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We are here to serve you.  If we can help you organize a gathering in your area, find a long-lost college friend or just answer your questions about events and programs happening, please call, write, email or just drop in any time at the address below.  We love to hear from you!

Email: alumnifw@taylor.edu

Phone: (260) 744-8790

Adddress: 915 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN  46807

FW Alumni Center Staff Serving You

Michael Mortensen

Michael D. Mortensen g91

Director of Fort Wayne Alumni Relations

Email: mcmortensen@taylor.edu

Phone:  (260) 744-8790

Michael serves as the Director of Fort Wayne Alumni and Friend Relations, where he cares for alumni across the country by connecting and celebrating through reunions, events and programs and encourages them with updates and services. Mortensen has served since 1997 (with the exception of a year and a half when he and his wife were short-term missionaries) in various alumni and development roles. Michael and his wife, Christine g92, have five children, Ashlyn (23), Alli (20), Anna (18), David (16) and Jonathan, who passed away May 2, 2016 after fighting Batten Disease. They also host exchange students, who have come from South Korea, China, and Germany.  He enjoys providing pulpit supply, traveling, announcing sporting events, and keeping stats for South Side High School. The family resides in Fort Wayne.

Stephanie Demorest

Stephanie J. Demorest g93

Alumni Center Coordinator

Email: stdemorest@taylor.edu

Phone: (260) 744-8790

Stephanie serves as the Alumni Center Coordinator at the Fort Wayne Alumni Center. Her role is to provide support to the Director in our mission to care for our alumni by connecting and celebrating.  Stephanie taught as an adjunct instructor on the Fort Wayne campus from 2003 until 2009 in the Bible Department.  She is married to Matthew Demorest g97, and their son Zebadiah is 17 years old and is a junior.  In her free time Stephanie enjoys walking, baking, reading Biblical Greek, and making espresso drinks.

Jay Platte

Jay D. Platte, D.A. g69

Archive Coordinator (Volunteer)

Email: fwarchives@taylor.edu

Phone: (260) 744-8790

For 38 years Dr. Jay Platte taught full-time, performed and administered music on the Fort Wayne campus, serving as head of the Music Dept. (1972-92) and Professional Division Chair (1984-92). He taught music appreciation, education, theory, computers, choral and instrumental performing groups, and courses in worship, recording as well as other subjects. Dr. Platte directed performances of Handel's Messiah, other oratorios and musicals. He also toured with performing groups throughout Africa, the United States and Jamaica. Since retirement, he volunteers extensively at Matthew 25 Health Clinics and has given over 1,600 hours at the Fort Wayne Alumni Center digitizing recordings and pictures and creating many video projects for Fort Wayne alumni and friends now available in our Fort Wayne Archive Vault and Store. Dr. Platte was instrumental in making the virtual archives a reality. Jay is married to Shirley (Mertz) g69 and they have two sons and 10 grandchildren.

Kathryn Fenstermacher

Kathryn Fenstermacher g13

Publications Coordinator

Email: fwalumnipublications@gmail.com

Phone: 260-744-8790

Kathryn serves as the Publications Coordinator for the Fort Wayne Alumni Center. Thanks to technology, she is able to work remotely from her home in Newark, Delaware to manage the FW Vine, the FW Falcon, online publications, and social media. Kathryn previously interned for the Fort Wayne Alumni Center in 2013 as an undergraduate. When she’s not working, Kathryn might be found playing the harp, testing new recipes on her husband, Scott U g13, and trying to keep her houseplants alive.

Bill Gerig

Bill Gerig g61

Archive Assistant

Email: bill_gerig@taylor.edu

Phone:  (260) 744-8790

Son of former FWBC President Dr. Jared F. Gerig g29, brother to Dr. Wes Gerig g51, and a former Alumni Director (1982-1997), Bill has spent many years on this campus.  His knowledge of and love for Fort Wayne alumni is a real help in his work here in the Alumni Center.  Bill and his wife Joyce (Wiggle) fs61 served as missionaries in Sierra Leone, West Africa for 15 years.  They have done much work in the archives and are committed to preserving the heritage of this campus and the memory of God’s blessing in the lives of our alumni around the world.  The Gerig’s have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Taylor University Alumni Staff Serving You

Dara (Johnson) Berkhalter g02

Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Email: dara_berkhalter@taylor.edu
Phone: (765) 998-5112

Andrea Baker g17

Program Assistant
Email: andrea_baker@taylor.edu
Phone: (765) 998-5170