Distinguished Service -- Leanne Mensing (BSE '60; MSE '67)
A Fort Wayne native and the oldest of five children, Leanne attended Precious Blood Elementary School and Central Catholic High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Saint Francis College in 1960, the same year she met her husband Dave, and in 1967 earned a master’s in special education. From 1970 to 1980, she taught and served as Parkwood Nursery School director, and from 1982 to 2000 was assistant principal at Anthis Career Center.
A veteran of many city and state committees and boards, Leanne has served PTA, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Band Parents, and participated in school and church activities. She has served on committees responsible for the Children’s Zoo, the McMillen Health Center, Safety Village, SCAN, and more. A 22- year volunteer Allocations Panel member and chair for United Way, Leanne is currently learning about technology programs while on the Tek Venture board.
Leanne enjoys her memberships at the Embassy, Philharmonic, and Civic Theatre, as well as weekly reading for the Northeast Indiana Reading Service. For 15 years she has been lector and CCD teacher at St. Charles Borromeo Church, and she created their preschool program. Leanne is also passionate about her alma mater and connects with USF as a Guild member, football season ticket holder, and head docent for Brookside. But, she especially enjoys spending time with her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren, Lauren and Eric, who are students at Bishop Dwenger High School.