1990s

90 See You in June at Reunion

Tim Flood checked in and reported that two years ago he sold the business that he built for 20 years in Chicago. He now spends his time writing music and performing with his band, Eve’s Twin Lover. The band performs original indie rock and is getting ready to release an EP in early 2020. Tim held his EP release show in January with many of his St. Edward’s classmates in attendance. You can find their music on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. Karen and John Fullett live in Cumming GA where John works with Visa. John and two of his children, Emma and Will, went to the Irish game in Georgia last season. Emma graduated from the U of Georgia in December, their son Jack is a sophomore at Auburn studying mechanical engineering and Will recently accepted a scholarship to play tennis at Wofford. PJ ’90SMC and Pat O’Leary are happy to report that their youngest daughter, Molly, will be attending ND in the fall. Molly will join her sister Colleen, who will be a senior math major. Their eldest daughter, Mary Kate ’19, received a degree in chemical engineering and is working as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Troy MI. They are looking forward to four more years of tailgating and campus visits. In August, Mary Beth Jarvis stepped down as CEO of Wichita Falls Inc., which plans large-scale regional events. She is currently heading up NXSTAGE, an accelerator that connects young companies to corporations ready to pilot their technology. Mary Beth calls Manhattan home and would love to meet up with classmates visiting New York City. After years of working with kids in the Dominican Republic, Chris Travers founded Juega Como Campeon in 2011. Classmates Kevin Kennedy and Dan Brennan are board members who also guide the program. JCC’s mission is to expand life opportunities for disadvantaged Dominican children through programs in sports, math, English and character building. Since approval as a US tax-exempt 501(c)3 in 2018, JCC has held fundraising events in New York and South Bend and has coached, taught and supported over 700 youth. Next steps include staff and facility expansion and growth in fundraising to expand the program. If you are interested in learning more or supporting JCC, please contact your classmates or follow JCC on Facebook. Look for events coming up in Chicago and New York. Our 30th class reunion will be June 4-7. For the last two reunions, the Class of ’90 has set the bar higher than the usual class reunion. Again this year, we will be hosting a party tent near our assigned dorm with music, snacks, beverages, tailgating games and fun. There will be a “craic tent” for you Irish types. Your purchase of a wristband allows access to our private tent on Friday and Saturday nights. Wristbands are $25 per adult; wristbands are not needed for kids under 18. Wristband sales make it possible for us to enjoy our own private gathering spot, refreshments and entertainment. These special arrangements are what set our reunion apart from the other classes that will be on campus that weekend. With your support, our reunion committee looks forward to providing the added bonuses that have always made our reunion special. You can purchase your wristbands on-line when you register for Reunion. Our formal class dinner is Friday, June 5. So, if you plan to dine in the city, please make your reservations for Saturday, June 6. Our class can also reserve a few tee times at Warren Golf Course for Saturday morning. Finally, we are seeking a volunteer to help create a memorial to our deceased classmates for our reunion dorm lobby. Please contact me to reserve your tee time or to volunteer to create a memorial to provide memories of classmates who are no longer with us. Please keep track of us on Facebook at Notre Dame Irish Class of 1990 and at 1990.undclass.org. Go Irish. – Marty Falkenberg; 23 Casselton Road, Raymond ME 04071; 847-323-4717; martin.falkenberg@yahoo.com 

 

90MBA Class SecretaryDave Wilson;

104 N. Wilson Court, Palatine IL 60067; david_c_wilson@hotmail.com

 

90JD Sad News

For those who haven’t heard, I write with a very heavy heart to let you know that our classmate Trish (Patty) Kessler, passed away on Nov. 1 while on a dive trip in the Red Sea. At the time, Trish was working in Tanzania on assignment with the State Department at the American Embassy. The following is from Trish’s obituary. “A US Navy lieutenant commander, JAG officer, she served her country in Orlando FL, Rota Spain and Washington DC. She was an accomplished federal prosecutor in Washington, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, USVI. After a period in private practice, she returned as a prosecutor at the Department of Justice and was subsequently detailed to the State Department for an assignment at the American Embassy, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Serving as a department head, she worked to improve the criminal justice system in Tanzania. She passionately embraced the many adventures life sent her way. Her vibrant personality and infectious laughter lit up the room, especially when she cheered for her Irish. She would want everyone to chase every adventure that life has to offer.” Several of our classmates attended the memorial service in Virginia, including Knell (Bumbalo) and Lou Grimmelbein, JoAnn Chavez, Ellen (Donovan) McCann, Diane (Friese) Evans, Melinda and John Caterine, Felice Foundos and Glenn Rosswurm. There also was a memorial service in Southern California. Steve Chan and Joan Turner were among the classmates who attended. Please keep Trish’s daughters, Shona Sulzbach and Margaret Sulzbach, her parents, Grace and Ray Kessler, and her entire family in your prayers. The memorial celebration for Trish will no longer be held in the spring, but will be planned for the fall of 2020. Please stay tuned for details. This year marks 30 years since we left the halls of Notre Dame, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you back on campus to celebrate. In addition to the University’s Reunion activities, (register and find details at reunion.nd.edu), we are planning a get-together for the Stanford game on Oct. 10, which is the Law School Homecoming weekend. You’ll receive more information from the Law School about Homecoming, and I’ll be in touch with more details as the time gets closer. Please plan to come back to campus in June and for the game in October to celebrate and relive the glory days. I recently heard from Ann Doyle and Frances (Tsuji) Sinha who plan to attend Reunion. Frances has been in New York since 2001, but previously worked overseas with the UN. She presently serves as the chief people officer for IAVI, which is a medical research and development organization. She is loving it. One last note: congratulations to JoAnn Chavez who was named chief legal officer of DTE Energy, a Fortune 500 company in Detroit. That’s all for now, but you’ll be hearing more soon about Reunion and the memorial service for Trish. I hope all is well with you and your families. — Cathy (Pollock) Gregory; cagregory@sbcglobal.net

 

91 Next Generation and Other News

John Evans, a senior assistant public defender in Dutchess County NY was among those honored by the New York State Bar Association at a recent conference. Evans received the Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award. The announcement from NYSBA said, “In his six years with the Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office, Evans has earned a reputation as a zealous advocate, trying all types of cases from misdemeanors to murder. He is also known for his courtesy and professionalism, compassion and dedication to his clients, and as a mentor to young employees.” In September, Kelly (Kolodziej) Cunningham traveled from Virginia, Tina Colacino from California, Becky (Thomas) Siegler from Pennsylvania, Elise (Seguin) Archual from Ohio, and Eileen (O’Connor) Doran from Georgia, to gather in Eagle CO with Kate    (Boland) Strauss, who graciously hosted the Howard girls for a long weekend. They enjoyed “lots of hiking, wine, catching up and celebrating 50th birthdays.” Plans are already in the works to make this a biannual event. Chris Mansour writes that her daughter Kelly is a freshman this year and loves it. She added others who have students at ND this year. Mark Schermerhorn is a freshman, the son of Angela (Scheve) and Rich Schermerhorn. Charley Murphy is a freshman, the son of Ashley (McCourtney) Murphy. Nic Meringolo is a freshman, the son of Joyce Raffo and Pete Meringolo. Michael Hawley, the son of Colleen Hogan Hawley. Sophie Shaw, the daughter of Bev (Pert) Shaw and Dave Shaw, is a junior. She is in Angers with the ND program this fall. Theresa Noonan, daughter of Mike Noonan is a junior, going to the London program in the spring. Nolan Schwefler, son of Liz Nolan Schwefler is a sophomore. Brooke Sabey, daughter of John Sabey is a junior. Carter Auman, son of Chrissy (McGlinn) Auman, is a sophomore. Diane Tracy-Gaffney writes, “My husband, Joe, and I have a daughter, Meghan, who is a sophomore at ND. Meghan is a neuroscience major who lives in Farley Hall.” On Facebook? Join our Class of 1991 page. We have 643 members. — Suzi (Criqui) Mueller; cell 917-886-8176; suzi@cbglobalsearch.com 

 

91MBA Oh the Places They’ll Go

For this quarterly magazine column, I asked for updates or to share past vacations that may encourage someone to also make that trip. Megan Frigon Cohen reports that her favorite vacations are close to home. She enjoys skiing in Colorado, with Vail and Beaver Creek being favorite family destinations. By chance, Megan ran into Kristin Potts at the Hyatt in Beaver Creek on New Year’s Eve. This summer Megan is doing a cycling tour with her stepchildren Emily, 19, and Sam, 16, from Salzburg to Prague, with a stop in Amsterdam. Megan reports that she is semi-retired, doing HR consulting for DXC Technology, a global IT consulting company. Megan and Missy Summer plan to co-organize our 30th reunion for a 2021 fall football game. Stay tuned. Last Spring, for their 25th anniversary, Don Madda and Susie took the family on a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Don said walking in the footsteps of Christ, and sometimes riding a camel, through Galilee, Jericho and Jerusalem was an incredible experience. The highlight of the trip was renewing their wedding vows in Cana with their three children. Don said they had their own mystical moment. Following the renewal ceremony, the Madda family walked into a nearby shop for a wine tasting. As they raised their glasses for a toast, the song softly playing throughout the shop was their wedding song, a song they probably have only heard three times since 1994 and no one in their family requested it. A God wink for sure, for a long and happy marriage. The Maddas stayed at the Notre Dame Center while in Jerusalem. Don highly recommends a trip to the Holy Land and encourages a small tour group with knowledgeable priests as tour guides to bring events to life. Thanks for these updates and keep sharing your news. — Patty (Spiekermann) Lynch; pattylynch05@gmail.com

 

91JD Home and School News

Bill Meyer sent an update via a Christmas card with the news that his eldest daughter, Abby, is a freshman at ND and is majoring in architecture. She also plays clarinet in the band and traveled to Orlando to play at the bowl game and at Disney World. Bill’s son, Zach, is a high school junior and starting the college search. He runs cross country and is working on his Eagle Scout project. Bill’s youngest, Sophia, is a high school freshman and runs cross country. Bill works at SouthLaw in Kansas City and focuses on creditor rights, lender liability and complex commercial litigation. One highlight of the year was a Hawaiian cruise with the family. Tim DeMasi sent a great card featuring sons Jack, Traigh, Nate and Reid. Tim’s wife, Karin, is no longer the only female in the house with the addition of puppy, Mia. Bernie Lau wrote that he is nearly an empty-nester. His eldest son, Will, is in his second year at Boston U majoring in medical sciences and is on course to finish his undergraduate work in three years. His younger son, Charles, is a senior involved in the college application process. The Lau family checked two items off their bucket list with a trip to Japan that the boys planned in August and a trip to Hawaii in December. Mary (Pedulla) Lake and John Lake became grandparents in December with the birth of John Frederick Lake (Jack). Until next time, act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God. — Martha (Boesen) Trout; 12823 Clark St., Clive IA 50325; cell 515-249-9235; marthatrout@gmail.com

 

92 Turning 50                       

LaPhonso Ellis joined ESPN’s College GameDay crew for the 2019-20 college basketball season. LaPhonso is on the air Saturdays during the season. It is his 11th year with ESPN. Raghib “Rocket” Ismail ’94 was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 10 in NYC during the National Football Foundation’s Awards Dinner. He was the 47th ND player to enter the Hall of Fame. Former teammates and friends including Derek Brown, Chris Moscardelli and Pat Clarke celebrated with Rocket at a private reception the night before the induction ceremony. Craig Counsell was named the MLB Manager of the Year by Baseball America. He led the Milwaukee Brewers to an 89-73 record and a second consecutive playoff appearance. Current UK College of Arts and Sciences MFA student, Makalani Bandele, won the Autumn House Press Poetry Competition for his latest poetry book. His prize: publishing the book as well as money toward royalties, travel and publicity for the new book. Pat Clarke challenged classmates to post 50th birthday celebrations on our class Facebook page. He started with his celebration in NYC before Christmas. Joining the party: Jamie Reidy, Steve Fortunato, Greg Keary, Chris Moscardelli, Jonathan Baker and Lara (Leffler) Thomas. Pat’s year of 50 continued during Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans (not at the game) with this crew: Adam Sellke, Dave Kirchner, Gaby (Villalba) and Dave Lambert, Heather (Salsich) Lawyer, John Cronin, Kate (McKenna) Bradley and Mike Duddy. In January, Amy (Kraft) Stack celebrated in Steamboat with Kristy (Alkidas) Jacoby, Caroline Goles and Kathy (Hardiek) ’93 and Kevin Dougherty. Debra Douglas helped hubby Brian Douglas celebrate with Baby Shark-themed festivities. Gina (DiRenzo) and John Coffey celebrated the night before the USC game in South Bend. Gina also painted their garage in ND colors as a surprise for John. When Heidi Piper turned 50, she celebrated for a year all over the world. Mary (Donohue) Osman celebrated with Kirstin (Braun) Kellner and Sue Lippa ’91 in Colorado. Air Force Col. Michael Richardson celebrated his retirement from the Air Force in October. In the spirit of the new decade and 5-0 milestone, please post milestone pics and stories on our Facebook page or email me. Early acceptance letters: Kristin (Gafvert) Hammerschmitt’s daughter Ellie will join ND’s class of 2024 and study medicine. Nacibe (Cadre) and Mark Nosek ’90 look forward to seeing how student life has changed since the 1990s as daughter Nadia joins the class of ’24. Lynne (Willett) and Ed Nowak will have twin daughters, Emily and Sarah, on campus in the fall as well. Other college news: Mike Potter’s daughter is a freshman at Indiana U. Evelyn (Smith) Warpus has a son in his first year at Penn State. Melanie Masin sent word that Lucas Masin-Moyer ’19 is in ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) and is on his way to becoming a Double Domer with a Master’s in Education. National letters of intent: Shannon Ledesma’s son Nathaniel Jones will play soccer at U of Washington. Reece Brown, son of Kristin and Derek Brown will play basketball at UNLV. Amy (Adamonis) and Jeff Bender cheered as daughter Sarah signed intent to swim at ND. Wedding bells: Congrats to Katie Pamenter who married Mark Prager on Dec. 9. Please keep classmates Tracy (Barton) Ramirez and Kris (Cebulla) Thompson in your prayers as they fight breast cancer. Both are in great spirits and wanted me to share this advice: ladies, get your mammograms. They help with early detection. Another public service announcement: the 5-0 birthday means it is time for a colonoscopy. Please update your contact info on the alumni.nd.edu website and share any “road to 50” events, gatherings, trips, etc. — Jill-Beth (JB) Hayes; ndclassof92@gmail.com

 

92MBA Class SecretaryJulie Pendell;

pendell.julie@gmail.com 

 

92JD Class SecretaryPaul A. Drey;

6701 Westown Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines IA 50266; bus 515-271-1765; paul.drey@brickgentrylaw.com 

 

93 Ohio, Arizona, Carolina Updates

Scott Boehnen hosted Mike Barrett, Paul Anthony, Dr. Tom Halligan, Steve Wanaski, John Brislin and Dylan Hogan in Cleveland last summer for annual reunion No. 25. The event, dubbed The Wildman Weekend, featured a flood of old memories from a complete anthology of The Observer 1989-90. The newspapers were kept in pristine condition in Scott’s basement for 30 years. If you have a question about our freshman year, get in contact with Scott and his archives. Kelly (Holland) and Mike Rafford have been in Tempe AZ since Mike graduated from law school and they decided to give Arizona a chance for a few years. Clearly, they like Arizona because 20 years later, they›re still there. Like everyone else, they stay busy with work, school and kid activities. Their eldest, Claire, is at Notre Dame and completed a semester in London last fall. Mike also spent his spring ’92 semester in London. He says it feels like it is all coming full circle. Kelly and Mike visited Claire and he noted how times have changed. The flat and classroom buildings are much nicer and in swankier locations than when Mike was an undergrad. Meanwhile, some things don’t change. Mike was glad to hear they still do the end-of-semester booze cruise on the Thames. On a personal note, 2020 is off to a great start for my husband, Jim, and me. We have wanted to live in a beach community for some time now, so we moved from the Philly suburbs to Hilton Head Island SC in late December. Jim quickly found an outside golf operations position at Belfair, a Troon golf course in Bluffton SC. I started a marketing position with Marriott Vacations Worldwide in January. We are grateful to be at a point in our lives where we can change careers and do something about which we’re passionate. For Jim, that’s golf, and for me, it’s creating unforgettable travel experiences. We love going to work each day in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. I’ve been fortunate to connect with classmate, Kathryn (Albertini) Weismantel, who relocated last August from LaGrange IL to Hilton Head with her husband, Christopher ’92, their four kids and their dog, Smokey. Kathryn enjoyed multiple summers vacationing with her parents in Hilton Head when she was growing up, so it was always a long-term plan for her and Christopher to move to South Carolina. They bought a plot of land a year ago, never dreaming that their long-term plan would be accelerated when they were able to relocate to South Carolina with their jobs. Kathryn is the director of marketing, health and life sciences at Oliver Wyman. They’re excited to be building a home on the island and having their children settled in local schools. Let me know if anyone has plans to travel to Ireland for the game this fall. — Anne Marie (Krauza) Yuhas; Hilton Head Island SC 29928; mobile 623-606-7000; yuhas93@gmail.com 

 

93MBA Enjoyed Christmas Letters

I love the photos and updates from Christmas letters. I wait until the kids are back in school, sometime in January, and I sit and read them all at once. I did that yesterday, Jan. 19. A friend of mine gave me an idea a few years ago that I adopted. She keeps her cards each year. She connects them using a circle clip and puts them out each year in a basket. It is fun to see how the kids have grown from year to year. If I am not on your Christmas card list and you have an extra one, I would love to be on your list in the future. It is one of my favorite things about the Christmas season. Many of us are starting to be empty-nesters. One such family is the Majikes family. Linda and Matthew Makijes always send a great letter full of vacations they took, describing what their two boys are doing and what keeps Linda and Matthew out of trouble. Matthew changed jobs this year. He continues at Capital One but moved from the card group to the bank group. He is still a JDRF ride coach (in support of type 1 diabetes research) and is looking for anyone who would want to join him in 2020. Linda has talked him into taking tennis lessons and he started taking guitar lessons. Matthew and Linda celebrated their 25th anniversary in September. Matthew Jr. finished his sophomore year at Randolph-Macon and Daniel is in his first year at Virginia Tech. Kim and Matt Gleason (also empty-nesters) had an exciting year with Brendan ’19 having a wonderful lacrosse experience and graduating from ND. Their youngest, Abbey, graduated from high school and is at Cornell. Their eldest, Courtney, graduates from Boston College’s grad program as a nurse practitioner in May and Lindsey is a junior at William & Mary. Matt is still playing lacrosse. He was in Florida recently playing in a lacrosse tournament. Laurel and Bob Silveri sent a photo of all five of them: their three daughters plus the two of them. I love this photo. His girls are adorable, and their smiles are priceless. Kris and Corky Vickers had an exciting 2019 traveling to many places. My favorite vacation they described was a cross-country road trip from Fair Haven CT through Chicago to South Dakota then to Yellowstone National Park to a rafting trip on the Snake River then on to Arches National Park then back home in California. I have not taken a trip like this with our three children. It sounds amazing. Greg and I celebrated our 25th anniversary on Aug. 6. We also had a big 2019 with our eldest graduating from ND in May then heading to NYC in June. Our next one is a junior at Butler playing volleyball and will be applying to Butler’s PA program this year. Our youngest is a senior and will be heading to Notre Dame in August. Then Greg and I will be empty-nesters. We will be heading to more football games this fall. My next deadline is April 20. I would love to hear from those that we have not heard from recently. I pray that you all have a year full of blessings and great health in 2020. — Tricia Hug Schorr; 317-987-5000; thugschorr@yahoo.com 

 

93JD News and Notes

We have some updates, although never enough, so keep them coming. Jim Shannon reports that he has not been back to campus since graduation but hopes to as he is a golf addict and wants to conquer the Warren. Jim further advises that he has a strong solo practice in Rochester NH and has been living free since graduation. Ndidi Opia Massey serves as commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission. In this role, she ensures safe and fair play throughout the Empire State. Ndidi was hand-picked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo three years ago to lead the five-member board which sets and regulates policies that govern combative sports matches and exhibitions. Thanks to Charlie Hegarty for the update on Ndidi. Mary Rielly Hogan reports having four children, two of whom are students at Notre Dame and twins who are in high school at St. Ignatius in Chicago. Mary is wed to Rob Hogan ’90 and she volunteers extensively at two schools on the west side of Chicago. Mary lives in Western Springs and gets to campus regularly. Peace and blessings to all, and as my mom says to me: you pray for me and I’ll pray for thee. — Jamie O’Brien; jamesobrienesq@yahoo.com

 

94 Class SecretaryJoe Poe;

64 Hillside Ave., Huntington NY 11743; mobile 917-488-8570; bus 516-739-5100; ndclass1994@yahoo.com

 

94MBA Good Times

After all the great updates from our 25th reunion in the last column, this one is going to be a little light on the content. I asked Jenner Davis to help me write it again but all I got from her was, “I spent some time in Connecticut with Scott Steiger, Elizabeth (Ix) and Tom Buccellato at the annual Buccellato Christmas party, with lots of good wine and Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck.” I think Jenner might believe Santa is real. A handful of us gathered for the Virginia Tech game in November largely to celebrate the 50th birthdays of M. Sean O’Neill, M. Scott Aubry and Matt Kavanaugh. It was a great time, with Scott regaling us with long, pointless stories. Pierre Nona and Dan Pezolt were also in attendance and of course, the tailgate did not disappoint. I insisted on locating it in a quiet area with nobody else around, setting up way too early as usual. I took enough ribbing about it to last a lifetime. I was also happy to get my deposit back on the house, despite Aubs running into the coffee table in the family room. Or maybe it was Kavanaugh. Plans are underway, led by Kevin Dook Dougherty to get together this summer. I understand from Jenner that Varun Gera had the opportunity to present to Bill Gates, of Microsoft, about Health Assure, one of the top five healthcare start-ups in India. Very impressive, Varun. On the way back from the Virginia Tech game I sat next to Paul Marshall. He’s doing great, enjoying his job, and hoping to connect with more of us on campus for a game this fall. I had drinks with Craig Hartman in Atlanta before Christmas. He was in town working on a deal with his company Alvarez & Marsal. He’s traveling a lot and loving it, somewhat. The job is great, but the traveling part is not as much. He worked a while back with Theranos, and the stories he told were wild. We expect to see Craig at more games in the fall. Angela (Stavropoulos) and I had dinner with J. Matt Carr, his wife Kelly and their lovely children in early January. Matt is crushing it at Amazon Web Services, having just won manager of the year for the Southeast. I heard from Mike Rosen not long ago. He’s doing well and is hoping to connect with fellow MBAers at a game in the fall. Speaking of which, a few of us including Jenner, Tom, and Diana (Stratbucker) Cook, are planning to be at the Clemson game in November. I also expect several folks including Mike Mullster Mulligan and Chris Ohlmeyer to be at the Wisconsin game in Green Bay with me and a few others. If I missed anything, let me know. — Rodger Laurite; 678-644-0422; rodgerlaurite@hotmail.com

 

94JD Outstanding

Craig Olivo of Bond, Schoeneck & Kingwas was selected for the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers in the area of employment and labor. Ascuncion  Cummings Hostin hosted the six-part television series, “Truth About Murder” on Investigation Discovery in October. In November, I was meeting with Lee Lin ’09 Architecture and he mentioned seeing his classmate Ge Wang ’08 and his father at a Georgia game watch in Chicago. After much deliberation, he was finally convinced that was Zhdong Wang, our classmate “Z,” founder and managing partner at his immigration law firm Wang, Leonard & Condon. Ge founded ESQ Clothing, a bespoke men’s clothing company that has been outfitting many ND football players. In January, Lee and his wife, Joanna Zhang10, met up for dinner with Zhdong and his wife while the Wangs were vacationing in Bangkok. At the time of publication our annual unofficial reunion game date has not been selected, so please check with Jim Carrig or me for information this summer. — Doug Duncan; pdouglasduncanjr@yahoo.com

 

95 Class SecretaryColleen (Mickus) and Mike Robson;

1814 N. Robincrest Lane, Glenview IL 60025; cell 847-772-0551; therobsons@sbcglobal.net

 

95MBA Active Families

Colleen (McGinn) and Brian O’Neill have kept up the Bulla Road romance, now married for 23 years with three kids (Kelly, Kevin and Jack) and a dog (Gracie). Colleen is a partner at EY and was recently promoted to lead the east region international tax and transaction services group. Anyone in need of corporate tax advice should give her a call. Each project entitles you to a free beer at the Linebacker. Brian is earning his PhD at Creighton and is teaching at Molloy College. The O’Neills spend time at the ND Family Volunteer Camp each summer they are accepted and would love to see you there. Bailey Baumbick, daughter of Lisa (Medalia) and Jim Baumbick, and Elizabeth Lauer, daughter of Kerry (Manheimer) Lauer and Tom Lauer are enjoying their junior year at Notre Dame. Lisa and Jim Baumbick are living in Michigan and Kerry and Tom are in North Carolina. Both get back to campus to visit their girls and of course enjoy football weekends. Congratulations to Christine Laczai and Brien Welsh on their engagement. As a Double Domer, of course, Brien proposed to Christine at the Grotto. A summer 2020 wedding is being planned. Gabi (Vivero) Altamirano is a sustainability scholar at the U of Dayton’s Hanley Sustainability Institute and she is also teaching MBA classes. Al Chuang is living in Taiwan with his wife Rita and their two boys but makes it back to the US occasionally. He is an avid cyclist and triathlete. Last year he finished the Boston Marathon. Can you believe in May it will be 25 years since we graduated? We are all blessed to be part of the Notre Dame family. — Renee Werner; 134 Willow Blvd., Willow Springs IL 60480; 773-528-3929; reneewerner@yahoo.com 

 

95JD News from the Northwest

Kara Murphy Richards was appointed to the municipal court bench of Renton WA on Dec. 2. In addition to handling mainstream calendars, Kara will preside over the Renton Municipal Community Court, a problem-solving court that connects defendants to social services (housing, treatment, transportation) with a goal of reducing recidivism. Kara says it is her dream job and the perfect marriage between her ’98SMC social work degree and her ’95JD from Notre Dame. Yours truly Julia Meister is a litigation partner at Taft Law in Cincinnati. I teach trusts and estates at the U of Cincinnati College of Law using materials formerly edited by Professor Tom Shaffer. I credit study partner Kara’s famous “tortilla chip reward” study technique with mastery of the subject matter during preparation for Prof. Carol Mooney’s trusts and estates final. Maria Andrade reports that she launched Idaho’s first statewide nonprofit to provide free and low costs defense services to people facing deportation charges after growing her private immigration law practice to a two-office, six-attorney firm. Immigrant Justice Idaho provides technical assistance to lawyers and agencies, trains non-attorney volunteers to become certified to handle immigration matters and provides public education around immigration law and policy to improve competent dialogue on the matter. Their website is immigrantjusticeidaho.org. Maria continues to handle a few cases in her private firm, Andrade Legal, for those who don’t qualify for IJI’s nonprofit services. I wish you well. Please send me your updates. — Julia Meister; meister@taftlaw.com 

 

96 Send Your News

Hi all. I hope everyone is doing well. There were no updates this quarter, so please feel free to send me all your news. — Kate Crisham; catherine.crisham@usdoj.gov 

 

96MBA Class Secretary Maureen Maher;

ndmba96news@hotmail.com

 

96JD Seeing 2020 

George Hopkins won the ND Law ’96 Fantasy Football Championship for the second consecutive year since coming in as a “replacement owner” in 2018. As the second-place finisher, I want Greg Shaffer back in the league. Greg and I spoke about their days on the law league bowling team, “Bob’s Trucking.” Greg suggested that I remind the class of his three-year reign as high-average winner, putting up marks of 174.9, 182.4 and 184.4. He also commented about how it is the 25th anniversary of our ND 2L baseball team winning the Grad League Championships. Meighan Harmon continues with her family law practice in Chicago. She was named managing partner of her 45-lawyer firm in 2019 and is having a blast trying to figure out how to balance her practice, the firm and parenting a teenager. She’s had fun reconnecting with ND friends at St. Ignatius College Prep where her daughter is a freshman. Karen and Jay Balboa are new grandparents. On Oct. 18, their daughter and son-in-law, Kaitlin and Michael, welcomed Noah Michael Habel. Michelle (Wisk) ’96JD and Vinny Sanchez ’91,’94JD enjoyed hosting and getting to know two members of the traveling ND Chorale during the LA leg of the student choir’s tour of California. The ND engineering senior who stayed with them hailed from Jordan and his freshman engineering roomie was from Iowa. The choir sang beautifully, and Michelle and Vinny assure me that if these engaging guys are any indication, the next generation of ND alums is phenomenal, and we are in excellent hands. In December, Katy (Blakey) Cox released her first, full-length album of original music, “Diamonds on the Inside,” on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Prime, etc. Rosi Lozada continues to teach at Florida International U College of Law in Miami. Recently appointed to serve on the executive committee of the AALS Section on balance in legal education, Rosi is engaged in wellness initiatives in legal education. She is getting certified as a mindfulness facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Ed Perdue has left big law and opened a boutique litigation firm in Michigan, the Perdue Law Group PLLC, a service-disabled veteran and minority-owned business. He is also publishing The Little Green Book, a leadership manual for professionals, and is taking related speaking engagements. Ed is eagerly accepting new clients and can be reached through perduelawgroup.com. Scott Hardy has been nominated by President Trump to serve as a judge on the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Scott testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 8, and now awaits the committee and floor votes needed for confirmation. If you have news to share or if you want information on mini reunion football tickets for this fall, please contact me. — Chris Spataro; 57027 Wedgefield Court, Elkhart IN 46516; 574-596-2417; chrisjspataro@gmail.com 

 

97 Happy News

It has been an uncharacteristically warm January in Philadelphia this year, but I understand across the country, several states have had severe weather. I hope everyone made it through the winter and that spring is a nice change of pace. I received some exciting and happy updates from a couple of our classmates. Adrienne Greshock and her wife, Rachel Eberhard, welcomed their second son, William Peter Eberhard, on Jan. 7. Christy (Raslavsky) DeMuro lives in Phoenix with her husband Adam and their five children. Adam and Christy work at St Vincent de Paul. Adam works full-time as an attorney and Christy is part-time in development. Their son Paul, 6, just finished two years of successful cancer treatments for childhood leukemia. Christy and Adam are grateful to everyone who prayed for Paul. Thank you, God, for listening to the prayers and giving Paul continued health. Please send me updates. — Kate (Fisher) Murray; 1840 Huntingdon Road, Huntingdon Valley PA 19006; kmurraynd@yahoo.com

 

97MBA Class SecretaryPaul Mongelluzzo;

646-584-7340; paulanthonymba@gmail.com

 

97JD Spring Update 

Sadly, we have just learned that Alan M. Herman passed away on Jan. 31, 2019. Alan most recently practiced in the West Palm Beach FL area. Col. Brad Larson reported that he transferred from his former assignment as the staff judge advocate at the 601st Air Operations Center (and temporarily serving as the mayor of Tyndall Air Force Base after it took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael) to become the command judge advocate of the Florida National Guard. Col. Larson, his wife Katrina, and children Maya and Quinn moved from Panama City FL to Saint Augustine FL where they enjoy residing in the oldest city in the US. Michelle (Inouye) Schultz was recently promoted to senior vice president, legal for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. In that capacity, she will oversee unscripted television legal for the Warner Bros. Television Group including Telepictures, Warner Horizon and Shed Media. WB’s unscripted shows include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Real, Little Big Shots, TMZ, Extra, and The Bachelor franchise. Michelle has been at Warner Bros. for 12 years as a litigator and will continue to handle litigation with an emphasis on First Amendment and copyright matters. Prior to Warner Bros., Michelle was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Los Angeles. Michelle is married and has two sons. We would love to hear any and all news from others. —Julie Vales; cell 973-727-5767; juliemvales@gmail.com; john.vales@dentons.com

 

98 Pro Bono

Last October, Chris Smith, who serves as managing partner for the law firm Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh, received the 2019 Corporate Citizenship Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times. Chris and his firm were recognized for outstanding philanthropic contributions and collaborative relationships with nonprofits, civic and government organizations. Congratulations, Chris. Go Irish. — Bob Flannery; rflannery98@gmail.com

 

98MBA Class SecretaryJoseph Dunlop;

330 N. Rockingham Way, Amherst NY 14228; res 716-625-8470; bus 716-821-9393 Ext. 274; joseph.dunlop.1@gmail.com 

 

98JD Class SecretaryChris Putt;

mobile 574-514-3703; crputt@gmail.com

 

99 Class SecretaryErin (Wysong) Martin; 

erinmartin03@yahoo.com

 

99MBA Class Secretary Christy (Hayes) King;

christyking@alumni.nd.edu

 

99JD Class Secretary Steve Boettinger; 

boettinger@alumni.nd.edu