Friends Forum

This series of biographies of members of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art is presented as an introduction to the Friends membership. Every few weeks, a different Friend will be featured. Get acquainted with:

Andy Wendelborn

Andy Wndelborn In Park

For Friends of the Snite Museum Board Member Andy Wendelborn, being a member of the Snite Museum of Art is a family affair.  His two young nephews Tucker, age 9, and Myles, age 7, are also members as Little Friends of the Museum.  On a beautiful fall evening in September, I met with Andy and his nephews, along with their mom, Andy’s sister Caitlin, in the beautiful Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park for a walk and conversation about art and the family’s love of all the Snite Museum of Art has to offer for members of all ages.

Kelli Kalisik, the immediate past Board President, approached Andy about becoming a board member, and he has been a board member now for the last three years.  Andy was born and raised in Wisconsin, but moved to South Bend when he was 11.  One of his first memories of the museum was as an 8th grader, when his class came to tour the museum on a field trip.  What a testament to the museum’s long history of sharing and exposing art to younger students and potential members.  Andy also remembers at that time, they were just starting to build DeBartolo Hall, southwest of the museum.  When Andy came to the University as an undergraduate to major in history in the late 90s, he like so many others, fell in love with the campus and has been at the University ever since.  Andy also furthered his education at the University and received his Master of Nonprofit Administration in 2012.  His employment began at Notre Dame in 2000 at the Notre Dame Conference Center and then he transitioned to the Development Office.  Andy currently works at the Mendoza College of Business where he works in student services and administration first for graduate students, and now currently for undergraduates.

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Mary Lou Mullen

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Pete and Mary Lou Mullen

Friends of the Snite Museum Board Member Mary Lou Mullen grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Pete, moved to South Bend many years ago when her husband accepted a promotion with Sun Oil Company management. The South Bend assignment was their third job and residence relocation in just three years. When the next promotion came along, Mary Lou and Pete decided to remain in South Bend to raise their three children due to the friendliness of the city and area, and the cultural assets in town and nearby.

A graduate of Georgetown Visitation Prep School in Washington, D.C., and of Newton College (now part of Boston College) with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Mary Lou also earned an M.S.A. in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame Business School.

While raising her family, Mary Lou worked for ten years at the YWCA and Madison Center in development positions at both agencies. Mary Lou later worked at Saint Mary's College as the Annual Fund Director and Major Gift Officer for sixteen years, retiring in 2011.

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Anne Hillman

In this month of Thanksgiving, the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art are very pleased to introduce you to Founding Friends member, Anne Hillman! 

Anne (Mossberg) Hillman has spent a large portion of her life enjoying, promoting and supporting the arts and as a Founding Friends member we are honored to spend some time with her reminiscing about her early Snite memories and her current art interests and activity in the community.

Having attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, Anne majored in Political Science. Her late husband, Charles (who passed in 2012), also attended DePauw and majored in Economics. Together and throughout their 58-year marriage, Anne and Charles through both their personal lives and their printing and communications business, Mossberg & Company, Inc., demonstrated a remarkable impact within our South Bend community and the greater region. Today, Anne carries on their family legacy of progressive support and constructive influence.

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Kathy Reddy White

Kathy was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, and received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA) from Saint Mary’s College in the 1970s, and her master’s degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Notre Dame in the 1980s. With her MFA in hand, Kathy’s professional career brought her to Kirsch Company in the marketing department where she worked for nearly 15 years, then to Todd Allen in graphic design, and then something very significant happened! In 2001 and on her own in 2001, Kathy developed the concept and opened CircaArts Gallery. The gallery began as a part-time endeavor but within a year took on a full-time life. The 20th anniversary of CircaArts Gallery will be next year!

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