May 16, 2012

2012-13 Monogram Club Board of Directors

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –

The Notre Dame Monogram Club has announced that Michael Bathon (’86, fencing), Laura Dougherty Ely (’85, basketball), Dennis Lahey (’65, wrestling), Lance Legree (’01, football) and Jen Sharron Richardson (’01, softball) will join the organization’s board of directors in June to serve three-year terms through 2015. Monogram Club members approved the new class of directors at the organization’s Annual Mass & Meeting April 21.

In addition, former directors Pat Garrity (’98, basketball), Kate Sobrero Markgraf (’98, soccer) and Terri Vitale (’94, ’95, tennis) will remain on the board as advisors for the 2012-13 academic year.

“This class of directors runs the gamut of age, profession and Monogram sport,” Monogram Club president Dick Nussbaum (’74, ’77, baseball) said. “By calling on such a diverse group of talented former student-athletes, the Monogram Club board of directors will continue to best serve our membership by highlighting new and divergent perspectives of what it means to be part of this unparalleled organization.”

Michael Bathon ’86 (fencing)
Michael Bathon currently serves as Vice President of Solutions Management for Convergys Corporation. In this capacity, he oversees all systems development and support for Convergys’ 70,000+ employees.

Prior to his work with Convergys, Bathon was a Vice President at both Sprint and Nextel Communications and before that, worked as a leader and consultant at EDS.

Before heading to the corporate world, he served as an adjunct instructor at Florida Institute of Technology and taught courses within the business program.

Bathon was a member of the 1986 Notre Dame National Championship men’s fencing team. He credits his success to his two great coaches, Coach Mike DeCicco and Coach Rich Daly, and his personnel development was guided by the two outstanding captains of the Sabre team, Mike Janis and Tony Consoli.

After graduating from Notre Dame in 1986 with a degree in English, Bathon earned a MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology School of Business.

Michael and his wife, Sue, live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have two children: Mary (18) and Mark (15). Their children attend Summit Country Day School and his family belongs to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. When he is not attending the many soccer and lacrosse games in support of his children, Bathon enjoys the outdoors as a hiker and hunter and is struggling to become a competitive shooter. He is also the proud brother of Liz Bathon Brown (’80) and brother-in-law of Liz’s husband, Stephen Brown (’80).

Laura Dougherty Ely ’85 (basketball)
A member of the second class of Notre Dame women’s basketball student-athletes to compete at the Division 1 level, Laura Dougherty Ely helped build a foundation for excellence during the program’s early years. Ely came to Notre Dame after a career at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, N.J., where she was named a McDonald’s and adidas High School All-American after scoring more than 2,200 career points before the advent of the three-point line.

Ely earned four Monograms (1981-85) as a shooting guard for the Fighting Irish and served as team captain as a senior. As a junior, she broke the school record for assists in a season with 102 and her career assists average of 3.08 per game still ranks 10th all-time at Notre Dame.

After graduating from the University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Letters, Ely has served as a high school mathematics teacher, head women’s basketball coach at the Division III level, and has been a part of a local high school basketball booster club.

Ely married her husband John, a former Furman University basketball player, in 1987, and the couple has four children: Sara, a senior women’s basketball student-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, Maggie, a junior women’s basketball student-athlete at the University of Chicago, Terry, a sophomore at Notre Dame and Baraka Bouts participant, and Jack, a sophomore varsity basketball player at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.

Dennis Lahey ’65 (wrestling)
Dennis Lahey has more than 20 years of marketing and business experience in the consumer packaged goods industry with Johnson Wax, Nestle and Kimberly-Clark. During his time with Kimberly-Clark, Lahey was instrumental in the national introduction of Huggies Disposable Diapers and Depend Incontinence Products. He was also responsible for partnership marketing campaigns with leading charitable organizations such as Children’s Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Since retiring from Kimberly-Clark, he has been a part-time instructor for the Promotion Marketing Association and formed a start up company to market a patented disposable coupon card through grocery stores.

He has been active in non-profit and professional organizations having served on the National Marketing Council for Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Executive Committee of the Promotion Marketing Association. He was also active with the Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue team with the help of his Golden Retriever, Dacie.

Lahey has three grown children and lives with his wife Karen in Venice, Fla. A 1965 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Dennis received his Monogram in wrestling in the 157-pound weight class, which is a few pounds less that he weighs today.

Lance Legree ’01 (football)
Lance Legree is currently employed by KPMG Advisory, where he is a Senior Associate in the Transaction Services – Strategic Services Group. His role includes providing strategic advisory and commercial due diligence services to Fortune 50 and mid-cap corporations across various industries.

Prior to joining KPMG, Legree worked at the NFL corporate office, where he was a member of the Player Engagement department as Manager of Financial Education. His role primarily included the development of financial education curricula for NFL club programs.

He is a 7-year NFL veteran who played with the New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints. After leaving the NFL as a player, he transitioned into the financial world working as a financial advisor with Wachovia Securities and Morgan Stanley, respectively. As a financial advisor, Legree worked with a group that managed financial portfolios for 65 current and former NFL players. His background brought a unique perspective to his role as Manager of Financial Education, having experienced how NFL players manage their finances from the viewpoint of a player and financial professional.

Lance graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple major in economics, history and computer applications. He earned four Monograms as a member of the football team and started games at nose tackle in each of his four seasons. After his senior year in 2000, he was awarded for his solid play with Notre Dame’s Defensive Lineman of the Year award. Legree finished his career with 67 tackles, including 11 for a loss, and four sacks.

During his tenure in the NFL, Legree attended the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, participating in the executive management program held at Harvard Business School in 2005 and the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University in 2007.

He is also active with the Notre Dame Alumni Chapter of New York, having helped coordinate a 15,000 care package effort for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq during the fall of 2010 in conjunction with Notre Dame’s Yankee Stadium game.

Lance is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and is expected to complete the program in May 2012. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, Dr. LaKesha Legree, who is a fourth year anesthesiology resident at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, the Weill Cornell Medical Campus. Formally LaKesha Randolph, LaKesha graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 with a B.S. in science pre-professional studies and was a member of the cheerleading team from 1996-98. Lance and LaKesha are expecting their first child in June of this year, a daughter.

Jennifer Sharron Richardson ’01 (softball)
Jennifer Sharron Richardson has been a member of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” production team since its inception in 2003 and currently serves as a producer for the show. In that role, she manages on-air content and supervises the field department, responsible for producing pre-taped and live comedy segments for the show.

Before her promotion to producer in 2011, Sharron was a field producer for the show and worked closely with a series of A-list celebrities, to create more than 1,000 pre-taped comedy segments, interviews and scripted pieces.

The only lefthander to pitch for the Fighting Irish in program history, Sharron became the first BIG EAST student-athlete to win the conference’s pitcher of the year award four consecutive times (1998-2001). She sits among Notre Dame’s all-time leaders in wins (88), complete games (76), and innings pitched (722.1). A two time All-American (2000-01), Sharron also earned Academic All-America honors as a senior. A two-year team captain (2000-2001), she led her team to NCAA Tournament appearances in three of her four seasons on the mound.

Sharron graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 with a degree in FTT (Film, Television and Theatre), and competed for the United States Women’s National Softball Team, along with teammates Elizabeth Lemire and Jarrah Myers Kennedy, during the summer following her senior year.

Sharron returned to Notre Dame in the fall of 2001 to take an internship with the Athletics Department, and moved to Los Angeles the following year to serve as a production assistant on the “NFL on FOX” pre-game show. She worked on the Jimmy Kimmel segment of the program before joining Kimmel’s late-night staff in 2003.

Sharron lives in Woodland Hills, Calif., with her husband, Christopher Richardson.

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