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2010 PACADA Advising Awards


2010 PACADA Award Winners: Sharon Kraebber (left) and Chandra Holloway (right)

PACADA Award Winners Announced

At the recent Annual Business Meeting, PACADA presented Sharon Kraebber with the Outstanding Advisor award and Chandra Holloway with the Outstanding New Professional Award. Below are excerpts from the biographies of the award winners and their fellow nominees. Congratulations to everyone and please consider nominating someone for next year’s awards!

Outstanding Advisor Nominees

Sharon Kraebber was born in West Lafayette, but has also lived in Arkansas, Iowa, and Tennessee. She is the second of three generations of Boilermakers in her family, and earned a BS in Home Economics from Purdue. She also has an MS in Education from Memphis State University and a PhD in Career and Technical Education from Purdue. In her former life, she has been a purchasing agent, a dietitian, and a tutoring coordinator. She has been an academic advisor for the departments of Computer Technology and Industrial Technology and is currently the Head Academic Advisor for Organizational Leadership. Sharon is one of the faculty advisors to the OLS Student Advisory Board, and assists with an annual spring break study abroad trip to Munich, Germany. A former PACADA Treasurer, Sharon currently participates in the Membership and Campus Affairs committees and maintains the official membership roster. Sharon has also been treasurer for the Indiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences District III-C chapter; she is currently a member of the Membership Advisory Committee at PEFCU and is a Reach to Recovery Volunteer.

Mary Beth Lencke is living proof to her students that your college major does NOT have to match your career. After a five-year stint as a landscape architect, destiny called and she came to Purdue as an admissions officer. From there she moved on to the Undergraduate Studies Program, where she takes immense pleasure in witnessing and being a part of her students’ lives. She enjoys walking her doggies, obsessively watching The Office, baking the best cookies ever, reading way too many books, and conjuring up curses on myPurdue.

Truda Strange is a former teacher who began her advising career in the School of Education in 1995. Since she never had an advisor as an undergraduate, Truda wasn’t sure what was in store for her but fourteen years later she can look back and say what an exciting and rewarding journey it has been. She is currently an academic advisor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and looks forward to many more years of service in the profession.

Outstanding New Professional Nominees

Chandra Holloway is from Westbury, NY, and has a BA in Mathematics from Smith College. A former high school math teacher in New York and Virginia, Chandra also worked in admissions at Georgetown University before earning an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. While there she completed an assistantship at Tiffin University’s Office of Graduate Student Services and Office of Adult Student Services. At BGSU she taught a Career and Life Planning course to first-year students, co-facilitated psycho-educational workshops for the Counseling Center, co-facilitated Viewpoints (an alcohol education class), and served in the Graduate Student Senate for two years. She began working as an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Studies Program in October of 2007. In addition to her advising duties she coordinates GS 119 (Introduction to Academic Programs at Purdue) and manages the Boilermaker Network, an online list of students who volunteer to speak with exploring students about their majors. She is a member of PACADA’s Campus Affairs Committee and volunteers as a Faculty Fellow at McCutcheon Hall.

Andrew Oppy graduated from Purdue with Highest Distinction in Agricultural Sales and Marketing in May, 2003. After spending five years working in industry, he returned to his alma mater to serve as an academic advisor and career services coordinator for the Department of Agricultural Economics. He is the advisor for the Purdue Agribusiness Club and co-advisor for the Agricultural Economics Envoys. Andy also serves on PACADA’s Professional Development Committee.

Kelly Pistilli is originally from Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Viterbo University. She spent four years teaching at Hillsdale College, worked with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and toured with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan and American Players Theatre. She came to Purdue in 2004 to earn her master’s degree in Theatrical Lighting, and joined the Krannert School of Management advising team in August of 2007. Kelly is the incoming Co-Chair of PACADA’s Professional Development Committee, and was also on the Executive Committee for the 2009 NACADA Region 5 conference.


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