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.

Drake Diener (EDU 2006)

Drake Diener (EDU '06) plays professional basketball with the team Vanoli Cremona, based in Italy. He co-hosted a benefit for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America in November 2017.

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Douglas Gustafson (BUS 1984)

Douglas G. Gustafson (BUS '84) joined Available Light as managing director in November 2017. Previously he was director of finance and administration for the International Association of Lighting Designers, headquartered in Chicago.

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Michael Scudder (MBA 1993)

Michael L. Scudder (MBA '93) was elected chairman of the board for First Midwest Bancorp Inc. in November 2017. He also is president and CEO.

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Hayden Haas (MAC 2011)

Hayden Haas (BUS MAC '11) and Annmarie Wazer were married Sept. 16, 2017, at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Hillary Weiss (JD 2017)

Hillary Weiss (JD '17) has been appointed as a assistant public defender of the Shelby County Public Defender's Office in Memphis, Tenn.

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Raul Palma (MA 2013)

Raul Palma (LAS MA '13), a prolific author, essayist and poet, is a now a diversity fellow to the writing department of Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.

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James Crowley (JD 1982)

James Crowley (JD '82) joined Plunkett Cooney as a partner in the firm's banking, bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice group. Crowley has over 35 years of experience representing financial institutions and other companies in business transactions, bankruptcy proceedings and commercial litigation. His practice also includes a particular focus on the construction industry where he has successfully represented contractors and engineers in a variety of transactional matters and litigation.

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Carly Shannon (JD 2017)

Carly Shannon (JD '17) was promoted to associate attorney at the Illinois law firm Salvi Schostok & Pritchard PC. She joined the firm in 2016 as a law clerk. Shannon concentrates her legal practice on cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury and products liability.

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Jennifer Walker (JD 2011)

Jennifer Walker (JD '11) is an associate in Plunkett Cooney's banking, bankruptcy and creditors? rights practice group. She focuses her practice in the areas of residential and commercial mortgage foreclosure litigation and collection disputes.

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John Sullivan (JD 1991)

John Sullivan (JD '91) is a partner in Plunkett Cooney's banking, bankruptcy and creditors? rights practice group. He represents financial institutions, developers, title insurers, realtors and other commercial clients in litigation.

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Phillipe Cunningham (LAS 2011)

Phillipe Cunningham (LAS '11) made history on Nov. 7, 2017, in Minnesota by becoming the first openly transgender man elected to public office anywhere in the U.S. Cunningham won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, along with transgender poet and activist Andrea Jenkins. Both Cunningham and Jenkins are the first openly transgender people elected to the city council on a major U.S. city and first openly transgender people of color elected to public office in the U.S. Cunningham previously served as a senior policy aide to Mayor Betsy Hodges, as well as a special education teacher and youth advocate.

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Alyssa Loosa (BUS 2011)

Alyssa Loosa (BUS '11) and Russell Marzullo welcomed a daughter, Lana Lisa, on July 13, 2017. The proud parents are very excited for their newest addition.

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Christopher Burhans (MS 2010)

Chris Burhans (CDM MS '10) joined Attorneys Guaranty Fund Inc. as senior vice president and chief information officer. Burhans has spent more than 12 years in the successful development and management of business critical systems security, integrated software solutions, hardware components, mobile apps and automated sales solutions.

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Kari Franz (MBA 1993)

Kari Franz (MBA '93) is the senior vice president of marketing at EQIS Capital Management in San Rafael, Calif. She previously led mutual fund and exchange traded fund marketing at Charles Schwab.

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Patrick Lavin (CDM 2014)

Patrick Lavin (CDM '14) is the new creative director at SDIRA Wealth. Lavin heads up web design for both the company and its strategic wealth adviser partners who are empowering their clients with self-directed IRA investments. He will focus his efforts on the company's educational campaign designed to lend support to its partners and further awareness on self-directed, retirement solutions.

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Christopher Oliva (MFA 2017)

Christopher Olivia's (CDM MFA '17) short flim, "Spaceman," was featured at NewFlimmakers Losa Angeles in November 2017.

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Rose Doherty (BUS 1983)

Rose Doherty (BUS '83), a partner at Legacy Professionals LLP, was named one of Crain's Most Influential Women Accountants in Chicago. She has also received the Illinois CPA Society's distinguished service award for her contributions to its not-for-profit committee. Doherty currently serves on the American Medical Association board of directors and is an appointed member of the Illinois Attorney General's Charitable Advisory Council.

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Jillian Sheehan (MBA 2009)

Jillian Sheehan (MBA '09) is now CFO of Aquilon Energy Services Inc., based in Lisle, Ill. The company develops innovative software and service solutions for the energy industry.

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Jane Marshall (MM 2016)

Jane Marshall was the musical director for the Cuckoo's Theater Project's production of Jonathan Larson's "Tick, Tick...Boom!" The show ran in late 2017 at Chicago's Prop Thtr.

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Anthony Massino (MED 2017)

Anthony Massino (EDU MEd '17) is a new teacher and head varsity golf coach at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.

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