Take some time to get to know John, Mary, Karen, Cynthia and Laura. Here are fun facts about our new ushers:

John B.

Hometown- Pittsburgh, PA

Occupation- Loan Officer

Hobbies- Golf, Swimming

Favorite Food- Pizza, Mexican

Favorite Live Performance- Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre in London

Favorite Artist- Neil Diamond

Lastly, I swam and played baseball at Notre Dame.


Mary B.

Hometown- Chicago & St. Louis

Occupation- Music Teacher/Pianist/Organist

Hobbies- Needlework, playing piano, reading, travel

Favorite Food- Pretty much all food!

Favorite Live Performance- Andrew Lloyd Webber theatre, Globe Theatre (London Shakespeare)

Favorite Artist- Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Beatles, Classical musicians

Lastly, I played the ND Basilica organ for my father-in-law’s funeral. Saw ND play Navy in Dublin.


Karen R.

Hometown- South Bend

Occupation- Administrative Assistant – Elkhart Community Schools/38 years

Hobbies- Golfing, attending sporting events, reading, learning how to quilt

Favorite Food-  Italian

Favorite Live Performance- Mamma Mia

Favorite Artist- Celine Dion


Cynthia S.

Hometown- Elkhart

Occupation- Retired from Elkhart General – Human Resources / Communications

Hobbies- Tennis, Reading, Cooking and Traveling

Favorite Food-  Ice cream, Popcorn and Pizza

Favorite Live Performance- Moody Blues, Jersey Boys and Phantom of the Opera

Favorite Artist- Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Bee Gees

Lastly, I have seven bird feeders and love sports.


Laura S.

Hometown- I was born in a New York hospital and lived there my whole life, until moving to South Bend in 2012 with my husband, Tom. Lived in Flushing, NY, Rockaway Beach, NY, and, lastly, Northport, NY.

Occupation- I was Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Pace University’s graduate school until I started my family, when I chose to be a stay-at-home Mom for many years. I retired in 2010 from my position as Administrative Assistant of a medical/dental/habilitative services clinic for people with disabilities where I worked for 23 years.

Hobbies- The hobby (a vocation really) I most enjoy is involving myself in live theatre in almost any capacity. I also enjoy cooking – not just for sustenance, choral singing and other creative pastimes.

Favorite Food- A really good Jewish deli pastrami on rye with deli mustard, crunchy half-sour pickle and a bottle of ice cold Heineken’s with a small bag of chips.

Favorite Live Performance- Paul Newman (with Geraldine Paige) on B’way in “Sweet Bird of Youth” in 1959. 2nd fave: Paul Newman as “The Stage Manager” in “Our Town” in Stratford, Connecticut in 2007. I was so fortunate to be able to see him from the start of his career until the time he retired from the theatre.

Favorite Artist- Luciano Pavarotti (close second: Andrea Bocelli)

Lastly, my very dear friend once sent me a birthday card whose sentiment truly touched me, and I hope it is and will always be true. It said: “To my friend, whose inner child is always ready to come out and play.”


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