About Us

Meet our Community Liaisons

Current and prospective students should know that the faculty and staff members in the Department of Public Policy value both the creation and dissemination of knowledge but are also committed to ensuring that students receive the practical skills that they will need in their professional careers. As such, students are encouraged to contact not only their instructors with any questions that they may have, but also our community liaisons for our various programs. We have some distinguished local officials who have visible jobs in the community that are aware of the major requirements for our programs. Just like the faculty and staff members in the Department, the liaisons are happy to answer any questions emanating from our students.

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Staci Bougher
Liaison for Undergraduate Law and Public Policy Program

Ms. Bougher received a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs (Legal Studies major) from IPFW in 2009. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from IPFW in 2010. She subsequently earned a J.D. from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in 2014. She is currently employed at the Bougher Law Office in Fort Wayne. She can be reached by email at: bougherlaw@gmail.com.

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Susan Mendenhall
Liaison for Undergraduate and Graduate Nonprofit Management Programs

Ms. Mendenhall received a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a Public and Nonprofit Management major from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2006 and subsequently earned a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2011. She is currently the president of Arts United in Fort Wayne. She can be reached by email at: smendenall@artsunited.org.

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Nelson Peters
Liaison for Graduate Public Administration Program

Mr. Peters received a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from IPFW in 1982. He also earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from IPFW in 1989. He is currently one of the three Allen County Commissioners. He can be reached by email at: Nelson.Peters@co.allen.in.us.

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Mindy Waldron
Liaison for Undergraduate and Graduate Healthcare Management Programs

Ms. Waldron received a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and management from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1991. She has two professional certifications in her field: REHS (Registered Environmental Health Specialist) and CFSP (Certified Foodservice Professional). She is currently the Deputy Health Commissioner/Department Administrator for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health. She can be reached by email at: Mindy.Waldron@co.allen.in.us.

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Rusty York
Liaison for Undergraduate Criminal Justice Program

Mr. York received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from IPFW in 1991. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He is currently a limited term lecturer for the Department of Public Policy following his service as Chief of Police and Public Safety Director in Fort Wayne. He can be reached at: yorkr@ipfw.edu.