00 Class SecretaryLaurie (Strotman) O’Malley;



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 Thanks for the Support

Demetria (Mitchell) and Brian Smith (from Keough) participated in Walk MS South Bend in May, a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis awareness and research. Demetria was diagnosed with MS in 2006 and has developed serious neurological symptoms and physical disabilities that require fulltime assistance. The Smith family greatly appreciated the thoughts, prayers, and donations made by many of our classmates to support them. Brian has been a teaching professor at Notre Dame for seven years, while Demetria enjoys being a mother to their son, Jude, 4. Drew Mitchell shared that Corey Hartmann and his wife are patiently awaiting number 3 while Derrick Shenk recently welcomed a daughter, Vivenne. Trevor Eisele shared that he and Patrick Blaney celebrated Mike Heinz’s 40th in Las Vegas in early April. Mike and Patrick also went on an epic trip to Cartagena, Colombia, to celebrate Patrick’s 40th. Lastly, Kristina (Meszaros) ’05 and Don Pierce welcomed their third boy, Max, on April 3. His big brothers are George and Tommy. Please continue to share updates and check out our class Instagram feed @nd2001alumni. — Michael Anselmi; 415-860-7130; manselmi@alumni.nd.edu


01MBA Class Secretary Dominic Pang;



01JD Class SecretaryJonell Lucca;

602-677-3266; jonelllucca@yahoo.com


02 Remembering Rob Smith

Robert Smith ’02, ’06MEd passed away April 14 after a two-year battle with cancer. Rob was deeply committed to service and left a promising engineering career to enroll in the ACE program as part of ACE 11 Los Angeles. For the past 11 years, Rob taught math for the Cristo Rey Network school, Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, in Takoma Park MD. Rob led by example, choosing to make his impact through action over words. Originally from Havertown PA, he was affectionately nicknamed Delco by his fellow Zahm Hall residents. Rob’s faith was an example to us all. He was an all-time great giver of the sign of peace at Zahm Hall Mass. His hugs would swallow you up. He was kind and generous, except on the Bookstore Basketball court, where he was a dominating presence. Rob was a loving son, brother, uncle, teacher, friend, and godfather. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Donations may be made to the Don Bosco Cristo Rey Scholarship Fund in Rob’s honor at dbcr.org. We are keeping Rob’s family and friends in our prayers during these difficult days. Maryann and Justin Farishon welcomed their second baby in August. His name is Zach and big brother Xander mostly loves him. Tim and Kate Dolezal ’04 MEd welcomed their son Mark Joseph into the world on April 15. His arrival was cheered by his three sisters and two brothers. Mark was baptized by his namesake, Rev. Mark Demott, CSC, at St. Joseph Church in South Bend. Tim continues to serve Notre Dame as investment director, responsible for the endowment’s private equity program. I received word that Chad Silker recently traveled to Los Angeles from his home near St. Louis as part of his work as an attorney for Macy's. While in LA, Chad was visited by his hotel concierge at 2:33 a.m. and asked to please lower his voice during his Facetime call with Katie (Thompson) Hughes, who was enjoying a lovely afternoon at her home in Hanoi, Vietnam. Thanks so much for the updates. Have a wonderful summer. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran; lsestile@alumni.nd.edu


02MBA Class Secretary Melissa Hurd;



02JD New Beginnings

Congrats to Tim Horton on a new adventure. On May 1, after 17 years at Ungaretti & Harris LLP/Nixon Peabody LLP, Tim opened his own firm—Polales Horton LLP.  Tim and his law partner, Dean Polales, will focus on complex commercial disputes, white-collar criminal defense, and government investigations. Tim welcomes all visitors to his new office in the Loop! Carolyn Trenda, Tim and I attended the Chicago premier of Hesburgh in April. The movie was followed by a panel discussion featuring our own Chris Zorich. I highly recommend the movie, an inspiring story of faith and leadership. Megan Glunz Horton; 521 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette IL 60091; res 847-256-2335; megan.g.horton@gmail.com


03 Happy News

David Belczyk was elected partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in March. David is a member of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Opera and serves as an adjunct professor at Duquesne Law. Dan Cronin married Jenn MacDonald on Feb. 2 at the Phoenix Art Museum. Dan is the son of Deborah and Michael A. Cronin ’71, ’74JD and grandson of George H. Cronin ’44. The wedding party included brothers Cal Cronin and Brett Cronin ’05. Other Notre Dame alumni included Michaela Cronin Schultz ’00 and Geoffrey Schultz ’00, Delia Cronin ’11, Meredith Thomson, and Nicole and Dan Pelner. Joanne (Davidson) Fahey and her husband, Kieran, welcomed their daughter, Clodagh Clare, to the world in early February. Victoria (Fetterman) Healy and Tom Healy welcomed Jack Fetterman Healy in November. Big sisters Violet and Lillian think baby “Jack Jack” is incredible. Thank you all for your updates. 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 Catching Up with Classmates

By the time this issue goes out, our 15-year reunion will have concluded. I hope that all of you who attended had a great time catching up with classmates and reminiscing about our years under the Dome. Please email me with stories about your weekend back on campus. Jennifer Morgan shared an update that she and her husband, Scott Carico, welcomed their first child, William James Carico (“Will”) on Sept.13. Scott owns his own real estate appraisal business, and Jennifer is the permanent law clerk for the chief bankruptcy judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Alabama. She reports that the baby was disappointed that the Irish didn’t make it to the college football finals this year, but he was happy that Alabama lost at least. Chrissy (Wiatr) ’02 and Jim Butz welcomed a son, James Leonard, on Dec. 15. He joins sisters Ava, 5, and Juliette, 3, to round out their family of five. Holden Bonwit ’03, ’04 and Meagan Sutton welcomed a baby boy, Emerson Bonwit, on Jan. 5. They live and work in Vancouver BC and are excited to introduce Emerson to the outdoors. In November, Katie (Perry) and Erik Oswald welcomed twin boys, Tyler and Andrew. They were baptized in the ND Log Chapel on an idyllic snowy day in January. Big brother Logan loves singing to them and playing peek-a-boo. Erik works in graduate career services at Notre Dame, and Katie is an assistant teaching professor of Spanish. Jackie (Coloe) and Brian Dosal welcomed their second baby, Dylan John, on Aug. 4. Big sister Caroline is thrilled. The family lives in Brian’s hometown of Miami. Keep the updates coming. — Carol Martino; carolmartino10@gmail.com


04MBA Wedding Bells

Dr. Jason Young and Tamara Lund married in April and have settled in West Jordan UT. Ryan Webb was in attendance and Sam Stapleton, John Humphreys, Rodolfo Bollat-Montenegro, Ben Bauman, Bill Kim, Bob Pants and I extended our congratulations to Jason ahead of the event. Keep the updates coming. — 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 and Divided Loyalties

Megan Soyer ’05MSA and Travis Soyer and welcomed their third child, Luke David, into the family on July 17, 2018. Luke's brother, Andrew, and sister, Emma, are hoping they can show their brother around the Notre Dame campus this fall. Megan and Travis continue to work at Texas Christian U as associate provost and associate vice chancellor for advancement operations, respectively. Congratulations to the Soyer family. John Eklund is about to graduate from the PhD program at Wharton. He is moving to LA in June to be an assistant professor at the Marshall Business School, U of Southern California. You can cheer only for Our Lady. In all seriousness, congratulations Dr. Eklund and we wish you the best. Please send in your updates for the next column to the Notre Dame MBA Class of 2005 Google Group by emailing at ndmba2005-owner@googlegroups.com, or to me below. Take care and good luck in life and work. — Himanshu Gosar ’05; hgosar@alumni.nd.edu


05JD Promotions and New Jobs 

With summer now upon us, congratulations go out to several of our classmates on recent promotions and new jobs. After 14 years at Gibson Dunn, Daniel Denny lateraled to Milbank LLP, where he is part of the firm’s financial restructuring group in Los Angeles. In March, he spoke on a panel at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Battleground West in Beverly Hills on the intersection of commercial real estate finance and bankruptcy. He and his wife Anna Liza have seven kids. The first was born in South Bend during our 2L year, a fact he is often reminded of. Out in Kearney NE, Brady Fritz was named general counsel and corporate secretary of The Buckle Inc. Prior to that, Brady spent more than 10 years in several roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as global legal operations leader and senior attorney. Prior to joining Cargill, she began her career at Scudder Law Firm in Lincoln. In Columbus OH Daniel Mayer was named Chief Claims Counsel for AmeriTrust Group, Inc., formerly known as Meadowbrook Insurance, where he directs, plans, and monitors strategy, operations, and practices for all claims-related litigation and supervises the litigation counsel, complex claims, and claims business analysis teams. Down in Albuquerque, Daniel Gallegos was appointed to a district court judgeship for the Second Judicial District Court (criminal division) after spending time on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. In Miami, Rob Becht moved on from the U of Miami Business School to become the executive vice president, chief financial officer/chief operations officer at Miami Jewish Health. Rob had spent 10 years working at Notre Dame in various roles from 2007 through 2017 but now is enjoys the warm air not often found in Michiana. Finally, a conference brought Coleman Lechner to Houston back in April and gave us a chance to meet up over dinner. He recently joined Foley & Lardner LLP’s Denver office after several years in-house with Wyndham Worldwide in New Jersey. Come on down for a visit. — Adam Russ; 2607 Fountain Key Blvd., Houston TX 77008; aruss@alumni.nd.edu


06 Welcome News

Molly (Griffin) and Chris Lalonde welcomed their first child, Benedict Griffin, on Nov. 15, in Alexandria VA. Since graduating from ND, Chris obtained a law degree from Vanderbilt U and works for the Department of Justice. Molly received her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt and works as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Burke VA. Jack Brill was elected partner at Harter Secrest & Emery law firm. Jack is a member of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group. In June 2018, four ND alumni graduated from US Naval Test Pilot School with class 153: Lt. Tom Fagan ’12, Lt. Brian Jacobs ’10, Lt. John Duffner and LCdr. John Mack ’04. These men were joined by Dr. John Tritschler ’05, an instructor at USNTPS and Capt. Thomas Tennant ’90, a commander of Naval Test Wing Atlantic. After taking a 20-loss Miami of Ohio team and leading them to back-to-back 20-win seasons, Megan Duffy was announced as head coach of women’s basketball at Marquette U in Milwaukee, making a triumphant return to the Big East. — 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 Summer News

Dr. Francesca and Brendan Whalen welcomed their second son, Liam Maxson Whalen, on Feb. 25. He looks forward to attending his first football game this fall. Dr. Ashley (O’Keefe) Coon and Eric Coon welcomed their first child, Clara Josephine Coon on March 10. Dr. Louis Cavadini and his wife Laura expect their first child in May. Web Industries, Inc., a precision formatter of flexible materials and provider of outsource manufacturing services, has appointed Andrew O’Connor to the position of vice president of quality. In this role, O’Connor will provide leadership and accountability for all quality resources across Web Industries. He is based at Web’s Marlborough MA corporate headquarters. Dr. John Corker married Dr. Lisa Chiu Corker on April 28, 2018 in Chicago at Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The wedding was celebrated by the Rev. Bill Lies, CSC, and the reception was at Ovation. The wedding party included many Domers including groomsmen Ryan Daily, Matthew McQueary, Rich Fox, Andrew McGill, and Patrick Corrigan. Brothers Patrick Corker ’04 and Matthew Corker were best men. Several members of the class of 2007 were in attendance including Clint Gille, Drs. James and Megan (Ohlenforst) Russell, Corey Brisee, Tim Dougherty, Kristin Brown, Gintas and Caitie (O’Hara) Civinskas ’08Arch., Jon Kelly ’08 Arch, Brendan and Dr. Francesca (Seta) Whalen, Paul and Annie (Brusky) Ullrich, Covington and Charleen (Vinalon) Doan '05, Kevin Gimber, Dr. Kristin (Schwarz) Whitney, Sheldon Dutes, Jana Stewart, Lani Tan, Dr. Aaron Laviana, Drs. Pedro and Lindsay (Martin) Engel ’08,  Dr. Steve Nuanes and Dr. Megan Davenport. Lisa and John met at a popular bar, Original Mothers, in Chicago in 2013. Lisa walked into the bar as John was singing the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it that Way” on stage and the rest is history. John and Lisa are now settled into married life in Cincinnati where John practicing emergency medicine and Lisa is starting pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Congratulations to Brendan, Francesca, Ashley, Louis, Andrew, and John. Please send updates. God bless and Go Irish. — Stephanie Pelligra Doyle; ndclassnotes2007@gmail.com


07MBA Need to Know

Keep sending in your Class Notes. If you have an update about a new job, promotion, big move, family or travel, let me know. — Tom 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 Class SecretaryMegan O’Hara;



08MBA Class Secretary Megan Ulrich;



08JD New Jobs and New Babies

One of the highlights of writing this column the past 11 years is the fun excuse to pester you for updates each quarter. I am continually impressed by the amazing personal and professional accomplishments that our class has achieved. Keep up the great work, everyone. Sarah (Moore) and Ted Seilheimer had son number two, Jack Holden, on July 20, 2018. Proud dad reports that Jack is a chunk and the whole family, including big brother Owen, enjoys living it up in Houston. Magdalena and JP Oleksiuk welcomed their first child, Oliver, on Feb. 25. The new parents and baby Oliver are doing well. Rachel (Luberda) Copenhaver was promoted to shareholder at Vedder Price. Rachel is a shareholder in the firm’s government enforcement and special investigations group. She and Steve are doing well in Chicago and staying busy with Lucas, 4, who is on track to be the tallest one in the family soon. Rebekah (Long) Foley has been promoted to lead attorney in the mass torts department at McDivitt Law Firm in Colorado. Stephanie Herrold Dobecki was promoted to partner in the insurance group of Sidley Austin LLP. Steve Keener has accepted an offer to serve as the executive director for The Jubilee Association of Maryland, a non-profit organization that provides community-based residential services for adults with intellectual disabilities. Will Hannan wanted to clear up a rumor that Ana (Peré) Balich was spreading that he had finished reading the Twilight Saga and was definitely “Team Edward.” Will has not yet finished reading the series and shall remain neutral on his affiliations until he reaches the last page of Breaking Dawn. Lily Vidal shared some good news for several classmates: Dan Greene got married in 2018, Mike Avent and his wife had a baby, and Eric Singley is going to tie the knot this May. Congratulations to all. 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 while 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

We eagerly await reconnecting during our 10-year reunion May 30 to June 2. Erin and Jon Stefely, and their son, Theo, 2, welcomed newborn Clare Caroline Stefely in January. The family is moving to Boston this summer where Erin will be an ob/gyn at Mt. Auburn Hospital and Jon is starting residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Andrew Matasic and Craig Wiborg free climbed Burj Khalifa this spring. Please visit the 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 Class SecretaryJosh Rinschler;