00 News Worth Celebrating

I hope everyone is enjoying their fall season and having fun watching the Irish play every Saturday. Although I love the summer and splashing in the pool with my kids, the fall is a great time to settle back into routines and get started on Christmas shopping. I am totally joking. I really miss the summer. I don’t want anyone emailing me and telling me that they have finished Christmas shopping. You will not be allowed in this column. But, speaking of celebrating, we have two items of good news to pass along about our classmates. In December of 2018, our classmate Megan Walsh married Fabrizio Rossi in Rome. The couple was married in San Pietro in Vincoli, which houses the Michelangelo Moses statue. The reception was in the Palazzo Brancaccio where Roman Holiday was filmed. They are living in Miami where Megan has been the director of the Frost Preparatory Program at the U of Miami for 16 years. Congratulations to the happy couple. Also in wedding news, Melissa Tacey was married to Kevin Goodwin on May 4 in their home town of Bay City MI. ND ladies in the wedding party included Alicia Coronas and Kelly Orsi. Additional ND friends in attendance for the celebration included Liz Dailey, Wendy (Gebert) Dyer, Eileen (Rocchio) Haley, Suzy (Penny) Hall, Lauren Herring, Katie (Harness) Leniski, Joey Leniski, Kelli (Markelwitz) Marans, Katie Rocchio ’02 and Cathy Scroope. It sounds like it was a fun time. If you want to keep the good times rolling, please consider our reunion coming up next year. We don’t have to tell anyone it is our 20-year reunion. We all look good enough that we could pass as the 10-year reunion class. I hope all of you continue to have a great fall, and please remember to pass along your good news about yourself. — 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; res 630-881-5181; doubledomer2000@gmail.com


01 Reaching Out

It was a little quiet over the last couple of months with updates as I assume people are busy celebrating 40th birthdays. Joe Parker reached out to give an update. Joe is the president of Automated Logistics Systems and recently the company was named to the Top 100 Freight Brokerage List for 2019, ranking 89th. Joe and his wife Gretchen live in Grass Lake MI with their kids Jonah 6, and Reina 4. I hope everyone had a great summer. Feel free to share updates via our Instagram account @nd2001alumni. — Michael Anselmi; manselmi@alumni.nd.edu


01MBA Class Secretary Dominic Pang;



01JD Class SecretaryJonell Lucca;

602-677-3266; jonelllucca@yahoo.com


02 Book Club

Ellen Block and Will McGrath recently co-authored an ethnography, Infected Kin, published by Rutgers. Each chapter starts with a creative nonfiction essay by Will and then is followed by the ethnographic writing and analysis of a traditional ethnography by Ellen. The book examines orphan care in the time of AIDS in rural Lesotho, southern Africa, and is part of a medical anthropology series on health, inequality and social justice. For anyone in the education field, Ellen created plenty of supplemental teaching materials to go along with the book. Reach out to her at eblock@csbsju.edu if you are interested. You can order their book at rutgersuniversitypress.org. Nicole (Kenney) Rogers ’02, ’03 is the founder of Studio Kenney (studiokenney.com), a graphic design company based in greater NYC. For over two years, fellow ND grad, Keri O’Mara ’15, has been the company’s lead designer. Nicole and Keri enjoy designing “like a champion today” as well as sharing fond memories of Robert Sedlack. Studio Kenney is a certified Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) through New York City. Kelly (Cooke) Donohue and her husband Collin welcomed their third son, Keegan Cooke on May 16th. Big brothers Declan (3) and Kieran (19 months) are very excited with the new addition! The family resides in Bronxville, NY. It has been a quiet summer for alumni updates. Please send more this fall. Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran; lsestile@alumni.nd.edu


02MBA Class Secretary Melissa Hurd;



02JD New Class Secretary

Cari Curtis Marino and her husband Mark welcomed James Anthony Marino on June 13. Big brother Jack initially said having James was a “mistake” but seems to be coming around. The four Marinos are living in Manhattan, where Cari practices commercial litigation and products liability defense as a partner at Leader Berkon Colao & Silverstein. Ryan Costantini joined AM General LLC, the manufacturer of the Humvee, as senior director of international contracts, based in its South Bend corporate headquarters. Ryan, his wife Erika, and son TJ moved to South Bend and are looking forward to reconnecting with everyone this football season. I am pleased to share that Ryan has agreed to take over our class column, effective with the next column. Please send your updates to Ryan at ryan.costantini@gmail.com. It has been my pleasure to celebrate your weddings, births, career moves and other life milestones with you over the last 10 years of writing this column. — Megan Glunz Horton; 521 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; res 847-256-2335; megan.g.horton@gmail.com


03 Good News

Courtney (Giel) and Jim Flynn welcomed Brady Austin Flynn to their family last summer. Big sisters Taylor and Alex have been helping a ton with their little brother, while James has a little buddy to hang out with while his sisters are in school. Life is awesome. They still live in Granger IN and get to campus often to ride bikes and cheer on the Irish. Bob Woods was announced as the office managing partner for PwC’s Seattle office this past July 1 and continues to enjoy the Northwest with his wife Megan and kids Kate, 9, Colin, 7, and Owen, 2. Megan and Bob celebrated their 11-year anniversary in July. He and his fellow Manorites continue to meet annually for a trip to see the Cubs during spring training in Arizona. This February he joined Kyle Brunell and Jim Horvath to represent the Manor in Mesa and Scottsdale over a three-day weekend. I hope everyone had a great summer. Go Irish. — Joshua 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 Great Time at 15-Year Reunion

I hope all who attended the reunion in the spring had a blast. Please send your stories from the event to share in an upcoming issue, so that those of us who couldn’t be there can live vicariously through you. A huge shout-out to our class officers, president Jazmin (Garcia) Smith and treasurer Katie (Conklin) Myatt, for all the planning involved. And an especially big shout-out goes to our class VP Tommy Gaeta who, along with wife Victoria, helped to organize and emcee a fantastic class dinner on the Saturday evening, complete with custom wine pairings from J Vineyards. Seth O’Donnell shared how grateful he was for the chance to spend three days back at ND without the crowds or hoopla of a football weekend, to wander campus and see some familiar faces. Now, 15 years after graduation, Seth is finally set up to start his first “real job” in September, working as an orthopedic surgeon at Care New England in Rhode Island. He spent five years in the Navy (spearfishing and working as an undersea medical officer at the Navy’s only submarine escape training facility) followed by orthopedic surgery residency at Brown, a trauma fellowship, and now an orthopedic foot and ankle fellowship at Brigham and Women’s. Seth and his wife have a daughter, Amelia, 4. R.P. David J. Halm, CSC, graduated with his Notre Dame MDiv in 2013 and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2015. He is director of campus ministry at Saint George’s College in Santiago, Chile. He reports that they get lots of Notre Dame visitors at Saint George’s, particularly students studying abroad in Chile, former ACE teachers who teach there, and, most notably, our classmate Don Norton. Don and David graduated in finance 2004, and David says it’s been fun to catch up with Don during his business trips to Santiago. Congratulations to Julianne (Jules) Plazas and Scott White, who were married on June 8 at Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown NY, near her hometown. More than 35 ND graduates were in attendance, ranging from Lawrence McGovern ’59 to Anne Kroeger ’07. The 32-person wedding party included Domers Katherine Brick, Megan Olive Conner, Kate Dolack, Pamela de los Reyes, Erin Molinaro, Thomas Conner, Adel Hanash, Michael Federico and the bride’s cousin Matthew Bunda ’05. Matt Bunda's sister Anne White introduced Jules and Scott at their wedding in Toledo 10 years ago. The romance started a few years later, and they did long distance between NYC and Toledo for over seven years. Jules finally moved to Toledo almost two years ago after their engagement. She is a portfolio associate at Morgan Stanley and has been with the company for 13 years. Scott, a graduate from U of Toledo, is a QA analyst and developer at Tungsten Network. They plan on settling in Toledo permanently with frequent trips back to NYC to see her family and the NDNYC crew. Congrats to Jaci (Lesko) and Brendan Hart, who welcomed Lucas Leon Hart on July 15. He joins big sister Caly, 5, and big brother Aaron, 2. Nick Markovich ’05Arch graduated from Kendall College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in culinary arts in 2011. He worked at acclaimed restaurant Sepia in Chicago’s West Loop. Nick and Allison (Michels) ’05Arch were married in Delaware in 2013 with many ND classmates in attendance. After 10 years in Lincoln Park, they moved in 2015 to Asheville NC where they are both architects. They welcomed son Dominic John in May 2016, and daughter Anna Josephine in October 2018. The family enjoys their vibrant city, exploring the mountains of western North Carolina, and welcoming visitors year-round. Please continue to send me your updates. — Carol Martino; carolmartino10@gmail.com


04MBA Fall Returns

Christine (Sheppard) Barnard and her husband Brian are franchisees with Modern Acupuncture, opening a new location in Brentwood MO in October. Christine is still VP of benefits at Magellan Health. She and Brian welcomed Daniel to their family in 2015. Brian Woodward sold his business and is a senior relationship manager with Bank of America in Spokane. Brian’s eldest child graduated from high school and started a two-year church mission at the end of July. Mark Welch and I attended our class’s 15-year reunion in June. Notre Dame now hosts the reunions in the football stadium and food and drinks were enjoyed by all. Let’s top that number for our 20-year. Pencil in May 31 to June 2, 2024, or perhaps a Chicago-based reunion outside of the regular reunions would be an option. Have an idea? Post it in our class Facebook group. Keep the updates coming. — Harry Howisen; hhowisen@gmail.com


04JD Class Secretary Elizabeth Miceli;



05 Fall Update

Mike and Graciela Spencer welcomed baby number 2 on September 14. Her name is Anna Grace Spencer and came in weighing 7 lbs, 4 oz and was 21 inches long. Anna and mommy are both doing well. JoAnna Roman ’10 married Michael Roesch in the Basilica on September 23. Rev. Raymund Snyder OP ’10 celebrated the Nuptial Mass with Rev. Justin Marie Brophy OP ’06MA ’17PhD candidate, concelebrating. The wedding party included Patrick Jensen, Brian MacMichael ’04, ’06MTS, Eric Mueller, ’06MSA, Adrian Torres, Will Erickson ’10, Rocco Galizio ’07, and John Gerardi ’10, ’13JD, with several other Domers in attendance. The couple would like to thank the saxophones from the Band of the Fighting Irish for serenading them as they left the church. After an extended courtship via Skype and weekend jet-setting, the couple will make their home together in Northern Virginia. Congrats to Ben Haney and Jamie McFadden on their one year anniversary on November 25. Last year Ben and Jamie married on St. John, US Virgin Islands, in the middle of a week-long celebration among family and friends. Ben & Jamie were joined on St. John by ND alums Laura (Ricci) and Jonathan Walsh, Henry Scott, AJ and Jen Remen, Kristin Boyd, Pat Burke, Maura McFadden ’04, Krista Busch ’02 and Mike Hogan. Ben & Jamie celebrated again in the new year closer to home, throwing a party at The Armory in Philadelphia. ND alums attending the party in Philly who could not make it to St. John included Brien Hughes, Brian (Bucket) Cullen, Pat Higgins, Brian Dolan, Mike Ferkovic, and Matt Bennett. — Kristin Boyd; Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave., New York NY 10010; 317-523-1195; kristin.boyd@gmail.com


05MBA In Memoriam

Anne Kathryn (Bingham) Dicarlo passed away on April 5 in her hometown of Merced after a 10-month battle with leukemia. Anne was a life-long learner of anything and everything, an aspiring author, and a nonstop boss and friend. She loved Irish football and relished being a loving wife and mother. Anne’s passing leaves behind her husband Tim, and children, Emma Grace and Matthew David Sale. Thank you, Laurel Monette, for writing this note about Anne. Please send in your updates for the next column to me 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 Promoted to Partner

Congratulations are well-earned for Nick Siciliano, who was promoted to partner in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins, LLP. Nick is a member of the securities litigation and professional liability practice in the litigation and trial department whose practice focuses on class action and corporate governance litigation, as well as other complex commercial disputes. He represents public companies, directors and officers in securities fraud class actions and shareholder derivative litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He also represents clients in government investigations and related litigation. On the other side of Lake Michigan, I am pleased to report that Jonathan Fennell became the general counsel for Alliance Physical Therapy Partners in the fall of 2018. Allied is the seventh-largest physical therapy provider in the US with more than 70 outpatient PT locations nationwide. He plays an integral role at Alliance, overseeing its legal and compliance operations, addressing risk and conflict, and solving problems, which, as you might have guessed, includes risk management and litigation, strategy, real estate and insurance matters, M&A activity, employment issues, corporate governance and compliance. He works to ensure everyone understands rules, roles and responsibilities, and is committed to transparency, efficiency, simplicity, and creativity in handling legal matters. Jonathan resides in Grand Rapids with his wife and three daughters. Paul Harold and his wife, Brenda, welcomed their seventh child, Lydia Suzanne Harold, last year. For those keeping score, that’s six girls and one boy for the Harolds. There’s a lot of pink around their house. When he isn’t roasting his own coffee beans or dancing with his daughters, Paul is enjoying his time as a commercial litigator in South Bend. He’s also very excited about the rebranding of his law firm from LaDue Curran & Kuehn LLC to SouthBank Legal. The new name and snazzy logo pay tribute to the firm’s South Bend roots and location on the south bank of the St. Joseph River. Should you want any cool SouthBank-branded swag or need some temporary office space to work from when visiting South Bend during a football weekend, feel free to email Paul at pharold@southbank.legal. I hope to see you at a game or two this fall. Go Irish. — Adam Russ; 2607 Fountain Key Blvd., Houston TX 77008; adamjruss@gmail.com


06 Connecticut Wedding

Kate Fitzpatrick married Ethan Epstein on June 1 in Fairfield CT. Anne Kwiatt and Meg (Smith) Katzenmeyer were in attendance and helped tear up the dance floor. Kate and Ethan live in Black Rock CT and she is hoping to get him to his first ND football game soon. — Anna (Skoien) Lall; 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;



07 Fall Updates

Stephanie (Best) and Adam Oldaker welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl on Oct. 29, 2018 in Dallas TX. Hadley Blake Oldaker was perfectly healthy in every way. Mom and dad have been blessed with the pure joy of becoming parents. On May 31 Rocky (Garza) and Mike Piery welcomed their daughter, Mariana Catherine, in Milwaukee. Her big brothers, Mateo, 5, and Nico, 3, are great helpers and love her so much. Please send me news and updates. God bless and go Irish. — Stephanie Pelligra; ndclassnotes2007@gmail.com


07MBA Class SecretaryTom Ponisciak;



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 Wedding Bells in Ireland

Lawrence Sullivan married a person who is much better than himself. They tied the knot in Ireland in June. Patrick O’Brien was a groomsman and Patrick McInerney, Michael Reilly, and Patrick Ryan made the trek to Ireland, demonstrating that Lawrence still makes questionable life decisions. On October 6, 2018, Lisa Zickuhr and Mauricio Ormachea were married in a religious ceremony in Lake Forest IL. In attendance were the following members of our class: Fernando Contreras, James England, Patrick Finnigan, Christine Loza, Jessica Morton, Tiara Pienkos, Eric Schafer, and Sue Lynn Trafton. Other ND guests included: María José Granier, Helios Mac Naught, Luis Bollman, Mary Jesse, Chris Schlax, Mark Pienkos, Greg McCool, Diana Barrero and Blair Mancini. Heather Keane married Tyler Cooksey on Jan.19 in Houston TX. They were grateful to have lots of Domers present at the wedding, including Elizabeth (Stewart) Nava and Tyler Langdon as a part of the bridal party, and Rev. Patrick Reidy, CSC, as the officiant. Celebrating along with them were Elizabeth (Elliott) and Pat Schenkel, Natalie (Rauch) and Steve McClure, Erin (O’Neill) and Ben Clarke, Begem Lee, Jess Lau, Nick Albares, Danny Klee, Joe Nava, Joe Langenfeld, Anna Sklut, Erin (Powell) and Eddie Baumgartner, Cecilia (Navarro) Ferrer, Shay (Thornton) Kulha, Kelsey (Thornton) and Tony Lucisiano, Hilary Szczepanski, Ricardo Cantu, Joe Cussen, Alicia Danto, and Quan Do. Peter Biava and his wife Jeannette welcomed a baby girl, Clara Noreen Biava, on Oct. 28, 2018. Peter hopes his daughter takes after her mother’s athletic skills and he looks forward to cheering on Clara on the Irish women’s lacrosse teams. Dana (Ergas) and Dennis McLain welcomed their first baby into the world on Nov. 26, 2018. His name is Palmer Daniel McLain, and he was born 10 weeks early. He is now a healthy and happy baby and looks forward to playing football for the Irish someday. Susan (White) and husband Michael Foss happily welcomed their third child, Daniel Mark, on March 15. Big sister Sofia and big brother Sam adore their little brother and can't wait until he can play more with them. Julie and Andy Mastroe had their first son, Conor Elwyn Mastroe, on April 11. His first onesie was the 2018 Undefeated ND Football onesie and he is class of 2040 ready. Is it too early to put in for a Knott quad with the scions of Liu, Zhou and VargaKimberley (Murphy) O’Brien and Craig O’Brien welcomed their first child, Jane Murphy O’Brien on Good Friday, April 19. She was their little Easter bunny this year and they are thrilled to bring her into the ND family. 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;



08JD Class SecretaryMarie-Therese Mansfield;



09 Doing Better Than Fine

Erin and Ryan Cleary welcomed their second child, Henry James, on May 9. Big sister, Sloane, loves him. The family is relocating to Columbus for Erin’s three-year fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Ohio State U Wexner Medical Center. Erin (Dowd) and David Kimbell ’11MEd welcomed their first daughter Magdalene Rose in January. She is set up for a lifetime of love and protection from big brothers William, 6, Timothy, 4, and Joseph, 2. Natalie and Ryan Winiarski welcomed their daughter Chloe to the world on March 11. Big brother Nolan, 2, loves sharing his toys and helping to care for his baby sister. Craig Wiborg and Andrew Matasic released lanterns during the Yi Peng Festival in Thailand. Kiel Hockett married Kristin Pomeroy in Austin TX on Oct. 22, 2016. The wedding party included best man Ben Biller, with groomsmen Kevin Vega ’10, ’11MBA and Joe Westerhaus ’10MSA, and ushers Brad LeNoir, Jason Gott and Tim Campbell. Wedding attendees spanned four decades of Notre Dame grads. Kristin and Kiel welcomed sons Theo in July 2017 and Rory in January 2019. Rory was baptized on June 1 with Joe Westerhaus as godfather. The family resides in the Washington DC area. Please visit the Notre Dame Class of 2009 Facebook Page to reconnect with members of the class. If you have news or announcements, please contact me. Go Irish. — Megan Flynn; megflynn7@gmail.com


09MBA Class SecretaryShawn Pulscher;

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


09JD Congratulations

Jack Brill has been named a partner in the Buffalo office of the firm of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. Jack is a member of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group. Congratulations, Jack. Keep those updates coming to me. — Josh Rinschler; josh.rinschler@gmail.com