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Class Notes

Carol Stromquist (BSC ’54) and Joe Moran (BSC ’54) celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in March. They met at Loyola’s Lewis Towers, then home of Loyola’s School of Commerce. They live in Orinda, California, near San Francisco.

Karlene A. Mostek (BA ’61, MEd ’71) exhibited one print from one of her paintings, Light from Light, in the juried exhibit Women’s Empowerment at Edgewater Artists in Motion Gallery from March 7 to April 14.

Jeanne Meger (BSN ’62) worked in various nursing fields, including working in a doctor’s office, providing home health care for handicapped persons, serving as a night shift cottage nurse, 25-plus years in nursing homes, and providing part-time home care nursing. She retired (unofficially) in 2013 and officially retired in 2015. Today, she provides caregiving for family and friends in retirement.

Judith Stephani Fitzgerald (MUND ’65) and John Fitzgerald (BS ’65, JD ’68) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In 2015 they celebrated their joint achievement of having traveled to every county (3,143) in the United States.

Joseph Starkey (MSIR ’65) was inducted into the University of California at Berkeley Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 2018 in honor of 44 years as the play-by-play broadcaster for the California Golden Bears football team. Starkey’s call of the final play of the 1982 Cal-Stanford football game has been voted in many polls as the most exciting in sports broadcasting history.

James Reisa (BS ’66) received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Academy of Sciences.

Thomas J. Bartholomew (BS ’66, MPS ’97) is celebrating his 25th year as an ordained Catholic deacon. He resided at St. Michael’s Church in Orland Park, Illinois, where he served with his wife, Becky, until her death in 2015. He still assists at Masses there.

Dick Hattan (BA ’69) served in Vietnam with the U.S Army’s 101st Airborne Division, and for years after returning he grappled with the morality of his involvement in the war. In his recently released memoir, Invisible Scars of War (Woodstock Square Press), he sheds light on the issue of moral injury and explains how he came to find peace.

James F. Hendricks, Jr. (JD ’73) joined Leech Tishman as counsel in the Employment Practice Group. He is based in Chicago and focuses on labor law, employment, and wage and hour litigation.

The Hon. Lorna Propes (JD ’75) was honored with the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Philanthropic Award at the Lawyers Lend a Hand to Youth Spring Awards Dinner.

Ingrid Jordak (BA ’75) retired from the marketing office at the State University of New York College at Cortland as content manager emerita.

Joseph Meyer (MD ’77) was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for 28 years of service, teaching, and mentorship of surgical trainees from the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth University, where he is a a clinical professor of surgery.

David G. O’Leary (JD ’78) joined Lavelle Law as a partner and will be in the Business, Taxation, and Estate Planning and Administration practice groups.

Jay D. Stein (JD ’81) joined Bernstein Law Firm LLC as a partner, allowing the firm to offer representation to individuals in all aspects of family law.

The Hon. Raul Vega (JD ’82) received the Judge of the Year Award at the annual Judicial Reception in Chicago. He is acting presiding judge of the Domestic Violence Division in Cook County Circuit Court.

Carmen D. Caruso (JD ’83) named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society based in New York City. The counsel is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society limited to 3,500 fellows, representing less than one-half of 1 percent of U.S. lawyers.

Cynthia C. Durley (MEd ’83) recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s annual conference, the ICE Exchange. The award is presented in recognition of significant and exceptional contributions to the credentialing industry.

The Hon. Diane J. Larsen (JD ’83) joined JAMS, a provider of alternative dispute resolution services. She was added to the organization’s panel in Chicago.

Peter D. Sullivan (JD ’83) was elected chairman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. He will oversee the firm’s roughly 425 attorneys in 11 states and in London.

Elizabeth F. Janda (JD ’83) was elected to serve on the executive committee at Brooks Kushman, which focuses on ensuring operational excellence, client satisfaction, expertise, and know-how across practice areas and industries, mentoring and training, and diversity and inclusion.

Pamela S. Menaker (JD ’84) was sworn in as Catholic Lawyers Guild president at the 2019 Annual Meeting and Membership Reception.

Richard Albores (BS ’88) returned to his roots as a senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, Solid Waste; Emergency Response Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after a 26-year career at the agency. He looks forward to closing out his career counseling and defending the agency, sending his daughter to college this fall, and enjoying an “empty nest” with his spouse, Louellen Stedman.

Brian T. Bailey (JD ’89) joined Nielsen, Zehe & Antas P.C. He was previously president of Bailey & Bailey.

Lia Prewitt (BA ’90) is writing for the Netflix original series Family Reunion, starring Loretta Devine. Prewitt was recently spotted on the red carpet for the Women of Color Unite Gala in Los Angeles.

John L. Ambrogi (JD ’90) was added as a partner at Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC. He assists clients on issues of intellectual property rights.

James G. Argionis (BA ’92, JD ’95) was named a Community Star by the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce. The honor recognizes individuals for unparalleled community service.

Michele Berg (BA ’92) was awarded the Evanston Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Person of the Year Award at the Chamber’s 99th annual awards event. Berg is the Deputy General Secretary of Rotary International.

Robert H. Muriel (JD ’93) was named director of the Illinois Department of Insurance pending confirmation by the state senate. He is a civil and commercial lawyer with 20+ years experience.

Jeffrey L. Widman (JD ’94) became managing partner of Fox Rothschild LLP’s Chicago office. He was formerly part of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC.

Scott Allgood (BA ’95) was named one of the “Great Teachers” by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Allgood, an English teacher at Joliet Catholic Academy for 24 years, was one of 26 teachers in the Joliet, Illinois, area honored.

Jacalyn Saracco (BSN ’95) graduated from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, Peoria, with a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree.

Matthew S. Miller (JD ’96) was appointed to general counsel at Green Thumb Industries Inc. Most recently, he served as vice president and deputy general counsel for Groupon.

Paul Gore (PhD ’96) was announced as the new vice president for academic affairs and provost at Bellarmine University in Louisville. He was formerly dean of the College of Professional Science at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Michael J. Towne (JD ’96) was added as co-chair of the tax and business planning group at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP.

Rishi Agrawal (JD ’98) received a Vanguard Award from the South Asian Bar Association, which honors those who promote diversity and access to justice.

Evelyn T. Hopkins (JD ’98) was named chair of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. She is the first person of Hispanic origin to lead the chamber in its 108-year history. Hopkins was also chosen as one of South Florida’s 250 Power Leaders.

Erin B. Hines (JD ’98) was added as partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP.

Thomas Mulroy, III (JD ’98) was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer for 2019. Each year, Law Bulletin Media selects the top Illinois lawyers based on legal skills, reputation, and experience. 

Michael P. Rohan (JD ’99) was added as of counsel in Locke Lord LLP’s insurance regulatory and transactional group.

Daniel E. Feinberg (JD ’99) was added as a partner in the insurance practice group at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP.

Lindsay Huge (MA ’00) was elected Circuit Judge of Cook County. He is currently serving in the First Municipal District of the Cook County Circuit and has also taught American history at Columbia College since 2001.

Ryan Booth (BA ’01) was selected for a Fulbright research award. Booth, a PhD candidate at Washington State University, will spend nine months in India doing research and volunteering with the Jesuit College at Tezpur.

Michelle Kohut (JD ’02) was named partner at Corboy & Demetrio. She is a past president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. 

Michael S. Ferrell (JD ’02) was added as a member at Epstein Becker & Green P.C.

Donna Leak (PhD ’02) was sworn in as vice chair of the Illinois State Board of Education. Leak serves as superintendent of Community Consolidated Schools District 168.

Andrew T. White (JD ’03) was added as a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP.

Greg Murray (BBA ’04) celebrated his fifth year as a full-time commercial and portrait animal photographer. His 2017 book Peanut Butter Dogs has sold over 10,000 copies and his latest book, Pit Bull Heroes, will be released by Gibbs Smith Publishing in September. Greg spent much of 2018 traveling the country photographing almost 50 pit bull-type rescue dogs. He is also an advocate for animal rescue, welfare, and safety.

James Ruby (PhD ’04) was promoted to full professor in the Department of Human Services at California State University, Fullerton.

Sarah J. Gabis (JD ’04) was added as an attorney at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC.

William T. Eveland (JD ’04) was named vice managing partner of the Chicago office at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

Mark W. Jane (JD ’06) was sworn in as president of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Jane is a senior attorney with Butzel Long, based in the firm’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan, office.

Heidi VonderHeidi (JD ’07) was elected to partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP.

Matthew J. Hayes (JD ’07) was promoted to partner at Baker McKenzie LLP. He is a member of the tax group.

Melissa K. Allchin (JD ’07) was promoted to partner at Baker McKenzie LLP.

Adam S. Braun (JD ’07) was appointed to executive deputy attorney general of the State of Illinois by Attorney General Kwame Raoul.

Brian Voss (BA ’07) was promoted to Social Studies Department chair at Libertyville High School.

Pamela E. Berkowitz (JD ’08) was promoted to partner at Perkins Coie LLP.

Robert J. Cheris (JD ’08) was added as a partner at O’Connor & Battle, LLP.

Michael M. Viglione (JD ’09) was added as a partner at Ryan, Ryan & Landa.

Matthew T. Glavin (JD ’09) joined the Public Strategies Group at Cozen O’Connor. He previously served as national director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for American Water.

Megan G. Morrissey (JD ’09) was promoted to partner at Perkins Coie LLP.

Sarah M. Hesse (JD ’09) was added as a partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLC.

Joshua T. McNulty (JD ’10) was elected partner at Bracewell LLP.

Lindsay P. Lollio (JD ’10) was named a member of the firm Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa.

Pam Barger (PhD ’10) received a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach and conduct research at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

Kristine C. Reveille (JD ’10) was promoted to partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP.

Linda D. Caradine-Poinsett (MJ ’10) received a 2018 Reach Award from National Lewis University. The awards celebrate notable alumni making a significant impact in their fields and communities.

Emily J. Magnuson (JD ’11) teamed up her musical and acting talents with colleagues to benefit Legal Aid.

Andrew S. Whiting (JD ’11) was added as senior counsel at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

Meaghan A. Wolfe (JD ’11) was promoted to partner at Baker McKenzie LLP. She is a member of the tax group.

Andrew J. Burkavage (JD ’12) was named an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2019. He is an associate at the Illinois Personal Injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.

Hanna M. Conger (JD ’12) was added as an associate at Jenner & Block LLP.

Elizabeth E. Ballek (JD ’13) was promoted to partner at Smith Amundsen LLC.

Danielle M. Durban (BA ’13) joined Capes Sokol, a St. Louis-based law firm, as an associate.

Maria M. Laftchiyska (JD ’13) was added as an associate at Levin Schreder & Carey Ltd.

Megan Fahey Monty (JD ’14) was named a 2019 Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Monty is a personal injury attorney at the Chicago firm Corboy & Demetrio.

Sunethra Muralidhara (JD ’14) was appointed a judge pro tem in Las Vegas municipal court. She continues her practice as a criminal defense attorney.  

Marjorie Kennedy (JD ’14) was added as an associate at Jenner & Block LLP.

Nicollette L. Khuans (JD ’15) was added as an associate at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Andrew P. Stevens (JD ’15) was named a 2019 Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He is a personal injury attorney at the Chicago firm Corboy & Demetrio.

David Lewis (BA ’15) graduated with a master’s in public policy in May from Loyola’s Graduate School.

Nicollette L. Khuans (JD ’15) was selected for inclusion on the Illinois  Rising Stars 2019 list.

Erin Maguire (MSW ’15) is working in Hot Springs Village and Malvern, Arkansas, as a renal social worker for Davita Dialysis, a nationwide Fortune 500 company based in Denver. She shares her new home with her recently widowed mom and two rescue dogs, Carlee and Coco.

Joseph Benavides (JD ’15) joined the New York law office of Dentons US LLP as an associate.

Linda Abbate (MA ’16) enrolled in the D. Bioethics program and also became part of the editorial board for the Online Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She also published two books, Treatment Strategies for Complex Patients and Wildflowers and the Call to the Altar.

DeVona Alleyne (MPS ’16) became Rev. DeVona Alleyne at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. She is a spiritually integrative trauma therapist at two locations in Chicago and is a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adler University.

Ranjini S. Rajan (JD ’17) joined Bates Carey as an associate.

Jabri M. Stein (JD ’17) was added as an associate at Nielsen, Zehe & Antas P.C. in the firm’s defense practice group. Lindsey Croasdale (JD ’17) JOINED Hall Render, the largest health care law firm in the country.

Adam Kuenning (LLM ’18) was named corporate legal counsel for Immanuel, a health care provider in Nebraska and Iowa.

Daphne R. Kirby-Paukstaitis (BA ’18) was named “2018 Leader of the Year” as the event manager at the Renaissance Pere Marquette, a Marriott International hotel.