00 Enjoying the Fall

Hello, my fellow double naught classmates. I am going to let you in on some inside information. These columns are written about two months before you read them. Shocker, I know. So, I am writing this in the middle of summer, which is my absolute favorite time of year. Everyone is outside, playing in the pool, going to Little League Baseball games, not worrying about where your matching mitten is. However, you are reading this as the leaves are starting to change, you may be wearing a sweatshirt as the sun goes down, and school is in full swing. As usual, I have no idea what state the world will be in, nor do I want to stress myself out with predictions. I just hope all of you are doing well, staying safe and enjoying football. Our class has a couple of updates that are exciting and should be celebrated. Marcus Barlow got married in June to Shawna Slone at Stella Maris Church in Charleston SC. His sister, Dr. Erika Brandenstein ’03, and Emily ’12JD and Cole Felder ’13JD were in attendance. Congratulations to Marcus and Shawna. Another bit of good news is that our classmate Josh Bourgeois was made principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Louisville KY. Josh has been assistant principal at TJMS for the last 10 years. Josh and wife Jenny (Jablonski) have a 9-year-old, William. Josh, I know you will do a great job running that school and making each of those kids a little bit smarter by the end of the school year. If anyone else has some good news or updates they would like to share, please email me and I will make you famous by adding it to the next class column. (That’s what my kids think, at least). I can’t wait to hear from you. Until then, I hope you all are doing well, enjoying fall and maybe you should find that lost mitten before winter. — 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 SecretaryDaniel Hardwick;



01 Catching Up and Exploring

Rachel (Callahan) Gummattira and her husband, Roshan Gummattira, welcomed their second daughter on May 30. Lila Claire will join big sister Grace Francis in cheering on the Irish this fall.The BP girls checked in. In July, Jessica (Dingman) McIntyreOlivia (Almeida-Duque) HuntSuzanne (Lohmeyer) JesseMarita (Keane) ShinglerFrancesca (DeLayo) PadjenAllison Brandt and Katie (Leicht) Matsoukas met up in Austin TX for a post-pandemic reunion weekend. They had a fantastic time catching up and exploring Austin and even had a special visit from Austin resident Kelly (Boyle) Felker ’00. The next reunion will be at the Toledo game for a blowout weekend celebration at Katie’s new ND vacation home at 611 Twyckenham. They’d love to see all ’01 friends and family there. Lastly, we have information from Trevor Morris and hopefully this arrives in print before the event. “I know we missed our 20-year reunion, but we have a fun event for a great cause, Holtz’s Heroes, and we’d like to get many folks back for the Purdue game on Sept. 17. Come in Friday morning and play corn hole with the Bus (Jerome Bettis), Rocket (Raghib Ismail ’94), Tim Brown ’88, Reggie Brooks ’93, Bryant Young ’94, Trevor ‘Tdogg’ Morris and many others. Holtz’s Heroes provides financial assistance for the educational needs of underprivileged students and legacies as well as supports charitable and educational activities in the communities of its members. If interested, please email me, Trevor Morris, at tmorris211@live.com, and I can connect you to the event. Cost for the corn hole tournament is $50 and includes shirts, food (possibly some BBQ from a special guest), beverage (no booze since it is on campus), DJ Hitman and door prizes. The tournament benefits Holtz’s Heroes and the goal is to attain a world record.” Thanks for the great updates from our classmates this quarter. It is highly recommended you share them through this medium or Instagram (@nd2001alumni) for the next one. — Michael Anselmi; manselmi@alumni.nd.edu


01MBA Class SecretaryDominic Pang;



01JD Class Updates 

Jill and Todd Yeagley welcomed a baby boy, Everett Wilder, on June 18. He and mom are doing well. Todd continues his work as a veterinarian at Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa. Hon. Christine (Harding) Mayle served as a visiting judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio to hear and decide Ohio State Bar Association v. Harvey B Bruner, Case No. 2020-1533. In the event of a recusal by a justice, the chief justice selects an appellate court judge to serve temporarily on the Supreme Court. This was Judge Mayle’s second time serving as a visiting judge on that court. She sits on the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo, which hears appeals from all trial courts in Northwest Ohio. It is amazing to realize our law school graduation was 20 years ago. Time flies. I continue to hope you and your families are in good health. Please remember to send me news updates for our column. — Jonell Lucca; cell 602-677-3266; jonelllucca@yahoo.com 


02 Fall Updates

Dr. Laura Mike was part of a roundtable discussion with the Navajo Nation Office of the First Lady and Second Lady — Phefelia Nez and Dottie Lizer, respectively — and the Office of the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in April. Laura was invited by the Nez to discuss the work she does at Navajo United Way in “Giving Back to Communities.” As the executive director and representative of Navajo United Way, Laura talked about the organization’s efforts to give back to communities through philanthropy, building a volunteer network to be more responsive in serving Navajo communities, advocating for changes and improvements in current systems, policies, and protocols across Navajo, and how they are aiming to instill local empowerment in building safer, healthier and sustainable communities. Nora (Jones) Bondi shared that Dr. Amanda (Dovidio) Zelechoski co-founded a nonprofit called Pandemic Parenting in 2020, with the mission to share science-based knowledge, experience and resources with parents and caregivers navigating the pandemic. They host podcasts, produce videos and offer tangible, quality support to parents supporting the development and mental health of children. Check out pandemic-parent.org. Amanda also accepted a position at Purdue U Northwest to create a doctoral program in clinical psychology and build an affiliated community mental health clinic. Last fall, Jason Braun began a position at the Air Force ROTC detachment at the U of Miami. Unfortunately, the Irish and Canes aren’t due to play each other in football while he’ll be there. Keith Anderson and Dave DePiazza mentored the detachment’s cadets during a virtual Air Force career day over Zoom this spring. In June, Michael Campbell and Meaghan Calcari Campbell welcomed their daughter, Celeste Maeve Calcari Campbell. Everyone is happy and healthy in San Francisco, where Mike is a tax managing partner at BDO and Meaghan is a program officer in ocean conservation at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Michael Crowley is chief of staff for Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, after having served as communications director for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration since August 2019. Michael previously spent nearly a decade with Chicago-based non-profit After School Matters and is looking forward to getting back into the fields of youth engagement and community development. In July 2020, Crissy (Manary) Adinolfi finished an 18-year career at Nissan North America to focus on her two sons, Patrick, 11, and Luke, 6, and pursue a graduate degree in psychology. Crissy promptly found that she had too much free time. She is now a cross country and T-ball coach, vice president of the PTO, and just submitted her application to run for school board in November. She is also trying to write her first novel. Becky (Ward) Martini’s family made some big changes last year. After 10 years living in Washington DC, they moved to a 10-acre farm south of Annapolis, giving their boys, ages 6 and 8, plenty of space to run around. They have adjusted nicely to rural life, enjoying their newfound knowledge of local animals and plants and learning to brew good coffee at home now that they can’t walk around the corner to the neighborhood coffee shop. After a few years as an at-home parent, Becky works for the Office of Marine Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board while her husband, Jeff, runs a media company called Martini Media Solutions from their barn/office/studio. Cheryl Ziemba is back doing flying trapeze lessons after 14 months off due to COVID. She is planning road trips to visit three more states this year, putting her at 49 of the 50 states with only Alaska remaining. Cheryl is in the midst of a virtual race, “The West Coast Challenge,” with sister Nancy Ziemba Patel ’00. They have 10 months to exercise the 1,612-mile length of the West Coast and should be done early. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran; lsestile@alumni.nd.edu


02MBA Class SecretaryMelissa Hurd;



02JD All Rise: Great News on the Career Front 

The most gratifying part of serving as your class secretary is following our career and personal milestones. Based on the reports I have been receiving from you, we have reached our peak career years. In April, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz appointed Julia Dayton Klein as a district court judge in Minneapolis, with Julia taking the bench in June. In making the appointment, Governor Walz stated, “I am honored to appoint Ms. Dayton Klein to the Fourth Judicial District … (she) has a wealth of public and private legal experience and is a proven leader. I look forward to her contributions to the cause of justice on and off the bench.” Prior to her elevation to the bench, Julia was a partner with Lathrop GPM, where she represented clients in asylum, election and voting rights cases, employment law, food safety and government investigations. To the best of my knowledge, Julia is our first classmate to be elevated to the bench. If I am wrong, please let me know and I will post a correction with my sincere apologies in the next column. In June, Amy Newcombe became the assistant provost for faculty affairs at Seton Hall U, working out of its South Orange NJ campus. In this role, Amy supports the provost in faculty affairs, specifically with improving processes and protocols for each of the university’s colleges and schools. Prior to accepting this position, Amy taught the education law and legal practice courses at the Seton Hall Law School for 13 years. Amy and her husband, Sean, are the parents of three children. Elizabeth and Kat will attend college in the fall, while son Owen will “enjoy” the full attention of his two parents at home. Ethan McKinney was recently re-elected to a second term on the board of directors for the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCESA). NCSEA’s mission is to promote and influence child support policies and services to educate, connect and inspire those who work in child support. Ethan serves as the child support director for the St. Joseph County IN Prosecutor’s Office and believes that both parents are vital to the financial and emotional support of their children. He is honored to have been chosen to continue serving as a voice for the child support community. Ethan and his wife, Jennifer, live less than 10 miles from campus with their daughters, Elly and Nora. Erin Reiff recently accepted a new position as director, international tax for Trane Technologies in Charlotte NC. Erin and her daughter, Eleanor, are moving to the Charlotte area this summer where they will be closer to family. Erin states that anyone visiting the area is always welcome and if there are any classmates in Charlotte, she would love to meet up. Congratulations Julia, Amy, Ethan and Erin. — Ryan D. Costantini; 414 S. Notre Dame Ave., South Bend IN 46617; mobile 574-339-8050; ryan.costantini@gmail.com


03 In Memory of Matthew Thelen

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our classmate Matthew Thelen on the morning of Dec. 5, after a diagnosis of colon cancer. Matt loved nothing more than the joy of his family, a Jameson with good friends, a Notre Dame football game, a rare Mets win and an even rarer Jets win, an Iron Maiden concert, the peace and stillness of a book or some writing in his apartment, his professional successes, and the intellectual rigors of his polymath world. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for his family and friends from the Class of ’03. — Josh 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@dorsey.com 


04 Worth Waiting For

Congrats to our classmate and my ’11ACE roommate John Bacsik, who wed Sara Robinson on July 3. They had to postpone their wedding twice due to the pandemic, and after officially tying the knot in October in a small ceremony officiated by my hubby, Bill Martino ’06MEd, who introduced the couple, John and Sara finally had the sacrament and celebration they deserved surrounded by friends and family in a beautiful ceremony in Saugerties NY. Best man was John’s ND freshman roomie Nate Morrell. Groomsmen included John’s brothers, Chris Bacsik ’01 and Tom Bacsik ’10, along with Nick Biglasco ’10. Congratulations to Katie ’03 and Paul Daday who welcomed their daughter Nora Elizabeth into the world on June 23. Nora’s brothers Will and Ben love having a baby in the family. Keep those updates coming. — Carol Martino; carolmartino10@gmail.com


04MBA Next Gen College Bound

Brian Woodward accepted a position as an executive director with JP Morgan Chase Commercial Bank in April. He covers middle market companies in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Brian’s eldest son, Chandler, returned from his church mission in July and will attend BYU this fall. The same week Chandler returned, Chandler’s younger brother, Carson, embarked on his two-year mission in Mexico. Keep the updates coming. Go Irish. — Harry Howisen; hhowisen@gmail.com


04JD A Tale of Two Governors

Two of our classmates work for the governors of their home states. Angela Colmenero serves as the deputy general counsel for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. In this role, she is responsible for advising the governor on a variety of legal issues related to elections, redistricting and public and higher education. Angela lives in Austin with her husband and their sons, Grayson, 10, and Wyatt, 9. Jason Reese serves as general counsel to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. He describes his job as an interesting mix of politics, law and government. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, a professor of epidemiology at Oklahoma U, and their four children. When asked about political aspirations, Jason reported that he was open to future public service. — Katie (Wharton) DeFerrari; katiedeferrari@gmail.com


05 Updates Abound 

There is so much to share. Leticia (Morin) married Eric Lathrop in 2019 with Adrian Torres in attendance. Tim McKenzie and his partner welcomed a daughter. In September 2019, Jen (Osterhage) and Andy Wolkiewicz welcomed twins Grace Bernadette and Luke Nicholas. 2020 babies include: Kathryn Antoinette, daughter of Kate Musica and Norman Kittrell; Laura Josephine, daughter of Sarah (Sheehan) and Joe Graham; Cole Anthony, son of Jessica (Beguin) and Nick Yonto; Nolan Ridgway, child of Sheila (Dawes) and Doug Wheeler; and Fennell Xavier Joseph, child of Jalana Ballen and Fennell Hicks. In January, Ashlee (O’Donnell) and Matt Barrett ’06 welcomed their eighth child, Luke Ambrose, and Heather (Berry) Wallace and her husband welcomed their fourth, Benjamin. Patrick Murphy is a partner at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg and lives with wife Eileen and sons Patrick and Theodore in Philadelphia. Brandon Hollihan earned his doctorate from ND in 2020 and is assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Carson-Newman U and music director for First UMC Jefferson City. Ruben Peña is Midwest region manager with John Deere in Des Moines. Former Irish tight end Billy Palmer left McGriff Insurance and purchased the assets of Hatcher Insurance in Orlando, where he lives with wife Ashley and sons Luke, Charlie and Wyatt. Allison (Ferber) Miller is running for state attorney for Pasco and Pinellas Counties in Florida (MillerforStateAttorney.com). Dan O’Brien recently published Camel Resilience: Dr. Dan’s Guide for Turning Surviving into Thriving. In January, Shantha Ready Alonso was appointed director of intergovernmental and external affairs at the US Department of the Interior. Sang Yup Lee ’05, ’09JD is director of development for the Chicago Bar Foundation and VP of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago. Dolores Diaz’s play, Zulema, was due to be performed at Millennium Park in Chicago on Sept. 2. Other performances took place around the city starting Aug. 5 (goodmantheatre.org/season/2021-season/zulema/). Deanna Sortino was named Illinois Secondary Art Educator of the Year in 2020. She is single and invites interested ND suitors to hit her up on Instagram (@dsortino) or the Dogbook. Lindsay Till Hoyt was named a “rising star” by the Association for Psychological Science for her work as assistant professor of psychology at Fordham U. Lindsay and husband Neil Hoyt ’02Arch live in New York with daughter Bennet. Annelise (Sucato) and Tom Raaf live in Seattle with daughter Kiera and two Frenchies. Leslie (Kealhofer) Kemp ’06 is associate professor of French and film at the U of Rhode Island. She is mom to Owen and Aidan with husband Matt. Erin (Cox) Fricker is an immigration attorney and lives in Boston with husband Zach and son Jack. Allison (Buckley) Macabobby lives in Phoenix with husband Jeff and daughter Taylor. Maria (Welch) Nolan and husband Patrick are parents of four (Luke, Timothy, Diana and Alice) and own The Ruff House Stay & Play in Chesapeake VA. Carmen Forte Jr. and wife Ashley are attorneys and live in Campton Hills IL with sons Carmen (aka “Jack”) and Cal. Kate (Lindsey) Hagan is a labor and delivery nurse and lives with her husband and two boys in Indianapolis just a few miles from her in-laws, Ginny and John Hagan ’71. Kate and Welsh Fam roommates Kate Burmon and Caitlin Kennelly ’06 enjoyed a trip to Chicago for the Friends TV show pop-up event. Kelly and Nate Johnson live with their energetic Australian Shepherd in Charlottesville VA. Drop a line at njohnson19@gmail.com if you are traveling to the UVA-ND game this year. Van Tran lives in Paducah KY and recently made a memorable trip to Disney World with her kiddos. This fall, Bill Coffey and wife Julie will host the 19th annual PJMHBP Tournament, with defending champ Brendan Bowes taking on previous winners John Anderson, Katrina (Anderson) Wilkinson ’06, John Baker, Laura Fraczek, Jon Kocarnik, Ben Marley, Charles Miller, Paul Roncal, Jenny Scherer, Joe Schuster and Matt Warchol. Christina (Bax) Roncal and Bill will vie for their first wins. — Caroline Meehan; ndclassnotes05@gmail.com 


05MBA Class SecretaryHimanshu Gosar;

hgosar@alumni.nd.edu; ndmba2005-owner@googlegroups.com


05JD Transitions

Perhaps it is not surprising that 2021 has turned out to be a year of transition for many in our class. In Phoenix, after nearly five years in-house at ON Semiconductor, Vince Pecora moved across town to become the vice president, securities and corporate governance at Amkor Technology, Inc. In his new role, Vince advises the NASDAQ-traded company on SEC reporting and compliance issues, corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance matters. In Denver, Coleman Lechner returned to the in-house world. He joined FullSpeed Automotive as its vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary after several years at Foley & Lardner. FullSpeed and its varied brands have more than 650 locations across the country and over 70 years of experience in providing quality car care in the industry. In nearby Littleton CO, John Crisham became a founding partner of Crisham & Holman LLC, a litigation boutique that delivers large firm experience with a personal touch, building upon his years of experience at Kirkland & Ellis and Greenburg Traurig. In Salem OR, Gina Zejdlik was appointed chief of staff to Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown in November 2020 after serving as deputy chief of staff. Gina previously served as deputy legislative counsel at the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office when Gov. Brown served as Secretary of State. Down in Dallas, Katie Anand joined Martin Powers & Counsel, PLLC, a boutique business law firm, as a partner in its Irving TX office. Katie’s practice focuses on general business litigation, including financial services litigation, enforcement of security interests, and construction litigation on behalf of owners, contractors, and subcontractors. Kate O’Scannlain returned to private practice after serving as the solicitor of labor at the US Department of Labor, where she was the highest-ranking woman and third highest-ranking official. She has joined a firm that is known to many in the Notre Dame family, Jones Day, in the labor and employment group of its Washington DC office. Finally, after Easter, I joined Becky (Parrott) Waldren, Anne (Egan) Wagstaff, Anna (Smith) Helton, Jack Palma, Devin Schultz and Pat Kilbane for a wonderful Zoom happy hour. We discussed a lot over several hours, including our families, favorite podcasts, and Pat’s new book, Move Forward Confidently: A Woman’s Guide to Navigating the High-Net-Worth Divorce. Let us know if you would like to be a part of the next one. Until then, go Irish. — Adam J. Russ; Houston TX; adamjruss@gmail.com


06 Life Changes

Angelique (Arnold) Cramer and Ryan Cramer welcomed their second child, Charlotte, on Dec. 1. Big brother James, 2, adores her. Angelique joined the law firm of Lozano Smith in April as senior counsel in the San Diego office. John Paul Lichon, founder and CEO of Catholic pilgrimage company Verso Ministries, was named a 2021 Forty Under 40 recipient. The Michiana Forty Under 40 program shines the spotlight on 40 of the South Bend/Elkhart region’s most talented and dedicated young executives, leaders, professionals, employees, and adults who demonstrate career success and community engagement, all before the age of 40. Lichon founded Verso Ministries in 2016 after hearing God’s call to start a pilgrimage company while attending World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland. Patricia Adams and Damian Althoff welcomed their second son, Ryan Patrick, on June 2, in New York City. I can confirm, he is very cute. — Anna (Skoien) Lall; annagracelall@gmail.com 


06MBA New Secretary

Yours truly, Michael Lloyd, has volunteered to become secretary for the Class of 2006. I retired from the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group July 3, 2020, and soon after connected with missionaries in southern West Virginia: Arnie and Kathy Simonse from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Coordinating with SVdP and Faith in WV, we provided two truckloads of food and supplies as well as household appliances for families supported by SVdP. See the YouTube video, “Discovering McDowell County,” and contact me for more information. Marty Henehan was promoted to senior VP of commercial development for August Bioservices Inc. in Nashville. August Bioservices provides research and pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services to clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology space. Please forward me your Class of ’06 updates. — Michael Lloyd; 651 Nathaniel Chase Lane, Herndon VA 20170; cell 312-388-0501; mt_lloyd@yahoo.com  


06JD Class SecretaryAmir Hassan Sadaghiani;



07 Class SecretaryStephanie Pelligra;



07MBA Class SecretaryTim Ponisciak;



07JD Class Secretary Patrick A. Salvi II;

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., 161 N. Clark St., Suite 4700, Chicago IL 60601; 312-372-1227; psalvi2@salvilaw.com


08 That Time of the Year

Can you feel the crisp air and smell the falling leaves? It’s fall and that can only mean one thing: hockey season. I think we all agree that the Class of 2008 needs a serious, cathartic reunion at a home game. Agree? We do, too. We also can celebrate the following news. First, a hearty congratulations to Tristan Van Voorhis, who graduated from Indiana U School of Medicine in May. Tristan is grateful for the support of his wife, Rana (Rolle) Van Voorhis, and his three children, Rya, Remington and Rome. The family will relocate to Atlanta GA where Tristan will begin a residency in pediatrics at Emory U. Tristan has also agreed to be the resident pediatrician for all Class of 2008 babies because he does not seem to be busy at all. Speaking of babies, Miquela Suazo and her husband, Danny Olshefsky, welcomed their first child, Mia Olshefsky Suazo, on April 3. Miquela and Danny are in love and enjoying Mia’s smiles and giggles. Patrick and Ellen (Heintzman) McInerney welcomed their baby girl, Brianna Marie, in late June. Gratefully, Brianna looks like her mother and nothing like her father. She is about five feet tall and already preparing for her college athletic career. Brianna’s brothers are intimidated. Stay cool, Class of 2008. And as always, thank you to our Class of 2008 frontline workers. We are praying for you. — Patrick O’Brien; classof2008@alumni.nd.edu


08MBA Class Secretary Megan Ulrich;



08JD Happy News

Jen and Guilherme Costa welcomed their third son, Theo, on Dec. 9, 2019. Guilherme is wrapping up his first year at Syracuse U as the senior associate vice president and deputy university secretary. This fall, he is starting a PhD in higher education. Guilherme, Jen, and sons Jack, 7, Oliver, 4, and Theo are healthy, happy, and excited to be able to travel again. Aaron Bart Fricke has been promoted to general counsel of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners and has moved to the Las Vegas office. 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 if we have money in the fund. Please be generous this year and in years to come. — Marie-Therese Mansfield; mt.mansfield1@gmail.com 


09 Class SecretaryMegan Flynn;



09MBA Class Secretary Shawn Pulscher;

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


09JD More Updates

Kelli Lanski recently transitioned from private practice to founding The Career Files LLC (thecareerfiles.com), a business dedicated to helping law students and young lawyers succeed in the workplace through one-on-one coaching and skills-based training. Christopher Sokol got married in March to Charissa Jones on Waimanalo Beach on Oahu, Hawaii, in a private ceremony after eloping. Congratulations to the happy couple. Keep those updates coming. — Josh Rinschler; josh.rinschler@gmail.com