Meet the Steering Committee!

Peggy Hnatusko

Conference Advisor

Peggy Hnatusko is currently the Director of Student Activities for Programming in 2007 with responsibilities for both the Student Activities Programming Department and Legends of Notre Dame. She currently advises Student Government's Executive Cabinet and  Senate, the Graduate Student Union and the ACC Student Leadership Symposium team.  Peggy has a  M.S. in Recreation and Park Administration with an emphasis on College Union Administration from Western Illinois University and a B.S. from Bradley University double majoring in Elementary and Special Education.   In 2011, Peggy received the faculty award, The Father John (Pop) Farley, C.S.C. Award. Peggy and her husband, Russ, are adoptive parents to Kyle age 10, who considers LaFortune Student Center home.  In her free time, Peggy enjoys being a "(insert sport) Mom", playing with Beka, the family rat terrier dog, and running.


Heather Ryan

ACC Advisor Liason

Heather joined the University of Notre Dame in 2011 after 11 years of experience at various institutions.  She is an Assistant Director in the Office of Community Standards and advises the African Students Association. She holds a master’s degree in Higher Education with an Emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University (MI) and a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University. Heather lives in South Bend, Indiana with her husband and daughter.


Christine Caron Gebhart

Gender Relations Center Advisor

Christine Caron Gebhardt, the Director of the Gender Relations Center, comes from a background of education and church ministry. She has had MANY different jobs, all related to moral development and faith formation. Christine has been the Director of Education and Formation, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University, TN State University and Seattle University. Not wanting to always be in the classroom, Christine served as an Ethics Fellow for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and St. Thomas Hospital where she provided education and ethical consultation. She has even been an elementary school principal. Noting the theme of education, Christine would identify herself as a life long student, much to the dismay of her parents who never thought she would leave school!

When not working, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband Carl and their two children, Jacob who is nine and Rachael who is five. Their favorite activities are going to the zoo, gardening, exploring, especially new restaurants and places with water.


David Mattingly

Student Activities Office Advisor and Student Leadership Assesment Coordinator

David is a Assistant Director in the Student Activities Office at the University of Notre Dame. In his current role, he oversees leadership initiatives out of the office, the senior class council, the off campus council and graduate clubs. He has been with the University for four years and is very active in the National Association of Campus Activities. He was also recently published in the Campus Activities Magazine with the article "Articulating our work, student activities involvement helps develop transferable skills." When he is not helping students, he enjoys biking, a game of chess, or watching a good game of football.


Annie Cahill Kelly

Center For Social Concerns Advisor

Annie Cahill Kelly serves as the director of Community Partnerships and Service Learning at the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame. Through her position, Annie oversees local academic community engagement and serves as a liaison to the many local organizations with which students and faculty work. She also teaches a one-credit course for students who participate in the Santiago, Chile semester abroad program and who take a five-credit service-learning course focused on Poverty and Development while in Santiago.

A 1993 Notre Dame graduate, Annie has a BS degree in mathematics and theology and an MA in liberal studies from Creighton University.


Katelyn Mendoza

Notre Dame Student Activites Advisor

Katelyn Mendoza moved to the Midwest in 2013 from Denver, Colorado where she received her Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Denver. As an Assistant Director in the Student Activities Office, Katelyn works with the Hall Presidents Council, Junior Class Council, and takes the lead for SAO marketing. Katelyn is a proud native of Charlottesville, Virginia where she attended the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) and worked for the U.Va. Alumni Association, planning Reunions events and advising the First Year Leadership Experience. Katelyn’s hobbies include: watching the Food Network, crafting with goods from the Paper Source, and talking about Choo-Choo the chow-chow.