class notes

1990s

90 Fly the W

108 years is a long time to wait, but my beloved Chicago Cubs finally brought home the World Championship in 2016. Longtime Cubs season ticketholder, Dan Molyneaux, was able to attend all three World Series games at Wrigley Field and then watched with the entire Cubs nation as the Cubbies finally ended the longest championship drought in American sports history. Dan, his wife, Jenny, and their kids, Peter, 19, Ellie, 16, and John, 14, live in the Quad Cities, where Dan runs the family insurance business. Peter joined about 40 children of the Class of 1990 as freshmen at ND in the fall. Peter is living in St. Edward’s and is having more fun than his dad did, which is scary. Dan became a private pilot last May. He was able to check off a bucket list item when he flew his father over to Notre Dame for the MSU game and also flew classmates Jim Cunnar and Brad Curcio down to South Bend the Friday before the Stanford game. The South Bend controller let them hang out over campus for a bit before landing. In the category of unbelievable coincidences, Dan met Maggie McCloskey and Steve Jackson ’88 at an ice cream shop the day before taking Peter to ND. Steve and Maggie just moved to the Quad Cities, and their son Will is also a freshman at ND. Not everyone was happy about the Cubs championship. Cleveland natives Steve Petrill and Mike O’Brien kept a promise they made 30 years ago back in Alumni Hall when they attended an Indians World Series game together. The boys made it to game two but, unfortunately, they didn’t witness an Indians victory in the game or the series. Steve was ordained to the diaconate on Nov. 26 by Frederick F. Campbell, Bishop of Columbus OH. He has been assigned to St. Joan of Arc in Powell OH. Steve continues to work as associate dean for research and professor at the Ohio State U and reports that his wife and children are well. Congratulations Deacon Petrill on your ordination. The class of ’90, and especially the Dawgs of Alumni, are very proud of you. Please send your news and updates to me or Christine (Boron) Griffin at cgrif57@gmail.com. Check us out on Facebook at Notre Dame Irish Class of 1990 and at 1990.undclass.org. Go Irish. — Marty Falkenberg; martin.falkenberg@yahoo.com

90MBA International Update

Takahiro Miwa resigned from Dole Japan last December after 26 years. He set up a consulting company for 3A Relation and Creation (agriculture, athletic and area). Taka attended MBA tailgates on Sep. 19 and watched the MSU game with Deacon Mel Tardy. Taka’s son was selected high school All Japan QB and he will play for Keio U in Japan, this spring. He is looking for a chance of a year exchange program with ND. He is ready to spray the players’ helmets gold. Please send updates my way. — Dave Wilson; 104 N. Wilson Court, Palatine IL 60067; david_c_wilson@hotmail.com

90JD Note from Serbia

Following our minireunion for the Duke game, (I am sorry to bring up that game again) I heard from Brian Leduc, who is working for USAID in Belgrade, Serbia. When he isn’t consulting on judicial matters, Brian is learning how to make all kinds of great food in chef school. He sends a big hello to everyone, and offered to cook up some homemade Pljeskavica for all of us. Brian hopes to make it to South Bend for our next minireunion. Good luck, Brian, and thanks for getting in touch. It was great to see so many of you last fall, and remember that this will be an annual event. Look for news in the spring/summer as to dates for next year’s gathering. In the meantime, I hope all is well with you and your families. — Cathy Pollock Gregory; 30 Walnut Farms Drive, Farmington CT 06032; cagregory@sbcglobal.net

91 Busy Update

Greetings, Class of ’91. I am back with an exciting and busy update. First, we heard from Matt Gries, who had this to say: “After 20 years in private practice as a tax attorney at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, I decided to pursue a new opportunity as director of tax research and planning at United Parcel Service, headquartered in Atlanta. I started on Jan. 1. Also, my new favorite color is brown. Oh yeah, and my eldest son, Benjamin, is graduating in May from ND with a degree in accounting. I’m very proud of him.” We are too, Matt. Pat Cary got married in early January, and we heard from Christine (Norton) Stanford that “it was a great turnout from the Class of 1991. Trisha (Gibbons) and Pat Marty, Leo Tighe, Paul Guilbault, John Shoaff, Tom Veltz, Bob Dahlke, John Perugini, Larry Scanlon, Joe Dimberio, John Bransfield, Steve Ruddy, Christine (Norton) and Tom Stanford came together in honor of Pat’s marriage to his beautiful bride, Maggie Tobin. Pat could not have been happier and a fantastic time was had by all. While on the subject of weddings, we also heard from Navy Capt. John Mosier ’88 that he and Kathleen Rice ’91, ’94JD became engaged on Jan. 14. Kathleen continues practicing law in South Bend and teaching at Notre Dame Law School, while John remains on active duty in Pensacola FL. John says, “Our wedding will bring my four kids and Kathleen’s daughter together to form a family of seven. We are planning a June 2017 wedding.” Congratulations to both of you. Last, but certainly not least, we heard from Abigail Pesta: “I’m an award-winning journalist in New York City, and I’m the coauthor of a new book that comes out this May: How Dare the Sun Rise. It’s a very timely tale, a memoir of a young woman who escaped a childhood massacre in Africa and came to America, where she faced a new world of challenges, starting with middle school in New York. It’s a dramatic story. When she was 10, a man held a gun to her head in the massacre, which was launched by a rival tribe. She survived, but her sister, 6, did not. In America, as she struggled to accept the loss of her sister and to grasp issues of race, culture and identity in her new life, she came to understand the importance of being inclusive, accepting people of all cultures, religions and tribes. Now a college student in New York, she is a powerful voice for refugees and displaced people. The book is being published by the Katherine Tegen imprint at HarperCollins, a young adult division, and it is an important and gripping read for young people, so I hope ND parents buy it for their kids. As a journalist, I write for a range of major national publications, from Cosmopolitan to The New York Times and I often cover women fighting crime and injustice.” That is all for this month. Stay blessed and healthy. Go Irish. — John Romanelli; jrndmd@comcast.net

91MBA Take a Risk

Kristin Potts was in the toy and baby products industry for 15 years and now is a recognized leader in Colorado’s cannabis industry. For five years, she was the senior director of marketing for LivWell Enlightened Health, Colorado’s largest manufacturer and retailer of legal marijuana. She also directed the launch of Leaf’s by Snoop and got to hang out with Snoop. Kristin said it’s fascinating to be in a new industry that is evolving every day. Kristin has been recognized in Cannabis Business Executive as a key contributor to LivWell’s success by finalizing brand identity and mapping integrated marketing and consumer engagement strategies. Currently, she is working as a consultant with startup companies helping them navigate the licensing process and building brands. Kristin also enjoys carting her daughter, Brett Elise, to soccer, cross-country, basketball and swimming. The mother and daughter pair work with Outpaws Rescue, fostering dogs and cats until they find their forever homes. Diana Chan lives in Toronto and works at Medtronic of Canada as the director of strategic marketing for the cardiac and vascular group. She has been in the medical device industry for more than 20 years. Diana has two children, son Jake, 13, and daughter Jordyn, 11. In order to spend more time with her kids, Diana learned to play hockey and admits it is tons of fun. Scott Trossen remained at Notre Dame for six years after we graduated and began his career in human resources. After ND, he worked for a number of companies including GE and Pfizer and commented, “I had too many employers for a normal resume, but it was great preparation for consulting.” Scott is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his company, the Michigan HR Group, mi-hr.com. His company primarily serves small organizations that do not have a dedicated human resources department. Scott admits running his own company has been scary and wonderful. On the kid front, Scott has two children in high school, one in college and the eldest just graduated from college. Share your news. — Patty (Spiekermann) Lynch: cell 301-502-3843; pattylynch05@gmail.com

91JD The Game Is On

Good news. I just received notice that our class has been guaranteed tickets for the 2017 home game against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 30. Call or email me for more information. We can do a minireunion for those who were unable to join us last fall. I received holiday cards from several members of the class with updates. Bernie Lau works for Evonik, a German chemical company in Parsippany NJ. It is a long commute from home in Yonkers NY, but the drive is manageable and he does not have to travel much for his job otherwise. Bernie, wife Singmay and sons Charlie and Will traveled the world in 2016. They went to Taiwan, Singapore and Disney World for spring break, cruised to Canada, and spent time in Amsterdam and Madrid in the summer. Will is a junior in high school and is in the process of planning for college. He plans to follow in his mom’s footsteps and go into medicine. Charlie is a freshman and loves science, math, and he is giving tennis a try. He attended a math program at Cornell and has been working on a research project with his mentor, a radiologist. Singmay has had her own medical practice in Brooklyn NY for eight years and it continues to grow. Bill Meyer wrote that he and wife Terri traveled to France, Italy and Spain with friends. They also visited New York City with Terri’s parents and cruised the eastern seaboard and several Caribbean destinations. When Bill is not traveling the world, he is a partner at MartinLeigh in Kansas City where he handles commercial litigation matters. Bill and Terri have three busy kids. Abigail is a sophomore in high school and starting to drive. She is a good student who loves art, runs cross-country and plays the clarinet. Zach is in eighth grade and has started to participate in athletics again following some challenges that stemmed from a concussion. He plays baseball, runs cross-country, swims, plays the trombone, and participates in scouting. Sophia is in sixth grade and is active in basketball, dance, soccer, and sings with two choirs. Christine (Ireland) McKee also sent greetings from Rockville MD along with lovely photos of daughter, Kayleigh, and son, Ryan. Until next time, act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God. — Martha (Boesen) Trout; 12823 Clark St., Clive IA 50325; bus 515-281-660; mtrout@iowa.gov

92 Another Generation of Domers

I hope to see you at our reunion in June. Until then, here is the latest. The Keenan guys got together in NYC to watch the Irish beat Syracuse and celebrate their former rector Brother Bonaventure Scully, who passed away in 2016. In attendance from Connecticut were Meghan and Kevin Bailie who have twins in grade school as well as John Maher and wife Virginia whose daughter is a freshman at Michigan. From Virginia were Amy (Adamonis) and Jeff Bender along with Kris and Jim Kockler. From Ohio were Dawn and Jeff Yamokoski. From Illinois were Jen (Finn) ‘93 and Joe Whalen. In Alumni Hall news, John Coffey sends word that wife Gina (DiRenzo) is a pediatrician at Boystown National Health Institute and he is CEO of Consortio Group in Omaha NE. Their eldest is a senior at Creighton Prep, and their daughters are a freshman in high school and a seventh-grader. Heather (Burns) and Jon Martin live outside Boston where Jon is a director at AEW Capital Management. Mark Rahiya lives in Atlanta and is a senior executive at Coca-Cola. Tray Siegfried lives in Tulsa where he has his own aviation consulting firm and is the commanding officer for Tulsa Air National Guard. Bernard Mannelly lives in Dunwoody GA where he is senior VP at The Worthing Companies in real estate. His eldest son, Joseph, just accepted a scholarship to pitch for Georgia Tech. Joseph Blanco lives in Atlanta where he is managing partner for the Atlanta office of Dentons, a global law firm. Tim Gerken lives outside Chicago where he is CFO for the Walsh Companies. Dave McManus lives outside Memphis and works for IBM and is also a training officer for the Navy’s NCAGS enterprise. Amy (Lutz) and Brian Shortal live in Lincolnshire IL where Brian is a cardiologist at North Shore Hospital. Dave Florenzo lives in Alexandria VA and works as a lawyer for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in DC. Speaking of scholarships, Kristi (Busack) Paolina sends word that her son Stephano signed to play soccer for Santa Clara. Amy (Cashore) Mariani switched from full-time litigation to mediation and also teaches at New England Law. Amy and husband John try to make each first home game with their two sons, her parents, Pauline and Bill Cashore ’62 and sister Sarah Cashore ’96. Mary (Benning) Noland is deputy regional counsel with the US Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. She and husband Jim are in Kansas City with Charlotte, 6, and Teddy, 5. Colleen (Greenthal) and Rob Mas are getting used to ramen noodles and peanut butter and jelly with three in college: Ryan is ’18 ND, Mackenzie-is ’21 Saint Mary’s College, and Megan is ’20 Carthage College. Drew Yurko is a proud uncle. His niece Claire and nephew Matthew are freshmen at ND. Their triplet sister attends film school at UCLA. Karen Stohr was published Jan. 23 in The New York Times: “Our New Age of Contempt.” Also in January, U of California announced Kath Salvaty is the UC system’s first system wide Title IX coordinator. She will lead programs for education about and prevention of sexual misconduct as well as direct adjudication and sanctioning in alleged situations of sexual misconduct. Class of 2021 and their proud parents: Christine (Choquette) Ford with daughter Molly; Katie (Smith) and Esteban Rodriguez ’94 with daughter Lily, Kelly (Bower) and Kevin McConnell with son Jack. He will be the fourth generation through the Bower side following Ralph ’35, Stephen ’63 and Kelly ’92. Maureen (Nelligan) Fischer keeps up with her son Patrick on TV during men’s basketball games. He was in the front row for the Duke game with his freshman dorm mates from Morrissey. Please send updates through our class Facebook page (University of Notre Dame, Class of 1992) or email me. — 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 A. Drey;

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

93 Accolades

Last October at the Society of Women Engineers annual conference, Diane Peters became a Fellow of SWE. The citation for the award states, “For blending academic excellence with industry experience, for creativity that excites and challenges students, and for reminding women engineers of all ages to reach back and inspire the next generation.” The Fellow Grade is an honor conferred on SWE members with at least 20 years of membership “in recognition of continuous service to the advancement of women in the engineering profession.” The ideal candidate is a woman who has achieved professional excellence while also making substantive contributions toward advancing the objectives and goals of the society as stated in the bylaws. The ideal candidate is also a woman who has contributed significantly to the public’s awareness of engineering as a profession for women, and informing employers, the profession and the public of women’s contributions to the fields of engineering and/or engineering management. Please join me in congratulating Diane on becoming a Fellow of SWE and for achieving this distinctive honor. — Anne Marie (Krauza) Yuhas; 1524 W. Calle Escuda, Phoenix AZ 85085; res 623-249-2998; mobile 623-606-7000; amyuhas@cox.net

93MBA Fun Christmas Letters

I love getting Christmas letters and updates. Matthew Majikes’ letter came from the cat this year since everyone else was too busy to write a Christmas letter. It was hysterical to hear from a cat’s perspective. The cat wrote, “Matthew Sr. is in a band called Trophy Sons and they released their second album on Dec. 18 called Show Me How You Do. Their family did some cool trips. Linda said hello to Adele, Matthew celebrated his 18th birthday with a revolutionary cast from Hamilton. They went to LA and got to see Aldie on the back lot of Universal. (Alden Derck is writing on the Mindy Project for Universal Studios.) Matthew Sr. travels a lot to Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston and Chicago. Daniel is learning how to drive.” According to the cat, Linda helps in that department. Sara Leibscher sent a fun card with lots of photos. In 2016, she went to the 25th ND reunion, Grand Cayman, Lake Tahoe, Ryder Cup, World Series game 5 and Lambeau Field. Go Packers, she wrote. Corky Vickers always has fun, descriptive updates. I feel like I am on his adventures when he writes. He said last summer they drove 1,800 miles in six days to visit colleges in New York, Maryland and Ohio. They made the trip interesting by stopping at historical places. He mentioned eating at a 300-year-old restaurant on the Delaware River and crossing the eastern Continental Divide along the Appalachians. Brenton is a senior and keeps busy teaching himself how to play the accordion, creates musical scores on the piano by ear and ran a very successful initial voice drive to record volunteers’ voices for Vocal ID, an organization that creates personalized voices for a HumanVoicebank of recorded voices for those who are speech impaired and need a natural sounding voice. Talisen loves music and is a fan of Hamilton also. She performs the songs on the way to school. (As a side note, all three of my kids do the same thing when they are together.) Matt Gleason (more like Kim) sent another great photo card. They are such a fun family. I have enjoyed seeing Matt at ND. My family found heaven on earth. In case any of you can visit, it is called Maui. We went there over Christmas break as a final family trip before number 2 goes to college. Wow, is all I can say. — Tricia Hug Schorr; 12429 Sanderling Trace, Fishers IN 46037; cell 317-987-5000; triciahugschorr25@gmail.com

93JD New Year News

Greetings classmates, we have news and none of it is fake. Classmate Ryan Crayne is polishing his legal skills in Edina MN with his bride Leslie and their sons Avery, Colin, and Carter; Avery and Colin are twins, by the way. Ryan said Avery is attending the other ND, North Dakota. Lynne (Pregenzer) Hook has perfected a home-based employment law counseling practice with Fortune 500 companies. She has a son, Liam, 15, and a daughter, Emily, seventh grade. Her husband, Jack, may benefit from Lynne’s expertise as he is a CFO. Rick Bajandas and Ed Yevoli are named partners in the firm of Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli & Albright. Jen (Laughlin) Yevoli also keeps Rick and Ed in line at the firm. Ed and Jen have three kids: twins Nick and Tom, and daughter Sophia. And just so you know, Ed reports that he has no visible tattoos and has not been arrested. Bill Matthews and his bride Nancy ’93 have a total of four kidlets, including Bill, a freshman at Our Lady’s University, and Christopher, Zach, and Charlie. (They are all boys, but no twins). Bill does his lawyering in Philly but returns to the Dome regularly. Rich and Jane McDermott have a daughter at ND as well. Julia ’20 has become friends with Bill’s son. Dave and Rosemary (Wummel) Gardey have four children. Elizabeth will be a freshman at ND this fall. Her sister is already studying at U of M and younger siblings Victoria and George have yet to decide whether to go blue and gold or maize and blue. Dave seeks justice with the DOJ and Rosemary is a career law clerk for a US District Court judge in Detroit. Another classmate, Margaret (McMahon) Lloyd works in the law school as director of student services for the LLM program. She married John Lloyd ’92JD and they have four dependency exemptions: Meg, a sophomore at ND, Jack, 18, Josie, 14, and Jane, 12. Please pray for me and my family and I will do the same for you. And send me updates to share. Peace to you all. — Jamie O’Brien; 15822 Cedar Ridge Court, Granger IN 46530; res 574-532-6860; bus 574-631-9100; jamesobrienesq@yahoo.com

94 Staying in Touch

Andrew Deitsch, a family physician in Richmond IN, has become chief of staff at Reid Health, a 233-bed health system located there. John Lynch shares that Dan Dooley passed away on Oct. 23 after a long fight with cancer. Dan didn’t graduate with us, but was a good friend to a great number of Flanner guys for the time he was at ND before transferring back home to Oregon State. To contribute to Class Notes, find me on Facebook or email updates. — Lynne Russo Hartzer; ndclass1994@yahoo.com

94MBA Class Secretary — Rodger Laurite;

678-644-0422; rodgerlaurite@hotmail.com

94JD Partners

Stuart Parsell is a partner at the litigation boutique firm of Zeiger, Tigges & Little LLP in Columbus OH. Michelle ’96JD and Vinny Sanchez have relocated to Los Angeles where Vinny is a partner with DLA Piper. Jill Smith Kanatzar was named partner at Dollar Burns & Becker in Kansas City, in its health care group. You will probably see this just prior to ticket applications in May so please note that our unofficial reunion game will be Oct. 28, North Carolina State. Please contact Jim Carrig or me for any game meet-up information. Also send me any updates or news. — Doug Duncan; pdouglasduncanjr@yahoo.com

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

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

95MBA Class Secretary — Renee Werner;

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

95JD Happy Spring

It was good to hear from Terry Kibelstis, who sent along a photo of five cute kids. I wish we could publish that photo here. Patrick Christmas is SVP, general counsel and secretary of REGENXBIO, a public clinical stage gene therapy company. Charlie Neal (LLM) was promoted to senior company counsel in the Wells Fargo law department, where his practice focuses on regulatory enforcement. Charlie, his wife Julie, and their twins April and Austin, 6, reside in Charlotte NC. Bob Boldt reports that John Dakoske and his family came all the way from Cincinnati and visited the Boldt family in California at Thanksgiving. “Everyone had a great time at the beach, including the Boldt’s new puppy, a bloodhound named Kelly.” (Note: your editor learned that he was named for a female surfer, not ND’s Coach Kelly.) Tom Conaghan writes from McDermott Will in DC: “All is good with me and mine. I am father to three very sporty daughters who have me traveling every weekend to lacrosse tournaments all over the East Coast. I hope for a turnaround on the field next fall.” Anthony Franze’s novel, The Outsider, comes out on March 21 from St. Martin’s Press. Bestselling author James Patterson called it “as authentic and suspenseful as any John Grisham novel.” Anthony is counsel at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in DC. — Julia Meister; meister@taftlaw.com

96 Hoop Dreams

Although we didn’t get many updates for this column, the ones we received were happy ones. In June, Mary O’Connor assumed the role of president and CEO of the Dallas Wings WNBA Team. The Wings will start their second season in DFW this May with Notre Dame’s very own Skylar Diggins ’13 leading the charge. Soon after starting her new role with the WNBA, Mary married Scott Clasby at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ionia MI on June 25. Jenn Loynd was a bridesmaid and several other Domers were in attendance for the wedding and a fun-filled reception at the O’Connor home after the ceremony. Guests included Natalie Bernal ’97, Steve Caswell, Jamie DeMaria ’95, Angel Donovan Hamilton, Larissa Herczeg, Lucy Lopez, Bridget Lustig Lueken, Frank Murtha ’66, Ryan Nesselhuf ’95, Katie McLaughlan Ray, and Bill Wertz. While he wasn’t there in person, Rex O’Connor ’51 was there in spirit. Jeff Catalina and his wife Erin (Stauffer) ’00 welcomed daughter Benji Rose on Dec. 26. The Catalinas live in Pittsburgh, where they own a craft cocktail bar, Tender. I hope you are doing well. Please send me your news and updates. — Kate Crisham; catherine.crisham@usdoj.gov

96MBA Class Secretary — Maureen Maher;

ndmba96news@hotmail.com

96JD Eventful Year

Brad Wiskirchen, CEO of Kount Inc., completed his term as the chairman of the board of the SLC Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He was then appointed to the International Monetary Fund’s Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology. Meighan Harmon is practicing family law in Chicago. She was named in the Top 100 lawyers in Illinois and Top 50 women lawyers in Illinois by Super Lawyers for 2017. Ed Perdue’s younger son, Finn, got called up to varsity this year as a sophomore and his high school football team won the Michigan State Championship at Ford Field. Ed’s older son, Liam, got admitted to Aberdeen and Glasgow and is headed to Scotland for college visits. Michael Leary was nominated by President Obama to fill the position of inspector general of the Social Security Administration. Mike has been a member of the Senior National Intelligence Service in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and has been on detail with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Inspector General. After 16 years at Morrison & Foerster in San Diego, Mark (Woody) Woodmansee is a partner in the San Diego office of Jones Day where he focuses on patent litigation and trial work. He is happy to be reunited at Jones Day with many old friends from ND and ND Law. Jose A. Reygadas purchased a premier division soccer team in Europe, The Mons Calpe Sports Club from Gibraltar. With this purchase and the ownership of a US soccer team, the Storm FC of the NPSL League, an interesting mix of soccer is brewing for player development. Sheila (Buckman) Wynn and Reagan Wynn are in Fort Worth TX. Reagan is a criminal defense attorney and has practiced with his partner since August 1997. Sheila was an assistant district attorney in Tarrant County until October 2015 when she was appointed to be a criminal magistrate by the Tarrant County criminal judges. They have two daughters, ages 10 and 13. — Chris Spataro; 57027 Wedgefield Court, Elkhart IN 46516; 574-596-2417; chrisjspataro@gmail.com

97 Reunion is Coming

It’s hard to believe, but this spring will mark 20 years since we graduated. Registration has opened for Reunion, which takes place June 1-4. Visit reunion.nd.edu for a full slate of details as well as frequently asked questions. It is bound to be a great time and an excellent opportunity to rekindle relationships with classmates. I hope we have a great turnout. Congratulations to Patty (Caulfield) Dahm who received her PhD from the U of Minnesota in 2015. She, her husband and two kids moved to California where she is an assistant professor at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Sadly, this is all to report. Please register for the Reunion. If you cannot attend, please send updates. — Kate (Fisher) Murray; 1840 Huntingdon Road, Huntingdon Valley PA 19006; kmurraynd@yahoo.com

97MBA 20-Year Reunion

Fellow MBAs, I hope this column finds you doing well. 2017 marks our 20th year as graduates from the Notre Dame MBA program. Reunion is set for June 1-4. I am reaching out to classmates to find out who is planning on attending and taking part in the exciting events and activities. It will be a memorable experience for everyone. Please keep in touch and connect with me on LinkedIn. I use the name Paul Anthony. Also on Facebook (Long Island Comedy). — Paul Mongelluzzo; 646-584-7340; dr_paulnd@email.com

97JD West Coast and Kentucky Updates

Melissa (O’Loughlin) White left her insurance coverage/defense litigation practice in Cozen O’Connor’s Seattle office to go in-house at Expedia, Inc. As senior corporate counsel, she will support Expedia’s commercial supply and strategy team, focusing on travel insurance and local expert lines of business. She lives in Seattle with her husband Richard and daughters Natalie and Nicole. Heather (Sodergren) Peters is the compliance officer and professional services director for Mobile Telemedical, a software company specializing in HIPAA compliant telemedicine. Heather is at the company’s headquarters in Lexington KY; additional offices are in Cleveland and Atlanta. Mobile Telemedical offers telemedical solutions for hospitals, urgent care facilities and medical practices of all sizes, allowing doctors to interact with their patients virtually and in real time. Heather and husband Louis will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year and they have two children, Nate and Heidi. Ray Tittman has joined the law firm of Wargo & French LLP as a partner in the Los Angeles office, along with his team of insurance coverage experts. Since Sean Elliott really had no idea what he was doing in law school in the first place, he went into entertainment. Since he has no talents or skills whatsoever, he represents those who do. Sean is the head of the West Coast office of Authentic Management. A few Los Angeles Authentic clients include James Marsden of the HBO hit Westworld, 2016 Oscar winner Brie Larson, Jason Mitchell who is the star of the 2017 Sundance darling Mudbound and many others. More importantly, Authentic strives to make a positive impact through active social engagement. Sean spends his free time in wildly immature and silly activities with daughters Paige and Quinn. Our 20-year Reunion is June 1-4 on campus. Last year Dean Link held a seminar, “Being Atticus Finch,” and alumni did yoga on the quad. The refreshment tent is also open many hours of the day. Check out reunion.nd.edu to register and view planned activities. Rest assured you can choose your dorm roommate if that person also chooses you. If you plan on going, please reach out through our FB page “Notre Dame Law Class of 1997.” — Julie Vales; cell 973-727-5767; juliemvales@gmail.com; john.vales@dentons.com

98 Tidbits

Mike Bechtel recently picked up a side gig as a columnist for Inc. Magazine. His column, “David & Goliath Incorporated,” compares and contrasts the cultures of Fortune 500 companies and tech startups. Mike continues to serve as managing partner of Ringleader Ventures, the venture capital firm he co-founded in 2013. Mike and his wife Barb (Kurcz) live in Naperville IL with children Brady, 10, Annabelle, 7, and Bennett, 4. Mike asks, “Anybody up for a Skalcoholiks reunion show at our 20th?” If you have an update or story that you would like to share with classmates, please reach out to me. Go Irish. — Bob Flannery; rflannery98@gmail.com

98MBA Class Secretary — Joseph Dunlop;

330 N. Rockingham Way, Amherst NY 14228; res 716-625-8470; bus 716-821-9393 ext. 274; joseph.dunlop.1@gmail.com

98JD Short and Sweet

Kristen Polovoy has a new job. In December, she began serving as a pro se law clerk for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. She is based out of the Trenton vicinage. Nicole Bird is marking her 10th year as in-house counsel with AT&T. She recently met up with Julie LaEace, Kristen (Olson) Kroger and James Kroger in Chicago. In the “where does the time go” column, Nicole proudly reports her daughter Bianca graduated from college five years ago. 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; res 574-514-3703; crputt@gmail.com

99 Class Secretary — Erin (Wysong) Martin;

erinmartin03@yahoo.com

99MBA Where in the World

You never know where you will run into a familiar face. While traveling with our twins in December, Brendan and I crossed paths with Eric Moore in the Atlanta airport. We had a great time catching up for an hour while we waited for our connecting flights. The following day at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Hoover AL, we crossed paths with Christine and Bill Avey, who were there with their kids, Maggie and Nathan. John Northcott, Mike Dudkowski, Rich Mazel and Jason Almiro had a minireunion in November. They left the wives and kids at home for a boys’ weekend in Las Vegas. John reports that they had a great time being together and catching up on old times. Susan and Scott James have launched a new nonprofit collaboration of teachers, the Resilience Guild, to bring homesteading and preparedness skills to light. Learn more at theresilienceguild.org. Go Irish. — Christy (Hayes) King; christyking@alumni.nd.edu

99JD Class Secretary — Steve Boettinger;

boettinger@alumni.nd.edu