Class Notes 2018

Class Notes, Fall 2018

Updated: March 2019


Guy O. Kornblum, BA'61 has been selected for listing in the 25th edition of Best Lawyers in America. He has also been named—for the 12th consecutive time—a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2018 and has been selected as a Best Lawyer for Northern California for 2019. Kornblum is senior partner in the San Francisco office of the law firm Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison, which also has offices in Santa Rosa, Calif.


Ronald S. Reinstein, BA'70, JD'73, retired as a judge of the Superior Court of Arizona and is now a judicial consultant to the Arizona Supreme Court. He was recently awarded the Chief Justice's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arizona Courts. Reinstein was also named a fellow of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. He lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In 2016, Mark N. Lundgren, BA'71, received the Ordo Honoris, the highest honor bestowed by the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho. He was an undergraduate member of the fraternity's Nu Chapter at IU and served on the organization's national board of directors from 1994 to 2008. Lundgren is a real estate consultant and president of Chicago-based Land Pointer Ltd. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Kenda.

In June 2017, Michael A. Lytle, BA'73, retired as forensic investigation program coordinator at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. He writes, "Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, I was employed as a senior researcher with Science Applications International Corporation in Arlington, Va., and was the first adjunct faculty member to teach at the launch of the new forensic science concentration at Marymount University in Arlington." Lytle lives in Harlingen, Texas.

In February 2018, Stephan A. Ziemba, BA'73, of Hobart, Ind., celebrated 45 years in banking in the areas of trust and wealth management. Currently employed by Peoples Bank in Munster, Ind., he is responsible for trust and estate administration, as well as portfolio management.

Cincinnati-based law firm Wood Herron & Evans' attorney Lori E. Krafte, BA'77, recently received national recognition for her work in intellectual property law from leading and recognized organizations in the legal market, including Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. She was recognized for her broad skills in copyright, trademark, and data security work, with clients describing her as "a business-focused and excellent trademark attorney." Krafte lives in Cincinnati.


In 2018, Mark W. Weller, BA'80, JD'83, joined the law firm Polsinelli's Washington, D.C., office as a shareholder in the firm's national public policy practice. Since completing his law degree at IU in 1983, Weller has become a one of the most well-known D.C. public policy attorneys in the health care sector. Specializing in the health care transportation and financial services sectors, Weller's practice focuses on market planning and development, direct lobbying, and regulatory consulting, as well as strategic communications initiatives for crisis management and litigation. He represents corporations, industry associations, provider groups, and hospitals in federal legislative and regulatory matters. Weller lives in Vienna, Va.

Meryl Bronson Cosentino, BA'82, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. She is senior director of gift planning at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system. Previously she has held positions at St. Francis Hospital and the Nature Conservancy on Long Island. She also recently completed a two-year term as president of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York. She lives in Stony Brook.

Paul C. Heaton, BA'84, is senior director of member engagement at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He previously served as the inaugural director of the CASE Center for Community College Advancement from 2011 to 2016 and as director of the CASE Office of the President from 2016 to 2018. Heaton lives in Washington D.C.

Beginning her career as a security guard at the Indianapolis Children's Museum in 1984, Cathryn C. Ferree, BA'86, MPA'04, proved to be a quick study, eventually working her way up to associate vice president. After a stint as a founding staff member of the Atlanta Children's Museum, Ferree joined the Conner Prairie interactive history park in Fishers, Ind., in 2008, where she held a number of executive positions, becoming chief operating officer in 2011. In May, 2017, Ferree became CEO of the Indiana State Museum. In addition to overseeing the museum, located within White River State Park in Indianapolis, Ferree is also responsible for 11 historic sites around the state, including the T. C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County, Ind.

Katherine L. Watson, BA'89, is the author of Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. An exploration of the abortion debate and how language shapes and inhibits discussions of health topics, the book was named the 2018 winner of the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language by the National Council for the Teachers of English in November. Watson has taught bioethics, medical humanities, and constitutional law at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine for 15 years. In 2017, she began practicing law again and now splits her time between Northwestern and the ACLU of Illinois, where she is senior counsel for the Women's and Reproductive Rights Project. Watson lives in Chicago.


In August 2017, Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, written by Kristen M. "Kris" Putnam-Walkerly, BA'90, was named a 2017 Bookvana Award winner in the category of social change. Based on her perceptive, humorous blog posts, Confident Giving offers philanthropists a wealth of provocative ideas to transform their practices. Putnam-Walkerly is a nationally recognized global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc. A thought leader in transformational philanthropy, she is a contributor, and provides expert commentary about philanthropy in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, and Washington Examiner, and others. Her success as a global philanthropy advisor has earned her a place in the 2017 Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame, a rare honor, which has only 75 members worldwide. 

In August, veteran gaming lawyer Jennifer L. Carleton, BA'91, joined the law firm Howard & Howard's gaming practice as a partner in its Las Vegas office. Carleton has spent her entire career in gaming, as in-house counsel for a Native American tribe and as an adviser to premier gaming companies around the globe. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, she was senior staff attorney for the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, and then a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, counseling clients on corporate and regulatory matters, the licensing aspects of deal structures, reorganizations and finance. Carleton has been nationally recognized for her skill in corporate finance and Native American/Indian law, advising clients on the complexities of sovereign immunity, contract enforceability, and regulatory matters.

In August, the HomeBuilders Association of Greater Austin (Texas) welcomed Holly M. Davis, BA'98, as its director of public affairs. In her 20 years in politics, she has worked in multiple states in numerous positions, such as executive director of the Indiana Leadership Forum, program director of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, and executive director of the Center for Women and Democracy. Additionally, she spent three years as a lecturer at the Arlington, Va.-based Leadership Institute's Campaign Management and Future Candidate Schools. Davis works to increase the HBA's political impact through coordinated government affairs and strategic communications, including directing HomePAC, the association's political action committee. She and her husband, Michael R. Davis, '95, live in Austin with their three daughters.

In October 2017, the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law honored Jimmie L. McMillian Jr., BA'98, JD'02, with a Distinguished Alumni Award during the annual joint meeting of the school's board of visitors and alumni association. McMillian is senior corporate counsel for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions, and Clabber Girl. Formerly a partner in the Indianapolis office of the law firm Barnes & Thornburg, McMillian received the Maynard K. Hine Medal for service to the IUPUI campus in 2013. He was president of the law school's alumni association in 2011–2012 and served as president of the Neal–Marshall IU Alumni Association in 2013. McMillian lives in Indianapolis.


Katherine Lewis Albers, BAJ'01, has been hired as a content strategist for external communications at Arthrex, a global medical device company based in Naples, Fla. [NOTE: Outside area in political science]

Roy P. Germano III, BA'01, is the author of Outsourcing Welfare: How the Money Immigrants Send Home Contributes to Stability in Developing Countries, published in May 2018 by Oxford University Press. Germano is a research scholar at the New York University School of Law. His research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, The NYU Law Review, Research & Politics, Migration Studies, Latino Studies, and Electoral Studies. He has also written and directed five documentaries based on his fieldwork in Mexico and Central America, including the award-winning film The Other Side of Immigration.

In February 2018, Gavin Mariano, BA'01, MSW'14, of Lake Station, Ind., became an internationally certified child and youth care professional. The certification establishes that practitioners have met the highest standards in the child-care industry, as set by the Child & Youth Care Certification Board, based in College Station, Texas. Mariano also holds a professional license from the state of Indiana as a social worker. Most recently, he wrote, "My family and I have moved to the Bloomington campus, and are living in family housing as I have accepted admission to the PhD in higher education program at IU Bloomington." He adds, "I will begin the program this fall under my adviser, Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez. I also accepted an offer for a graduate assistantship with the Center for Postsecondary Research."

In August 2018, Joel T. Nagle, BA'03, JD'07, became counsel to the law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden, based in the firm's Indianapolis office. He primarily represents franchised automobile dealers, small and large business owners, and state and local governmental entities in various civil litigation, legislative, and regulatory matters. His work for auto dealers includes resolving franchise and contractual issues with manufacturers, providing advice on compliance in accordance with federal and state regulatory bodies. Nagle is a graduate of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and is active is state and local politics. He lives in Indianapolis.

Cullen C. Harkness, BA'04, is managing partner at the Harkness Law Firm in Okemos, Mich. His practice areas include criminal defense, family law, landlord-tenant collections, estate administration and planning, auto accident litigation, and general civil litigation. In April 2018, he married Danielle Ballard in Grand Rapids, Mich. They live in Okemos.

In October 2017, the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law honored Amber R. Comer, BA'06, JD'11, PhD'15, with an Early Career Achievement Award during the annual joint meeting of the school's board of visitors and alumni association. Comer holds several appointments within Indiana University. She is an adjunct assistant professor of family medicine at the IU School of Medicine and is an adjunct professor of law at the IU McKinney School of Law, where she has taught disability law. A translational scholar for the IUPUI Center for Translating Research into Practice, Comer played a key role in the creation and passing of Senate Bill 175, which improves Indiana's laws regarding health care surrogate decision making, signed by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in 2017. She lives in Indianapolis.

In January 2018, Andrea S. Warren, BA'07, JD'10, was named partner in the law firm Barnes & Thornburg's Indianapolis office. She focuses her practice on insurance coverage matters for policyholders and complex commercial litigation throughout the United States. She founded the insurance coverage section of the Indianapolis Bar Association and served as chair of the 2016–2017 executive committee. Warren, who frequently writes and speaks on emerging issues and best practices in insurance coverage, lives in Indianapolis.


In June 2017, James A. Carter, BA'10, JD'13, joined the Indianapolis law firm Wooden McLaughlin as an associate. He practices in the areas of real estate, business, and eminent domain litigation. Carter received his law degree from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he was a member of the Indiana Law Review Executive Board and served as senior executive editor.

Joshua R. "J.R." Trockman, BA'13, JD'16, joined Evansville, Ind., law firm Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, in 2017 as an associate attorney. He serves clients in the business, construction, health care, insurance, and real estate industries. Trockman served as a summer associate for KDDK, as judicial extern (clerk) for Judge Jeffery Graham on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana, and as clerk for Justice Mark S. Massa and for Justice Steven H. David on the Indiana Supreme Court. Trockman also spent a summer abroad at the University of Oxford's Oriel College, where he studied European Union taxation and business law. He lives in Evansville.

In the fall of 2017 Morgan K. Mohr, BA'17, was recognized as a member of the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences inaugural 20 Under 40 class. Mohr is a 2017 Rhodes Scholar, studying comparative social policy at Oxford University.