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Michael Gallagher '02

Michael Gallagher '02 is running for Wisconsin 8th Congressional District. He served seven years on active duty as a Human Intelligence/Counterintelligence Officer and Regional Affairs Officer for the Middle East and North Africa, reaching the rank of Captain. During his service he deployed twice to Al Anbar Province, Iraq as a commander of intelligence teams. Mike also served on General Petraeus' Central Command Assessment Team in the Middle East and spent three years working in the U.S. intelligence community, including tours in the National Counterterrorism Center and the Drug Enforcement Agency. He subsequently served as the lead Republican staffer for the Middle East, North Africa, and Counterterrorism on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as the foreign policy director for Governor Walker. He now works in the private sector as the Senior Global Market Strategist at Breakthrough Fuel, a Green Bay-based energy and supply chain management company competing in 48 countries around the world. He earned a PhD in International Relations from Georgetown University as well as a masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown and a masters of science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University. He earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University with a focus on Near Eastern Studies and Arabic.

He recently took the time to be interviewed by MD's Alumni Relations Office. Read the interview here!
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Nirra Fields '12

Nirra Fields '12 was drafted as the 32nd pick overall and in the third round of the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. Nirra is the fourth-leading scorer in UCLA history with 1,867 career points. This past season, the three-time All-Pac-12 selection was second on the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game. She also averaged 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.
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Msgr. Doug Cook ’85

Monsignor Doug Cook '85, rector of Holy Family Cathedral, has been selected as one of more than 1,000 “missionaries of mercy” worldwide and has received a special mandate from Pope Francis to preach and teach about God’s mercy.
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Katie Lou Samuelson '15

Congratulations to Katie Lou Samuelson ’16 and her UConn teammates, the 2016 NCAA Basketball Champions. Katie Lou averaged 23 minutes a game, 11 points, 3 rebounds and shot 40% from the three point line through the semi-final game where she broke her foot. We are wishing her all the best for a speedy recovery as she and her teammates chase their fifth National Championship in a row!
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Mike Pniewski '79

Recently Mike Pniewski '79 was interviewed by Backstage.com on how he has maintained a successful acting career. He moved his family to Atlanta over 20 years ago is reaping the rewards of his dedication to his craft and business. With over 150 film and TV credits, including recurring roles on network hits “The Good Wife,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Blue Bloods,” he’s proving wrong all those who said moving to Atlanta was a bad idea...
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Alexis Villa '06

Alexis Villa '06 is Mater Dei's Yearbook Adviser and Digital Photography Instructor. He recently shared his journey with MD's Journalism department via video. Alexis earned his film making degree and worked in the entertainment industry for several years before he found his calling in the classroom.
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Bobby deLancellotti '72

Bobby deLancellotti '72 is serving as Church Mobilizer at Lifewater International. Lifewater is committed to ending the global water and sanitation crisis. His travels to Zambia introduced him to the global water and sanitation crisis, breaking his heart for the vulnerable children and families who are ravaged because of the lack of safe, clean water. His role at Lifewater began in 2015 when he set out to build relationships with local churches.
As a pastor and church planter in the Vineyard movement for more than 30 years, he brings extensive ministry experience and passion to Lifewater’s mission. He’s spoken at conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, England, Zambia and right here in Southern California. Bobby especially loves teaching on topics such as the kingdom of God, prayer, and God’s heart for the poor.
He and his wife, Denise, have been married for 33 years and have four children and six grandchildren. Bobby loves to surf, walk on the beach with his dogs, and work in the garden.
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Tim Clark '69

Tim Clark '69 currently has an exhibit at Godel & Co. Fine Art in New York City, the exhibit runs through April 22, 2016. It is a collection of Tim's recent works from a Poetic Realism collection.
A special thank you to Tim, Lois Wagner and Howard and Melinda Godel for recently hosting a Mater Dei Alumni reception in New York City.

10 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday
Weekends by appointment
www.lwagnerfinearts.com
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Br. Mark-Mary Ames '03

Br. Mark-Mary Ames '03 is currently living in Yonkers, NY and is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal. As a Franciscan Friar, he is part of a group known as, Renewal in Motion.. This initiative combines the best of creativity and charity. The friars use art to raise awareness for their numerous outreach projects including Mary’s Meals, a non-profit organization started by a friend of the friars that provides nourishing meals to some of the world’s poorest children while they are at school.
If you had any interest in the recent high-flying entertainment of the NCAA basketball tournament, the video below won't disappoint.
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Andrew Kozak '12

Andrew Kozak '12 attended Cal State Fullerton following Mater Dei. Andrew joined the Air Force in 2015. He is doing well and now stationed at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho.

Thank you for your service Andrew.
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