11 Meet Me Under the Golden Dome

I hope to see everyone the weekend of Oct. 15 for the Class of 2011’s 11-year reunion. Imagine yourself with a brat, hanging out under the Golden Dome, reminiscing about the good ol’ days. That’s what I thought. See you there. Now for some updates: Ashley-Anne (Elias) and Michael Bohnert welcomed their daughter, Amelia Therese Bernadette, on Oct. 22. She is adored by big brother Edward, 2, who has transitioned from only-child status with surprising grace and enthusiasm. They reside in Pittsburgh PA and are making post-COVID plans to familiarize both children with their Trinidad & Tobago heritage. Carnival 2023 anyone? Also last year, Heidi (Grossman) and Austin Gilbertson ’19MBA welcomed Brooks Kelley on Nov. 8. He was baptized in April. Godparents are Heidi’s sister, Hayley, and Brian Brooke. Chris (Gattis) and Allyse Gruslin ’16MDiv welcomed twins, Hope Irene and Paul Christopher, on Nov. 2. They join their sister, Ruth Marie, 2, in cheering on the Irish in Rhode Island. In more twin news, Meghan (Flynn) ’13SMC and Rory Kelly ’11, ’21MBA welcomed twin boys, Aidan and Cillian, in December. Before they were born, Rory finished his MBA at Notre Dame and the couple relocated to Indianapolis. Meghan, who is a total rockstar and already had her MBA, works at Whirlpool. Rory was promoted to major in the Marine Corps Reserves and works at Elanco Animal Health, leading the company’s competitive intelligence efforts. Christina (Tofani) and Andrew Bentz welcomed their first child, Leo Christopher, on New Year’s Eve. The Bentz family resides in Jersey City NJ. Kelly (Forster) and Dan Jacobs welcomed their second child, Julian Mabry, on Jan. 8. Their daughter, Izzy, 2, is thrilled to be a big sister. Hillary and Sean O’Boyle welcomed a baby boy, Patrick Schaefer, on Feb. 2. Mom and baby are both doing well. Hillary is completing a fellowship in pediatric hospitalist medicine at Virginia Commonwealth U in Richmond VA. Sean is working as a community pediatrician. Jordan (Hyde) and Patrick Higgins welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte, on Feb. 10, joining Caroline, 2. Heather (Hyland) and Mick Madden welcomed their second baby boy, James, on March 3. Finn, 2, loves being a big brother. They’re currently enjoying life in Las Vegas where Mick is an Air Force helicopter pilot and Heather is an ob/gyn. And that’s it for now. Thank goodness it’s summer (TGIS). I’m not sure about you, but the outdoors, hot sun and cold drinks are calling my name, so I will let you go. Lean in, enjoy yourself and know you are doing it right. — Kate Clitheroe; class president; class11@nd.edu


11MBA Class Secretary Mimi Wilfong;

903-714-4988; mimitwilfong@gmail.com


11JD Celebrations

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 2022. It is already a great year for fun and happy news. But first, to close out 2021, we had the nuptials that no one could have predicted. The attractive nuisance of NDLS, Ryan Finlen ’06, ’11JD, has married. And he kicked way out of his coverage with a beautiful, successful and way funnier wife in AnnaMarie Bliss. They were married in New Orleans in December. If I didn’t see it myself and didn’t know Finlen was an enforcer of the US law, I would have thought this was an interstate kidnapping. The officiant was Dan Saviano ’05, with wife Micaela. Groomsmen included Shawn Finlen ’08, wife Kate, Jeremy Staley ’05, wife Jessica, and P.J. Hines, bombshell fiancé Kara. Domers in attendance were Colin O’Keefe ’05, wife Rachel, Matt Bartula ’05, Erin Brooks ’05, Jim Donovan ’04, Andrea Brault ’05, husband Nick Gill, Joanna (Cornwell) Alkin ’05 with husband Sinan, Blake Rambo, Sean Cullen ’08, yours truly Lauren (Sharkey) Byam ’08, ’11JD, husband Jack, Kelly (McHugh) Mills ’05, husband Ry, Annie (MacDonald) Weir, troublemaker husband Chris, Erin Rogozinski Swafford ’08, ’11JD, husband Matt, and Bill Simon ’11JD, wife Sarah. Way too much fun and fried food was had by all in New Orleans. Since we last chatted, we welcomed new NDLS babies and new partners. Erin (Rogozinski) Swafford ’08, ’11JD, husband Matt and big brother Patrick, welcomed Maeve Marie on March 21. She’s nine pounds-plus and here to party. Anna Marie Mackin and husband Quatro Wyatt welcomed Mary Katherine Kirby Wyatt. Meghan (Sweeney) Bean ’08, ’11JD and Brett Bean welcomed Eleanor Louise on New Year’s Eve. Big sister Grace seems excited to welcome her tax credit, I mean sister, to be a fellow Bean Queen. Marie (Connelly) and Michael Meszaros welcomed Anna Sophia Elizabeth in late November. Bryan MacKenzie and Jill MacKenzie welcomed Caitlin Mary on Jan. 8. This quintet seems to have filled out the first girl band of the season. But there is plenty of room for more. And we have a boy to even the odds, with Rachel Holycross ’08, ’11JD and husband Matthew welcoming Lincoln Richard Holycross on Dec. 15. To close out the good news, Amber Gussin got engaged to George Hwang in March in Washington DC during a private serenade. — Lauren Sharkey ’08; lksharkey@gmail.com


12 Congratulations

Bobby Huffman and Carly Landon welcomed their first children, twins Emma Landon Huffman and Robert Hertzler Huffman, born on Jan. 18 in London, England. Congratulations to the new parents. — Tyler Harmsen; tharmsen@alumni.nd.edu


12MBA Class SecretaryJennafer Palumbo;



12JD Welcome to Our World

Hello, classmates. Welcome to the Notes Column for what I am calling “The Baby Episode.” We have five, count them, five bundles of joy already here or joining us soon. First up, Caroline and Ryan Swan had their first baby in January. Ryan reports that Vivian Hart Swan is perfect, and that everyone is enjoying the suburban life outside Chicago. Christopher Regan and Jaime (Greenblatt) Regan ’11JD welcomed their first child, Chase Brett Regan, on March 16. I’ve been told that mom, baby and dad are all doing great, and Chase is a skinny little guy with a full head of hair and gray eyes. Monique Magar and husband Damon had son No. 2 on March 8. He is named Gideon Jenkins. Gideon joins big brother Isidore, currently a toddler, in a quest to keep their parents sleep-deprived. He is named after the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. Having two public defenders as parents will do that. Erica (Kemp) Rompf and John Rompf had baby No. 3 on Feb. 15. He is named Henry Louis Rompf. The Rompfs are living in Winchester KY, which some of you may recognize as the birthplace of beer cheese, invented nearby in the 1940s. And in babies-to-be, Erin Myers and husband Ryan are expecting their first in August. Erin is excited to have a son so close to the start of college football season, given that Ryan went to USC and comes from a long lineage of Purdue fans. Erin has promised that the baby will be decked out in Irish gear every Saturday. In non-baby news, Monica (Bordas) Schmucker shared that she was named a stockholder in her firm, where she has been working since 2020. She was also recently re-elected president of the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club and has been moonlighting as a pirate for the past year. That’s not a joke. There’s a replica pirate ship that does cruise tours around Fort Myers, and Monica is often on board as a pirate. I’ve never been more jealous writing this column. And finally, Alvin Adjei has been pretty quiet these past few months. Is it because he finally told me to stop printing made-up stories about him in this column, or is it because I’m just having a hard time coming up with something this quarter? I’ll never tell, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with Alvin’s upcoming NFT release featuring blockchain images of every Whataburger location in Southwest Texas. That’s all. Keep in touch and keep me posted. — Jimmy Champlin; james.c.champlin@gmail.com


13 No Ramblings

Hello classmates, and welcome to another installment of Class Notes. Much like the pandemic, my tenure of occupying your time and space never seems to end. I am, however, grateful for everyone who reads this section and sends me updates. I am sorry, however, for anyone who flips too soon and has to read the swill above mine. No long winding rants this time, I’m writing from Guatemala and the internet isn’t steady enough to hold up to my ramblings. I’d like to start by sharing some unfortunate news about one of our classmates. It came to my attention that Patrick MacDonell passed away in January. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Patrick while at ND, but from what I can gather he was an exceptionally kind and adventurous spirit. There are still things to celebrate, however. Alexa Wilson, who you might remember was featured in the last issue, was nice enough to send me a plethora of updates. It was devoid of her usual witty commentary, however. In June, Kristina Hamilton is marrying Matt Zahn, not to be confused with the now-defunct dorm-that-must-not-be-named. Kristen Kelly got engaged to Daniel Fincham, about whom I received no information but can only assume is an excellent person if Kristen agreed to marry him. Brett Biondi got engaged recently and will be married in October, and Ryan Murphy is getting married in June. Alexa tested my sleuthing skills by not mentioning the names of their excellent partners, and I utterly failed that test. As a final update, Daniel Palmer and his wife, Anna Draganova, welcomed their first child, Kira, in January. I feel obligated, since the update came from Alexa, to hope that Kira ends up in Lyons someday. Andrea (Palazzolo) Ray matched into an orthopedic surgery residency at U of Illinois and was subsequently named valedictorian of her medical school class. She’ll go down in history as the last valedictorian from the Urbana campus of U of I, as there will not be any future graduating classes. For people who don’t know, matching into an orthopedics residency is an impressive accomplishment. I guess I’ll be making the drive west from Cincinnati every time my ankle starts to hurt. That’s all I’ve got folks. Please don’t hesitate to send me more updates as you get them. Cheers. — Chris Champlin; nd2013updates@gmail.com


13MBA More Good News

I am happy to pass along more good news. Ilze and Jonathan Flatley moved to Dallas-Fort Worth last year. Ilze works at Ericsson and Jonathan is at Topgolf. But the exciting news is that they welcomed their son, Jack Peter, on Feb. 2. That was 2-2-22. All are doing well. Elie El-Zammar mentioned that he got a promotion with Microsoft and moved to the DFW area (Flower Mound TX). And in a follow-up to the last notes, Michelle and Joe Alvarado welcomed their fourth child, Clark Joseph, in late March. Keep the updates coming. The next set is due to me by July 18. — Nick Imgrund; 314-775-7364; daimgrund@yahoo.com


13JD Class SecretaryAlex Blair;



14 Giving Care and Receiving Care

As we go into spring and summer, there’s a lot to be said about caring for things. We have gardens (or desk succulents) to take care of, dogs and cats and other pets who rely on us, houses and apartments that need cleaning, families and children to nurture, our careers and academics to tend to, our relationships to nourish, our civic duties to uphold and our spiritual growth and connection to develop. There’s a lot of energy that goes into caring for all these aspects of our lives, and sometimes it can be a bit draining. I know, sometimes it feels like I spend my whole day caring for my job, my family, my home, my endless to-do list, and sometimes it becomes a bit hard to think about caring for myself. And that’s where I feel truly blessed, to have friends and family who care for me. We are all in this together, and by supporting each other, we can give and receive attention, love, thoughtfulness and support. It is our most solemn duty and greatest honor to ensure that we each are cared for. Considering that, I just want to let you know that I care about you, that I love you, and that you deserve to be cared for, just as you take care of those around you. On that note, I am delighted to share with you wonderful news of love and happiness. Jacob Armijo and Katie (Wilson) Armijo exchanged vows in Orange Beach AL on Feb. 19. The wedding party was filled with fellow Domers, including Julia Lynch, Colleen Kerins, Meredy Bolka, Katie Badar, Erika Wallace, Annie Schoenwetter, Tyler Treuting, Jamie O’Donohueand Greg Hamisevicz. Congratulations, Jacob and Katie. We are happy that you were able to celebrate with so many of your loved ones. And our Notre Dame family keeps growing. We are excited to welcome Emma Katherine, daughter of Kaitlyn (Keelin) Lasko and Colin Lasko, born on Feb. 3. Just in time for football season, Maria (Fahs) Finan and Ben Finan are ready to welcome their first baby. Ben is proud to note that his baby has chosen the bye weekend for the arrival, so dad won’t miss a moment of Irish football. Congratulations, Kaitlyn and Colin and Maria and Ben. And finally, I have a slew of announcements form the Donegan household. Dr. Mary Catherine (Faller) Donegan ’14SMC graduated from Northwestern U with a doctorate in audiology in 2017, and subsequently accepted a pediatric audiologist position at Children’s Wisconsin Hospital in Milwaukee. Seamus Donegan graduated from Northwestern with his MBA and master’s in design innovation in 2020. During his experience, he served as student body president and sang for the school’s pop cover band, the Captains of Industry. He is now working at Deloitte. The Donegan family bought their first house in Milwaukee WI in 2020 and welcomed their first son, Seamus Gerard Donegan, on Jan. 17. Congratulations to you both for the wonderful accomplishments, and welcome to the family, little Seamus. As always, keep loving each other, keep caring for each other, and keep me updated. I wish you all the very best. — Lizzie (Helpling) Trebbien; 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 Milestones

These are becoming biannual updates. Apologies all for my delays. Congratulations to Natalie Huffman and Cameron Huffman on the birth of Benjamin Richard Huffman on June 15, 2021. Benny has quickly formed the most adorable bond with his big sister, Lucy the cat. Keeping in theme, congratulations to Kevin Murphy and Alisa Finelli Murphy ’15JD on the birth of their daughter, Evelyn Rose Murphy, on Nov. 24. She earned her status as a Domer being baptized in the Log Chapel. Final congrats to Matt O’Rourke and his wife, Alyssa O’Rourke ’10, on the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Layla O’Rourke, on Sept. 12. Moving on to weddings, congratulations to Jon Gregory Heintz and Halie Vilagi Heintz on their wedding March 26 in the Basilica. I’m sure a special congratulations needs to be given to them for securing the location after the pandemic, well done. The wedding was celebrated by several in our class, including Pat Cassidy as groomsman, and Will McClintock, Steve DeGenaro and Kevin and Alisa Murphy as attendees. — Rachel Hanley; rachelrhanley@gmail.com


15 Lots to Celebrate

Jack McKeon and Haley Bellis were married at Notre Dame in October, after two years of engagement and two rescheduled wedding dates at the Basilica. It was worth the wait. Dr. Katie O’Brien and Carl Ramos welcomed twin boys Luke Alexander and Finn Daniel on March 25. A true rockstar, Katie is also finishing her pediatrics residency this summer. Dr. Marielle (Blumenthaler) Reidy began a PhD program at the Ohio State U College of Optometry. Jeff Hansen is in a MD-PhD program at Washington U in St. Louis, and says he sought a creative outlet during the dark, failure-ridden middle years typical to a PhD. So, he wrote and self-published a children’s picture book about genetics. Jeff tried to use a happy story about baseball and family to introduce some basic concepts in genes, genomes and when we should or shouldn’t make changes to the human genome for the sake of curing disease. For more information about The Perfect Baseball Player, visit genomejeff.com. After months of soul searching and consultation with his closest friends and family, Ryan Watt recently took a plunge and purchased his first pair of shoes secured with Velcro. Having been a laces man for years, and having some lackluster slip-on experiences, he was dubious at first, but found the change to be a fruitful endeavor in terms of style, comfort and support. Not to mention, with the time saved from the pesky tying and untying that plagued his always-grinding Mendoza alum lifestyle, the Velcro shoes have practically paid for themselves. Kate (Disser) and Harrison Yates welcomed their first child, Gabriel Joseph, on March 31. Here’s to the Notre Dame Class of 2044. — Emily Flores; eflores2@alumni.nd.edu


15MBA Class Secretary Valeriano Lima;



15JD Back in the Bend

Another Class of 2015 alum is back in South Bend. After receiving her PhD in cultural heritage from IMT Lucca in Tuscany, Felicia Caponigri is happily back under the Dome. As director of International and Graduate Programs at the Law School she works with Dean Cole and associate dean Paul Miller on the Global Lawyering Initiative and its development. If your current practice or other work has an international facet, she invites you to be in touch. In her role as term teaching professor, Felicia also teaches her signature course, Fashion Law, showcasing timely legal issues in the global fashion and luxury brand goods space. If you have any professional or personal updates to share, please send them to me. — Alisa Finelli Murphy; alisafinelli@gmail.com  


16 Hope I Saw You at Reunion 

I hope you had a great time at our Reunion this summer. I can’t wait for our next. Cheers to all our recently engaged couples: Xime Alverde and Andres Gutierrez; Julia Bellefeuille and Dominic Canonico; Lauren Callahan and Patrick Conroy ’15; Annabelle Duncan and Tom Haile; Maread Dunne and James Stevenson; Corinne Eckert and Sebastian Fischer; Mary Hunter and Oren Hillel; Claire Jaeger and Aaron Mathias; Amanda LaPorte ’15 and Jeff Chapa; Danielle Lukish and Nick Lisauskas ’15; Lindsey Olivere and Aaron Tarnasky; Wendy Perez and Mike Izzo; Erin Peterson and Richard Silverman; Erin Richards and Jack Milliken; Juliana Salles and Mike Banach; and Casey Skevington and Justin Sorum. Also we are over-the-moon for our newlyweds: Carson Bogatto and Ryan Spoonmore ’17; Maggie Bowers and Austin Marquardt; Candace Castillo and Kevin Lee; Hadleigh Glist and Jeff Luchetti; Cecelia Heffron and Killian Brackey; Kalyn Heyen and Sean Onderdonk; Hailey Karagias and Matt Crum; Elizabeth Kelley and Quinn O’Connell; Maggie Long and Collin Foster, Anna Marie Nguyen and Tim Nguyen; Samanta Rosas and Robinson Pinzon; Kim Sammons and Ryan Hipshman; Katie Schultz and Jackson Agraz; Lindsey Streepey and Ryan Barry; Liz Troyer and Thom Behrends; and Erin Walters ’15 and Joe Schneider. Congratulations to our new parents; you’re doing an amazing job already: Christina (Gutierrez) and Jake Grefenstette; Paige (Junge) and Nathanial Kruder; Viviana (Dewey) and Nick Nissen; and Elizabeth (Weir) and Robert Uhl ’15. Katie (Ferrara) and Jack Beers welcomed their second child in December, sweet Maggie. Zoe (Rote) and Adam Kourajian15 welcomed Louis Joseph in January and, according to Zoe, he is a chunk and already filling their lives with much joy. Ellen (O’Brien) and Kyle Richardson will welcome another baby boy late this summer. He will be their third child and the boys will now outnumber the girls. Thanks to all of our classmates in medicine for taking such good care of your patients and all those around you. Congrats to you who matched this spring: Shae Boguslawski in ob/gyn at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; Erik Carlson in internal medicine at Columbia U; Steven Goikoetxia in ENT at U of Nebraska; Jake Kinsella in internal medicine at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis; Dale Lobo in ob/gyn at U of Cincinnati; Danielle Lukish in ob/gyn at Amita Health in Chicago; Katherine Petrovich in general surgery at Harbor-UCLA; Carson (Bogatto) Spoonmore in dermatology at LSU; Chris Viamontes in internal medicine at UTSW; and Jon Wiese in ophthalmology at U of Florida. Marissa (Bowman) Evans earned her PhD in clinical and biological/health psychology from U of Pitt. Laura Paquin earned her PhD at U of Maryland in aerospace engineering. Dan Suma earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon. He also received the CMU College of Engineering Presidential Fellowship last year. Genevieve Bradford works as senior analyst in EIT EMERGE at Cardinal Health in Irvine CA. Miles Bland works as an associate private credit investor at Alliance Bernstein Private Credit Investors in Austin. Trini Bui is an English teacher at Cristo Rey High School in Fort Worth TX. Mikaila Chamblee started as an associate copywriter this spring at Intouch Solutions. Caroline Clark was promoted to development and production executive at Kindred Spirit. Kiley Cox and Mary-Catherine McRoskey cofounded Penny, the first strategic digital advertising app for real estate agents fully integrated with Google, Facebook and Instagram. Anna Grainger works as a senior consultant at Embark in Denver. Genevieve Heidkamp works in San Francisco in the programmable solutions group at Intel. Elyse Hight started a new job on the corporate strategy team at Nike in Portland OR. Michael McLean started a new job at Deloitte in Chicago as a sustainability senior. Christin Urbina works as a researcher at UT Health Science Center and started a position as senior grants and contract specialist. Paola Villegas works in the office of DEI for Deloitte Consulting and recently hosted the inaugural Launch Leadership Acceleration Program for new analysts from diverse backgrounds. Elizabeth Charles and her Northwestern law team won the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in 2021, and she was awarded second-best oralist. Guido Guerra will be starting at Harvard this fall for his PhD in Italian Studies. McKenzie Hightower-Gibbons and Beth Orem passed the bar. Alex Ignacio will be working toward her master’s in applied psychology at USC this fall. Audrey Kelly was published as the first author for her paper on “Patient Views on Emergency Screening and Interventions Related to Housing.” Danielle Lukish was recently awarded LUCOM Student Researcher of the Year. Erin Aucar and Nick Lessen bought a house in DC. Caitlin (Gruis) and EJ Hinlo are moving back to South Bend and building a house, which should be completed this fall. Theresa and Jason LeBlanc bought a house in Kittery ME. Maggie (Bowers) and Austin Marquardt bought a house and moved to Chicago. Ray’Von Jones was voted best teacher at Oakland Technical High School. Audrey Kelly ran the Holy Half and won first place in the Women’s Non-Student division. Jacob Schrimpf ran the Boston Marathon. Thanks to Katie (Ferrara) Beers for her reflection in the Faith ND newsletter. Cheers to you all, my classmates. You continue to impress me with all the great things that you’re up to; I really love sharing these notes every season. Email me, I’d love to hear from you. — Bridget (Doyle) Hanle; bdoyle3@alumni.nd.edu 


16MBA Six Years Later

As we write this update on a snowy spring day, we are reminded of similar weather at our May 2016 graduation. We can’t believe it has been six years. We know there have been many career changes, moves and other life events over these years. Please send them our way for future magazine issues. In the meantime, we have belated baby news and other updates. Congratulations to Ashri Rahmania and Apri Matgiarso on the birth of their son, Muhammad Ali Alfatih, in November 2020. The Matgiarso family resides in Jakarta, where Apri works at Bank Syariah Indonesia. Congratulations to Ann Elise DeBelina and Andrew Yeh, who tied the knot on a beautiful January night in Houston. Ann Elise took a new position last fall with Boston Consulting Group. She and Andrew still reside in Houston. Maggie Christensen and Sagar Patil celebrated their nuptials in Phoenix in February incorporating traditional Hindu customs. The couple resides in Chicago where Sagar works in the cybersecurity practice at RSM. Ines and Guillermo Amengual welcomed their second son, Ignacio Javier, named after St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. Ines and Guillermo’s eldest child, Maximiliano, loves having a little brother. Katlyn and Clayton Sommers welcomed their fourth child, Ada June, in February. Siblings Braxton, William and Mayzie are excited to have a new sister. — Claire Kenney; ckenney2@alumni.nd.edu; Kelly Rubey; kelly.rubey@nd.edu 


16JD Class SecretaryMack Watson;



17 Flowers

April showers bring May flowers. This year we had lots and lots of showers, so I personally am very hopeful for lots and lots of flowers. Many of us will be making our way back to campus June 2-5 to celebrate our five-year reunion, and I am confident that by then, the sun will be shining, and flowers will be blooming. It is crazy to think that five years have already passed since graduation. We are excited to reunite with classmates near and far. Since college, our classmates have been busy in all areas of life. Many classmates will graduate from medical school this May and start residency shortly after. Katelyn Wray, Jessie LaRouere and Emma Frost will all learn to care for tiny humans in a pediatrics residency. Katelyn will go to Milwaukee at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Jessie is shipping up to Boston at Mass Gen; Emma will go to Washington DC to work at Children’s National. Aly Anton will go home to Minnesota where she will complete an internal medicine residency at U of Minnesota. Phil Cozzi will do a family medicine residency at Resurrection in Chicago. Abbey Tirrell will do a plastic surgery residency at Mount Sinai in NYC. Michael Markel will complete a urology residency at Georgetown in Washington D.C. Michael LoBasso will do an anesthesiology residency at UCLA. Neil Jairath will do a dermatology residency at NYU. Good luck to these new residents. Caroline Trustey was also hard at work in the classroom as a third-year doctoral student. She was selected for the 2021-22 UNC Greensboro School of Education Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. In May, Shannon Riley graduated with a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana U and Christopher Jarocki earned his Master of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue. Other classmates continue with pursuits in the business world. Jack Markwalter started a fintech lender in 2019, which has been growing quickly and has been featured in multiple publications. And of course, the wedding bells continue to ring. Matt Grazzini married Rachel Wimsatt in October 2021. Gabrielle Davis married Robert Lyons. Lucy Enright tied the knot with Zach Espeland. Danielle Urdiales married Christian Havel under the Golden Dome. Melissa Schumacher married Ben Swanson. Jessie LaRouere tied the knot with Doug Marsan ’16 celebrating with their PW, Ryan and Morrissey friends. Anastacia Taylor married Nick Anton, toasting their marriage with friends from Ryan and from Anastacia’s travels abroad to London. Shannon Riley and Christopher Jarocki were married on June 11, 2022, in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. There were more rings by spring. Congratulations to Michael Broderick and Sharon Chiang on their engagement. Ileana Berkeley and Jack Bogaerts are also newly engaged. Some families grew by one. Shannon Hodges and Matthew Mooney welcomed Matthew John on Dec. 7, 2021. TJ Slezak and Sarah Cullen Slezak welcomed Samantha Margaret on Jan. 24, 2022. Julia Murray O’Donnell and Lukas O’Donnell welcomed baby girl Annelise on Feb. 17, 2022. Mackenzie (Gray) Salvi and Joe Salvi ’16 welcomed Josephine (Josie) Gray on April 8, 2022. If you would like to send updates or celebrate a friend, please contact me. — Celanire Flagg; cflagg@alumni.nd.edu


17MBA Exciting Updates

Hello, Class of 2017. I’ve received quite a few exciting updates. First, congratulations to Michael Weppler, who married Carolina Triana-Bustos. A little bird also told me that Mark Faldowski and his wife, Amy, welcomed their daughter, Rylee Harper Faldowski, on Jan. 24. The happy family is doing well and resides in New York. On the job front, Chris Moffo is now an enterprise services manager at Qualtrics. Mohamed Kakay has a taken a new role as an account planner at fluent360 and will be relocating to Chicago this summer. Finally, Frank Skeen and his family have relocated from Seattle to Boise ID. As always, please continue to send to me life updates. Cheers to the Class of 2017MBA. — Mary Tomasik; mtomasik@alumni.nd.edu


17JD Cheers to Marriage 

Yours truly, Lauren Nottoli, and Jim Schwabe got married on March 26 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and had the reception at the Morris Inn. It was a wonderful day. We are thankful to classmates Sami Lyew, Michael Gallagher, Ian Thresher, Adam Roundy, Devin McGuinness and Nicholas Schilling ’14, ’17JD, who were involved in the Mass as members of the bridal party or ushers and readers. Rev. Pat Reidy, CSC, ’08, ’13MDiv presided over the ceremony. Please send me your updates via email for our next edition. Lauren Nottoli; laurennottoli@gmail.com


18 Medical Training

Four years since graduation means our first class of physicians are done with medical school and are off to residency to continue their medical training. Yours truly, Class of 2018 Secretary Matthew Peters, graduated from the U of Louisville and is excited to stay in Louisville for general surgery residency. I enjoy bourbon and horse racing far too much to leave after only four years. It’s a big summer for Brendan and Lauren (Saunée) Besh. The couple were married in New Orleans on May 21. Lauren matched at LSU-New Orleans for her orthopedic surgery residency and Brendan graduated from Notre Dame Law School in May. Erin McCune matched into pediatrics at Northwestern/Lurie Children’s Hospital and is thrilled to stay in Chicago to continue her training. Susan Morand matched in pediatrics at Washington U in St. Louis. Jens Verhey is excited to stay at Mayo Clinic Arizona for orthopedic surgery. Alex Acuña is graduating from Case Western U and will move to Chicago to begin his orthopedic surgery residency at Rush. Carlysa Oyama graduated medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago and matched into obstetrics and gynecology. AnnaMaria (Mia) Arostegui is excited to begin her family medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano. Hannah Mumber graduated from Boston U School of Medicine and will be starting her pediatric preliminary year at Cohen Children’s Hospital in Queens NY, followed by her dermatology residency program at the U of Pennsylvania. Emily Sherry matched into internal medicine in San Antonio. Alyssa Sinko matched into emergency medicine at Cooper U Hospital. Mary Conklin graduated from Creighton U School of Medicine and has matched at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for obstetrics and gynecology. Adriana Cantos matched into adult psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. Keenan Centlivre will be starting medical school this fall at Touro U California while continuing to live in San Francisco. Allison Azarloza graduated from UCLA School of Law. Cheers to our recently engaged or married couples. Sydney Sivertson (Cavanaugh) and Isaac Althoff (Siegfried) got married on Dec. 18 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Witnesses included maid of honor Allison Hogan and best man Patrick Colley. Isaac and Sydney became engaged at the Grotto in April 2021. Isaac is a Navy pilot flying the Navy Osprey and is based in San Diego. Takeyra Stewart got married on Aug. 8, 2021. Maura Vrabel became engaged to Dr. Brad Brown in December, and they are looking forward to their marriage this fall in Raleigh NC. Teresa Simunich and Jerry Crum ’21MS, ’22PhD, a chemical and biomolecular engineering grad, got engaged lakeside at Notre Dame on a snowy April 1, shortly after Jerry’s successful PhD defense. Patrick Shields got engaged to Molly Nitschke ’21MEd on Feb. 19. Congratulations to Christopher Ruflin and Annie Ruflin, who welcomed their son, Jack Kerrigan Ruflin, into the world in January. Katelyn Markley is happy to announce that she is transitioning from the EY Philadelphia Audit practice to the EY Ireland Advisory practice and thus will be moving to Dublin, Ireland, in summer. She is looking forward to hosting her friends when the Irish take on Navy in Dublin next August. — Matthew Peters; mgpeters96@gmail.com


18MBA Class Secretary – Patrick McHail;



19 Class SecretariesMichael Conlon, Dan Hopkinson, Jane Driano and Eddie Griesedieck; classof2019@alumni.nd.edu


19JD Wedding Season

I think we are all looking forward to summer on the horizon soon. We have had several recent weddings amongst our classmates. Bill Green married Emily Tulloch in early April in Chicago. Tom Dwyer and Katherine Miller (that’s me) married in St. Louis in March. Taylor Haran married Aaron Lindauer in Grand Rapids MI. I waited until the last minute to do this column, so the information I have is pulled directly from Facebook and Instagram. Please reach out if there is anything you would like me to write about in the future. Examples of things I want to know about: babies, puppies, new jobs, new companies, big moves, weddings, engagements and anything you are excited about. — Katherine Miller; miller.a.katherine@gmail.com