Class Notes


John Mauch (MS '77) recently joined Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame as its new president and chief executive officer. Holy Cross Village is a ministry of the Brothers of Holy Cross and a continuing care retirement community.


Doris Yerger (BSW '80) recently presented "Twentieth- Century African-American Women's Club" at the History Center. Originally from Hope, Ark., Doris moved to Fort Wayne in 1947, retiring from General Electric after 25 years. She served as a volunteer for Lutheran Social Services, the Women's Bureau and other local agencies. She has been a member of the Ultra Art Club for more than 35 years.


Shannon Corson (BBA '93) enrolled at Brevard Community College in the medical assistant program, making the president's list for excellent achievement fall semester with a 4.0 GPA.

Valerie (Geisel) Kipfer (BSN '94) is the Texas State Director of Nursing Services for the Department of Aging and Diabilities. Valerie moved to Texas in 2009 to take this position. While not at work, she enjoys time with her husband and three children and their families, and eight grandchildren, who are scattered all over the world from Texas to Indiana to China.

Karen (Rosso) Warner (BSN '98) and Doug Warner (BLS '00) welcomed their third child, Nolan Pryce on November 12.


Jeanne (Eiserle) Ewing (BA '03, MSE '08) and husband, Ben, welcomed their first child on Nov. 18. Felicity Rose Ewing weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Jenny Maldonado (BS '04, MS '10) works at USF as a lab assistant in the departments of biology and chemistry. She was awarded the 2011 Franciscan Spirit Award during an annual USF employee awards ceremony. USF has presented the award annually since 1994 to the full-time faculty or staff member nominated by peers as the example of one who best lives the Franciscan Values in the university's values statement. Those values center on reverence for the unique dignity of each person; encouraging a trustful, prayerful community of learners; serving one another, society and the Church; fostering peace and justice; and respecting the creation. Nominators described Maldonado as selfless and tireless in her work and commitments; friendly and helpful; sought out by students for her assistance and support; well-liked by faculty members; compassionate toward animals; a military sergeant who can multi-task and bring order to the labs; and possessing a spirit of helpfulness.

Amy (Tener) Oakes (AS '05) married Matthew Oakes in Albion, Ind. on Oct. 16. They now live near Somerset, Penn.

Erica Tarasovitch (BSW '06) received a master's degree in 2007 from the University of South Florida in social work. Erica welcomed Jace Mehki Tarasovitch on Feb. 21. He weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 18 inches long.

Tara Richards (BA '06) is working at IPFW as a public safety dispatcher with the IPFW University Police.

Jason Beer (BA '07) is in his third year teaching high school English at South Shore High School for Chicago Public Schools. Jason finished his Teach for America service last June. He and his wife, Cassie, welcomed their first child, son Avram Daniel Beer, into the world on April 26, 2010.

Erin LaCross (MSN '09) received a 40 under 40 Award from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, honoring a group of individuals under age 40 who have provided outstanding leadership in the Fort Wayne business community.

Army Captain Jonathan Springer (BA '09) was highlighted in the Fort Wayne News Sentinel on Jan. 26 for developing an iPhone application called Tactical Nav, designed to organize and assist combat soldiers and to help locate Taliban forces.


Joshua Fenner (MSE '10) is an education counselor for the U.S. Army at Fort Carson, Colo.

Justin Vela (BBA '10) and Eric Lash (BA/BLS '10) were highlighted in Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly for their start-up company, GooRoo, which builds online communities. The four-man GooRoo team launched to build communities around the popular WorldPress open-source blogging software. The team accomplished this with help from the Student Venture Lab, a program Northeast Indiana Innovation Center is revamping to produce more successful business ventures.

Nicole Yates (BSN '11) is working as an RN for Parkview Hospital.

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