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.

Christopher Deir (MS 2014)

Chris Deir's (MS CDM '14) short animated film, "Zombie Christmas," is an official selection of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. It will screen twice on Nov. 14 at the New 400 Theater in Chicago. "Zombie Christmas" was also an official selection of the 2017 Dragon Con Film Festival and will screen at the Weihnachts Film Festival, which takes place in Germany's oldest cinema, Moviemento Kino, in Berlin December 22-24.

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Muriel Anderson (MUS 1982)

Muriel Anderson (MUS '82) celebrated the prerelease of her new album "Eclipse" with a concert in her hometown of Downers Grove, Ill., on Nov. 25, 2017.

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Tobin Richer (JD 1998)

Tobin Richer (JD '98) was named chief marketing officer for TradeRev, a subsidiary of his current employer, KAR Auction Services. Richer will assume his new role in addition to his current role as senior vice president of corporate communications for KAR.

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Kathleen Lihanda (SNL 2013)

Kathleen Lihanda (SNL '13) founded the My Internship Finder app, an online-based system for early-career professionals to find and explore opportunities, access career advice and get discovered by employers. The app can be downloaded for free through the Google Play Store.

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Jonathan Carroll (CMN 1997)

Jonathan Carroll (CMN '97) was sworn in as the Illinois 57th District State Representative on Oct. 4, 2017. Carroll replaced outgoing Representative Elaine Nekritz.

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Paul Roche (MBA 1999)

Paul Roche (MBA '99) was named president of Luxor, a division of EBSCO Industries. Roche has more than 20 years of senior management experience leading distribution and technology organizations, most recently as chief operating officer for Network Services.

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Joe Keery (THE 2014)

Joe Keery (THE '14) plays the role of Steve on the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things," which premiered its second season on Oct. 27, 2017.

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Deanna Laidler (LLM 1996, JD 1992)

Deanna Laidler (JD '92) was named compliance and ethics officer at Standard Insurance Company (The Standard). Most recently, Laidler was senior assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice and provided guidance to various state agencies.

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Ernest Amponsah (MBA 2005)

Ernest Amponsah (MBA '05) joined the private equity firm Virtua Partners' Quyp Development team in Phoenix, Ariz., as a project manager. Amponsah has two decades of land development and acquisition experience.

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Thomas Kleinschmidt (CMN 2009)

Former DePaul basketball player Tom Kleinschmidt (CMN '09) is head boys basketball coach and director of admissions at DePaul College Prep.

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Bethany Butson (MA 2009)

Bethany Butson (EDU MA '09) and Gunnar Crowell were married on July 29, 2017, at Whig Church in Platteville, Wis. Bethany is senior data manager in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and Gunnar is director of planned giving of University of Utah Health. The couple make their home in Salt Lake City.

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Barbara Brown (CSH 1978)

Barbara Brown (CSH '78) was named interim chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in New Lebanon, N.H.

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Emily Wolfman (CSH 2007)

Emily Prettyman (CSH '07) married Mark Wolfman on May 13, 2017 in Amboise, France.

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Brian Easley (LAS 2010)

Brian Easley (LAS '10) has joined the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The organization, headquartered in Louisville, is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America and Global Ties U.S. networks.

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Erika Felix (PHD 2002, MA 1999)

Erika Felix (CSH MA '99, PhD '02), assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, was elected to the board of directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

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James Robinson (BUS 1992)

James Robinson (BUS '92), president of Astellas Americas, will assume the role of board treasurer for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, effective Feb. 7, 2018.

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Donald Ramsell (JD 1984)

Donald Ramsell (JD '84) established Behan Ramsell PLLC in Tuscon, Ariz., with law partner Michelle Behan. The firm represents individuals charged with DUI and other criminal offenses.

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Rami Nashashibi (LAS 1997)

Rami Nashashibi (LAS '97) was honored with a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, better known as a "genius grant," in October 2017 for his work as co-founder and executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network. He seeks to unite urban neighborhoods across religion, race and socioeconomic status.

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Marc Swerdlow (JD 1988)

The LUNGevity Foundation, the nation's leading lung cancer-focused organization, announced that Marc Swerdlow (JD '88) was elected vice chairman and treasurer of the board of directors. Swerdlow, principal and chief operating officer at Magellan Investment Partners LLC, has served as a member of LUNGevity's board since 2004.

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Mark Tuchscherer (SNL 2016)

Mark Tuchscherer (SNL '16), CEO of Geeks Chicago, was featured in Fit Small Business' article "Top 10 Best Management Styles - And Which Ones to Avoid."

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