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Mary Ann Studebaker ’52x Mishler and Robert Cornell of Troy, Ohio, Jan. 3, 2009

Scott Duffitt ’95 and Nila Shanabarger of Churubusco, Ind., May 3, 2008

Matt Naikelis ’97 and Amy Ankrom of Indianapolis, July, 19, 2008

Samantha Bradfield ’98 and Scott Hickman of Brookville, Ind., Nov. 1, 2008

Albert Cotton Jr. ’98 ’99ma and Shaquanda Williams of Fort Wayne, Aug. 8, 2009

Sarah May ‘99 and Roland Moody of Macomb Ill., Sept. 22, 2007

Erica Cartwright ’00 and Brent Burlew of Bristol, Ind., Oct. 11, 2008

Tiffany Manley ’00 and Jim Bull of Clinton, Iowa, Jan. 3, 2009

Jeri Yoder ’00 and Ed Forrest of Fort Wayne, May 2, 2009

Elaine Barajas ’01 and Marshall Beitelspacher of Ames, Iowa, May 8, 2009

Kevin Myers ’01 and Jen Gingrich of Indianapolis, Aug. 18, 2007

Adriana Caviedes ’02 and Alexander Diaz of Miami, Fla., Nov. 11, 2008

Sarah Duhamell ’02 and Ryan O’Hara of North Manchester, Aug. 23, 2008

Becca Hartzler ’02 and Tim Hauber of Indianapolis, June 19, 2009

Stephanie Jellison ’02x and Joshua Hendricks of Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 29, 2009

Brent Johnson ’02 and Christie Eley of Argos, Ind., Dec. 13, 2008

Connie Balagadde ’03 and Richard Semakula of Lowell, Maine, Sept. 19, 2009

Brittan Frey ’03 and Douglas Bright of Indianapolis, Sept. 19, 2008

Amber Hartman ’04 and Matthew Enyeart of North Manchester, Aug. 25, 2007

Matthew Scheerer ’04 and Amanda Ladig ’08 of Fort Wayne, Oct. 10, 2009

Scott Harding ’06 and Emily Moeller ’06 of Shelbyville, Ind., June 21, 2008

Erica Hudson ’06 and Gregory Neher of Fort Wayne, Oct. 11, 2008

Jacob Huffman ’06 and Angela Pasquali of Keller, Texas, July 18, 2009

Zachary Sliwa ’06 and Rachel Roseberry of Valparaiso, Ind., April 3, 2009

Rick Burnau ’07 and Katy Freiburger ‘08 of Huntington, Ind., July 26, 2008

Megan Julian ‘07 and Jody Sarber ‘07 of North Manchester, Nov. 1, 2008

Carly White ’07 and Thomas Hixon of Granger, Ind., July 18, 2009

Lindsey Bryant ’08 and Robert Wertz of North Manchester, June 7, 2008

Alicia Krueckeberg ’08 and Adam VanZile ’09 of Cincinnati, Ohio, June 20, 2009

Will Patch ’08 and Kelli Barkey ’09 of Muncie, Ind., June 13, 2009

Caleb “Dante” Samuel ’08 and Sheryl Stenger ’10x of Des Moines, Iowa, June 19, 2009

Joel Hawkins ’09 and Bethany Boomershine of Goshen, Ind., Sept. 4, 2009


Hanna K., born June 18, 2008, to Joseph and Jennifer Peycha ’92 Peycha-Swartz of Bradenton, Fla.

Noah Matthew, born March 16, 2009, to Jamie and Gregg Mosier ’93 of Fort Wayne

Allison Marie, born April 10, 2009, to Linna and Chad Sommers ’94 of Elkhart, Ind.

Ava-Marie Claire, born Feb. 19, 2009, to Jill Knight ’98 and Dane ’99 Simcoe of North Manchester

Riley Grace, born Nov. 12, 2008, to Rachel and Jamie Branyan ’99 of Exton, Pa.

Hunter Michael and Hayden Leonard, born Nov. 4, 2008, to Michael and Jennifer Nufer ’99 Martin of Elkhart, Ind.

Aubrey Rachael, born Dec. 14, 2008, to Roland and Sarah May ’99 Moody of Macomb, Ill.

Dane Justice, born March 3, 2009, to Angela Twedt ‘00 and Ted ‘00 Bryant of South Bend, Ind.

Benjamin Michael, born Oct. 31, 2008, to Ashley Thompson ’02 and Jason ’00 Sykes of South Bend, Ind.

Kaine Reed, born July 13, 2009, to Matt and Erin Groombridge ’01, ’02ma Eberly of Fishers, Ind.

Nolan Keith, born Sept. 2, 2009, to Jen and Kevin Myers ’01 of Indianapolis

Austin Ryan, born July 17, 2009, to Laura Ryan ’02x and Travis ’01 Penrod of Huntington, Ind.

Hunter Ryne, born June 8, 2009 to Steve and Alicia Brant ’02 Hazelwood of Converse, Ind.

Blake Archer, born April 7, 2009, to Kamie Lucas ’05 and Justin ’03 Libey of Fort Wayne

Isabella Madeline, born March 25, 2009, to Sarah Bryan ’03 and Andrew ’03 Shultz of Sterling, Va.

Rachel Grace, born May 29, 2009, to Doug and Lynn Hefner ’04 Eriks of Zionsville, Ind.

Jiana Noelle, born Dec. 25, 2008, to Jennifer Whitaker ’04 and Joseph ‘05 Camacho of Goshen, Ind.

Dillon Lee, born Sept. 12, 2008, to Matthew and Amber Hartman ’04 Enyeart of North Manchester

Audrey Marie, born Feb. 11, 2009, to Ashley Blomeke ’05 and Andrew ’05 Bigelow of Auburn, Ind.

Abigail Austen, born May 25, 2009, to Amy Eager ’05 and Ben ’05 Cox of Kokomo, Ind.

Kaleb, born Nov. 6, 2008, to Angela and Kenneth Speed ’05 of Huntingburg, Ind.

Landon Michael, born June 23, 2009, to Travis and Jennifer Birner ’05 Steele of Peru, Ind.


*As a member of the Otho Winger Society, this donor included the College in an estate plan or established a deferred gift with the College.

Ruth M . Hefner ’24n Michaud of West Lafayette, Ind., May 21, 2009

Fern Adams ’29 Bright of Royal Oak, Mich., May 18, 2009

Mary Torpy ’29x Brubaker of North Manchester, May 5, 2008

Edna Gillespie ’29 Deardorff of Lakeside, Ore., Feb. 1, 2009

Helen Frederick ’32n Kauffman-Henry of Goshen, Ind., July 22, 2009

Margaret Brubaker ’32n Stout of Indianapolis, July 7, 2009

Paul Cripe ’33 of Tippecanoe, Ind., Feb. 12, 2009

Vivian Barker ’33n Richeson of Humble, Texas, April 22, 2009

Noble Frederick ’34 of Goshen, Ind., June 26, 2009

* Winston Brembeck ’36 of Madison, Wisc., March 7, 2009

Margaret Jordan ’36x Leedy of Auburn, Ind., Feb. 1, 2009

Genavee Moore ’36n Nelson of Mentone, Ind., March 12, 2009

Hazel Donat ’37n Becker of Studio City, Calif., Oct. 28, 2008

Doris Yazel ’37n Cook of Rockford, Ohio, April 1, 2009

Marion Halleck ’37 of State College, Pa., Feb. 19, 2009

Maxine Grossnickle ’37 White of Anderson, Ind., March 1, 2009

Virginia Keplinger ’38n Binkley of Carmel, Ind., July 9, 2009

* Pauline ‘Polly’ Ross ’38 Hare of Salem, Ore., July 28, 2009

Byron Hollinger ’38 of Goshen, Ind., Sept. 2, 2009

* Eugene Harold Stone ’38 of North Manchester, May 23, 2009

Frank ‘Edwin’ Benjamin ’39x of Elyria, Ohio, Feb. 11, 2007

Luther Bennet ’39x of St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 23, 2008

Floyd S. Funk ’39x of Plano, Texas, Jan. 10, 2008

Maxine Humbarger ’39x Garrison of Huntington, Ind., Dec. 8, 2008

* LaVonne Arnold ’39x Joynt of Mount Morris, Ill., May 6, 2009

* Vada Musser ’40 Reiff of Plymouth, Ind., Sept. 20, 2009

Helen Cripe ’41 Black of New Waverly, Ind., May 30, 2009

Robert Hollar ’41 of Carmel, Ind., May 15, 2009

Altonetta Waas ’41x Rasmussen of Sacramento, Calif., June 6, 2009

Harold Reinoehl ’41 of Ashley, Ind., July 24, 2009

John Sayers ’41x of Springfield, Ohio, May 20, 2009

* Evan Young ’41 of Medina, Ohio, May 12, 2009

Dorris Harrold ’42x of Akron, Ind., June 9, 2009

Kathryn Howe ’42 Kiesling of Belleville, Wisc., July 22, 2009

Kathleen Cauffman ’45 Mason of Etna Green, Ind., July 24, 2009

John Storer ’45x of North Manchester, Sept. 18, 2009

Cleon D. Overmyer ’46x of North Manchester, April 30, 2009

Richard Wagner ’46x of Tillamook, Ore., Feb. 13, 2009

* Naomi Whitacre ’47 Waggy of Goshen, Ind., July 22, 2009

Wilma Grisso ’47 Wolboldt of Elyria, Ohio, Aug. 17, 2009

Roger Ingold ’48 of Hershey, Pa., May 11, 2009

Miriam Broadwater ’48x Tucker of Morganfield, Ky., Oct. 9, 2008

Delbert J. Cook ’49 of La Porte, Ind., Sept. 12, 2008

Hannah Eldred ’49x of Hartsville, S.C., Sept. 17, 2008

Norma Kepner ’49x Imhoof of Denver, Ind., June 23, 2009

Darrell Snyder ’49 of North Manchester, Aug. 1, 2009

of North Manchester, who served 30 years as director of development for Manchester College, retiring in 1994 to direct several major community fund-raising projects. He received the College’s Alumni Honor and Service awards and the Philanthropy Award. With his wife, Helen Anne Winger ’50 Garber, he remained active in the Manchester College community, applauding and supporting events, students, faculty and staff. He was 83.
JUNE 9, 2009

Daniel Priser ’51x of Bradenton, Fla., March 15, 2009

William L. Brubaker ’52 of Sinking Spring, Pa., Jan. 8, 2009

Cleon Marsh ’52 of Warsaw, Ind., June 13, 2009

Clyde McDaniel ’52 of Woodstock, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2009

Allan Coy ’54x of Bradenton, Fla., March 16, 2009

Robert Kayser ’54 of Wyoming, Mich., Feb. 20, 2009

Maxine Overholser ’54 Rowe of Fairmount, Ind., June 24, 2009

Patricia Landen ’54x Strycker of La Porte, Ind., Oct. 6, 2009

Arlene Coy ’55 Ritenour of Bradenton, Fla., April 2, 2009

Loretta Houser ’56 Baughman of South Bend, Ind., Dec. 15, 2008

Donald Flory ’56 of Findlay, Ohio, Sept. 21, 2009

Hilda Lanier ’56 of Elizabethton, Tenn., March 24, 2008

David Horn ’57 of Roseville, Ohio, Nov. 24, 2008

Arlene Saggers ’57 Werker of Albion, Ind., May 29, 2009

Eleanore Reisinger ’58 Armontrout of Crown Point, Ind., April 7, 2009

Dorine Reid ’58x Sherrick of Polo, Ill., May 11, 2009

Howard Ballinger ’59 of Marion, Ohio, July 28, 2009

Max Hillsamer ’59 of Beavercreek, Ohio, April 8, 2009

Alda Ritchey ’60 Andrews of Indianapolis, June 6, 2009

Hubert Latham ’60 of Tippecanoe, Ind., Aug. 22, 2009

Donald D. Mosher ’60 of Roanoke, Ind., April 11, 2009

Carl Rowe ’60 of Spokane, Wash., Dec. 30, 2008

Raymond Stokes ’60 of Valparaiso, Ind., Aug. 14, 2008

Jean Travelbee ’61 Black of Crown Point, Ind., March 24, 2009

Ronald Weimer ’61 of Garrett, Ind., May 2, 2009

D. R. ‘Robert’ Huffman ’62 of Huntington, Ind., July 21, 2009

Mary Klopfenstein ’62 Wisler of Spencerville, Ind., Aug. 11, 2009

Margaret Joyce Merrell ’63 Cook of Kokomo, Ind., June 16, 2009

Enrique Quintana ’64 of Bradenton, Fla., May 4, 2009

David R. Eis ’65 of Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 20, 2009

Susannah Shenefield ’65 Kent of Wabash, Ind., April 9, 2009

Alice Malcolm ’65 Long of Syracuse, Ind., May 4, 2009

Bettye Evans ‘66x Holderread of Wakarusa, Ind., Jan 29, 2009

Gary Wehlrey ’66 of Troy, Ohio, March 29, 2008

Lewis ‘Ted’ Ware ’67 of Mulberry, Ind., Sept. 3, 2009

Rebecca Felix ’69 Davis of Fort Wayne, Ind., Dec. 12, 2008

Steven Thompson ’71 of Goshen, Ind., May 1, 2009

Terri DeLancey ’72x Mayes of Lafayette, Ind., Oct. 5, 2009

Barbara Young ’72 Rogers of Warsaw, Ind., March 9, 2009

Thomas V. Sayger ’73 of Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 3, 2009

Jean VanUnen Bishop ’75 of Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 6, 2009

Teresa Freed ’76 Heckman of North Manchester, Aug. 8, 2009

John H. Kissinger ’77x of Odenton, Md., Nov. 20, 2008

Mary Rhynard ’79 Loeser of Granger, Ind., Sept. 19, 2009

Lawrence Jackowiak ’80 of Elkhart, Ind., Sept. 18, 2009

Kristy Huff ’87 Kline of Bremen, Ind., July 29, 2009

John Cissna ’91x of Rochester, Ind., March 19, 2009

Kelley Ohlwine ’92 Miller of Leo, Ind., Sept. 24, 2009

Charles Craig ’94x of Angola, Ind., May 11, 2009

Tyson Gordon ’10x of Hamilton, Ind., Sept. 26, 2009

Friends of the College

Mary Alice “Mom” Grandstaff of North Manchester, who with her husband Paul served Sunday suppers in their home for 16 years to Manchester College students, July 18, 2009

Alumni News and Notes by CLASS YEAR


David ’41 Lower of Wildomar, Calif., and his wife Kathryn celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary July 11.

Annabel Rupel ’41 of North Manchester received the 2009 Friend of 4-H International award recognizing her service as an Indiana state extension specialist and her leadership in programs supporting student exchanges to Japan, Poland, England, the Netherlands, Sweden, USSR and Switzerland.

Joanna Fiant ’47 Myers of North Manchester and her husband Herman celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Aug. 17.

Claire Shank ’49 and Raymond ’50 Hartsough of Plymouth, Ind., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 15.


Wayne Klepinger ’50 of Bunker Hill, Ind., and his wife Shirley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 12.

Kenneth Miller ’50 of Ferguson, Mo., and his wife Rose Marie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversay Aug. 2.

Keith Pontius ’55 of Crossville, Tenn., received the Dimpled Globe Award from the United Fund of Cumberland County for making a difference through service to his community.

W. Gordon Hedges ’57 of Watertown, S.D., received five gold medals at the Watertown Senior Games and a silver medal at the South Dakota Senior Games. He sings with his church worship team, helps with Junior Bible Quiz Team and is an assistant Sunday school teacher.

Gene E. Likens ’57 of Clinton Corners, N.Y., was elected by the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an Einstein Professor, recognizing his academic and intellectual strengths. A pioneering ecologist renowned for having co-discovered acid rain, Likens is the founding director and president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. While in China, Dr. Likens will lecture and receive an honorary degree from Jinan University.


Bonnie Dee Freed ’60 and Karl ’60 Merritt of North Manchester celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 15.

Linda Rehfeldt ’62 Colson of Strasbourg, France retired in 2005 after 35 years as a social worker for the City of Strasbourg. She returns regularly to the States to visit family in Illinois and Montana.

Carol Hood ’62 and Larry ’62 Weise of Lafayette, Ind., won the gold medal in shuffleboard doubles in their age group at the National Senior Olympics in San Francisco in August. Carol also won gold in women’s singles and Larry took fourth in men’s singles. They placed sixth in mixed doubles bowling in their age category.

Jerry Brand ’63 of Austin, Texas was featured in a story by The Wall Street Journal for his work with algae and the feasibility of using algae to manufacture biofuel. Professor Brand is director of the Culture Collection of Algae, overseeing samples of 3,000 organisms for the University of Texas.

Bill Harshbarger ’63 of Nehalem, Ore., was the featured speaker at his alma mater’s Alumni Association banquet at Bainbridge High School in Indiana. He is retired after 35 years in the semiconductor industry. He has published more than 50 technical papers and is the co-inventor of 29 U.S. patents.

Allen Shockney ‘63 of Plymouth, Ind., is the 2009 Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year, honored by the M Association at Homecoming 2009. The retired cross country coach for Plymouth High School was a 2008 Hall of Fame inductee of the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches. He coached track and cross country for 44 years.

Larry Smucker ’63 of Wooster, Ohio and Lakeland, Fla., is director of competitive swimming for the City of Wooster. He worked with 170 competitive swimmers, helping Wooster swimmers to its 16th straight Mid-Ohio Swimming Championship.

Ray Streit ’64 of Goshen, Ind., received the IHSAA’s 2009 Interscholastic Athletic Official Association Award for Excellence in track and field. He has worked 14 sectionals, four regionals, 10 state finals on the clerking crew and one year as a state finals assistant starter. He also has officiated cross country for 25 years. Streit retired in 2000 from Goshen Community Schools after teaching 35 years.

James M. Beard ’65 of Salsibury, N.C., is author of a new textbook that studies the limits of nature and consequences of ignoring them, Environmental Chemistry in Society. Beard is a chemistry professor and Chemistry Department chair for Catawba College in Salisbury.

Joe Krom ’67 of Argos, Ind., is author of a historical novel Heart of a Warrior: The True Saga of Sweet Breeze and William Wells, based partly on the works of former Manchester President Otho Winger. The book discusses resistance of the Miami Nation to joining the Northwest Territory.

Donald R. Michaelsen ’67 of Olmsted Falls, Ohio is enjoying retirement from Top Driver, where he taught driving skills. He also served as a part-time docent the last five months for The Steamship William G. Mather Museum in Cleveland.

Kenneth L. Olin ’68 of Butler, Ind., retired in 2007 after 39 years as a high school math and chemistry teacher.

Glen Dillman ’69 of Flora, Ind., an eighth-grade social studies and world history teacher for Carroll Jr./Sr. High School in Flora, was 2008 Distinguished Teacher of the Year of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies. He has taught for 40 years.

Phyllis Weimer ’69x Michaelsen of Olmsted Falls, Ohio is a senior benefits administrator for Medical Mutual of Ohio headquarters in Cleveland. She has worked for the company 14 years.


Bill Leininger ’70 of Akron, Ind., represents the 11-county District 2 of the Indiana State Fair Board and serves on the executive council. He was responsible for organizing beef and dairy cattle shows at the State Fair in August. Leininger teaches sixth-grade science for Tippecanoe Valley Middle School.

Martha Hullihan ’70 Yeager of Syracuse, Ind., is enjoying retirement after teaching 33 years with Wawasee Community Schools District. She chairs the Board of Directors of Goshen General Hospital and serves on the board of Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation.

Ruth Ann Frantz Keim ’71 Bever of Fort Wayne received a Teacher Creativity Fellowship from The Lilly Endowment Inc. to write a children’s book featuring Chuck, a stuffed beaver mascot in her fifth-grade class at Franke Park Elementary School. She will spend six weeks in the Pacific Northwest writing and attending at Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop.

Karen Horn ’71 of Bellevue, Wash., is owner and CEO of Horn Communication LLC. She is drawing on her extensive experience and reputation in the business, from developing the first communication toolkit for managers at GE to designing an online communication tool for Cisco Systems now available to communicators worldwide.

Craig Smith ’71 of Elizabethtown, Pa., has published his first book for church leaders: Every Monday – Finding God on Tough Days. He is district executive for the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren and is a speaker and leadership coach.

Janet Hintzke ’72x Bell of Fort Wayne and her daughter, Natalie, have opened a retail yarn shop, Knitting Off Broadway, in Fort Wayne, offering natural fibers, notions, accessories and classes.

Mark Souder ’72 of Auburn is the 2009 Family Physician of the Year of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians. The academy said the Grabill physician “exemplifies the tradition of the family physician and contributes to the continuing good health of the citizens of Indiana.” He also volunteers in his community and has served on the YMCA board and volunteers as medical director for the Auburn- Cord-Dusenberg Festival.

James Fointama ’73 of Bamenda, Cameroon, has retired from Cameroon government service after 35 years as a high school science educationalist.

Sandra Burge ’74 of San Antonio, Texas, a professor of family and community medicine at University of Texas, was keynote speaker for the 5,000-member Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual spring conference in May.

Chris Good ’74 Douglas of Elgin, Ill., is director of the Annual Conference Office for the Church of the Brethren, which has moved to Elgin. She served as staff and most recently, director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Church of the Brethren.

Stephen Hollenberg ’74 of Elkhart, Ind., was honored for his many years of service at River Oaks OB/GYN Associates in Elkhart. He has served as a physician there for 25 years and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Randall Gratz ’75 of Columbus, Ind., was selected to join a one-week educational tour in Beijing and Hangzhou, as an educational representative. He is principal of Central Middle School for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.

Barbara J. Overmyer ’75 Johnson of Kewanna, Ind., has retired from Menominee Elementary School in Plymouth. She had taught for 33 years.

Keeman ‘Kim’ Lobsiger ’75 of DeMotte, Ind., is 2009 Principal of the Year of the Indiana Association of School Principals. As principal of Garret High School for 14 years, Lobsiger implemented Block 4 scheduling, extended remediation for failing students, and expanded advance placement and dual-credit college courses, all contributing to GHS’s recognition as an Indiana Chamber of Commerce Best Buy School.

Marcy Smith ’75 Perkins of New Castle, Del., has worked with the homeless in Baltimore, Cecil County and Wilmington for more than 30 years. As director of women’s ministry for Friendship House, she supports women who are homeless, recently released from prison and/or are dealing with addiction.

David Schmidt ’75 of Salem, Ore., is serving his third deployment as a U.S. Army Reserve internal medicine physician in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He will serve in Germany for one year, at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a U.S. Military installation and the largest American hospital outside the United States. The Landstuhl Post receives all sick and injured U.S. and coalition personnel from combat theaters.

Bill Duffy ’77 of Columbia City, Ind., and the Columbia City Lady Eagles soccer team he coaches played for Breast Cancer Awareness, raising more than $7,000 for Women’s Giving Circle, which provides free mammograms and other philanthropic support.

David Lopshire ’77 of South Whitley, Ind., was the March 2009 Teacher of the Month at Whitko High School.

Timothy A. McElwee ’78 of Wyomissing, Pa., is vice president for advancement for Albright College in Reading, Pa.

Kendall Overmyer ’79 of Fort Wayne, Ind., a Broker/ Realtor with Century 21 Bradley, will begin a three-year term on the Manchester College Alumni Association Board of Representatives in January.

Karen Swinehart ’79 Ross of Newark, Ohio is 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education. She teaches at the Career & Technology Education Center (C-TEC ) of Licking County.


Linda Knoll ’80 Arney of La Porte, Ind., coached the state champion and 1st runner-up in policy debate, the first time La Porte High School has swept the final round. She teaches English for the high school.

Gayla Domke ’80 of Valparaiso, Ind., is associate professor of mathematics at Purdue University-North Central in Westville, Ind. She teaches developmental mathematics and upper-level mathematics courses. An internationally known graph theorist, Domke has written more than 30 research papers and given more than 50 presentations on this subject.

Edith Rohrer ’80 of Warsaw, Ind., is 2009 Indiana Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Edgewood Middle School, and is in her 28th year of teaching for Warsaw Community Schools.

Barry Lewis ’83 of Waynetown, Ind., is assistant publisher of The Paper of Montgomery County.

Louis Grettenberger ’84 of Traverse City, Mich., is pastor of Sparta (Mich.) United Methodist Church.

Loa P. Traxler ’85 of Landenberg, Pa., is the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Deputy Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Her role is to deepen relationships with Penn faculty members and to encourage them to use the Museum’s extensive collections as teaching tools.

Portia Price ’86 Coe of Fort Wayne is the 2009-10 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. She is the building coach at Irwin Elementary School, helping teachers refine their methods and become better teachers. She has extensive experience training teachers through the Region 8 Education Service Center.

Brad Johnson ’88 of Garrett, Ind., is assistant vice president of lending for Garrett State Bank.

Scott Kreiger ’88 of Fort Wayne recently published a book, Four Sunny Saturdays, The Story of the Canterbury Lady Cavaliers’ 2008 State Championship Season, about the first of two state championship seasons he coached girls’ basketball for Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne.

Daniel Poole ’88 of Bradford, Ohio is an advancement associate for Bethany Theological Seminary, with responsibilities for donor relations and annual fund solicitation. He left a 13-year pastorate with the Covington (Ohio) Church of the Brethren in July.

Constance Goshorn ’89 Fockler of Winter Springs, Fla., is finishing her reading endorsement to add to her master’s degree in special education from the University of Central Florida. She teaches exceptional student education (ESE) and is an inclusion specialist for Seminole County Public Schools.

Nicole Souder ’89 Hansen of Auburn, Ind., is director of resource development for Trine University (formerly Tri-State University) in Angola.


Charles Studebaker ’90 of Lilburn, Ga., is a financial advisor for The Johnson Financial Group, which specializes in insurance and other financial products.

Pat McLaughlin ’92 of Garrett, Ind., is principal of Eastbrook High School in Upland, Ind.

Gary Ramp ’92 of Haubstadt, Ind., is store manager of the Menards in Princeton, Ind.

David Scheblo ’92 of Peru, Ind., is regional director of admissions for Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo Region. He was director of financial aid.

Julie Bolze ’93 Berndt of Knox, Ind., is Principal of the Year of an eight-county district of the Indiana Association of School Principals. She is principal at Monterey Elementary School for Culver Community School Corp.

Fred Borne ’93 of Hamden, Conn., is 2010 Teacher of the Year for Ansonia School District. He teaches mathematics at Ansonia High School.

Nicholas Eccles ’93 of Wabash, Ind., is superintendent of North White School Corp. in Monon, Ind.

Gerad Good ’95 of Fort Wayne is assistant basketball coach at University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

Blair Vandenburg ‘96 of Mishawaka, Ind., teaches language arts and social studies at Jefferson Intermediate School for South Bend Community School Corp., and is head boys’ golf coach and assistant girls’ varsity volleyball coach for Mishawaka High School.

Aaron Wellman ‘97 of San Diego, Calif., is head strength and conditioning coach for the San Diego State University football team.

Jamie Mault ’98 McGrath of Fort Wayne received an MBA last spring from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne.

Jamie Branyan ’99 of Exton, Pa., is an annuity product manager for Lincoln Financial Distributors.

Amanda Lauer ’99 Coshow of Granger, Ind., has been promoted to technical expert for the Social Security Administration.

Jason DeHaven ’99 of Americus, Ga., is lending resource manager for Habitat for Humanity International, with a goal to increase the diversity and quality of financing options for the organization.

Heather Hein ’99 Hunter of Temecula, Calif., teaches physical education for Terra Cotta Middle School of Lake Elsinore Unified School District.


Tiffany Manley ’00 Bull is head athletic trainer for Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.

Richard Yeager- Stiver ’00 formerly of Marion, Ohio is senior pastor for Grosse Pointe Congregational Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

Mark B. Heiden ’01 of Franklin, Ind., is the new principal of Creekside Elementary School in Franklin.

Melissa Kinder ’01 Tuttle of Denver, Colo., is audit manager for the Denver office of BKD, one of the nation’s 10-largest CPA and advisory firms.

Jennifer Malott ’02 of Fort Wayne received a master’s degree and licensure in social work and is a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Fort Wayne for Indiana Family & Social Services Administration.

Sarah Duhamell ’02 O’Hara of North Manchester is 4-H youth development educator for the Kosciusko County office of Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

Melissa Walterhouse ’02 Ritchie of LaPorte, Ind., is a registered nurse for Saint Anthony Memorial Health Center in Michigan City, Ind.

Jill Mele ’03 Jackson of Roann, Ind., received a master’s degree in education from Ball State University and teaches at White’s Jr/Sr High School in the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County.

Leela Setty ’03 Paris of Indianapolis received a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Purdue University. She works in the Xenoimmunology Division of the Department of Surgery of Indiana University School of Medicine.

Sara Kerkhoff ’03 Rundell of Denver, Colo., received a law degree from Harvard Law School last spring. She is clerking for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison H. Eid and works for Holland & Hart LLP in Denver. She is the first Manchester graduate to attend Harvard Law School, where she edited the Harvard Law Review.

Ian Webb ’03 of Fort Wayne received an MBA from Indiana University in May 2009.

Kacey Kottkamp ’03 Wright of Bremen, Ind., teaches seventh-grade English at Bremen Middle School and occasionally coaches middle school cheerleading and track.

Ronda Landis ‘04 of Fort Wayne is a financial services professional for WestPoint Financial Group in Fort Wayne.

Ashley Blomeke ’05 Bigelow of Auburn, Ind., teaches kindergarten for Dekalb County Central United School District.

Ryann Deloney ‘05 of Indianapolis received a master of public administration degree in healthcare administration at Indiana University Northwest in 2007. He is a resident services director for Brookdale Senior Living.

Elizabeth Ennis ’05 of Fort Wayne received a master’s degree in mental health counseling at University of Saint Francis and is an employment specialist and therapist in dialectical behavior therapy for Park Center Inc. in Fort Wayne.

Logan Condon ’06 of Chicago works in the production nursery of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Ben Felix ’06 of Indianapolis is a student of the Indiana University School of Medicine and recently traveled to India to study the social stigma surrounding leprosy.

Crystal Paulson ’06 of Stoneville, Miss., expects to receive a master’s degree in biology with a concentration in immunology/virology from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in December. She is a microbiology laboratory technician for the Catfish Genetics Research Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Stoneville.

Tai Cerney ’07 of Fort Wayne works in the audit department of Symmetry Medical Inc. in Fort Wayne. She previously was employed by Ernst and Young, Fort Wayne.

Jamie Schmidt ’07 Charvat of Shreveport, La., is working at Willis-Knighton Extended Care Center in Shreveport, La.

Ryan Evans ’07 of North Manchester teaches seventh-grade science at Wabash Middle School. Last summer, he led Science Club students and their parents on a two-week trip to the Southwest.

Abby Harper ’07 of Coralville, Iowa, who received a master’s in public health (occupational and environmental health) in July from University of Iowa, was nominated by the public health honor society Delta Omega to present her research at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in Philadelphia in November. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in agriculture health and safety with a subtrack in occupational epidemiology.

Kate Jastzremski ’07 of Fort Wayne is a case manager for Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana.

Kendal Kosta-Mikel ’07 of Muncie, Ind., is a graduate student at Ball State University.

Neil Rodenbeck ‘07 of Laotto, Ind., is employed by Federated Media in Fort Wayne. He is a board engineer for ESPN Radio and News Talk 1190 WOWO.

Megan Julian ’07 Sarber of North Manchester is a community representative for the American Cancer Society, Fort Wayne.

Rachelle Steggerda ’07 of Bastrop, Texas teaches seventh-grade math for Bastrop Independent School District.

Sarah Story ’07 of Columbia City, Ind., an associate trainer for Canine Companion in Huntington, recently was filmed by Animal Planet for an episode of Untamed and Uncut, teaching pet safety with her dog, Zeke.

Kimberly Thiede-Sons ‘07 of Noblesville, Ind., is an intake coordinator for Central Indiana First Steps in Indianapolis.

Aaron Cripe ’08 of North Manchester is head basketball coach for Manchester High School. He teaches math for Huntington North High School.

Tia Harrison ‘08 of Warsaw, Ind., is a research scientist for Zimmer Inc.

Will Patch ’08 of Muncie, Ind., teaches chemistry, coaches an academic team and is assistant theatre director and assistant wrestling coach for Yorktown Community Schools.

Alicia Krueckeberg ’08 VanZile of Cincinnati, Ohio is an athletic trainer for a physical therapy clinic in the Cincinnati area.

Britany Goodpaster ’09 of Fort Wayne works with donor relations and grant management for Salvation Army, Fort Wayne.

Sara Oszuscik ’09 of Elkhart, Ind., is with Kruggle, Lawton & Company LLC, an Elkhart CPA firm.

Kelli Barkey ’09 Patch of Muncie, Ind., is an accountant with Baden, Gage & Schroeder LLC in Fort Wayne.

Bridgett Shultz ’09 of Hudson, Ind., is pursuing a master’s degree in teachers of children with visual impairments (TCVI) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Danielle Walker ’09 of Columbia City, Ind., is working on a master’s degree in industrial/ organizational psychology at Xavier University, Cincinnati.

Adam VanZile ’09 of Cincinnati, Ohio is working on a doctorate in physical therapy at College of Mount St. Joseph.

Alumni News & Class Notes compiled by Deb Stoltzfus
In this issue
Steadfast, with fresh footprints
from the president

Making a difference, naturally Everybody pitches in

It’s academic: Students come first
This faculty is fully engaged, in a new gen ed curriculum and experiences – side-by-side with students

The Manchester Fund
The most-important gift

Endowing lasting lessons
“Dave’s Boys” honor their friend and mentor with a scholarship

Philanthropy 101
Alumni teachers make $700,000 bequest

Profiles of ability and conviction

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