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Meet the new Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board

by Carol Elliott

February 22, 2013

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The mission of the Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board (MGAB) is simple: to keep you connected to the College, to the University and to each other. “Notre Dame family” is not a cliché, but the treasured centerpiece of what makes this place so special, and the lifeblood of its enduring impact and legacy far beyond Notre Dame’s physical borders.

To accomplish this mission, the board is charged with such significant tasks as promoting alumni relations, fostering the ideals of the College and University; supporting current students through mentoring and career help; and identifying marketplace trends that could impact Mendoza’s future direction. 

“There is no finer example of the true spirit of excellence at Notre Dame than that which is demonstrated by the students and faculty of the Mendoza College of Business,” says new MGAB member Daniel Buck (’79). “Their work allows for increased prestige to the Notre Dame educational experience, and enhances the image, character, and success of the University as a whole.

“I wanted to be more supportive of their efforts and help others experience the values and contributions that come from a Notre Dame education.”

And while MGAB’s mission is simple in one sense, it also can be a challenge, since we all battle the kind of busyness that makes staying connected no easy task. We’re thankful to all of you who stepped up to offer your valuable time to serve as a board member.

Following is a list of the current MGAB. Each member serves a three-year term, and may serve two consecutive terms. If you have a great idea for promoting alumni relations, please reach out to Tim Ponisciak, Director of Graduate Alumni Relations, at (574) 631-4859 or tponisci@nd.edu. 

Name

Program

Graduate Year

Company

Bill AveyMBA 1999 Hewlett-Packard 

Jim Bolt

MBA

1999

Fair Trade Sports

Dan Buck (New Member)

MBA

1979

Air Products & Chemicals

Bill Butler

MBA

1974

PNC Bank

Paul Cafiero (Former Chair

EMBA SB

1995

AM General

Frank Cahouet (New Member)

MBA

1992

Harbor Cove Partners

Ellen Crowley

MBA

1987

Captrust Financial Advisors

John Ellis

EMBA Chi

2003

Ford

Betty Gallagher

MBA

1974

Commonwealth Edison

Tim Geddes

MBA

1993

Geddes and Company

Rian Gorey (New Member)

MBA

1984

New Age Energy

Larry Iwanski (New Member)

MSA

2000

Acuitas, Inc.

Alan Jolly (Chair)

EMBA SB

2003

Xerox

Andrew Kahl (New Member)

EMBA Chi

2011

 Dell|Credant 

Bill Kehoe

MBA

2001

Saban Brands

Phil Kenny, Jr. (New Member)

EMBA Chi

2010

Kenny Construction Company

Christine Laczai (New Member)

MBA

1995

All Degrees LLC

Mark Lawrence

MBA

1998

Solus LP

Chris Mueller (New Member)

MSA

2009

Spring Ridge Financial Group

David Olivencia

EMBA SB

2004

Verizon

Catherine Pesek-Bird

EMBA Chi

2003

Executive Health Resources

Betsy Quinn (New Member)

MNA

2012

Evanston/Skokie School District

Paul Reilly

MBA

1978

Raymond James Financial

Michael Shepardson

MBA

1990

PACA Foods, LLC

Ray Vanek (New Member)

EMBA SB

2011

Vanco Management, LLC

Bob Woods (New Member)

MBA

2001

Republic Development