Mike Heaton - currently a partner with the Chicago-based law firm of O'Keefe, Lyons & Hynes - has served the Monogram Club since 1990, first as a board member ('90-'94) and then six years in the president rotation before serving as the organization's past president, legal counsel, and now as part of the past presidents' council.
A monogram winner in both football and golf, Heaton's tenure as the Monogram Club's president ('99-'01) included an expansion of the funding that the Club provides to current student-athletes through the various Student Welfare initiatives. These projects included: the "O.S.C.A.R.S." all-sports recognition banquet, the acquisition of 40 laptop computers for student-athlete to use when they are away from campus during team travel, funding of conference and postseason awards, and providing student-athlete handbooks and planners.
A partner with O'Keefe, Lyons & Hynes, LLC, since 1980, Heaton received his undergraduate ('68) and law school ('71) degrees from Notre Dame before serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps from 1971-75, stationed at Camp Lejuene, N.C. and Newport, R.I. Thereafter, he joined the Chicago law firm of Hubachek, Kelly, Rauch and Kirby ('75-'76) before joining the O'Keefe law firm in 1976. He currently specializes in property tax abatements and appeals.
Heaton was a receiver and placekicker at Notre Dame, playing four seasons and earning a monogram as a senior in the fall of 1967. He also went on to monogram with the golf team the following spring of 1968.
The second of five children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Heaton, he was born Oct. 31, 1946, in Seneca, Ill. He went on to a standout athletic career at Marquette High School in Ottawa, Ill., racking up 16 varsity letters while competing in golf, football, basketball, baseball and track.
Heaton is a member of the Board of Advisors of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is Past President of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago, Past President of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago Scholarship Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School and the Catholic Theological Union.
Heaton and his wife, Barbara née Sinon (Saint Mary's '68 and ND '69) have four children: daughter Anne (ND '94) and sons Joe, Conor and Kevin.