class notes

2000s

00 Short and Sweet

 

Hi Class of 2000. I hope you have been enjoying your summer and are gearing up for a great fall. We don’t have too many announcements for this column, but they are happy ones. Camille (Fitzpatrick) and Sean Markey ’01 welcomed their fourth child and first daughter, Christina Fitzpatrick, in October. She will hold her own among her brothers, James, Timothy and William. Christina’s christening in March was a happy reunion in Boston for the Markeys; for Christina’s godparents, MaryAnne (McAloon) and Jason Korth and their three adorable kids (Maeve, Owen and Annie); and for Father Peter Folan, SJ, who concelebrated at the baptism. Erin (Stauffer) and Jeff Catalina ’96, ’97MBA welcomed their first daughter, Benji Rose, the day after Christmas. Uncle Ben Stauffer was there for her arrival while visiting Pittsburgh for the holidays. He lives in Nashville, where he is vice president of finance for Centricity Music. Congratulations on the new arrivals. I look forward to hearing all the good news you will send my way. — Laurie (Strotman) O'Malley; ndbug3@hotmail.com 

 

00MBA Class Secretary — Georgette (Leonard) Stubin;

 

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

 

00JD Class Secretary — Brian J. Murray;

 

178 Cranston Court, Glen Ellyn IL 60137; doubledomer2000@gmail.com

 

01 Keep Us Posted

 

John Micek and his wife, Noelle, started Red Stitch Winery in Napa CA with two other couples in 2009. They have been fortunate to see it grow over eight years, and its popularity was apparent in a San Francisco Chronicle article written about them in March. To support John and try some of his delicious wine, visit redstitchwine.com. You can purchase wine on the website or see if they offer it in your area. It is Little League baseball season here in Milwaukee, and CJ Murray is coaching our kids Luke, 10, on the Astros, and Joe, 8, and Maggie, 6, on the Muckdogs. Maybe I should bring some Red Stitch into the stands for the next game. As always, please keep me updated on all the new and exciting things happening in your life. If I continue to receive so few updates, I’ll just give you a play by play of the Murray family’s summer. — Megan Murray; 2015 N. 56th St., Milwaukee WI 53208 414-213-4687; meganmurray45@aol.com

 

01MBA Class Secretary — Dominic Pang;

 

dpang@panglaw.com

 

01JD Class Secretary — Jonell Lucca

 

cell 602-677-3266; jonelllucca@yahoo.com

 

02 Reunion and New Additions

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful time back on campus for Reunion. Please send me your updates from the weekend to include in the next column. In other class news, the Class of 2039 has several new contenders. Melissa (Gormley) and Patrick Gilligan ’01 welcomed their first baby in March. The Gilligans, along with their son, River Gray, live in Seattle and cannot wait for their Pacific Northwest adventures as a family to begin. Justin Farishon and his wife Maryann welcomed Alexander “Xander” Anthony Farishon in April. Alice (Keating) Burke and her husband Michael welcomed their son in September. The Burkes live in New York City where Mike is on the faculty at Columbia U and Alice is a CPA with JPMorgan. Courtney Miller O’Mara was promoted to director at the Fennemore Craig law firm’s Reno office. Courtney’s practice focuses on business litigation, creditors’ rights litigation, and probate and trust matters. In 2016, Courtney was highlighted among the “legal elite” by Nevada Business Magazine and recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers as a “rising star.” Maureen Carr joined Arlington VA law firm Bean, Kinney and Korman as a shareholder. Maureen practices employment law and is a skilled civil and commercial litigator with extensive experience in federal and state courts. Thanks so much for the updates and please keep them coming. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran; lsestile@alumni.nd.edu

 

02 MBA Celebrating the National Parks

 

For those who attended our Reunion, amazingly our 15th, please share your memories from the event and updates. I’ve heard from so many of you unofficially recently and would love to share your news, big and small. Marianne (Stahl) Elliot and her husband Rob have been doing a lot of traveling, especially to National Parks, France and Wales. Marianne is still with Honeywell and moved into their process governance organization, which hopefully will require less international travel. Joey (Aguirre) and Jason Fournier are continuing to enjoy Scarsdale NY with their son, Danny. They get to spend a lot of quality time in Oregon and the national parks on the East Coast. Colleen (Brooks) Campbell has taken up skiing with her husband, Pat. She is seriously taking advantage of life in Colorado and is quite the skier. For our final national park, I married Troy Brekken in the Grand Tetons in March. It was a gorgeous sunny day on snowshoes. Finally, please send me notes. I’d love to share with the class, but also don’t want to steal too much from our personal updates. Thanks to those I’m stealing from. — Melissa Hurd; 206-788-7958; hurdmc@yahoo.com

 

02JD 15 Years Out

 

It’s hard to believe we have been out of NDLS for 15 years. By the time you read this, many of us will have gathered in South Bend to celebrate this milestone and catch up with old friends. Michelle (Chelvam) Hayes and husband Patrick welcomed their fourth child, a baby boy named Maximilian, in December. His brother and two sisters enjoy doting on him. Michelle is of counsel to the Texas law firm of Gault, Nye, and Quintana, LLP. Michelle tells me she “feels very blessed” to work part-time from her home office in Houston, handling civil appeals. Abe Moore and his wife Desiree moved from Qatar in January and returned to the K&L Gates Chicago office. They were thrilled to welcome a third child, Jude Abram Moore, on April 27. Abe is enjoying life back in the States and has been lucky enough to catch up with NDLS friends over the last few months: Mike Occhuzzio, Miles Karson, Melissa Schmucker, Susan Junck, and Bill Shin. Please tell me what’s new in your world. — 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 Updates from Friends

 

After a recent call for news and updates, I heard from Sarah Finch that Kara (Vey) Bordman had triplets: Amelia, Sloane, and Josephine. Jason King heard from former roommate Phil Sayers. Phil and his wife, Katie, had their second and third offspring (twin girls), Kalliopi and Theodora, late last year. Sean MacCready and his wife Molly are godparents to Julie (Rombaut) and Brendan O’Connor’s son, Elliot, who was baptized in March. Sean is working as the lead fundraiser for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and is launching a podcast on philanthropy called The Philanthropy Podcast. One of his first guests was Katy Hall, who is VP of development at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Kourtney (Kuzmickas) Witten and her husband Matt just welcomed their second child, Mackenzie Margaret, who joins big brother Jameson. They live in Lake Forest IL, and Kourtney is working for Advocate Healthcare. Katie (Hunter) Prater ’04, ’07MFA and husband Jeremiah mourned the miscarriage of their baby, Peter John, on Jan. 10. On Jan. 19, they welcomed his brother, Andrew Mark, who was baptized on Feb. 4. Sisters Erica Jane, 4, and Hannah, 3, are delighted to have one brother in heaven and another in the nursery. Cecilia (Zappa) Harry was named to Development Counselors International’s 40 Under 40 rising stars in economic development. This is a selected group of young leaders who aren’t afraid to disrupt industry standards and raise the bar for achieving community prosperity. Cecilia received the award and recognition at the Leadership Conference of the International Economic Development Council in Jacksonville in January. Kate (Marotta) Hourigan and husband Michael Hourigan '03 welcomed their third son, Francis Michael Hourigan, on April 3 in Stanford CA. Baby Frank joins big brothers Charlie and Teddy. Mary Kathleen (Lechner) Keeler and her husband Sean Keeler packed up and moved their family cross-country from New Jersey to Las Vegas in 2015. They were recently elected to the board of directors of The Unforgettables Foundation of Southern Nevada, which is an organization that helps provide funeral costs and dignified burials for families in need who lose a child between 32 weeks in utero through 18 years of age. This foundation is near and dear to their hearts since Sean is a perinatologist who deals with high-risk pregnancies on a daily basis and Mary Kathleen’s last two pregnancies thankfully ended in miracles, as they nearly lost both daughters. She also serves as co-chair of the foundation's annual gala in Las Vegas, which raised $35,000 in their inaugural year last December. To date the organization has provided financial and emotional support to 14 families in Las Vegas. TUF operates in Nevada and California and will be rolling out nationally. Tim Knapp, a partner in the litigation practice group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, recently celebrated a remarkable victory. Tim represented an incarcerated client for almost nine years in his struggle to prove his innocence of a 1995 double-murder in Chicago. Tim’s client is one of four men who as teenagers signed confessions to a murder and armed robbery they did not commit. After Knapp and his co-counsel gained a key court victory allowing for a new evidentiary hearing, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in February that they were dropping charges as a result of new fingerprint evidence. Tim’s client had served 21 years of his mandatory life-sentence before being freed. \Tim lives in Winnetka IL with his wife Katie (Wales) and their children Rory and Mary Katherine. Keep your updates coming. — Carol Martino; carolmartino10@gmail.com

 

04MBA Off to a Fast Start

 

Marie and Michael Williams launched Calavera Tool Works the last quarter of 2016 and before they could get products to market, they bought a second company, Diamondback Toolbelts. Both companies have a strong online presence at Toolbelts.com and CalaveraToolworks.com. In early 2017, the NFL contracted them to make custom communications belts for every NFL coach for the 2017 season. Keep an eye out for their products on the sidelines of every NFL game next fall. Cary and Celina Celada de Mailant welcomed Cora to their family in April. Cora’s siblings Celina, 5, Mia, 3, and Peter, 1, are excited to welcome her to the family. Michelle and I also expanded our family as Luke arrived in February. Elizabeth, 5, is ecstatic to be a big sister. Luke weighed in at the size of a bag of potatoes and has inherited my appetite and is packing on the rolls of baby fat. Please continue to send in updates. — Harry Howisen; hhowisen@gmail.com

 

04JD Looking for New Class Secretaries

 

Thanks to Katie Bryan and Finn Pressly for their service as class secretaries. Katie and Finn have decided to pass the torch to another volunteer. If you are interested in becoming the next class secretary, please contact Tammye Raster with the Notre Dame Law School at traster@nd.edu.

 

05 Back in Action Again

 

Kate Musica is engaged to Norman Kittrell V, and they will marry in Washington DC in April 2018. Meredith (Kenney) and Shane Snyder welcomed their first child, a boy named Keegan Jordan Snyder, on Feb. 12. Trevor McClain-Duer recently started a job as senior manager in the business valuation group at Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, a financial consulting and litigation support firm in Chicago. In October, Tim Culbertson completed a six-month, 2,189-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail between Georgia and Maine; it was the trip of a lifetime. He has since returned to work at Philips Healthcare in central Pennsylvania, but he still hikes as much as possible in his free time. Erica (Ruddy) and Dave Hogan had a baby girl, Lauren Elisabeth Hogan, on Oct. 12. She is happy and healthy with a strong pair of lungs. Christopher is excited to be a big brother and Alison (Ruddy) Arzac, Erica’s twin sister, is excited to be a second-time aunt. Alison was expecting her first child in February, so all this experience has made her a seasoned pro. Bridget (Veihmeyer) Monahan and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their first child, Nora McGarry, on Mother's Day 2016. Send your stories. — Kristin Boyd; Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave., New York NY 10010; 317-523-1195; kristin.boyd@gmail.com

 

05MBA Growing Family

 

Mandy and Rolando Vega Brockmann expect their fourth child in July. Their kids Amanda, 9, Rolando, 7, and Joaquin, 2, are excited to have another sibling. Rolando and Mandy want to keep the gender a surprise. Please send in your updates for the next column to my email address or 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 Welcome to New Irish Fans

 

Out in Pasadena CA, Carla and Dan Nevarez welcomed their second son, Nelson Randall Nevarez, on Dec. 31. Mom, baby, dad and big brother Decker are doing great. Dan serves as an executive claims consultant at Heffernan Insurance Brokers, which he joined in April 2016. Liz and Jack Barber are proud to announce the birth of their son, John Joseph Finnian Barber. He joins big sisters Madeleine and Miriam. Proud grandparents Bridget and John Barber ’73 are already outfitting the youngest Barber in Notre Dame apparel. Jack serves as assistant general counsel for Crowe Horwath LLP in Chicago. Here on the sunny shores of Lake Erie, Stephanie and Paul Harris welcomed their second son, Ozzie James Harris, who joins big brother Anderson in rooting for the Cavaliers and Indians. Fortunately for him, Cleveland has not had a professional football team since 1995. — Adam Russ; 1386 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood OH 44107; aruss@alumni.nd.edu

 

06 Happy News

 

Andrew ’05 and Sabitha Salzmann welcomed their third son, Matthew Xavier, on Feb. 24. Baby Max is much loved by his brothers Ben and Gabriel and is a welcome addition to the family’s home in Atchison KS. Angelique Arnold married Ryan Cramer in November in San Diego. As an attorney with the Erickson Law Firm, Angelique specializes in education law. Ryan is an attorney working in Ernst and Young’s tax department. The couple met in law school. Alumni in attendance at the wedding included Jason R. Arnold ’94, Cherie Arnold ’97, Tralynna (Sherrill) Scott, Lauren (MacKenzie) Larson, and Christopher LarsonMegan Duffy was named head coach of the Miami of Ohio women’s basketball team after winning the Women's NIT Tournament with her Michigan (no one’s perfect) women’s basketball team. — 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 Good Things

 

In 2016, Cody Groeber took a new job as an assistant federal public defender in Charleston SC. In the spring of 2017, Cody litigated a three-week long federal trial about a large ocean tanker allegedly dumping polluted water in the ocean. The cases are interesting and the work is challenging. Cody and wife Erin (Galloway) Groeber have four kids, ages 2, 4, 6, and 8. Erin says she is using her law degree to homeschool them and loving it. Given their genes, I’m sure the Groeber children already have a better handle on criminal law than I ever did. Congratulations on all the wonderful life events. Derek Muller continues his success. He received tenure at Pepperdine U this spring. Additionally, he will be visiting at the U of Iowa College of Law to teach federal courts and election law. As cool as Iowa City is (and it is), Derek assured me that he will be back in dreary Malibu come January 2018. We had only two submissions. If you read this column from time to time, you know the drill. However, while this concerns me and thus allows placement in the ’07JD blurb, this is really about my sister-in-law. Eir Nakamura Salvi ’15JD, in her first trial wherein she presented witnesses and was part of a trial team that achieved an $11.25 million verdict in a very sad case where a little boy lost his mother, who happened to be a single mother, in a car crash. I got to carry her bag as part of the trial team. Eir is an outstanding and promising young trial lawyer. Send me your stuff, especially if you’re sick of hearing about me. I have a three submission threshold. — 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 A Little Irish

 

Aileen and Kyle Meade welcomed their daughter, Cavanaugh, into the world on Nov. 9. With a name like that, she’s already looking forward to being a lady of the Chaos in 2034. Julia Danielle Talley was born Nov. 29 to Joshua Talley and Courtney Parry ’09SMC, ’10MS, ESTEEM program, Desiree (Zamora) and Isaac Garcia ’08, ’10 welcomed their first child, Cecilia, on May 7. They moved from Washington DC to Austin a couple of years ago. Isaac is a native of Austin. Desiree works at IBM Watson as a product designer and Isaac is the marketing communications manager for the Sisters of Mercy, a non-profit based out of the Washington DC area, for which he continues remotely. Congratulations to all of these ’08ers. 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 Moving on Up

 

TJ Pillari writes that he and his wife Quinn ’03 and children Lucy, 10, Leo, 7, and Joseph, 6, are moving back to the Bend. TJ is leaving private practice and putting his estate planning experience to work for ND as a director of gift planning in the Development Office. TJ, Quinn, and family are thrilled to be returning to ND and South Bend. Fun fact: TJ, Quinn, and I sang together as undergrads in the ND Folk Choir. Lily Vidal continues to excel in her career. She was recently promoted to deputy general counsel at Dufry Group. Lily also shared that Mike Avent married Sophia Hume on April 8 in Arizona. Matt McDonald is a partner in the tax transactions practice at Mayer Brown in Chicago. Roy Kim also made partner in the corporate and securities department at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago. His wife Lauren (Moy) ’07JD posted an adorable picture of their family, including Samantha, 4, and Charlie, 2, celebrating Roy’s promotion. 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. — Marie-Therese Mansfield; Jump Trading LLC; mtmansfield@jumptrading.com  

 

09 Doing Better Than Fine

 

William T. Cushing obtained his law degree from Boston U in May 2016 and joined the Boston office of Brown Rudnick, LLP as an associate in their corporate law department. He recently became engaged to attorney Holly Ovington and they will be married Sept. 23 in County Wicklow, Ireland, her home. Andrew Matasic and Craig Wiborg sailed the Galapagos and swam with a 175-year-old turtle in April. 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

 

09MBA Class Secretary — Shawn Pulscher;

 

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

 

09JD Class Secretary — Josh Rinschler;

 

josh.rinschler@gmail.com