History Department Alumni Profiles

Jason B. Kauffman ’05

Jason is a Ph.D. student in Latin American history and environmental history at the University of North Carolina, where he is studying the social and environmental history of the Pantanal, the world’s largest freshwater wetland (straddling Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay), recognized as one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world.  After graduating from GC, Jason married and spent a year in Goshen, then earned a master’s degree at the University of New Mexico. Read more about Jason.

Saulo Padilla ’05

Saulo graduated with a double major in History and Hispanic Education in Theology and Leadership.  He went on to graduate from AMBS with an MA in Theology and Ethics in 2008.  Currently, Saulo works for MCC U.S. as Director for the Office on Immigration Education. Read more about Saulo.


Jessica worked for two years teaching beginning and advanced English to high school students in Szolnok, Hungary before coming back to the States to work for the American Journalism Review and the Spokesman-Review.  In May 2008 she graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and now works on the International/National Desk for the Dallas Morning News. Read more about Jessica.


Matthew has taught middle school math and coached tennis for Bethany Christian Schools since his graduation from Goshen College.  Recently, he transitioned to teach Bible to Bethany Christian middle school students.  His passion for the Bible also led him to pastor a house church, Exodus Community, that meets in the Concord area. Read more about Matthew.


Stephanie completed a year of voluntary service after her graduation, working for Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) in Baltimore tutoring children from three different homeless shelters.  After her service term, she went on to teach world and U.S. history for three years at Elkhart Memorial High School.  Now she teaches seventh grade world history for Clay Caramel Schools. Read more about Stephanie.


Rachel served as the interim youth pastor and Christian education director at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio until July 2004.  She enrolled at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in April 2004 and graduated with a Masters in Divinity in 2007.  She is now the associate pastor at Portland Mennonite Church in Oregon. Read more about Rachel.


After graduating Zach moved to Pittsburg and enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in digital libraries, and began working on touch screen software for medical records in Kenya and Malawi.  After graduating he continued working as a programmer for Boabab Health.  He now is a doctoral student in the University of Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Informatics Program. Read more about Zach.