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Class Notes


Elena Kraus ('89) has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Whataburger. Elena is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of in-house legal experience at Walgreens Boots Alliance, the parent company of Walgreen Co. and the nation's second largest retail pharmacy chain. For the past six years, Kraus served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Walgreens.


Kevin S. Woltjen (JD '94, MBA '94) has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP as a partner in the firm's Dallas office. Kevin will be part of the firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group, representing companies across a variety of industries in corporate and securities law matters with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings and regulation, divestitures and restructurings, governance and venture capital transactions.

Randy Sparks ('95) has joined NBT Bancorp Inc. as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In this position, Randy will coordinate NBT's legal activities, manage external legal counsel and assist in the oversight of relations with regulatory agencies.

Jason L. Caliento ('98) has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer of Mobilitie. As Chief Commercial Officer, Jason will be responsible for overseeing Mobilitie's customer partnerships and services across mobile network operators and enterprise customers.


Charles I. Bachtell ('03) was profiled by Crain's Chicago Business. Cresco Labs recent acquisition of Columbia Care has the company poised to become the largest marijuana company in the United States. Charlie is the CEO of Cresco Labs.

Avanti Bakane ('09) was named a 2022 Rising Star by the National Association of Women Lawyers. The honor is bestowed on individuals who are advancing in their careers, helping others advance in their careers and/or fighting to advance women under the law. Avanti is a partner at Gordon, Rees, Scully, Mansukhani, LLP.


Heather Renee Adams ('12) has joined Roetzel & Andress as a shareholder in the firm's Labor & Employment Group. Heather provides guidance to employers across a spectrum of commercial and employment litigation matters, including single-plaintiff and multi-party cases, high-stakes whistleblower actions, wage and hour disputes, restrictive covenant litigation and various other areas of employment law. She is member of the College of Law's Dean's Advisory Council.

Samantha M. Odyniec ('15) has been named assistant general counsel for the Chicago Principals & Administrators Association. Samantha is the past president and a board member of the College of Law's Alumni Engagement Board.

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