90 Beautiful Legacies

Submarine warfare officer Capt. Tony E. Troup retired from the Navy after serving for over 37 years since enlisting during his senior year of high school. His son, Navy Lt. Bryan R. Troup (2017 Marquette ROTC), is a Navy Pilot flying E-6 Mercury TACAMO missions for our country. Thank you for your service. Molly (Mahoney) and Phil Kraker live in Westerville OH. Their daughter MacKenzie ’19 will graduate from ND in June with a Master of Theology. They also have two daughters at Saint Mary’s: Emily, a senior, and Ashley, a sophomore. Laura (Lilly) and Bob Stephens ’91 recently built a cabin in the woods of Kentucky and are looking forward to some quiet days ahead. Laura accepted a new job with Edward Jones in Crestwood KY. Emily and Matt Thiel are in High Point NC with their children Sarah, Brian and Adam. Matt recently started a new wealth management firm, Signature Wealth Strategies. Matt is planning to attend the North Carolina game with classmates Jeff Janicik and Dan Twomey. Joan and Tim Kenny launched their second daughter Catherine to college last fall amid the pandemic. Catherine is studying at NYU. Their eldest daughter, Mary, will be a senior at Boston College in the fall. They have one more shot to convince their youngest to go to ND. Margaret will be starting high school in the fall. Tim is the global head of intellectual property at Norton Rose Fulbright. COVID quarantine got some of Farley’s finest to start Zooming once a week and now Jane Ricciardi, Jennifer (O’Donald) Hofer, Vivienne (Padilla) Perri, Laura Cannon ’91 and Sheila O’Connell ’89 will take over Balboa Island, Newport Beach CA this summer to celebrate Jane’s birthday. Pat Henahan has been living in the northern suburbs of Chicago for the last eight years. In 2019, Pat wrapped up her corporate finance career and became an executive coach. She does career coaching and leadership development work. She is looking forward to being back on campus for the North Carolina game in the fall. Kathy Brienza Daniele checked in to report that her daughter, Alyssa ’21, graduated from Notre Dame. Kathy mentioned that her ND roommate, Kay (Richter) and husband Mark Lowney, have twin daughters who also graduated this spring: Anna ’21 and Claire ’21. Having daughters as classmates has led Kathy and Kay to relive many traditions from freshman orientation to JPW. They also enjoyed a mother-daughter spring break in Sanibel Island last year. Beth (Apone) Salamon is the director of communications, marketing and television at Rutgers U. Beth’s daughter Emily is a junior at Rutgers and daughter Sarah is a freshman at the U of Pittsburgh. Beth hopes to visit Dorothy (Kozak) Snoke, who lives in Los Angeles. Beth and Dorothy met as the only females in Prof. Robert Slabey’s War and Literature Class and survived a viewing of Johnny Got His Gun. Our sincere condolences to classmate Amy (Hoodecheck) Patterson who lost her husband and our classmate John B. Patterson in March. Survivors include their children, Kayla and Ryan. John practiced law for 27 years, most recently at his partnership, Balkan & Patterson LLP in Boca Raton FL. In addition to traveling with Amy, John enjoyed golfing, training for sprint and half Ironman triathlons and paddle boarding. His favorite pastime was coaching and attending his children’s sporting events and other activities. Mike Lane and Dan Kramer came to town to celebrate John’s life, and many other classmates viewed the services online. Tom MacLennan ’83, ’90JD, passed on the sad news that he lost his wife and our classmate, Krista (Smith) MacLennan, in April after a lengthy battle with cancer. Survivors include their sons Joseph and John. Krista graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1994 and served a director of Juvenile Services in LaPorte IN before deteriorating health led her to become a grant administrator for the Sisters of the Holy Cross at Saint Mary’s, and then as volunteer coordinator for the Center for Hospice. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers. You can 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 Hello Again

I hope you and your families are doing well. As I write this, there is a lot to feel optimistic about in the coming year: more time with family and friends, kids enjoying the full experience of school, travel, dinners out, maybe even a football season with fans and a chance to finally celebrate our 30th. Plans for reunion will be back on track once we have more details about the upcoming football season and hear from the University as to the reunion plans. I’ll be in touch soon with more information. If you are looking for a good read, our classmate Cynthia Hardy recently published a book, Crossing Meridians: Engineering Disruption to Become a More Effective Leader. After an accomplished and varied career, Cynthia is the founder and CEO of Pivot Global Partners, a global management consulting firm. Congratulations, Cynthia. Be well and let me know what the heck you are up to. I hope to see you soon at ND. — Cathy (Pollock) Gregory; cagregory@sbcglobal.net


91 Class SecretarySuzi (Criqui) Mueller;

cell 917-886-8176; suzi@cbglobalsearch.com


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Kartadjaja Intan (Karta) reports, “2021 is a monumental year for the Class of 1991 … 30 years. Wow, time flies. Post-graduation, I returned to Indonesia to build my career. The last four years have kept me busy with advising owners and founders of Indonesian companies and start-ups relating to corporate and capital restructuring. Prior to that, I was an investment banker for global banks assisting corporations to raise funds through global capital markets and M&A. I would love to help a fellow Notre Dame alumnus expand their footprint here. Back in 2019, I went back to the campus with my wife, son and daughter for the first time since I graduated. The campus is as gorgeous as I remembered it. I frequently travel to the US as I have a couple of business partners in Grand Rapids and New York. My son is at the U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign doing his graduate study and research work with his professor, which gives me more reason to visit the US. Any of you who are looking for a venture or business partner in Indonesia or even thinking of a holiday destination in Bali, please reach out to me at 628-1680-6900 or kartadjaja.intan@gmail.com.” Scott Trossen reports his daughter became an RN on April 30 and was married on May 22. His son, Walker, is working on a degree in Chinese at Michigan State. Scott has been in Ann Arbor since 2001 and started his boutique HR consulting for SMBs in 2007. Join the new ’91MBA Facebook Group. Look us up and join. Please keep sharing your news. — Patty (Spiekermann) Lynch; pattylynch05@gmail.com


91JD Thank You

Many thanks to all who responded to my recent email to the class. I enjoyed hearing from you and appreciate the kind words about my dad, Jim Boesen ’54, who passed away from COVID last June. I received a nice note from Shane Smithton who saw both of his kids get married last year. Shane lives and practices in Woodward OK. Brian Martin emailed that he is doing well in Kansas City. He and his wife, Hui, have been married for 18 years. Hui is an art historian and teaches at U of Missouri-Kansas City and the Kansas City Art Institute. They have two children, William and Cathy, who are in high school. In case you did not hear the news, the University has decided not to have an in-person reunion in 2021. We will have to make other plans to celebrate our 30th reunion. Where did the time go? Until next time, act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God. — Martha Trout; 12823 Clark St., Clive IA 50325; cell 515-249-9235; marthatrout@gmail.com


92 New Chapters and Pages Turning        

Spring is the time of new growth, college acceptance, prom, graduation and more. Graduations galore: Betsy (Paulsen) and Wally Crapps shared that their daughter, Katherine, graduated summa cum laude in 3.5 years from U of Kentucky; son David is a sophomore at U of South Carolina studying sports management. Their youngest, John, will attend the U of Michigan in the fall. Gloria Wells-Cotton’s daughter Mia will also be at U of M in the Class of ’25, where she will pursue a dual degree in flute performance and psychology. Julia (Hennigan) Doyle’s third daughter, Collette, will enter the Class of 2025 at ND this fall; daughter Ceili is a ’20 graduate of Miami U in Ohio and journalist at the Columbus Dispatch; daughter Emma attends U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will be a senior in the College of Education. Jeff Jotz’s son Patrick starts his first year at Union College in September. Deborah (Skahan) Gaillard’s daughter Maddie graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in political science, minoring in Spanish and anthropology; daughter Emily will join Class of 2025 at UNC Charlotte; daughter Rachel will join Class of 2025 at Appalachian State U. Maureen (Nelligan) and Tom Fischer will have a third attend ND as daughter Mae has confirmed joining the Class of ’25. Shannon Ledesma’s son, Nicholas Jones, will also be a freshman as will Rob Hayes’ daughter Bridget. Rob’s daughter Nora is also on campus with Class of ’23. Mike Potter is proud his daughter finished her second year at IU and has made the dean’s list each semester. Kimberly (Mitchell) Lutnesky’s daughter Ashley finished her freshman year in theater performance at Baylor and daughter Ariel finished her first year at U of Oregon working on a master’s degree in folklore. Paul Novak’s son, Duncan, finished sophomore year at Emerson College with a major in broadcast journalism. He acted in his first movie which was released on Amazon Prime, The Devil Below. Charlie James’ son, JC, is at the U of Wisconsin as a Marine ROTC student studying econ and Arabic. He will be the battalion sergeant major his senior year. Newest ND grads: Katie (Smith) Lembas and Esteban Rodriguez ’94 sent news daughter Lily ’21 graduated May 23 with a civil engineering degree. Barat LaPorte’s daughter, Madeleine ’21, also graduated in May with an engineering degree. Christine (Choquette) Ford’s daughter, Molly21, graduated from ND in May as well. Sarah (Esterline) and Jon Sampson ’91 sent an update that daughter Cassidy graduated from Purdue with a hospitality degree, son Alex finished junior year studying business at ND, and son Jack completed his freshman year studying biochem and neuroscience at Miami U in Ohio. Kevin Rooney’s daughter, Alena, took a COVID-19 gap year and will attend Smith in the fall. She received the 2020 Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship from the Sunflower Initiative. Congrats to Dr. Tara (McDonald) Morrison on the completion of her first half Ironman which entails a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. Kelley Tuthill is chief operating officer at Catholic Charities Boston. After 23 years with the Dept. of Justice, US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, Pete Deegan retired in February and joined Taft Law. Prayers for the family of Cindy (Wernimont) Lucas who passed away Jan. 4 after fighting brain cancer for 16 years. Note we have a new alumni website and photo directory. Go to my.nd.edu and share family news, 50 re-do parties or graduations. Class Facebook page is U of Notre Dame, Class of 1992. God bless. Go Irish. — Jill-Beth (JB) Hayes; ndclassof92@gmail.com 


92MBA Light at the End of the Tunnel

Michael Rogers is celebrating his 29th anniversary at Ford Motor Company. He started a new assignment as global controller, product line profits and fuel economy monetization. In this role, he manages the profitability of future products in a time when Ford is migrating vehicles from internal combustion engines to battery electric vehicles. Michael and wife Kerry live in Ann Arbor MI and will celebrate 29 years of marriage in December. (Also, it is 29 years since graduation. It was a big year.) Their elder daughter is a Yale graduate and a software engineer, and their younger daughter is a Cornell graduate and a project manager for a hospital. They remain a Notre Dame family through and through. Watching fall football is a favorite family experience as they are crazy fans. As always, please send updates and join our class Facebook page. — Julie 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 Life in the Time of COVID-19

Just as the world was heading into lockdown last March, David Sullivan’s former law firm shut down, so he and a colleague decided to start their own firm: Sullivan O’Malley LLC. It doesn’t get more Irish-sounding than that, does it? Dave continues to focus on commercial litigation and professional liability defense while also growing his real estate and estate planning practice. For the past year, he had an unexpected office mate, his wife Jill (Naughton) Sullivan, who was remote teaching geometry and statistics in the next office (er, bedroom) in their Chicago home. Michael Fisk, a long-time West Hollywood resident, is back at MGM Studios after 15 years meandering the studio system from Sony to Lionsgate to Open Road to WB and then back to MGM. Michael is working on his sixth James Bond film, which is slated for release on Oct. 3. On the side, Michael helps aspiring and indie content creators (film/TV/digital) via a panel series called “Business of Creating” that he and a friend co-founded. They have held 20 panels; the most recent one on the topic of animation was held virtually because of COVID. Other than that, Michael and his husband hunker down at home binge-watching tons of movies with the rest of the homebound Americans. Robbie Hennings wishes he had more to report, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, life has been pretty static. As Robbie wisely reflected, “After the last year we’ll take some boring, though, right?” I shared that I have been chewing through audio books, and he shared that he is making his way through Hamilton, the biography, not the musical. He is looking forward to making travel plans since his daughter, Evie, is a little curious about Paris. Kevin Nelson and his family celebrated Easter in Chicago and saw his parents for the first time in 13 months. Kevin surmised that his family is living the same cautious existence as most families. The one difference is that with his kids in Catholic schools, they have had one, two or all three girls at school on any given day. The high schoolers varied between zero and four days of in-person learning. Abigail was in the pit band for Little Women in March and played tennis. Madelyn played field hockey and golf. Sophia, who played soccer and lacrosse, was also gearing up for the Battle of the Books competition in April. Kevin and his wife, Jessica, have enjoyed various Bible studies, including a dynamic one on St. Joseph. They are particularly enjoying the Bible in a Year podcast with Rev. Mike Schmitz from Minnesota, so there is some great Midwestern folksiness. Dennis McDonald lives in Charlotte NC with his wife, Christina Vellucci ’93SMC, and four children: Andreas, Adelaide, Declan and Lachlan. Dennis’ mother, Joan McDonald of Troy OH, passed away in March at age 81. Dennis’ father, Mike McDonald ’62, survives her. After graduating from The Ohio State U, Joan lived a life and career filled with love and travel. Dennis, his father, and brother laid her to rest on Easter weekend in Troy, surrounded by family. I am sorry to report that our classmate, Eric Mark Watts, passed away on Dec. 13 after his two-year battle with glioblastoma. He resided in Erie PA most of his life and relocated to Richmond VA seven years ago. Mark is survived by two children, Morgan and Anthony John (AJ), and their mother, Marissa. David Shepard and Kathy Hipps reached out with the sad news that Brendon Murphy died on March 28 from a thoracic aortic aneurysm. David shared that Brendon was a physics major and a “brilliant and funny guy, the smartest kid I met at ND.” You can find obituaries for Eric and Brendon on legacy.com. David was headed to California in April with his son to look at Santa Clara U and the U of San Diego. It has been a strange year for picking colleges since at the time of this writing, California schools were not offering campus tours. Please connect with me via LinkedIn or the email and phone number below. — Anne Marie (Krauza) Yuhas; 623-606-7000; yuhas93@gmail.com 


93MBA Our Children Attending Notre Dame

I received two fun emails from Megan Hilal ’94MBA  and Kevin Hart. Megan and Dave Hilal ’94MBA have a sophomore at Notre Dame who is a double major in finance and ACMS. Megan and I realized after exchanging a few texts, that her daughter, Erin, and my daughter, Natalie, know each other through a club on campus. Each semester, Dave volunteers to talk one-on-one with ND students. The students can ask him anything. My daughter signed up to talk with him. Dave taught her about his former job where he worked in equity research. She really enjoyed learning about this path in finance. Kevin Hart sent me a great photo of him with his beautiful girls and wife. He and Sheri have three daughters who play soccer. Kennedy is 18 and a senior at IMG Academy near Sarasota FL and headed to Rice U as a soccer student-athlete. Kaleigh is 15 and a freshman at IMG Academy playing soccer. Kelsi is 13 and will be an eighth grader at IMG also playing soccer. Kevin is celebrating 10 years as the chief product and technology officer at Cox Communications. My husband and I just bought land in the Sarasota area and will only be 20 minutes from Kevin and his family when we are in Florida. Does anyone else live near Sarasota? Please send me an email before July 15 letting me know which football games you will be attending. I will put this information in my next newsletter which will be the fall Issue. Go Irish. — Tricia Hug Schorr; cell 317-987-5000; thugschorr@yahoo.com 


93JD A Few Updates

The honorable Mary Yu was on Jimmy Kimmel and she was waaaay better than most of the guests. Thanks to Rich Rowling for pointing out that classmate Ed Sullivan turns 60 in June. Ed disputed this claim on social media. Rich also reports that he, Bill Farrell, John Garda and Tom Gorman will be breaking out of the lockdown in July to golf in Oregon. Adriana Sanford is killing it with the Sanford & Hall Report where she shares her expertise in cyber policy. She has been a keynote speaker more often than anyone else in the class, from what I can tell. Martin J. Heli is proud to report his son graduated from Our Lady’s University this spring with a double major: political science and Russian. Pozdravleniya, as they say in Moscow. Go Irish. Reach out to me and let me know what is going on in your lives and I will spread the word. Peace and blessings to you all, and as my mom always says to me: you pray for me and I’ll pray for thee. — Jamie O’Brien; jamesobrienesq@yahoo.com


94 A Call from The Hall

It’s about time our class was recognized for induction. Congratulations to Aaron Taylor who was named to the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. Aaron is a CBS college football analyst and was a Consensus All-American in 1992 and a team captain and Unanimous All-American in 1993. Not to be outdone, kudos to Danielle (Walker) Merfeld on her election to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Danielle is vice president and chief technology officer, GE Renewable Energy, General Electric Co. Congratulations to Kevin Murphy and his wife, Genevieve, on the birth of their baby boy, Ethan James. Congratulations to Bill Merritt on the birth of his baby boy, William Addison. Now we have the nuptials. Congratulations to Andrea Huisden on her wedding to Dannon, and to Joe Adams on his wedding to Margaret. Several classmates have new jobs. Sean Arthurs is the new director of global education and training at EarthRights International, with offices in the US, Thailand, Myanmar and Peru, which works with frontline communities to protect their environmental rights and human rights. Tim Fischer recently started as CEO of Southeast Elevator, a manufacturer of residential and commercial elevators and ADA-compliant lifts for events. It is based in Ft. Pierce FL. Merideth Kirkland began a new position as a corporate finance consultant at Salo LLC in Chicago. Bill McDonald is the new general counsel and chief compliance officer at Professional Physical Therapy in Melville NY. Mike Scrudato started a new position as managing director, Marsh Affinity and Bluestream Digital Platform at Marsh. Michael Marrion has joined Cresa Chicago as senior vice president, assisting law firms, financial services, and technology companies with their real estate strategies. And finally, congratulations to Air Force Col. Sean Murphy, who retired after 27 years and is looking forward to some well-earned time on the links. Hit ’em straight, Sean. Send me a note with news, let me know what is happening or just say hi to your humble scrivener. — Joe Poe; ndclass1994@yahoo.com


94MBA Class SecretaryRodger Laurite;

678-644-0422; rodgerlaurite@hotmail.com


94JD Classmates Remembered

It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the loss of two classmates. James Garcia passed away April 12, 2020, in Fort Pierce FL and Krista Smith MacLennan passed away April 7, 2021, in LaPorte IN. Our unofficial annual reunion will be at the Oct. 2 Cincinnati game. Please contact Jim Carrig or me regarding details. Congratulations to Vicki and Stuart Parsell, who became grandparents in May 2020. Their daughter, who was born during our third year, had a baby girl. Stuart is a partner at Zeiger, Tigges & Little in Columbus, where he focuses on complex commercial litigation. I hope everyone is well during these challenging times. Please send me information and updates for future publication. — Doug Duncan; pdouglasduncanjr@yahoo.com 


95 Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

We hope everyone is healthy and safe as we start to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Now more than ever, we would love to hear from you so please send news. Bill Fideli shared that he is busy investing in his student housing real estate fund. His latest projects are a development in Athens GA and an acquisition in Lexington KY. In the past five years, he has completed approximately $500 million of acquisitions, developments and sales. Ed Leader ’94, ’97JD has worked closely as his attorney. Our 25th reunion, originally planned for 2020 and then rescheduled for June of 2021, was cancelled and instead celebrated virtually. Mark your calendars: While plans are subject to change based on local and University guidelines, the Alumni Association is hoping to welcome our class back to campus for the USC (Oct. 23) or North Carolina (Oct. 30) football weekends. While they cannot provide a full Reunion experience, they hope to host a small event to reunite our class. We pray that you may continue to spend quality time with your loved ones in this crazy, unprecedented time in our lives, and that all of you are happy and healthy. — Colleen (Mickus) and Mike Robson; 1814 N. Robincrest Lane, Glenview IL 60025; cell 847-772-0551; therobsons@sbcglobal.net


95MBA Class SecretaryRenee Werner;

134 Willow Blvd., Willow Springs IL 60480; 773-528-3929; reneewerner@yahoo.com 


95JD Challenges

Mike Willson wrote from Midland TX of some recent challenges he has faced, and he invites classmates to get in touch with him at mjaywillson@sbcglobal.net. Mike asked me to share this message: “In July 2018, I developed Guillain Barre Syndrome and while hospitalized in a coma suffered an ischemic (stroke) and spent a year in medical facilities. COVID-19 delayed my return to Texas until October 2020. I stepped down from the Texas Appeals Court at the end of my term. I will probably retire due to residual left arm and leg weakness and damaged eyes. I wear a leg brace and cannot drive, but I thank God and doctors that I’m still here.” Eric Dunning shared a family celebration and his appointment as a state official in Nebraska: “My wife, Toba, and I are excited for our youngest’s Bar Mitzvah later this month. It is a big life event for him, but seems like one for us, too. Later this month, I will be switching jobs, and leaving my position as the lobbyist for the Nebraska Blue Cross to join Governor Ricketts’ cabinet as Nebraska’s insurance commissioner.” Best wishes to all this summer. Please send your updates. — Julia Meister; meister@taftlaw.com


96 Life Changes

Congratulations to Laura Merritt Bird, whose first novel, Crossing the Pressure Line, a middle-grade story for girls, will be published in March 2022 by Orange Hat Publishing. Congratulations also to Amy (Gardner) and Jeff Welkomer, who welcomed Jordan Oscar in February. The Welkomers live in Chicago, where Amy works for Whirlpool. Tony Pottinger writes that he, his wife and daughters aged 4 and 8 recently relocated from Washington DC to his hometown of Louisville. Tony serves as agency counsel with the ATF after many years with the Department of Justice’s Civil Division in DC. He was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, where he serves as a JAG officer. And after managing the football and basketball teams at ND and a 15-year career at the JP Morgan Private Bank, Michael Chiaravalloti will be managing the legal affairs for RedBird Capital Partners as in-house counsel. RedBird Capital is a private equity firm principally focused on investments in its core verticals of sports, consumer, TMT and financial services. Mike lives in New Jersey with his wife and four daughters. I hope you are all doing well. Please send news or updates. — Kate Crisham; catherine.crisham@usdoj.gov


96MBA Class Secretary Maureen Maher;



96JD Leaders, Chiefs and Award Recipients

Ed Perdue reports that as things open, he is rolling out his leadership speaking and training practice related to The Little Green Book: A Leadership Manual for Professionals, which he published last year. Tim Gerend serves as chief distribution officer for Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee WI. Tim recently shared a LinkedIn article about Northwestern Mutual’s expansion of its NYC presence. Marsha Griggs received the Trailblazer Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) section on academic support. She reports that she will calm the stress of having a new teen driver in her household with a soothing book by Sunny Hostin ’95JD. She is looking forward to Sunny’s book talk about Summer on the Bluffs in Washington DC. Yours truly, Christopher Spataro survived my first 100 days on the bench. I enjoy ”dispensing justice” in Elkhart Superior Court No. 5. Also, I want to report that there are tickets remaining for the minireunion football game against North Carolina on Oct. 30. If you are interested in tickets, please call or email ASAP. — Christopher Spataro; 57027 Wedgefield Court, Elkhart IN 46516; 574-596-2417; chrisjspataro@gmail.com 


97 Yay! Updates

I have not had to worry about word count in years, but this summer issue, my back is to the wall. Thank you all for the updates. Dykema, a leading national law firm, appointed Christopher Kratovil as the firm’s national recruiting partner. This follows a five-year stint as managing member of Dykema’s Dallas office, where Christopher helped to develop the office through laterals of top legal talent. In his practice, Christopher remains in Dallas as a member of the firm’s litigation department, focusing on appellate matters. Christopher has made a name for himself as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Texas” thanks to his success in leading clients through complex commercial disputes at all levels of appellate courts. Since March 25, 2020, almost every Wednesday night during the pandemic, Matt Casey (Columbus OH), Frank O’Linn (Fairview Park OH), Andy Pascale ’98 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), Patrick Phillips ’99 (Pottstown PA), Dave Treacy (Brookline MA) and Pete Ugo (Indianapolis) have had Zoom calls to check in on sanity, talk about the world, play Cards Against Humanity, discuss ND football and share some laughs. Many others have joined in, including Matt Glenn, Karen Putt ’96, Nicole (Murray) Swank, Chad Helmle, Tony Provencal ’98, Mike Martin ’99, Marina (Lamps) Alvarez ’99 and Mike Earley ’00. It has helped make the last year more bearable. Sarah (Carroll) Smith wrote a children’s book, The Doctor Will be Late, which Giao (Duong) Williams beautifully illustrated. The book was published by Pager Publications in February. It aims to teach young readers patience and empathy at the doctor’s office. It can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu. The website is www.thedoctorwillbelate.com. Enjoy your summer. Please stay safe and healthy. Please send me updates. — Kate (Fisher) Murray; 1840 Huntingdon Road, Huntingdon Valley PA 19006; kmurraynd@yahoo.com


97MBA Less is More 

Tim Coff informed me that he and the family took their longest road trip, driving from their home in Charlotte NC to Florida for the Christmas holiday. On their way back, they visited Katie (Wolsfeld) Moll and her family. Tim noted that the road trip had been the first time he saw an ND classmate since the start of COVID, other than on a Zoom call. Tim is president and CEO at Viewpointe in Charlotte. Anthony Jowid reports that he had the opportunity to get together with Paul ’98MBA and Paolo Silva a few times last year and spent time with them in the Bay Area and at Incline Village with Chuck O’Neal ’98MBA. Anthony has been invited back to be a judge in the annual McCloskey New Venture Competition at ND. This will be Anthony’s fifth year as a judge. Anthony’s son graduated from the U of Liverpool, and his daughter will start her junior year at UCLA. Lastly, just before the pandemic shutdowns, Steve Bonilla ’98MBA and Antman attended a Tool concert, which apparently was amazing. Anthony and wife Abbie live in California where Anthony is a principal at Allied Argenta in Santa Monica. I hope this year will give me a chance to reconnect with more of you, even if just through this column. Find me on LinkedIn as Paul Anthony. — Paul Anthony Mongelluzzo; 646- 584-7340; paulanthonymba@gmail.com 


97JD Leader in Cleveland

Ed Leader reports that he is the lead real estate partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cleveland. Ed and William Fideli ’95 have completed approximately $500 million of student housing acquisitions, developments and sales in the past five years. Ed is otherwise keeping busy with three teenagers. Please let me know of any news or updates you have. Go Irish. — Julie Vales; cell 973-727-5767; juliemvales@gmail.com; john.vales@dentons.com


98 Hall of Fame

Chris Salata, COO at Industrial Commercial Properties, was honored as an inductee into the 2020 Midwest Real Estate Hall of Fame. Congrats on this accomplishment, Chris. If there are any updates that you would like to share with our classmates, please send them to me. Enjoy your summer. 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 Oh, What a Year 

There has been a pause in our class column communication, so hello to all of you. I hope everyone has stayed safe and strong during this challenging year. And I am sure many of you can relate to this latest update from classmates. COVID hasn’t slowed down the ’99 roommates of 609 St. Peter St. In the last few months, John Broussard and his family, Jessica; Luke, 17; James, 15; and Abby, 13; moved to The Netherlands as part of a new assignment as associate general counsel for LyondellBasell. Brad Owen learned to change diapers after the birth of McLaren with wife Nicki. Brad does not actually change the diapers, but he knows how. Paul Chen, wife Joanne and daughter Eva, 8, still live in San Francisco despite the pull of Austin TX, and all have become competitive players of the online game Among Us. Lisa and Jed Donahue with kids Padraig, 2, and Gemma, 4, uprooted from Scottsdale and moved east to be closer to the Red Sox rebuild. Greg Belden won a contest and then got married to a beautiful bride, Emily. The original plan was for the wedding to be in Egg Harbor WI the week of the Irish vs. Wisconsin game, but COVID and the Big Ten got in the way. Instead, they were married in a small ceremony in October. Look for invites to the delayed bachelor party in fall. Please send updates, and if anyone is inspired to take over for this middle-aged mom/class secretary, DM me. In the meantime, our deepest condolences go out to the families of Daniel Weissmann who passed away Dec. 19, 2020, and Jeremey Thompson who passed away Jan. 5. In love and gratitude. — Erin (Wysong) Martin; erinmartin03@yahoo.com


99MBA Fond Memories

There was a mix of sentimentality and humor, sadness and happiness for our class this quarter. Claudia and Ted Mager look back at MBA school with fond memories. One of the most transformational decisions they made as 26-year-olds was for Ted to go to grad school at Notre Dame. He believes getting his MBA led to career opportunities he would not have had otherwise, and they made friends during their time at ND whom they treasure to this day. They will celebrate their 25th anniversary in September and are the proud parents of four teenagers who test everything they thought they knew. Victor Castroll says he is laughing at all of us because all of us were laughing at him when he had a RIM Blackberry in ’99. He is still in LA working on crypto and physical currency, NFTs and eSports. We pray for Jason Pistulka, who lost his beautiful wife, Aimee, on March 29 in an accident. They loved each other dearly and she loved Notre Dame. Michelle and Jeremy Fine welcomed their first child, Van Jameson Fine, on Sept. 12. Van loves to read, smile and gives great hugs, which Jeremy and Michelle adore. Van found his cheering voice and has started practicing his chants for the Fighting Irish. — Christy (Hayes) King; christyking@alumni.nd.edu

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