class notes

2000s

00 Class Secretary Laurie (Strotman) O'Malley;

 

ndbug3@hotmail.com 

 

00MBA Class Secretary Georgette (Leonard) Stubin;

 

46917 Polo Drive, Canton MI 48187; mba2000@alumni.nd.edu

 

00JD We’re Back

 

Here’s what I’ve heard lately. Kristine Sullivan married Hayes Rutter on June 6, 2015 in at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC. Stacy (Kilian) Knapper and Jennifer Gardiner were in attendance. Jenn brought down the house with her toast, of course. Stacey Mosesso was home taking care of her newborn, but was there in spirit and provided tons of moral support and advice along the way. Kris is senior vice president with Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment’s tax credit investment group in North Carolina. Stone Grissom reports that he has published a novel. It’s a legal thriller called A Cry for Justice and it is available on Amazon. Stone says it got good reviews from classmates Jason Schauer and Hammond's favorite mayor, Tom McDermott, both of whom have prominent spots on the back cover of the book. I ran into Annie Gannon in DC a couple months back. She’s still an AUSA in California, and loving it. Have news? Drop me a line. — Brian J. Murray; 178 Cranston Court, Glen Ellyn IL 60137; doubledomer2000@gmail.com

 

01 Class Secretary — Michael Anselmi;

 

manselmi@gmail.com

 

01MBA Class Secretary Dominic Pang;

 

dpang@panglaw.com 

 

01JD Keep the Info Coming

 

So, it finally happened. The last magazine had no column for us; very sad. Luckily, we have info for this column. Kristen (O’Connor) Golby, her husband Jim, and their children have moved from Washington DC to Brussels for the next three years while her husband works at NATO. Kristina (Curkovic) Pasko graduated from Rutgers U at Newark in May with a master’s degree in English. Kristina received the Award for Literary Excellence from the English Department. Please send me updates and your email address so we can keep our class in touch. — Jonell Lucca; cell 602-677-3266; jonelllucca@yahoo.com

 

02 Reunion Recap, Class Scholarship

 

A quick note from Chad Silker: “A huge thank-you to the more than 100 classmates and their families who made it back to campus for our 15-year Reunion. It was wonderful to spend time with old friends, meet some new ones, and reminisce together about our days under the Dome. Special thanks to Alex Adamson and Mark Strus for hosting the class keg whiffle ball game in the Dillon courtyard, to Lisa Sestile Corcoran, Tim Dolezal, and Father Mark DeMott for organizing a beautiful Mass in the Zahm Chapel, and everyone who was able to attend or was there with us in spirit. Lisa, Laura Rompf Soldato and I were excited to share news about the launch of the Class of 2002 Scholarship Fund at Saturday night’s dinner. Once funded, the scholarship will provide financial aid to a Notre Dame student whose parent has served as a first responder or military member. The heartbreaking events in September 2001 had an impact on all of us, and this scholarship will serve as our tribute to those who served that day and every day. If you want to support the scholarship, please designate your gift to the University as supporting the ‘Class of 2002 Scholarship.’ We need to raise $100,000 to fund the scholarship, and every donation moves us closer to this goal. Thank you in advance for your support.” On to our class notes. JP Drevline was promoted to president and CEO of Design House, a home decor products company based in Mequon WI. He and his wife Megan (Rice) Drevline live in Kohler WI with their children Sorin, 11, Delaney, 9, and Cassidy, 7. Megan is retired from her career in marketing, and is focusing her energy on her family and community. She also is yoga instructor at Yoga on the Lake in Kohler. Be sure to look them up if you are ever in Kohler golfing. Julia Perla Huisman started her own publishing company, JPH Publishing, last spring and is launching a new local publication called Here Magazine. It will feature the creative people and vibrant places that make Northwest Indiana unique. The magazine features local tastemakers, influencers and creatives, along with curated insight on how and where to spend your valuable time and resources locally. Check it out at http://readheremag.com. Thanks for the updates. I hope everyone has a wonderful fall. Please consider adding our Class of 2002 Scholarship to your annual giving to help our class contribute to Notre Dame’s future in a meaningful way. — Lisa Sestile Corcoran; lsestile@alumni.nd.edu

 

02MBA Class Secretary Melissa Hurd;

 

New York NY; 206-788-7958; hurdmc@yahoo.com

 

02JD Reunion in NYC

 

Congrats to Myra McKenzie-Harris and her husband Dr. Christopher B. Harris00MSEE on the birth of their first child. Myra and Christopher welcomed a daughter, McKenna Janelle, in August 2016. Myra shared with me that Tamona Bright was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Air Force JAG Corps last year. Lindsay Sestile joined the legal team at Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Lindsay focuses on labor and employment work and is looking forward to her return to public service. Lindsay lives in suburban Columbus with her husband Chad and daughter Lucy. The governor of Colorado has appointed Andy Baum as a district court judge for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado. He was sworn in on July 26 and presides over a felony criminal docket. In other exciting news, in July, Stephanie Niehaus and Christina Gray-Trefry exercised together at SoulCycle in NYC. Also in NYC in July, Cari Marino, Cathy Coble and Kate Whalen enjoyed their own minireunion at Koi - Bryant Park. Send me your news; I’ll take anything. — Megan Glunz Horton; 521 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; res 847-256-2335; megan.g.horton@gmail.com

 

03 Class Secretary Josh Gentine;

 

jgentine@alumni.nd.edu

 

03MBA Class Secretary Rosemary Guillette;

 

9 Messenger St., Unit 7, Plainville MA 02762; rguillette@alumni.nd.edu  

 

03JD Class Secretary Lawrence A. Ward;

 

206-903-8817; ward.lawrence@dorcey.com 

 

04 New Jobs, New Babies

 

Cecilia Harry was recently recruited to Fond du Lac WI to lead a new organization as its president and CEO. Envision Greater Fond du Lac is the county’s newly combined chamber of commerce and economic development organization. After four successful years in the Omaha area, Cecilia is excited about being closer to family. Her husband Andrew and son Ted are along for the ride. Congratulations to Kristen Rodriguez, who made partner at Dentons, the world's largest law firm. She is in the litigation department in the Chicago office, handling a variety of complex commercial and class action litigation, at the trial court and appellate levels. Amy (McManus) Byrd and husband Jason Byrd welcomed their second child, a son named Rhett Asher Byrd, on Nov. 23. Their daughter, Sloane, 3, loves being his big sister. The law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA, announced that R. Nicholas Nanovic, a member of the firm, has been named president of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley for 2017-2018. He will serve as chief executive officer of the council for a one-year term. Jen (Guinan) Weber and her husband Brad welcomed their daughter, Riley Ellen, in April. Their son Landon is thrilled to be a big brother. Jen and her family recently moved from Chicago to Littleton CO. Bill Opal and his wife Molly (Mahoney) ’04SMC welcomed their first child on Feb. 13. Mary Grace Opal is a healthy and happy baby and the parents are extremely proud. She was born at Edward Hospital in Naperville IL, the city where Bill and Molly live. Mary Grace is the first grandchild of Dennis and Mary Mahoney and Marcia and Don Opal ’76. It has yet to be determined if Mary Grace will attend Saint Mary’s or Notre Dame. Send me updates on your fun summer adventures. — Carol Martino; carolmartino10@gmail.com

 

04MBA Wedding Bells

 

Former MBA Association President Jason Kellman married Kristen Dove in July in Aspen. Jason manages a commodity fund and he and Kristen reside in Manhattan. Please continue to send in updates. — Harry Howisen; hhowisen@gmail.com

 

04 JD Class Secretary — Elizabeth (Holman) Miceli;

 

emicelilaw@gmail.com

 

05 Class Secretary Kristin Boyd;

 

Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave., New York NY 10010; 317-523-1195; kristin.boyd@gmail.com

 

05MBA Update

 

Todd Mobley ’04, ’05MBA and Stephanie Madia Mobley ’06 welcomed their second child, Luke Norman, on April 20. Luke and his mother are healthy and doing well, and Sarah enjoys her new role as big sister. Please send your updates for the next column to me at the email address below, or to the Notre Dame MBA Class of 2005 Google Group by emailing at ndmba2005-owner@googlegroups.com.Take care and good luck in life and work. — Himanshu Gosar; hgosar@alumni.nd.edu

 

05JD Careers and More

 

After spending time in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, Kimera J. Hall and Ryan Hall now call the Dallas area home. They are parents to two daughters: Kayleigh, 6, and Kamryn, 3. Kimera is a partner at Frost Brown Todd LLC, where she has worked for 11 years. After time working for the NCAA, Ryan now serves as the director of community relations for the College Football Playoff, a position that he has held for almost two years. Out in Seattle, Hassan Habib joined Raytheon’s legal department in June. As part of his new assignment, Hassan will support Raytheon’s Middle East business group. He joins Raytheon after a successful stint in the corporate group at Colliers International, also in Seattle. Prior to that, Hassan worked for Saudi Aramco on project finance and development matters and, before that, he was an associate at Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. In 2010, Tyler Bates returned to Durango CO from the Philadelphia area to work as in house counsel at a private equity backed start-up operating in the credit card processing space called Mercury Payment Systems. In 2014, the company was acquired by Vantiv, which is now the largest credit card processor in the US. His role has changed several times over the years, but he currently serves as its senior attorney, where he primarily supports the company’s growing product and enterprise business development groups. Ana Perez-Arrieta reports that she moved to Tucson shortly after graduation because her husband got a position as a professor at the U of Arizona. The couple has two kids, Mateo, 9, and Margot, 6. For the past 12 years, she has practiced in the trusts and estates area. In 2011 she joined Bogutz & Gordon PC, a boutique estate planning firm, and was promoted to partner two years ago. She happily reports that she is able to spend time with Patricia (Victory) Waterkotte, who moved from LA back to her hometown of Tucson a few years ago. Patty continues to star at Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, where she is a partner in the firm’s civil litigation practice group. The ranks of classmates along the sunny shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland grew recently. Coupled with her May 20 wedding to Mike Marchetti, Cory (McDevitt) Marchetti relocated from San Francisco to Cleveland, where she joins Paul Harris and me. We are thrilled to have her here with us. As for me, on July 7, I married Jackie Staple at an outdoor ceremony in the Hanna Gardens at the Western Reserve Historical Society – Cleveland History Center. Serving as our officiant was Adam Dinnell ’03, while readings were done by Brian Barone ’02, ’05MA and Megan (McPherson) Horvath ’03. My old roommate and former co-president of St. Edward’s Hall, Amir Tahmassebi ’02, thrilled the crowd as the best man. We celebrated with dinner, dancing, and carousel rides alongside hundreds of historic cars, and many undergraduate and law school classmates from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Joining us were Ken Kleppel ’01, ’04JD, Erin (Bush) ’02SMC and Pete Gennuso ’02, Peter Henning ’02, Ryan Moodie ’02, Sam Murillo’02, John Moravek ’02, Mike Mikiciuk’02, Missy (Niezer) ’02SMC and Pete Countryman’02, Sean Harrigan ’02, Steve Lickus ’02, ’03MSA, Matt Flatow ’03, Eric Barroso ’02, Jennifer Wyatt ’02SMC, Rick Rodriguez ’03, ’04 MSA, Chris Manuel ’02, Pat Peters ’02, and John Rossi ’02. We spent the following two weeks honeymooning in Italy. Jackie, a graduate of Case Western Reserve U, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and she serves as an employment attorney at Benesch Friedlander Copeland & Aronoff LLP. To borrow from F. Scott Fitzgerald, she is “the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known, and even that is an understatement.” At long last, I humbly report that this guy truly has been blessed by the luck of the Irish. — Adam Russ; 1386 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood OH 44107; aruss@alumni.nd.edu

 

06 Worth Celebrating

 

Some wonderful news: Mary Alice (Saluke) Portillo celebrated her five-year brain cancer survival in July. Mary Alice and her husband reside in Dallas with their son. Chris Kepner launched The Kepner Agency, a full-service literary agency for all authors. ND alumni looking to get books published are welcome to contact him at chris@kepneragency.com. Amanda Susko has worked with the Pittsburgh Penguins for five years and was a part of their recent back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 2016 and 2017. Currently, Amanda is the director of Penguins Foundation Programs and raised $2 million in just one day for the Mario Lemieux Foundation and Penguins Foundation. Evan Walsh married Siri Larsen in Chicago on April 29. The wedding party included Evan’s twin Colin Walsh, Jimmy Ryan, Patrick Dunigan, Stephen Muto, Jorge Villarreal, Derek Gelcich, Peter Sweeney, John Kelly, Matt Cirenza, and John Stephens. Notre Dame alumni in attendance included father of the groom, Wendell Walsh ’77, ’80JD, Ryan Brady, Caitlin Cirenza, Dave Conway, Kern Creevey, Lauren Creevey, Bob Cundy, Joe Donnelly, Quinn Eide, Eric Gast, Daniel Gedney, Matt Goulet, Katherine Goulet, Zach Heaps, Katie Heaps, Brett Hummel, Kelly Kelly, Brian MacKinnon ’04, Katie MacKinnon, Joe Marmora, Brian McCarthy, Lauren (Halleman) McCarthy, Mark McNeill, Scott Midla, Maureen Muto, John Nauughtin, John Noell, Megan Noell, Brian O’Leary, Dan Rooney, Ben Rosenbach, Mike Silhasek, Ellen Silhasek ’07, Kevin Stanley, Erica Villarreal, and Matt Wormington. Erin Costanzo married Chris Burns ’06 UNC Chapel Hill, an equally passionate college sports fan, on April 29 in Charlotte NC. Alumni by her side during the nuptials included maid of honor Ali Costanzo ’11SMC, Amanda Susko, Caitlin English and Jayme Jamieson. The wedding festivities were made memorable by the presence of many amazingly entertaining classmates: Anil Abraham, Tommy Hayes, Marques Bolden, Nate Marsh, Pete Sarpong, Steve Crowe ’08 and Josh Bell ’11. Charles Kennedy and Alison Kelly were married in the bride’s hometown of Lake Geneva WI in June. Alumni in attendance included Caitlin Kennelly, Leo Colon, Lisa Nguyen Colon, Mona Lisa Della Volpe ’05, Josh Kempf ’08, and seminarian Brian Kennedy, CSC. The newlyweds live in Kingsville TX where Charles is a Navy instructor pilot and Alison works as a landscape architect for O’Dell Engineering. Matt and Margaret Villier had their fourth daughter, Mary, in 2016. Nick and Emily (Rivard) Byrne welcomed a son, Ryan William, on April 23. Maureen (McCormick) Harlow and husband James welcomed Alice Caroline on Feb. 25. Alice joins big sister Isabel, who loves her with the kind of full-bodied enthusiasm that only a 2-year-old can muster. Rebecca and Rich McAvoy ’11JD had a second baby, Patrick Bernard McAvoy, on Sept. 9, 2016 in Cary NC. Big sister Mary loves her little brother. Spring was a busy time for my friends and their expanding families. Kat Roblez and her husband Andrew Winslow ’07 had their second baby, Margaret Rose, on March 27. Maggie joins big brother Landon and the family of four resides in Arlington VA. Renee (Gipson) and her husband Dan Stock welcomed a son, Theodore Joseph, “Teddy,” on May 5 in Chicago. Beth (Martter) and Kevin Mulhall had a daughter, Mary Kathleen, “Mary Kate,” on May 19 in Cleveland. My husband Brian and I welcomed our second baby, Grace Catherine, on May 17 in Boston. Grace and her big brother Peter keep us busy, but life is good. — Anna (Skoien) Lall; 55 Wyman St., Boston MA 02130; annagracelall@gmail.com

 

06MBA Class Secretary Andrew Sama;

 

276 Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame IN 46556; cell 574-339-6115; bus 574-631-5206; nd.mba.classof2006@gmail.com

 

06JD Class Secretary Amir Hassan Sadaghiani;

 

sadaghiani@alumni.nd.edu 

 

07 Class Secretary Stephanie Pelligra;

 

stephanie.pelligra@gmail.com

 

07MBA Class Secretary Joe Curry;

 

joe@joecurry.com

 

07JD Class Secretary Patrick A. Salvi II;

 

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., 22 W. Washington St., Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602; 312-372-1227; psalvi2@salvilaw.com

 

08 Reunion 2018

Mark your calendars for our 10-year reunion: May 31-June 3, 2018. Stay tuned for details as we look to shatter attendance records once again. Please contact us if you have any suggestions for the celebrations. Bob Costa, a national political reporter for The Washington Post based in Washington, D.C., was named Moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week” in April, succeeding the late Gwen Ifill. The program,which premiered in 1967, airs Fridays at 8 p.m. nationwide. He is also a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. John M. Cogill specializes in patent prosecution in the mechanical arts. He began his career at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined more than 400 patent applications, and later worked as an attorney at Kim Winston LLP before joining Volpe and Koenig. He earned his law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Julie Sobolewski, a member of the ND crew team was married on the beach in Ocean City, NJ on June 10. In attendance were teammates Allison (Marsh) Kelly, Mary (Quinn) Mantey, Laura Pearson, Kaitlin Jackson, Elli Greybar, lifelong friend Katlin O’Brien ’09 and Julie’s brother, Dennis Sobolewski ’11. After initially being mutually unimpressed, Providence reunited Mary Claire Sullivan ’08, ’12MBA and Garrett Mandeville ’08, ’10 through a re-acquaintance culminating in a wedding in June. The celebration was attended by many ND classmates. Patrick L. O'Brien ’08, ’10, although uninvited, showed up in protest. After a brief standoff resolved through a prolonged, awkward embrace, all was well and everyone enjoyed the festivities. The newlyweds celebrated with a honeymoon in Portugal and just purchased a home in Milwaukee. Allison (Baranay) and Michael Duffy recently welcomed their second daughter, Claire Grace. Claire and big sister Ellen are looking forward to their visit to campus this football season! Mike works as Vice President and Senior Strategy Analyst for Loomis Sayles in Boston and Allison stays home with the girls and dog Finnegan, who was named after the ND bar. Kayle Hinkle and Angela Hinkle (Maxey) welcomed their third child, Isaac James Hinkle, on Good Friday 2017. He joins big brother, Caleb (5 1/2), and big sister, Lydia (2 1/2). They currently reside in Grand Rapids. Kathleen (Sullivan) Klein and John Klein ’06 promoted their son Donovan to big brother, and welcomed their second child, Evelyn Sara, in May. Jacky and Matt Murphy welcomed a daughter, Annabel Allen Murphy, on May 24. Michelle (Brintnall) Chester and Brian Chester, along with big brother Theo, welcomed little brother Dean Michael Chester on August 1. Dean is excited to meet his McG aunties and Dillon uncles this fall and his mini ND football jersey is ready for a winning season. Both Michelle and Brian are also enjoying new roles at work; Michelle runs brand marketing for Caribou Coffee Inc. and Brian manages all email operations for Target.com. Please keep the updates coming. We love hearing from you and so do our classmates. — Megan O’Hara; classof2008@alumni.nd.edu

 

08MBA Class Secretary Megan Ulrich;

 

meganlouisefitzgibbons@gmail.com

 

08JD Fall Updates

 

Nicole (Somers) Soukup was recently promoted to director of investigations at Fannie Mae. She and Andrew and their children, Aidan and Natalie, live in Washington DC. As manager of government affairs at the Center for Disability Rights, Adam Prizio spent the spring and summer helping to coordinate the protests and civil disobedience of hundreds of disabled activists against the Medicaid cuts in the ACA repeal and federal budget, and working to secure support in Congress for the Disability Integration Act. Joan Claire (Krautmann) and David Gilbert welcomed their third child, Joshua Maximilian, on June 25. He joins siblings Lucia, 7, and Niall, 6. The Gilbert family lives in Portland OR. Finally, in memory of Kyle D. Smith, the Class of 2008 Mock Trial Award fund has been established at NDLS. Please donate at donate.nd.edu, 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; mtmansfield@jumptrading.com 

 

09 Doing Better Than Fine


Maddy Zollo married Nate Rusbosin on October 8 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Martha’s Vineyard. Her bridesmaids included Maura Caufield, Laura (Giezeman) Engerman, Sarah Layne, Alice (Shepard) Randall, Christina Sensabaugh, Jessica (Fitzpatrick) Urbany, and Heather (Jackson) Varner. Fellow classmates Janeva (Waked) Morfaw, Jack Carroll, Peter Schreck, Andy Urbany and Mike Shepardson ’14 were also in attendance. Sarah Snyder and Ed Redden ’12) were engaged on the two-year anniversary of their first date at the 21c Museum Hotel. They are set to get married at the Basilica on October 20, 2018. Longtime roommates Michael Wodarcyk and Jon Kearney decided to finally get married. Michael to Greta Bauer in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 29, 2016 and Jon to Emily Brandenburg in Santa Barbara, California on January 21, 2017. They decided it was best to split up for the health of their future marriages. Andrew Matasic and Craig Wiborg completed a 36-hour Katy Perry themed dance-a-thon in June. Many Alumni Hall Dawgs attended both weddings. Fun was had by all. Susan (Traina) Malone and husband John ’09MBA welcomed their second daughter, Margot Ophelia, on February 2, 2017. Big sister Maddie looks forward to having a buddy to cheer on the Irish. 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; megflynn7@gmail.com

9MBA Class Secretary Shawn Pulscher;

 

801-336-7344; spulscher@alumni.nd.edu

 

09JD Class Secretary Josh Rinschler;

 

josh.rinschler@gmail.com