class notes

1990s

90 Remembering Johnny Lattner

Heisman winner Johnny Lattner ’54 passed away in February, and John Rossmiller penned a touching tribute to the Notre Dame Legend in the spring issue of Notre Dame Magazine. John is living in La Grange IL with daughters Cate, 14, and Zoe, 12, and is transitioning into brand marketing. John recently had dinner in Chicago with Jim Milligan, chief financial officer of VSA Partners; Tim Flood, chief executive officer of a staffing firm; and John O’Loughlin, former president of the Houston Chronicle. Kevin Keane is chairman of the Holy Trinity School Board in San Pedro CA and chairman of the Nativity Catholic School Board in Los Angeles. He and Joe Womac ’02 work together with inner-city Catholic Schools in Los Angeles to ensure long-term sustainability of those schools. Anne (Newett) Lewis and Steve Donovan have a daughter, Madeleine, who is finishing up her first year at ND. Madeleine majors in pre-health and Spanish and is a member of the marching band and orchestra. Anne is thrilled that Madeleine is living in Lyons Hall, where Mom resided as a student. Dan Bazarko and his family reside in Westport CT. Dan is working for Alexion as senior vice president and chief accounting officer. The family plans to hit the Nevada game next season, which will be the first campus visit for daughters, Katerina, 12, and Victoria, 9. Kevin McCormack is in Arlington VA and recently joined Wells Fargo as senior vice president of commercial and corporate banking. He is on the board of directors at his high school alma mater, Good Counsel, and recently attended the Fighting Irish men’s basketball ACC tournament games with Paul Damm and Pete Beeman ’91. John “Beef” Meagher checked in and reported that there is a strong contingent of Dillonites living in Chicagoland. Beef lives in the West Loop and leads the e-discovery and data governance consulting group at Precision Discovery, where one of his clients is Brian Evans, who is chief financial officer at The GEO Group. Brian and his family live in South Florida. John reports that Chris Clark is living in his hometown of Park Ridge IL with wife Keely and his four kids. Chris works for Morgan Stanley in their private wealth group. Brad Carmody is also living in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Buffy, and their kids. Brian Anziel is a longtime resident of the Streeterville neighborhood, when he isn’t traveling the globe for Veiola Water. Beef reports that other members of the Big Red span the country with Joe Ross and wife Elaine looking forward to the Texas game in Austin, where Joe is a top executive at LDR Spine. Ilya and Greg Kraske live in Billings MT, where Greg is semi-retired and spends most of his time digging holes and shooting things on his ranch. Steve Bracci and his family live in Naples FL where Steve operates his own practice as a real estate attorney. Pat Porter and his family are long-time residents of the Phoenix area. John Bastian is a commercial pilot and resides with his wife, Amy, in Annapolis MD. Finally, Beef reports that Steve Murphy and his family reside in his hometown of Osceola IN. Beef said no one really knows what Steve does, but he enjoys dining on fried chicken from Martin’s or the local VFW, both of which are within his two-mile no fly zone. Check us out on Facebook at http://1990.undclass.org. Go Irish. — Marty Falkenberg; martin.falkenberg@yahoo.com

90MBA News Wrap-Up

Dave Bryla is president of the Hefty Business Unit at Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc. RCP is a stand-alone CPG company that was spun out of Pactiv and Alcoa that features Reynolds Wrap and Hefty brand products. He has been there almost 11 years. The Hefty biz unit makes and markets branded and private label trash bags and food bags. Dave has been married to Kelly since 1992, and they have three kids: Max, 17, Isabelle, 15, and Gus 13. Dave serves the community by being on the executive board of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and he heads up the New Trier Rugby Football Club. The club finished second in state last year. Be like Dave; send me an update. — Dave Wilson; 104 N. Wilson Ct., Palatine IL 60067;
david_c_wilson@hotmail.com

90JD Class Secretary — Cathy (Pollock) Gregory;

30 Walnut Farms Drive, Farmington CT 06032; cagregory@sbcglobal.net

91 Happy 25th

Greetings, Class of ’91. I hope those who attended Reunion had a great time. Sadly, your column writer could not attend in person, but I hope to receive many updates from those who did attend. Our column is themed to literary matters, and I’ll begin with happy news. Stephen McFeely just had his newest movie, Captain America: Civil War, take the silver screen by storm. Stephen co-wrote all of the Captain America movies, as well as Thor: The Dark World and the Narnia trilogy. He has become an accomplished Hollywood producer and writer. In fact, he won a Primetime Emmy in 2004 for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. Some of our classmates might have gotten to hear Stephen speak at Reunion, as he was featured in a special program called “Blockbuster Insights into Superhero Movies.” Congratulations to Stephen on his continued success, and thanks for entertaining us at the movies. It is a slow news cycle this column, so I will take a moment to report my own personal news. By the time this column is published, I will be putting the finishing touches on my first surgery textbook, about natural orifice and endoluminal surgery. I am one of the three editors, and I co-wrote three of the chapters. It should be published in December or January and features authors from all over the world. That’s all for this month. Stay well, God bless, and go Irish. — John Romanelli;
jrndmd@comcast.net

91MBA Can it be 25 Years?

News was quiet for this issue, and I hope it was because you were planning to catch up at Reunion. Bill Lynch and I can’t make it because our daughter is graduating from high school the same weekend. And since the news was slow, you get to hear about our family. Bill is still at PNC Bank in Washington DC. He has been with PNC since graduating from Notre Dame. Bill recently had lunch with John Abbate, who was in town for business. I have just finished my seventh year at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart as their e-communications manager. Our eldest daughter is a sophomore at Fordham U. Our middle child will be taking a gap year to focus on rock climbing. She is a competitive rock climber and finished sixth at the USA Bouldering Nationals this year. Her goal in 2017 is to be in the top four to make it to Worlds. She has taken us on an interesting journey with this sport. We also have a son in sixth grade who keeps us young at heart. For spring break we went to Breckenridge CO. Nina Gramaglia joined us for a few days to enjoy spring skiing that turned out to be winter skiing. Now, if I do not hear anything from you for the next column, I will keep boring you with Lynch news. So email me now. Let me know if you attended the reunion and went to senior bar. — Patty (Spiekermann) Lynch; 4102 Debenham Court, Rockville MD 20853; res 301-774-1232; cell 301-502-3843; pattylynch05@gmail.com

91JD A Pleasant Surprise

I recently heard from Aloysius Hogan, who is the legislative counsel and registered lobbyist at the American Bar Association. Aloysius was previously a senior fellow at a think tank and served in various capacities in the US Senate and House of Representatives. Aloysius has three children: daughters Reagan, 18, and Susannah, 13, and son Jack, 15. He plays, coaches and referees hockey when he is not travelling, playing golf or working on his house in northern Virginia. Andy Laszlo also emailed me with an update. He has been in investment banking for 20 years and works in New York City. He has two sons and lives on the beach in New Jersey. Life is good for him. Aloysius and Andy expressed interest in attending our 25th reunion, which will be Oct. 7-9. Over the years, the law alumni have expressed a desire to return to campus on a weekend that would allow them to see faculty, students and the law school in action. If you have not been back to campus in a while, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. You should have received a save the date request via email. If not, contact me, and I will get you on the email list. Please look for an invitation and registration information early this summer. I hope you can make it. Until next time, act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God. — Martha (Boesen) Trout; 12823 Clark St., Clive IA 50325; 515-281-6660; mtrout@iowa.gov

92 Circle of Life

There has been news of additional classmates sending children to ND next year. Jen Adams says her eldest, Maggie Roe, will attend after graduating from St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati. Jill (Saenger) Stafford says her son Tom will be on campus. Laura McCoy sends word that her eldest, Eddie, will also be a freshman in the fall. She is chief financial officer at Gateway Community Health Center in Laredo TX. Barbara Campbell says she has been doing her best to support daughter Jamie, who is a freshman in BP. Back in the day, there was a rivalry with BP when Barb lived in Farley. Kirsten (Brown) and Jim Greco ’90 moved from Chicago to Colorado with their son last summer and have enjoyed meeting alumni in the Denver and Boulder clubs. Jon Paul Potts sends news his clan is relocating from Boston to Raleigh NC. He will remain with Jack Morton Worldwide, where he has been a vice president and senior strategist for 10 years. His wife, Renee, and children Lily, 11, Rowen, 9, Noah, 6, and Riley, 5, look forward to warm weather and attending the NC State game this fall. Welcoming them to the south is longtime friend Gwen (Ward) Farishian, who has been in Raleigh for 15 years. Anyone else making cross country moves? Baby booties: Congrats to Kelley Tuthill, who welcomed her third daughter and healthy miracle, Scarlett O’Shea Ward, in August. She arrived just shy of Kelley’s 45th birthday and nine years after her diagnosis with breast cancer. Liz (Toohey) and Greg Kane welcomed their first daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, on March 31. Her two brothers look forward to teaching her the Fight Song. Adam Sellke sends word that he is now an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, providing early stage feedback, mentoring and networking assistance to ND student, faculty and alumni entrepreneurs. He is also working on his own current startup, Evolve Labs. Check it out at evolvelabs.com. Barbara (Rossman) Abbate shared that her husband, Tony Abbate, celebrated the seven-year anniversary of having his own investment management company, Granite Value Capital, in Hanover NH. Their family mantra is “freedom,” which included their eldest, Liam, getting his driver’s license last summer and the youngest, Hugh, getting potty trained. Pete Loftus was part of a team of reporters from The Wall Street Journal named as finalists in April for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of articles they wrote about the rising cost of prescription drugs in the US. Congrats, Pete. Chris Woods and nearly 20 ND/SMC ski team members and friends gathered in Minturn CO during MLK weekend for skiing at Vail Resorts. The trip did not disappoint as Vail received 30 inches of snow. Attendees included classmates Bob Reich, Stacy Ebright, John Gerosa (who flew in from Germany), Tim Petersen and Tom Elmer, as well as JoJo (Gehl) Neumann ’93, Amy (McAuliffe) Cooper ’93, Chris Boone ’93, Missy Caudill ’93, Tracy Giovanoni ’93, Mary Leonard ’93, Maggie (MacDonald) George ’91, Max Tierney ’93, Greg Millar ’94, Bob Elmer ’94, Anne Delaney ’95, Dee Dee (Voss) Ferguson ’95 and Seth Peets ’88. They hope for another reunion in 2017 or 2018. Condolences to the families of classmates Katherine McCarthy and Michelle McNamara. Katherine lived in Knott Hall and spent time with classmates Jen Hartnett and Sara (Shincovich) Mider the week before she passed away from cancer in September. Michelle lived in Walsh Hall and passed away in her sleep in April. They will be missed. Please send updates. — Jill-Beth (JB) Hayes; ndclassof92@gmail.com

92MBA Class Secretary — Julie Pendell;

6054 Gabrielle Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48103; 734-680-5635; pendell.julie@gmail.com

92JD Class Secretary — Paul Drey;

Brick Gentry, 6701 Westown Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines IA 50266; 515-271-1765; fax 515-271-1766; paul.drey@brickgentrylaw.com

93 Aloha

Kevin Nelson and his family vacationed in Hawaii in March. He and his wife, Jessica, celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary by returning to where they honeymooned in 2001. Daughters Madelyn, Abigail and Sophia loved snorkeling, sightseeing and experiencing Pearl Harbor among so many other things. Congratulations to Jeff Bergamotto’s son Dante, who was accepted to the ND class of 2020. Jeff is excited for Dante to experience Notre Dame beyond the many games he has attended. As for Jeff, he is a managing director at Morgan Stanley in the technology department. He and his family try to attend a couple of games each year with at least one home game. Joe Wilson Jr. has lived in Providence RI for 11 years. He is an actor and has the great privilege of being part of a resident acting company. He moved there from New York after being asked to join the company at Trinity Rep. Anne Sullivan Salyer works at Kaiser in San Francisco as a pediatric kidney specialist. She and husband John try to keep their heads above water with their twins, Caroline and Charlie, who celebrated their first birthdays on May 17. (They hear it gets better once they turn 2.) The twins are sweet and fun, so they feel blessed. John also has kids who are 17 and 20, so the Salyer family spans two generations. The PGA of America announced in March the extension of CEO Pete Bevacqua’s contract through December 2021. Pete has served as CEO since November 2012 following an 11-year run at the United States Golf Association and nearly two years with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency. He joined the USGA in 2000 as in-house counsel after working at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell and later served as the managing director of the US Open Championship, followed by a four-year stint as the USGA’s first chief business officer. Pete began a lifetime relationship with golf as a 10-year-old caddie at Bedford Golf & Tennis Club in New York. Pete and his wife, Tiffany, are the parents of daughter Samantha Wells and sons Arthur William and Jake Dylan. Please continue to keep Monty Williams and his five children in your thoughts and prayers. Monty’s wife, Ingrid (Lacy) Williams, died in February from injuries sustained in a car accident. Monty is an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder, so there was a lot of publicity, not only because of the tragedy, but because the eulogy that Monty gave for Ingrid was a model of Christian hope, gratitude, mercy and strength. Rex Remple wrote me about Monty and Ingrid since Monty lived across the hall from Rex in St. Ed’s during freshman year. Ingrid and Monty were together as a couple early on at ND, so it’s unspeakably sad that such a tragedy occurred. — Anne Marie (Krauza) Yuhas; 1524 W. Calle Escuda, Phoenix AZ 85085; res 623-249-2998; bus 602-547-6125; amyuhas@cox.net

93MBA Class Secretary — Tricia Hug Schorr;

12429 Sanderling Trace, Fishers IN 46037; 317-987-5000; triciahugschorr25@gmail.com

93JD Class Secretary — Charles S. Hegarty;

734-398-5733; chegarty@bodmanllp.com

94 They Did Us Proud

Erik Stevens got married (and he says, yes, it was for the first time) on Feb. 27 to Kristen Goetz (an ASU alum) at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale AZ. In attendance were John Fiore, Gregg Larson, Michael Parra, Mike Dietz ’95, Tim Dietz ’88 and Erik’s father, R. Michael Stevens ’63. They partied it up until the wee hours and did our class proud. Erik has been selling real estate in the Phoenix area since graduation and just switched companies to United Real Estate. Steve Tankovich is graduating from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State U with his master’s degree in accounting. He lives in Columbus with his wife, Nicole, and their energetic Albert, 6. He will be studying for the CPA exam this summer. Ellen Rice just completed her first of two years in the RN program at Bethel College in Mishawaka. This summer she will work as a nurse technician at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center’s Progressive Care Unit. To contribute to Class Notes, find me on Facebook or send updates by email. — Lynne Russo Hartzer; ndclass1994@yahoo.com

94MBA Class Secretary — Rodger Laurite;

678-644-0422; rodgerlaurite@hotmail.com

94JD Making Music

In December, former Oakland County Commissioner Mike Bosnic was sworn into office as a magistrate for the 52-1 District Court in Novi MI. Mike is responsible for conducting arraignments, setting bond, performing marriages and overseeing informal and small claims hearings. Mike has also been working on behalf of veterans and received the prestigious 17th District Veterans Court special medallion. Our own NDLaw rock ’n’ roll ’n’ hill bill ’n’ Americana band, the Surreal McCoys, performed in March at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin TX. The group of Cletus, Billy Saul, Clint, Goat Boy and Elvis McCoy (aka Erik Huey ’92JD, lead singer; Shawn Ryan ’88, ’91JD, drums; Clint Feddersen ’94JD, bass; and brothers Patrick Smith ’90, ’95JD/MBA, guitar/harmonica, and Tim Smith ’89, ’92JD, guitar) was recently described as “a Johnny Clash roots rock outfit of hardcore troubadours with one foot in the garage and the other on a wobbly roadhouse barstool.” Remember that our annual unofficial reunion game will be Miami on Oct. 29. If you are attending, feel free to email Jim Carrig or me on meet-up details. Please send me updates or news. I hope all is well with you and your families. — Doug Duncan; pdouglasduncanjr@yahoo.com

95 Class Secretary — Colleen (Mickus) and Mike Robson;

847-998-1402; colleen.robson@starcomww.com or therobsons@sbcglobal.net

95MBA Class Secretary — Renee Werner;

134 Willow Blvd., Willow Springs IL 60480; res 708-467-0454; reneewerner@yahoo.com

95JD Class Secretary — Julia Meister;

meister@taftlaw.com

96 Here Comes the Judge

Congratulations to Mike Diaz, who was recently nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge on the federal bench in the Western District of Washington. I have been fortunate to work with Mike as a colleague at the US Attorney’s Office in Seattle for the past eight years, where he has served as the Civil Rights Program Coordinator for the office’s civil division. Congratulations are also in order to Suzanna Adams and Molly O’Shaughnessy ’97, who were married last summer after 20 years together. Suzanna and Molly, who met in Lyons, live in Columbus OH with their children: Jack, Maisy and Willa. ND friends and family in attendance included Molly’s sisters Maggie O’Shaughnessy ’94 and Bridie O’Shaughnessy ’95, as well as friends Robert Dorton ’97, Angie Elser ’98 and Stephanie Sinnott ’98. Clay and Elissa (Micek) McCollor and big siblings Lauren, Madeline, Riley and Kathryn had the best Christmas present ever when they welcomed Juliet Claire on Christmas Eve. Bill Wertz married Amanda Brown at a private ceremony in Paris in April. The newlyweds reside in the Detroit area, where Bill works as a production and quality manager at Steel Forge. Eric Welch recently moved back to the States after eight years in Brussels, where he worked for NATO. He resides in Portland OR and looks forward to connecting with other Domers in the area. Miranda (Sanford) Stokes lives in Denver with husband Mike and sons Hayden and Hudson. She is the managing director of corporate banking at Fifth Third Bank covering the consumer and retail sector. Vanessa Rollings lives in Chicago with husband Jimmy and son J.D. She is the CFO of Sandbox Industries, a private equity shop. Katie (Murphy) and Charlie McMahon live on the north side of Chicago with their boys, Connor and Ryan. Besides staying at home with the boys, Katie has worked as a reference librarian at the Newberry Library for the past 15 years. Charlie is a partner at McDermott, Will, & Emery, working in their intellectual property law group. Michelle (Frasier) and Aaron Villaruz recently relocated from Orange County to Fort Wayne IN. Aaron is in marketing with Johnson & Johnson, and Michelle stays home with their four daughters. They miss the California sunshine but enjoy being close to Notre Dame. They make it to campus often for football and women’s basketball games and other opportunities to brainwash their kids. Jenny (Robinson) Monohan lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Kevin ’94, and kids Katie, Maggie, Patrick and Sean. Kevin is an associate dean for student affairs at Carnegie Mellon U, and Jenny is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. Josh Quinn recently passed his 10-year anniversary of living in Milwaukee and also eclipsed the 10 year mark with his fiancée, Erica Conway. Josh is working in business development, recruiting and public relations following a 15-year career in broadcast journalism as an award-winning reporter, anchor and investigative producer. He also manages and is the lead singer for a popular Milwaukee party rock cover band called “The Cheap Shots,” which has headlined most major area music festivals and has been a staple at the Wisconsin State Fair for five years. Josh is also a high school varsity football coach and has been a board member with the Notre Dame Club of Milwaukee since 2006 as its game watch coordinator and communications director. He and Erica bought their first home together in June 2012 and recently added a 10-year old yellow lab/pit bill mix named Brutus. Molly and Shawn Bailey welcomed their first son (and future Fighting Irish graduate), Cormac Anthony, in April. Shawn teaches environmental history at DePaul U in Chicago. Stephanie and Zane Way recently visited NYC, where they were able to catch up with Army ROTC classmate Lt. Colonel Ken Heckel for a tour of the US Military Academy at West Point. Jill and Chad Smock live in Hilliard OH with children Lexi and Nick. Tragically, their daughter Marisa passed away last year from an asthma attack while away at college. Chad is the head coach for the Hilliard Davidson girls lacrosse team and has been an advocate for asthma awareness to other coaches in the state. Last year, Chad won the Major League Baseball/Partnership for Drug Free Kids National Coach of the Year award for his work in developing well-rounded athletes who are leaders in their community beyond the athletic field. When not coaching lacrosse, Chad is an IT Director for CompDrug/Youth to Youth and owns his own photography company. Many thanks to Kevin Kuwik for helping to write this column. I hope to see many of you on campus for our reunion. — Kate Crisham; catherine.crisham@usdoj.gov

96MBA Class Secretary — Maureen Maher;

ndmba96news@hotmail.com

96JD Twenty Years

Katy (Blakey) Cox visited South Bend and played some of her original hits at Chicory Café. My family and I stopped in and were impressed with the vocals and guitar playing. Katie Hieatt, daughter of Jennifer (Fraley) and Steve Hieatt, will join the Notre Dame family this fall as a Notre Dame Stamps Scholar. Katie is one of fewer than 10 incoming freshmen awarded the Notre Dame Stamps scholarship this year, which is a merit-based scholarship providing full tuition, fees and expenses for four years of undergraduate study as well as a $12,000 enrichment fund that can be used for research and study abroad. I am coordinating some fall events to celebrate our 20th reunion. Apparently, over the years, our law alumni have expressed a desire to return to campus on a weekend that would allow them to see faculty, students and the law school in action. After listening to your requests and considering the available options, we are offering a reunion on campus the weekend of Oct. 7-9. You should have received a “save the date” message via email. Please look for an invitation and registration information early this summer. We hope you will join us. Please send me your updates. Please also send me your new email addresses, especially if you would like news of minireunion football games. — Christopher J. Spataro; 57027 Wedgefield Ct., Elkhart IN 46516; bus 574-239-1918; mobile 574-596-2417; chris.spataro@faegrebd.com

97 Summer Updates

We have some exciting updates for the summer. Pat Gorman continues to help US and European companies hire C-level Brazilians in Sao Paulo. He recently added Uber as a new client and is helping them find general managers for cities throughout Brazil. Pat met up with Joel Cummins and his wife in Los Angeles in April for a Cubs game. Joel’s band Umphreys McGee continues to grow in popularity and their song “Bad Friday” is one of his favorites. It was recorded at the Beatles famous Abbey Road Studios in London. Ben Magnano and his wife, Effie, welcomed their fourth child into the world Nov. 23. Mia Clara Magnano joins two big sisters and a big brother. They continue to live in Seattle, where Effie is a lawyer and Ben is an investor at a private equity firm. Shannon (Lennard) Warren went to UPenn and received her master’s in education after graduating from ND. She has been teaching inner city students ever since. She has one child, Meagan, 13. In August 2014, Meagan started Books for Bedtime, which is a 501c3. She collects books for children (birth to age 17) and then gives them to children who do not have regular access to books. She goes to schools, homeless shelters, food pantries and new immigrant organizations around Ohio, and gives a motivational speech about how great books are. So far she has given away 12,000 books, and she even received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award as the State of Ohio Middle School Volunteer. Meagan and Shannon were flown to Washington DC in May to honor Meagan’s good deeds. While Meagan is CEO and founder, Shannon is the secretary, treasurer and chauffeur. Shannon’s dad, Gary Lennard ’72JD has been retired for a while but is volunteering his services as the Books for Bedtime attorney. Please check out the website, booksforbedtimenonprofit.org. Thank you for all the updates. — Kate (Fisher) Murray; 1840 Huntingdon Road, Huntingdon Valley PA 19006; kmurraynd@yahoo.com

97MBA Sad News

I’ve been editing our Class Notes column for about 17 years, and I always look forward to reporting good news from our classmates. In this column, unfortunately I have some very sad news. Our classmate Shifali Dhingra has passed away after battling cancer. Ram (Lakshi) Lakshmanan informed me of the sad news after he had done a random Google search. I was fortunate enough to have had Shifali in a number of my classes. She was always smiling and had a great sense of humor. Shifali must have fallen out of touch with the University as they were unaware and never informed me. Shifali passed away on July 5, 2014. Our prayers go out to her family. There is an online tribute that you can view at http://shifali-dhingra.last-memories.com/ Please feel free to send me anything you’d like to share about Shifali, and we will make sure we include it in the next column. As many of you know, our 20th anniversary as MBA graduates is just about a year away. I will update you on the dates, events, etc. for our reunion on campus. I hope you’ll consider making the trip back to South Bend for what will surely be a momentous occasion. Tom Traynor has reached out to me and is already committed to going. Tom has offered to assist with tracking down alums and convincing them to attend. Thank you, Tom. Please let me know if you’re planning on attending, and I will do my best to keep everyone updated on who’s planning on being there. This edition of our column is intentionally short. We will pick up our usual format in the next quarter. Life is short. Reach out to your fellow alumni. Connect on Facebook or LinkedIn. It is always so great hearing from you. Thank you for making this column a great source of info for our classmates. Please keep in touch and connect with me on LinkedIn. (I use the name Paul Anthony.) — Paul Mongelluzzo; 646-584-7340; dr_paulnd@email.com

97JD Goodbye Club 23, Hello Twitter

It was great to hear from many of you. I will continue to hound the rest of you, so please email or text something to the contacts below. After practicing for more than 18 years in large law firms, Adam Brezine moved to an in-house position with Twitter in February. He serves as commercial counsel-business development in Twitter’s San Francisco office. Tom Tuttle practices 100 percent family law at his firm Seastrom Seastrom & Tuttle in Southern California. Tom and wife Kim will be celebrating 19 years of marriage this August and have two children, Trevor and Kaitlyn. Tom mentioned he has referred clients to Dan Tarpey in Illinois, and they marvel together over what a small world it is. Karen McGill is enjoying life in-house managing claim litigation at Reliance Standard Life Insurance in Philadelphia. Stephanie (Skrede) Hopkins was appointed the Vernon County Family Court Commissioner in January. She continues to work at her general practice firm, Hopkins & Hopkins, LLP in Viroqua WI with husband George Hopkins ’93, ’96JD. Sons James and Mason are known for posing for highly creative Christmas cards and are avid KISS fans. Mitch Silver owns The Silver Law Firm in Orlando with wife Teresa. The firm specializes in insurance defense. Mitch has been pursuing a passion for performing and has done standup comedy for a couple of years. He recently worked with David Letterman’s former talent coordinator, Eddie Brill. Mitch, Teresa and daughter Laura spent a month exploring Africa last summer and plan to go to central Europe this summer. If anyone will be at the Oct. 1 Notre Dame v. Syracuse game at Met Life Stadium, please message Jack or me. Go Irish. — Julie Vales; cell 973-727-5767; juliemvales@gmail.com; john.vales@dentons.com

98 A Reminder

As summer winds down and another academic year is quickly approaching on campus, please send me any updates, both personally and professionally, that you would like to share with your classmates. Go Irish. — Bob Flannery; rflannery98@gmail.com

98MBA Good News

Julie (Shinners) Smith, husband Tim ’98 and their two daughters reside in Lakewood CO. Julie has been battling small cell cancer since July 2015. Recent scans in April indicate chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and prayer have been successful in helping her beat this cancer. Doctors will continue to monitor her health closely since full remission of this cancer is rare. She and her husband want to thank family and friends who continue to pray for her. They are focused on enjoying life each day with their daughters and on being thankful for every blessing that comes their way. If anyone is dealing with cancer and would like to reach out to Julie for support, she has invited e-mail at julie_m_smith@comcast.net. — Joseph Dunlop; 330 North Rockingham Way, Amherst NY 14228; res 716-625-8470; bus 716-821-9393 Ext. 274; joseph.dunlop.1@gmail.com

98JD Good News All Around

Many congratulations are in order this time around. Susan Wilson became a partner in January 2015 at Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford, a large Florida insurance defense firm. The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently named Dawn Garcia Ward one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. Dawn is senior counsel with Warner Norcross & Judd with a focus in data record information management and information governance. She and her husband, Brad Ward, live in Holland MI with children,Grace, 11, and Nathan, 8. Susan Wyffels Horner and husband Eric welcomed daughter Charlotte Elizabeth in February. Susan and Eric are over the moon. (This author met young Charlotte and can verify that she is cute.) Susan is the chair and founder of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella’s Appellate group in Chicago. Andrew and Christi Blum welcomed their second child, Margaret Elizabeth, in October. Her sibling, Tom, is a proud and loving big brother. Andrew is a principal at Miller Canfield. Lastly, speaking of births, do you remember way back in law school when Colin Reilly and his wife, Maria, welcomed their son, Aiden? Colin and Maria are pleased to announce that Aiden will be entering the Naval Academy this fall. Have news to share? Drop me a line, and fill me in. Also, pay a visit to the NDLS Class of 1998 Facebook page for news and fun. — Chris Putt; mobile 574-514-3703; crputt@gmail.com

99 Class Secretary — Erin (Wysong) Martin;

erinmartin03@yahoo.com

99MBA Honored

In October, Ann Rossigno left Texas Instruments after 16 years in the finance and operations organization to be a full-time mom and volunteer, and she loves it. She was honored in January with a Bishop’s Award for Service to the Church from the Diocese of Dallas for her 12 years of service to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. She feels blessed to be able to give back to the church. Juan Jose Gonzales is president of the US Orthopedics Division at Johnson & Johnson. Sean King, senior VP of Park Strategies, was on CNBC’s Squawk Box discussing China’s encroachment in the South China Sea in February. You can search online to watch this informative interview. Go Irish. — Christy (Hayes) King; christyking@alumni.nd.edu

99JD Class Secretary — Steve Boettinger;

boettinger@alumni.nd.edu