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Karen Cunningham led a successful career in marketing and brand management, primarily in the consumer packaged goods and foodservice industries. She worked for Pet, Inc. and The Pillsbury Company in progressive brand management roles for various grocery and frozen brands, including Häagen-Dazs ice cream and novelties. Most recently, she led product development, marketing and creative strategy, creative development and execution, and menu development and engineering for Steak n Shake Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Cunningham serves on the board of Paws & Think, a dog therapy organization, and she and her dog Archie, work as a therapy team. She earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. in marketing from Indiana University.
Cathy David is a lifelong student of leadership and organizational behavior. A longtime retail executive, she recently retired as the executive vice president of merchandising at Pier 1 Imports. She has also been president of multiple companies. In addition, she led the team that launched target.com, owned a restaurant, co-founded a social and sports league, and raised and raced thoroughbred horses. Ms. David, who was featured in Fort Worth Business CEO Magazine, is the chair of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce International Committee, a member of the Advisory Council for the Undergraduate Experience at Notre Dame, and a regent at the University of Portland. She received her B.B.A. in marketing from the University of Notre Dame and her M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
Gloria Fleming led a successful career in pediatric physical therapy for 42 years. She held senior positions in several general and children's hospitals in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. Ms. Fleming was also an independent contractor for several public and private school districts, in addition to providing pediatric home care for 10 years. She is entering her 10th year as a host committee member for The Cooper Foundation, which sponsors an annual fundraiser for breast and gynecological cancers. She is also actively involved in a minority faith-based cancer support group sponsored by MD Anderson at Cooper. Ms. Fleming earned a B.A. in biology from Immaculata College, a Physical Therapy Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
John Gallagher, an international finance executive, has lived and worked on three continents, Asia, Europe, and North America, where he has helped to build or maintain brokerage businesses for such firms as Morgan Stanley, Kidder Peabody, and Shearson Lehman. For the last dozen years, he has run an independent third-party fund distribution business largely out of Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Gallagher has deep expertise in building successful securities businesses, and for more than 15 years has maintained a particular focus on alternative investments. The former college basketball player, who earned his B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, enjoyed an almost decade-long career as a player and coach for teams in France and in Switzerland, where he completed a French language program and earned an M.B.A. at Université de Lausanne before embarking on a 40-year brokerage career. At the end of his ILI year, Mr. Gallagher will proudly celebrate his 50th Class Reunion at Notre Dame.
From her early days on a family farm in Minnesota, Patricia Lefevere always held an interest in the wider world, a passion that has served her well as a globe-trotting journalist who has traveled to some 70 countries and reported stories from six continents, covering everything from the United Nations and the Vatican to the plight of refugees in war-torn regions and the everyday workings of local government offices. Her award-winning work has appeared in multiple publications in the United States, Europe and Asia. Ms. Lefevere has enjoyed opportunities to meet and interview several Nobel Peace Prize laureates and to lecture at a number of universities. She earned her B.A. in journalism and political science from Marquette University and her Masters in Drama from the United Kingdom's University of Essex, Colchester.
Eileen Lindburg was a co-owner of CBRE-Albany, the largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in the Albany, New York region, and its first female broker. Throughout her career, she assisted small businesses and international corporations in their site selection, lease negotiations, acquisitions, and disposition of the properties used for their businesses. Ms. Lindburg's background prior to real estate included working in commercial lending for Marine Midland Bank, serving as chief financial officer for a family construction business, and working in corporate finance for the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers. Her community and non-profit service work included stints with Equinox, The Nature Conservancy of Eastern New York, the Albany Academy for Girls, Tech Valley High School, and the regional chamber of commerce. She earned her B.A. in sociology from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN, and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.
Bill Miller worked in financial management in the food industry for Cargill, Incorporated, General Foods Corporation, and Oscar Mayer and Co. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Minneapolis and completed it as a CPA in private practice. Mr. Miller's passion for fighting food insecurity led him to serve on the boards of food banks in Wichita, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. In addition, he taught in a Minneapolis church's HopeMakers program and co-founded Pathways, a program that helps people living in economic poverty develop faith-based life skills. Mr. Miller and his wife, Ann, have four children and eleven grandchildren, and he enjoys an active lifestyle that includes teaching spin classes. He earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Juliana Otieno grew up on a Kenyan sugarcane farm, traveling eight miles to attend school as a child. Her passion for education ultimately led her to earn a medical degree from the University of Nairobi before embarking on an accomplished three-decade career in public health, one that challenged her to work as the only pediatrician in an area and to serve as chief executive officer of Western Kenya's largest public teaching and referral hospital. Dr. Otieno worked with colleagues to obtain a grant to enable them to open the first public HIV clinic at the hospital in Kisumu, Kenya and tackle an urgent public health crisis. Despite her busy schedule, Dr. Otieno continued to teach and mentor students throughout her career before retiring in 2018.
Charly Pine and his wife, Jodie, set out as a young couple to live in China as agents of transformation. More than 20 years later, they returned to the United States realizing how deeply they had been changed by their cross-cultural experiences. Mr. PineÂs commitment to learning and honoring the Chinese language and culture opened doors for him as he pursued a career in higher education, and he was a founding director of the New Century Language and Culture Center. He and his family later moved to China's Gansu Province, where he conducted advanced ethnographic research among Muslim ethnic minorities, an experience that inspired him to serve as an interfaith peacemaker. Mr. Pine earned his B.A. from the University of Missouri and his M.A. in Chinese language and culture from the University of Kansas.
Born in Cuba and educated in the United States, Orlando Rodriguez enjoyed a 30-year career in international commercial banking that took him across Latin America. He pursued multiple businesses, lived in Panama City and Caracas, and travelled extensively, especially in Brazil. Mr. Rodriguez most recently worked in a corporate finance boutique that provides advisory services to small-to-medium businesses. For the past decade, he has participated in Kairos Prison Ministry International. In addition, he had translated and annotated his father's autobiography, written 24 short stories and a three-act play, is developing a historical fiction novel, and enjoys competitive ballroom dancing. Mr. Rodriguez earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in economics from Stanford University.
William Schenher has enjoyed a distinguished career in banking and corporate treasury. After beginning with residential construction lending at Banc One in the Midwest, he relocated to Silicon Valley, where he worked in various roles in corporate treasury. He rose through the ranks of various companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Brocade, and Fujitsu America, before ultimately building and leading his own treasury departments. Mr. Schenher helped manage the HP-Compaq integration and guide treasuries through the economic turmoil of 2001 and 2008. After 20 years in corporate treasury, he returned to Indiana to focus on family and turn his attentions to his local community center, where he enjoys working to enrich the experiences of the adaptive members of the community. Mr. Schenher received his B.A. in government and economics from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from Purdue University.
Vickie Seeger served in several leadership roles over the course of her 34-year career with General Reinsurance Corporation. Most recently, she worked as regional underwriting officer in North American treaty reinsurance operations, where she led underwriting and actuarial teams in establishing, maintaining and implementing underwriting and pricing protocols. Prior to that she held the position ofÂ chief underwriting officer of the group's insurance operations. Her areas of expertise include business analytics, operational excellence, product development, and regulation. Ms. Seeger has also served on several boards and has been active with insurance industry advocacy organizations. She earned her B.A. in management and economics from Luther College and her M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.
Cari Shein owns Shein Realty, where for the past 30 years she has acted as principal in manufactured and modular home subdivision and park development, and in the rehabilitation and trade of small commercial properties. Additionally, she held active roles in her family's manufacturing business, the Commodore Corporation, a national supplier of factory-built housing. Ms. Shein has been an active participant in her community and has served on many boards, including the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Michiana Mathtracks, WNIT (a PBS affiliate), and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. She earned a B.A. in political science from UCLA, a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Michael Thieneman served in various roles throughout his distinguished career with Whirlpool. His tenure with the company took him to Canada, where he helped solve engineering and quality issues before becoming general manager of Whirlpool's Canadian business. Later roles provided Mr. Thieneman with opportunities in Italy, where he turned around a failing operation, and in Michigan, where he took over the company's global procurement operations before serving as executive vice president of both its North American and global operations. After retiring, he spent three years sailing around the world. Mr. Thieneman and his wife, Cathy, enjoy spending time with their four daughters and 13 grandchildren. He earned a B.A. in physics from Bellarmine College, an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky.
Phil White's 30-year legal career focused on the construction of large-scale infrastructure projects around the world and the disputes that arise from them. He capped his legal career as co-leader of the Infrastructure Practice Group at Dentons US, LLP and still serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Engineering, teaching on managing and resolving construction disputes. Mr. White has also been active as a volunteer working with the youth and stewardship programs at his local church, providing business and legal support to international development projects through the Episcopal Church, serving on the boards of several nonprofits and providing legal representation to nonprofits and indigent criminal defendants. He earned a B.A. in economics from New York University and a J.D. from Cardozo Law School.