Class Notes

By Peggy Bolstetter | Spring 2014

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Mike Moroski (MNA) was recently elected to the Cincinnati City Council.



Jeff Harer (MBA) is the senior financial analyst - North America Market Strategy and Planning - Fabric and Home Care at Procter & Gamble.


Scott Shepherd (EMBA) recently joined, an Indianapolis, Ind. cloud-based start-up specific to the healthcare industry. Shepherd serves as vice president, sales(central and west). Previously, he with an Indianapolis-based start-up, ExactTarget, which was acquired by in June 2013.


John E. Harvan III, CFA (BBA, FIN) has joined the Cleveland office of Monticello Associates, Inc., an asset management consulting firm.  Harvan  serves as an analyst and will be responsible for manager due diligence and research.

Kelly Jentzen Thompson (MNA '09, ND '06, JD '12) recently became a full-time staff attorney following a year at the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Charities  as a Shaffer Fellow through the Notre Dame Law School. Jentzen Thompson will assist the senior program manager of the Legal Network with various administrative projects and tasks. She also will assist low-income residents with  legal issues and help recruit pro bono attorneys to take on cases.

Andrew Noethe (MNA) has been appointed the new Community Leader/Executive Director of L’Arche Portland. At L’Arche, people with and without intellectual disabilities work together to create home and build community.


Ed Cortas (MNA, ND '86) has recently been named the director of consulting services for The Center of Nonprofit Excellence in Louisville, Ky.



Elise Godinez Kern (MBA) has rejoined the workforce as manager of joint business planning at Walgreens following four wonderful years at home with her two small children. 



Naiomi Lundman, Michael Lagowski and Sarah Andrews, all MBA ’06, recently bumped into each other at the Social Capital Market (SOCAP13) Conference in San Francisco. The conference gathers global practitioners and organizations to share and network around social enterprise initiatives. Lundman previously was engaged in enterprise development and economic empowerment initiatives with AMPATH-Kenya. Andrews is the founder of Bumbleroot, a social enterprise that connects farmers to consumers in developed markets. Lagowski is the manager of corporate social responsibility and environmental affairs at Mitsubishi Corp. 

Scott McMahon (MNA) has been named the associate vice president for external relations and executive director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona.

Brigitte Thomas (BBA, ACCT) was recently promoted to officer at Fifth Third Bancorp., Cincinnati.  Thomas, who has been with Fifth Third since 2010, is a senior financial auditor. 


John Graber (EMBA) has joined Georgia-based Global Aviation Holdings Inc.,  as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors.  Global Aviation Holdings Inc. is the largest commercial provider of charter air services to the U.S. Military and a major provider of worldwide commercial global passenger and cargo air transportation services.


Chuck Parker (EMBA) has joined Unicorn Media as chief revenue officer.  Unicorn Media provides Internet video solutions. Parker will drive the company's growth as it expands its client-base and global footprint.


Nick L. Stanage (EMBA) has been appointed president & CEO of Hexcel Corp. and will join the company's Board of Directors.


John Sweeney (MBA) has been appointed senior vice president of Investor Relations by Science Applications International Corp., a planned National Security, Health and Engineering Solutions company, Leidos.


Chris Homeister (EMBA) has been appointed COO for Tile Shop Holdings, Inc., a specialty retailer of manufactured and natural stone tiles, setting and maintenance materials, and related accessories.  In this role, Mr. Homeister will oversee supply chain, retail operations and merchandising.


Bill Gaumond (BBA, ACCT) has been promoted to senior vice president, Asset Liability Management and Investment Risk Management by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. Gaumond recently completed a 21/2-year assignment at Allianz SE, Munich.


Michael J. McClure (MBA, ACCT '82) has been appointed CEO by the Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors.  McClure had been serving as the company's acting chief executive officer. The Board of Directors also elected Mr. McClure to the company's board.


Tracy L. Elliott (MNA) is CEO of College Mentors for Kids, Inc., Indianapolis. The organization connects college students with the most to give to kids who need it most. At-risk elementary students are matched with college students on 23 campuses, including Notre Dame, for mentoring relationships that help youngsters develop a vision for their future that includes college.

Braden Kelly (BBA, FIN) is an investment partner with Health Evolution Partners, a health care private equity firm.


Mark FitzPatrick (BBA, FIN) has been promoted to senior vice president and CFO of Residential Services at Time Warner Cable. In this new role, FitzPatrick will oversee all areas of finance for the company's residential, media and video operations.

Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C. (MBA) was appointed chaplain of the University of Notre Dame football team. Father Thesing is the director of finance and administration in the Mendoza College of Business and has served as the road game chaplain for football for the past four seasons.


Bradley T. Galko (BBA, FIN) joined Eaton Vance Corp. as a senior research analyst.


Jamere Jackson (BBA, FIN) has been appointed VP & CFO, Drilling & Surface, GE Oil & Gas. In this role, Jackson is responsible for driving financial rigor, strategy development and implementing change across the drilling & surface portfolio. He is also responsible for North America financial operations for GE Oil & Gas.



Byron Spruell (MBA) is heading up the expanded Midwest regional office of Deloitte LLP.  Spruell is a former Notre Dame football co-captain.



Jeff Chiesa (BBA, ACCT)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie named former state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Frank Lautenberg who passed away in June while in office Chiesa vacated the office on October 31, 2013 when Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who won the special election. Prior to Chiesa's appointment as attorney general, he served as Chief Counsel to Gov. Christie.


Steve Klis (BBA, MGT) has been appointed to the newly created position of president at Henry Schein Global Practice Solutions. Klis will lead the organization's strategic and operational activities, which offers a variety of customizable practice-management software solutions designed to help practitioners build a better business and deliver quality patient care.


F. Nicholas Grasberger (BBA, FIN) was recently appointed senior vice president and CFO of Harsco Corp.

Brian Hagan (BBA, FIN) has been named to the Board of Trustees of the new health system created by the merger of Edward Hospital & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. The name of the new entity is pending.

Jim Kelly (BBA, FIN) has been given the responsibility of leading the newly established business development group for GE Capital’s Equipment. Kelly, a 28-year GE Capital veteran, adds this new role to his existing responsibilities as managing director of GE Capital’s Vendor Finance business. 


Stephen M. Spellman (BBA, ACCT) recently joined Midwest Dental Support Center as president. In this role, he will help drive continued growth of the business and expand its reputation in the dental care community.


Mike Bobinski (BBA, ACCT) recently was named the Georgia Institute of Technology director of athletics. Bobinski is also the current chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

Ted Carnevale (BBA, ACCT)

Ted Carnevale’s firm, Gramkow Carnevale Seifert & Co., LLC has been named to INSIDE Public Accounting’s Best of the Best Firms list for 2013, which honors only 50 CPA firms across the country for their overall superior performance on more than 70 IPA criteria.

Richard Crowley(BBA, FIN) has been appointed senior vice president and CFO at Intersil Corp., a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions.


Phil Harbert (BBA, ACCT) has joined Old National Bank as president of the company's new Michigan region.

Harry Walsh (BBA, ACCT) has been appointed to a newly created role of executive vice president, acquisitions integration for TreeHouse Foods.


Joseph I. O’Neill III (BBA, FIN) is the recipient of the 2013 Rev. Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C., Award for distinguished service to the University. The award was presented at the Shamrock Series in Arlington, Texas, when the Fighting Irish played Arizona State in Cowboys Stadium. 

O’Neill is a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees and is the managing partner of O’Neill Properties, Ltd., in Midland, Texas.


Malcolm Burnett, Paul Noland and Anthony Rocco (all BS, Comm) were recently selected to the 2013 Class of Distinguished Counsellors by the Ill. State Bar Assoc. in recognition of their 50th year of practice.

James Finnegan (BS, Comm) recently received the inaugural Catholic Citizens Faith in Action Award from the Catholic Citizens of Illinois for his lifelong defense of life, family and faith.


Class of 1956 Endowed Scholarship Fund (BS, Comm)

For the 13th consecutive year the Class of '56 has provided financial aid to Notre Dame students from its ND ‘56 Endowed Scholarship Fund. In 2013, more than $55,000 will be disbursed from the fund. The scholarship recipients are matched with a ND ‘56 alumnus. The  ND ‘56 honorees are James J. Mense, Paul Noland and William K. Warren, Jr. Larry Kennedy is chairman of the ND56 Endowed Scholarship committee.


Claire Darmanin (EMBA '11) and Adam Moore were married at the Crystal Gardens, Navy Pier, Chicago, Oct. 26, 2013.

Meredith Terpeluk (MNA, '10) and Michael Schoeller were married in Traverse City, Mich., on June 24, 2013.

Future Domers

Justin Dunton (MNA ’10) and Tricia Dunton welcomed a son, William Browning Dunton on Sept. 6, 2013. Little Will weighed 6lbs. 6oz. and measured 19 in. long and he and big brother, Graeme are doing well.

Scott Shepard (EMBA '10) and Margaret Shepherd welcomed a son, Hudson William, July 2, 2013.  Baby Hudson was baptized at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Oct. 13, 2013.

Patrick Britton (MNA '09) and Katie Britton welcomed a daughter, Eleanor Marie Higgins Britton, Sept.  13, 2013.

Juliana Gaither (MNA '08) and Jack Gaither welcomed a son, John Charles on Nov. 23, 2013.

Stephanie Storer (MNA, 07) and Sean Storer welcome their third child, Moses Emmanuel, June 23, 2013.

Kate Minkiewicz (MNA, '06) and Drew Minkiewicz who welcomed their fourth child, Mary Catherine on June 21, 2013.

In Memoriam

Richard M. “Sandy” Carrigan (BBA '68) passed away July 6, 2013. Carrigan was the former president and CEO of United Displaycraft Inc. Surviving are his wife Mary, four sons and seven grandchildren.

Michael Smith (BBA '66) passed away on June 23, 2013 in Tampa, Fla.

Nicholas F. Maviano (BS, COMM '56) passed away peacefully September 13, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne and two sons.

Walter S. McNamara (BS, COMM '56) of Ship Bottom, N. J.  passed away on Aug. 26, 2013. McNamara held several managerial positions in for United States Steel before joining Warnaco Inc. McNamara's career at Warnaco culminated with his appointment to executive vice president. Following his father's passing, McNamara assumed management of Surf Realty, Serf City, N.J. He is survived by his wife, Carol, six children and his grandchildren.

John T. Westhoven (BS, COMM '56) passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 3, 2013.  Westhoven was an avid Notre Dame fan but most of all, he was a loving devoted family man. He always had a love for the simple things; faith, family and friends. Westhoven is survived by his daughters, grandchildren and sisters. A Mass will be celebrated on campus by the Holy Cross priests for John from his ND56 Classmates.

Francis Gaul (BS, COMM '49), Cuyahoga County, Ohio treasurer, football champion and co-owner of the popular Kiefer's restaurant, passed away on Sept. 15, 2013. Gaul played guard on Notre Dame’s three national championship teams under coach Frank Leahy. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ella, and four children.