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.

Kristen Aguirre (MA 2011)

Kristen Aguirre (CMN MA '11) joined the 9NEWS team of Denver's NBC-TV affiliate KUSA as an anchor/reporter in September 2017.

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Donald Holmberg (MBA 2002)

Donald Holmberg (MBA '02) joined the Chicago firm Birch Lake Holdings LP as a managing director and principal. Holmberg has more than 20 years of experience in the asset management industry. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1987, and is active with the Chicago Marines Foundation and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

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Richard Lieberman (LLM 1990)

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced the addition of Richard Lieberman (LLM '90) to its taxation practice group as senior counsel in the firm's Chicago office. Lieberman joined Dykema after spending more than eight years as a partner with Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella PC, where he served as chair of the firm's tax and employee benefits practice. Prior to that, he was a principal at Deloitte Tax LLP for more than a decade.

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James DiCiaula (MBA 1991, BUS 1985)

James DiCiaula (BUS '85, MBA '91) was named the next president and CEO of the St. Charles (Ill.) Chamber of Commerce. DiCiaula recently retired from the BMO Harris Bank after almost three decades of service.

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Richard Dreshfield (MBA 1989)

Richard Dreshfield (MBA '89) joined KBA North America as senior vice president of sheetfed sales. He is based in Dallas at the firm's headquarters and oversees the entire North American sheetfed sales team.

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Benjamin Gartland (CMN 2017)

Ben Gartland (CMN '17) is now a communications specialist for the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus.

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Christian Anderson (MA 2016)

Chris Anderson (LAS MA '16) is now director of executive and strategic communications at Loyola University Chicago.

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Kenneth Lockette (MED 1992)

Kenneth Lockette (MED '92) is the superintendent of the South Fayette Township School District in Pittsburgh. He was previously the assistant superintendent of the Avonworth School District.

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Marybeth O'Lear (MBA 1996)

Marybeth E. O'Lear (MBA '96) was named marketing manager of AMETEK Powervar, which supplies uninterruptible power management technology, in November 2017. Previously she held marketing leadership positions in the engineering consulting, manufacturing, healthcare, technology and service industries.

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William Hunter (MBA 1996, BUS 1992)

William J. Hunter (BUS '92, MBA '96) was named to the board of directors of Oroplata Resources Inc., a lithium exploration and development company.

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Linda Davenport (JD 1978)

The Honorable Linda E. Davenport (JD '78) is an associate judge in the domestic relations division of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in DuPage County, Ill., a position she has held for more than a decade.

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Peter Mohrmann (MFA 1989)

Peter R. Mohrmann (THE MFA '89), co-founder of Capital Stage, directed "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley," which continues the tale begun in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," in December 2017 in Sacramento, Calif.

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Christine Anzalone (CSH 1997)

Christine E. Anzalone (CSH '97) works for Cardwell Beach, a digital marketing company based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and teaches college-level psychology, marketing and communication. She earned a master's degree in integrated marketing communication from Roosevelt University and a master's degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is working on a doctoral degree in psychology. She makes and sells artwork and spends her spare time volunteering, working with animals and hiking.

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Chris Flynn (BUS 1996)

Chris Flynn (BUS '96) was named CEO of both THL Credit Inc. and its external manager, THL Credit Advisors LLC, on Nov. 30, 2017. Previously he was co-CEO of the companies.

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Amelia Drozda (MBA 2010)

Amelia C. Drozda (MBA '10) is director of corporate partnerships and outreach for the Big Shoulders Fund. She joined 30 other nonprofit leaders in the 2017-18 Allstate Foundation Greater Good Leadership Program, which helps nonprofit professionals develop their leadership skills.

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Michael Weber (THE 1990)

Michael T. Weber (THE '90) is the artistic director for Porchlight Music Theatre and directed "Billy Elliott the Musical" there in fall 2017.

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John Quinn (MS 2007)

John D. Quinn (CDM MS '07) is president of Merrimac Solutions, which was named #4770 on the 2017 INC 500 list of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Merrimac Solutions is an enterprise cloud infrastructure provider based in Aurora, Ill.

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Frank Cesario (MBA 1996)

Frank J. Cesario (MBA '96) joined CTI Industries Corporation, which creates flexible film technology and products, as chief financial officer in November 2017.

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Rodolfo Loo (MS 2015)

Rodolfo A. Loo (CDM MS '15) was promoted to engagement director at Isobar, a Chicago-based digital agency, in fall 2017.

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Marc Pinate (MFA 2013)

Marc D. Pinate (THE MFA '13) directed the 21st annual production of a local holiday favorite, "A Tucson Pastorela," at Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Ariz., in December 2017.

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