00 Class SecretaryLaurie (Strotman) O’Malley;



00MBA Class Secretary Georgette (Leonard) Stubin;

46917 Polo Drive, Canton MI 48187; mba2000@alumni.nd.edu


00JD Class SecretaryDaniel Hardwick;



01 Bumping into a Domer

Meghan (Dunne) and Matt Reynolds have temporarily relocated to Washington DC. Matt is a supervisory special agent in the Economic Crimes Unit at FBI headquarters, where he oversees the white-collar crime program in 12 field offices and the FBI’s participation in the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative. There is rarely a day when he doesn’t bump into a fellow Domer in the halls of the bureau. Driving a Volkswagen camper van on a month-long road trip, Chris Marvin and his wife introduced their two daughters to seven national parks this summer and will continue the journey the next two summers. As a consultant, Chris leads veteran engagement for the National Parks Conservation Association. Learn more about their trip at parktoparktour.com or via Instagram @parktoparktour. Jordan Curnes mentioned that his stroke therapy device has finally received FDA approval. He started MicroTransponder 13 years ago and had no idea that an implantable neuroscience-based therapy would take so long to develop. He lives in Whitefish Bay WI with his wife, Jennifer, daughter Kerala, 10, and son Micah, 8. In Whitefish Bay, he sees Emmie Cerow at school drop-off, Mike Dorsey at youth soccer games, and Jascint Vukelich at the off-track betting place next to the Greyhound bus station. Just outside Whitefish Bay, a Keough Hall minireunion occurred at the YMCA Camp Minikani daddy-daughter campout where Drew Mitchell and Patrick Sheedy joined Jordan to enjoy canoeing, archery and s’mores by the campfire with their five collective daughters. The big excitement was when the local sheriff showed up at night because a nearby resident called 911 to report that a young woman might be in danger, due to all the screaming heard in the forest. The camp director had to explain to the sheriff that the 100 young girls were just playing a game of flashlight tag. Jordan is also about 72 percent sure that his son played Brian Tokarz’ nephew in Little League baseball in Cedarburg WI, where Nick Creten just bought a building that formerly housed Ye Olde Stencil House. Thanks to everyone for sharing photos via @nd2001alumni or email classof2001@alumni.nd.edu. I hope you have a great winter. I look forward to hearing from you soon. — Michael Anselmi; 415-860-7130; manselmi@alumni.nd.edu 


01MBA Class SecretaryDominic Pang;



01JD Class Update 

Julie Foster joined Pearson Bollman Law in West Des Moines IA, where she is practicing estate and probate law. She is excited to return to practicing law after years in higher education. I hope you and your families are staying healthy. Please remember to send me updates for our column. — Jonell Lucca; cell 602-677-3266; jonelllucca@yahoo.com 


02 Reunion Is Coming

For the first time in nearly 20 years, I received no updates for the class column. Please send all updates to the email below. Also, mark your calendars for our reunion this summer: June 2-5. Events are still tentative, but they’re still including us as (relative) youngsters, so it’s looking like we’ll have a food truck event on Friday night with the Classes of 2012 and 2007. We are also penciled in to have our dinner on Saturday night in the Jordan Hall of Science galleria space, an amazing location conveniently located near the beer tents. Childcare and kid camp options will be available for those traveling with little ones. If you’d like to help with planning and/or outreach to classmates, please contact our trusty class president Chad Silker at csilker@alumni.nd.edu. I hope to see many of you there. — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran; lsestile@alumni.nd.edu


02MBA Class SecretaryMelissa Hurd;



02JD Celebrating Baby 

Greetings from South Bend. As I write this column, autumn has finally come to Michiana. The leaves are beginning to change color. There is a chill in the air. And Irish fall sports are going strong in front of crowds. We’ve been to several Irish soccer games, but, alas, despite being halfway through the season and holding season tickets, only one football game. It is a long story. Following the good career news I shared in my last column, I am pleased to share happy news on the baby front. In June, Laura Patterson Hoffman and her husband, David ’01, ’02 welcomed Amelia Claire Hoffman into the world and nicknamed her “Panda” for pandemic baby. Everyone is healthy and happy. — Ryan D. Costantini; 414 S. Notre Dame Ave., South Bend IN 46617; mobile: 574-339-8050; ryan.costantini@gmail.com


03 Happy News All Around

Congratulations to Joanne (Davidson) Fahey who was elected as a member of the Fulbright Specialist Program roster in the communication and journalism discipline. She now has until 2025 to match with projects and institutions around the world. Joe Horton was awarded the 2021 Naval War College’s (NWC) McGinnis Family Award for Outstanding Performance in a Fleet Seminar Program. He was selected from an elite field of 270 military professionals, and was awarded based on GPA, commitment to community service, and professional accomplishments during his two-year graduate studies. He and his wife, Francine Segovia PhD, will remain in Honolulu for one more year as Joe pursues his Master of Law in Environmental Law and Policy at the U of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law. For class members who are considering a trip to the Aloha State, feel free to look Joe up. Heather Reilly von Mering is the vice president of Von Salmi & Associates, Inc., a company that specializes in construction forensics and inspection, expert witness and construction representation in the New England region. Heather has been a volunteer and leader in her town government in Winchester MA for over a decade. This past year, she was elected as the town meeting moderator, which was the last remaining elected position in the town that did not have female representation prior. Heather is married to Fritz von Mering ’02 and they celebrate the life Notre Dame gave them with their five children: Madison, Fritz, Lucy, Emma and Grace. We are happy for your successes. Go Irish. — Josh Gentine; jgentine@alumni.nd.edu


03MBA Class Secretary Rosemary Guillette;

9 Messenger St., Unit 7, Plainville MA 02762; rguillette@alumni.nd.edu 


03JD Achievements

Rebecca (McCurdy) Robichaud is the director of clinical education and an assistant clinical professor at Wayne State U. Amy Lindner is entering her fourth year as the CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee where last year the organization raised more than $60 million for the community and in July the Bucks won the NBA championship. Amy admits that she had more to do with the first one than the second one, but both are great. Amy and her husband Jason Kleist are hoping to travel more soon and if you happen to find yourself in Milwaukee, she’d love to see you. After finishing a clerkship for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Baltimore, a stint with the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, and nearly 15 years at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Bruce Khula serves as associate general counsel and manager of corporate litigation for Progressive Insurance in Cleveland. Bruce and his wife Sally have four children: Veronica, Christina, Elsbeth and Gabriel. In addition to being an attorney and a mother of twins, Jennifer Lee composes and produces music. She is proud to announce the release of her newest album, Jennifer Lee Trio – Me, Myself, and I. This album is full of enjoyable jazzy tracks. You can pick up one at troplab.com Lawrence A. Ward; 206-903-8817; ward.lawrence@dorsey.com 


04 Milestones

Congratulations to Allan Peetz MD who received his Master of Public Health degree from Vanderbilt U with a concentration in health policy on May 15. For his thesis, he performed a qualitative analysis of trauma surgeons’ resuscitation practices. Peetz will be staying at the Vanderbilt U Medical Center to continue his career as a physician in the department of trauma surgery. Julianne Plazas White and her husband, Scott White, had their first child, John Michael Carlos, on June 22. Godparents are ’04 classmates Megan Olive and Thomas Conner. Carolina Elena, daughter of Danny and Vivian (Cepero) Atherton, was baptized May 23 in Miami FL by Rev. James E. McDonald, CSC, ’79, ’84MDiv, and Rev. Phillip Tran. Her godparents are Chris and Christina (Cepero) Umpierre ’03Rita Veron also attended. — Carol Martino; carolmartino10@gmail.com


04MBA Quiet Time

It’s been a quiet couple of months in terms of updates. Hopefully everything is getting back to normal for everyone. Alumni clubs throughout the world will be returning to their normal schedule of events for 2022. If you haven’t gotten involved in your local club, take the time to attend an event or two in 2022. If you have some spare time, volunteer with your local club and help organize an event. Craig Lehner has done a great job helping the Notre Dame Club of Northwest Indiana even though he lives in St. Joseph Valley territory. In 2020, he helped me produce our club’s senior night event and the Blu-ray he produced is still being talked about by the graduates’ parents today. Keep the updates coming. Go Irish. — Harry Howisen; hhowisen@gmail.com


04JD Congratulations 

Congratulations are in order for two of our classmates. In June, Rev. Gerald “Gerry” Olinger, CSC, became University vice president for student affairs. He had previously served as vice president for mission engagement. On the West Coast, Natalie Huddleston was appointed to the bench as an immigration judge in Los Angeles. In less impressive news, I was fortunate to return to campus in August to assist in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and am pleased to report that while the students seem to be getting younger, their intellect and skills are top notch. Thank you to classmates Sarah (Kennedy) Martin, Gretchen and Adam Townsend ’05JD, and Katy (Runyan) Wingert for meeting me on campus during my time out from California. Please contact me with updates. — Katie (Wharton) DeFerrari; katiedeferrari@gmail.com


05 News from Coast to Coast

Amelia (Hoffmann) and John Anderson welcomed their fourth child, Arthur Isidore, in May 2020. The Anderson family resides in San Diego and will be happy to play tour guide for classmates who may be visiting in the post-COVID travel maelstrom. Marissa (Dionne) Mead ’05Arch is an architect at Svigals + Partners and founder of art studio Atelier Cue in New Haven CT. Marissa was named to Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40 list for 2021. This annual recognition highlights Connecticut’s most influential young people, as nominated by friends or colleagues. Marissa and husband Joe Mead, director of product management for GolfTV at Discovery Inc, live in New Haven with their three children. After managing Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign in 2020, Mike Schmuhl has had a busy 2021. He was elected chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party and bought the historic Joe’s Tavern in South Bend, where they filmed the bar fight in Rudy. He also started cybersecurity firm LangleyCyber with Ted Chiodo ’03, and married wife Andrea. Since I have the space this month, I’ll slip in my own news. I live in New Orleans with my adorable but badly-behaved Australian shepherd, Tilly, and work as executive director of the Community Provider Association (CPA). The CPA advocates for services for individuals with disabilities in Louisiana. I am happy to entertain fellow Domers who find themselves in the Big Easy. I am crossing my fingers that Mardi Gras season will return in full force in 2022. I love receiving your updates, and I know our classmates are enjoying reading them. Please keep them coming. — Caroline Meehan; ndclassnotes05@gmail.com


05MBA Class SecretaryHimanshu Gosar;

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


05JD Intensive Week

In August, I had the pleasure to serve as a guest instructor for the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. Our own Casey Nokes is one of the key members of the program. He serves as an adjunct professor and helps lead the course throughout the week. Casey has been instrumental in the development of the program in recent years. In his spare time, Casey serves as trial partner at Cable Huston LLP in Portland. Shifting to Virginia, Kathleen (Eich) O’Leary joined Virginia Tech as a civil rights investigator earlier this year. Since graduation, she has built an impressive career in various roles across academia, including at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Arizona State U, Clarkson U, and the State U of New York College at Potsdam. Congratulations, but don’t start rooting for the Hokies in our ACC matchups. In the Windy City, Mark Schauerte left his role as chief of staff for Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL). The two have been friends since the third grade back in Peoria. What’s next for Mark? He accepted a job tailor-made for his journalist and lawyer backgrounds. He was named as the new director of the speaker series for The U of Chicago Institute of Politics, which holds hundreds of events exploring the most pressing issues of our time and providing students and the public direct contact with guests spanning a vast spectrum of ideological, professional and geographical backgrounds. Putting an LLM in taxation to excellent use, Tracy Villecco serves as an attorney in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) at the Internal Revenue Service. That branch offers legal advice to support the uniform interpretation, application, enforcement, and litigation of all international and foreign tax matters, as it has primary subject-matter jurisdiction over US income and transfer tax treaties. She has also served for the last several years as an adjunct professor of law in tax courses at Georgetown U Law Center. Patricia (Victory) Waterkotte and I also had the opportunity to catch up this fall. She is a partner at Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC in Tucson. She was recently recognized in the 15th edition of Benchmark Litigation as a 2022 Benchmark Litigation Future Star. In Florida, Joe Clancy serves as senior trial attorney at McFarlane Law in Coral Springs, where he defends insured claims across a variety of areas. At the other end of the state, congratulations go out to Pat Kilbane on being named a partner at Ullmann Wealth Partners in Jacksonville. In his roles as director, divorce advisory group, and as the firm’s general counsel and wealth advisor, Pat helps clients coordinate their wealth management plans and resolve legal concerns. — Adam J. Russ; Houston TX; adamjruss@gmail.com


06 Growing Families

Several friends welcomed pandemic babies. Class president Emily Chin and Jack Gay ’15MBA welcomed their first son, Charlie, on April 11, 2020. They reside in Dallas TX and Emily has worked at AT&T for 15 years. Anne (Edelbrock) and Austin Benthem welcomed their first daughter, Aurora, on Oct. 14, 2020. Lindsay (Kral) and Artie Walter welcomed their second child, Alice, on March 16, 2020. Meg (Dwyer) and Dave Skiba welcomed their second child, Connor, on March 22, 2020. Nick and Emily (Rivard) Byrne welcomed a son, Nolan Lee, on Sept. 29. Siblings Eve and Ryan are excited to have a younger brother; their Conner is still skeptical. Christopher and Molly (Griffin) Lalonde welcomed their second child, Cormac Alexander, on Aug. 17, 2021, in Greenbrae CA. Mac joins his big brother Benedict, 3. Ben, Mac and their parents live in Eureka CA, where Molly works as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Open Door Community Health Center and Chris works for the Department of Justice. Mary and John Slonkosky welcomed a baby girl, Bernadette, on Oct. 21. She joins a busy and energetic household with siblings Madelyn, Hudson, Josef and Henry. — Anna (Skoien) Lall; annagracelall@gmail.com 


06MBA Classmate Information

Yours truly Michael Lloyd is retired but continues to support missionary work in southern West Virginia. As I write this, I am arranging for another shipment of appliances to families in the area in November in coordination with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. In addition, I am reaching out to classmates to update contact information and compile personal and professional updates for ND Magazine. Please forward your updates to me for the spring edition before the end of 2021. — 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 Visitors Expected

To our friends living in the south, now is the time to text your Midwest friends. Invite us for a warm weekend (or week). Please. OK, here we go: Brian Sullivan, Patrick McInerney, William Kearney, Drew Whiting, Dan Straface, Pat Gotebeski, Mike “Feeny” Randolph, and accounting professor extraordinaire John Donovan reunited for the Wisconsin-Notre Dame football game. It went exactly as one would expect. The Fisher Hall crew was able to take one week away from work and families to recover. Brian Sullivan caught the cryptocurrency fever and shared it with everyone during the reunion. Andrew Zeiser, Chris Garibaldi, and Lawrence Sullivan did not attend. Speaking of Lawrence Sullivan, the former Marine reunited with Mike Lee ’09 for a surf trip to Rosarito, Mexico, in September. Both are unathletic. Analisa Arizpe and Cassie Belek took a “best friends” trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in August. The two followed the Oregon Trail and visited Chimney Rock. Later, Cassie made Analisa take a lengthy hike and then Analisa told ghost stories. These activities jeopardized their status as “best friends.” The ladies want it known that they are the Class of 2008’s most eligible bachelorettes. Patrick O’Brien’s men’s league soccer team competed for the over-30 Greater-East Lansing League Championship in October. Patrick is a mediocre athlete; he separated his shoulder and his team lost. On a happier note, Michael O’Connor ’10MEd joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College as the assistant director of outreach. That’s Dr. O’Connor, to all of us. On an even happier note, Josef Pappas will marry Sherine El Abid in March 2022. Francisco Castillo-Fierro ’10MEd still has a plus-one available for the wedding. Joe Church completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at the U of Michigan. He is leaving enemy territory for a new job as a pediatric surgeon and researcher at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Joe, his wife, Mary Kate (Sweeney) Church, and their two kids are excited to move closer to Ryan and Katie (Crawford) Gross. The Easter Bunny already gave their son, JJ, a Jerome Bettis Steelers jersey. Rana (Rolle) Van Voorhis and Tristan Van Voorhis are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ren Livia. She was born on Sept. 7 in Atlanta GA. Her siblings Rya, Remington and Rome are excited about their new sister. In July, Paul Laughlin Jr. married Nichole Moran, a Michigan graduate. In attendance were Paul Laughlin Sr. ’75, ’78JD, sisters Anne Laughlin ’10 and Erin Laughlin ’13, and over 30 other alums that I cannot possibly list because it would take up three columns. Congratulations, Paul. Your job is to turn Nichole into an ND fan. Rachel (Brandon) Hendricks and her husband, Todd, welcomed their second child, Lily Katherine Hendricks, in May. It was the best Mother’s Day gift imaginable. Sadie, 2, loves being a big sister and the family cannot wait to spend time with their little Irish fans on campus. Stay warm. Stay healthy. — Patrick O’Brien; classof2008@alumni.nd.edu


08MBA Class Secretary Megan Ulrich;



08JD Class SecretaryMarie-Therese Mansfield;



09 Doing Better Than Fine

After initially postponing their reception, Mandy Gonzales and Craig Thompson held their wedding celebration on Aug. 14 in Denver. Classmates in attendance included Kat Kennifer, Megan Black, Ashleigh St. Peters (Cross), Julie Wagner, Liz McLaughlin, Anna (Weber) Mayo, Caitlin Jacowski, Natassia Kwan, Jeff Gonzales ’07, Hillary (Thornton) Eckardt ’07 and Molly Fox ’07. Jen (Cox) and Dan LaHatte welcomed their second son, Nicholas Paul, on June 15. He joins his brother Timothy Patrick and both of his parents in having birthdays on the 15th day of the month. Megan (Welsch) ’08SMC and Tim Cummings welcomed a second baby boy in May. The family of four will be moving back to Washington DC. Please visit the Notre Dame Class of 2009 Facebook Page to reconnect with members of the class. If you have news or announcements, please contact me. Go Irish. — Megan Flynn; megflynn7@gmail.com


09MBA Class Secretary — Shawn Pulscher;

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


09JD Class SecretaryJosh Rinschler;