Class Notes

By Peggy Bolstetter | Spring 2011

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John "Jeb" Brovsky (BBA Management/Entrepreneurship 2010)

John "Jeb" Brovsky has been named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American.

Clint Buck (EMBA 2010)

Clint Buck has joined the Provost’s Office, Abilene Christian University, as director of academic financial operations. Buck, a CPA, will work closely with academic administrators, deans and chairs in developing and analyzing academic budgets to enhance academic effectiveness.

Tasha Green Cruzat (EMBA 2010)

Tasha Green Cruzat is the chief operating officer at the State of Illinois, Department of Central Management Services.

Rae McIntee (EMBA 2010)

Rae A. McIntee is newly retired from the practice of medicine after 28 years and is now a physician advisor with Accretive Health, a medical consulting firm in Chicago. Homan’s youngest child graduates high school this spring, and she and her husband are looking forward to being empty-nesters. 

Teresa Homan (EMBA 2010)

Teresa Homan is newly retired from the practice of medicine after 28 years. She is now a physician advisor with Accretive Health, a medical consulting firm in Chicago. Homan’s youngest child graduates high school this spring, and she and her husband are looking forward to being empty-nesters. 

Steven Perry (BBA Finance 2010)

Steven Perry has been named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American.


Rachel Reiter (MBA 2010)

Rachel Reiter is living in Denver and working for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, focusing on insurance programs for low-income children and pregnant women. In May, Reiter will move into a new position as an assistant public information officer.



Mike Anello (BBA Finance 2009)

Mike Anello is working for General Catalyst, a venture capital and growth equity firm in Boston.

Building on his experience with St. Baldrick’s Foundation at Notre Dame, Anello put together an event in Boston. With the assistance of several ND alums—and even a few former BC football players—the event was a huge success, raising more than $30,000 to help fight children’s cancers. 

Maureen Borbely (MBA 2009)

Maureen K. Borbely is a client manager at IBM with responsibility for the total client relationship of two Fortune 500 customers. Borbely’s primary responsibility is to understand her clients’ organizations and business goals and develop and execute a relationship plan to address both the clients’ Line-of-Business and IT organizations.

Nicole Brown (EMBA 2009)

Following commencement, Nicole Payne Brown married and moved to Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Brown’s residency was fast-tracked due to her level of education and the remoteness of where she lives—a very small town with three stop lights. Brown is a senior health care consultant for the provincial government, focusing on 13 northern and remote emergency departments and everything from patient flow to wait times and access to care. Brown shares that “public service is far different from the private sector, but I find the work so rewarding. I’m able to use my health care experience from the U.S. and my MBA. I tell everyone I’ve found my dream job—and I’m able to use everything I’ve learned from ND.” 

Toni McEwan (EMBA 2009)

Toni McEwan is the market development manager for Dow AgroSciences, 
which is based in Indianapolis and is a division of The Dow Chemical Co. McEwan’s daughter, Camryn, was born in August 2009, three months after graduation. 

Lisa Piatek (EMBA 2009)

Lisa Piatek is the regional vice president for the Institute for Professional Development, a large education organization and subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. Piatek oversees a region of partner institutions from Minnesota and around the Great Lakes to Connecticut. 

Learose Pisani (MSA 2009)

Learose Pisani works in corporate accounting for J.Crew in Manhattan. In her free time, Pisani enjoys running, yoga and trying new foods at some of the Big Apple’s many great restaurants.



Sharita Cooper (MSA, BBA Accountancy '07 2008)

Sharita Cooper currently lives in Alexandria, Va. Cooper is working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Assurance line of service.

Sara Crawford (MBA 2008)

Sara Crawford recently joined Mead Johnson Nutrition as a customer marketing manager within its retail sales organization. She and her husband, Eric Crawford (MBA ’08), are relocating to Chicago.

Courtney Flynn (MBA, BBA Marketing '03 2008)

Courtney Flynn is working in the marketing department at The Hershey Co., managing the Ice Breakers and Breath Savers brands.

Drew Mitchell (MBA, BBA Finance '01 2008)

Drew Mitchell has channeled his interest in real estate into a thriving business, Rent Like A Champion. While he was an MBA student, Mitchell began to purchase and rehab homes in the South Bend area. In 2007 he created a website,, in an attempt to rent out the homes for Notre Dame football weekends. Today the company owns 80 homes, which are available for rent on football and graduation weekends.

Tom Valenti (MBA 2008)

Tom Valenti has launched ConnectAde, a business that guides people through the complicated process of caring for an aging loved one and connects them to the local services that can help. The venture grew out Tom’s experience as a finalist in the McCloskey Business Plan Competition while at Notre Dame. 



Kathryn Valenti (MBA, BBA Accountancy '02 2007)

Kathryn Lam Valenti is the Strategic Planning program director for the Univeristy of Notre Dame’s Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research.

Julie Kousen (EMBA 2007)

Julie Kousen is employed by BNY Mellon as the department head of the quality management office at its financial services group, Pershing LLC. Since Kousen’s arrival, the company has earned certification by the Customer Service Institute of America and is also a finalist in the American Society for Quality (ASQ) International Team Excellence Awards. Kousen serves as treasurer on the board of directors of her condo association and has traveled to Australia, Panama, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Portugal, and is looking forward to a business trip to India later this year. 



Sara Andrews (MBA, BBA Finance '01 2006)

Sara Andrews has recently launched a new venture—Root Impact. The organization creates opportunities for organizations to maximize their economic and social impact by building processes, products and partnerships that leverage the social impact of sustainable businesses. 

Eric Larson (EMBA 2006)

Eric Larson was recently appointed to a new leadership position within the nuclear fleet of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group LLC. Larson will serve as plant general manager at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md.

Margaret Harrison (EMBA 2006)

Margaret Hill Harrison is the director of the division of database management and analysis services in the membership department of the American Osteopathic Association. Harrison is a trustee for the Park Ridge Public Library and holds the positions of vice president and chair of the fundraising and marketing committee for the board of trustees. 

Scott Issel (MBA 2006)

Scott Issel was recently appointed CFO of Sandspring Resources Ltd. Issel most recently served as controller of Sandspring Resources Inc. and was instrumental in ensuring a smooth transition to the public capital markets.

Abigail Richards (BBA Finance 2006)

Abigail Richards was recently named one of the recipients of the 2009 Elijah Watt Sells Award, which is given out annually by the AICPA to CPA exam candidates who obtain the 10 highest cumulative scores on the CPA exam.

Matthew Remke (EMBA 2006)

Matthew Remke recently was named president of Remke Markets in Erlanger,Ky. Remke succeeds his father as the fourth generation to lead the company, which was founded in 1897. The grocery chain operates 14 stores in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.



John Van Renterghem and Leon Cord Campbell 


 John Van Renterghem (MBA '87) was recipient of the Mendoza College of Business’ Distinguished Alumni Award. Van Renterghem was honored for his achievement in business and a strong commitment to the College through leadership and service to the MBA community. He has served as a guest instructor for the Notre Dame MBA Interterm intensive program, presenting deep-dive case studies in revenue management. 

Van Renterghem is the senior manager of central pricing for Walgreen Col, with responsibility for managing and executing the pricing strategy for more than 15,000 items sold in all of the corporate stores.

Leon Cord Campbell (MBA ’05) received the Mendoza College of Business Recent Alumnus Service Award. Campbell was recognized by the College for his efforts in helping the MBA Admissions group to recruit prospective students, serving as an alumni interviewer and as a panelist for open houses, as well as being interviewed for MBA Admissions marketing materials. As a coach, mentor and recruiter for our students, Campbell has fostered those qualities that are noticeably “Notre Dame” and that build the reputation of the College as well.

Campbell is presently employed as a finance director at NBC Universal in New York City. Prior to his assignment at NBC, he spent three years as a member of the corporate treasury team at GE.



Dominic Paschel (Finance 2004)

Dominic Paschel recently accepted a unique opportunity to join the management team at Pandora Media, allowing him to build on his experience from the B2B enterprise cloud into the consumer digital media cloud. Paschel will serve as vice president, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations, leading the company’s aspirations to go public.



Luke Watson (MSA, BBA Accountancy '02 2003)

Luke Watson recently set a new course record at the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Pa. His time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 41 seconds eclipsed the record set in 1999 by almost a minute. Already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, Watson plans to focus on his studies and shorter races.

Watson is an accountancy Ph.D. candidate at Penn State.


William Carnegie (MNA 2001)

Bill Carnegie has been named the board chairman of the Tucson Together Fund Review Board to oversee the Victims Funds for the survivors of the January 2011 Tucson shootings, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Carnegie is the CEO and president of Tucson's Community Food Bank, which has been ranked No. 3 in the United States by The Nonprofit Times in its 2011 Top 50 Nonprofits to Work For.

William Carnegie (MNA 2001)

Bill Carnegie has been named the board chairman of the Tucson Together Fund Review Board to oversee the Victims Funds for the survivors of the January 2011 Tucson shootings, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Carnegie is the CEO and president of Tucson's Community Food Bank, which has been ranked No. 3 in the United States by The Nonprofit Times in its 2011 Top 50 Nonprofits to Work For.

John Hudson (MBA 2001)

John Hudson recently was promoted to vice president of marketing for North America for the vodka portfolio for Brown-Forman.



Michael Zavertnik (BBA Finance 1999)

Michael Zavertnik recently joined naviGATE, a management consulting firm in Villanova, Pa., as a senior manager, helping to launch the firm’s Spend Management practice.


Jon Steele (BBA Finance 1998)

Jon Steele was recently promoted to managing director at Raymond James, where he is an investment banker in the Boston office.



Steven "Stu" Fortener (MBA 1997)

Stu Fortener has joined the Mendoza College of Business as the academic advancement program director. In this position, Fortener will serve as the liaison to the University's Development office by communicating the College's funding priorities, as well as identifying leadership level prospects of more than $100,000.

Fortener comes to Notre Dame from Temple-Inland, where he served as general manager, leading the sales and manufacturing functions for several locations.

Fortner and wife Jennifer (MBA'97) have two children, Luke and Kyle.



Todd Aldrich (MBA 1994)

Todd D. Aldrich was recently promoted to director of institutional equity sales at Credit Suisse. He was also recently appointed to the board of directors of Envision Schools.

William Reading (EMBA 1994)

William Reading has recently joined the boutique investment banking firm of MidCap Advisors LLC and has opened an office in Charlotte, N.C. The firm, which is headquartered in New York, specializes in sell-side and buy-side advisory services along with capital raising, value enhancement and exit planning for private middle-market companies.


Kevin Hart (MBA 1993)

Kevin Hart has been named executive vice president and chief technology officer by Cox Communications, Bradenton, Fla. In this role, Hart will be responsible for providing overall leadership, strategic and operational direction to the planning and development of an integrated technological platform, and aligning the technology strategy with overall business objectives.

Brian Ratigan (BBA Marketing 1993)

Brian Ratigan is an orthopedic surgeon with the South Bend Orthopedics.



Brian Schaefgen (BBA Accountancy 1991)

Brian R Schaefgen was appointed to the Norfolk Board of Directors of TowneBank, a $3.9 billion regional financial institution serving communities in Virginia and North Carolina.



James Bolduc (BBA Finance 1990)

James Bolduc was promoted recently to president and chief operating officer of JPB Enterprises Inc. Bolduc is the son of company CEO and founder J.P. Bolduc. His promotion represents a succession plan to keep the firm in family hands.

Mark FitzPatrick (BBA Finance 1990)

Mark FitzPatrick was recently promoted to senior vice president, Finance by Time Warner Cable. In this role, he will assume responsibility for overseeing capital planning and forecasting for the company as well as providing finance support to additional departments.

Don Sharp (BBA Accountancy 1990)

Don Sharp has joined the North Central College Board of Trustees. Sharp is the vice president and chief information officer for Navistar International Corp., the parent company of International Truck and Engine Corp.

Nicholas Farmer (BA 1990)

Nicholas Farmer recently was appointed director of the MBA Annual Fund and executive director of the John Cardinal O’Hara Society. Farmer brings 20 years of marketing and communications experience to his position, most recently leading the Notre Dame Annual Fund through the successful completion of the 2010 fiscal year, including raising over $4.7 million in unrestricted gifts.

Farmer and his wife Holly (’92) live in South Bend with their 8-year-old twins, Amanda and Erin.



Ken Cogswell (EMBA 1989)

Ken Cogswell has made a career switch—after 30 years in the newspaper business. Cogswell is the owner of Ken Cogswell Agency LLC, a small insurance company that is the exclusive agent for Horace Mann Insurance, which specializes in insuring educators.

Timothy Woods (BBA Marketing 1989)

Timothy Woods practices general surgery in Springfield, Mo.



Kevin Doherty (BBA Accountancy 1988)

Kevin Doherty was apppointed vice president of human resources for the newly combined Carlisle Brake and Friction division of Carlisle Companies, Inc.The division was formed by combining the newly acquired Hawk Corp. with Carlisle's existing Industrial Brake and Friction division.  Doherty is responsible for the CBF division's HR function globally. 

Doherty and his wife Mary Cay have four children, Megan, Michael, Daniel, and Catherine.

Mark Oldani (BBA Marketing 1988)

Mark H. Oldani was recently appointed to serve as a senior vice president for Central Parking System Inc. Central Parking is a leader in parking management and marketing, serving large and small property owners, infrastructure funds and governmental clients.



Perry Dellelce (MBA 1987)

Perry Dellelce was recently appointed chairman of the Foundation Board of Sunnybrook Health\Sciences Centre. Sunnybrook is Canada’s largest single-campus hospital, employing more than 10,000 staff and volunteers and managing more than 1 million patient visits each year. 



Cynthia Gordon (BBA Accountancy 1986)

Cynthia Gordon has been appointed chief financial officer for Geos Communications Inc., a developer and distributor of mobile applications and services. Gordon has more than 20 years experience in finance and accounting, including management positions in auditing, SEC reporting, treasury, strategic planning and analysis, budgeting, accounting operations, compliance and investor relations.

Scott Malpass (MBA 1986)

Scott Malpass has been named Large-Endowment Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor magazine. Malpass is the University of Notre Dame’s vice president and chief investment officer.



Paul Ritter III, Esq. (BBA Accountancy 1983)

Paul J. Ritter III, Esq. has been named the new president and CEO of The Cumberland Insurance Group. Ritter is an adjunct professor of business law at Cumberland County College and serves as the deputy mayor of Hopewell Township, N.J., and as a member of the Hopewell Township Planning Board. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Colonial Bank, FSB.



Renee Curreri (BBA Accountancy 1982)

Renee Antolik and husband Mike (JD '80), founders and part owners of AVIcode, sold their software company to Microsoft in October 2010 and also divested Renee's contract CFO business. Now retired, they cruise full-time between the Carribean and Canadian Maritimes in their 62 ft. "Blue Grotto".


Steve Simmerman (MBA 1981)

Steve Simmerman recently was appointed to the newly created position of senior vice president of business development for TZA, a supply-chain consulting and labor-management software provider.


Del Birch (BBA 1974)

Del Birch has joined the United Way of Erie County, Pa., as the organization’s vice president of community building. In this capacity, Birch will direct and align all United Way of Erie County community investments. 



C. Patrick Harkins (BBA Accountancy 1972)

C. Patrick Harkins is CEO of Anchor Business Advisors, Inc., and was recently named a member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers Million Dollar Club.



Michael Neumeister (BBA Accountancy 1969)

Michael Neumeister and several members of the Senior Alumni of Notre Dame of Buffalo have assisted the Ladies of Charity, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, for the past three Christmas holiday seasons. About 20 members of the group pack bags of toys for 3,000 to 5,000 needy families.


Tasha Green (MBA 2010)

Tasha Green and Edward P. Cruzat II were married on Aug. 21, 2010, at the historic Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, La.

Lauren E. Tortoriello and Jason Ertel (MBA, BA 2010)

Lauren Tortoriello (MBA) and Jason Ertel (’03) were married on Jan. 8, 2011, at the Church of Notre Dame, New York City.

Nicole Badger (MBA 2007)

Nicole Badger and William Bright were married on Nov. 27, 2010, along the Intracoastal Waterway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Kathryn Lam and Tom Valenti (MBA 2007)

Kathryn Lam (MBA '07) and Tom Valenti (MBA '08) were married on July 24, 2010, in Glen Arbor, Mich.


Future Domers

Courtney Flynn (MBA 2008)

Jim and Courtney Flynn welcomed a daughter, Taylor Reece Flynn, on Sept. 2, 2010.

Sean McIntyre (MBA 2009)

Heather and Sean McIntyre welcomed their third daughter, Caroline Joan, on March 9, 2011.

Michelle Shiriaev Love (BBA Marketing 2007)

Michelle Love and husband welcomed their first daughter, Olivia Michelle, on Dec. 28, 2010.

Allison Lauinger (MBA 2004)

Daley and Sophie Laulinger, children of Mark and Allison Lauinger, are all dressed up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Jeff Milligan (BBA 2001)

Jennifer and Jeff Milligan welcomed a son, Connor Michael, on Dec. 13, 2010.

In Memoriam   

Edward David (BBA Commerce 1956)

Edward Joseph David passed away on Sept. 16, 2010, at his home in Fayetteville, N.C. David was a former law partner with Downing, David, Downing & Pechmann and practiced law for more than 30 years, retiring in 2007. He was an Air Force veteran (JAG). David is survived by his wife.

John Houk (BBA Commerce 1956)

John David "Dave" Houk passed away on Dec. 13, 2010 in Mishawaka, Ind. Houk, who was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, taught elementary education for more than 35 years. He is survived by his brothers, nieces and nephews.

Jerome "Jerry" Timko (BBA Commerce 1956)

Jerome "Jerry" Timko passed away on Jan. 25, 2011 in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Timko served in the U.S. Army and was owner of Jerry Timko Insurance Agency. He is survived by his daughters and grandchildren.

John Donaher Jr. (BBA Commerce 1954)

John C. Donaher Jr. passed away on Nov. 9, 2010, in Fairfield, Conn. Donaher, a veteran of the U.S. Army, had a career in hospital administration, serving as president of the Detroit Medical Center and Doctors Hospital in New York City, as well as the director of hospitals in Chantilly, France. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Paul Reynolds 

Paul J. Reynolds passed away on Jan. 25, 2011 in Mishawaka, Ind.

Reynolds, was the senior associate director of the Notre Dame Career Center when he retired from the University in 2005.

Fondly remembered for his steady leadership, admirable work ethic, sage advice, attention to detail and rich sense of humor, Reynolds counseled more than 15,000 College of Business students during his 27 years at the Career Center.

Career Center colleagues remember Reynolds as a mentor who pushed others into leadership and the limelight, as a person who helped students develop confidence in their career journeys, and as a friend who worked hard but had fun while doing it.

Former students who grew to become friends fondly remember Reynolds as well. Patrick Polking (’96) describes Reynolds as “the most selfless person I have ever known. He always cared about and remembered what was going on in your life, regardless of what was happening in his. He had a passion for helping students achieve their career goals.”

Dan Zenker (’06) recalls that “he had an uncanny ability to remember everything about a conversation. His charisma lit up the room and his laugh could be heard across the room at Pat’s Pub. His vast experience always helped shine light upon any situation.”

Reynolds is survived by his sister and four godchildren.