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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.

Patrick Bresnan (BS ’60) 
authored the popular college-level textbook Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought. The sixth edition was published in August by Taylor and Francis, Rutledge.

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.

Mary P. Carroll (BS ’61)
published her novel President Kennedy’s Promises in 2017. The novel was penned under the name Anna M. Carroll.

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.

Donald J. Lapa (BS ’61)
visited his high school, St. Procopius Academy Lisle, for a 60th year reunion and took a tour of Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1966, and has been married over 47 years with two sons and recently welcomed his third grandson.

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.

Martin Lane (BS ’65) 
co-authored with Denise Hall, office coordinator of the Department of Chemistry at Loyola, and the late Carl E. Moore, professor of chemistry at Loyola, the book History of the Department of Chemistry, Loyola University Chicago, 1952-1981. The book contains memoirs of many chemistry alumni who graduated between the years mentioned, reflecting on their lives and how Loyola helped them in their careers and also in life in general.

John J. Ronan (BA ’67)
published Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown. The book is an homage to New York City and American plurality.

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. 


James D. Adducci (BA ’73)
was named general counsel of The Firm of John Dickinson Schneider, Inc., the parent company of Hollister Incorporated, a global health care products company.

Vince Bufalino (BS ’74, MD ’77, MRES ’80)
was named Chief Advocate Medical Group Officer at Advocate Aurora Health. He has been with Advocate for six years and has more than 30 years of experience as a practicing cardiologist and health care administrator.

Sharlene Kraft (BA ’76)
joined Xavier Society for the Blind's advisory group. She will help select content for publications in braille and audio and advise on uses of technology. She is also a braille patron of Xavier Society.

John Krstenansky (BS ’77)
became a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was promoted to Chair and Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy.

Hilde Marnul (BA ’78)
was promoted to Director of Marketing & Communications at the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.

James Anderson (DDS ’79), Brian Jesperson (DDS ’79), Tom Deadrick (DDS ’79), and David Olson (DDS ’79)
gathered for a hunting trip in Murdo, South Dakota, to hunt pheasants in the fall of 2016.

Mark Doruff (BS ’80)
was appointed Board Chairman of Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health.

Frank Cesario (BBA ’80)
joined CTI Industries as chief financial officer. He is a seasoned financial executive with 26 years of experience and had most recently served as chief financial officer of Nanophase Technologies Corporation.

Deacon Dan Lupo (BA ’81)
served with Pope Francis at the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica last December. He was ordained a permanent deacon in 2010 in the Diocese of Austin, Texas, where he serves as Associate Director of Diaconal Formation.

James Gill (MA ’82)
was named the new director of Adult and Family Ministry for the Catholic Community of Waukesha, Wisconsin. He also serves as a spiritual director in the Milwaukee area.

Danny Grosso (BA ’85)
published his work in the new anthology Love Like Salt, edited by Amy Byrne.

Michael G. Rippey (MBA ’85)
was appointed president and CEO of SunCoke Energy, Inc. in December. He was also appointed a director of the SunCoke Energy Board of Directors and will serve as chairman, president, and CEO of SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P., the company’s master limited partnership.

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.


Gregory Smith (MA ’12)
is participating in the Ignatian Scholars Program at Regis University and serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Health Care Ethics Forum. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Law.

Alex Amchislavskiy (BA ’13)
married Rachael McSpadden on August 3, 2017. Alex and Rachael hit it off at a Jewnity Shabbat dinner to kick off the spring semester while Alex was teaching at Colorado State and Rachael was finishing graduate school.

Fallon Moore (MJ ’13)
was promoted to executive director of revenue cycle for WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia.

Mervin Dino (BS ’16)
directs a program that educates underrepresented high school students about careers in health care. The program, which is part of the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement (MOLA), was recently featured on NBC and Telemundo.

Jane Kim (LLM ’16)
joined King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a senior legal advisor with standing authority as director of legal affairs.

Mia LaRocca (BS ’17)
received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. LaRocca will study and conduct research at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy as part of a project to emphasize the synergy between food systems, human migration, and health care.