10 Weddings and Births

Dallas Frey and Mary Harte ’11 were married in the Basilica on July 24, 2020. The best man was Alex Shadley and groomsmen were Tim Lang and Derek Sanchez ’13. The maid of honor was Tricia Harte ’13 and bridesmaids included Jen Coe ’12. The Rev. Pete McCormick, CSC, ’06MDiv, ’15MBA officiated. Despite having to reschedule because of the pandemic, they were happy to welcome friends and family to celebrate, and everyone had an amazing time. Phillip Yuhas and Emily Dore Yuhas welcomed their third child, Helen Catherine, in November. On Feb. 15, Jacquelynn Burke and husband Daniel Wong ’07 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, welcomed baby Maeve Elizabeth Wong. Matt Gore and Karolyn (Wojtowicz) Gore ’11SMC welcomed their second child, Mary Rose Gore, on April 6. Her big brother, Henry James Gore, 22 months, excitedly welcomed her home with a cookie. Congratulations to the happy parents. I hope you are happy and healthy. Congrats, too, to Michael Brundage PhD, for being selected as a 2021 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer by SME. Michael is an industrial engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg MD, where he leads the Knowledge Extraction and Application for Manufacturing Operations project and is the associate program leader for the Model-Based Enterprise Program at NIST. Please send me your updates so classmates know what you have been up to. Keep your eyes out for information about this summer’s virtual reunion. Go Irish. — Matt Molloy; ndclass2010@gmail.com


10MBA Moving through 2021 

Ted Kwartler was invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Platform for “Technology Governance: AI and Machine Learning.” The platform briefs heads of state, CEOs, policymakers and senior industry leaders about the responsible use of AI technology. Project areas include standards for protecting children, creating an AI regulator for the 21st century, and addressing the unique challenges of facial recognition technology among other uses. He looks forward to a post-pandemic world where these briefings can happen in Davos. Jennifer and Brian Milligan welcomed their fourth child, Peter Matthias, on Dec. 4. The family is doing great and welcomed Peter with open arms. They are looking forward to their second summer in Madison where Brian is an equity analyst with Madison Investments. Greg Cochara is thrilled to announce he has joined DataRobot where he will help lead the company’s strategic initiatives under new CEO Dan Wright. DataRobot’s enterprise AI-as-a-Service and automated machine learning platform has fueled its growth to a recent valuation over $2.7B. Greg could not be more excited for his new role as well as the opportunity to work closely with classmate Ted Kwartler, who helps lead Trusted AI for DataRobot. While Greg will primarily work from Chicago, he looks forward to trips to DataRobot’s Boston HQ, where he can visit with Ted, classmate Logan Snyder, and undergrad classmate Mark Palladino ’06. Remember to share your news with me anytime. Go Irish. — John Gerberich; cell 847-331-4707; jgerberi@alumni.nd.edu


10JD Congrats All Around  

Congrats to Julie (Wiorkowski) and Dave Mallen, who welcomed their second little boy on Jan. 29. Thomas “Tommy” James Mallen was named by his proud big brother. Rebecca (Anderson) and Charles Smith welcomed baby Arabelle Catherine in March. She could not be a better addition to the family. Finally, Allyson Spacht ’04, ’10JD and Diego Gamboa added baby Oscar Gamboa Spacht to their family in Chicago on April 12. Please send me your updates (or your friends’) for my next column. Until next time. — Jennifer (Hernandez) Laffitte; 10310 Southwest 128th Ave., Miami FL 33186; res 305-322-7154; bus 786-762-3815; jherna11@alumni.nd.edu


11 Class SecretaryEvan James;



11MBA New Jobs and New Additions

It was great to hear from so many classmates who just wanted to say “Hi” but didn’t have any new updates. All our updates for this edition have to do with new jobs and new babies. Omar Shaban lives in Dana Point CA and works at Evolus Inc., an aesthetics company that launched the first aesthetic-only neurotoxin approved by the FDA in the US. The name of the neurotoxin is “Jeuveau,” which is the first 900 kDa molecule in the US since Botox. Over the last five months, he’s been leading a marketing campaign for their customers that has resulted in nearly 200 co-branded billboards that have been or will be placed around the country. This is especially exciting because none of the competitors in the neurotoxin space have ever executed such a campaign. More importantly though, one of these billboards will be placed in South Bend, right down the street from Notre Dame. When not working on billboards, he is watching his nephews play in middle school basketball and water polo, and his niece compete in middle school dance competitions. After almost 10 years, Mariana Fonseca left American Airlines to pursue a more stable industry and has taken the role of VP of digital and e-commerce at Virgin Voyages, a new cruise line setting sail for the first time later this year. She and her family will be relocating from Texas to Florida this summer. Now for the new additions. Brian Riordan got married on Oct. 2 and he and his wife, Kristen, are welcoming a baby girl into the world this July. Meg Howat and her partner are expecting their first child in just a few weeks. Meg is working from home and has started her PhD part time. — Mimi Wilfong; 903-714-4988; mimitwilfong@gmail.com


11JD Summer Reboot

Think back to 10 years ago when we had just graduated as freshly minted JDs. Those who went to the larger commencement remember how sweltering hot it was, and some of us witnessed Annie Weir having an epic nosebleed over her rental robe. Then it was on to the fun of bar prep, which in hindsight was a rather good life. Here we are 10 years later after many weddings,  children and a pandemic. How far we have come. We are expanding the bench. Caitlin Dahl ’06, ’11JD and Matthew Cirenza ’06 welcomed child No. 3, Colin Peter Cirenza, on April 13. Kaitlin (Moredock) and Jason DiNapoli welcomed their fourth rugrat, William Thomas, on April 26 in Vicenza, Italy. I hope he can show me around his homeland in my sunset retirement. Belated congratulations to Carolyn Sweeney ’06, ’08MEd, ’11JD, who married Eric Olson on Nov. 21. Samantha Winter recently reminded me that we all panicked in 2009 when swine flu reached ND during finals week. So, if we can survive that, we can make it a bit longer on this rollercoaster/Tower of Terror of a year. That’s all I have for now. Please send me funny memories and stories. — Lauren Sharkey; lksharkey@gmail.com


12 Birth Announcements, Updates

Congratulations to Sarah and Ryan Conrad, who welcomed Asher Lynn Conrad on Oct. 12. Congratulations to Devin Lawson and his wife, Kelsey, on the birth of their child in April. Good luck to the new parents and many blessings on this new journey. Congratulations to Becky Sees, who after living in New Zealand for almost three years has become a legal resident. As a fellow expat, I know how exciting taking that step can be. Congratulations, Becky, and many good wishes as you continue living abroad. Please continue to send me class updates. — Tyler Harmsen; tharmsen@alumni.nd.edu


12MBA Class SecretaryJennafer Palumbo;



12JD Family Stories

Hello, classmates. It is me, your friend, Jimmy Champlin, here to report all those updates. Thanks to everyone who sent stuff in. I appreciate it. Before we get started, I recently skimmed the Class Notes entry published directly below this one for the first time in several years. I noticed that my younger brother has been taking the occasional potshot at my expense in what I can only call a shocking display of unprofessionalism and immaturity. So, I told our mommy, and she said that she would make sure he stops being so mean to me. Chris, I am deeply disappointed in you, and Mom says you are super grounded. Anyway, enough about my family drama, let’s talk about updates. Abhishek Kambli and his wife, Chloe Meng, had a baby, Adeline Shixue Kambli. Adeline was born on March 6, and Abhishek was kind enough to send an adorable photograph of Adeline with a stuffed bunny. Cute stuff guys, I wish you could all see it. Jim Audette made partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP. He is at the Chicago office, where he works in corporate and securities transactions doing what seems to be really great and really complex work for his clients. Ryan Shupe will be moving into an in-house role as general counsel of Ice Mobility, a logistics and supply chain services company in the mobile devices and accessories sector. He starts on May 4 and is very happy to take on this new chapter. Congrats. Sharon Lim recently landed her dream gig as an AUSA in the Northern District of Georgia, where she is handling a variety of civil matters in their litigation division. Speaking of Sharon, she recently came over to the Champlin residence to hang out (in a safe, socially distant setting) with my wife, Sarah, and eat dips. I was also present, but I have a feeling that I was invited mostly because I also live there. It was great to catch up with Sharon, and I particularly enjoyed the chance to exchange all the fresh gossip about John Rompf. Monica (Bordas) Schmucker shot me a quick note to say she has been elected to the Fort Myers Beach Women’s Club and is enjoying the chance to give back to a group that she has enjoyed being a part of for some time. She also recently joined the firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., but can’t remember if she ever told me for the column. I can’t remember either, so here it is. She is in the litigation division, handling civil defense cases based out of their Fort Myers office. And on a personal note, in February, I joined the Georgia Department of Law as an assistant attorney general. I’ll be litigating civil rights cases, mostly in federal court, and I’m really enjoying it so far. The only downside is that they put me in office number 666, so I would appreciate it if anyone has extra blessed relics they can ship my way to ward off lingering litigious demons. And finally, Alvin Adjei and I touched base briefly after the massive power outages in Texas. Alvin said it was hard not having running water for a few days, but he was able to tough it out. The biggest downside, according to him, was that when his neighbor lost power, Alvin couldn’t keep using their WiFi connection. And to add insult to injury, the outage reset their password, so he’s totally stuck now. Thanks for all those updates. Keep them coming. — James Champlin; james.c.champlin@gmail.com


13 Two Summers in One

It feels like we should be doing last summer and this summer all at once, doesn’t it? There’s a lot to feel sorrow over, even anger, but as your friends and family send me updates (and as I scour social media for things to include) I’m constantly impressed by the compassion and resilience you have demonstrated. The best part of writing this column, other than making fun of Bobby Shields, is getting a constant stream of inspiration. Keep ‘em coming. Let’s get down to business to announce some news. Tom Nevins Oliver and his wife, Ysabel, welcomed their first child Olivia Grace Oliver. This was just weeks after Jackie (McGushin) ’13SMC and Joe Wirth had their second child, Fallon Therese Wirth. I always knew Tom was competitive, but I did not know the stork did express deliveries. They were not the only folks having quarantine babies. Aaron Stumpf and his wife Kelsey welcomed Adler Jean on Jan. 2. They missed an opportunity for a palindrome name on 1/2/21 but Adler Jean is also a pretty great name. I’d also like to thank Maggie (Kakenmaster) DePriest’s mother, Trish, for sending me an update “so that your brother from 2012 doesn’t have all the glory.” Where were you for all those Christmases growing up? Anyway, Maggie and Brian DePriest welcomed their first child, Tierney Rae DePriest, on Jan. 31. We had a few wedding updates as well. Erin Bouquet married Ian Bentley in April. They met while in medical school in the most romantic city of the Midwest, Cincinnati. Don’t trust me, though, just ask Emilio Estevez. And if you don’t agree with Emilio, then you’re just a Hawk. Serendipitously, Erin’s roommate, Melissa Hoshizaki, married Derek Chmielewski just a few weeks later. Both residents, both planning a wedding during a pandemic. The dorm sorting hat really nailed that one, didn’t it? I got a few professional updates this go-around. First off, Christian Demere is taking over as chief executive officer of Colonial Group, just in time to celebrate their 100th birthday. Pretty amazing way to turn 30, if you ask me. Finally, Maureen McQuillan will be starting a faculty position at IU School of Medicine as an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in their sleep medicine division. As if changing jobs was not challenging enough, she is also planning a wedding for October. It really makes me feel some sense of embarrassment for not being able to plan out what I am going to wear to work tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who sent an update. Please help me embarrass my brother at family gatherings by sending me more. Cheers. — Chris Champlin; nd2013updates@gmail.com


13MBA The Latest News

I did not hear from anyone, and my wife just had a baby, so I will spend the next 500 words talking about that. Just kidding. Allison Rose (Allie) joined the world on Feb. 11 during a deep cold spell. Sister Olivia is ecstatic and at 10 years old, she is helpful to mom, Karen, and me. Allie’s current tricks involve having a strong neck and sleeping through the night. She has not worn any Notre Dame gear yet, but that will change. I am still at RGA in St. Louis, working from home for over 15 months now. I hope everyone is staying safe and that you can resume a “normal” life soon. The next deadline for Class Notes is July 18. Send any tidbits my way by then. — Nick Imgrund; 314-775-7364; daimgrund@yahoo.com


13JD Class SecretaryAlex Blair;



14 Gardening

We have tons of joy to start this update, and as the tulips pop up in gardens around the country, I am grateful to have good news pop up as well. First, we are thrilled to welcome Katherine Cecilia to the Notre Dame family, as she was born in December to architecture alums Patrick Riordon and Michelle (Simunich) Riordon. They, along with their sons Joey and Max, are happy to welcome Katherine to the family, and we are as well. And the love just keeps coming. Jacob Lee ’15 proposed to Tiffany Tsang in Telluride CO on March 31. They met while studying abroad in Beijing and have been ND sweethearts since 2012. Congratulations. And I absolutely love how you keep celebrating each other. This next update comes verbatim from Carolyn Turek who wants to give a shout-out to the Welsh Fam trivia team: “In her beautiful update of our trivia progress and personal life updates, Jill Briody forgot to share an update on her own happenings. Jill is completing her PhD in school psychology at the U of Maryland and is hard at work on her doctoral dissertation studying ways to support teachers in managing classroom stress. Additionally, Jill is completing her internship, supporting DC-area students directly through counseling and assessment services. As usual, but especially given the current need to support students and teachers in this pandemic world, Jill is a wonderful example of ACE teachers changing the world.” Jill, Carolyn, the rest of the team, thank you so much for your updates and for all the incredible work you are doing. Katie Wilson submitted an all-around update: “Chris Razzano has been continuing his pandemic hobby of taking virtual painting classes. He has mastered the still life of a fruit bowl and next is going to try a portrait of his new pup, Ari. (Editorial note from me: Chris, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we would very much like to see this pup-trait.) Tyler Treuting just joined the Peloton family, and you can find him joining the leaderboards as @ttreuting. Colleen Kerins recently passed her professional engineering exam.” Congratulations, everyone. These updates just warm my heart and soul and I love that I can share them with you. Keep them coming and keep each other in your hearts and prayers. Lots of love. — Lizzie Helpling; res 513-470-9723; ehelplin@alumni.nd.edu


14MBA Class Secretary Jessica Bonanno;

407-808-7148; jbonanno@alumni.nd.edu; Krick Cahill; 518-598-4222; kcahill1@alumni.nd.edu


14JD Class SecretaryRachel Hanley;



15 March Matchness

Classmates and their family members wrote in to celebrate their upcoming medical residencies. Liz Zolper matched at MedStar Georgetown for integrated plastic surgery residency. Natalie Shovlin-Bankole, a psychology major at ND, spent time working with refugees for the National Health Corps in Philadelphia before attending Rosalind Franklin Medical School in Chicago. Natalie graduated from medical school this year and was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, the highest award nationwide for medical students. She plans to go on for a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the U of Pittsburgh, one of the top four OB-GYN programs in the country. Congratulations to you both. – Emily Flores; Alexandria VA; eflores2@alumni.nd.edu 


15MBA Class Secretary Valeriano Lima;



15JD Class SecretaryAlisa Finelli;



16 Three Cheers for Science

Huge celebrations are due for our classmates who matched into residency programs: Alex Rice at Duke Family Medicine; Alex Rizk in at Georgetown; Elizabeth Hillman in at U New Mexico; Emily Kruse at Brown; Erin Bishop at ChristianaCare in Delaware; Hunter Smith at Northwestern; Janie Goodson at U Nebraska; Jessica Zic at UTSW; Jimmy Oh at Rush; Liesl Schroedl at U Chicago; Matt Fry at Cincinnati; Michael Fliotsos at Yale New Haven Med Center; Tina Techar at Abbott Northwestern; Ryanne Corder  at UNC; Sneha Modi at Yale; Sydni Meunier at Cincinnati. After the year we’ve had, you deserve every medal for continuing to dedicate yourself to medicine. Sarah Philo is getting her PhD at U Washington in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, and she also just got a Fulbright Scholarship. Abby (Downey) Mills successfully defended her dissertation. She works at the ND Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child. Regina Engel was recently promoted to senior manager of multi-station operations at Amazon. Michael Tillema works in San Antonio and is a licensed professional engineer, certified by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. In the National Women’s Soccer League, Cari Roccaro plays for the North Carolina Courage. Jas Smith recently moved to Miami to be the senior sports manager of training and competition for Special Olympics Florida. Lauren Pate works in DC as a policy specialist for Twitter. Kara Neumann moved to Houston to work as the communications associate for River Oaks Baptist School. Rachael Biscocho works for the Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association as their acting executive director and serves as the president of the ND Club of New York City. Brian Cimons still plays a lot of golf. Allie Mosser works as an assurance senior associate with PwC. She lives with roomie Molly DeTrempe in Chicago. Jenny Poth hosts her show “ND on Broadway” on WSND (wsnd.nd.edu). Listen on Thursdays at 6 p.m. ET. Alexandria Kristensen-Cabrera and the late Katarina Goitz were recently honored as part of the YoungND Board and NDAA’s Domer Dozen. Alexandria is a third-year med student and health policy PhD student at U of Minnesota focused on the impact of racism on maternal and infant birth outcomes. Katarina worked as a youth minister for six churches in Galveston TX after receiving her master’s in theology from ND’s Echo program. Cheers to our recently engaged couples: Ali Gibson and Chris Kozuch; Elizabeth Kelley and Quinn O’Connell; Ellen Dahlby and Cesar Salas; Emily Jellinek and Brandon Russo; Erin Aucar and Nick Lenssen; Jas Smith and Anthony Kline; Karishma Patel and Michael Scheid ’15; Kathleen Powers ’18MEd and Sean Tenaglia; Kaya Moore and Dec Riddell; McKenzie Hightower and Fred Gibbons; Meg Mannix and Jack Larson; Miranda Herrera and Bobby Sylvester; Nicole Zielinski and Matt Stevens; Racine Hansen and Jack Riely; Ryanne Corder and Pat Buckley; and Sarah Philo and Trey Sorrells. A toast also to our recently married couples: Alexandra DeSanctis and Nicholas Marr; Ana Rodelas and Alex Rocha ’17MSA; Anna Szentirmai and Alex Bruhn ’14; Catherine Owers and Zach Klonsinski ’17; Gabriela Perez and Drew Carmona; Marissa Bowman and Dan Evans; Payton Celedinas and Riley Strumillo; and Zoe Rote and Adam Kourajian. Congratulations to all the new and soon-to-be parents in our class. Mary and Sam Roden welcomed Lillian in late January and big brother Dom adores her. Ellen (O’Brien) and Kyle Richardson had their second child, Adeline, in early February. Toria (Janssen) and James Elliot had sweet Archer in early February. Riley (McCurrie) and Sam Hyder are having their third baby this spring. Sarah (Robison) is due to have a baby boy in June with husband Brandon Bowser, and Kristin (Brennan) and Mark Frego are also expecting a baby boy. Now, excuse me while I start planning for our 10-year on-campus reunion. Email me. I’d love to hear from you. — Bridget Doyle; bdoyle3@alumni.nd.edu


16MBA More Babies 

Ellen and Tom Brinkman welcomed their first child, Madelyn Paige. She is full of personality. Kristen and James Sawdon ’15MBA welcomed their second child, Madeleine Kathleen, last summer. Big sister Caroline is thrilled. Kristen serves as director of asset management at Great Lakes Capital, a real estate private equity firm headquartered in South Bend. Joana Paglia and Diego Bolaños Colomba welcomed baby boy Juan Diego on April 14. Diego and Joana moved back home to Guatemala City from Panama City. Congratulations to these alumni and others with recent additions. We love hearing your good news. Please continue to send info our way. — Claire Kenney; 734-751-2354; ckenney2@alumni.nd.edu; Kelly Rubey; 952-270-7830; kelly.rubey@nd.edu


16JD Class SecretaryMack Watson;



17 White Coats 

Four years post-graduation means our first round of doctors are out of school and have entered residency; our own season of Grey’s begins now. Brooke Gensler is at the United Family Medicine Residency Program in St. Paul MN training in family medicine; Emily Leyden matched into pediatrics at Riley Children’s hospital at Indiana U; Carolyn Ahlers is an internal medicine resident at Duke U Medical Center; Natalie Hibshman is at Duke U Medical Center training in family medicine; Maggie Duncan is on the child psychiatry track at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School Residency Program; Mariana Tumminello matched at Georgetown in general surgery; Brad Powers is a resident at Georgetown training in internal medicine; Anne Gandolfi matched in pediatrics at Rush; Hannah Meissner is at Rush training in emergency medicine; Camille Meschia is on the general surgery track at Jacksonville; Kate Walsh is a family medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia; Kendall Burgett matched in otolaryngology at the U of Utah; Alyssa Schlotman is at Vanderbilt training in pediatrics; Hannah Dakin matched at LSU and is training in dermatology; Lan Jiang is on the pediatrics track at Montefiore Medical Center, Einstein Campus; Katie Serody is a pediatrics resident at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; Anne Arnason is at Pittsburgh training in internal medicine; Angela Massoud matched at Novant Health in Charlotte and is training in family medicine; Patty Morrow is on the medicine/pediatrics residency track at Minnesota; Bill Swift is at UC Davis training in otolaryngology; Maddie Gates matched at the U of Colorado, Denver and is training in family medicine; Patrick Connolly is an orthopedic surgery resident at NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases; Mark Mishu matched into plastic surgery at Ohio State; Mary White matched at Yale for residency; Emily Fisher is a resident at the U of Virginia; Dan Thompson is a resident at the U of Virginia; Jack Barbe matched at Jefferson for residency; Marissa Martinez is a resident at UCSF; Rachel Lombard is at U Chicago for residency; Ralph Hauke matched at U of Nebraska Medical Center for residency; Eva Niklinska matched at Vanderbilt; Alyssa Schlotman is a resident at Vanderbilt. Congratulations to all our classmates on this next step in their careers. We also would like to congratulate Sara Abdel-Rahim, Nate Alexander and Bill Kennedy. All three of our classmates are part of this year’s Domer Dozen. Check out the amazing work they are doing on domerdozen.nd.edu. Other next steps were taken in relation to many engagements and weddings. Congratulations to our engaged couples: Brittany Dymm and Ralph Hauke ’16; Emily Seranko and Tom Plagge; Anastasia Taylor and Nick Anton; Angela Massoud and Aidan Baker; Anne Gandolfi and Alex Groesch; Monica McFadden and Andrew Halt; Alison Caparros and Tanner Crawley. We love the wedding photos. Congratulations to all the newly married couples: Mariana Tumminello and Brad Powers wed in Louisiana in April; Matthew Mooney and Shannon Hodges were married early in January; Simmone Collins and John Porter tied the knot in April; Maddie Gates and Scott Vennemann married in early May; Lara Dulin and Christopher Michael Perez wed last June; Gracie Linus and Andrew McCarthy were married on campus in August 2020. They are grateful to have been able to celebrate with close family and friends. If you would like to send updates or celebrate a friend, please contact me. — Celanire Flagg; cflagg@alumni.nd.edu


17MBA The Latest

Hello, everyone. Here are the latest updates from the MBA Class of 2017. First, congrats to Brett Moore as he and his family are relocating from Detroit to Sarasota. He has been promoted to chief marketing officer for RXA, headquartered in Ann Arbor MI. Dara (Chesnutt) and Dan Nunn welcomed their first son, Jack Chesnutt Nunn, in January. Congrats to the happy family. As always, please continue to send me life updates. Cheers to the MBA Class of 2017. —Mary Tomasik; mtomasik@alumni.nd.edu


17JD Class SecretaryLauren Nottoli;



18 New Directions

Howdy, folks. We hope that wherever you are reading this, you are met with sunshine, warm weather, and potentially sore arms after a vaccine or two. We are excited to announce that several of our classmates graduated from law school this spring. Our very own class vice president Janet Stengle graduated from Loyola U of Chicago School of Law. In the fall, she will join Daspin & Aument LLP in Chicago. George Krug graduated from Indiana U Maurer School of Law. Megan Resnik graduated from Boston College Law School. Andrew Spitzer graduated from Northwestern Law School on May 14 and will begin working as a patent attorney this fall for Brinks, Gilson, & Lione. Caitie McAuliffe graduated from Vanderbilt Law School. Emily Zagorski graduated from Washington and Lee U School of Law. Double Domer Ben Padanilam ’18, ’21JD graduated from Notre Dame Law School in May and will work at a firm in Toledo OH after taking the bar. Nicholas Furnari was accepted to the Master of Science in Management program at Mendoza, Class of 2022. He is excited to be a student again and prays that quarter dogs are still a thing. Patrick Koehr is happy to announce that “Koehr Baby Number 2” will be born in June. We are also excited for our classmates who have recently gotten engaged or married. Brendini “Big Beezy” Besh ’18, ’22JD proposed to Lauren Saunee. She said “yeah.” Michael McRoskey and Maggie Thomann are engaged and plan to be married on July 10. Austin Archer (Dillon Hall) and Lauren Hill (Breen-Phillips) are engaged. Jack Crooks (Dillon Hall) and Mary Claire Mordini ’18SMC are engaged. It was a busy time for Dillon graduates. The world collectively holds its breath in anticipation of who will propose next. Scott Hoyland and Elizabeth Ludlam are engaged. Caitlyn Booms was engaged to Brad Peot on Feb. 14. Their wedding is scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus. Cara Molulon ’18, ’20MEd and Bradley Martin,’18, ’20MEd are graduates of the College of Science and fellow members of ACE 25. They were united in the Sacrament of Marriage at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on July 3, 2021. The two met as neuroscience & behavior majors in Prof. Cody Smith’s cellular neurobiology course. Finally, Sarah Ritten is thrilled to let everyone know that she fell in love during quarantine. She writes that they take long hikes on the weekends, eat lots of food (especially cheese) and spend almost every waking moment together enjoying the little wonders of life. Sarah says, “Teddy was an anxious, scared little dog when I adopted him, but he has grown into a spunky friend and partner that I am so lucky to love for life.” — Matthew Peters; mgpeters96@gmail.com


18MBA Class Secretary Patrick McHail;



18JD Class Secretary Wanted

The Alumni Association is in search of a class secretary for the Law School Class of 2018. Interested parties should email Alumni Editor Joanne Norell at jnorell@nd.edu using the subject line “Class Secretary 2018JD.”


19 Moving Forward

With the pandemic lasting more than a full year at this point, the Class of 2019 has been finding ways to adapt to the “new normal” while also moving forward in their lives postgrad. Maureen Butler, who earned her BA in international economics at Notre Dame, spent the past two years working for Walmart in their e-commerce department as a category specialist and an associate merchant in New York City. During that time, she has managed a multi-million-dollar profit and loss statement within Walmart’s portfolio and used her insights to bolster their e-commerce platform to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the global pandemic. This April she elected to take on a new role, moving from the Big Apple to the Windy City with Foxtrot as a business analyst. She will work on improving their interface with the insights she has gained from her time at Notre Dame, and previous experience working for the e-commerce team at Walmart. In a time when we are all dreaming of being able to come back to campus and visit, Erin Lyden and Jack Hegarty have made plans to do more than simply visit. The Class of 2019 graduates live in Chicago and work in management consulting, Erin for Huron Consulting Group, and Jack for HBR Consulting. They became engaged in February. The happy couple has been together for four years, after meeting on campus, and are set to wed on campus July 23, 2022. Across the pond, we have news from alum Rex Pflueger. After completing his master’s in 2020, Rex decided to continue his basketball career in the British Basketball League, playing for the Newcastle Eagles. While playing for the Eagles, he kept busy as a partner for the North American Collegiate League (NACL), an esports organization that hosts esports tournaments, provides news updates on all things esports, and works to help revolutionize the growing market. In news closer to campus, Rex collaborated with fellow alum Dr. Noah Hahn in creating a brain cancer memorial fund in honor of Rex’s mother and Dr. Hahn’s wife, who lost their battles with glioblastoma. The fund is called the Molly Hahn and Rebecca Pflueger Memorial Fund. Donations can be made on the website, Giving to Notre Dame. The fund has reached its three-year fundraising goal and is set to become an official fund in the Notre Dame community for years to come. Looking to the future, Rex plans to start his own podcast to aid in telling personal stories and spreading wisdom and positivity in the world. If you are interested in sharing your news and life updates, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to us via email or our socials. — Michael Conlon, Dan Hopkinson, Jane Driano, Eddie Griesedieck; notredameclass19@gmail.com


19MBA Class Secretary Wanted

The Alumni Association is in search of a class secretary for the MBA Class of 2019. Interested parties should email Alumni Editor Joanne Norell at jnorell@nd.edu using the subject line “Class Secretary 2019MBA.”


19JD Class Secretary Wanted

The Alumni Association is in search of a class secretary for the Law School Class of 2019. Interested parties should email Alumni Editor Joanne Norell at jnorell@nd.edu using the subject line “Class Secretary 2019JD.”