The Office of Alumni Relations exists to support the mission and purposes of university development, and the university as a whole.
With this mission in mind, we are here to serve you. If we can help you organize a Taylor gathering in your area, find a long-lost college friend or answer a question about your student or programs on campus, please contact us.
Office of Alumni Relations
236 West Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989-1001
Phone: (800) 882-3456 or (765) 998-5115
Fax: (765) 998-4850
Alumni Relations Staff
Dara (Johnson ‘02, MBA ‘08) Berkhalter, Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Dara has served as Taylor University’s Executive Director of Alumni Relations since June. She returns to Taylor following extensive urban service-most recently as Senior Director of Operations with By The Hand Club For Kids, a Christian after-school program in Chicago that serves 900 students. As an alumna herself, she was active in creating partnerships with Taylor’s education and business departments as well as serving as a Taylor Alumni Council member in 2013. Dara is excited to help make a difference in the lives of alumni through developing a robust alumni program that is holistic and creates a culture of community that reaches beyond campus walls. Dara and her husband, Jason Berkhalter ‘97, live in Fort Wayne where they enjoy being engaged members in their church community, staying active, and finding great new places to eat.
Phone: (765) 998-5112
Amy Wilson ‘11, Director of Alumni Programs
Amy has had the pleasure of working with Taylor Alumni since completing her Masters in Higher Education and Student Development at Taylor in 2013. A Taylor undergraduate as well, she has focused expanding the Taylor alumni community through creating engaging events and spaces across the country for alumni to connect. Amy also directs Taylor’s Homecoming program in which she has enjoyed working hard to create hospitable spaces and programs for alumni to re-connect with their fellow class members and their alma mater. Amy resides in Noblesville where she enjoys exploring the Indianapolis area, dabbling in gourmet cooking, and volunteering at Shepard Community Center.
Phone: (765) 998-5212
Kate (Westrate ‘11) Austin, Interim Program Assistant to Alumni Relations
Kate serves as the Program Assistant for Alumni Relations since August 2014. A graduate of both Taylor’s psychology program (2011) and Masters of Higher Education and Student Development (2013), she appreciates studying and fostering the mission of a liberal arts education. Kate is married to Steve, a fellow Taylor employee, and they enjoy teaching, reading, and running together as well as spending time with Steve’s son, Jaxson.
Phone: (765) 998-5170
Peggy Moshier, Assistant
Phone: (765) 998-5115
Michael D. Mortensen ‘91, Director of Fort Wayne Alumni and Friend Relations
Michael directs Taylor's Fort Wayne Alumni Resource Center assisting Fort Wayne campus alumni from Fort Wayne Bible College, Summit Christian and TUFW. He serves and plans activities and reunions, raises support for the Fort Wayne Alumni Resource Center, and manages the Fort Wayne campus archives. Michael has worked for Taylor in multiple alumni and advancement roles since June 1997.
He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Christine (La Rue '92). They have five children.
Phone: (260) 744-8790