baby girl, Eleanor Grace, on Jan. 28. Erin and Ellie live in west suburban Darien, and Erin is international tax counsel at Dover Corp. Across town, in the northern suburb of Wilmette, Melissa Schmucker Vandewater and her husband, Kevin, welcomed Dean Charles Vandewater to the world on Jan. 13. Kevin and Melissa were married on July 7, 2013. After practicing in Phoenix for 10 years, Melissa joined Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago, where she is a partner focusing on all aspects of commercial real estate. It has been fun running into Melissa around our hometown. I look forward to meeting these Chicago babies soon. — Megan Glunz Horton; 521 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; res 847-256-2335;

03 Great Updates

Thank you to everyone who sent me updates about careers and life. I really appreciate it. Laura Aull PhD is an assistant professor of English and linguistics at Wake Forest U in North Carolina. Laura recently completed the publication of her first book, a corpus linguistic analysis of writing by college students and how it compares to other kinds of writing. She will go up for tenure next year. Renee McGrail and Eric Plutnicki are getting married in April. Howard Hall roommates Katie (Clifford) Stephansky and Erin (Wirpsa) Eisenberg8 both had their first children in 2015. Katie and her husband, Matt, welcomed Theodore in September, and Erin and her husband, Geoff, welcomed Genevieve in October. *Bekki (Miski) Early and her husband, Ryan, got married in October. Bekki works as the social media and talent brand program manager for Equinix, Inc. in Redwood City CA. Carl Sergio works at the Chicago architecture and interiors firm, Gensler, and would love to meet more ND grads who work for Gensler. Jake Rodenbiker is the elected state’s attorney for McKenzie County ND and resides in the county seat of Watford City. Lisa (Tzareff) ’04 and Ben Garcia have been married for eight years. Ben has been with JRC Integrated Systems in Washington DC for three years, and Lisa manages her own practice, Lisa Garcia Architecture + Interior Design. Dave Moehrman CPA works as a consultant for ConocoPhillips in Houston. In July, he and wife Michele welcomed daughter Rosalie Antoinette. She joins big sister Gemma Marie. Lisa Pomarico is working for the National Marrow Donor Program “Be the Match” in Minneapolis as a case manager, coordinating bone marrow and cord blood transplants. Taylor (Romigh) Harrison is a tax-exempt organizations attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington DC. She married Steven Harrison in October. Annise K. Maguire practices transactional environmental law at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher in Washington DC. John Mirshekari works at Fidelity Investments and Jody (Kahn) Mason was recently named principal at Jackson Lewis law firm in Chicago. Megan (O’Hara) and Adam Habig were married in August. They live in Indianapolis, where Adam co-founded a medical consulting and software firm called Freedom Healthworks. After 12 years in NYC, Michael Holba and his wife, Sara, relocated to Chicago in April and welcomed another daughter, Lillian Rose Holba, on Nov. 19. She joins big sister Gracie, 16 months, in their growing household. After graduating from Oxford’s MBA program, Holden Bonwit and wife Meagan Sutton ’04 moved to Nairobi, Kenya. Meagan is product portfolio manager for a social enterprise focused on health initiatives, while Holden provides growth strategy and financial consulting to startups and their investors around East Africa. Courtney (Giel) and Jim Flynn welcomed their third child in May. James Jonathan joins big sisters Taylor, 5, and Alexandra, 3. Jim is in practice as a foot and ankle surgeon at South Bend Orthopedics, and Courtney is at home with the kids. Hop on our Facebook page to read updates as well. Thanks for the news. — Josh Gentine;

03MBA Class Secretary — Rosemary Guillette;

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

03JD Class Secretary — Lawrence A. Ward;


04 New Destinations

After running into each other at the Five-Year Reunion in 2009, Erin Powell and Eddie Baumgartner began dating and were married in June of 2013. Erin is now Erin Baumgartner PhD after attaining her doctorate in sociology and demography from Penn State last July. Her area of study is education, specifically school readiness. Eddie was born and raised in South Bend and had been working there since graduation, while Erin was splitting time between Indiana and Pennsylvania during her program. Now that she’s finished, the couple relocated to Houston TX as Erin took a post-doc research position at Rice U, working in partnership with the Houston school district. This is Eddie’s first time not being a South Bend townie. Elizabeth (Cirelle) and Drew Shula were married in LA in 2008 and have two beautiful girls: Acadia, 5, and Cali, 1. Here is a hint to where the names come from: Drew is from Maine, and Elizabeth is from LA. Elizabeth is running her second LA marathon in February, and Drew is founder and principal of green building consulting company, Verdical Group, Audra Valaitis and Garrett Westhoven welcomed their first child, Aras Lachlan, on Sept. 24. After graduating from Oxford’s MBA program, Holden Bonwit ’03 and his wife, Meagan Sutton, moved to Nairobi, Kenya. Meagan is product portfolio manager for a social enterprise providing health and other products to improve lives, while Holden provides growth strategy and financial consulting to startups and their investors around East Africa. Visitors are welcome. Cecilia (Zappa) Harry and her husband, Andrew, a graduate of the U of Evansville, welcomed Theodore Paul into their family on Nov. 20. He is their first child and is named after Father Ted Hesburgh and Pope Paul VI, two very holy men who were good friends. The couple prayed to them to help welcome a child into their family, and they promised to name a son after them. He was baptized in January, with Heather (Kimmins) Seeger ’05 in attendance. Jonathan Feczko, an attorney with Tucker Ellis, was recognized as an Ohio Rising Star for 2016. Kat (Donovan) and Matt Farrell are happy to announce the birth of their fourth daughter, Elizabeth Jane, born on Aug. 24. Big sisters Maggie, Anne and Rachel are thrilled. Kat stays home with the kids, and Matt works at OSU as a family physician. He has been there over a year and just expanded his teaching role for medical students. Padraic McDermott and his wife, Jenn Randazzo, welcomed their third child, Grant Philip McDermott, on Oct. 22. He joins Fiona, 7, and Henry, 4. Padraic (ND Navy ROTC) left the Navy in 2009. He and Jenn have continued careers in the DC area and live in Ashburn VA. Jenn works as a historical researcher and project manager. Amy (Buchan) and Raegen Siegfried were married in Santa Barbara CA on Oct. 17. The ceremony was presided over by Rev. Joseph C. Geders, CM. There were plenty of Domers in the wedding, including: groomsmen Larry Rooney, Denis Sullivan, Michael Flynn and Brian Blaney; reader, Porscha Radcliffe; and gift bearers Melissa Frank and Toby Hicks. Other Domers in attendance included Camilla (Pollock) Flynn, Sara (Sweeney) Sullivan, Meredith Siegfried Madden, Maura and Adam Dell, Bill Hessert, 8Val and Brian Kopetzky*, Stefanie (Frank) Wunderlich, Kevin McNamara, Jon Pribaz and Kathleen Rooney. Amy and Raegen moved from Singapore to Tulsa OK. And as for me, I recently took a position as the director of enrollment for the Manhattan Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. Please continue to send your updates. — Carol Martino;

04MBA Keep Updates Coming

With our families growing and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the updates slowed this past quarter. Keep the updates coming. — Harry Howisen;

04JD Updates from Coast to Coast

Katie Bryan and her husband, Sam Hattem, welcomed their son Bryan in November. Katie was also promoted to partner at Leclair Ryan, where she specializes in product liability and transportation. Finn Pressly was promoted to shareholder at Littler Mendelson. Finn is an employee benefits attorney specializing in health and welfare benefit compliance under ERISA and the ACA. Rev. Gerry Olinger, CSC, is the vice president for university relations at the U of Portland. In that capacity, he is responsible for the offices of alumni relations, development, marketing and communications and university events. Gerry also serves as a concurrent assistant professor of political science. In July of 2014, he was named to the board of trustees at Notre Dame and looks forward to seeing fellow classmates 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 Blvd., 16th Floor, Newark NJ 07102;

05 Class Secretary — Kristin Boyd;

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

05MBA New PhD

In December, Andrew Goodrich earned his PhD in higher education administration from the U of South Florida, where he has been serving as the senior associate athletics director for external relations since 2014. Congratulations to Dr. Goodrich. Please send me your updates for the next column at or my address below. Take care, and good luck in life and work. — Himanshu Gosar;

05JD Spring News

Greg Wright married Kristen Garde on Oct. 17 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington KY. Greg and Kristen were joined by a number of guests at the reception in watching on their iPads and laptops as the Irish beat USC. The Wrights live in Chicago, where Greg is a senior attorney with Dykema, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, finance and other transactional matters. After seven years in Louisiana, Kevin Kress joined McGaughey Erickson in Portland OR. The return is a homecoming of sorts, as he lived in the “City of Roses” for nearly three years before law school. Kevin reports that Ryan O’Connor and Jason Weber were part of the recruiting team that convinced him to make the move. Nikole Canute is a partner at Mika Meyers PLC, a full-service law firm in Grand Rapids MI. She practices labor and employment law, employment litigation, civil litigation, fraud investigation, fraud litigation and securities litigation. In June, Mark Carryl moved from Grand Rapids to Chicago, where he became an assistant general counsel for JP Morgan Chase. He still proudly roots against Harvard. Go Irish. — Adam Russ; 2193 W. 7th St., Cleveland OH 44113;

06 Engagements, Weddings, Babies

John Floccari is engaged to Meredith Laux ’07. The couple met while on campus and reconnected at the wedding of Emily (Yannuci) and BJ Byran in May 2014. Julia Henkels relocated to Manhattan’s Lower East Side in June. When not fulfilling her professional obligations as a consultant, she finds time to travel, visit with her sister and explore the city. Liz (Frierott) Wiedegreen and husband Karl welcomed their first child, Kennedy Virginius, on Oct. 15. Liz and her husband are teachers for Chicago public schools. Liz is a member of her school’s governing council. Jessica (Fedor) Friedrichs and husband Kevin welcomed their second child, Emmett Gregory, on Dec. 30. He joins big sister, Clara. Renee Gipson married Dan Stock in St. Louis on Dec. 5. Notre Dame guests in attendance included bridesmaids Patricia Adams and Caitlin English; usher Brian Redmond; reader Justin Oldham; 202 roommates Erika (Gurrola) Chavez, Liz (Berry) Gluck, Kate (Distler) Michelson, Beth (Martter) Mulhall and Christin (Nohner) O’Brien; and Damian Althoff, Joe Nohner and myself. Now that all of 202 are married, what celebrations will reunite us next?
Please join us at our 10-Year Reunion at Notre Dame on June 2-5. We look forward to connecting with our class, visiting favorite spots on campus and hopefully no one setting off the fire alarm in the morning. — 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 Wedding and a Baby

Adam Shipley and Steve Meth married in front of family and friends on October 3rd in San Diego. They then had an amazing honeymoon in Turkey, Greece, France and Italy. Adam is currently a senior associate in the mergers and acquisitions practice group at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in San Diego. Steve is the Chief Experience Officer for Prime Healthcare. Stephanie (Scharrer) Martin and her husband, Rob, added baby number 4 to their growing brook. Nathaniel (Nate) Patrick Martin was born on August 28th. He joins older brothers Robbie, 6; Josh, 4; and Anthony, 2. Stephanie is still practicing at Adam and Reese LLP in Tampa. She has obtained board certification in Real Estate law. Stephanie handles real estate litigation and business litigation and specializes in the representation of landlords, tenants and homeowners’ associations. I hope all is well with everyone and that you email me life updates for our class column. — Amir Hassan Sadaghiani;

07 Happy News

Emily (Kane) and James Flaherty ’06, ’07MSA welcomed a baby girl, Catherine Claire, on Aug. 23. John Berger ’07, ’10JD married Therese Hogg on Nov. 14, 2015 at Saint Clement Church in Chicago. The wedding party included Elizabeth (Berger) ’09 and Chris Nanovic, Chris Harris, Kepha Chin and Chris Merino. Dave Olson and Geoff Bennett were ushers. 2007 classmates in attendance were Mary Beth (Koch) Chin, Ali (Brosnan) Merino, Elizabeth Filipek, Andrea Readhimer, Christine Lewis, Jessica Pryor and Jenna Johnson. Tina (Fuller) and James Ramos are excited to announce the birth of their first child, Sebastian James, born Nov. 28 in Jersey City NJ. They are looking forward to continuing the Notre Dame legacy, which includes Tina’s grandmother, Virginia (Weilert) Gluski ’45SMC, and her parents, Anita Gluski ’75SMC and Joe Fuller ’75. Michelle (Shiriaev)* and Jerry Love welcomed baby number 3. Harrison Lewis Love was born on Nov. 5 in Fort Wayne IN. His sister, Olivia, and brother, Owen, are over the moon about him. The Class of 2007 will have a minireunion this fall. We will have a block of tickets to a football game. Look for an email and our Facebook page with more information soon. Please send me news and updates. God bless, and go Irish. — Stephanie Pelligra;

07MBA Class Secretary — Joe Curry;

07JD New Chapters

Sarah Wake has accepted a position at the U of Chicago as associate provost and director of equal opportunity programs. The Maroons’ wide receiver coach, Chris Salvi ’12, tells me U of C has become more of a football school, but Sarah tells me they continue to excel at both academics and athletics. Congratulations and good luck to Sarah in this new and exciting position. Jordan Pinjuv decided to simplify his life. First, he moved his wife, ¬¬¬Nicole, and children Thomas, 9; Patrick, 7; and Clara, 4, from Las Vegas to Folsom CA. Oh, and Nicole was pregnant at the time. They were then blessed with the arrival of Eleanor. Jordan works at California Independent System Operator as in-house counsel. Give him a holler (or an email) if you’re in the Sierra Nevada region: Congratulations and kudos to Jordan and Nicole. Courtney (Sweet) Forster has been named shareholder at her firm, Gunderson Law Firm, out of Reno NV. Courtney represents a variety of businesses, real estate professionals, individuals and professionals in numerous fields in NV, CA and across the western US. She has been honored a number of ways for her excellent representation of clients, including being named a rising star by Super Lawyers, being named in the 20 Under 40 List by the Reno Gazette Journal and being named to the Nevada Legal Elite by the Nevada Business Magazine. If you’re up to date on your ND Magazine reading, you know that she had a baby last August. Congratulations to Courtney. Angelo Gambino and his beautiful wife, Sue, welcomed their second child, Anna Bernadette, on Jan. 24. Little Peter has been a great big brother for the new Gambino. Angelo continues to protect victims’ rights, representing plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice cases at Brown Chiari in Buffalo. However, he will have to be very efficient now that his home is a little more crowded, in the best possible way. Please send me your news. I think some people read this. Selfishly, I like hearing about it. — Patrick A. Salvi II; Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., 22 W. Washington St., Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602; 312-372-1227;

08 Updates

Domenic Tassoni appeared on Jeopardy! on Jan.11. Heather (Blaha) and Matthew Surprenant married in Philadelphia on June 27 with Domers from ’83 to ’15 in attendance. Rana (Rolle) and Tristan Van Voorhis welcomed their second child, Remington Lear Van Voorhis, on Dec. 27. He joined his sister, Rya Lane, who is thrilled to have a little brother. Andrea (Hanson) and Liam Zakko ’07 welcomed their son, Nathaniel James Zakko, on Nov. 19. Cassandra (Saucedo) and Hector Ruiz welcomed their second daughter, Mary Elizabeth, on Oct.17 in Dallas. She was baptized in El Paso on Dec. 26. Godparents were Mariana and David Saucedo ’07. Kathy (Nosek) and Robert Ladd welcomed daughter Laura Claire Ladd to the world on Aug. 7. Mom, baby and dad are happy and healthy. Megan (Julien) and Nick Kluesner welcomed their second child, James Edward, in October 2014. (Yes, he’s already a year old.) Nick finished residency in June, and the family moved to Des Moines, where Nick works in emergency rooms and Megan stays home with the boys. Nick surprised Megan with a 30th birthday party this summer, including surprise visits from Blair Mlnarik Pircon and Alana Stelton-Swan. If it takes turning 30 to get visitors to Iowa, she’ll take it. — Megan O’Hara;

08MBA Class Secretary — Megan Ulrich;

08JD Keeping Up

David Gammill shared that after seven years as a criminal prosecutor in Los Angeles, he has turned in his badge. David joined Mark Geragos of Geragos & Geragos, specializing in civil plaintiff and criminal defense. Best of luck with the new gig, David. Badges are cool, but so are hard hats, at least according to Katie Barrett. Katie recently started a new job that combines her undergrad engineering degree with her law degree as counsel at JE Dunn Construction Company’s Denver office. She confirmed that she gets to wear a hard hat occasionally. I’m not sure if a cape is involved, but Matt Lilly was named to the 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List. Matt works at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP. Way to go, everyone. Not to be outdone by their classmates (or the Kardashians), Krista (Yee) and Kameron Cox are continuing their own “K” dynasty by welcoming another son, Keller Patrick, on Jan. 28. Krista, Kam and brother Kolby are thrilled with the new addition to the family. 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

Congratulations to Emerson Spartz, who was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List of brightest young media entrepreneurs this year. Emerson and wife Gaby (Montero) Spartz live in Chicago, where he is CEO of Katie Keegan and Jeffrey Anderson became engaged in LA in December. The couple plans to move to San Diego this summer, where Katie will pursue a neonatal ICU fellowship. They will be married in November. Christine Cartwright got engaged to Daniel Benner of Mechanicsburg PA on New Year’s Eve. They were surrounded by both families and will be getting married in October. Christine lives in Washington DC. She received her master’s in comparative politics from American U and works for the Navy. She and Dan look forward to exciting days ahead. Mark Gorsche proposed to Kristen Virgin, and the couple will be married this October in Ann Arbor. Ben Willis married Dr. Matthew Hall in La Jolla CA in May. The wedding party included James Michael, Tereza Schaible and Tim Reidy. The couple relocated from California to Providence, where Ben works with several Domers at Union Studio Architecture & Community Design and Matt is completing his post-doc at UConn. Craig Wiborg and Andrew Matasic have been chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland this winter. Susan (Traina) and John Malone ’09MBA welcomed their first daughter, Madeline, on Oct. 11. Aunt Alison Heyden is Madeline’s godmother. Baby Maddie is already an avid Irish fan. Katy and Peter Privon welcomed Audrey Kathryn Privon into the world on Sept. 21. Erin (Wash) and Ryan Cleary welcomed gorgeous daughter Sloane Carolyn on Nov. 16. The family is enjoying their time in Cincinnati. Ryan is teaching middle school, and Erin is in her third year of ob/gyn residency. ReenAnn (Downing) Rutter and her husband, Michael, proudly welcomed their first child, Greyson Terrell, on Aug. 26. While he carries dual citizenship as a Texan on his mother’s side and Canadian on his father’s side, no confusion exists over his college loyalty. Greyson falls asleep to the Victory March every night, and his first game watch, at the age of 3 days, was a smashing victory over the U of Texas, a perfect way to celebrate the beautiful new life of this little Domer. Jillian Flower joined the national workplace law firm Jackson Lewis PC in Minneapolis this fall. 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; 1030 Euclid Ave. Apt. 304 Cleveland OH 44115; 574-320-0573;

09MBA Class Secretary — Shawn Pulscher;


09JD Class Secretary — Josh Rinschler;