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.

Leah Farmer (JD 2013)

Leah Farmer (JD '13) has joined the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as an associate on the labor & employment team.

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Kelsey Landis (MA 2014)

Kelsey Landis (LAS MA '14) is now state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat.

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Adrianne Robertson (MED 2012)

Adrianne Robertson (MEd '12) has joined the student services team of Roswell (Ga.) High School part time to focus on student mental health support. She is a PhD candidate at Georgia State University.

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Chad Williams (MA 2008)

Chad Williams (SCPS MA '08) is the new director of Lehigh University's office of multicultural affairs.

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Chelsea Trotter (LAS 2010)

Chelsea Trotter (LAS '10) is the first director of The Quell Foundation's scholarship program. She is responsible for the continued growth of the Massachusetts-based foundation's national scholarship program.

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Christopher Rigg (MS 2019, SNL 2014)

Christopher Rigg (SCPS '14, MA '19) is a managing principal and COO of Chicago-based EKI Digital, a digital asset management advisory firm.

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Reuben Blackman (CMN 2019)

Reuben Blackman (CMN '19) is now an associate with Essex Realty Group in Chicago.

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Chris Barker (THE 2013)

Chris Barker (THE '13) has joined the Danish company SGM Lighting as specifications manager for installs.

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Tyler Hagenbuch (BUS 2003)

Tyler Hagenbuch (BUS '03) is now a partner in the Chicago and Washington, DC, offices of Perkins Coie. He focuses his practice on political law.

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Jordyn Kopin (LAS 2010)

Jordyn Kopin Tarazi (LAS '10) has been named director of investor relations for CohBar Inc., a clinical-stage biothecnology company based in Menlo Park, Calif.

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Michael Morton (MBA 1991)

Michael Morton (MBA '91) is now a vice chair of Chicago-based BMO Harris Bank.

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Sarah Flotte (JD 2008)

Sarah Flotte (JD '08) has joined Perkins Coie's labor and employment practice. She works in the firm's Chicago office.

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Charles Rizzo (JD 2010)

Charles Rizzo (JD '10) was elected as a shareholder of Nathan Sommers Jacobs in Houston. He concentrates his practice on commercial lending, finance, real estate and corporate transactions.

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Zachary De Nardi (MFA 2015)

Zach De Nardi (MFA '15) premiered his 60-second microshort "Windows" at the Big Teeth, Small Shorts Film Festival in Chicago.

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Alexander Koester (CDM 2019)

Alexander Koester (CDM '19) was nominated for a 2020 Visual Effects Society award in the Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial category for his work on Feeding America's "I Am Hunger in America" public service advertisement.

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Nancy Flake Johnson (MST 1981)

Nancy Flake Johnson (MST '81), president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, was named to Atlanta Magazine's 2020 list of the 500 most powerful leaders of Atlanta.

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Jeffrey Rabin (JD 1980)

Jefrey Rabin (JD '80) has opened Drozdowski & Rabin LLC with attorney Emma Drozdowski Webb. The Knoxville, Tenn.-based law firm will serve people with physical and mental disabilities in need of Social Security disability benefits.

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Mark Castaneda (MST 1994, BUS 1986)

Mark Castaneda (BUS '86, MST '94) moves from CFO to strategic business development for Tilray Inc., a Canadian cannabis company.

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Andrew Chidester (MS 1990)

Andrew Chidester (BUS MS '90) is now managing director of the investment banking team of St. Louis-based Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.

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Laura Giampietro (SNL 2009)

Laura Giampietro (SCPS '09) has joined Chicago-based Newcastle Limited as senior vice president of marketing.

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