Purduettes: Purduette Mentors
The Purduette Mentors Program, established in 2005, consists of women leaders who help the Purduettes to develop leadership and camaraderie within the Purduettes and throughout the community. Each Mentor brings her own style of wisdom and experience to the group, along with several personal and professional accomplishments from which they can draw advice for the women of the Purduettes. As role models to the leaders of tomorrow, the Mentors are paired with one or a small group of Purduettes, giving the Mentors and the Purduettes the opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level. The Mentors also participate in several activities that allow for the cultivation of friendships, life lessons, and, of course, music!
It's going to be another great year of mentorship and music!
- Cheryl Altinkemer
A resident of Lafayette for thirty-nine years, Cheryl Altinkemer has been to countless performances of the Purduettes and admired the group for many years. Cheryl attended Indiana State University for her Bachelor of Science degree and Purdue for her Master of Science degree. She now holds the title of Associate Vice President of Advancement for Purdue University. Cheryl and her husband Kemal, a professor at Purdue, have lived in Lafayette most of their lives but have also spent some time in Istanbul, Turkey where they continue to spend time with family and friends each year. Cheryl is a founding board member of the national Women’s Philanthropy Institute and has also held leadership positions in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the National Committee on Planned Giving.
- Nancy Cross
Nancy Cross is originally from Walpole, Massachusetts, she received her undergraduate degree in French and physical education from Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. Thereafter, she received her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Purdue. She currently resides in Lafayette, working for Purdue Athletics as Sr. Associate Athletics Director and has administrative oversight of 8 of the teams.
- Julie Cserep
Julie attended Purdue from 1989-1992 studying Organized Leadership and Supervision. During her time at Purdue she was also a Purduette under the direction of Jae Kellogg. She continued at Purdue in1992 pursuing her Master’s degree in Industrial Technology. Julie currently works as a Supply Chain Black Belt for Caterpillar and has worked for them for fourteen years. She has several positions there including I.T Development Analyst, Manufacturing Engineer, Master Scheduling Supervisor, and Operations Black Belt. Julie was born in Lafayette to Pete and Sharon Schug, and she has brother named Brad. Julie, like her parents, still resides in Lafayette. Some of Julie’s hobbies include gardening, landscaping, planting flowers, water and snow skiing, karaoke parties, and volunteering.
- Brenda Fassnacht
Brenda Fassnacht graduated from Purdue with a degree in English and now is the Director of Women's Ministries at Riverside Covenant Church. A former Purduette, Brenda especially values the leaderships skills, conflict resolution and personal responsibility learned in her time with the Purduettes. Her most precious memories are the friends she made in PMO. Brenda lives in Lafayette with her husband Mike, and their three children, Nathan, Catherine, and Logan.
- Donna Goetz
Donna Goetz is no stranger to the Purdue Musical Organizations family. Her son, Aaron, was a member of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club from 2001 to 2005 and she has traveled various places with both the PVGC and the Purduettes. In 1995, Donna accompanied the Purduettes to San Francisco as a President’s Council employee and in 2002 she was fortunate to accompany her son and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club to China and the British Isles. She considers herself a true PVGC groupie! Donna resides in Lafayette with her husband J. Alan Goetz, and her two sons Ethan and Aaron, both Purdue graduates, live in Indianapolis. Donna is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan and now serves as an Executive Assistant for Unity Healthcare.
- Stephanie Hainje
Stephanie Hainje is affiliated with PEFCU, Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union, where she is a card plan manager. She also works closely with the Purdue Alumni Association (PAA) as part of PEFCU’s partnership with the PAA affinity credit card. She attended Purdue University and holds a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Stephanie, her husband Thad, their daughters, Lauren, Jordan, and Madison, and their dog Tootsie live in Lafayette.
- Becky Hershey
Becky Hershey is affiliated with the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine serving as the Donor Relations Manager. She attended Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business. Becky calls Chicago home but currently resides in Lafayette, Indiana with her husband Aaron and two children, Will and Drew.
- Jennie Jones
Jennie Jones graduated from Purdue University, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer and Family Sciences. Today, Jennie is the assistant to Purdue University’s current President, Dr. France Córdova. Jennie does not live far from her alma mater, making her home in Lafayette, Indiana. Her family includes her mother and father, Hobart and Lois; her three brothers Tom, Doug, and Dan; and her cat, Jake.
- Valerie Lawless
- Elizabeth Miller
- Linda Rohrman
Linda Rohrman became co-chair of the newly formed Purduette mentor program in 2005. She was first introduced to PMO and the Purduettes in 2003 while attending a Back to Class Session. There she learned that a travel and performance fund was needed to help the groups travel the world as ambassadors of the University. Linda helped to initiate this fund. Since then Linda has involved herself in Purdue Musical Organizations regularly and even traveled with the Glee Club in 2005. Linda graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She resides in Lafayette, Indiana and is highly involved in the community. A few organizations she is involved with include Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, Purdue University Cancer Research Center, Ambassadors for Children, and Vision of Hope Residential Treatment Center.
- Joanne Troutner
- Debbie Tutak
A graduate from Purdue University, Debbie Tutak was also a Purduette in her days at Purdue! While there, she studied Industrial Management in the Krannert School of Management. Debbie now serves as an Administrative Assistant with the University. She and her husband Leo reside in West Lafayette and enjoy spending time with their two married sons and their precious granddaughter.