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Meet Our Students...

 

Who Move the World Forward...

Afton Goins

 

Afton Goins
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

After working with children at a day care center last summer, she switched majors to early childhood education and Spanish and now aspires to work for a private preschool where she can teach gifted children and introduce Spanish at an early age. As a creative writing minor who hopes one day to write inspirational children's books, she advocates the usefulness of an artistic outlet.

"I'm still figuring myself out and I'm still learning about what I want and how I want to matter to future generations," she says. "My ultimate goal is to make an impact, but I'm still fuzzy as to how."

 

Courtney Moses

 

Courtney Moses
Major: Human Services

Courtney was a junior when Purdue swimmer Carly Mercer came to her with the idea of doing a Boilermaker version of Make-A-Wish. Together with other student-athletes, they started Boiler-Maker-Wish to grant wishes to local kids living with a disability or hardship. The twist is that all wishes relate to Purdue sports, like attending a game or meeting players. Purdue athletes fulfill the wishes, and since the project started, five kids have had their wishes granted.

"One of the best things is seeing the parents' faces when their child's wish is granted," she says. "Our motto for Boiler-Maker-Wish is putting a smile on a kid's face, but I think we should add putting a smile on the parents' faces too."

 

Who are Healthmakers...

Lydia Lochamire

 

Lydia Lochamire
Major: Developmental and Family Science

Lydia completed her capstone research project, The Continuity of Stress from Pregnancy to Parenting, under the direction of Assistant Professor Leah Hibel. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Hibel’s Family Physiology and Mom-Baby Immunity labs for over two years. Lydia was active in the HHS Student Council since 2011 and served as its president. After graduation, Lydia hopes to pursue a professional degree in medicine and focus on mother-baby health. Lydia is the recipient of the 2014 HHS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award and the HDFS Excellence in Developmental and Family Science award.

"Helping and interacting with patients is where I definitely feel like I am headed in the right direction with my life. Working at the hospital allows me to combine the knowledge I'm gaining in school with the interpersonal skills I'll need for my future."

 

Who are Discovery Makers...

Christina Citta

 

Christina Citta
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
Current Job: Right Start Pediatric Therapies, Inc.

Her ‘aha moment’ happened in a classroom at the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School while conducting research as part of the honors program. She was examining pre-engineering behaviors exhibited by preschoolers and the activities and lessons in the classroom that foster those behaviors. With help from her faculty mentors, she created a unique observation protocol to record pre-engineering behaviors displayed by children during free play. Christina is the recipient of the 2012 HDFS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award.

 

Our Notable Alumni...

Hannah Addie

 

Hannah Addie
Major: Developmental and Family Science

Hannah participated in a poster session as second author at the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting (Poster title: Marital Aggression and Childrearing Disagreements: Relations to Child Secure Behavior in a Preschool Sample) along with HDFS graduate students and mentor, Dr. Germán Posada. She was a research assistant coding attachment stories and conducting literature reviews for the Attachment Relationships Lab. Previously, she was a Project Leader with the Mother-Baby Immunity Research Project leading home visits, observing participants, collecting biological samples, and training observers on data entry. She has also volunteered at Riley Children’s Hospital as a Child Life volunteer. She was a founding member and President of the HDFS Club and served as the student representative on the HDFS Undergraduate Committee. Hannah plans to attend graduate school to improve her research skills and study the way infants and children form emotional attachments as well as how best to intervene on behalf of children at risk of forming insecure attachments. Hannah is the recipient of the 2015 HHS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award and the 2015 HDFS Excellence in Developmental and Family Science award.

Stacy Baker

 

Stacy Baker
Major: Human Services
Current Job: Volunteer Coordinator, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

“When choosing a degree, I asked myself two questions; 1) Will this degree allow me to help people? And 2) Will this degree help me to obtain a career that puts a smile on my face, and on the faces of those I am assisting?

I knew Human Services was the degree for me as soon as I came across it. When I joined the HDFS department as a student, I felt like I was joining an amazing group of students and faculty members that wanted the same things from their degrees and careers that I wanted.

With my degree, I was able to obtain a great job at Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., in Lafayette, Indiana. My job as Volunteer Coordinator is a hands on, active position that allows me to work with people of many different ages (8-90 year olds!), skill levels, and education levels. I can honestly say that I use the skills and knowledge I obtained from my Human Services degree every single day. Working with people is a tough job, but knowing that I am helping to put food on the table of those in need is what puts a smile on my face at the end of the day.”

Jen Bushore-Barry

 

Jen Bushore-Barry
Major: Human Services (Individual and Family Development)
Current Job: Director, Heartford House

“My degree in HDFS prepared me for working with families in many different settings and helped me to feel confident that I could make a difference in the lives of others. I have had several interns from the program over the last several years and this program has gotten even stronger in preparing human service professionals. I would not be where I am today without the degree I received from Purdue University.”

 

Emily Edwards

 

Emily Edwards
Major: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Emily was selected as a Team Leader for Boiler Gold Rush where she led small group discussions and supervised bonding games with new Purdue students. She also refereed the Sigma Delta Tau fundraising effort benefitting Prevent Child Abuse America. Emily worked with MAPS students as an academic resource guide, was a residential camp counselor, and worked one-on-one with students as a course assistant for the GERI Super Saturday’s Entomology course where she prepared and presented a lecture. In addition, she helped women and children at the YWCA safe house, assisted the elderly through the Winterization project, and participated in the local Hunger Hike. She is a member of the Asian American Association and was instrumental in reviving the Hapa Student Association, increasing their membership and activities. Emily anticipates teaching English abroad for a year then returning to the US in hopes of using her diverse experiences to teach life skills to middle or high school students in Family and Consumer Sciences. Emily is the recipient of the 2015 HDFS Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Education award.

Amanda Harle

 

Amanda Harle
Major: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Amanda was a student teacher at both Wilbur Wright Middle School, Munster, IN and Griffith High School, Griffith, IN in the fall of 2014. She held executive leadership roles in both the campus and state units of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and volunteered as a tutor at Klondike Elementary School. After graduation, Amanda plans to complete a Certificate of Gerontology and obtain a position as an activities director in a nursing home. Amanda is the recipient of the 2014 HDFS Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Education award.

 

Amber Harmon

 

Amber Harmon
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
Current Job: Developmental Preschool Teacher, Frontier School Corportation

"My degree has served as a foundation for everything I do within my professional field. It has allowed me the opportunity to be part of a collaborative team working together to impact the lives of young children in early intervention and to instill an early love for learning that will follow them for years to come. I have been able to create an inclusive environment where children can grow and learn from one another...a classroom that is truly building a better world, one friend at a time."

 

Natalie Henning

 

Natalie Henning
Major: Human Services

Natalie was recently selected as an administrative intern with the Ben & Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School. She hopes to learn more about the business aspects of directing a child care center while using her skills learned as a Human Services major. She is also working on a dual minor in Law and Society and Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Natalie gained hands-on experience working one-on-one with nursing home residents, as a child care assistant at a local center, and as a research assistant in the Relationships Healthcare Lab and the Attachment Relationships Lab transcribing and coding conversations. She was a member of the College Mentors for Kids, Pete’s Pals, and the Purdue Association for the Care of Children’s Health. She is currently in Alpha Chi Omega and served on their Philanthropy Committee. After graduation, Natalie hopes to hold the position of assistant director at a facility such as a child care center. Natalie is the recipient of the 2015 HDFS Excellence in Human Services award.

Sophia Kaforski

 

Sophia Kaforski
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

Sophia was selected as an HDFS 100 Peer Mentor and led small group discussions, provided guidance, and served as a role model to a group of beginning HDFS students with similar career interests. She is a member of College Mentors for Kids where she served as a role model, mentor, and friend to an at-risk elementary school student, and is currently on the fundraising committee. She was also a member of the Purdue Association for the Care of Children’s Health and volunteered at Riley Children’s Hospital in the burn, stem cell, and cancer units making the children’s environment more comfortable and enjoyable by planning individual and family activities. She also planned and led activities for children ages 5-13 years old and assisted with their homework while a camp counselor and child care worker. Sophia’s goal after graduating from Purdue is to pursue a position as a Child Life Specialist in a children’s hospital in the Chicago area. Sophia is the recipient of the 2015 HDFS Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs award.

Elena Kopf

 

Elena Kopf
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
Current Job: Right Steps Child Development Center

“My degree in Early Childhood Education has enabled me to obtain lead teaching positions in childcare settings. Coupled with my experience, my education allowed me to become a center director in December of 2012. I am in classrooms daily, work with families, supervise staff, and work with administration to make business decisions regarding my center. I would not have been able to get where I am today without my degree from Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.

Payton Leach

 

Payton Leach
Major: Human Services
Current Job: Community Engagement Associate, The Mind Trust

“When I entered Purdue University my professional goal was to obtain a job after graduation that would allow me to start my career. Personally, I also yearned for a job that would also allow me the personal satisfaction of knowing that I was actively helping my community. My internship and my HDFS degree provided me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to obtain my current position at The Mind Trust."

" The Mind Trust is an education nonprofit organization in Indianapolis striving to ensure that all students – regardless of their economic circumstances – have access to an excellent education. In my role as the Community Engagement Associate I will work to advance The Mind Trust's efforts to foster understanding of our work and mission among communities most impacted by education change. My position with The Mind Trust will be an amazing start to my professional career. My HDFS degree prepared me for this experience and the opportunity to accomplish great work in the community that will help shape future generations in a positive way.”

Erica McDowell

 

Erica McDowell
Major: Human Services

Erica completed an internship at Bauer Family Resources in Lafayette, IN. She participated in the HDFS Honors Program and completed her undergraduate honors thesis under the direction of Associate Professor Germán Posada. She was a two-time Mary Louise Foster Scholarship recipient and an HHS Student Ambassador. She plans to work in a non-profit or social services setting focused on enhancing family functioning. Erica is the recipient of the 2013 HDFS Excellence in Human Services award.

 

Anne Miltenberger

 

Anne Miltenberger
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

Anne was a student teacher in an early childhood special education preschool classroom at Frontier Elementary School in Brookston, IN. She was a two-time recipient of the Carolyn Camarata Scholarship and has served as an Exploratory Studies Student Ambassador since 2010. Anne has a passion for working with young children with varying abilities and exceptional needs and plans to work in an accredited preschool setting after graduation. Anne is the recipient of the 2014 HDFS Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs award.

 

Sarah Moore

 

Sarah Moore
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
Current Job: Infant Toddler Specialist, The Child Care Resource Network

“Having an Early Childhood Education degree from Purdue University has given me many more opportunities than I had ever imagined it could. I have gone from being a classroom teacher to being an advocate for better baby care in Indiana. In my current role, I am able to use the information and hands on experience I obtained while at Purdue University to collaborate with many Early Childhood Professionals within the State to improve the quality of care for children birth to three.”

 

Megan Neher

 

Megan Neher
Major: Human Services

Megan completed her capstone internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Indianapolis, IN. Every year since 2010, Megan has helped to coordinate the Purdue University Dance Marathon which raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital. She also has volunteered as a Big Buddy with College Mentors for Kids. After graduation, Megan plans to work in a non-profit organization that serves children with medical needs. Megan is the recipient of the 2014 HDFS Excellence in Human Services award.

 

Megan Ober

 

Megan Ober
Major: Developmental and Family Science
Current Job: Working in adult oncology nursing; delivering chemotherapy infusion to adults in an outpatient clinic

“I like being able to create that therapeutic relationship with patients and families and trying to make things a little better, for even a few minutes, in one of the most difficult times in their lives... I love the education I received from Purdue, it has helped me more than anything else in being as successful as I have been.”

Photography by Katherine and Nikki Prudhomme-Judge of Essence Photography.

David Rubio

 

David Rubio
Major: Developmental and Family Science

David completed his capstone research experience with Associate Professor Germán Posada. He has worked as an undergraduate researcher in Assistant Professor Leah Hibel’s Family Physiology Lab and was an HHS Student Ambassador. David also majored in Psychology. After graduation, he intends to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. David is the recipient of the 2013 HHS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award and 2013 HDFS Excellence in Developmental and Family Science award.

 

Katlynn Schneider

 

Katlynn Schneider
Major: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Katlynn was a student teacher at both Wea Ridge Middle School, Lafayette, IN and North Montgomery High School, Crawfordsville, IN. She was active in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Boiler Volunteer Network. After graduation, Katlynn plans to teach FCS in a middle or high school. Katlynn is the recipient of the 2013 HDFS Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Education award.

 

 

Sarah Thompson

 

Sarah Thompson
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

Sarah was a student teacher at Miller Child Development Laboratory School, West Lafayette, IN under Head Teacher, Justine Egan. She was an HHS Student Council member since 2009. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Asbury Theological Seminary. Her professional goal is to make ministry settings more developmentally appropriate and inclusive. Sarah is the recipient of the 2013 HDFS Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs award.