10 Welcome News

Jennifer (Valencia) Flores and Joshua Flores welcomed their second son, Miles, in May. Parents, Miles, and brother Knox are living in Colorado. LeeAnne (Feher) Torres was named Marshall U Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Resident of the Month for July. She is completing her fifth and final year of orthopedic surgery residency at Marshall and will begin a sports medicine orthopedic fellowship program at Wake Forest next summer. LeeAnne lives with her husband, Israel, and daughter, Aurelia, in West Virginia. Send updates and keep an eye out for information about our 10-year reunion in June. Go Irish. — Matt Molloy; ndclass2010@gmail.com


10MBA Nine Years and Counting

Chris Mack got engaged this past April in Chicago to his longtime girlfriend. The couple then purchased a home together in Madison WI. Chris is working in Madison as the marketing manager for Extract Systems, a company offering automation through software, that primarily serves healthcare and government. Chris and his fiancée are looking forward to expanding their family and settling down in Madison. Garrett Busch ’09BBA ’10MBA continues to serve as CEO of his family’s winery, Trinitas Cellars. In addition, he has also taken over as the VP of capital markets for the family hotel management and investment company Pacific Hospitality Group. Garrett and his wife Betsy Busch ’10BBA ’11MSA will be welcoming twins this fall joining their triplets, age 3, and a 2-year-old. They are very excited for numbers 5 and 6. Garrett, Betsy, and their family have moved from Napa down to Orange County CA. A few of our classmates have reached out regarding our upcoming 10-year anniversary. Please contact me if you are available to help with planning or communications. I look forward to hearing your news next quarter. Contact me anytime. Go Irish. — John Gerberich; cell 847-331-4707; jgerberi@alumni.nd.edu



The Upper East Side of DC (is that a thing?) has caught some baby fever with Stacey (Forbes) and Justin Heyman expecting their baby boy in November. Not too far behind are Erin (Brown) and Scott Jones who are expecting their second child in December. Jetting cross-country, Aubree and Andrew Gill are expecting their not one, not two, but third little boy in September. Big brothers are ecstatic. Stacy (Greiner) and Michael Chambliss ’05, ’10JD welcomed their second beautiful baby, Edith “Edie” Catherine, on June 17. Big brother James and Midas (the family’s four-legged baby) are very much enjoying the newest addition. Only a few weeks prior, on June 1, Zach Blair proposed to his girlfriend, Katherine Brick ’04, who of course responded with a yes. The couple met in Nashville, but as the Irish luck would have it, both are ND alumni. Finally, Tyler B. Wilson, ’06, ’10JD and new wife Michelle Gregerson eloped in a sunset ceremony overlooking the beach in Kapalua, Maui. The couple was joined by a minister and a Hawaiian guitar player, simple and romantic. Congratulations to everyone. Please keep sending me your updates for my next column. — Jennifer (Hernandez) Laffitte; 10310 Southwest 128th Ave., Miami FL 33186; res 305-322-7154; bus 786-762-3815; jherna11@alumni.nd.edu


11 Fall Update

Farley girl Abigail Jackson became a “Farrelly girl” this June, marrying Christopher Farrelly in Chicago. Classmates Caitlin Burke, Marisa Truong, Sarah Weiler, Lucy Geglio, Robyn Grant McCardel, and Emily Murphy stood up with the bride. James “Big Dog” McKillen and Megan Dunne were married on May 31 in Chicago. They have no regrets. Theresa Yerkes ’11, ’13MEd married Frank Morris on Nov 18, 2016. They live in Madison WI and welcomed their first child, Francis Xavier Morris, on May 8. He’s lucky to have Molly Boyle ’11, ’14MEd as his godmother. Ryan Jansen and Michele Bailey were married on June 8 in Itasca IL. Stephanie (Piszczor) McCullough was a bridesmaid, and Sean McCullough, Mark Robertshaw, and Merrick Doll were in attendance. The couple resides in Seattle, where Michele works as a genetic counselor and Ryan as a software engineer at Microsoft. Courtney Ensslin was married to Christopher Razavi in Lake George NY on Sept. 1, 2018. Courtney graduated from residency in dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in June 2019 and is completing a fellowship in micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia U Medical Center in New York City. Natalie Parra and Chris Freise were married Sep 15, 2018 in Temecula CA. Christina Tofani married Andrew Bentz on May 25 in Monroe NY. The couple were good friends in high school but didn't date until after college when they moved to Jersey City NJ. The bridal party included Kathryn (Mullaney) Shirley (matron of honor), Alyssa (Novak) Jones ’10, and Thomas Porrazzo ’10. Bartholomew Johnson gave the second reading, and Margaret Jumonville, Marie Girardot, and Michael Flanigan cantored the ceremony. Also in attendance were Lauren Henderson, John Harig, Andrew Jones, Natalie (Vaiana) Revord , Patrick Revord ’13, Leah Brett ’11SMC, Alexander Buell, Melissa (Vondriska) Flanigan, Eddie Guilbeau, Aaron Muscarella ’10, Kevin Schweitzer ’10, Stephen Siena, Angela Lake ’13, and Alexander Wentzel ’13. Annie Scully and Joseph Tumpis were married June 1 in the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet IL. The bridal party included sister of the bride Britt (Scully) Florin ’10 and Cassie Belek ’08. Joseph and Annie were joined by their families, including mother of the groom, Jean Tumpis, mother and father of the bride Annette and John Scully ’80, and extended family members including ND grads Tom Thayer ’84, Tim Scully ’79, Mary (Dudick) Scully ’79, Mary Beth (Scully) Ambriz ’08, Robin Scully ’09, Michael Scully ’09, Tim Scully ’12 and Lisa (Jaworski) Scully ’11SMC, and Brian Scully ’14. Other ND grads in attendance included Rachel (Seghal) Bravo ’08, Ryan Bravo ’07, Allison Clements ’08, Michelle Clements ’12, Katie Dare ’08, Eric Parker ’99, Liz (Byrum) Parker ’08, Bridget (Mangano) Boyle, Annette Esquibol, Geralyn Janke, Jennifer Jesse, and Kelli (Davis) Pinney. The couple lives in Chicago, where Joseph is a civil engineer and Annie is a nonprofit fundraising manager. Kevin Mickey and Anne Witt were married in Pittsburgh in October 2017. Katie (Santella), Bleizeffer, Samantha (Swanson) Martin, and Natalie (Vaiana) Revord were members of the wedding party with many other Notre Dame friends in attendance. Kevin and Anne live in Richmond VA where Anne is an associate with the law firm of Reed Smith practicing education law. Kevin graduated from Stanford U in January with a PhD in psychology and is pursuing a career in data science. They are excited to welcome their first child in September. Chelsea Clark DeBoer and husband Ty DeBoer welcomed their second daughter, Cecily Frances DeBoer, in February. Cecily joins a sister Margot, 2. The DeBoer family resides in New York City. Hope and Justin Schneider welcomed their third child, Isla Rose Schneider. Cindy (McMackin) and Rick Helffrich ’09 welcomed their first son, Richard Ambrose, on Jan. 25. Big sisters Christine and Mary are thrilled and can’t wait to teach him the ND Fight Song. Krissy (Kemnetz) and Ricky Gonzalez welcomed their first son, Lucas Enrique Gonzalez, on Feb. 17, Mom’s 30th birthday. He was baptized in Chicago on April 28 surrounded by friends and family, including godmother Katy (Kemnetz) Gordon ’07 and godfather Brother Charles Gonzalez. Lillian (Civantos) Gerken and her husband Matt welcomed their third child, Andrew Martin, on May 2. Andrew joins big brothers Matthew and James. Theresa (Civantos) Barber and husband Frank Barber welcomed their third child, Lydia Grace Caridad, joining siblings Frankie and Kate. Please send updates. — Evan James; ndclass2011@gmail.com


11MBA Living the Dream

There’s a lot to report from our class this quarter. Katie Idzik married Richie Barber on April 27 in Columbia SC. Lacey Pletcher and Christina and Hannah Kelly (Matt Kelly’s wife and daughter) were among the bridesmaids, and Ali Schilling, Diana and Andrew Tenzer, Rob L’Heureux and Liz Stein helped celebrate with a ton of Backer favorites. Katie has taken over Facebook activities for the ND Club of SC/Midlands, which means everywhere in South Carolina except for the beach or the mountains. If anyone knows alums in this pocket of the country, tell them to like the Facebook page. Jack Johnson recently took on a new role in the Data and AI team at Microsoft and he and his wife welcomed a daughter, Noelle Langdon Johnson, into the world November of 2018. Nick Schubert married Melissa Salmon in Oxford OH on June 2, 2018. Nick and Melissa have moved back home to Columbus OH where Nick works for Platinum Equity as vice president of portfolio operations. Chris Orenchuk and his wife, Katy ’04, have moved back to South Bend. Katy took a job at Notre Dame in their development office. Both are excited to be back in the Bend and look forward to connecting with many alumni. Alexandria (Miller) Mudrick and her husband welcomed their first daughter, Sloane Sandia Mudrick, in January 2017. Unfortunately, she was born too early, so she passed away soon after. She is loved and missed infinitely. After two miscarriages and three surgeries, they had their second daughter, Kasten Gila Mudrick, in February. She was eight weeks early and spent five weeks in the NICU, but today she is a happy, healthy and totally normal 5-month-old. They’ve had a challenging journey and will grieve for their daughter for the rest of their lives but are grateful for the opportunity to give Kasten a wonderful life. They’ve lived in Albuquerque for almost five years, bought their forever home, and absolutely love living in New Mexico. Al has been with the same boutique market research firm since graduation and has been the creative director for three years, doing awesome research and strategy work. Kevin Garner took a job as a financial planning and analysis manager with EcoLab in November. Chris Braman, Brian Sweet and Glenn Shirley reported they and their families are happy and healthy. Yours truly, Mimi Wilfong, wanted to add how thankful I am for such a wonderful group of classmates-turned-friends, who remain incredibly kind, supportive, and caring in all situations and weather. — Mimi Wilfong; 903-714-4988; mimitwilfong@gmail.com


11JD Well Represented

On May 25, Christina Pyle married Scott Engle in Kansas City. NDLS guests included Julie (Veldman) Harris, Katie Jakubowski, Matt Reedy, Anna (Dudenhoeffer) Simpson, Chris Simpson, A.J. Weissler, Erin (Butler) O’Neal, Corey O’Neal ’10JD, and Matt Swift ’10JD. Erin (Rogozinski) Swafford ’08, ’11JD and husband Matt welcomed son Patrick Joseph on June 1. The baby has the perfect name as his parents were married on St. Patrick’s Day. Katie and Brian Murray welcomed John Henry Murray. Big siblings Elizabeth, Eleanor and George are doing well with the new kid on the block. Additionally, Brian started as an associate professor of law at Seton Hall Law School, teaching criminal law, criminal procedure and professional responsibility. Send any updates my way. — Lauren Sharkey; lksharkey@gmail.com


12 Wedding and Birth Announcements

Nancie Otto and Kyle Roebuck were married on July 21, 2018 at Cobblestone Farm in Ann Arbor. This wedding was a minireunion of Notre Dame alumni, with Ellen Ellick as maid of honor and other ND grads traveling in from Japan, Florida, Washington DC and Ohio. Doug Carder and his wife Stephanie ’13SMC had their second child, Michael James, on Sept. 10, 2018. He joins his sister Sarah Rose. Congratulations to the family. Congratulations to Ryan Conrad and Sarah Myers who were married in the Basilica on March 30. Fellow 2012 grads Jon Vamadeva, Josh Wise, and Brian Kachmarck were groomsmen and Peter Vogel was the best man. St. Ed’s rector Rev. Ralph Haag, CSC, ’03, was the officiant. Congratulations to Erika Shannon and Eric Kulberg ’10, who were married on April 20 in the Alivila Glory Wedding Chapel in Okinawa, Japan. Ellen Ellick was also in attendance as maid of honor. It was an international wedding with people traveling from all over the world to celebrate with the happy couple. Stephanie Rice married Anirban Nandi on May 26 in Chicago, and again later at a ceremony in Anirban’s hometown of Kolkata, India. There were lots of ND grads in attendance at the Chicago event, and bridesmaids included ND grads Kristi Rice ’15 and Maria Kim ’11. Tyler Harmsen; tharmsen14@gmail.com


12MBA Class Secretary Chris Villani;



12JD The Tradition Continues

Classmates, I sit here at 11:45 p.m., one day after the deadline to submit this column. If it doesn’t get printed, I promise that I will send it to all of you via secret underground zine. As is tradition, we begin with babies. Sabila (Kadiruzzaman) Khan and her husband, Adil, met their son Elias “Eli” Kahn on Halloween of last year. Sabila proudly reports that Adil wore a NDLS sweater in the delivery room, possibly because he was dressed up as “law student” for the holiday. Mike Crowley let me know that he and his wife, Grace, had a daughter in June. Her name is Maggie, and she is their fourth, right behind siblings James, Declan and Elizabeth. Now that the ratio of boys and girls is even, I think that Mike and Grace have a big decision on their hands: stick with even sides or have one more kid as the tie breaker. Moving on to engagements, Erin Myers got engaged to Ryan Nell in May. He’s a lawyer from San Diego, making six lawyers in her immediate family. The “very California” (her words) proposal involved the beach, surfers, and something called a California burrito that has now been added to my food bucket list. It's a burrito with fries in it. Their wedding will be next year in Napa, and they'll have In-N-Out burgers because they’re all-in on the California theme. In jobs, Sophie Chen reports that she accepted a job with Gilead Sciences as corporate counsel. She’s moving to the Bay Area to start and is excited to reconnect with the Domers in the area. So, if you're reading and live nearby, let Sophie know. Speaking of moving to Cali, Danielle Ligenza has moved to California to start working for Facebook on their strategic response team. She said this means she does crisis management, which sounds awesome. She’s also doing policy work for WhatsApp. And to complete our jobs section, we have yet another update from California. Jason Boehmig is still crushing it as the CEO of the company he co-founded, Ironclad. They're doing some cool work in streamlining how companies deal with contracts, and they employ more than 100 people at their San Francisco headquarters, having raised over $30 million in funding so far. Moving on to miscellany, my favorite section, no offense to the other sections, Andrew Roman reports that he, wife Julia, and their kids John Paul and Evelyn won a salami at the church festival the night prior to sending his email. I cannot tell you how happy I was to get that update, especially with the attached photo of the whole Roman clan with their surprisingly large prize. Don’t eat it all at once, guys. That's a lot of sodium. Monica (Bordas) Schmucker reports that she didn’t do much interesting, but that she moved to a new house four doors down from her old house. If it had been three doors down, I would have had something funny ready to go. Oh well, I can't win ’em all. Congrats, Monica. Carter Isham sent me a photo of her adorable Welsh terrier puppy, Zelda Fitzgerald, who likes four miles of walks per day and gives lots of kisses. It’s a super cute dog, which I can safely say here because I'm pretty sure Frankie Champlin, the dog my wife and I got in March, can’t read. Yet. For those interested, she's a terrier-heavy mutt with Dalmation-esque spots who talks like a Husky. Pictures are available upon request. If you've made it this far hoping for an update on Alvin Adjei, I hate to disappoint. I told him that I would give him a break this quarter and wouldn't print anything about his ongoing quest to save Texas’ native bee populations. Which he has named “Don't Harsh Our Buzz.” Thanks everyone. Keep the updates coming. — James Champlin; james.c.champlin@gmail.com


13 Successfully Tricked

Well, folks, despite all the warnings from my family, friends and colleagues, I successfully conned a lovely lady into marrying me. I was blessed to have a healthy showing of Domers make the trek to Cincinnati, including Joe Wernke, Tom Oliver, Gong Weng, Andrew McKernan, Ryan Summerlion, Davy Jones, Alvin Hu, Melissa Hoshizaki and Sean McMillan ’11. Henceforth, however, please direct all complaints to my new manager, Ritu Champlin. I heard of one other wedding, and one future wedding. Vickie Jankoski married Kipp Mayne ’11 on May 4 in the Basilica on campus. They had more classmates in attendance than there were Sorin guys who showed up to the reunion. Elena Rodriquez, Shannon Warchol O’Brien, Maddie Smierciak and Kayla Sierra were there. Also attending were Rina Ventrella ’12, Tomas Murphy ’11, Dan Borgia ’11, Jimmy Summers ’11 and Chris Schreyer ’12. In a bid to be the tallest ring-bearer of all time, Matt Lang petitioned and beat out the competition. Per reports, Vickie’s 5-year-old cousin, who had been training for months, was pretty cut up about losing. Monica O’Hearn and Brad Schroeder got engaged in DC in March and will get married in DC in May 2020. From my extensive week of marital experience, Brad, I recommend recording yourself saying “yes, dear” and playing it on repeat. For professional updates, I only heard from Kenny Matuszewki, but he seems to have been busy enough for the all of us. He was honored with the Rising Star Award for a leader with exceptional promise from the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He also earned the 2018 Patent Pro Bono Service Certificate from the USPTO, which is given to patent attorneys who volunteer at least 50 hours of time to Illinois’ patent pro bono program, the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub. He was also appointed to the ND Club of Chicago’s Board of Directors. Phew, that sounds like a lot. In the past three months I’ve bought a house, opened (and wore out) a Home Depot credit card, and got married. In what I can only assume is a sub-conscious effort to avoid growing up, however, I’ve regressed to drawing on my walls with crayons. My manager has not been pleased with my renditions of Starry Night. Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of a classmate. Stephen Biddle passed away after an accident in Wyoming in July. My thoughts and prayers extend to his family, friends and loved ones in this time of hardship. Those are the only updates I received and was able to sleuth up for this edition. Please continue to send them my way so I can continue to ramble on in these columns. Cheers. — Chris Champlin; Cincinnati OH; nd2013updates@gmail.com


13MBA Sad News

Unfortunately, the news this time is not so good. Please pray for Anne Johnston-Weaver and her daughter Emma, 5 months. Anne’s husband Matt died in a plane crash. Matt and Anne were dating while we were in school, so you may have met him. If you can help or support them in any way, please send me an email and I’ll put you in touch with Chandra Kanluen or Meredith Cordingley. The deadline for the next notes is Oct. 20 so please send info. — Nick Imgrund; 314-775-7364; daimgrund@yahoo.com


13JD Boys and Girls of Summer

This is a very Michigan-centric issue of Class Notes, so maybe sit this one out if you’re easily triggered by such things. Iconic Wolverine Kelly Lockman wed Peter Doyle ’12JD on March 30 in Detroit, where Kelly is a member of Bodman’s real estate and banking practice group. Kelly informed me that there were “quite a few” ND grads in attendance. Kelly understates. She sent me a list and there were 23 Domers represented, including ’13ers Jihan Williams, Patricia Duret Kelly, Nicole Cabezas Lamb, David Lamb and Donovan Asmar. I could tell you all the members of the other law school classes there, but we have the best class and I’m not doing the other secretaries’ work for them. Tough luck, Jimmy Champlin ’12JD. Also in the Motor City, Will Hendrick and Donovan Asmar caught a Detroit Tigers game together on June 4. Aging slugger Miguel Cabrera reached up and pushed the sub back into the sky to give the boys one more day of summer, hitting a grand slam off the fearsome Tampa Bay staff ace Blake Snell, and the Tigers won 9-6. Kevin Landino nonetheless felt compelled to apologize to Will and Donovan on behalf of all Michiganders for having to watch Tigers baseball. Monica Willian Hall got a new Labrador who “likes to pose weird.” Monica sent me a picture and I can confirm that is a weird doggo. Dean Nell Newton is retiring, and many of us attended a reception in her honor at the Chicago Athletic Club, including Brian Salvi, Colleen Walter, Kelli Mulder, Grace Donovan, and many others from, again, less important classes. Apologies if I forgot anyone, that night was kind of a blur. I ended up wearing Dean Newton’s nametag. Thanks for everything, Dean. A healthy amount of you had babies, but I would feel weird deciding to put your child’s name in print without having you formally ask me to. So just be aware that that is happening. Please send all future updates to me. — Alex Blair; apblair@gmail.com 


14 Class SecretaryMichael Nichols;



14MBA Class Secretary Jessica Bonanno;

407-808-7148; jbonanno@alumni.nd.edu; Krick Cahill; 518-598-4222; kcahill1@alumni.nd.edu


14JD Honored in Illinois

This quarter’s class hero is Ashley Wood. She was just named as an Illinois “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers. This honor is received by fewer than 2 percent of attorneys in Illinois and it is given to attorneys who are considered “of exceptional character and who convey outstanding aptitude for the practice of law in the early stage of their career.” Brava Ashley, we are not surprised. If you would like to congratulate Ashley in person, our upcoming five-year reunion is the perfect opportunity. It takes place Sept. 27-29. I posted more details on our Facebook page and you should have received an email from me in person. If not, please email me. — Rachel Hanley; rachelrhanley@gmail.com


15 Life Updates

Proud Domer Mary Salvi works in the White House and serves as assistant staff secretary to President Trump. In May, she traveled with President Trump to Tokyo to participate in the first state visit to the new emperor and empress and watched a Sumo wrestling match with the President and Prime Minister Abe. Alexandria Wellman was elected to the Illinois State Medical Society Board of Trustees. She will be serving this year as student trustee elect, and next year will serve as student trustee. Carl Ramos proposed to Katie O’Brien in front of the Golden Dome this past spring. Katie graduated from medical school, was promoted to Army captain, and moved to San Antonio with Carl to begin her pediatrics residency. Annaleigh McDonald graduated from Parsons School of Design with a master’s in history of design and curatorial studies. CJ Condon got engaged to Scott Keim in Madison WI. Marielle Blumenthaler graduated from Ohio State with a dual Doctor of Optometry and master of vision science. This summer, she will move to Southern California to begin a residency program. Melanie Mironovich graduated from Ohio State School of veterinary medicine and moved to New Jersey to work at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center. Nicole Masiello, first to brag on her friends but too humble to submit this note herself, also has much to be proud of as she just finished her JD at Columbia. She will be staying in New York to work as a litigation associate at White & Case. Ted Wagner and Becky Jegier will be married on Oct. 19 in Charlotte NC. Sarah Connors and Ryan Reding got engaged in Hawaii in June. They are living in Santa Monica CA with their golden retriever puppy, Molly. — Emily Flores; eflores2@alumni.nd.edu


15JD Kids and Sneaks

Amber Underhill is practicing trademark and copyright law at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP in Grand Rapids. She has two beautiful little girls: Alice, 2, and Claire, 8 months. Claire was baptized at Notre Dame. Earlier this year, Taylor Marr moved from Washington DC to Portland OR. He is working for Nike in their analytics group on supply chain optimization and demand sensing. He is enjoying the slower pace of life on the West Coast and loves wearing sneakers to work. Although he left some NDLS classmates behind in DC, it did not take long for him to find some Domers in the PNW. He ran into John Blodgett and Audra Passinault during his first weekend in Portland. Please send me any life updates you can share. — Alisa Finelli; alisafinelli@gmail.com


16 Keeping Busy

Cheers to you, my classmates, we can’t sit still. Between weddings, grad schools, job changes and huge life accomplishments, we’ve had so much to celebrate over the past three years that I can hardly keep up. Congratulations to Abby Downey and Nick Mills, high school sweethearts, married in August 2018. Abby received her master’s in psychology from Notre Dame earlier this year. Kristen (Dennis) and Kevin Stidham also married in August 2018 and are expecting a baby later this year. Mary and Sam Roden welcomed their baby boy Dominic in April. Brandon and Sarah (Robison) Bowser had their sweet daughter Olivia Frances back in May and are loving life with her. They live in North Carolina. Brandon is earning his PhD in chemistry at Duke and Sarah works at St. Francis in children’s ministry. Nate Stone proposed to Annalise Burnett at the Grotto at the beginning of the year and they will celebrate their wedding on campus next year. Annalise is working as an international security intern at US Department of State and also working toward her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts U. Ryan Bonner proposed to Louise Chakejian, a Georgetown grad, back in June with the help of a plane flying over the shore on the beach in Ocean City. Ryan and Louise live in Philadelphia where he is working toward his MBA at Villanova. Congrats to the other happy couples engaged recently: Theresa Barton and Stephen Cray, Elise Gruneisen and Gabe Jacobs, Angela Reilly and Cary Shepherd, Lucre Simon ’17 and Juan Jose Daboub, Maggie Bowers and Austin Marquardt, Paige Affinito and TJ Veech, Janie Goodson and Nate Foje ’15, Megan Van Thournout and Jack Guilfoile, Mary Elizabeth Young and Ben Brockman, and I know I missed a few. Over the past few months, Liam O’Connor ran the Boston Marathon, graduated from UVA Law, and proposed to Sarah Morris. Who wants to ask him which one he’s happiest about? Audrey Kelly also ran the Boston Marathon and she beat her time last year by six minutes. Can’t wait to check in with you after next year’s run. We’re rooting for you to beat it by another six. Arlia Delphonse is earning her Master’s in Library and Information Science at Catholic U of America, and earlier this year she started working as a library technician at the National Gallery of Art Library. Next time anyone finds themselves in DC, stop by the gallery and the library in the East Building to say hi and check out what they’ve got. Erin Aucar works as the national outreach manager for Amigos de las Americas and is also pursuing her MA in social enterprise with a focus in international education at American U’s School of International Service. She spent a month of her summer walking the Camino Frances in Spain. Check out her Instagram and blog posts for recaps of the 500 miles she covered. Imani Parker is living her best life in NYC, working as an account strategist at Google and spending some of her time testing and sharing bread recipes. Check in with her on Fresh Bread Fridays. Camden Hill also lives in New York and works as the senior technical project manager for Luminary Media, a new podcast platform. Find it in your app store and support his work. Congratulations to all our new lawyers. Carson Canonie, Peter Gonzales and Cristina Sanchez decided that one ND degree wasn’t enough and graduated from ND Law in May. Angelica Inclan graduated from the U of Florida’s College of Law and Jessica (Gubanich) Krauss graduated from William and Mary Law School. Hopefully you all saw the Hesburgh documentary as it makes its way to theaters around the states. We’re proud of the 19 alumni who helped create and share this documentary with the Notre Dame family and beyond, and especially proud of Caroline Clark, who worked as associate producer. With a heavy heart, we share that Katarina Goitz passed away in an accident in Chicago on June 24. She touched countless lives and was a constant witness to honesty, purity, holiness, gentleness, generosity, kindness, service and love to all. As Alissa Bahr wrote, “it is now our job to continue to let her faith and light shine through each of us.” As always, let me know what you’re up to, or I’ll ask when I see you at a tailgate this season. Email me. I love hearing from you. — Bridget Doyle; bdoyle3@alumni.nd.edu


16MBA Congratulations All Around

It has been three years since we’ve graduated. At some point, we will have been away from Notre Dame longer than the time we spent there. Memories of the MBA lounge, finals week and the Backer all feel bittersweet. Jeannine and Eric Rice had baby Theodore in January of 2018. Theo amazed many of us as he conquered congenital heart disease as an infant. Sarah and Ben Walker have become a family of six. In addition to Maribell, 6, and Julietta, 4, the Walker family welcomed Max in January 2018 and Sage in July 2019. Amidst all the family excitement, Ben received his CFA Charter. Fernanda Rivas and Emile Saad welcomed Mateo Saad-Rivas into the world on June 2. They were married in August 2017 and live in Seattle. Several classmates attended the Saad-Rivas nuptials in Mexico City. I hear a Mexican/Lebanese wedding can be quite the celebration. Ken Nagai is engaged to Mami Takenoshita and is living in Nagoya, Japan. I’m sure that will be another wedding for the books. Erin (Wurst) ’15JD and Andy McCourt tied the knot in July 2017 and live in Boston. Lastly here is an update from yours truly: Kelly Chase is engaged to Chris Rubey ’16JD. Kelly is still a full-time IBMer and part-time BOTFL devotee. I hope to see many of you at a football game this fall. Send more updates our way. — Kelly Chase; kchase@alumni.nd.edu; Claire Kenney; ckenney2@alumni.nd.edu


17 Thank You to Our Military

We have all heard the story of why Notre Dame will continue to play Navy in football until the Midshipmen decide otherwise. Navy used ND as a training center during WWII and kept the school financially afloat during the war. Since the football rivalry has been continuous since 1927 and will continue this season at Notre Dame on Nov. 16, it is fitting to provide updates on our classmates who are serving in the Navy. Kristen Ringwall is training to become an integrated air and missile defense warfare tactics instructor in Dahlgren VA. In September, she graduated and got back to her ship, USS Howard in San Diego. There, Kristen will lead 20 sailors in the upkeep of the ship's radar systems and train the crew on how to tactically fight and win battles at sea. Over in Norfolk VA, Brendan and Tabi Galloway have settled down after a year and a half of training that took them from ND to Charleston SC to Saratoga NY to Groton CT. Brendan is one of the officers on a submarine, the USS Helena. Lastly, in Honolulu, Walker Embrey works on the USS North Carolina. He notes that email offers a brief glimpse into what’s happening out in the world. Music, TV shows, family moving, friends, jobs, etc. change while you’re gone so it has been interesting for him to see what is the same and what is different when you pull into port. We would like to say thank you to Kristen, Brendan, Walker and all our classmates and their families for their service. We are forever grateful. Congratulations to Katie Arndorfer, who is engaged to Max Rich and to Arianna and Josh Dulany, who are expecting their first child. We hope friends reunite this football season and enjoy the magic that is ND. If you would like to be featured, please contact me. — Celanire Flagg; cflagg@alumni.nd.edu


17MBA Class SecretaryMary Tomasik;



17JD Engagements, Marriages and Babies

There is lots of love to go around for our class this year. Swathi Shankar and Tim Farina got engaged on June 2 in front of the Dome. Swathi captured the moment best on Instagram, titling a photo of her engagement: “By far the best thing to come out of Legal Writing I.” Lauren Hacias and Steven Baldwin were engaged on Dec. 23 in Newport RI. Sarah Wolfson is engaged to Dan Butler. The two met when Dan was stationed with the Coast Guard on the Great Lakes and lived in South Bend. The couple got engaged on Aug. 25, 2018 and are getting married Nov. 23. Michael Gallagher and Brianna Hollick got engaged on Sept. 29, 2018, in Scottsdale AZ. Michael Mercurio and Teresa Baumer got engaged on Sept. 30, 2018 in Petoskey MI. The wedding was set for Aug. 30 on Mackinac Island. There have also been lots of weddings celebrated so far in 2019. Michael Stauder married Holly Morrow on April 27 in St. Louis. Several members of our class served as groomsmen, including Ian Thresher, Ryan Odegard, Nick Grace, and Ryan Evans. Also, Sam Kingman and Mike Seiden got married on May 26 at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Liam Reilly and Morgan Rose married on June 15 in Overland Park KS. Adam Roundy was a part of the couple’s wedding party. Leo Draws and Leigha Crout ’16 JD, ’17 LLM were married at the Basilica on June 29. Finally, Megan (Davis) and Samuel Sturm are expecting a bundle of joy in November. The couple married on Oct. 20, 2018 in Austin TX. Thank you to all who reached out for this class update. Please continue to email or text me your news and updates. — Lauren Nottoli; 803-269-4979; laurennottoli@gmail.com