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December. The second child, Eric, is a senior at Purdue University, and the youngest, Emily, is a freshman at Mizzou studying to be a nurse.

Andrea A. Raila (BA ’83), founder and president of Andrea A. Raila & Associates, Inc., for 24 years, has joined the law firm of Raila & As- sociates PC, led by her sister, Paula Raila, JD. Andrea A. Raila & Associates received the prestigious 2013 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Earl E. Rubinoff (BBA ’83), president and CEO of The Rubinoff Group, has qualified again for the Guardian Life Insurance Company’s President’s Council. Only the top 1 percent of Guardian’s financial representa- tives nationwide qualify for this membership.

Anthony Gargiulo Jr. (BA ’84, MSIR ’87) is taking an open-ended sabbatical from his consulting practice, HRUnbound LLC, to accept a corporate human resources leader- ship role. He joined World’s Finest Chocolate Inc. as vice president of human resources. He is excited about this opportunity to contribute to one of Chicago’s top employers as recog- nized by the Chicago Tribune in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He is also excited to be in continual product taste-testing mode.

Jeanette M. Flores (JD ’85) has been recognized on the 2014 Best Lawyers in America outstanding attorneys list. Jeanette is a shareholder in the Tampa office of GrayRobinson, where she practices real estate law.

Donald Hayden (JD ’85) is a principal with Baker & McKenzie in its Miami office, focusing on commercial litiga- tion and international arbitration.

Donald D. Campbell (BA ’86) was selected among the 2014 Best Law- yers in America, Detroit Lawyers of the Year. He has been named to this list in each of the past five years. The Grosse Pointe, Michigan, resident

Law school Alumni Awards Luncheon

At its annual Alumni Awards Luncheon in October, Dean David Yellen (center) congratulated School of Law honorees Richard A. Michael (BA ‘55, JD ’58, left), Medal of Excellence; Dennericka S. Brooks (JD ’07), St. Robert Bellarmine Award; Mara S. Georges (JD ’88), Public Service Merit Award; and Gregory H. Furda (BA ’69, MA ’71, JD ’75), Francis J. Rooney/St. Thomas More Award.


Charles Lafkas (BS ’94) com- pleted a bike ride in Oregon with his father while wearing a Loyola jersey. “The first comment was a mere half-mile out of camp one day, when a gentleman yelled, ‘Hey Jesuit!’ and went on to tell me that the 1963 team was his favorite all- time team,” Lafkas says. “Showing his knowledge, he even recited the names of the starters on that team from memory.”

Diane J. Romza-Kutz (LLM ’94) has joined Husch Blackwell’s Chicago office as a partner. Romza-Kutz will focus on assisting life sciences and pharmaceutical industry clients.

earned recognition as the 2014 De- troit Ethics and Professional Respon- sibility Law Lawyer of the Year.

Anita Weinberg (JD ’86) was hon- ored with the Family Defense Award by the Family Defense Center at its annual awards gala in September.

Craig Annunziata (MBA ’87) is a managing partner of the Chicago office of Fisher & Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm, and was elected to the board of directors of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Robert L Bencher (MBA ’87) has accepted an adjunct faculty position within the business school at Gwyn- edd-Mercy College. He continues in his professional role of director at Rules Based Medicine, Inc., a Myriad Genetics Company.

John O’Brien (BBA ’89), a veteran of more than 20 years in financial planning management, was named chief operating officer at ComStock Advisors, a business valuation con- sulting firm.


Joe Holland (BA ’91) was promoted to Colonel in the US Army in March 2013, and graduated with a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsyl- vania, in June 2013. In the course of his studies, he wrote a mono- graph about his experiences as the commander of 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, when his unit was deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2010–11. Upon graduation, Holland was stationed with the US Army, Europe, as the Chief of Plans.

Joe Morford (JD ’91) was named by Best Lawyers as one of Cleveland’s 2014 Lawyers of the Year. He is a partner at Tucker Ellis LLP.

Sybil Bennett (MEd ’93), PhD, published her second book, Inno- vate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad.

James A. Doppke (JD ’95) is of counsel to the Chicago firm of RobinsonNiro, LLC. He worked for the last 14 years at the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplin- ary Commission prosecuting legal ethics cases and presenting educa- tional materials on professionalism issues. He now concentrates on providing assistance to lawyers in ethics matters. Doppke and his family live in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Michelle Kohut (BS ’96, JD ’02) is president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She is an as- sociate at Corboy & Demetrio.

Alicia T. Vega (BS ’96, MJ ’99) is now the vice president of Youth Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Vega was for- merly the executive director of the Southwest Youth Collaborative.

Karen Komosa-Hawkins (MA ’97, PhD ’05) has a new publi- cation: Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth and Families.

David E. Schmidt (JD ’97) joined Much Shelist as a principal in the business and finance practice group.


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