00 Workin’ Hard and Playin’ Harder

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season, and you were able to celebrate with your family and friends. During 2022, our class demonstrated that we still know how to work hard and get the job done, while still enjoying our weekends and free time. Alicia Coronas is clearly working hard at her job at Priority Health, a nationally recognized health plan, where she has been named VP of employer solutions products. In her new role, she will focus on the development and execution of a comprehensive multi-year strategy for all commercial group markets, market-leading innovative products, and programs to drive differentiated value to employers and Priority Health members. I’m not really sure what all of that means, but hats off to Alicia for this new position. Also working hard is Dr. Christina Fitch, who recently published the book When You Give a Woman the World, a compilation of short stories and a travel journal for women. The first couple stories are about her travels with the Semester Around the World Program in 1999. Some of you may recognize what she writes about, so I encourage you to check it out. Clearly our class has some highly intelligent folks who are dedicated to their jobs. We also have classmates working hard outside of their jobs. In July, Morgan Farmer and his brothers—Malcolm ’03, Gordon ’07, and Douglas ’12—all participated in the first-ever triathlon at Whiskey Creek RV Park in Sparta WI. Morgan floundered through the 400-yard swim, Douglas hammered the 35-mile bike, and Malcolm and Gordon finished the 5K run together. Next summer, the Farmer brothers will return to the Frogtown Community Croquet tournament for the first time in 10 years to defend the title they last won in 2013. Okay, so we get it! You guys all know how to work hard! But our class is also pretty great at getting together and playing hard, too. Many of our friends returned to campus on June 17 where they were able to see Meagan Carlevato and Jeff Bonebrake marry in the Basilica. An amazing reception followed in ND Stadium, and all the guests could find themselves doing were watching Shaunti Alhtoff, Monica Gomez, Amanda Hicks, Julianne Jenkins, Amy Keller, Erin Luby, Laura McGrimley, Stacie Santiago, Kelly Whalen, and Beth Wladyka simply put . . . dominate the dance floor. Megan was a beautiful bride and all were happy to celebrate with her and her family. Keep the party going because Class of 2000 turned out for the class tailgate on Sept. 17! A special shout-out to our great tailgate hosts—Cathy Scroope, Alicia Coronas, Kelly Orsi, and Melissa (Tacey) Goodwin. So many of our classmates and friends stopped by with their families to celebrate and catch up. Some of the attendees included Shannon (Dolan) Alvarez, Jennifer Atwell, Christy (Burns) Clark, Matt Clark, Stacey Leigh (Smith) Clark, Dana Correale, Nick Countryman, Liz Dailey, Michelle Ferguson ’98, Wendy (Gebert) Dyer, James Gaither, Dina (McClorey) Halinka, Chas Hayes, Teresa Hoover, Mike Hutchinson, Jason Korth, Mary Anne (McAloon) Korth, Mike LaMora, Kelli (Markelwitz) Marans, Randi (Silva) Mazumdar, Frank Nash, Bo Plummer, Rhiana (Saunders) Plummer, Mike Regan, Kelly (Zalinksi) Riley, Tim Riley, Michelle Roarke, Rob Rozanno, Nicole Schrilla, Chris Sumnar, and Sandy (Jenkins) Sumnar. We look forward to hosting these events each year sponsored by our class. Please consider earmarking $25 from your annual donation to the Class of 2000, allowing us to continue hosting great tailgates and reunion events in the future. Thank you again for the great turnout. Look forward to our 2023 event! — Laurie (Strotman) O’Malley; ndbug3@hotmail.com


00MBA Class Secretary Georgette (Leonard) Stubin;

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


00JD Innisfree Farms

Greetings Law School Class of 2000! Since taking over as secretary for these Class Notes, I have not received too many submissions, so please send me any updates or interesting tidbits to keep this column active! I did receive a note from Chris Regan that he retired from the practice of law after 21 years with classmates Geoff Brown and Jamie Bordas in order to spend more time with his wife (Hilary) and their kids (Violet, Ivy, and James). Chris and his family now run a converted farm/AirBnB place known as Innisfree Farms outside Wheeling, WV. Congratulations Chris! — Daniel Hardwick; danhardwick@gmail.com


01 Share Your News

Nothing to report. See you in the spring. Enjoy the winter, get some turns, and Go Irish. — Michael Anselmi; manselmi@alumni.nd.edu; classof2001@alumni.nd.edu


01MBA Class SecretaryDominic Pang;



01JD Class SecretaryJonell Lucca;

cell 602-677-3266; jonelllucca@yahoo.com


02 Happy Holidays!

James Andry and his wife, Nathalie, moved to San Diego. Nathalie is a radiologist and was recruited to Scripps and James is now an orthopedic surgeon in private practice. Their twins Eva and Lucas are enjoying the new school and the ocean. Gavin Noble shared that he started his master’s degree to be a marriage and family therapist . . . ironically about the same time he got divorced! He transitioned from being the full-time stay-at-home dad to being on his own, living in his VW Eurovan so that he has the flexibility to go where his kids go. They left Florida and lived in Camden ME and Highland Park IL before settling in Hilton Head Island. Gavin started Sharp End Men’s Work to lead retreats for men. Also, Gavin was voted the volunteer of the year for 2021 at the Alachua County Crisis Call Center. He has been working as a substitute teacher to allow him the flexibility to travel for therapeutic training and personal endeavors like surfing and rock climbing. Adam Russ ’02, ’05JD and his wife, Jackie Staple, welcomed their first child, Alexandra Catherine, on May 18. Adam is a commercial litigation partner at Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett in Houston where he represents clients across a broad variety of industries, from financial services to energy. He was recently selected as a member of the fifth Leadership Class for the Institute for Energy Law. Adam also regularly serves as a guest faculty instructor for Notre Dame Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy program and heads up the Notre Dame Club of Houston’s Lawyers Committee. It was finally time for Aaron Perri to join the club and get married! He wed the beautiful, intelligent, and loving Jessica de la Rosa on July 23. The ceremony was at Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart presided by Father Paul Ybarra, CSC, ’02, ’04, ’10 and the reception was at St. Joe Farms. Aaron and Jessy are so grateful for the family and friends who made the celebration special. Domers in attendance were Erin (Kennedy) ’97, ’01MDiv and Steve ’94, ’01MS Camilleri, Kristen and Dr. Sean Conley, Jacqueline and Adam Kronk, Derek Vollmer, Andrea and Josh Canale ’03, Carolina and Johnny Maas ’03, Rachel and Billy Ponko ’03, Jessica and Michael Thomas ’03, Ashley and Andrew Wilson ’03, Tiffany and Gabriel Wahila ’03, Gavin Ferlic ’04, Lynn (Streefland), Kristin and Larry Swank ’10MBA, Santiago Garces ’11, ’12MS, and April Feng ’17. After graduation Elizabeth (Kaufman) Pascoe decided she wasn’t ready to get a job, so she got a few grad degrees instead. During one, she met and married a boy. After the grad degrees, she still didn’t want to be a grown-up so she got a job teaching at a university in Colorado (but not the fashionable part). Eventually she cemented her college permanence by earning tenure at a university in North Carolina. In between attending weddings for countless ND friends, she (and the hubster) took up swing dancing, and graduated into Lindy Hop, Balboa, and two step. Libby was goaded into learning how to play stride piano by some local swing dancers and jazz musicians, and has played around her adoptive hometown at local watering holes with several traditional jazz bands (and has played on two recorded albums). She and hubby also started collecting teeny tiny rescue dogs, always senior, and always perfectly bizarre. She spent a pandemic excavating a hillside in her backyard by hand (because she is stubborn) and building a dry stone wall during the coldest weeks of the year (because all those degrees don’t necessarily mean you’re really that smart). Will McGrath published his second book, Farewell Transmission: Notes from Hidden Spaces, which is part essay collection and part travelogue. Learn more about this book and Will’s other projects at www.will-mcgrath.com. Get a copy today! — Lisa (Sestile) Corcoran; lsestile@alumni.nd.edu


02MBA Class SecretaryMelissa Hurd;



02JD Class SecretaryRyan D. Costantini;

414 S. Notre Dame Ave., South Bend IN 46617; mobile 574-339-8050; ryan.costantini@gmail.com


03 Sad News

My deepest condolences to the family of Parker Sherry who passed away on Oct. 4 following a tragic diving accident in Austin TX. Parker graduated from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in 2006 and practiced law with Kaplin Stewart in Blue Bell PA and Stradley Ronon in Philadelphia. He was a dedicated retreat director in Peru for SpiritQuest and Smiling Jaguar Retreats, as well as an accomplished musician, naturalist, avid marathon runner, and competitive racquet sports champion in tennis and paddle tennis. Beloved son of Judy and Dan Sherry ’72, devoted brother of Daniel (Rita), Flora, Arthur, and Keating (Yiran), wonderful uncle, cousin, and close friend to so many others. Parker will be truly missed. — 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 Class SecretaryCarol Martino;



04MBA Time Flies

Linda Du and Dan Shao live in Florham Park NJ with their son Harvey. They both work in the pharmaceutical industry where Linda is in global marketing and Dan is in corporate finance. Since settling in Florham Park they have become active members of the North New Jersey Alumni Club. Please keep the updates coming. — Harry Howisen; hhowisen@gmail.com


04JD #HereComesTheJudge

Kathaleen (“Katie”) McCormick has been all over the news. As the chief judge (also known as the chancellor) of the Delaware Chancery Court, she is deciding the high-profile lawsuit between Twitter and Elon Musk. The Delaware Chancery Court is a non-jury trial court which has one chancellor and six vice chancellors. Katie was appointed by the governor as a vice chancellor in 2018 and became the court’s first female chancellor in 2021. As your class secretary, I learned of all this information online and was unable to get Katie’s consent before writing. Katie, I hope you forgive me for writing about your awesomeness; I would love to hear from you. — Katie (Wharton) DeFerrari; katiedeferrari@gmail.com


05 What Happens in Vegas 

I was prepared to dedicate a lot of column space to the various shenanigans that no doubt ensued during the ND-BYU game in Vegas in October but, alas, it seems nothing was fit to print! So here are some totally wholesome updates for you. John Baker and his family recently welcomed Domino the goldendoodle into their lives. John and his wife, Julie, also have two daughters, Maura (7) and Lucy (4). The Baker family lives in the Oak Park/River Forest neighborhood, a near west suburb of Chicago, where John works as a financial planner and wealth management advisor. He loves working with alumni clients! In mid-October I got a visit in New Orleans from my London study abroad flatmate Beth (Erickson) Lewis and her husband, Geoff. Beth and Geoff live with their two kids Gavin (11) and Molly (9) and their dog Eleanor in Chandler AZ, where Geoff is a senior business architect at Charles Schwab and Beth is the executive director of Save our Schools Arizona, which advocates for well-funded and well-resourced public schools in the state. Beth taught for many years in elementary and middle school and has been named a Rodel Exemplary Teacher and Tempe Diablos Teacher of the Year Finalist. In addition to being super passionate about public education, Beth is also super passionate about having fun, which led to us staying out way too late on a number of consecutive school nights. While Beth was in town, we were also able to raise a glass to one of our other London roommates, Allison (Vater) and husband Matt Mooney, who welcomed their third child, Charlotte Marilyn, in October. Charlotte is named in memory of Allison’s beloved dad (Charles) and Matt’s grandmother (Marilyn). She joins big brother Ryan and big sister Kate. Looking forward to your next round of updates! — Caroline Meehan; ndclassnotes05@gmail.com


05MBA Class SecretaryHimanshu Gosar;

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


05JD Updates 

After nearly 12 years at Lonza Group and Arxada, Angela (Ligouri) Ballisty became senior corporate counsel at Siemens in October. In her new role, Angela blends her vast legal and business experience to assist Siemens’s corporate functional groups establish or continue business relationships, solve problems, navigate challenges, resolve disputes, minimize risk, and achieve business objectives. Mark Emery is a partner in the appellate practice group at Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington DC. Over the years, he has worked on more than 20 matters before the US Supreme Court and has an extensive practice in federal appellate courts. Mark recently had the opportunity to work with Tara S. Morrissey ’07JD on an amicus brief filing in the Ninth Circuit involving enforceability of bargained-for delegation clauses sending matters to arbitration. Jeannette Cox continues to teach various classes focusing on disability and employment discrimination as professor of law at U of Dayton School of Law, which she first jointed in 2006. In Phoenix, Giancarlo Estrada of Kamper & Estrada, PLLC, assists clients in planning for estate and family concerns. Jessica Underwood continues to serve as in-house counsel at Calgon Carbon Corporation in her hometown of Pittsburgh. After spending time clerking in Arizona, Greg Kilburn also “went home again” to serve as a public defender with the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office in Warsaw NY. For his exceptional work, Greg received the 2015 Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award from the Committee to Ensure Quality of Mandated Representation (CEQMR) of the New York State Bar Association. After nearly four years serving in the same capacity at Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, Jonathan Fennell recently became the general counsel for MD Alliance Solutions, which provides administrative and management services to dermatology practices Finally, after 17 years in Los Angeles, Daniel Denny moved to Dallas and joined Lorne Liechty ’81JD/MBA at the real estate firm of Liechty, McGinnis, Berryman & Bowen, LLP. While in Dallas, Daniel has reconnected with local classmates Rob Dunikoski and Katie Anand, and he is thrilled to be back in the Lone Star State. — Adam J. Russ; Houston TX; adamjruss@gmail.com


06 An Epic Wedding

After 11 years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Patricia Adams joined Vinson and Elkins as partner in the executive compensation and salary benefits practice, based in New York. Patch and her husband, Damian Althoff, live in Fair Haven NJ with their sons, William and Ryan. Katrina (Anderson) Wilkinson started a new job in January 2022, teaming up with John Baker ’05 to help folks with financial planning and wealth management. She loves reconnecting with all of our alumni clients! Outside of crushing that work-from-home life, Katrina and her husband, Patrick, are enjoying life in Colorado with their 2-year-old, Helen, guiding her sports allegiance toward either the UW Badgers or ND Irish (the right choice here is obvious). Jessica (Fickey) Ford was promoted to the rank of commander in the United States Navy in September. She has been serving as an active duty member of the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps since 2009. Brendan Meyer, his wife, Kristi, and big brothers Ronan Rockne and Landon Holtz welcomed Cashton Ara into their family on Oct. 1. Ryan “Moose” Goes married Meagan Stoner on Aug. 27 at Glacier National Park, and a wedding of such epic, nay biblical proportions drew a star-studded ND-family cast, featuring the likes of Brandon Lenk, Sarah Todnem, Hunter Young, Robert Knuesel, Bill Sullivan, Jen Price, Chris Schroeder, Jeff Pollack, Jordan Beissel, Mike Giampa, Anne Marie Giampa, Dave Heinsch, Tim Capecchi, Nick Stober, Brandi Stober, Paul Holt, Matt Jagodzinksi, Jeff Grontkowski, Ashley Grontkowski, Mary Beugelsdijk, Brittany Glynn, Chris Francica, and John Blackburn. OOSE! — 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 Always a Reason to Party

Paul Kane married Gabrielle Chwazik-Gee, a foreign service officer in the State Department, in Cooperstown NY on May 21. In attendance were Theresa (Welch) Golbeck, Bryan Hambley, Casey Stanton, Felipe Witchger, and Allison Beyer ’07SMC. An active member of the Navy, Paul met Gabrielle while the two were stationed at the US Embassy in Praia, Cabo Verde. They recently lived in Ho Chi Minh City and have moved back stateside to Washington DC this fall. On May 28, the seemingly never-ending wedding saga of Alexandra Hanson and Gregory Piepmeier finally reached its conclusion. Thanks to COVID challenges and life in the military, Alexandra and Greg had two separate family-only ceremonies in Virginia and Wyoming in September 2021, and postponed the reception until this past May in Ohio. But what a party it was when it finally happened! Fellow ND grads in attendance included Alexandra’s Pangborn roommates Alicen Foresman, Jennifer (Krumske) Paukovits, and Mary (Davis) Fenelon and Stephen Fenelon; and Notre Dame Drumline friends Ryan Bradley, Claire (Wagner) Schuster ’08 and Dr. Jonathan Schuster, Tony Salpino ’08, Dr. Liz Wrape ’09, Tricia (Robinson) ’05 and Tom Lauducci, and Megan Cefferillo ’09 and Nick Slabinski. It felt like a reunion, especially after such a long time with COVID isolations and being stationed overseas. We love weddings—drinks all around! Lena and Michael Tiso welcomed their second child, Charlotte, on Aug. 14. She was welcomed by her older sister, Grace, 6. Shortly after, former roommate Brian Lasky visited to celebrate and to attend the ND game vs. Ohio State, where Michael works as a sports medicine physician. And Class Secretary Katie (McGuckin) Peppler and fellow Lewis Hall alum Tiffany Roberts hosted a tailgate on behalf of the Class of 2007 at the ND vs. Stanford game on Oct. 15. Dozens of classmates, spouses, partners, kids, and friends were in attendance. Can’t wait for the next one! Please send future submission to NDClassNotes2007@gmail.com. God bless and Go Irish! — Stephanie Pelligra; ndclassnotes2007@gmail.com


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 15-Year Reunion June 2023—You Are Old

Save the date for our 15-year reunion June 1–4! We can’t wait to see everyone for another record-setting turnout. Contact us at Classof2008@nd.edu with suggestions and to get involved. A strong man, strong woman competition is the third recommendation received to date. The fourth is a sugar eating contest for all children under the age of 6. Tim Roy was recently featured on the cover of Swagger Magazine, which focused on his Hawaii-based startup, TurnoverBnB. The company is a marketplace for Airbnb hosts to meet vacation rental cleaners in North America, Europe, and Oceania. In August, a group reunited for a ND-themed Ryder Cup style golf tournament in the Quad Cities, including Kyle Bibby, Pat Fennessy ’02MEd, Lou Graham, Anthony Holter ’02MEd, Matt Larew, Tim Loftus, Chris Lund, Mike Lund ’05, Jude Miller, and Steve Miller. Notably absent were Jeff Tillett and Vijen Patel. The good guys won, of course. Bob Costa, now the chief election and campaign correspondent for CBS News in Washington DC, joined the U of Virginia as a part-time scholar focused on American democracy and politics. Franchella (Holland) Jennett and husband James ’09JD rounded out their family with the birth of their third son in the spring. They are bracing for future holiday travel and vacations with three boys under 5 years old. Drew Whiting is upset that Jimmy John’s does not oven bake or otherwise heat their Cubano sandwiches. He’s sticking with Potbelly because they have a well-positioned oven. William Kearney is sticking with Quiznos. Emily Donelan, William’s wife, just rolls her eyes. Matt Mattare reports that Robert Ladd’s fantasy football team has disappointed thus far. Patrick O’Brien’s men’s league soccer team lost once again in the finals this year. He did not separate his shoulder like last year. Anybody heard from Pat Ryan out in California? Megan and Andrew Zeiser welcomed little Maggie earlier this fall. She’s adorable like her sister Ellie. How does Andrew Zeiser have two children? Francisco Castillo-Fierro ’10MEd relocated to Boston as an assistant principal at a Catholic grade school. He’s still handsome. George Klupchak ’10MEd, older brother of Alex “Chops” Klupchak ’09, is the head football coach at Maine West High School in greater Chicago. His team qualified for the playoffs in George’s second year at the helm. Doug Schlarman is still handsome and funny in New York City. Likewise with Dominic Debonis in Boston. Jesse Brawer is adding a second baby to his family this winter. Jesse’s wife, Emily, is a top-five mother. Ellen (Donahue) ’10 and Ben Mueller ’11MEd are expecting their first baby in May. The child will be a peach. Keep sending those reunion ideas our way! Stay warm this winter. Invite your up-north friends down south for a week. Do it. — Patrick O’Brien; classof2008@alumni.nd.edu


08MBA Class Secretary Megan Ulrich;



08JD Class SecretaryMarie-Therese Mansfield;



09 Class Secretary Megan Flynn;



09MBA Class Secretary Shawn Pulscher;

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


09JD Class SecretaryJosh Rinschler;