Class Notes

The Class Notes section is dedicated for alumni to share information about their accomplishments and milestones. Class Notes are a way for alumni to spread the word about a promotion, award/honor received, career move, wedding, birth announcement, etc. All Class Notes are posted online and are considered for publication use in all Alumni Relations publications. To submit a Class Note please log in to the Alumni Community.

Ann Pistone (CMN 1990)

Ann Pistone (CMN '90) was the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award from DePaul's Center of Journalism Integrity and Excellence. Pistone is the consumer producer for ABC 7 Chicago's Eyewitness I-Team.

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Daniel Balys (JD 1998)

Daniel Balys joined the global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP as of counsel in the Chicago office. Balys? practice includes the representation of borrowers and lenders in commercial real estate loan transactions; purchasers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate assets; and tenants and landlords in the leasing of office, retail and industrial buildings.

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Michael Mayer (JD 2006)

Michael Mayer (JD '06), an attorney at Faruki Ireland Cox Rhinehart & Dusing PPL, was named a Forty Under 40 winner by the Dayton Business Journal in Dayton, Ohio. Mayer counsels a diverse range of companies and litigates a variety of business and commercial cases. He also serves on the board of directors of Brigid's Path, a Dayton-based nonprofit organization that provides inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns, non-judgmental support for mothers and educational services to improve family outcomes.

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Francis Rathbun (MBA 1991)

Francis "Scott" Rathbun (MBA '91) serves as the city of Bloomington's (Ill.) interim finance director. Prior to joining the city, Rathbun was chief finance officer for Kahuna Business Group, a position he held since 2004.

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Susan Bell Rifkin (CSH 1995)

Susan Bell Rifkin (CSH '95) was appointed executive director of the TAWANI Foundation and Pritzker Military Foundation board of directors. Rifkin will be responsible for all day-to-day activities and programs related to the foundations. She joins the foundations from the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations, where she served as executive director.

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Lauren Coppola (JD 2006)

Lauren Coppola (JD '06) joined the national trial firm Robins Kaplan LLP's business litigation practice group as partner. Coppola represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters with a focus on telecommunications and technology disputes.

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Heather Connolly (BUS 2017)

Heather Connolly (BUS '17) joined the private marketing firm South Chicago Management Group (SCMG) as campaign manager.

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James Carlini (MBA 1982)

James Carlini (MBA '82) was published in the National Military Intelligence Foundation's American Intelligence Journal Vol. 34, No. 1, which was distributed to key government officials, members of Congress and their staffs, and university libraries. His whitepaper, "NANOKRIEG: Attaining Global Net Superiority," discusses cyberwarfare and establishing cybersecurity for critical infrastructure in the 21st century.

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Paul Vezolles (MA 1988)

Paul Vezolles is a 2018 recipient of Indiana University?Purdue University Indianapolis' Spirit of Philanthropy Award. The award is given to individuals, corporations and foundations that have demonstrated dedication and commitment to IUPUI. VeZolles created the VeZolles Lecture in Economics, based at IUPUI and in collaboration with the IU Bloomington Department of Economics. As president of Chatham Park Development in North Carolina, Vezolles leads investment in real estate, hospitality, renewable energy and startups.

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Roland Hudson (MM 1959)

Roland Hudson (MM '59) joined the Xavier Society for the Blind's Advisory Group. Hudson will help the society help select content for publications in braille and audio, advise on technology usage and plan new initiatives. A keen organist, Hudson was previously a substitute organist for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.

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Jon Cotton (BUS 2000)

Jon Cotton (BUS '00) was selected to chair Medicaid Health Plans of America, a national association that represents providers of the federal program. Cotton, who became corporate president of Detroit-based Meridian in August 2017, will be responsible for strategies to improve Medicaid.

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Lindsey Pate (THE 2005)

Lindsey Pate joined Ballet Idaho as the development director. Previously, she worked as Bliss Events? lead event designer, where she helped to create Ballet Idaho's special events for four years. Pate has a background in theatrical design, having worked with theater companies in Chicago, as well as Broadway productions, television and independent film.

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Diana Gutierrez (CMN 2016)

Diana Gutierrez was hired as a reporter for ?The Jam,? the weekday morning news and talk show on WCIU-Channel 26 in Chicago.

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Elise Gertenbach (CMN 2001)

Elise Gertenbach (CMN '01) was appointed director of group sales at Hotel Contessa, a 265-suite hotel in downtown San Antonio, Texas. She joined Hotel Contessa more than a decade ago, and most recently served as national account director.

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Erica MacDonald (JD 1997)

Erica MacDonald (JD '97) was appointed to serve as U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota. She currently serves a judge of the District Court for the First Judicial District of the State of Minnesota, a position to which she was appointed in 2009 and re-elected in 2012.

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Daniel Gaitan (MA 2013, CMN 2012)

Daniel Gaitan (CMN '12, MA '13) appeared on CNBC's crime series "American Greed" in April 2018. He covered the story of Passages Hospice CEO Seth Gillman and his multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme. Gaitan is a writer for the Chicag-based Life Matter Media, an online publication and resource tool specializing in end-of-life decisions.

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Timothy James Ralph Nedow (CDM 2012)

Timothy Nedow (CDM '12) won the bronze medal for shot put in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Charles Bottoms (CDM 2017)

Charles "Chaz" Bottoms (CDM '17) had his seven-minute animation film "All Kids Go To Hell" debut as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival in April 2018.

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Jack Casciato (LAS 2008)

Jack J. Casciato (LAS '08) is the second-youngest attorney to be named a partner with Clifford Law Offices, which he joined in April 2018. Casciato previously worked for insurance defense firm Johnson & Bell and has expertise in medical malpractice, product liability and trucking accidents.

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John Loker (JD 2009)

John B. Loker (JD '09) is of counsel to the new Silicon Valley office of the law firm of Dickinson Wright, where he will focus on intellectual property and licensing.

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