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Fred E. Lane (JD ’50) received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Academy of Dispute Resolution Gala.

Charles Bauer (BS ’52, MED ’56) turned 86 years old and is still teaching at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Charles Donegan (MBA ’59) served as a moot court judge for the American Bar Association Law Student Regional Arbitration Competition held at American University Law School in Washington, DC.

Marie Kilker (MA ’59) was sent as an official delegate of the American Theatre Critics Association and a member of its International Committee to the Congress of the International Association of Theatre Critics in Belgrade, Serbia.

Patricia B. Kubistal (BA ’59, MA ’65, PhD ’68) was elected president of the Retired Teachers of Chicago Association, an organization with more than 9,000 members.

Dorothy (BA ’61) and Ralph J. Amelio (BS ’61, MA ’64) celebrated 53 years of marriage in June. Ralph, author of four film books, has taught “Classics in Film” at the Eisenhower Library in Harwood Heights, Illinois, for the past nine years.

James Fitzgerald (BSC ’61, MSIR ’76) published his 200th article on human resources issues and gave his 300th presentation on the subjects of job search and professional development to job support groups throughout Chicagoland.

Jerome O’Connor (BS ’63) has been signed by Lyons Press to write an 85,000-word history of World War II. Entitled Secret Places/Unknown Spaces, it will bring readers into existing locales essential to winning the war.

Peter Kaufmann (MA ’64) was appointed associate dean for research at the University of Colorado College of Nursing in Denver. He specializes in randomized clinical trials in preventative medicine and psychology.

Dick Devine (BA ’66), a former Cook County state’s attorney, was asked by Crain’s Chicago Business to write a column sharing his unique perspective on the recent municipal actions taken in support of the Chicago Police Department. The column was published in February.

Peter Callahan (JD ’67) was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in California by the Daily Law Journal. He was also awarded the Papal Cross of Honor, the Vatican’s highest recognition, for his legal work on behalf of the Catholic Church.

Cezar M. Froelich (BS ’67, JD ’70) is one of 18 attorneys at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP to be named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers 2017. He was included for his work with gaming law, though his practice involves a wide variety of corporate finance/securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He is a partner in the firm’s business and finance practice group and serves as chairman of Taft’s Chicago office.

Frank McAdams’ (BA ’67) memoir, Vietnam Rough Riders: A Convoy Commander’s Memoir, has been released on CD by Tantor Media, Inc. It was originally published by University Press of Kansas in 2013 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

John J. Ronan (BA ’67), a NEA Fellow and former Poet Laureate of Gloucester, Massachusetts, published Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown. The book is an homage to New York City and American plurality.

Phyllis Fredericksen (BA ’68) has been retired for eight years. She is an adjunct professor at Fontbonne University and Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.

Martin J. Healy Jr. (JD ’68) served as the grand marshal of the 2017 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Fred Kuch (BA ’69) earned an MEd in higher education from the University of Nevada and was a candidate for the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. 

Dan K. Webb (JD ’70) was featured in the PBS legal drama “Trial of Antigone” about the Greek princess who defied the law by burying her brother. The program aired on WTTW-TV Channel 11 on May 21.

Glen Gabert (PhD ’71) was named Grand Marshall of the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Burton Abrams (MSIR ’72) was named Outstanding Faculty Member for 2017 by Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business. The award was given in recognition of eight years of teaching in human resources and management.

Maurice Possley (BA ’72) was appointed project scientist at the University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science and Society. He is also the senior researcher for the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project with Michigan State.

Mike Hess (BS ’73) and his teammates won the Flight-A event of the Grand National Teams of the American Contract Bridge League as members of District 25 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The team went to Toronto in July to compete at the North American championships.

William A. Rich (BS ’73) published the last installment of the Daniel and Job Trilogy, Daniel and Job, Book III: The Vessel. The book further develops core characters while accentuating the humorous side of the sci-fi, action-adventure, romantic comedy.

Melvin Terell (MEd ’74) is featured in a book highlighting his accomplishments in higher education and student affairs, entitled Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell.

George Manisco (BA ’75) played Polonius in a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Metropolis Theatre in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Janet Fleischmann Appel (JD ’76) is an associate area counsel with the office of chief counsel - IRS. She has been awarded Manager of the Year in her division in recognition of her work on intermediary transactions.

Karen Sheridan (BA ’78) was recognized by the Lansing State Journal and the City Pulse as Best Actress in a Play for the 2015-16 season for her role as Betty in Chappati. She directed The House of Bernarda Alba and The Brother Size at Oakland University last fall.

The Hon. Andrea M. Schleifer (JD ’79) received the Hebrew University Fellowship Award from the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.

Mark Doruff (BS ’80) has been appointed a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

Joan Fedota (MSW ’80) is chair of the social work program at George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. She was also named Illinois School Social Worker of the Year and the Midwest School Social Worker of the Year.

Carol Diener (BS ’81) retired from the U.S. Navy Dental Corps at the rank of Captain after 30 years of active duty as an officer. She received the Meritorious Service Medal upon her retirement.

Mark Essig (BBA ’81) received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The prestigious award was presented at the MBA Alumni Banquet in Chicago.

Charles Hagopian (BBA ’81) was named Director of External Affairs for the Office of Illinois State Comptroller by Illinois State Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza.

Christine Petty (MD ’82) completed the Frances route of the Camino de Santiago in September 2016 and the Kumano Kodo in Japan in April. She became one of 2,000 Dual Pilgrims (someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and Camino de Santiago) of the UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrimages.

Earl E. Rubinoff (BBA ’83), president of Rubinoff Group, LLC, qualified for Guardian Life Insurance’s Presidents Council for the 15th time.

Tim L. Warren (JD ’85) joined the Whistleblower Representation Practice at Labaton Sucharow, which is exclusively dedicated to representing SEC whistleblowers.

The Hon. Thomas V. Lyons, II (JD ’86) was recognized by the North Suburban Bar Association’s Judges Night.

Kevin J. Conway (JD ’88) was awarded the prestigious Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award at the Illinois Trial Association convention on June 9.

Judith Arcana (PhD ’89) published a new poetry collection, Announcements from the Planetarium, by Oregon’s Flowstone Press on Shakespeare’s birthday in 2017.

Tim Buschur (MEd ’93) was named Ohio Career Technical Administrator of the Year in 2017 by the Ohio Association of Career Technical Educators. He was also named Region 1 Administrator of the Year by the Association of Career Technical Administrators.

Kevin D. Finger (JD ’93) returned to Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder in the litigation practice group.

Tony Hollenback (MSW ’93) is the director of family services for the Village of Niles in the mayor’s office. To honor their 50th anniversary, three native/indigenous grandmothers were invited to Niles for a week of storytelling and community building.

Brian K. Speers (JD ’93) was recognized by Barron’s as one of America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors. He is a chartered retirement planning counselor and has been providing wealth management advice for nearly 30 years.

Stacey A. McCullough (JD ’94) was added as a partner at Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC.

John Robak (MBA ’95) received the Richard J. Daley Police Medal of Honor from Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Chicago Police Department’s Annual Police Recognition Ceremony in May.

Antonia Ruppert (BA ’95) opened Antonia Ruppert Fine Art inside of Berwyn Tech in Berwyn, Illinois. Since 2008, she has shared her artistry via public art and community art events.

Jennifer L. Koelher (JD ’97) joined Loyola Medicine as vice president for external affairs. She will oversee advocacy (government affairs) and community benefit for Loyola University Health System.

Sr. Suzanne Sims (PhD ’97) is celebrating 50 years as an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph (Maple Mount, Kentucky). She has served as director of faith formation at St. Pius X Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, since January.

Jackie Taylor Holsten (JD ’99) was one of 50 women honored by the Chicago Defender with the 2017 Women of Excellence Award. The organization has celebrated the courage, expertise, and achievements of more than 500 African American women.

Anneliese Wermuth (JD ’99) commented on her involvement in the higher education industry and the unique special labor and employment needs of private colleges and universities in an article for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Derek J. Bradford (JD ’00) celebrated the fifth anniversary of his firm, Bradford & Gordon, LLC. The firm also opened a new suburban office in Elmhurst, Illinois. His practice focuses in matrimonial and family law.

Dan Han (BS ’00) published his textbook, Acquired Brain Injury: Clinical Essentials for Neurotrauma and Rehabilitation Professionals, with Springer Publishing Company.

David M. Pilotto (JD ’00) rejoined Much Shelist as a principal in the business and finance practice group.

Frank J. Serio (JD ’01) co-chaired the 21st annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association Mock Trial.

Kelly A. Tautges (JD ’01) joined Faegre Baker Daniels as pro bono counsel and director of pro bono and community service.

Aaron Tobler (BS ’01) was named one of 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in 2016. In April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented him a Certificate of Appreciation for the Air Force Award.

Jeanne Wrenn (JD ’01) was honored with the Life of Loyola Award at the University’s first annual Weekend of Excellence Alumni Awards.

Mike D’Aquila (BBA ’03) joined fellow wealth management advisors Ben Voigt and Adam Waitzman to create Heritage Planning Partners. The new Chicago-based practice brings the experience and expertise of its founding members.

Jennifer L. Jones (JD ’03) joined Polsinelli PC as a shareholder in their Washington, DC, office.

Julie Lam (BS ’04) is one of six Illinois educators selected to receive the 2016-2017 James V. and Dorothy B. Moon Scholarship in pursuit of her EdS degree and superintendent endorsement.

Kerry Straub (BA ’04) was promoted to vice president, operations manager, wealth management by RMB Capital. Straub joined RMB Capital in 2005 and is based in the firm’s Chicago headquarters.

Arthur Kay (BA ’05) spoke about cyber security at That Conference, a technology conference, in August. His session was on what the average person needs to know about cyber security.

Simintha Esson (BS ’06, MA ’08) was named chief development officer for the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Education and Research Foundation. She will support IDSA’s mission to spread research and awareness of infectious diseases.

Richard H. Frye (JD ’06) has joined Winston & Strawn LLP’s new Dallas Office as a partner.

Christine R.W. Quigley (JD ’06) was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an association of credentialed trust and estate lawyers.

Adam S. Braun (JD ’07) was promoted to counsel at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Thomas E. Daugherty (JD ’07) was promoted to shareholder at Klinedinst PC.

James P. Lynch (JD ’07) was added to Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkermann LLC as a senior associate. He practices on plaintiff’s personal-injury trial work.

Holly Scudder (BA ’07) is marketing manager at Campos Engineering, a firm headquartered in Dallas with additional offices in Fort Worth and Houston, Texas.

Adam El-Ali (BS ’08) has been promoted from director to vice president of electronic health records and revenue cycle optimization at Rogers Behavioral Health.

Daniel Platt (BA ’08) has been named one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2017 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the nation’s largest, most prestigious award for PhD candidates in humanities.

Matthew T. Bills (JD ’09) was added as a partner to Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP’s litigation group.

Katherine A. Gillette (JD ’09) has been named junior partner at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP. She joined the firm in 2011 and represents individuals who have suffered personal injuries.

Dennis Gray (BS ’09) and his wife, Tuyet, welcomed their second child, Nathan Duc Minh Gray, on March 6.


Lindsey Carpino (JD ’10) and husband Charles Corella welcomed their baby girl, Madison Marie Corella, on January 5, at 5 pounds and 19.5 inches. Lindsey is a law librarian at Sidley Austin LLP and Charles is an executive for PNC bank.

Jeffrey D. Shelley (JD ’10) was added to Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP as counsel.

Nubia Willman (JD ’10) was named senior attorney at LAF, the principal provider in Chicago of free civil legal services. Since 2010, she has represented survivors of violent crimes seeking immigration and employment relief.

Lisa Kapusta (BS ’11) and Parker Simensen (BASC ’12) will be married on October 7. They met while working at Phonathon and were engaged under the arches at Madonna della Strada.

Jeffrey LeFevre (BASC ’11) joined the Global New Ventures Marketing-Communications group at McKinsey & Company. He also serves as president-elect of the Loyola Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) young alumni board.

Susan Mayer (BA ’11) received her MLIS from University of Illinois in August 2014. She has worked at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library since July 2015 and last September was promoted to specialty info services librarian specializing in genealogy.

Amy Miller (BS ’12) is a research associate at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens with the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife. She performs artificial inseminations, embryo transfers, and in vitro fertilization.

Madison Johnston (BA ’13) graduated with a Master of Divinity and the Samuel Wilson Blizzard Award at Princeton Theological Seminary’s 205th commencement ceremony.

Michael Stark (MBA ’13) accepted a position as executive producer with Songfinch, a one-of-a-kind platform that takes customer stories and pairs them with a professional musician to deliver an original radio-quality song in seven days or less.

Michael T. Tien (JD ’14) joined the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as democratic counsel. His focus is in aviation policy.

Rebecca A. Gayoso (LLM ’15) was appointed to a three-year term on the Florida Bar’s Juvenile Court Rules Committee.

Zachary Angel (BA ’16) has joined the postulancy program of the Capuchin Franciscan friars. He will minister to Milwaukee’s Benedict Center, a nonprofit community justice agency working with victims, offenders, and the community.

Scott Kater (JD ’16) joined the Chicago law firm Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth as an associate.

Seamus McMahon (BA ’16) played the role of JB in The Cuckoo Theater Project’s show, Language of Angels. The show ran at Redtwist Theatre this winter.