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 Wakefield (MBA 1994)

Christopher Wakefield (MBA '94) is the new director of the Jamestown Community College concert band in Jamestown, N.Y. He is a member of the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association board of directors.

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Larry Rogers (DHL 2009, JD 1983)

Larry R. Rogers Sr. (JD '83, DHL '09), a founding partner of Power Rogers & Smith LLP, has been named to the 2020 list of The Best Lawyers in America by the Best Lawyers attorney rating agency.

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Jason Horwitz (JD 1999)

Jason Horwitz (JD '99) has joined CAC Specialty, a specialty insurance brokerage and investment banking platform, as executive vice president of the special situations group.

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Jessica Covell (JD 2006)

Jessica Covell Lefort (JD '06) has joined the University of Michigan Law School as a clinical assistant professor.

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Edward Pentuic (JD 1990)

Ed Pentuic (JD '90) is the new chief public defender for Kankakee County in Illinois.

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Alana Arenas (THE 2002)

Alana Arenas (THE '02) plays Gloria, the title character's mother, on "David Makes Man," a TV series that debuted Aug. 14, 2019, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Natalie Petric (JD 2004)

Natalie Petric (JD '04) was installed as president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers on Sept. 12. Petric serves as director of enforcement counsel in the legal and market regulation department of CME Group.

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Amy Dumez (MED 2019, MED 1994)

Amy DuMez (MEd '94, MEd '19) is the new principal of St. Emily School in Mt. Prospect, Ill.

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Todd Sweders (JD 2017)

Todd Sweders (JD '17) has joined the Chicago regional sales team of Alliance Shippers Inc. as sales manager. He will based at the company's Orland Park, Ill., office.

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Daniel Cordis (JD 2005)

Daniel Cordis (JD '05) has been selected to serve as an associate judge of Illinois' Tenth Judicial Circuit.

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Thomas Minichiello (MBA 1998)

Tom Minichiello (MBA '98) is now the CFO of EMCORE Corporation, a provider of advanced mixed-signal optics products for defense systems and high-speed communication network infrastructures.

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Heather Harman (MST 2006)

Heather Harman (MST '06) has joined Andersen Tax as managing director of the firm's U.S. national tax practice. She is based in the Washington, D.C., office.

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Ruth Binger (JD 1983)

Ruth Binger (JD '83) was selected as one of the 2019 Most Influential Business Women in the St. Louis area by the St. Louis Business Journal. She is a principal with Danna McKitrick PC.

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Klaus Schuller (CMN 1988)

Klaus Schuller (CMN '88), acting as general manager for Teatro ZinZanni, opened their new show, "Love, Chaos and Dinner," at Chicago's Cambria Hotel in July 2019.

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Colleen Hurley (JD 2014)

Colleen Hurley (JD '14) has been certified as a guardian ad litem and child representative in Cook County, Ill. She is an attorney with Lavelle Law, based in Schaumburg, Ill.

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Suzanne Shier (LLM 1997)

Suzanne Shier (LLM '97) was elected vice-chair of the board of Hope College in Holland, Mich. She has been a member of the board since 2013.

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Tara Brownlee (MED 2011)

Tara Brownlee (MEd '11) is now dean of students for Niles North High School in Skokie, Ill.

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Cormac O'Sullivan (MS 1997)

Cormac O'Sullivan (CSH MS '97) received the 2019 Program Director of the Year Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is the program administrator for the University of Iowa College of Nursing DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia and practices clinically at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

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Jason Sparks (MBA 2006)

Jason Sparks (MBA '06) is the new business development director for CBRE's project management advisory business in Chicago.

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Antonio Pera (MBA 1984)

Antonio Pera (MBA '84) has retired from Par Pharmeceutical. He became president of the company on Nov. 1, 2016.

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