Class of 1990 - 30th Reunion

Classmate Updates

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Catch up with classmates near and far

In anticipation of our milestone 30th Reunion, enjoy theses updates on four classmates who have certainly made us proud.

Diane Bunt

Since our last reunion, I’ve joined the firm of Berger Legal LLC, and my four children have certainly grown. My stepdaughter, Stephanie, recently moved to Australia with her husband, Justin, and their four beautiful daughters. We’re looking forward to visiting them when the travel restrictions have lifted. Our daughter Rachel, Boston Univ. ’14, and son Ryan, Univ. of Miami ’17, are current working (remotely right now) in New York City, and daughter, Lauryn, is in her senior year at Univ. of Virginia. I would be so happy to connect with my BC Law classmates, especially during these difficult times. My husband, Mark ’88, and I were looking forward to seeing all of you at the reunion this year. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get together in person next year!  Wishing you all the best!

Joni Katz Mackler

I am a partner at Howd & Ludorf in their Wellesley, MA office, where I have been working since 2012.  I continue to focus most of my practice in the area of toxic tort litigation defense.  My daughter, Molly, just graduated from Skidmore College this year and is working in the field of neuroscience. My son, Joey, is a junior at Bennington College studying writing, film, animation, and languages. I travelled to Berlin, Germany with my son in January for a week of sight-seeing before he began his winter term internship in Berlin. My husband, Kenny, and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  

Wishing our BC Law 1990 class could be together in real time for our 30th reunion,  but I will have to virtually wish all of my classmates well and hope that we can see each other in person next year for a bonus reunion!

Marie Santacroce Russo

After graduation, I joined Strook & Strook & Lavan in New York where I concentrated in complex litigation, class actions and product liability. I also served as senior in-house counsel at BASF Corporation. 

In 2006 I became in-house litigation counsel at Mastercard, where I handled a variety of commercial litigation, cyber security and data breach matters. In 2009 I began managing Mastercard’s global fraud compliance team where I drove the development and execution of customer compliance programs, as well as resolved various regional issues related to compliance with MasterCard rules. I am now senior vice president of Mastercard Dispute Resolution Management at its headquarters in Purchase, New York. I am responsible for Mastercard’s global Account Data Compromise and Chargeback teams where I develop the strategy, approach, and implementation of these areas. I am also a frequent speaker at Mastercard and industry events on the topic of cyber security and chargebacks.

On a more personal note, I have been married for 20 years to Martin Russo, an attorney with a law firm in Manhattan. We have two sons, one who is beginning his sophomore year at Bowdoin College, and the other who is a senior in high school. My family and I enjoy sports, particularly watching and playing soccer. We are also avid boaters.

I look forward to hearing more about the upcoming class reunion.

Vivian Liu-Somers

Hello Class of 1990!

I can’t believe it has been 30 years since we graduated from BC Law! I am a self-described recovering attorney who left a litigation practice to work in legal technology. After I last saw some of you at the 25th reunion, I joined the legal operations group at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston. As the Legal Systems Senior Product Owner, I set the technology vision for the legal department. I am proud to say that last year, my group won the Association of Corporate Counsel Legal Operations Team of the Year award. I am at the far right in the team photo.

I have also continued acting and directing and even wrote a short play, Waiting for Kim Lee, that was produced and published this summer. You might have seen me in some recent Celtics commercials at the beginning of the year. Celtics ad #1 and Ad #2 I also just filmed a Wayfair commercial that will come out shortly.

My family and I live in Newton and are doing as well as we can during these unprecedented times. My husband, Jeff Somers, is a software developer for Audible, part of Amazon. Our daughter, Kayley, is a high school senior trying to navigate the virtual college admissions process. She hopes to become a graphic designer and works in her school graphics department. Our son, Milo, is a high school sophomore who loves baseball and barking orders to his friends in online shoot ’em up games.

We are all looking forward to real-life gatherings and interaction. I hope that I will be able to see you all in person next year!