Category: 1990s

Maryann (Richard) Gaines, ’90, receives honors

Congratulations to Maryann (Richard) Gaines, BCHS Class of 1990, on her recent honors as she pursues a new profession.

After working in the automotive industry for 20+ years, Maryann began a path towards her new career. She currently is working part time at IUPUI as a tutor/mentor while attending classes full time at Indiana University East.

In her studies, she has been honored on the :

  • 2021-2022 Part-Time Dean’s List at IU East, School of Natural Science & Mathematics
  • Fall 2022 Chancellor’s list (IU East), maintaining that standing since August 2021.
Maryann will graduate in December 2024 with the highest academic distinction. She was also recently inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

In January 2024, she will begin studies on her second bachelor’s degree in the accelerated BSN program at IUPUI, hoping for a dream job working in otolaryngology reconstructive surgery.

“I believe that my education at Bishop Chatard combined with the skills I learned in the military have helped me to understand the importance of hard work and dedication,” she writes.

We congratulate Maryann on her achievements and wish her the best in her future career.

Paul Mullin, ’97, is law firm manager

Paul Mullin, BCHS Class of 1997, is the managing partner of Lewis And Wilkins, a law firm in Indianapolis. He began practicing in 2005 as a litigator.

In late 2022, he was accepted into the Washington, D.C. bar after the year-long application and vetting process.

Congratulations Paul, on your achievements!

Denise Morrow, ’92, receives degree

Congratulations to Denise Morrow, BCHS Class of 1992! In June 2021, she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University.

Honoring fallen firefighter Warren Smith, ’00

On Sept. 10, 2021, BCHS hosted a Mass in partnership with the Indianapolis Fire Department’s Emerald Society on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Dozens of firefighters came to the school to pay tribute to the first responders who gave their lives to help others after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.BCHS

The Sept. 10 Mass was also an occasion to pay tribute to Warren Smith, a 1990 Bishop Chatard graduate who went on to become an IFD firefighter.

He died in the line of duty in 2000 during a diving exercise. A plaque honoring Smith was given to school leaders after the Mass so that its students can remember the self-sacrifice of the school’s graduate.

Smith’s brother Marc Smith, a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Indianapolis, attended the Mass.

“Throughout the years, I’ve known how they felt about him,” said Smith of the way IFD firefighters have honored his brother. “It means a great deal. To me, he was my big brother. But to see how other people see what kind of person he was is very fulfilling and uplifting.”

IFD battalion chief Dudley Taylor, who served with Warren Smith, spoke about his fallen comrade.

“Many may only remember the tragic day on which he lost his life,” said Taylor. “But we’re here today to remember and honor all the days of his life, especially those within Bishop Chatard High School. The lessons he learned at Bishop Chatard served him far beyond the confines of his classroom.”

Read the full story in The Criterion.

DuJuan Daniels, ’98, inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame

Congratulations to DuJuan Daniels, BCHS Class of 1998, who was inducted to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. DuJuan was the 1997 Mr. Football at Bishop Chatard and a former player at Boston College. He went on to spend 13 seasons in the New England Patriots Scouting Department and is currently working for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Courtney (Chesebrough) Whistler ’99: New Owner of Binkley’s

Courtney (Chesebrough) Whistler ’99 became the sole owner of Binkley Kitchen & Bar last year. During the pandemic, she oversaw cosmetic and physical renovations of the restaurant and navigated the switch to a carry-out menu, followed by a limited in-person, menu.

Paul Mullin, ’97, becomes Managing Partner

Congratulations to Paul Mullin, BCHS Class of 1997, who was elected by his colleagues to a 2 year term as Managing Partner of Lewis And Wilkins LLP, an Indianapolis law firm. He and his family are members at St. Pius X Parish. Other members of the firm with children at BCHS are Steve Koers (St. Simon) and John Lewis (Christ the King).

Larisa (Esmits) Smith, ’97, opens travel agency in WI

Larisa shares this information about her life’s journey: “I got married in 2009, to my wonderful husband, Sam, while still living in Indianapolis. My son, Alex, was born in 2013. After many years working as a dog groomer, I switched gears and got into the travel industry. After working for other agencies for the last 4 years, I made the leap and opened up my own travel agency. Rivertown Travel is based in Hudson, WI where we have lived since 2015. We share our house with 2 cats and a Golden Retriever named Flash. ” Larisa, congratulations and best wishes on your new venture!