10 ‘Jeopardane!’
Meg Mirshak Butler and Brooks Butler welcomed their second daughter, Margaret Frances Butler, on Dec. 20. Maggie joins big sister Anna Brooks and parents in Atlanta where Meg continues to work for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Megan (Sennett) and Peter Mushenheim welcomed their second child, daughter Catherine Grace Mushenheim, on Sept. 8. Catherine joins big brother Patrick, age 4. The Mushenheims have lived in Atlanta since their wedding at the Basilica in July 2015. Cathy (Zyra) ’10SMC and Jake Jeffrey welcomed a second daughter on July 24. Her name is Alice “Allie” Ann Jeffrey, little sister to proud big sister Jane. Allie has already been to South Bend twice, once to cheer on the ND football team and the second time to be baptized at the Log Chapel. Attendees at her baptism included alumni Kathleen Collins, Hilary Petcoff, Jackie (Fitzmaurice) Baggett ’10SMC, Corey Baggett ’07 and godfather Danny Lojek ’16. Dane Reighard was invited to compete in the Jeopardy! Champions Wildcard this fall. Dane advanced to the semifinals of the tournament, and a watch party was held for each episode with several Domers in attendance to celebrate “Jeopardane!” Kevin Jakopchek was elected to the partnership at Latham & Watkins LLP. Kevin is a trial lawyer who lives in Chicago with his wife, Julia, and daughters Cora (3) and Lottie (1). Congratulations to all on the wonderful news. Send your own updates for Notre Dame Magazine to ndclass2010@gmail.com. I’m wishing you the best in 2024. — Matt Molloy; ndclass2010@gmail.com


10MBA Welcome, Spring
Victor Arias, along with lifelong friend and ND alum Dan McSwain ’05, recently launched a new venture called Mente. Leveraging Dan’s vast experience in the political space as an Obama ’08 alum and Victor’s brand comms/PR experience from Edelman NYC, both co-founders are using their shared lived experiences as Latinos to offer strategic solutions for clients by leading with Latino culture to reach, engage and activate underestimated audiences in the US. Ted Kwartler shared that he has moved to Accenture as a managing director. He is able to summon his class experiences with Prof. Keating to help build and lead the responsible AI offering and capabilities. Thank you all for reaching out; keep the news flowing. If you do not receive my quarterly requests, 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


11 Spring Things
We are out of winter hibernation with many exciting updates to share. Jessica Lujan successfully tried her first civil jury trial in southern CA, in which she obtained a six-figure jury verdict in favor of her client. She also got engaged to Sean Davidson on St. Patrick’s Day at St. Mary’s Lake at Notre Dame. Ashley Cooke has relocated from Tampa FL to Mobile AL, and is the chief operating officer of Commonwealth National Bank, one of the few remaining Black-owned banks in the US and founded by his grandfather, Gary Cooper ’58. Now for our “little Domer” announcements. Michelle (Maitz) and Jeff Parsons welcomed baby girl Sophie in July. She is so loved by family and friends and especially by her big sister, Avery. They live in Dallas and are enjoying the ND community there. They would always love to connect as friends find themselves in town. Celia (Johns) and Trevor O’Brien ’10 welcomed their third child, Keaton Patrick O’Brien, on Sept. 25. He was baptized at Notre Dame in February with fellow alumnus Adam Joines ’10 serving as godfather. Shannon Kelly adopted a little girl named Layla (7) this past November. Shannon and Layla are living in south FL and enjoying the sunshine. Layla has memorized the “Notre Dame Victory March” and looks forward to her first trip to South Bend this year. Liz (Charnowski) and Kevin Peterson had their first child, a daughter, Katherine Danielle Peterson, on Nov. 6 in Chicago. Meghan (Flynn) ’13SMC, ’19MBA (sister of Kelly Flynn Kramb) and Rory Kelly welcomed their third son, Declan Gene, in November. Their 2-year-old twins, Aidan and Cillian, have welcomed him in mostly gentle ways. They fold a lot of little-people clothes. Erin Hoffer and Nick Vicino had their first baby, Maya James Vicino, on Dec. 18 at 11:41 a.m. She was 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 19.5 inches. Everyone is healthy and doing well! Theresa Gildner and Matthew Nagy ’12 received an early Christmas present with the birth of their firstborn son, August Victor Nagy, on Christmas Eve. Congrats to all on your newest additions. As for myself, I’m living part time in southwest MI where I’m tending to chickens and honeybees through much trial and error. My family members all received eggs and honey for Christmas, so I will call that a success. It was a lot of fun for me to fulfill my first secretarial duty in compiling these updates, so thanks for not leaving me hanging. Now, it’s probably time to get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air! — Caitlin Burke; class11@nd.edu


11MBA Class SecretaryMimi Wilfong;
903-714-4988; mimitwilfong@gmail.com


11JD Lucky Numbers
Three is a lucky number. Erin Rogozinski Swafford ’08, ’11JD and husband Matt Swafford welcomed Caroline (Cara) Sarah Swafford, 8 lb 2 oz, 20 inches, at 9:57 a.m. Sept. 14. Big brother Patrick and Maeva are so excited. Alex Hermanny ’08MS, ’11JD turned 40 and is now going to start aging backwards. — Lauren Sharkey ’08; shark.byam@gmail.com


12 A New Baby
Stephanie (Rice) and Anirban Nandi welcomed a new baby to the family! Ellie Rice Nandi arrived Dec. 28, joining her 3-and-a-half-year-old brother Luke. Congratulations to the growing family! Justine Ward and Stephen Fernandez (St. Louis U, ’13) were married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus Dec. 2 in an intimate ceremony that included 25 of their closest friends and family. Rev. Gabriel Griggs, CSC, (rector of Keough) presided over the nuptial Mass. Also, congratulations to Justine for launching a podcast, Credentialed, in November on Apple/Spotify and YouTube alongside former Fox News anchor Jillian Mele. The two bring forward unique business and career insights by leveraging our extensive experience in the television world. Be sure to check it out! Please continue to send any class updates that you may have to tharmsen@alumni.nd.edu. — Tyler Harmsen; tharmsen@alumni.nd.edu


12MBA Class SecretaryJennafer Palumbo; 


12JD A Bumper Crop of Babies
Classmates, friends and Notre Dame Magazine completionists: Welcome to yet another installment of the NDLS 2012 Class Notes column. This quarter we have a bumper crop of babies as well as a few items in the professional realm. First, as is tradition, the babies. Abhishek Kambli and his wife, Chloe, moved to KS so he could start a new gig at the KS AG’s office leading the special litigation and constitutional issues division. But more importantly, they also had their second child, a son named Alexander, in January. Abhishek was kind enough to include a very cute photo, but I can’t include photos so you’ll have to take my word for it. Natalie (Warrick) and Peter Kosydar also had baby number two, James Martin, in October of last year. Younger brother Peter John is “warming up but still skeptical,” so Mom and Dad are hoping for the best. Amanda Dworak and her husband, Josh, welcomed baby number one, Charlie, back in December. Mom reports baby Charlie is perfect, and I believe her. Ryan Snyder and his wife, Bethany, also welcomed a December baby, Madison Louise, right before Christmas. Ryan says this is the best Christmas gift he’s ever gotten, which is adorable and I love it. Congratulations everyone, and I hope you can get some sleep soon! Moving on to professional stuff, Andrew Doyle was recently appointed to serve as a special assistant US attorney in Eugene OR. He is taking on firearms and narcotics cases, mirroring his role as a deputy district attorney in the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team. Per Andrew, “If you come to Oregon with guns and/or fentanyl, I will find you.” Challenge accepted, good sir. The Northern District of GA’s US Attorney’s Office recently held a training and invited the GA Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to attend, which means Sharon Lim, Jimmy Mitchell and Jimmy Champlin were all in the same room doing lawyer stuff, as were Georgia MFCU Domers Jim Mooney ’05 and Mary (Geier) Bryan ’09. Sharon and Federal Jimmy were actually paired as negotiation opponents, but I won’t tell you who won. Last but not least, Alvin Adjei was recently elected as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably funded bar association in the country. It seeks to improve the profession of law and assist the public, in part by supporting a bunch of nonprofits, and fewer than one-third of 1 percent of TX lawyers are invited to join each year. If you ask me, this recognition of Alvin’s contribution to the profession is well-deserved. Speaking of Alvin, I am currently gearing up to attend his bachelor party in February. As you probably guessed, Alvin insisted on planning the trip himself and is being characteristically cagey on details. He has only given us an expected arrival time and GPS coordinates, which appear to be an abandoned brake pad factory in an industrial park outside Tucson. What makes it even more concerning is his recent email requiring each of us 1) to “compose at least three poems describing something you love about Alvin’s spiritual corpus,” and 2) to ensure our wills are up to date and provide him with a copy. Normally I’d bail on a situation like this, but it’s Alvin — I know that if worse comes to worst I can always outrun him. Thanks for all of the updates; keep them coming my way and I’ll see you in a few months! — Jimmy Champlin; james.c.champlin@gmail.com


13 Updates Aplenty
Hello all, and thanks for reading through the swill above mine to get here. I got a lot of updates this time around, so let’s jump into it. First off, I’d like to thank Trish Kakenmaster again for sending me an update about her daughter, Maggie (Kakenmaster) DePriest. I’ll get to the update in a second, but I first want to highlight that she said my column is “so much better than Jimmy’s.” The customer’s always right, folks. Anyways, Maggie and her husband, Brian, welcomed Teagan Olivia in November. I’m told that older sister Tierney is a top-notch diaper and pacifier fetcher, which are core parts of the older sister job description. Speaking of kids, Brittany (Neisewander) Shannon and her husband, RJ, had their second child, Rosemary Grace, in October. Much like Teagan, I’m told that Rosemary also has a most excellent older sibling in her older brother, Joseph. You’re lucky, Rosemary. Not all of us get nice older brothers who are excited to have us. Sometimes they try to put us in a cardboard box and mail us back to the hospital when our parents are out of the room. I heard from Ragan (Todd) and Danny Ogg that they also had a second child, Audrey, who was born in December. Not to be outdone, Marina (Thiessen) and Nick Pellegrini decided to have both siblings at once with their twins Tessa Claire and Phillip Alexander, born in November. I think there’s a VIP lounge in heaven for parents who manage to raise twins, triplets, etc. Regarding weddings, I got an update from my old Italian minor classmate Chris “That Guy” Palmquist. He attended the wedding of Cat Caracci ’14 and Paul Mundaden on Oct. 28, with lots of ND alumni in attendance. Of our classmates, Dagny Nagengast (married, but the correcting counterbalance, to Chris Palmquist), J.B. Brittan, Robert Blume and Mr. Palmquist himself were all in the bridal party. After the last column I got an impromptu text from Joe Sweeney, who I probably had unfortunately not heard from since graduation. He’s been excelling in that time, finishing up his last year of general surgery residency at Louisville and starting cardiac surgery fellowship at Wake Forest in the fall. As if that was impressive enough, he also managed to get married and have two kids while in surgery residency, which is really quite the feat. I’d like to wrap up by noting a first. This email has been used, by several of you, over the years to sign up for free subscriptions, odd newsletters and a few outright scams. But I had yet to have someone use it to create a Venmo account. Verne Wilcox, if you’re reading this, Venmo support has been trying to get a hold of you for “suspicious activity” on your account. I can see the appeal of using this email address, but I would kindly ask that you all refrain from doing so. All the free trials are spent up. I would recommend using Jimmy Champlin’s or even Bobby Shields’. — Chris Champlin; nd2013updates@gmail.com


13MBA Not Much Going On
I didn’t hear from anyone this time around. Hopefully I’ll have more to pass along the next time. In order for that to happen, please send any updates you have to me by April 18. I hope to hear from you! — Nick Imgrund; 314-775-7364; daimgrund@yahoo.com


13JD Park Ranger Husbands
Annette Allard Emery DM’d me from her abode in Washington DC to report the arrival of a second boy: Stellan Hemlock Emery, who was born in August of last year. Big brother Peregrine is adjusting surprisingly well. Around the time of Stellan’s birth, Annette’s husband, Josh, started a new job as a park ranger, so you might say their lives have been … wild. *sunglasses* As a toddler parent myself, I feel I am essentially living with a half-rabid raccoon in my house, so you should be well-prepared for your new role, Ranger Josh. Michigan won a football game in America’s greatest city. Congratulations to Jihan Williams and my wife only. Just as Will Hendrick predicted, the Houston Texans had a more successful season than the Philadelphia Eagles. I agreed with my daughter that all of the pacifiers in the house mysteriously disappeared because “a waitress” took them. … Please send all future updates to Alex Blair at apblair@gmail.com or reach out to me via the usual social media channels. — Alex Blair; apblair@gmail.com


14 Little Flowers
Holy heck, guys. We made it! At least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting longer, the sun is getting brighter and we are almost through with winter! I hope you are entering this spring season with all sorts of goodness: hope for the year to come, patience with others, grace for yourselves, joy in nature and a spirit of marveling at the little things. As St. Therese “Little Flower” wrote, “How am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden to me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers, and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.” May we spend this spring scattering little flowers, doing the most by doing the least, showing our love in the little ways, and may we marvel at the effect of those little things. Speaking of little things, I have two to celebrate with you! First, please join me in congratulating Margaret Maul and her husband, Blake, who welcomed their first child, Rose Flood Schwartz, in May of last year. The family lives in Houston. Congratulations, Margaret and Blake, and thank you so much for sharing Rose with us! Second, I’ll go ahead and share some news of my own with you! My husband, Brandon, and I are thrilled to share that we welcomed a daughter, Sophie Rhea Trebbien, to the world on Jan. 13. She is already filling our lives with more joy than I thought possible, and she has been blessed with many Notre Dame socks, hats, toys and books by her ND family. Thank you all so much for all your love and for this incredible family. One final note on the way out: We have a reunion this year!! Can you believe it has been 10 years since we graduated? Since that cold morning when we walked into the stadium, our friends and family in tow, when we lined up in front of the Golden Dome to finally walk up the stairs? I certainly can’t believe it, so I’ll just be over here pinching myself. Our 10-year Reunion is scheduled for May 30-June 2. Be on the lookout for emails from the Alumni Association with more information about registration and what to expect on campus that weekend or visit reunion.nd.edu. All right, that’s it from me for now! Keep doing what you are doing: Be little blessings for each other, and keep sharing your blessings with us! Until next time, lots of love. — 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 Class SecretaryRachel Hanley;


15 Growing ND Families
Annie Plachta married Ryan Shannon in a beautiful ceremony in Toronto on Oct. 28. Fellow Purple Weasels Rachel (Drumm) Baunchalk, Amanda Bellomo, Kristin Jacobsen and Mariah (Sasson) Eisner were bridesmaids. Sara Quashnie and Matthew Messana married at Notre Dame in May 2022. William “Morgan” Hallas and Savannah Brackman (Vanderbilt ’14) married in Telluride CO in June. Theresa (St. Pierre) and Jason LeBlanc welcomed their second child in July. Elizabeth Monahan graduated with a master’s degree in nursing from Marquette U in August. Julia Kruep and Max Conn married in October in San Luis Obispo CA. Julia (McGinty) and Joshua Bindon welcomed their second child in December. — Emily Flores; eflores2@alumni.nd.edu


15MBA Class Secretary Valeriano Lima;


15JD Class Secretary Alisa Finelli Murphy;


16 Class SecretaryBridget (Doyle) Hanle;


16MBA More Exciting News
This past fall, Meredith Alexander married Juan Salcedo in Mexico. Meredith and Juan currently reside in Houston. In January, Kelly and Chris Rubey ’16JD welcomed son Chase Lincoln to their family. The Rubeys live in South Bend and look forward to introducing Chase to you next time you visit campus! — Claire Kenney; ckenney2@alumni.nd.edu; Kelly Rubey; kelly.rubey@nd.edu


16JD Class SecretaryMack Watson;


17 Springing into Seven Years Post-Grad
We are always excited to provide updates about our classmates, and this update is even a little sweeter. We are ecstatic to announce the engagement of Katelyn Wray and Ben Hertel. We wish them, and all the newly engaged, the best. Congrats to those who have recently popped the question: Marne Fairhurst ’18 and Greg Gentile; Erin MacNamee and Tiffany Mims; Paige Hardman and Carlos Torres; Lauren Walker and Zach Dodd; Hannah Basha and Connor Parker; Court Elwell and Matthew Owens; Margaret Quinn and Matthew Wilkerson; Lauren Mathias and David Dasbach; Grace Magro and Bryan Bartram; and Maria Wnorowski ’19M.Ed. and Daara Jalili. Rings have turned into white dresses with weddings for Jade Jennings and Nic Haydel; Bridget Lee and Conor Kinasz; Ashley Knipp and Scott Piekarski; Alyssa and Jake Wagner; Laura Luchini and Steven Paula; Victoria and Chris Hubbard; Pamela Iglesias and Ralph Sarkis; Mary Kate Munro and Keegan Zimprich; Rachel Zavakos and Brian Turnwald; and Maeve Donovon and Roland Perkins ’14. There are also many new little ones: Emily Lenahan Wert ’18SMC and Travis Wert had a baby boy who was baptized in the Log Chapel at Notre Dame in November; Katie (Higgins) and Matt Nealon ’15MBA are expecting their second baby girl; Yajahira Mariell Cordova ’17SMC and Louis Bertolotti are expecting their first baby; Elena (Silla) and Zack Crafton are expecting their first girl; Courtney (Sampson) and Areyan Gonzales-Stocks ’18 welcomed their first baby girl; Lindsey (Miyazaki) and Kevin Barrett welcomed a baby girl; Kristen (Zavertnik) and Nate McKeon are expecting their first baby girl due this summer; and Kathleen (Kollman) and Vincent Birch ’14 welcomed their second baby. We can’t forget all the new furry little ones: Kristen Loehle welcomed dog Moose, and Amanda Conklin and Luke DeTrempe welcomed Clover. Congrats on all the awards, promotions and career changes! Liz Hynes won her third(!) Emmy for her work on Last Week Tonight; Rachelle Marie Gosioco was promoted to senior investment associate at Oakley Capital; Meaghan Frawley is a principal air systems engineer at Pratt & Whitney; Erin Hanahoe is a principal research associate in cell biology at Moderna; Brendan Galloway is an engineer at MPR Associates; Noemi Ventilla is a senior consultant at Farsight Consulting; Zach McCormick is a senior financial analyst-animal nutrition marketing at Land O’Lakes; Catherine Levy is an assistant brand manager at Million Dollar Baby Co.; Ryan Schools has a new position as group manager, global supply chain at Joby Aviation; Ricardo Pagulayan graduated from Columbia Law School in May 2023 and is an associate at King & Spalding; Michelle Carney was featured in Shoutout LA for her work as a model and actress; Jasiris Tapia obtained a Certified Fraud Examiner credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; MaryKathryn Williams is an actuarial lead analyst at The Cigna Group; Clare (Kampman) Marasco received the Forge Biologics President’s Award and the She Forges Impact Award; Christopher Gauch was promoted to director at Tishman; Jackson Fox completed his master’s degree at the U of Wisconsin-Madison and started work with S-E-A as a mechanical/ biomechanical consultant; Sean Campbell is a senior associate at Behrman Capital; and Kristen Ochs is a quality systems lead at Forge Biologics. Spotted: AJ Pucci and Jake Grabowski were featured on the Skyline Chili Instagram after attending a product launch in Cincinnati. This update was made possible by input from Clare (Geraghty) Henne, Zach Bequette, Katelyn Wray and social media. If you have an accomplishment, announcement or something else you would like to say please send it to — Celanire Flagg; cflagg@alumni.nd.edu


17MBA Class SecretaryMary Tomasik;


17JD Partner Track
Congratulations to Yvonne (Kupfermann) and Chris George, who are both now partners at Varnum LLP in Grand Rapids MI. Congratulations also to Kevin Regan, who is now a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Wilmington DE. Please send me any other updates you would like included in the next Class update! Lauren (Nottoli) Schwabe; laurennottoli@gmail.com


18 Reliving ND Days
I have to start this column by giving a shoutout to my little brother, Andrew Peters ’24, who graduates from the College of Arts and Letters this May. This, of course, makes me wonder where time has gone, especially when I consider the fact that this August, it will be 10 years since the Class of 2018 moved into our dorms on a sweltering summer day. But beyond this, it brings me and my parents so much pride and happiness seeing him live his dream of going to Notre Dame. Reliving ND through his experiences — receiving his acceptance letter, three field storms, his involvement in the Keenan Revue, DBart water fountains still being suspect — makes me so grateful for the four years I spent in South Bend. Congratulations to our many classmates who have gotten married or engaged recently. Conor Triplett married Monica Toren on Jan. 27 in Green Cove Springs FL. Malcolm Cabello tied the knot Nov. 4. Audrey Thellman and Matthew Church were married Feb. 18, 2023. Emmy Schoenbauer got engaged to John Oakley ’16. John Hatfield is engaged to Genevieve Kellis. Shane Jenkins and Robyn Conroy, who met at Notre Dame’s Newman University Church in Dublin, became engaged in October under the waning flicker of an autumnal evening in rural northern IL. Meghan Cohoon and Joseph Jared got engaged Sept. 29. They are planning their wedding for the summer of 2025 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Congratulations to Georgi (Andrews) Gregory and her husband, Jeremy, who welcomed their second daughter, Margot Louise, on Nov. 4. They are very thankful, and Amelia (19 months) is a very obsessed big sister! Speaking of families, Patrick Koehr’s family was overjoyed to welcome him home in April from a six-month deployment to Japan. Dominic Acri defended his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Indiana U School of Medicine and recently started a postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH in Bethesda MD. Dr. Robin (Seay) Kruger graduated with her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from Michigan State U in December. Caitlyn (Booms) Peot graduated with her Ph.D. in mathematics from UW-Madison in June and started in the fall as an assistant professor of mathematics at Mount Mary U in Milwaukee. Congratulations are in order for our four classmates who were selected to the 2024 Forbes 30 Under 30 list: Becca Blais, Max Towey, Bill Carney and Hodges Markwalter. Matthew Peters; mgpeters96@gmail.com


18MBA Class Secretary — Patrick McHail;


19 Celebrating Five Years of Accomplishments
We look forward to seeing you at our five-year Reunion this summer! To register and learn more visit reunion.nd.edu! We can’t wait to celebrate the following accomplishments and many others. On Sept. 23, Catherine Etchart and Matt Green got engaged in Chicago. Jenna Streich and Sam Porter were married Dec. 16 at Holy Cross Parish in South Bend. Professionally, Megan Irving passed the civil professional engineering exam. Dr. Matt Valenti matched into OBGYN residency at U of Cincinnati Health. Ruby Hollinger is graduating in March with a master’s in public health for eye care from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. There she was awarded two well-deserved prizes. In May she is graduating from medical school before pursuing a residency in ophthalmology. After graduating from Auburn U with a dual MBA and master’s in information systems, Kema Tuchscherer moved to Ewa Beach HI to work with Teach for America. She teaches geometry and Algebra 2 for James Campbell High School, the largest public school in the state. She is also completing her master’s in education from Johns Hopkins. She is grateful to be living in the most beautiful state every day, and hopes to continue traveling, surfing and hiking throughout Polynesia and Southeast Asia! Send us your favorite college memory for a chance to be featured in our new Class column. Email us at notredameclass19@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @NDclassof2019. — Michael Conlon, Dan Hopkinson, Jane Driano, and Eddie Griesedieck; notredameclass19@gmail.com


19JD Class SecretaryKatherine Miller;