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Edward Buron (LAS ’57) became a member of the advisory board for the Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning. The center is part of the university’s Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies in Naperville, Ill.
'60sReunion Years: 1960 and 1965
Malcolm O’Neill (CSH ’62) received the 2012 Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award for his outstanding support and leadership of the United States’ ballistic missile defense program. A veteran of 34 years of active military service, he retired as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army following a highly decorated career. Most recently, he was assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.
70'sReunion Years: 1970 and 1975
Mark J. Horne (JD ’73), a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, was named a 2012 BTI Client Service All-Star in Real Estate by The BTI Consulting Group Inc.
Laura A. Ross-White (THE ’76) is a founding member of the Asylum Theatre Company and is the assistant director of its current production, “The Tempest.” The production was chosen by the Royal Shakespeare Company to participate in the Open Stages project, which recognizes new adaptations of Shakespeare’s work. Ross-White also is the manager of the Gallery Shop at Gallery North and is the artistic director of The Oberon Foundation. She is married to artist Christian White.
Cathy S. Hampton (LAS ’77, MA ’81) was admitted to the Ph.D. program in systematic and philosophical theology at the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley, for the 2012-2013 academic year. She recently completed a master’s degree in spirituality at Loyola University Chicago.
Stephen W. Micatka (BUS ’77, MBA ’85) has decided to retire and pursue his next career, after spending 27 years in financial management at Illinois Tool Works Inc. He is not yet clear on his future plans, but they certainly will involve relaxing a bit, cheering on our Blue Demons and traveling with his wife, Lenore Micatka (BUS ’77, MBA ’85), who retired from Morton Salt two years ago.
William S. Bike (LAS ’79) recently published the third edition of his political science book, “Winning Political Campaigns,” this time as an e-book. He is a journalist, public relations professional and political pundit.
80'sReunion Years: 1980 and 1985
James P. McKay Jr. (CMN ’80), an assistant state’s attorney in Illinois, was the prosecutor in the Chicago trial on the killing of the family of actress Jennifer Hudson. He heads the complex litigations task force in the Cook County office and has prosecuted many high-profile cases.
William W. Crossett (JD ’81) was inducted as a fellow of The College of Workers Compensation Lawyers. He is a founder and vice president of the Injured Workers Bar Association of New York.
Richard J. Gorny (BUS ’81, MBA ’89) formed his own company in 2011 and is now president and CEO of Value Creation: Management and Financial Consulting LLC. Previously, he was director of risk management at Follett Higher Education from 2005 through 2010.
Jamie T. O’Reilly (MUS ’81) created and performed a spring showcase, “Songs of a Catholic Childhood,” with singer Michael Smith in April. The shows were matched with a special prix-fixe menu at Chief O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant in Chicago.
Robert E. Douglas (JD ’82) was appointed an associate judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit. He is currently affiliated with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in Wheaton, Ill.
Robert W. Smyth Jr. (JD ’82) was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in the state for 2012, a recognition he has received in consecutive years since 2004. He practices at Donohue Brown Matheson & Smyth LLC defending catastrophic injury and high exposure cases.
Steven A. Betts (JD ’83) joined the Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University as its senior vice president and managing director of assets. He is former president and CEO of SunCor Development Company.
Stephan D. Blandin (LAS ’83, JD ’86) received a Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from Law Bulletin Publishing Company for the highest reported verdict in an Illinois chiropractic malpractice case for 2011. He is a founding principal and partner in the Chicago law firm of Romanucci & Blandin LLC.
Rose M. Doherty (BUS ’83) was appointed to the Illinois CPA Society board of directors. She is a partner at Legacy Professionals LLP.
David J. Kalainoff (MBA ’83) was promoted to president and chief underwriting officer of U.S. reinsurance at Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd. He has been with the company since 2002 and previously worked with its Bermuda division.
John H. Wallace (MUS ’83) conducted the premiere of his new work, “Five Miniatures,” in February in Boston. The work, for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass, was commissioned by Theodore Antoniou and Boston University’s contemporary music ensemble. He is the director of under-graduate studies in the School of Music at the Boston University College of Fine Arts.
Leslie Schermer (JD ’85, MED ’99) was appointed unanimously as regional superintendent of schools in McHenry County. Previously, she served as assistant principal at LaSalle Language Academy in Chicago.
Bradford J. White (JD ’85) was appointed associate director at the Alphawood Foundation Chicago. He has more than 25 years of professional and volunteer experience in community and economic development, affordable housing, preservation, public policy and advocacy.
G. Allen Barbee (MM ’86) was appointed the director of music ministries at Chamblee First United Methodist Church in Chamblee, Ga., and remains director of bands at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta as well as music director and conductor of Peachtree Symphonic Winds.
Steven C. Rubinow (CDM MS ’86) is chief information officer for FX Alliance Inc., an electronic foreign exchange platform. For the past six years, he was executive vice president and CIO of NYSE Euronext Inc.
Jeffrey J. Kroll (BUS ’87, JD ’90), principal of the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll, was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society includes less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Kroll uses his 21 years of experience representing injured victims and their families at his Chicago-based personal injury law firm.
Kwame Raoul (LAS ’87), an Illinois state senator, joined the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP. He will work in the Chicago office as a partner in the labor and employment group.
Allison L. Wood (JD ’87), after serving the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission as hearing board chair and litigation counsel, started her own firm, Legal Ethics Consulting P.C. The firm provides preventive ethics counseling, research for ethics inquiries, disciplinary and malpractice defense, and expert evaluations.
Richard H. Gellersted (JD ’88), a volunteer attorney for Lake Bluff, Ill.-based BENNU Legal Services, recently served as a judge in the opening round of the American Mock Trial Association competition. BENNU Legal Services is a nonprofit legal aid agency that provides assistance to immigrants transitioning into the United States and to entrepreneurial small businesses.
90'sReunion Years: 1990 and 1995
William Williams (JD ’90) was appointed companywide chief financial officer of H. D. Smith, one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical wholesalers. Previously, he was the company’s interim CFO.
Stephen T. Powell (MM ’91, MUS ’93) appeared in the concert performance of Franz Schmidt’s opera “Notre Dame” by the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein. According to a New York Times review, “The rich-voiced baritone Stephen Powell sang with power and authority.”
Theodore Aldrich (LAS ’92), president and chief operating officer of Delaware Place Bank in Chicago, was elected to the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association’s board of directors. He will serve a two-year term ending in 2014. He also serves on the dean’s advisory board for DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Peter T. Chantel (BUS ’92) is chief financial officer at SugarSync, a cloud-based data service with headquarters in San Mateo, Calif.
Elizabeth G. Vaughan (SNL ’92) joined Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions as regional sales director for the company’s Midwest region. She has more than 20 years of experience with the past 10 years in voluntary and worksite benefits.
Oto R. Carrillo (MUS ’93) was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra horn section in 2000. He has been teaching horn at DePaul University since 2003.
Chiara L. Mangiameli (THE ’94) was in the cast of “Rick Bayless in Cascabel” at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago through April.
Tara Parks (THE ’94) had a travel feature about New York City in the November 2011 issue of The Market, a magazine appearing in newsstands, first-class cabins and hotels across Europe. She still practices singing and teaches English to German executives.
Chris S. Feigum (MUS ’95) performed as Danilo in the Kentucky Opera production of “Merry Widow” and performed Brahms’ “Requiem” with the Kansas City Symphony.
Tanya J. Stanish (JD ’95), a Chicago divorce and family law attorney, was promoted to senior partner with the nation’s largest matrimonial law firm, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP. She joined the firm in 2008 as a partner and has more than 16 years of experience in family law.
Alexsandra Sukhoy (CMN ’95) is an adjunct professor at the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. Additionally, she teaches film classes at the Cuyahoga Community College. Sukhov continues her career coaching and writing with Creative Cadence LLC.
Margaret A. Larrea (JD ’96), a commander in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, where she served as the chief of the Rule of Law Division. She is now the executive officer for Naval Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Va.
Paul D. McGrady Jr. (JD ’96) joined Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago as a partner in the firm’s advertising, marketing and entertainment law practice. He also teaches cyberlaw as an adjunct professor of law at DePaul’s College of Law.
Jeremy W. Robinson (JD ’96) is the senior legal advisor/instructor for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Sarah R. Schaus (MBA ’96) was appointed assistant vice president of treasury of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. She joined Allianz Life in February 2009 as director of treasury and assistant treasurer.
Vincent M. Auricchio (JD ’97), of the Auricchio Law Offices, was selected as a National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 in personal injury litigation.
Michael D. Muhney (THE ’97) was featured in a high-fashion spread in January in Watch magazine. He plays Adam Wilson in CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and was in the movie “The Portal” with Michael Madsen. He campaigned with NATAS and ATAS for major reform for the Daytime Emmys.
Jeffrey A. Hesser (JD ’98) and Ehren V. Bilshausen (BUS ’99) were both named partner at Cassiday Schade LLP in the firm’s Chicago office. Hesser concentrates on general negligence and medical malpractice defense, while Bilshausen concentrates on construction and transportation-related litigation.
Micah E. Marcus (JD ’99), a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, was named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2012.
Ray J. Melton (JD ’99) was named partner at the law firm of SmithAmundsen LLC. He works in the firm’s Rockford, Ill., office in civil litigation, personal injury defense, product liability defense, commercial litigation and insurance coverage.
Brent R. Walters (LAS MS ’99) was promoted to vice president of STV, a leading engineering, architectural and construction management firm. He previously was associate general counsel, having joined the firm in 2008 in its New York City office.
00'sReunion Years: 2000 and 2005
Kevin W. Douglas (THE ’00) was in the cast of “Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting” at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre through February.
Jisha V. Dymond (BUS ’00) was named counsel at Genova, Burns & Giantomasi. She is a member of the corporate political activity law and appellate law practice groups and is based in the firm’s New York City office.
Colby A. Kingsbury (JD ’00), a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, received the 2011 Charles L. Whistler Award. The award honors a lawyer or consultant at Faegre Baker Daniels who has excelled in pro bono service or has made outstanding contributions to the firm’s pro bono program.
David J. Wyrick (MBA ’00) is business unit director of the marine and industrial group for Charles Industries Ltd. His prior experience includes product development and design, marketing, manufacturing and business strategies focused on stored energy solutions.
Patrick A. Godon (MUS ’01, MM ’03) is the artistic director of International Chamber Artists. He was also the featured soloist with the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in November 2011.
Alana S. Arenas (THE ’02) was in the cast of “The March” at Steppenwolf Theatre, where she is an ensemble member. She also received a 2012 Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Theatre School.
Jason P. Eckerly (JD ’02) was named shareholder at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney. He is a litigator in the firm’s Chicago office who focuses on the defense of toxic tort, asbestos and general liability litigation.
Hisham A. Alrayes (MBA ’03) is acting CEO for Gulf Finance House, a Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank. He previously was chief investment officer at the corporation, where he has worked since 2007.
David J. Corchin’s (MUS ’03) children’s book, “Sam and the Jungle Band,” was published. It is the latest in a series of children’s books that includes “Band Nerds–Poetry from the 13th Chair Trombone Player.”
Patrick J. Regan (MBA ’03) is the global brewing and spirits lead with General Electric, where he has worked for more than 12 years. He helped create GE’s “power and beer” commercial with Budweiser, which aired during the 2012 Super Bowl.
Kelly C. Elmore (JD ’04) joined Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit, a Chicago-area law firm, as a principal in its community association law practice group. Previously, she was a partner at Penland & Hartwell.
Ryan W. Kastner (MBA ’04) joined Heartland Bank and Trust Company as vice president in asset management for commercial real estate. He will serve the Chicago metropolitan and suburban market from the company’s Western Springs, Ill., office.
Mark M. Lezerkiewicz (MBA ’04) was promoted to manager of the Enterprise Security Program for the Federal Reserve.
Kristine Meek (MBA ’04) was appointed assistant director of the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Fla. She is the eldest daughter of owners William and Barbara Meek.
Curt Owens (THE ’04) is the executive assistant to the CEO and a producing associate at NETworks Presentations working on national tours, including “Billy Elliot,” “Les Miserables,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Shrek the Musical” and “War Horse.”
Christina Toto Lynch (JD ’04) was named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation for 2012.
Janai E. Brugger-Orman (MUS ’05) is a second-year artist with the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. Last season, she appeared as Barbarina in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and the Page in “Rigoletto.” She recently received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Nicole M. Homb, D.O., (LAS ’05) was selected to be an intern in the Department of Health Statistics and Informatics with the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, Homb is a practicing doctor of chiropractic and a clinical research fellow in the Master of Science in clinical research program at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
Brennan Parks (MFA ’05) produced and directed a short film, “15:2,” which was screened at 12 international film festivals and won Best Horror Comedy Short at the Fear Fete Horror Film Festival in Baton Rouge, La. Parks has worked in post-production on “Hung,” “Big Love,” “In Treatment,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Girls.”
Mathew T. Siporin (JD ’05) was named as a Rising Star among Illinois litigators by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Michelle J. Spellerberg (MBA ’05) became chief marketing officer of Sikich LLP in November 2011. Sikich, headquartered in Naperville, Ill., is a top accounting, advisory, technology and managed services firm for midmarket organizations. Spellerberg was formerly with CareerBuilder as the senior director of emerging media solutions.
Laura B. Bacon (JD ’06) joined O’Hagan Spencer as a litigation associate in the firm’s Chicago office. She focuses on employment, professional liability and condominium association law.
Phillip Brannon (THE ’06) was in the cast of “The March” at Steppenwolf Theatre. Also in the cast were Shannon R. Matesky (THE ’10), who played Pearl, and understudies Lucy T. Sandy (THE MFA ’10) and Derek N. Gaspar (THE MFA ’11).
Szymon M. Gurda (CDM MS ’06, JD ’06) was named partner at Cherskov, Flaynik & Gurda LLC. The firm specializes in intellectual property issues for small- and medium-sized clients.
Cecelia J. Hall (MUS ’06) appeared in Lyric Opera of Chicago productions of “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Aida” and “Rinaldo” this past season. She made her Chicago Opera Theater debut in the title role of Handel’s “Teseo.” According to a Chicago Tribune review, “the gleaming-voiced mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, a rising star of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center, is headed for an important career.”
Sara M. Poorman (THE ’06) is the director of marketing for Curious Theatre Company in Denver.
Jason N. Abrahams (MBA ’07) joined Club Colors, a global provider of promotional products and branded apparel, as marketing manager. He came to the company after serving as vice president of marketing at Elgin, Ill.-based National Gift Card.
Jiyeon Choi (JD ’07) is staff attorney for Lake Bluff, Ill.-based BENNU Legal Services, a nonprofit legal aid agency that provides assistance to immigrants transitioning into the United States and to entrepreneurial small businesses.
Timothy Frank (THE ’07) and Jessica Rosenberger (THE ’07) are in a short film, “Anatomy of Numbers,” which was shown at multiple international and independent film festivals in California.
Amanda D. Powell (THE ’07) was in “Bachelorette” at Profiles Theatre.
Michael R. Shoemaker (MBA ’07) is the chief compliance officer for Driehaus Capital Management LLC and Driehaus Mutual Funds in Chicago.
Cortney S. Closey (JD ’08) is on the Illinois Rising Stars list as one of the top up and coming attorneys in the state. She concentrates her practice at Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth in product liability, professional negligence and commercial litigation defense.
Leanne G. Medeiros (THE ’08) is the director of education and community outreach at Performance Workshop Theatre in Baltimore.
Christina Nieves (THE ’08), Sean Parris (THE ’11) and Levenix Riddle (THE ’11) appeared in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
Bryan Wilson (JD ’08) was named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2012.
Kimberly Dawson (SNL ’09, MA ’11) is a volunteer for the University of Chicago at the school’s Hyde Park Campus.
Keira A. Fromm (MFA ’09) directed “Enfrascada” at the 16th Street Theatre in Berwyn, Ill.
Rebecca L. Robinson (MUS ’09), a mezzo-soprano, won first place in the North Shore Chorale Society Competition for young artists.
Andrew J. Thompson (MUS ’09) was named the contrabassoon for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. A St. Louis native, he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and its outreach-oriented MusiCorps Woodwind Quintet. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in Chicago and Boston.
Ian M. Tobin (LAS ’09) will be a fellow in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office for summer 2012. He will conduct research for the mayor’s senior staff on several policies related to community stabilization.
Wilma-Marie Cisco (THE ’10) directed “Baseball Music: The Sweetest Sound” with MPAACT at the Greenhouse Theater Center last spring. Cisco is MPAACT’s director of audience development, the resident stage manager and a company member.
Alexander W. Konetzki (JD ’10) became an associate in the FEC compliance and vetting department of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Lindsay B. Metzger (MUS ’10) won third place in the Musicians Club of Women Scholarship Competition in March, winning a $7,500 scholarship, membership to the club and a recital in the Cultural Center. She also performed as Daphne in the Haymarket Opera Company’s production of Charpentier’s “La Descente d’Orphee aux Enfers.”
Ginny Cascio (JD ’11) joined McMillan Metro P.C. in Rockville, Md., and assists clients with business, employment, intellectual property and artist’s rights issues.
Noah M. Hayman (THE ’11) designed the lighting for “Jack’s Precious Moment” at Will Act For Food Theatre last winter. Azar Kazemi (MFA ’11) directed the show.
Patricia L. Lavery (MFA ’11) was in the cast of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” at Emerald City Children’s Theatre.
Chris A. Rickett (MFA ’11) was in the cast of “The Strange and Terrible True Tale of Pinocchio (the wooden boy) as told by Frankenstein’s Monster the Wretched Creature” with the Neo-Futurists.
Kristen M. Staky (THE ’11) is the in-house ventilator and the assistant head of special effects at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Los Angeles.
Marriages & Engagements
Gianfranco Berardi (CDM ’04) is engaged to Laura Riordan. They will marry in May 2012.
Issa Alia (BUS ’09) is engaged to Natalie Balicki (BUS ’09). A fall 2012 wedding and reception is planned in Lockport, Ill., and Chicago.
Patrick Emling (CDM MS ’10) and Jennifer McCafferty (LAS MA ’11) will be married June 30, 2012, in Cincinnati at St. Ursula’s Chapel.
Births & Adoptions
Eric P. Seaborg (JD ’97) and his wife, Christina, are proud to announce the birth of daughters Alex and Sophia on April 3, 2011. The twins were welcomed home by their big brother, Jake.
Michelle M. Stopka (CMN ’99) and her husband, Michael, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Evan Nathaniel, welcomed with love on Jan. 27, 2012. Evan joined big brother Vance, 18 1/2 months.
Dan P. Green (BUS ’01) and Melinda Green (CSH ’01) welcomed their daughter, Ella -Inez, on March 10, 2012.
Kathleen A. Clair (BUS MS ’08) and her husband, Ron, happily announce the birth of their second son, Andrew James, who arrived on Feb. 22, 2012. Andrew was welcomed home by his big brother, Tyler.
Lord, we commend to you the souls of our dearly departed. In your mercy and love, grant them eternal peace.
Harold T. Berc (LAW ’37)
Genevieve R. Mueller (LAS ’38)
Jack F. Bussert (CSH ’47)
Harvey W. Keller (LAW ’49)
William H. Rhoden (CSH MS ’49)
Andrew M. Sutton (BUS ’49)
Dorothy Keenan (LAS ’50)
C. Frederick Leydig (JD ’50)
June C. Oda (MUS ’50)
Francis E. Youssi (JD ’50)
Delphine Fleming (MED ’51)
Sister Annamarie Gierszewski (LAS ’52, MA ’58)
Sister M. Johanna Didier (EDU MA ’53)
Robert D. Edison (MBA ’53)
Donna J. Johnson (LAS ’53)
Frances M. Mazurek (CSH ’53, MS ’57)
Leroy W. Mitchell (JD ’54)
Ralph J. Vesecky Jr. (CSH MS ’54)
Carrie L. Bowens (LAS ’55)
Frank G. O’Connor (BUS ’57)
Donald Ulias (LAS ’57)
James J. Raftery (LAS ’58)
Joseph F. Colligan (LAS MA ’59)
Neal Farrell (BUS ’62)
George F. Klepec (JD ’62)
Janalee D. Lindley (LAS ’62)
Carl J. Madda (JD ’62)
August J. Prahlow (LAS MA ’63)
John P. Dunne (JD ’64)
Thomas J. Lowry (MUS ’64)
Jeremiah S. Shannon (JD ’64)
Thomas P. Cullen (LAS ’65)
Walter J. Wadycki (BUS ’65)
Patricia J. Drown (EDU ’66)
David B. Jensen (LAW ’66)
Wayne F. Kalina (BUS ’67)
Thomas R. Pozatek (BUS ’69)
Vijay S. Sampat (LAS MA ’69)
Norine C. Lynch (MED ’72)
William J. Hibbler (JD ’73)
Lorin E. Levee (MUS ’73)
Paul A. Sweas (BUS ’75)
James A. Telford (MBA ’76)
Emma W. Richardson (BUS ’77)
Richard L. Sosnowski (BUS ’77)
Gerald J. Brady Sr. (MBA ’78)
Michael J. Ryan (MBA ’86)
Rupert O. Brockmann (LLM ’91)
Jon A. Shultz (MBA ’92, MED ’04)
Sister Caroline Vasquez (MED ’93)
Glenda M. Madison (SNL ’97)
Lindsay K. Habinak (EDU ’00)
Danielle M. Becker (LAS ’04)
Stephen A. Smith (BUS ’04)
Michella McMaster (LAS MS ’06)
Brian J. Fanning (CDM MS ’08)
Kenneth W. Leonchik (CDM MS ’08)
Nikolai K. Mazeika (MBA ’10)
Rosemary S. Bannan
John P. Curtin
Richard J. Houk
Editor's Note: Due to space limitations, this memorial list includes only those alumni and friends who our offices have confirmed have passed away since the previous issue was printed.