00 Fun in the Sun

Happy summer, classmates. I hope you enjoyed the start of your summer and are feeling the warmth of good friends and fun activities but wearing sunscreen. Maybe it is living in the Midwest, but even though I work all year long, summers feel happier and more carefree. Of course, I may take that back as I run from baseball to soccer to softball, trying to not miss anyone’s game. But at least there is no homework. As we drink in these summer months, we can look forward to fall. The Class of 2000 tailgate is planned for Sept. 17, the California football game. The tailgate will be sponsored and paid for by the class. Everyone is welcome. More details will be coming in the Class column and Facebook page. For answers to questions, please reach out to Cathy Scroope (scroope402@gmail.com) or Melissa Tacey Goodwin (mjtacey13@yahoo.com). It sounds like a ton of fun and a great way to connect with old classmates. Speaking of football games, Kathleen McCann wants us to consider going to the ND-Navy game in Dublin in 2023. Kathleen still lives there with her husband, Brian, and children Tadhg, 6, and Críostóir, 3. For the last two years of pandemic, she has been a clinical COVID and long COVID researcher with St. Vincent’s U Hospital and CEPHR, U College Dublin. She is transitioning into private practice launching this spring, Emdoc Health. Kathleen, thank you for all your hard work during the pandemic. Your new job sounds like a great endeavor. Speaking of great, on March 1, Tim DeFors was promoted to captain in the Navy Reserve. He wishes to thank his longest ND friend, Mike Cisternino, for his encouragement over the years. Tim is a lawyer in Missoula MT, where he lives with his wife, Lisa. Melissa Tacey Goodwin also earned accolades for her work. She was selected as a STEP Ahead Honoree for 2021 by the Manufacturing Institute. The annual award recognizes the top women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and production. Melissa’s role is supply chain vice president, industrial planning and equipment for Ecolab. It is great to see our female classmates being recognized for their hard work. When it comes to work, Cathy Scroope also had some good news to share. In November, she joined the law firm of Axinn, Veltrop and Harkrider as an e-discovery attorney in New York, specializing in antitrust, litigation and intellectual property. I am not sure what that means, but sounds important, and hard. Congrats on your new job. Alicia Coronas also sent in an update about a job she accepted. She will be starting in a new position as vice president of employer solutions products at Priority Health, which is the fastest growing health plan in Michigan. She will continue to live in Chicago and work remotely but will be traveling to Grand Rapids as needed, making it easy to swing by South Bend. She hopes to see familiar faces on campus this fall, especially at the class tailgate. Classmates, please continue to send me updates. You should feel free to brag about yourself. We all love hearing good news about our friends. I hope this summer brings you the chance to catch a few lightning bugs, enjoy some evenings in the backyard and execute the perfect cannonball into the pool. Send me an email after you’re done applying your sunscreen. — 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 New Position

In March, Dillon Allie was named president and chief executive officer of HDMZ, a full-service integrated marketing communications agency based in Chicago and San Francisco. As president and CEO, his focus is on helping the company reach its vision of becoming the most admired marketing communications agency for the life sciences and biotech as defined by a compelling client portfolio, responsible growth and nurturing an inspiring and inclusive workplace. Dillon lives in Chicago with his wife, Ann (Fitzgibbons) Allie, and their children Josie, 14, and Owen, 12. I hope everyone has a great summer. I look forward to seeing you in the fall at a game or two. Please continue to share your life updates and photos via our Instagram page, @nd2001alumni, or our class email. — Michael Anselmi; manselmi@alumni.nd.edu; classof2001@alumni.nd.edu


01MBA Class SecretaryDominic Pang;



01JD Class Updates 

Eric Moser’s fourth interactive novel, Community College Hero 2.5: Fun & Games, was published Feb. 3 through game developer Choice of Games. Eric’s previously published works include Community College 1 and 2, and Zip: Speeder of Valiant City. Next up are Community College Hero 3 and Talon City: Death from Above, where the player plays as an owl attorney in a city of intelligent birds. Eric continues to practice personal injury law in Louisville KY. Leigh Ann and Chris Schultz, after 10 years and 1,311 miles, finished their goal to run a marathon in all 50 states. The feat was completed just before Chris left the SEC after 10 years to return to private practice as a partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington DC. I hope you and your families are staying healthy. Please remember to send me news updates for our column. — Jonell Lucca; cell 602-677-3266; jonelllucca@yahoo.com 


02 Class SecretaryLisa (Sestile) Corcoran;



02MBA Class SecretaryMelissa Hurd;



02JD No News Is Good News?

Well, this is the first column where I have received no updates. I assume that means we are all chugging along, balancing our career, family and other obligations. If you have any news, be it professional or personal, or if you like to share a story about our time at Notre Dame, please let me know. Wishing you all an enjoyable summer. — Ryan D. Costantini; 414 S. Notre Dame Ave., South Bend IN 46617; mobile 574-339-8050; ryan.costantini@gmail.com


03 Happy News 

Chris Nygren’s book, Titian’s Icons: Tradition, Charisma, and Devotion in Renaissance Italy (Penn State Press, 2020) was awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan award, which is given each year by the Renaissance Society of America for the best book in Renaissance Studies. It is an honor for Chris to win this award, which is the highest prize in his field. Stephen Holte was named founding president of Cristo Rey Orange County High School. He brings 15 years of leadership in Catholic education, including the Cristo Rey movement, serving organizations committed to providing opportunity to students from under-resourced communities. Andrew Moody married Kim Dunham ’06 at the Basilica in March. Andrew’s groomsmen included Brian Ostick, Casey Johnson, Ryan Kaple and Luke Burke. Congratulations to everyone on their happy news. 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 Class SecretaryLawrence A. Ward;

206-903-8817; ward.lawrence@dorsey.com 


04 Old Friends Are the Best Friends

Gotta love how Notre Dame brings folks together again and again. Tom Kerestes sent me a great update about the oldest friend he has in this world, our classmate Kevin Kraft. These two grew up together from the age of two in Allentown PA. In middle school, Tom moved to the Chicago suburbs, seemingly never to see Kevin again. We all recall growing up before the internet was really a thing. But Kevin and Tom were reunited as freshmen at ND, and Tom’s Alumni friends and Kevin’s Stanford friends lived together at College Park senior year. After graduation, they went their separate ways once again. Then in February 2021, Tom moved his family to Nashville. He runs a small investment company and can do it from anywhere. Kevin was living in Nashville after moving his family from Denver in 2019. He is the CFO of a law firm and can do it from anywhere. And now they live 10 minutes from each other in the Brentwood area, and their kids are friends. Funny how fate works. Tom and his wife, a U of Kansas grad, have been married for 10 years; they lived in Chicago, then the Chicago suburbs after having their first child in 2013. They have a daughter, Amelia, 9, and son, Gavin, 7. Kevin and his wife, a native of the Nashville area, have a son, 7, and daughters, 5 and 3. Congratulations to Athena (Kwey) McPhillips and husband Blaine McPhillips, who welcomed their daughter. Alfie Mei, this January in Santa Monica CA. Alfie Mei joins her big brother, Cavan, who turned two last November, and eldest sister Francis the goldendoodle. These three whippersnappers are all smiles, keeping their parents moving in high gear and everyone is getting ready to dance at the upcoming Goose and Phish tours. Veronica Rivero and her husband, Teddy Wyder (Wisconsin BA, Minnesota MBA), became business owners this year by signing a franchise agreement with Fajita Pete’s to bring the fast growing, Tex-Mex brand to the greater Chicago area along with the support of ND investors Drew Mitchell ’01, ’08MBA and Jordan Curnes ’01. They chose Fajita Pete’s for its mouth-watering food and efficient delivery and take-out business model. Fajita Pete’s is based in Houston and was founded by Pedro “Pete” Mora, a Latino immigrant like Veronica herself. The first Chicago location will open later in 2022. Follow along their journey on Facebook and Instagram, @FajitaPetesChicago. Veronica also recently started a new job in enterprise sales at tech startup BetterUp, joining Prince Harry in the company’s mission to help each individual pursue their lives with greater clarity, purpose and passion. She hopes to help drive human transformation to see a world where everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race or seniority has the opportunity to invest in themselves and maximize their full potential. Thanks for sending your updates. Keep them coming. — Carol Martino; carolmartino10@gmail.com


04MBA Importance of Sleep

Nora Boyd has shared that after months of spending time with real people learning about their sleep, then building and testing prototypes and everything beyond, she launched her ecommerce business on Jan. 25. Hullwinkle is a wellness brand that was born out of Nora’s personal need for better sleep. Prior to launching Hullwinkle, Nora worked in management consulting, finance and technology at leading organizations. She’s bringing over 20 years of solving big corporate problems and living and working internationally to Hullwinkle, where she focuses on helping people solve for a sustainable life: better sleep, better health and a better earth. She describes the journey she took to start Hullwinkle: “When you come face to face with your own mortality, you learn to let go of your ego and figure out what really matters.” Thrive Global invited Nora to contribute more about her personal story and the life-saving importance and beauty of sleep for Sleep Awareness Week 2022. Read the story and learn more about Hullwinkle by visiting hullwinkle.com. You can follow @hullwinkle on Instagram, Facebook and Thingtesting. Please keep the updates coming. — Harry Howisen; hhowisen@gmail.com


04JD Fashionable and Focused 

Katy (Runyan) Wingert, voted “Best Dressed” by our graduating class, has been especially fashionable as a senior attorney at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she’s worked since graduation. In that role, she advises public health and research investigations pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. During the early months of COVID, she advised the Centers for Disease Control on the epidemiological assistance and recommendations it provided to states and companies in their efforts to protect meat and poultry processing workers. While I had to Google “epidemiological assistance” to understand what on earth that meant, it feels good to know that A Different Kind of Lawyer is involved in these important issues. Katy lives in Washington DC with her husband and their children Annaliese, 10, and Henry, 6. Please contact me with updates. — Katie (Wharton) DeFerrari; katiedeferrari@gmail.com


05 Growing Families 

Katie O’Sullivan and Paul Joice welcomed their daughter, Mary, to the family in late 2021. Big brother Robbie is learning to adjust. They recently moved to Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Katie is an endocrinologist at the U of Chicago and Paul works for HUD managing research on federal housing programs. Annelise (Sucato) and Tom Raaf welcomed their second daughter, Marielle, to the family on April 4. The Raaf family consists of Tom, Annelise, Marielle, big sister Kiera, 4, and French bulldogs Jacques Cousteau, 10, and Sancho Panza, 1. Actual ages may have changed by time of publishing. My inbox was particularly quiet this quarter. Keep those updates coming. — Caroline Meehan; ndclassnotes05@gmail.com 


05MBA Class SecretaryHimanshu Gosar;

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


05JD All Rise

In March, Hon. Jacob Kraus was appointed by Gov. Tim Walz to serve as a judge for Minnesota’s Second Judicial District, sitting in St. Paul. Prior to taking the bench, Jacob served as Senior Assistant Hennepin County Attorney in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, where he supervised a trial team in the child protection division. He also worked in the adult prosecution division of the office, where he prosecuted serious felony cases. Prior to that, Jacob worked in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as a division manager of the consumer protection and human services divisions. In his spare time, he coaches youth baseball and hockey in St. Paul and volunteers in the St. Paul public schools. After nearly 16 years of service to the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security, Rob Dunikoski left federal law enforcement for private practice. But Rob didn’t choose just any firm. He joined our classmates Juan Castañeda and Josh Heidelman at Castañeda + Heidelman LLP, giving their emerging national boutique firm a presence in Dallas. Rob provides further support in serving businesses, nonprofits and individuals with a focus on dispute resolution, investigations and compliance, now including the best state in the nation. Now for some news from California. Our own Tony D’Amico became the head of legal transformation at Apple in March. Prior to that, Tony spent nearly eight years at Deloitte as a senior service delivery manager in their Los Angeles office. With fall fast approaching, does your wardrobe need a refresh? You might want to take some advice from Libby Stockstill, who became the general counsel and company secretary at Vuori, a premium activewear and performance apparel company based in Encinitas CA. Prior to the move, Libby served as the vice president and general counsel of Vans, the global footwear and apparel brand, and as North American general counsel of Billabong. Before serving the world’s leading fashion brands, Libby practiced at Latham & Watkins, where she focused on corporate law, including public and private mergers and acquisitions. Finally, who says you can’t go home again? After 17 years in the Windy City, Greg Wright with wife, Kristen, and their sons, Milton and Matthew, returned to his southeast Michigan roots. Greg joined the Mitten State’s venerable firm, Varnum LLP, in its corporate practice team as a partner. He is based in the firm’s Novi MI office. Greg focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, joint ventures and finance matters. He often works with private equity firms, family offices, management groups, strategic investors and shareholders in acquisitions and divestitures of assets and equity both domestically in internationally. Welcome home, Greg. — Adam J. Russ; Houston TX; adamjruss@gmail.com


06 Memorable Events

In December, Ryan Finlen ’06, ’11JD married AnnaMarie Bliss in New Orleans. Dan Saviano ’05 officiated. Shawn Finlen ’08, Jeremy Staley ’05 and P.J. Hines ’11JD served as groomsmen. Plenty of Domers were in attendance, including Joanna (Cornwell) Alkin ’05, Matt Bartula ’05, Andrea Brault ’05, Erin Brooks ’05, Lauren (Sharkey) Byam ’08, ’11JD, Sean Cullen ’08, Jim Donovan ’04, Kelly (McHugh) Mills ’05, Colin O’Keefe ’05, Blake Rambo ’11JD, Erin Rogozinski Swafford ’08, ’11JD, Bill Simon ’11JD and Annie Weir ’11JD. Welcoming their second child, Charlotte Layla O’Rourke, on Sept. 12, 2021 were Matt ’06, ’14JD and Alyssa (Moya) O’Rourke ’10. They baptized Charlotte on March 5 in the Log Chapel on campus. Jeff Smith is one of Charlotte’s godparents. After a decade in-house with a commercial real estate firm and an auto dealership group, Kyle Chamberlin joined the team of business attorneys at THK Law in South Bend. His practice focuses on advising owners and leaders of Indiana businesses, with a particular focus on clients engaged in the provision of professional services. Kyle is active in South Bend and enjoys catching up with local classmates and those visiting campus. I am sad to share that on Nov. 26 our classmate Tom Nelligan passed away after a brief battle with stomach cancer. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, and three boys, Brendan, Rowan and Francis. — Anna (Skoien) Lall; annagracelall@gmail.com 


06MBA Class SecretaryMike 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 Padded Playrooms and Weddings

We graduated 14 years ago. We have mixed feelings about this fact, so here are some summertime updates to make you happy and toasty. Drew Whiting, Andrew Zeiser, John Donovan, Dan Straface, Brian Sullivan, Patrick McInerney, William Kearney and Lawrence Sullivan reunited in March in Phoenix. They rented a home through Airbnb. The home’s basement had a giant padded playroom for kids and 35-year-olds. Lawrence defeated every other reunion attendee in mixed martial arts, solidifying his status as a tough guy and Notre Dame’s Mr. November. Rachel Heneghan, who married Eric Werdahl in June 2020 in Minneapolis, started her job as a cardiac surgeon in her hometown of Indianapolis in September 2021, and is expecting Baby Boy Werdahl in May 2022. She’s been listening to a lot of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” in preparation. So has Kim Murphy O’Brien and her husband, Craig, who welcomed Claire Murphy O’Brien in February. Claire joins big sister Jane O’Brien, 3. Nicholas M. Gibson was promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s Chicago office. He is a member of the global corporate group and concentrates on private equity M&A. Patrick O’Brien is not a partner at a law firm but is expecting Baby Girl O’Brien in early May. Mom, Lindsay, who is taller than Patrick, is handling pregnancy like the Division I athletic dropout that she is: chill, relaxed, and happy. Je’Rell Rogers is running for judge in Harris County (TX) Criminal Court at Law No. 14. Last month, he won the primary election against the incumbent judge. Je’Rell now goes on to the general election this November. Alvin Adjei ’09, ’12JD serves as Je’Rell’s treasurer. Check out Je’Rell’s website at jerell4judge.com. Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow gave an impassioned speech on the Michigan Senate floor in April, which has since gone viral. Her speech garnered 9 million views nationwide. Check it out. Friends gathered to celebrate the joyful marriage of Natalie Rodden and Richard King in Louisville KY in February. In attendance were Sarah Jenkins, Sister Benedicta Duna, Elizabeth Venditto, Erin Buckley, Helen Syski Gegala ’10, Katie Quinlivan Smith ’14MDiv, Patrick Smith ’15MA, Katie Torvinen Ortega ’15MArch, Rev. John Raphael ’89, Maria (Wuebker) Gove ’97, Nicole Shirilla ’00, ’02MEd, and Robert Gove ’01JD. The Kings celebrated with King Cake on Mardi Gras weekend. May God bless the joyful union. Josef Pappas married Sherine El Abid in March. Francisco Castillo-Fierro ’10MEd did not bring a plus one. Joe Sposato was the best-looking groomsman. Dalton Shaughnessy, Christian Medeiros, Chris Ragni and Colin Roach attended and kept the dance floor hot. Taylor Clagget did not attend the wedding but made his presence known at Joe’s bachelor party. Jesse Brawer has continued to keep his son, Gavin, alive and well. Jesse’s wife, Emily, has played a large role in the success. Enjoy the summer. Keep in touch. — Patrick O’Brien; classof2008@alumni.nd.edu


08MBA Class Secretary Megan Ulrich;



08JD New Challenges

Ryan Lobato wrote in to share that he has changed jobs and been promoted. Ryan is now the VP, cybersecurity, data governance and technology law at Ryan LLC, the world’s leading firm for business taxes. I suspect that Ryan’s first name helped him secure the job. Ryan, his wife, and six children moved from Houston to Dallas during the pandemic. Please continue to send personal or professional updates about yourself or a classmate. I’m sure I’m not the only one who flips first to the Class Notes section each quarter to read the updates for the classes I know. As always, 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 Doing Better Than Fine

Mark Langhans and Catherine Mapelli ’10 were married Sept. 4 by Rev. Peter McCormick, CSC,06MDiv, ’15MBA in the Basilica with a reception in the Dahnke Ballroom in the stadium. Wedding party included Cathy Bowers ’10, Danny Castellanos, Blake Choplin ’10, Kelly Choplin ’11, Christine Lynch Robison ’10, John Mapelli ’14 and Justin Wang. Parents of the groom, Mark Langhans ’81 and Sherri Langhans81SMC, brought a contingent of friends and alums that included Bob Burger ’81, Dave Cole ’81, Molly Cole ’82 SMC, Danny Cole ’79, Daniel McKernan ’81, Sue McKernan ’82, Mike Deasey ’81, Timothy Ronan ’81 and Carolyn Ronan ’81SMC. Classmates in attendance included David Cavadini, Joseph Diluia, Thomas Hoffman, Lyndsey Hoffman, Thomas Gruffi, Michael Kaiser, Michael Mesterharm, Jeremy Pawlak, Philip Pezza, Eduardo Pizarro, Patrick Richel, Robert Szarzynski and Julie Wagner. Other grads in attendance included Rohan Anand ’10, Karen Carnevale ’10, Tara Clerkin ’10, Lauren Cox ’10, Kara Coyle ’10, Kate Donlin ’10, Meg Martin Gold ’10, Katie Grennan ’10, Ellen Mwroka Kaleniecki ’10, Maggie McGonigle ’15, Ellyn Michalak ’10, Caitlin O’Connell ’10, Theresa Olivier ’10, Stephanie Parks ’10, Christine Carty Pawlak ’10, Christie Hjerpe Pellegrine ’10Andrew Watkins ’11, Jessie Watkins ’11, Daniel Wemple ’10, Erin Madison Wemple ’10, Takashi Yoshii ’10 and Tricia Stamatakos Yoshii ’21MBA. Natalie ’12SMC and Joel Sharbrough welcomed their third child, Ada Marie, on Feb. 12, Darwin Day. She was welcomed by siblings Wes and Heidi. Importantly, she proved once and for all that Joel is not as awesome at genetics as his awards would suggest since he predicted all boys (1/3) and all brown eyes (2/3). The family moved to Socorro NM where Joel accepted a position as an assistant professor of biology at New Mexico Tech in January 2021. He studies the evolutionary genetics of eukaryotic energy production and teaches evolution, bioinformatics and genetics despite getting a C- in Dr. Hyde’s genetics course in 2010, and ineptitude at predicting his children’s phenotypes. This February, Joel was selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award, which furnishes $1.2 million from the American taxpayer ($305,000 of which came from the American Rescue Plan) to his lab group to study the evolution of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in wheat. These funds will provide employment and training to more than 20 undergraduate and graduate students at NMT (a Hispanic-serving institution), as well as a postdoctoral scholar over the next five years. If anyone wants to visit New Mexico, they have a spare room to sleep, a balcony from which to stargaze and children to babysit. 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;



10 All the Best

Timothy Reid joined the CPL design firm in Pittsburgh PA as a senior project architect. Daniel Schafer and Crista Right became engaged on Jan. 13. Ryan and Lindsay (Williams) Short welcomed their son, John Paul Short, on Feb. 13. He is being endlessly adored and snuggled by his three sisters. Alyssa (Moya) O’Rourke and Matt O’Rourke ’06, ’14JD welcomed their daughter, Charlotte Layla O’Rourke. She was baptized on March 5 in the Log Chapel by Rev. Joe Carey, CSC, ’62. Let your classmates know how you’re doing. Send me your updates. Go Irish. — Matt Molloy; ndclass2010@gmail.com


10MBA Another Quarter in the Books

One year into her role as head of global public relations at workflow management company, Smartsheet, Chrissy Vaughn is proud to be putting “more good in business” via several social good campaigns. Most recently she launched a grassroots STEM charity in Australia, DeadlyScience, onto a global stage by partnering with McLaren Racing to feature their logo (instead of Smartsheet’s) at the Australian Grand Prix, which is a first for an indigenous brand in the Formula 1 world. I love this example of a classmate growing the good in business and using their expertise to scale the benefit to a great cause. Please keep the news coming. If you do not receive my quarterly requests, please email me to let me know. Go Irish. — John Gerberich;
cell 847-331-4707; jgerberi@alumni.nd.edu


10JD Class SecretaryJennifer (Hernandez) Laffitte;

10310 Southwest 128th Ave., Miami FL 33186; res 305-322-7154; bus 786-762-3815; jherna11@alumni.nd.edu