00 The Mullet


Hi, classmates. I have decided that our class does the mullet well. We know how to be all business when we need to be, but we also can party when we want. Allow me to show you in this column. Business in front: In November, Sean Smith was elected to serve a third term as North Carolina District Court Judge. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Tonya and children Charlie and Leighton. Party in back: In September, the fellas from Morrissey got together for their 10th Fellas Annual Golf Spectacular tournament/trip. A trip that started when they were 30 years old has continued for 10 years. Dan Sullivan, Mike Schermerhorn, Brian Tarquinio, Steven Serio in spirit, Daniel Manchon and Michael Rizzo played golf, enjoyed shenanigans and tomfoolery and sat poolside while watching college football in Auburn AL this year. Previous locations included Omaha NE, Lake Geneva WI, Park City UT, Las Vegas, Austin TX, and other locations on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Fellas that were missed at the cup were John Hatzenbuehler, Joe Applewhite, Mike Lewis, Rob Lythgoe and Mike Grady. This year’s champion, Michael Rizzo, has the honor of planning next year's trip and owning the coveted Fellas Cup Robe for the next 12 months. The Morrissey guys wish everyone well and happy 40th birthday. I hope you all enjoy your spring. Keep sending me those updates, no matter which side of the mullet your news comes from. — 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 Life Is Good


I recently caught up with Dan Reidy who says life is good with his wife and three kids in the suburbs of Chicago. He was able to get to the Cotton Bowl with Patrick Sheedy, Pete Belden, Zack Markwell, Brian Stanley, Travis Alexander, Don Pierce, Sean McNamee and a few others. Dan operates his own financial planning practice in Oak Brook IL with Northwestern Mutual. If you need someone to work with, feel free to reach out to Dan via email at daniel.reidy@nm.com or by phone at 630-368-3185. Thanks to everyone for your submissions to our Instagram page; please continue to do so at @nd2001alumni. — Michael Anselmi; manselmi@alumni.nd.edu


01MBA Class Secretary Dominic Pang;




01JD Class SecretaryJonell Lucca;


602-677-3266, jonelllucca@yahoo.com


02 Another Book Recommendation


Jemar Tisby recently published his first book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism (Zondervan 2019). The book uncovers the roots of sustained injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables that need to be turned in order to bring about real and lasting progress between black and white people. Jemar charts a path forward with intriguing ideas that further the conversation as he challenges us to reverse these patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, and immediate action. The book received a five-star review by Christianity Today and the reviewer wrote that “The Color of Compromise corrects the record by surveying key points in American history where the tide of racial oppression could have been turned back, or at least minimized, had the church stood against it.” Learn more about Jemar’s book at thecolorofcompromise.com. In addition to publishing his first book, Jemar is the president of The Witness, a Black Christian collective where he writes about race, religion, politics and culture. He is also the co-host of the Pass the Mic podcast. He has spoken nationwide at conferences and his writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN and Vox. Jemar is a PhD student in history at the U of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the 20th century. Erica (Walter) and Grant Gholson welcomed baby Juliet in October, a day before her dad’s birthday, joining big brother James, 5. She had the good sense to be born during the bye week. Bridget (Butterly) Miner is Juliet’s godmother. Meghan DiPerna was recently promoted to partner at Duane Morris LLP, where she practices construction law. She drafts and negotiates construction agreements, design agreements, development agreements and trade contracts on behalf of owners, developers and contractors. Meghan counsels her clients through the contract administration process and provides advice as to allocation of construction/design risk, surety bonding, insurance coverage, building loan funding, adjacent property protection, labor issues, warranties and lien matters. Susan (Wong) and Robbie Romaine welcomed their third child, Thomas Henry, on March 6. He is adored by his brother Graham and sister Claire. They live in Charleston WV and were happy to cheer for the Irish so close to home when they played Virginia Tech this season. Kelly (Cooke) Donohue and her husband Collin welcomed their second child, Kieran John, in October 2017. He joins his brother Declan in their growing Notre Dame family. They reside in Bronxville NY. Shelly (Gentner) married Patrick Kelly on Nov. 10 at The Club Continental in Orange Park FL. They were delighted to have friends and family present, including fellow ND alum Brian Corrigan ’09. Doug Riddell and Bridget Purdue Riddell ’03 welcomed their third child, Susan Ann Riddell, on Nov. 15. Doug and Bridget have their hands full between parenthood and their law practice, Riddell Law, in Columbus OH. They do criminal defense work with a focus on criminal misdemeanors, traffic charges and DUIs. Brooke (Norton) Lais and her husband Andrew Lais ’01, live in Burbank CA and have two boys, AJ, 6, and Ashton, 4. Brooke is the chief marketing officer of Avinew, an insure-tech startup founded by Dan Peate ’00, that is focused on reinventing auto insurance for semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles. Avinew is headquartered in Westlake Village CA and has an office inside the Notre Dame Idea Center. Brooke is excited that she has yet another reason to visit campus. Thank you for the updates. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran; lsestile@alumni.nd.edu


02MBA Class Secretary Melissa Hurd;




02JD Tales from NYC


Myra McKenzie and her husband Dr. Christopher Harris ’00MS welcomed their second daughter, Grace Maelyn Harris, Aug. 27. Big sister, McKenna, 2, has become a great helper. Myra is working as senior associate counsel at Walmart Inc. After 10 great years at BNP Paribas, Jean Lam McKinnis joined the in-house legal team at Mizuho Bank. The transition has been smooth, and Jean has enjoyed reuniting with former colleagues. Jean’s daughter Lucy and son Jack are in seventh and fifth grade respectively, keeping Jean and her husband John busy with their many sports and activities. Jean enjoys seeing our NYC classmates: Trish O’Donnell, Ryan Costantini, Adrian Delmont, Christina Gray, Carrie Curtiss Marino, Stephanie Niehaus, John Murphy, Amy Newcombe, and Kate Whalen. Trish, Stephanie, and Jean have teamed up as co-counsel on an immigration case, which has been challenging but rewarding for all of them. — Megan Glunz Horton; 521 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; res 847-256-2335; megan.g.horton@gmail.com


03 A New Year


At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day 2019, Priscilla Ro said yes. She plans to wed Theodore Harkness in November. Emmeline (Schoen) D’Agostino and her husband TJ ’04 welcomed their fourth daughter, Josephine Sofia, in September. Josephine joins sisters Cecilia, Ruthie, and Louisa. The D’Agostino family lives in South Bend where TJ has joined the faculty at Notre Dame and Emmeline stays home with their sweet girls while helping the Program of Liberal Studies with their Junior Great Books program. Richard Brandon-Friedman finished his PhD in social work from Indiana U this past summer and accepted a position as an assistant professor with the Indiana U School of Social Work. And finally, it’s will great sadness that we announce the passing of Jill (Cardenas) Otto on Oct. 22. She is dearly missed by her husband Reid, her mother Terri, her brother Jeff, and her four nephews. Please keep Jill’s family in your prayers. — 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 Reunion Approaching


We hope many of you are planning to attend our 15-year reunion on campus May 30 to June 2. More details will follow from the Alumni Association. Our class vice president, Tommy Gaeta, married Victoria Ferguson on Dec. 1. Domers at the wedding included Dan Zychinski, Stephen Carroll, Rob Armstrong, Laura Armstrong ’05, Dawn Kuras, Tim Kacmar, Rachel Kacmar, Andrew Soukup ’04 ’08JD, Nicole Soukup ’08JD, Michael Hannigan ’01, ’04JD, and Dan Logisz ’00. Tommy is a senior brand manager at E&J Gallo, managing their Central Coast and Pacific Northwest brand portfolio, working out of the office in Napa. Victoria graduated from Cal State Stanislaus in 2006, and later completed her certificate in winemaking at UC Davis. She is an associate winemaker at J Vineyards (also a part of the E&J Gallo Winery) in Healdsburg CA. Tommy and Victoria have been at Gallo more than nine years. They reside in the middle of wine country, eating too much good food and drinking too much good wine in Santa Rosa CA. Julia Dickinson and husband Paul Albert welcomed their first child, Fox Russell Albert, in August. Julia continues to work as a nurse midwife outside of Boston, where she has delivered more than 500 babies. Kacy (McCaffrey) Brake and Billy Brake welcomed their second child, Alliston McCaffrey Brake, on Nov. 6. Kacey reports that big brother Wyatt is thrilled, so far. Changed jobs recently?  Moved to a new city?  Hit any major milestones in your professional or personal life?  Your classmates want to hear about it. Please send me updates. — Carol Martino; carolmartino10@gmail.com


04MBA Purpose-Driven Foods


Lance Kidder, a vice president at Salesforce.com, has accepted a board position as a Strategic Advisor for Fishers IN based Aggressively Organic, a Public Benefits Corporation. Lance is focusing on scaling the operations and technology of the company with a mission to end food insecurities globally in our lifetime. Pete Brennan and his wife Maria launched an organic food brand to counter the negative rhetoric swirling about the Latino community. Their brand Soñar! means To Dream! and they’re on a mission to empower and nourish a nation of dreamers. Soñar! organic grain-free tortilla chips launched in February and deliver plant-powered protein and fiber from garbanzo beans, cassava, hemp, chia, flax, and Mexican seasonings. Soñar! provides at least $10,000 annually, up to 1 percent of annual sales to advance the mission of the Latino Community Foundation. For more information visit soñarorganic.com. Keep the updates coming. I hope to see everyone at the reunion in June. — Harry Howisen: hhowisen@gmail.com


04JD Class Secretary Elizabeth Miceli;




05 Class Secretary Kristin Boyd;


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


05MBA Family


Katherine ’06 and Jamie Werchadlo welcomed their second son, Vale, on Nov. 2. His brother Andrew is doing a great job in the role of big bro. Jamie works as manager of solutions management for a healthcare software organization and Katherine works for a global non-profit. Congratulations to the Werchadlo family. Please send your updates for the next column to me or to the 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 Major Changes


Out in the beautiful Allegheny National Forest of northwestern Pennsylvania, Crystal (Novosel Johnson) Kocjancic reports that she and her husband, Mike, had a baby girl. Corinne Carlene Kocjancic was born Aug. 26. After moving back to Pennsylvania, Crystal spent time as an appellate law clerk to Judge John Cleland on the Pennsylvania Superior Court and as a law clerk at the McKean County Courthouse. She now serves as counsel for her family’s companies in the natural resources industry: timber, oil, gas, mining and real estate. She also volunteers for a couple industrial development corporations. If you ever venture out to the beautiful town of Kane PA, as I have on many occasions, grab yourself a craft beer at Logyard Brewing, owned by her brother, Royce. Before 2018 ended, several of our classmates hauled off to new cities to chart new adventures. First up, Jen Handley moved on from AIG in Denver to join Uber as senior counsel, safety, in San Francisco. She reports that she loves her new town and cannot wait to explore the nearby Napa Valley. Before heading west, Jen caught up over coffee with Coleman Lechner who moved back to Denver with his wife and two children earlier in the summer. Meanwhile, a little farther south, Wendy (Ogden) Bremer moved from Baton Rouge LA where she served as the senior director of business affairs and client services for Louisiana’s eGov Systems, to Houston TX, the soon-to-be third most populous city in the country. But she was not the only one. In December, I moved on from Frantz Ward LLP, where I had spent 13 years, to join Lorance Thompson PC in Houston. Both firms are members of ALFA International, which is a legal network of more than 150 law firms across the globe that provides a means to continue to network with my former colleagues. In my new role, I will continue with my commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on hospitality, retail, transportation, and outside general counsel services. In January, my wife and I met up for brunch with another former Clevelander, Xavier Jordan, and his wife Chantel ’06JD, a Houston native. Xavier serves as chief counsel, process systems and procurement at Cameron, a Schlumberger company in the city’s “Energy Corridor.” Chantel is senior counsel for the American Bureau of Shipping, which recently relocated offices to The Woodlands TX. We are joined here in Houston by another classmate, Jamie (Sullivan) Brewer, who similarly is involved in the energy sector, serving as managing counsel, chemical commercial and operations for Exxon. As they say, “the stars at night, are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas.” We would love for you and your families to pay us a visit. Go Irish. — Adam Russ; 2607 Fountain Key Blvd., Houston TX 77008; aruss@alumni.nd.edu


06 Wedding Bells, Baby News


Emily Chin and Jack Gay ’15MBA married Aug. 19, a beautiful and happy day in Milwaukee. Attendees included Katie Boyle ’05, Kevin Lange ’15MBA, Lauren (Osterhus) and Dan Zenker, Sarah (Skrabacz) Fuchs, Lindsay (Peteron) Tanskey, Melissa (Sands) Sullivan, Rose (Brakel-Pierce) Tweit, Lauren Steinhauser, Brian Redmond, Dave Baron, Laura (Feeney) Farber, Kevin Clock, Ryan Goes, Anne (Edelbrock) Benthem, Lindsay (Kral) Walter, Liz (Maher) Polavoparu, Claire (Chiapetta) and Justin Doyle, Nichole ’06SMC and Romeo Acosta, Molly (Looman) and Jack Laskowitz, Laura (Trettel) and Kyle Sullivan, Scott Manwaring and Victoria Zellmer ’12SMC, Christie (Bolsen) and Bill Benear ’05, Natalie Bennett and Dan Carter, as well as student government office assistant and everyone’s favorite mom, Nancy Walsh. Kristi and Brendan Meyer welcomed into the Notre Dame family a son, Ronan Rockne, on Nov. 10. Lindsay (Peterson) and Alex Tanskey welcomed their first son, Ethan, on Nov. 20. Lindsay (Kral) and Artie Walter welcomed their first son, Arthur, on Dec. 6. Renee (Gipson) and Dan Stock welcomed their second son, Timothy Robert, on Dec. 12 in Chicago. Laura (Trettel) and Kyle Sullivan welcomed their first daughter, Fallon, on Dec. 16. Melissa (Sands) and Ryan Sullivan welcomed their first daughter, Charlotte, on Dec. 21. Greg Belatti joined the real estate practice group of Burr & Forman LLP in Atlanta as a licensed attorney. — 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 Spring News


Britta (Zoeller) and Adam Maciuba welcomed their second son, Luke Gabriel, on April 5, 2018. Big brother Thad loves his new role. After a few stints of living and working abroad, Eric Rosendale is back in the States living in Anchorage AK. The snow and winters in South Bend prepared him well for this move. He is fully embracing the cold and numerous outdoor opportunities Alaska has to offer. If there are any Domers in Alaska, particularly the Anchorage area, please write Eric at ericrosendalend@gmail.com. It would be great to meet up for game watches or community service events. Yours truly Stephanie Pelligra married Blaine Doyle in Chicago on June 16. Several members of the Class of 2007 were in attendance including bridesmaids Emily Kane Flaherty, Brittany Scott Nanry, Eileen Duffy Farmer, Elizabeth Frecka Grove, Katie Murphy Desplinter, Kelly Files Snyder, Kelsey Miller Born, and Sharon Brown. Blaine and I live in Chicago. I am the senior director of pediatrics for Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Blaine is an attorney at Ulmer & Berne. Michael Piña married Joshua Palmer ’07NYU on Sept. 2 in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Michael and Joshua reside in Brooklyn NY where Michael works as a post-production supervisor and Josh works as a senior executive assistant at a non-profit dance institute. Alumni in attendance included Stephen Fabian, Chris McEntee, Alisa O’Connor, Michael Peterson, James Rudy, Alicia Solis, and Vanessa Valenzuela. Regina (Muscarello) and Paul Bailey welcomed their fifth child on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Lucia Felice joins big sisters Gianna Maria, 6, Eliana Grace, 4, and Amata Rose, 3, and big brother John Paul Joseph, 2, on the team of future Domers. Paul and Regina reside in Napa, where Regina is an executive recruiter for Teach for America and Paul runs a wine tour business, Napa Valley Wine Excursions. Andrew O’Connor was recently appointed to the position of VP of quality at Web Industries Inc. Jordan Powell was named the president and CEO of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association. The organization represents community health centers that operate 400 clinics across Illinois. Sadly, Tom O’Grady passed away on Oct. 31. After graduating from Notre Dame, Tom received a degree in osteopathic medicine in 2012 from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern U. Tom served as a resident in the Department of Urologic Surgery at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. God bless and go Irish. Please send your updates. — Stephanie Pelligra; ndclassnotes2007@gmail.com


07MBA Baby News


Greetings classmates. My wife Erin and I welcomed baby number four to our family. Owen Brian was born on Nov. 29. Big sibs Finn, Maeve and Isla love him dearly. Ethan Braden recently accepted the opportunity to become the vice president of marketing at Purdue U. He and his wife Betsy (a Boilermaker herself) and son Benjamin, 2, made the move to West Lafayette in January. Elizabeth (Little) Jones got married to her longtime boyfriend, Cary Jones, on June 10 in Paris TX. They managed to drive through New York TX along the way and went to Dublin TX afterward. — Tim Ponisciak; tponisci@nd.edu


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 Updates


Patrick O'Brien is engaged to a person who is much better than him. Garrett Mandeville and Lawrence Sullivan will be groomsmen, demonstrating that Patrick still makes questionable life decisions. Wedding invitations shall be sent to individuals who bring the highest amount of heat to the dance floor and doughnut table. Erin Hankins Diaz and Gabe Diaz had their second child in April 2018 and now have two sons. Lindsay (Wright) and John Clayton Brett welcomed baby John "Jack" Wright on Aug. 9 in Houston. Despite attending our 10-year reunion in June while pregnant with Jack, Lindsay says he is not yet sleeping like a champion today. Diana (Gonzalez) and Manuel Olguin welcomed baby Alexander Manuel Olguin to their family on Aug. 16. Since graduation, the Olguin family has been busy moving from New York to Hong Kong, and from Hong Kong to North Carolina to pursue their MBAs at Duke, from North Carolina to New York, from New York to Connecticut, and most recently from Connecticut to San Antonio. Diana transitioned from PepsiCo as a finance manager and is working with HEB as a senior business analyst in enterprise projects. Manuel left his role as a business strategy manager at Accenture to work with The Holdsworth Center as a consultant. Rebecca (Antas) Smith and Nicholas Smith welcomed their first baby, Grace Marjorie Smith, on Sept. 10. They are crazy in love with her and delighted to have another family member to cheer on the Irish with them. Luckily, Grace had plenty of ND gear to wear while watching all the football games this season. She started with her very first Saturday on earth and the Vanderbilt game. Her mama is planting the seeds early for Grace being a member of the Class of 2040. Molly (Sullivan) Sonderman and David Sonderman are delighted to announce the birth of their third child, Emma Rose Sonderman, on Sept.12. MaryCatherine (Sonntag) Regan and Sean Regan welcomed their third daughter, Elizabeth Ruth, in November. Elizabeth joins sisters Madeleine and Bridget in their loud and lovely home in Charlotte NC. Megan (Julien) Kluesner and Nick Kluesner welcomed their fourth son, Joseph Michael, in December. Nick continues his work as an emergency physician and Megan as a full-time referee in Des Moines IA. Ankica Jedry, Monogram athlete for women's rowing, got engaged to Christopher Goduto on Dec. 23. Their wedding is set for Sept. 1 in a suburb of Chicago in the presence of several Domers. 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 California Dreaming


I hope everyone had a great start to the new year. I cannot believe that 2019 marks 14 years since we first met each other at NDLS. Time is flying by. Anand Sambhwani wrote that he and his family moved from Washington DC to Orange County CA. He has joined Keller/Anderle LLP as senior counsel, focusing on commercial litigation, IP, and insurance coverage. A big “wuhoo!” to another alum in California, Eric Wu, who made partner at Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl. Eric is a member of the employment, corporate, and litigation practice groups and is based in the firm’s El Segundo offices, specializing in California business and labor and employment law matters. Jessica (Niezgoda) ’07JD and Mark Sampson welcomed their second child, Mark C. Sampson III (“Trey”) in July. Trey and his sister Blake are doing great, reports the proud dad. Mark also shared that in January he joined Stamos & Trucco LLP in Chicago, where he manages the firm’s toxic tort defense practice. No word from Mark as to whether John Stamos/Uncle Jesse has made a guest appearance at the eponymous firm yet. When I’m not making bad jokes, I continue to work in-house at Jump Trading, a leading global quantitative trading firm. I am based in their London office, but likely will be moving back to the firm’s Chicago headquarters at the end of the year. In November, I was promoted to assistant general counsel and in 2018 had the opportunity to visit our offices in Chicago, London, Amsterdam, and Singapore. While no two days are ever the same, I tend to focus on European employment matters, general global contract review and negotiation for all types of trading agreements and general commercial contracts, and the all-consuming Brexit planning. Please let me know if you are passing through London in the next year; I would love to catch up. 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


Quick reminder: our 10-year reunion is coming up fast. Visit reunion.ed.edu to register. Heidi (Rocha) and Mark Witte welcomed their son Dillon to the family on July 3. Big sister Grace enjoys entertaining her new little brother. In October, Dillon was baptized by Rev. Paul Doyle, CSC, 65, ’75MDiv, in the Log Chapel on campus. Clocking in at a whopping 18 pounds, Dillon is already preparing for his role as a defensive lineman for the Irish. Jessica Hagemann’s debut novel, Headcheese, hit bookshelves and Amazon on Dec. 18; check it out. Andrew Matasic and Craig Wiborg went parasailing in Costa Rica over the New Year. 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; megflynn7@gmail.com


09MBA Class SecretaryShawn Pulscher;


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


09JD Promotion


Lisa Wolf has been promoted to vice president and chief compliance officer at 1st Source Bank in beautiful South Bend. Congratulations, Lisa. Send me your updates. — Josh Rinschler; josh.rinschler@gmail.com