The following alumni are scheduled to participate in alumni interviews as part of the Notre Dame Scholars Program.
Students will receive their interview schedule and further details on Saturday when they check-in for the weekend. All interviews will take place in the Main Building (Golden Dome), and students should register in the admissions reception area (room 220) at least 15 minutes prior to their first interview.
Gabe Brown '03
Gabe graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 with a degree in Computer Science in the College of Engineering. He has worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Notre Dame since graduation and currently serves as an Associate Director. He helps to evaluate applications and enroll students, working especially with high talent and homeschooled students. Originally from Oklahoma, he now lives near campus with his wife Pam '03, and their three children
Christine (Chris) Burke ’79
Chris Burke received a BBA in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Marketing from Canisius College. She was employed by Procter & Gamble for 13 years in marketing research and then was president of Chris Burke Inc. Marketing Research Consulting for 10 years. Chris retired in 2009, and is currently working as a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the past president of the Notre Dame Club of Lake County, IL and currently the vice chair of the Notre Dame Senior Alumni Board. Chris is Married to Andy, Purdue '83 and has three daughters: Caitlin '11, Clare '14, and Molly '15.
Bill Cerney ’98
Bill Cerney is a principal at Gibson. He is an integral member of the construction team and the surety practice leader. In addition to elements of insurance and risk management, he is responsible for overseeing in-house analysis and financial statement underwriting, working with staff and clients on bid requirements and specification analysis, and meeting with client’s accountants and surety representatives. His construction-specific knowledge and expertise complement Gibson’s strong construction team and bolsters the ability to bring value to all types and sizes of contractors.
Prior to joining Gibson in 2012, Bill worked for over 14 years in public and private accounting, gaining experience in performing and managing assurance, tax, and management and owner consulting services. In addition to the compliance areas of assurance and taxation, he has experience with job cost validation, process consulting, internal control strength and weakness identification, succession planning, incentive compensation plans, contract administration, construction accounting systems, state pre-qualification reporting, employee stock ownership plans, and various types of employee benefit plans.
Bill has worked with a wide range of contractors–ranging from smaller local contractors to ENR top national contractors, including general contractors, specialty subcontractors, heavy-highway/civil contractors, and architectural and engineering firms.
Stephanie Cerney ’01
Stephanie Cerney is a Managing Director within in the Healthcare group at Crowe Horwath. She has over 15 years of experience servicing primarily not-for-profit healthcare entities. Stephanie leads the management and service delivery of audit engagements and consulting matters for primarily not-for-profit entities. She works closely with boards of directors, client personnel, and engagement teams in planning, supervision of engagement staff and review of workpapers, and financial reporting matters to perform efficient and effective audits. Stephanie has been recognized by Crowe as a Client Experience Ambassador for the high level of satisfaction Stephanie’s clients have had with her service.
Tom Conlin ’84
Tom Conlin is a Strategic Account Manager with Aon Risk Services of Illinois. He is responsible for building, maintaining, and expanding relationships with predominantly Fortune 500 clients and large private companies. Tom also leads the training efforts for the Chicago office and recently assumed training responsibilities for the Central Region. His areas of expertise include servicing large property & casualty programs, casualty, manufacturing, and real estate & financial institutions.
Tom began his insurance career with the Home Insurance Company as an underwriter in their management training program. He moved to Aon Risk Services in 1985 where he assumed a relationship specialist position for a team servicing large, global, commercial clients. As he developed relationships with these clients and new clients, he assumed the relationship manager role, progressed to a team leader, and Director of National Accounts for ARS of Illinois.
Dennis Crowley ’78
Dennis Crowley has served as Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co (HSE) as Sales Manager since 1996 and been on the Board of Directors since 1995. HSE specializes exclusively in the underwriting, trading, and sale of municipal securities. Dennis has worked at HSE since 1993 and has been a bond professional since 1979. Dennis graduated from Notre Dame in 1978 with a BBA in Finance. Dennis has worked as a student recruitment liaison with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions since 2010.
Jim Farrington ’74
Jim Farrington teaches intellectual property licensing transactions at the Notre Dame Law School and business law in ND’s ESTEEM program. Jim and his wife, Susan, recently moved to South Bend from Connecticut so that he could return to his beloved Notre Dame and teach while he winds down his practice of law.
After graduation from Notre Dame, Jim worked as a chemical engineer in the air pollution control field before he went to law school and then practiced law for 30 years at law firms in New York City, Sweden, and Connecticut. He remains a partner at Wiggin and Dana, a 150 lawyer law firm. Jim's practice includes commercial business transactions, especially acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, and other technology transfer transactions. A large portion of his clients are based in Europe. Jim has significant experience in biotech and other pharmaceutical and medical device transactions, including international license and distribution agreements, strategic alliances, venture capital investments, and research and development agreements.
His passion for the University led to many years of leading community service and student recruiting for the Notre Dame Club of Fairfield County (CT) and as its president before relocating to South Bend.
Marya King ’85
Marya Sakowicz King is Head of Communications, Information Technology, for Shire, the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. Marya brings to this role more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience, which includes her most recent position as Head of Communications, Information Technology, for Baxalta. Previously, Marya worked in a variety of marketing and communications roles for Accenture. She began her career in consulting at Accenture. An alumna of the University of Notre Dame, Marya resides in the Chicago area with her husband.
Michael Kozak ’08
ALPP and Anthropology
Dr. Michael Kozak received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University, and medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He completed his residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in South Bend. He is board-certified in family medicine and currently practices at both the Centennial Clinic and Central Neighborhood Health Center, located at the Center for the Homeless. In addition to providing broad spectrum care for adults and children, he also has special interest in the management of chronic disease and HIV care. Outside of medicine, he enjoys wood-working, piano, and being outdoors, as well as spending time with his family and dog.
Rachel Kozak ’09
Rachel Kozak received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She received her master's in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she conducted research in a hospital setting on smoking cessation. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband returned to South Bend and she spent several years as the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Global Health program at the University of Notre Dame. Rachel now stays at home with her 2-year-old son. In her spare time she enjoys baking, reading, and volunteering, particularly for issues in women's health.
Brian McMorrow ’81
Brian McMorrow joined the Abonmarche team in the summer of 2015, bringing with him over 30 years of engineering and project management experience. His understanding of private land development and redevelopment projects, including a number of award-winning projects, has resulted in Brian being regarded as an expert in commercial, residential, and educational development and redevelopment.
In his work with Abonmarche’s clients, Brian keeps a big picture point of view, helping clients make decisions that could impact them or others years down the road. For large, complex projects, Brian often serves as an overall project coordinator, keeping tabs on a project’s moving pieces and facilitating coordination between the project’s design professionals. He serves as the lead public face for planning commission hearings, and meetings with municipal, county, and state officials. Brian uses his local knowledge and the key relationships he has fostered with municipal staff and officials to efficiently achieve goals on behalf of his clients.
Carol Mullaney ’82
English and Theology
Carol Mullaney is the Director of Continuous Improvement at the University of Notre Dame, overseeing the Office of Continuous Improvement and having responsibility for designing, leading and fostering a culture that embraces continuous improvement and positive change to support Notre Dame's mission. In addition to this full-time role, she is a concurrent instructor in the Mendoza College of Business, teaching a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course in the MBA program. Carol is also currently an instructor for the Moreau First Year Experience course, a one-credit seminar for all first-year undergraduate students.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 2010, Carol spent ten years directing process improvement programs and leading strategic/executive level transformation projects for the Fortune 500 Company, Pitney Bowes. After earning her Six Sigma Black Belt certification while a Director of Operations, she then served as a Master Black Belt, Director of Lean Six Sigma and the Director of Global Transformation, where she was responsible for leading large-scale, cross-unit process improvement projects.
Carol received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1982 and also received an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She served on the Notre Dame Alumni Board from July 2001 to July 2004, the initial Steering Committee for ND Women Connect, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Higher Education's Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI).
Lauren Mummert ’09
Lauren Mummert graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. While at Notre Dame, she served as captain of the Notre Dame Pom Squad and participated in many service organizations. She then attended Indiana University School of Dentistry. While in dental school, Lauren fulfilled many leadership roles in her class, service organizations, and social organizations. She graduated in 2013 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Lauren completed a pediatric dentistry residency program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where she served as Chief Resident. While at Riley Hospital, she published a case report in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists entitled, "The Alternative Use of an Oral Endotracheal Tube Fastener in a Patient with Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa." She also obtained a Master of Science in pediatric dentistry and psychology in 2015. In residency she was awarded the Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry Award, the Arthur I. Kline Research Award, and the Dennis P. Zimmerman Award.
Lauren currently works as a pediatric dentist in private practice in South Bend, Indiana. She is also on medical staff at Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Lauren is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the Junior League of South Bend and mentors students at the University of Notre Dame who hope to attend professional school. She enjoys running, baking, interior decorating, gardening, and volunteering in her free time.
Roland Perkins ’14
Physics and Economics
Ro Perkins graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014, majoring in Physics and Economics.He conducted Physics research at the Nuclear Science Laboratory, as well as his own microfinance research through the Center for Social Concerns and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship. He was actively involved in tutoring with local South Bend students, was a member of the Ski Team, and played every intramural sport he could.
Originally from Boston, he now lives in Chicago, where he works as a data analytics consultant for a firm called Beghou Consulting. The primary goal of the work is to derive meaningful, actionable insights from otherwise unintelligible amounts of data. A major perk–the work lets him come back to Notre Dame a few times a year for recruiting! In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and playing sports.
Diane Salat ’81
Diane Salat is a CPA and recently retired finance executive of McDonald’s Corporation. During Diane’s 30-year McDonald’s career she led the Company’s Global Planning & Analysis efforts, including financial target setting, capital allocation, and Corporate department business consulting. She also launched the Company’s first Global Finance People Development function to support the learning and development needs of the worldwide finance organization. Prior to McDonald’s, Diane worked at Deloitte as an auditor.
As a member of the Notre Dame Alumni and Parent Admissions Recruitment Team, Diane is actively involved in the University’s recruitment efforts in the Chicago area, representing Notre Dame at college fairs and welcoming newly admitted students. She also supports the University’s Undergraduate Admissions Department by working as an outside application reader, a job she thoroughly enjoys!
Diane is a 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. Diane and her husband John reside in the western suburbs of Chicago and are the proud parents of Brian ’13 and Kevin ’16.
Josephine (Jamie) Schulte ’10
Jamie Schulte is a Skadden Fellow at LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) in Chicago where she tackles issues incurred by the “push out” of high school students, especially those students with a history of behavior issues, poor attendance, or low achievement. Specifically, Jamie represents students who attend, or are being encouraged to attend, Chicago Public Schools’ alternative or “Options Schools” in school discipline, special education, and enrollment disputes. Jamie previously clerked for the Honorable Gregg Costa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jamie taught middle school English for two years in Houston, Texas through the Teach for America program.
Mark Seamon ’98
Film, Television, and Theater
Dr. Mark Seamon is the Director of Merit Scholarship Enrollment at the University of Notre Dame. He holds his B.A. from Notre Dame, where he has a Valedictorian candidate, M.A. from Miami University (Ohio), and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2015, Dr. Seamon was a teaching faculty member at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and Denison University. As Director of Merit Scholarship Enrollment, he oversees the identification, selection, and recruitment of merit scholars at Notre Dame. He also serves as a Concurrent Assistant Professional Specialist in the First Year of Studies, where he teaches the Moreau First Year Experience seminar, and the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.
Andrea Swanagan ’02
Government and International Studies
Andrea Swanagan joined the University of Notre Dame's Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research (OSPIR) as Strategic Planning Program Director in April 2013. Prior to her current role, Andrea served as an analyst for the Executive Vice President. She has also participated in the University’s leadership rotation program, during which time she worked in the Office of Student Affairs and OSPIR. She initially returned to the University in 2007 as the Director of Worldwide Clubs in the Notre Dame Alumni Association.
Andrea graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a B.A. in government and international studies. She was commissioned into the United States Air Force and served on active duty as an intelligence officer for five years, attaining the rank of captain. Andrea received her MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
James Swinehart ’79
Jim Swinehart received his BBA in History of Notre Dame, where he was a football manager and received an athletic monogram for his service. He received his law degree from the University of Toledo, where he was a member of Law Review. Jim has been a lawyer with the firm Clausen Miller P.C. since 1982.
Jim is a member of St. John of the Cross Parish and is a co-founder of Western Springs Writers Society. He enjoys running, weight lifting, and reading. Jim has been a member of the board of directors for the Notre Dame Club of Chicago, a lead student recruitment volunteer, and on the Rockne Dinner Committee. Jim is married to Karen Swinehart, and they have three children, Margaret ’17, Brendan, and Maeve.
Kate Telesca Banks ’97
English Literature and Theater
Kate Banks is a trained actress and writer, and has made her living doing her “day job” as a Search Consultant since 1999. The common thread between these 3 vocations is an enthusiasm for characters and their journeys. She has a knack for finding the right people, assessing where they fit, and attracting them to organizations through mission-driven story-telling. In 2016, she left UnitedHealth Group to pursue her love for theater and writing. She has also started an independent talent consulting firm, Banks Consulting.
Prior to started Banks Consulting, Kate has spent the better part of the last 17 years in various roles as HR Business Consultant, Search Consultant and College Recruiting Lead for UnitedHealth Group, United Allergy Services, and Premier Health Alliance. Prior experience included Executive Search Firms DHR International and Conway + Associates. Kate also spent 4 years working at Notre Dame, first as Talent Manager for Notre Dame’s Development Office and later as a Program Director for the Notre Dame Alumni Association.
Kate received her Bachelor’s in English Literature and Theater from Notre Dame in 1997, and her Master’s in Theater from Northwestern University in 1999. While a student at Notre Dame, Kate studied Italian, and spent a semester studying in Rome through the Saint Mary’s College program.
Kate and her husband Greg Banks, Creative Services Producer at local NBC affiliate WNDU, live in Granger, Indiana with their beloved golden retriever, Rusty.
Rosey Valencia ’98
Rosey Valencia is responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with key broker dealers and institutions to increase Destra’s brand and maximize distribution opportunities across all available platforms for our investment suite. She coordinates with national sales and marketing to ensure alignment between firm’s initiatives, investment themes, and product placement.
Before joining Destra, Rosey spent 7 years as the National Account Manager for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management in the Financial Advisor Division. She focused on identifying sales and marketing opportunities to increase the firm's market share by building relationships with senior executives, regional directors, research analysts, and product managers.
She started her career at UBS Financial Services working over 5 years in various roles in operations, branch administration, and client services before becoming a financial advisor. Her experience in building trust with clients to deliver customized investment solutions expands to her success today with financial advisors and centers of influence.
Rosey is a Certified Investment Management Analyst CIMA®, holds key industry licenses, and a member of IMCA. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1998 and currently serves on the Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council.
Kathryn Valenti ’02, ’07 MBA
Kathryn Valenti was appointed Strategic Planning Program Director at the University of Notre Dame in May 2010. In this role, Kathryn designs and implements the University’s administrative unit review program for administrative departments and facilitates reviews of academic departments. She consults with colleges, schools, and administrative divisions on their strategic planning efforts and manages a variety of other cross-divisional projects.
Before joining the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) in a permanent role, Kathryn participated in the University’s leadership rotation program. She worked on targeted projects in both the Center for Social Research and OSPIR. Prior to joining the rotation program, Kathryn served in the Office of the Provost as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Provosts, where she was responsible for special projects related to the University’s academic endeavors and coordinated the efforts of several University committees.
Kathryn holds both a B.B.A. in accountancy and an M.B.A. from Notre Dame, where as an undergraduate she was three-time captain of the lacrosse team and an All-American. She played for the U.S. National Developmental Lacrosse Team from 2001-2003. From 2002-2005 Kathryn worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in New York City. Kathryn and her husband, Tom, are proud parents of their son, Andrew, and daughter, Nora.
Mary Katheryn Whittington '14
Mary Katheryn Whittington is an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Notre Dame. She holds her BA in History from Notre Dame in 2014. While on campus she was mainly involved as a member of the Notre Dame Cheerleaders where she served as captain during the 2013-14 athletic year. Prior to returning to her alma mater in 2016, Mary Katheryn was a Corporate Recruiter at Epic, a medical software company located in Madison, WI. As an Admissions Counselor, she oversees the territories of Michigan and Wisconsin.
Michael Wong ’96
Michael Wong is a respected business strategist and a proven entrepreneur and leader. Over the last 20 years in Management Consulting, Michael successfully supported clients in areas such as strategic execution, operational improvement, mergers and acquisitions, corporate communication, and cyber security.
Frustrated with the lack of innovation and outdated models that envelop the consulting landscape, Michael saw a great opportunity to disrupt the industry. In 2013, DayBlink Consulting was born. As founder and CEO, Michael leads all aspects of the firm’s strategy and operations, and continues to deliver results on key initiatives for DayBlink clientele. In just a few short years, DayBlink earned some of the industries top recognition: Consulting Magazine’s 2016 "Seven Small Jewels”, Fortune Magazine's #20 2016 "Best Small Workplaces", Vault’s 2017 “Vault Consulting 50” and Entrepreneur's #44 2017 "Best Company Cultures in America".
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Michael is a devoted alumnus and regular classroom contributor of his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a BBA degree in Accountancy. In 2009, Michael was elected President of the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, representing more than 130,000 alumni worldwide. In this capacity, he concurrently served as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees.