Sept. 22, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Indiana – The Notre Dame Monogram Club is pleased to announce that Christina Glorioso (’95, ’99, student manager), Linda Kohan (’09, softball), James ‘Jim’ Montagano (’81, baseball) and Maureen ‘Mo’ Whitaker (’02, lacrosse) have joined the organization’s board of directors to serve three-year terms through 2018. The class of directors was unanimously approved by the Monogram Club membership at Saturday’s annual meeting.
In addition, the Monogram Club re-affirmed the Executive Committee officers, highlighted by Kevin O’Connor (’89, lacrosse) being introduced as president. Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) will serve as past president.
Terri Vitale (’94, ’95, tennis) has been named first vice president, while advisor Don Casey (’82, ’83, swimming) joined the presidential rotation as the second vice president. He will serve as president of the Monogram Club from 2019-21.
Mike Frantz (’73, football) will continue to serve as secretary and Pat Garrity (’98, basketball) was re-appointed as treasurer.
Finally, before closing the annual meeting, the Monogram Club membership approved amendments to the operating procedures (formerly by-laws). Please note that the updated operating procedures can be found by clicking the link above.
New Board of Directors
Christina Glorioso ’95, ’99 (student manager) ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” Director, 2015-18
Christina Glorioso is a former Fighting Irish student manager and a “Double Domer” who received an undergraduate degree in finance and computer applications in 1995 and her MBA in ’99. Glorioso began her three-year term on the Monogram Club Board of Directors in September of 2015.
With almost 20 years of experience in marketing and sales across the media, entertainment and technology industries, Glorioso is currently the Senior Vice President, Client Solutions at NBCUniversal. Christina oversees sales marketing activities for NBC News Group, which includes the TODAY show, Nightly News, Meet the Press, MSNBC, CNBC and related digital properties.
Glorioso’s prior marketing experience spans the client side, serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Majesco Entertainment, a video game publisher focused on the casual games market with family-friendly titles such as Zumba Fitness. She also served as Vice President of Marketing at MTV Games, which globally launched the award-winning video game Rock Band.
Glorioso, a native of Rockville Centre, N.Y., spent time on the media side at Viacom in a strategic marketing and business development role representing the company’s entire media portfolio, including MTV Networks (which consists of MTV, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, Spike, Comedy Central, TV Land, and more), CBS and Paramount.
Glorioso’s time as a student manager at Notre Dame instilled in her the passion for sports and event management, leading to her first role out of business school at SFX (which later became Live Nation), representing various sports and music properties including Super Bowl host cities, Little League Baseball, the Women’s World Cup soccer team (’99) and more.
In addition to joining the Monogram Club Board of Directors, Glorioso serves on the Dean’s Business Advisory Council of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and has received the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the school.
While the highs and lows of marketing excite Glorioso at work, her life accomplishments include summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and earning her Master Diver SCUBA certification, but her greatest achievement is being a mom to her son Chase ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” and will soon be welcoming identical twin boys this fall.
Linda Kohan ’09 (softball) ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” Director, 2015-18
Linda Kohan, a 2009 Notre Dame graduate and four-time softball Monogram winner, began her three-year term on the Monogram Board of Directors in September of 2015.
Kohan, a Westminster, California native, graduated from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance. She earned an MBA in 2015 from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
She currently serves as Vice President in the Private Wealth Management Group within the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs’ Chicago office. She works with high net worth families, privately held business owners and foundations on asset allocation, portfolio strategy, trading, and team structure, strategy, and organizational efforts.
Kohan joined Goldman Sachs in 2009 as a financial analyst and, in addition to her daily role, she is a part of the Women’s Network and helps run the Summer Associate Program.
Since 2013 she has been on the Associates Board at Providence St. Mel, an inner-city Catholic school in Chicago. Kohan volunteers to support the school through fundraising.
Kohan, an infielder, started 236 of a possible 240 games in her four campaigns with the Fighting Irish. The two-time team captain earned Monogram Club Team MVP honors as a senior. A two-time all-BIG EAST honoree, she helped the Irish win the conference tournament in 2006 and 2009 and qualify for the NCAA tournament all four seasons. Kohan compiled 23 home runs, 42 doubles, 119 RBI and 87 runs scored during her career.
While at Notre Dame, she worked as both a tutor and advisor assistant in the Academic Services for Student-Athletes office. Kohan also was a member of Notre Dame’s Academic Honors Program for Student-Athletes.
Linda and her fiancÃƒÆ’Â©, Chris Wilson, currently reside in Chicago with plans to move to Los Angeles next year.
Jim Montagano ’81 (baseball) ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” Director, 2015-18
Jim Montagano, a 1981 Notre Dame graduate and three-time Monogram winner with the Fighting Irish baseball team, began his three-year term on the Monogram Club Board of Directors in September of 2015.
Montagano earned a finance degree from Notre Dame and he has gone on to gain extensive experience as an Automotive Component Executive with General Motors and Delphi Corporation. He possesses a wide range of skills, including negotiating new business acquisitions while driving continuous improvement in manufacturing processes, cost, quality, safety and productivity. Montagano is responsible for driving initiatives with global teams across all functional areas including sales, purchasing, finance, engineering and manufacturing. His work experiences include global product line director, manufacturing plant manager and finance administrator for Mexico operations in Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey, Mexico.
In Montagano’s most recent leadership position at Delphi, he was the HVAC Global Product Line Director responsible for revenue of $700 million. His core competencies include strategic planning and execution, customer/supplier relations, project and program management and new business pursuits.
At Notre Dame, Montagano, a catcher, posted a .325 career batting average with 10 home runs and 72 RBI. As a senior, he led the Fighting Irish with a .397 batting average and he went on to play for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of ’81.
Montagano was raised in Elkhart, Indiana and he was inducted into the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2014. He was named Elkhart Memorial High School 1977 male athlete of the year for his performances on the baseball diamond and gridiron.
The Montagano family has been a long-time benefactor of the Notre Dame baseball program. Over the years, Montagano and his family have donated the message display center for the baseball scoreboard, flagpoles beyond the left field fence, the outfield fence batting eye and dugout heaters. His mother, Mary, is an honorary Monogram recipient for her many contributions to the Notre Dame baseball program.
Montagano and his wife, Luli, have been married 32 years and reside in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Luli’s brother, Henry Valenzuela (’82), was a teammate of Montagano at Notre Dame.
Jim and Luli are the proud parents of two children: Alessandra (University of Michigan ’09) and Tony, who passed away in 2001. The message display center at Frank Eck Stadium is dedicated in Tony’s honor as he lived his life epitomizing the “Spirit” of Notre Dame.
Maureen Whitaker ’02 (lacrosse) ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” Director, 2015-18
Maureen Whitaker, a 2002 Notre Dame graduate and three-time Monogram winner with the women’s lacrosse team, joined the Monogram Club Board of Directors in September of 2015. She will serve a three-year term.
Whitaker graduated Magna Cum Laude from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design with a minor in art history. Following graduation, the Doylestown, Pennsylvania native spent two years working as a graphic designer at Skyline Marketing in Chicago.
She moved to New York City in 2004 to enroll at the Fashion Institute of Technology and received her MA in Fashion and Textile Studies in 2006. Upon graduation she began working at Ralph Lauren in the men’s golf and tennis design departments and currently holds the title of Vice President of Design for Men’s and Women’s Golf and Tennis and Women’s Polo Sport.
At Ralph Lauren, Whitaker is responsible for creative direction of the golf, tennis and sport lines. She spearheads the design process from concepts through delivery, including research, inspiration, color, style, fabric and print direction, and showroom presentation. She collaborates with marketing, advertising, public relations and visual teams to communicate seasonal direction and create compelling campaigns, collateral and environments.
Ralph Lauren sponsors professional tour players Luke Donald, Billy Horschel, and legends Tom Watson and Davis Love. The company also is the official outfitters of the United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, which includes designing and outfitting Team USA for the Ryder Cup. It also is the official apparel sponsor of the US Open (tennis) and Wimbledon.
During her Fighting Irish career, Whitaker played in 33 games and tallied 14 goals and three assists from her attack position. She appeared on the dean’s list during all eight semesters at Notre Dame and earned the team’s Rockne Student-Athlete Award as a senior. Whitaker also was a BIG EAST Academic All-Star and a part of the Honors Program for Student-Athletes at Notre Dame.