Class Notes & Announcements


David Kiester (BS '68) has been accepted into the Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work program at Tennessee State University beginning in the 2013 fall semester. He has also been selected to participate in the Vanderbilt Program for Interprofessional Learning, an interdisciplinary team approach to supervised Clinical Practicum. The Vanderbilt Program is an adjunct and not a substitute for the Practicum required for an MSW degree.


Stephany (Barrett) Bourne (BSE '76, MSE '83) recently retired from the Fort Wayne Community School system after 37 years of serving urban children and their families.


Carlos Serna (BLS '97) recently opened Person Centered Case Management in Lexington, Ky., working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jacqueline (Heizman) Welch (BA ’98) and husband Rob Welch welcomed the birth of their sixth child, Kemlynn Suzette, born April 5. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 ½ inches long. She was welcomed home by siblings Katelyn, Kyra, Kaiven, Keaten and Keiley.


Adam Swinford (BSE ’00) is principal at Miami Middle School in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Patrick Donley (BA ’04) and Cinamon (VanHorn) Donley (MSN ’11) welcomed their first child, Brennan William, on June 20, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 ¼ inches long.


Emily Porter (MSE '10, MS '13) is a therapist at Adams Health Network in Decatur, Ind.

Maggie Ward (BA '11) completed a Master of Arts in new media journalism at Full Sail University last December and was offered the opportunity to accompany the Vans Warped Tour as the new media journalist intern for Absolute Voices. This is a network of punk websites including Property of Zack, Absolute Punk, Under the Gun Reviews and PunkNews.

Maggie will also be providing content for the Full Sail blog while on tour. You can follow the blog at

Diana Bushong (ALS '12, BSW '13) is working at the Bowen Center–Albion Office as a rehabilitation service provider.

Jordan Crouch (BSW '13) is working at the YWCA in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a family care manager. She is also doing contract work with crime victim care.

Elizabeth (Gigler) Evans (BSW '13) is working as a case manager at Aging and In-Home Services.

Brooke Jackson (BSW '13) is working at AWS as a group home trainer.

Jordan Kyle (BSW '13 is working at Parkview Memorial Hospital.

Kimberly Loney (MS '13) is self-employed as a mental health counselor.

Sarah Osterfeld (MS '13) is a staff scientist at SES Environmental in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Markita Simpson (BSW '13) is working at Easter Seals Arc in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Heather Thelen (BSW '13) is working at the Community Harvest Food Bank as a program coordinator.

In Memoriam

Sister M. Kathleen Durrer (BS ’65, MS ’71) died at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Mishawaka, Ind., at 11 a.m. on June 30, 2013.

Mary Ann was born to Albert Durrer and Margaret Doer Durrer in Detroit, Mich., on December 28, 1929. She was the seventh of twelve children, four boys and eight girls. She is survived by four sisters, Sister Michael Ann of our province, Margaret, Marlene and Ellen, and one brother, Ray Durrer. She attended St. Michael School in Southfield, Mich., where she met our Sisters.

She received the habit on August 12, 1949 and received the name, Sister M. Kathleen. She professed her final vows on August 12, 1956.

She received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in education from Saint Francis College and a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Calumet College. Sister Kathleen taught in elementary schools of the province for nearly fifty years. Sister Petra, one of the temporary professed Sisters, remembers Sister Kathleen as an excellent first grade teacher. She credits Sister Kathleen, who was always kind and pleasant, as her example, inspiring her to enter our community. After retiring from teaching, Sister Kathleen served at St. James Hospital as a patient visitor. She retired to Our Lady of Angels Convent in 2002.

Gregory Vey

School of Creative Arts instructor Gregory Vey, 51, passed away Friday, July 26 in Fort Wayne. Active in sacred music, choral arts, musical theatre, music production, recording and education in northeast Indiana, he was a professional musician, conductor, director, composer, arranger, and educator for more than 30 years. He directed musical theatre productions for the University of Saint Francis and many other colleges, universities and schools. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial was Monday, July 29. Memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.

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