Meet Our Leadership
"Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God."
Esta Y. Hoover de Rosario - Pastor
Reverend Esta Y. Hoover de Rosario has served Woodmar United Methodist Church since July 1, 2017. Her path to ministry began in her childhood and took many interesting turns throughout her life. She was raised as a “T.O” (theological offspring), aka “P.K.” (pastor’s kid), and grew up surrounded by various rural church families in the South Indiana Conference. She was heavily involved in a myriad of ministries, including attending worship, Sunday School, youth group, and playing the piano and singing. Her musical abilities were often called upon by her dad at the drop of a hat. In high school, Pastor Esta heard a call to pastoral ministry, but because she had witnessed firsthand how draining it was to deal with people in the church, she said, “No way”—and decided instead to pursue a career in music.
She began her undergraduate studies in Piano Pedagogy & Piano Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN. Following her graduation in 1988, she pursued a Master of Music at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL. Her work experience in the area of music include teaching private and group piano lessons in the Young Pianists Program at IU for seven years, teaching private studio piano lessons for 17 years, accompanying ballet classes for ballet majors at Indiana University and the University of Illinois, accompanying the Columbus, IN Philharmonic Chorus, accompanying school choirs and instrumental and vocal recitals, and teaching early childhood music classes (Kindermusik for three years and Musikgarten for four years).
In the fall of 1999, Pastor Esta once again heard God’s call to pastoral ministry while serving on the team for the first walk of the Midwest Crossroads Emmaus Community. This time, she said, “Not yet.” In 2002, she joined the staff of the Valparaiso First United Methodist Church as the Director of Music where she combined her passion for music and her call to ministry. Being on a church staff helped to clarify and strengthen her call to ministry, and she finally said, “YES.” Ten years later, Pastor Esta became a certified candidate for ministry on the elder track. She earned her Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on May 13, 2016 and was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 10, 2017.
Pastor Esta is married to Miguel Rosario, Director of Bands at Valparaiso High School, and they have four children: Kristofer (29), Ricardo (26), Olivia (23), and Antonio (20). She is bilingual and can offer pastoral services in both English and Spanish.
David Bieschke - Choir Director
David has been involved in music and keyboard since the age of 7. His interest was sparked by the pianos and organs at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and by those on display at the local Sears store. During his childhood, he took lessons at home. In high school, David studied pipe organ at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago and at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College. He also sang in choir throughout high school and college.
He attended Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College, Indiana University Bloomington, and St. Olaf College, majoring in music, in addition to earning a bachelor and master’s degree in social work.
He was the organist/choir director at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Hammond for several years and later joined the Woodmar family as the organist. David lives with his fur baby, Chessie, a 16-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever. He enjoys family, friends, flying, and food.
Debbie Mangerson - Bookkeeper
Debbie Mangerson started at Woodmar United Methodist Church in April 2018 as the bookkeeper. Before that, Debbie worked for one employer from age 17 until she retired 38 years later in 2015! She was the Human Resource Director at Hammond Group Inc., starting at the bottom and working her way up with accounting, payroll and benefit administration. Debbie is a Hammond native, born and raised in “da region”. She is married to Bill and has one daughter, Brianna.
Karianne Padilla -
Assistant Director Community Preschool & Childcare
Karianne Padilla is the Assistant Director at Community Preschool and Childcare. Karianne joined the team at CP&CC in 2018. She has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and will be graduating with her bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education in the Fall of 2022. Karianne enjoys seeing others smile, providing support to others, and giving back to her community.
Cyndi Slaboski -
Director Community Preschool & Childcare
Cyndi Slaboski has been working with kids in Northwest Indiana for the past 30 years. She has a
Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and many continuing education hours in Early Childhood,
Administration, and Congregational Development. Cyndi taught in Hammond for 6 years
then joined Community Preschool’s staff. She also worked as a Developmental Specialist
with First Steps and was Director of Children’s Ministries at Woodmar UMC. Cyndi is
currently Director of Community Preschool and Childcare. She is passionate about
allowing all children opportunities to thrive in an atmosphere of excellence, love and
respect for self and others.
Cyndi and her husband Tom enjoy spending time with their three children and their
families. Their family motto is “Life takes us to unexpected places. Love brings us home.”
Nancy Tatum - Office Manager
Nancy Tatum has been at Woodmar UMC for the past 7 years. She came out of her second retirement to join the staff on a part time basis. Her excuse is to keep her brain active! Prior to coming to Woodmar, Nancy served as a volunteer, then employee at New Horizons United Methodist Church in Anderson, IN for 12 years. She handled the bookkeeping and served as Communications Director. She retired from there to return to “da region” to be closer to her family. She resides in Ogden Dunes where she loves walking her furbaby, Toni, and enjoying the natural beauty of her surroundings.