Nov. 4, 2016
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame Monogram Club recently welcomed Jes Christian (’14, track & field), Jeff Faine (’03, football) and Jennette Rauch (’05, athletic trainer) to the organization’s board of directors. They were unanimously approved by the Monogram Club membership at Saturday’s annual meeting. The new directors will serve four-year terms through 2020.
Monogram membership also approved amendments to the Club’s operating principles. The amendments included an overall reduction in the size of the board over time, an extension of the term of directors from three to four years and the elimination of the Past President’s Council at the conclusion of Kevin O’Connor’s term as Monogram Club president.
Jes Christian (’14, track & field)
Jes Christian, a two-time Monogram winner with the Fighting Irish track & field program, graduated from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters in May of 2014 with a degree in English. She began a four-year term on the Monogram Club Board of Directors in the fall of 2016.
During her time at Notre Dame, Christian served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and was a captain on the track & field team. As a senior, Christian and her teammate Logan Renwick were the driving forces behind the Monogram Club’s initiative of issuing commencement stoles to graduating student-athletes and student support staff. She also created and implemented the structure for the Student Welfare and Development office’s IrishOn3 program, which awards points to Notre Dame student-athletes who attend other Fighting Irish games and events.
On the track, Christian, a native of Washington, D.C., specialized in the triple jump and long jump.
Christian earned a Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University in August of 2016. She currently is Assistant Director of Athletics Special Events at Duke University. In that role she assists with the designing and implementation of events and special programs for the entire athletics department.
Her work experience also includes time as a Corporate Brand Ambassador for Under Armour. Additionally, Christian served as an assistant track & field coach at her alma mater, Georgetown Day School, from 2014-16.
Jeff Faine (’03, football)
Jeff Faine, a former Fighting Irish All-America center and three-time Monogram winner, began a four-year term on the Monogram Club Board of Directors in the fall of 2016. Faine graduated from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters in May of 2003 with a degree in film, television and theatre.
As a senior in 2002, Faine copped first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News and ESPN.com. Faine also earned the Nick Pietrosante Award, which is given to the Irish player who best exemplifies courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and pride as voted by his teammates. The Sanford, Florida native started in all 35 games he played in during his Notre Dame career.
Faine’s 10-year NFL career began when the Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round (21st overall selection) of the 2003 NFL Draft. Following three seasons in Cleveland, Faine was traded to the New Orleans Saints where he was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2007. He went on to play four seasons (2008-11) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before finishing his career in 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Faine played in 125 NFL games and started all but one of those contests.
In 2009, Faine founded The Faine House in partnership with the Children’s Home Society of Florida, which is a transition home for young adults that age out of foster care.
Faine, the featured alumni speaker at the Monogram Club’s spring 2016 Monogram Jacket Ceremony, currently is a managing partner at Iron Lion Financial. Faine is the CEO of Iron Lion Insurance, which is a retail insurance agency that specializes in commercial P&C and sophisticated life insurance strategies.
Faine and his wife, Brittnie, have a son, Kei. Faine and his family reside in Winter Park, Florida.
Jennette Rauch (’05, athletic trainer)
Jennette Rauch served as a student athletic trainer at Notre Dame for four years and graduated from the Mendoza College of Business in 2005 with a marketing degree. She began a four-year term on the Monogram Club Board of Directors in the fall of 2016.
Rauch has been at Wilson Sporting Goods in Chicago since 2011. She is a senior global marketing manager and works in the baseball/softball group and manages all marketing for the Wilson, DeMarini and ATEC Sports brands.
Rauch has been heavily involved with the Monogram Club’s Monogram Career Network. She has spent time connecting with student-athletes, reviewing resumes and discussing career opportunities in addition to coordinating summer internships for student-athletes.
Prior to joining Wilson Sporting Goods, Rauch was a global product manager at Boston Scientific Cardiac Rhythm Management in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Rauch earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan in April of 2010. During her time at Michigan she worked in the University’s admissions department.
Rauch and her husband, Luke, were married in 2011 and they have a son, Lucas, and a daughter, Kody. Rauch and her family live in Northbrook, Illinois.