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Class Notes

Bill Plante (BS ’59) was inducted in the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Plante, a veteran CBS News senior White House correspondent who covered five U.S. presidents, retired in 2016 after 52 years at the network.

Angelo Capozzi (MD ’60) celebrated his 85th birthday on April 20 at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Tiburon, California. He is still active in Rotaplast International, which he co-founded in 1992, and is doing international mission in developing countries, traveling next to Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Michael Morawey (BS ’61) published his novel Long Night Coming (CreateSpace) which offers a fictional account of a Jewish family caught up in the throes of pre-Holocaust Germany.

Gemma Allen (BS ’66) was featured as one of 18 successful women in the May issue of Chicago Social magazine in a section called “Dynamic Women.”



James P. Choca (BS ’68, MA ’70, PhD ’72) and Edward D. Rossini (BS ’76, PhD ’86), both professors at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, published Assessment Using the Rorschach Inkblot Test (American Psychological Association).

Blondean Davis (BA ’70, MEd ’75, EdD ’83) was elected to the Board of Trustees of Tougaloo College, the historically black liberal arts college founded in 1869 in Jackson, Mississippi, and widely recognized for its role as a catalyst in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Sharon F. Kissane (PhD ’70) received a lifetime achievement award in the arts from Marquis's Who's Who and was featured in an hour-long interview on CUTV as a part of the series on Powerful Women.

Christopher Walsh Jr. (BACLS ’70) owns his own property tax appeal practice in the Chicago Loop. He recently moved to a Loop condo after many years in Oak Park.

Sue Ingalls Finan (MEd ’72) published The Cards Don’t Lie (She Writes Press). In this work of historical fiction, she shines a spotlight on strong Southern women from New Orleans as the city celebrates its 300th birthday.

Brian R. McKillip (JD ’72) won the June 1 Illinois Judges Foundation election for 2018-19 secretary. He is a DuPage County Associate Judge.

James Paradiso (MBA ’72) is refreshing himself as an experimental writer and a street photographer after a career as an academic. He is published under the name J. Ray Paradiso in Chicago Quarterly Review, Storgy, and Into the Void, among others.

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

Christine Doro Kowal (BS ’73) returned, along with her husband, from a recent trip to Botswana and South Africa. This is their fourth trip to Africa, having previously been to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Theodore Karamanski (BA ’75, MA ’78, PhD ’79) was awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for Lifetime Achievement in Midwestern History on June 6.

George Manisco (BA '75) is producing and acting in the play The Front Page.

Jean M. Golden (JD '77) was named Cook County associate judge.

Joseph A. Power Jr. (JD ’77) received the Leonard Ring Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Stephen Peca (BBA ’79) teaches as an adjunct at Fordham University. In addition to his advisory business, Concourse Holdings, he teaches and has taught as an adjunct at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College; Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York University; New York Law School; and Euromoney Learning Solutions (London).

Pamela Sakowicz Menaker (JD ’84) was sworn in, along with Sister Catherine M. Ryan, as the new vice president and president, respectively, of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago.

Margaret K. Carroll (EdD ’85) was elected to a three-year term on the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). She is currently a professor in the School of Education at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and program chair for the Special Education Program, and also teaches courses in special education and instructional methods.

Paul-Eric Seal (BA ’85, JD ’88) received a gubernatorial appointment as an arbitrator of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation in April.

Mary J. Bird (JD ’87) was named the leader-in-residence at Loyola's new Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice.

Carol Keene Baker (BS ’88) was appointed as the assistant superintendent for academics/chief academic officer of the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education, effective August 1.

Political science and environmental studies professor Steven Davis (MA ’89, PhD ’94) published In Defense of Public Lands: The Case Against Privatization and Transfer (Temple University Press), in which he advocates that public land ought to remain firmly in the public’s hands.

The Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris (JD ’90) was honored by the U.S./Ghana Chamber of Commerce at their Global Women’s Empowerment in Business Conference.

Mary Pat Byrn (BA ’91) joined Viitala Law Office as a partner. After serving as professor and associate dean at William Mitchell College of Law, she now practices in the areas of estate planning and family law and advises businesses and nonprofits.

Davis W. Clark (JD ’92) was named 2018 Lawyer of the Year by DuPage County Bar Association.

Mark A. Vadik (JD ’92) wrote and produced a film based on Steve Pemberton's life, A Chance in the World, which debuted in May in honor of National Foster Care month.

Margaret Ogarek (BA ’95, JD ’98) was named Cook County associate judge.

Jeffrey Antonelli (BA ’96) was interviewed by the BBC in a story involving criminals using drones against the FBI in a hostage situation.

Lori M. Rosen (JD ’96) was named Cook County associate judge.

Florence Bruemmer (JD ’99) started the Bona Fide Legal Podcast (soundcloud.com) with the goal of helping attorneys and business owners with time management and lifestyle tips.

Susan O’Brien (JD ’98) joined husband Brad O'Brien (JD ’05) in the real estate and business law practice at O’Brien Legal Services LLC in Denver, Colorado.

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.