Previous Member Spotlights

Mem Spotlight Jaso Swift

How has YLND assisted you in connecting with other young professionals? 

I moved to the South Bend area not knowing anybody in the area, and was worried about making friends and connecting with people. YLND gave me the perfect opportunity to network with other younger people that work at the university, and allowed me to form a close group of friends! YLND also is a great opportunity to get out, socialize, and experience the great activities South Bend has to offer!

Favorite YLND memory

YLND Christmas Trivia night from this past year! The perfect night to showcase the things my building does on a daily basis, but also a great night of socializing with others and enjoying the season!

What is your favorite "hidden secret" about Notre Dame?  

There are so many beautiful corners of campus that people don't get to see! It makes for a great walk or bike ride on a summer night!

Fun fact about yourself

In my free time, I work various local live entertainment events. Mostly with the Morris Performing Arts Center! Check out their awesome list of events! We just had the Lion King Tour, which was an incredible experience!


Mem Spotlight Web Jordan Wahlstrom

How has YLND assisted you in connecting with other young professionals? 

By providing a large variety of events and experiences to encourage members to connect. There’s something for everyone!

Favorite YLND memory

Playing intramural sand volleyball. It was a great way to get to know other young leaders in a very informal way. Win or lose, we always had fun!

What is your favorite "hidden secret" about Notre Dame?  

Access to a plethora of professional development tools, including LinkedIn Learning, Skillport, HR and OIT programs, and much more. 

Fun fact about yourself

I have three dogs and I'm currently in the middle of renovating a 110 year-old home that previously belonged to my grandparents.


Mem Spotlight Diana Rowan
How has YLND assisted you in connecting with other young professionals? 

Joining YLND has helped me build my network across campus both professionally and socially by creating opportunities for fellow young professionals to get together. I am exposed to people that I wouldn't meet otherwise because we work in such different areas.

Favorite YLND memory

My favorite memory so far is my first YLND event which was a happy hour at Rohr's. I remember how exciting it was to meet so many new people. Everyone was so welcoming and I immediately felt like I made a whole new group of friends on campus.

What is your favorite "hidden secret" about Notre Dame?  

There are geocaches hidden all around campus.

Fun fact about yourself

I sing opera and have a sweet hound baby named Lucy.


Mem Spotlight Kendra Bayne
How has YLND assisted you in connecting with other young professionals? 

When accepting a position at Notre Dame two years ago, I was new to not only Notre Dame, but also to South Bend. In two years, I have been able to connect with many young professionals because of Young Leaders. From happy hours, to trivia nights, to playing softball and dodgeball with other young leaders, this organization has helped me meet others on campus that I normally wouldn't interact with. It's given me a wide network of people that I feel comfortable in reaching out to shall I never need anything!

Favorite YLND memory

Probably playing Intramural Sports with our newly formed group! What started out as an idea, ended up with two seasons of Intramurals (thus far), and a group of us that have a special bond and experience we all share. We're looking forward to others joining us in seasons to come!

What is your favorite "hidden secret" about Notre Dame?  

As a marketing professional, I'm all about details! Notre Dame has an Editorial Style Guide that many seem to be unaware of! From dates, to times, to how to spell out different Notre Dame associated terms, this Style Guide has it all! Whether it be you need it for your website, or even when you're writing an email, I think it's a great resource to utilize in all communications. 

Fun fact about yourself

Not sure if this is fun or not....but I cut my head open wakeboarding in college and had to get 15 staples! Needless to say, I typically stick to water skiing now!


Mem Spotlight Shelby Carroll
How has YLND assisted you in connecting with other young professionals? 

When I first came to South Bend to work at ND, I did not know anyone. Being a part of YLND helped me meet new people that have become great friends. Now as an ambassador I get to return the favor and connect others.

Favorite YLND memory

Legends picnic and cornhole

What is your favorite "hidden secret" about Notre Dame?  

Free admission into volleyball and soccer games!


Mem Spotlight Amy Lehman
How has YLND assisted you in connecting with other young professionals? 

I have become much more assertive than ever before. YLND has really helped me take hold of my career, reach out to others for help and look for new ways to grow. I have been at Notre Dame for 5 years, and it wasn't until getting involved with YLND 2 years ago that I actually began to meet people. 

Favorite YLND memory

I really enjoyed the first picnic at the end of the year in 2017. It was so nice to be outside with new friends, great food and GREAT weather. I was one of the last to leave, and just had such a wonderful time connecting with new people. 

What is your favorite "hidden secret" about Notre Dame?  

My favorite hidden secret is actually the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. It still surprises me how many people haven't been here. We truly have something for everyone!

Fun fact about yourself

My professional career actually started with professional theatre! Even more interesting is that I am terrified of giving speeches...but give me a script in front of thousands of people and the fear goes away!


Mem Spotlight Erik Oswald
How has YLND assisted you in connecting with other young professionals? 

The YLND events are a wonderful way to meet other young professionals on campus. And I have connected with new staff on campus by encouraging them to participate in YLND.

What is your favorite "hidden secret" about Notre Dame?  

I love the path around the lakes. Also the opportunity for staff to get involved in intramural athletics. 


Mem Spotlight Annie Sauer
How has YLND assisted you in connecting with other young professionals? 

Through the Happy Hours, I've been able to meet and make connections for almost every department at Notre Dame as well as make new friends

Favorite YLND memory

My very first event was a Speed Networking in Legend Night Club. I met people from all across campus that I still get to see and sometimes even work with

What is your favorite "hidden secret" about Notre Dame?  

McCourtney Hall has the best Americanos on campus

Fun fact about yourself

Outside of work, I love to write. I'm a big fan of National Novel Writing Month and am looking forward to writing another novel this November!


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