Student Life Advisory Council

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The Student Life Advisory Council provides advice to the division leadership on its overall strategic direction, advocates for its programs with other constituencies, and assists with the expansion of the division’s ability to serve Purdue students through development activities.

Meet Our Members

Kathy Adkins

Kathy Adkins

Kathy Adkins graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. While at Purdue, Kathy was a member of the “All-American” Marching Band, participated in intramural sports and served as a residence hall counselor. After working for Purdue as a 4-H Extension Agent, Kathy decided to become a full-time mom. 

In 1991 Kathy started the CREW Corporation. CREW is a specialty electrical contractor that also completes validation, commissioning and technical writing projects and employs 85 employees with revenue averaging $12 million/year. Kathy is now owner and president of the CREW Corporation. 

Kathy serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and also serves on both the Apprenticeship and Negotiation committees. She is a member of the Indiana 4-H Foundation Board and been a 4-H leader and project judge for 30 years. She lives on a 20-acre farm in Boone County, Indiana with her husband Jerry, four horses, some barn cats and a poodle. She has two grown children, Grant and Amanda, and one granddaughter, Kaelyn.

Jack Calhoun

Jack Calhoun

Jack Calhoun attended Indiana University School of Music, received a B.S. from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. While at Purdue Jack was a member and officer of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, President of the Purdue Student Union Board, Chairman of Iron Key, member of Omicron Delta Kappa honorary and received the G.A. Ross award upon graduating.

Jack was most recently the Global President of Banana Republic, a division of Gap Inc. Jack joined Gap Inc. in 2003, coming from Charles Schwab & Co., where he was EVP Brand Management and Advertising. Prior to that, he spent six years leading teams at Foote, Cone & Belding and Young & Rubicam, where he served as General Manager of the San Francisco office. He also held marketing positions at Levi Strauss & Company and The Procter & Gamble Company where he started his career in brand management after graduating from Purdue. 

In his 12 years at Banana Republic, he grew sales and positioned Banana Republic as the go-to brand for men and women seeking modern American style. Previously, as executive vice president of Merchandising and Marketing at Banana Republic, he oversaw all aspects of merchandising and marketing and was instrumental in developing the brand’s growth strategies. 

Jack currently serves on the Board of Directors of The San Francisco Opera, the second largest opera worldwide, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  Jack previously served on the Board of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. He also served for five years on the Board of Directors of the national not-for-profit GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) as well as the Mitchell Gold furniture company.

J. Richard Cummings

J. Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is a 1967 BSEE graduate with a 1969 MSIA degree from the Krannert School of Management. After Krannert, Rich joined The First National Bank of Chicago (now part of JP Morgan Chase) and spent many years in commercial and real estate banking. Later on, Rich joined the Mizuho Corporate Bank Chicago Branch where he managed a portfolio of electric and gas utilities, asset-backed securities and metropolitan Chicago area large corporate accounts. 

After retiring, Rich joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as part of the Resolutions and Receiverships Division, liquidating failed banks resulting from the financial crisis. For the last two years Rich has been a contractor with the Urban Partnership Bank of Chicago, helping the bank resolve a problem loan portfolio taken over from a failed bank. 

Rich is married to Maryann K. Miskiewicz and has two sons, Andrew (30) and Gonzalo (28). Maryann is the owner of MKM Consulting, Inc., a systems implementation and needs assessment consultant dealing mostly with public entities. 

While at Purdue, Rich was active with the “All-American” Marching Band and Symphony Band. Rich is a native of Brownsburg, Indiana. He and Maryann continue to live near downtown Chicago and are active with a local church and schools.

Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman

Dr. Jeffrey S. Hackleman

Jeffrey Hackleman is a third generation Boilermaker and majored in neurobiology. Upon graduation from Purdue, Jeffrey moved to Cincinnati to join Procter & Gamble’s Brand Management program where he managed brands including Pringles, Folgers, and a first-ever collaborative initiative between Procter & Gamble and McDonald’s Corporation. 
In 1997, Jeffrey returned to academia, receiving his doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2001. Jeffrey is a private family practice optometrist with two offices in Northeast Georgia. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association, where he has served in various leadership roles. Most recently, Jeffrey has served as president of the Georgia Optometric Association, representing his profession and eye health causes throughout Georgia and the United States. Jeffrey has been honored to receive the Georgia Young Optometrist of the Year Award and, last year, the Early Professional Achievement Award from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. 
Jeffrey enjoys time in the woods, on the water and with his family. Jeffrey, his Boilermaker bride of 21 years, Tricia, and their two girls, Claire and Paige, call Athens, Georgia, home. 
His awards while at Purdue include the 1994 Midwest IFC Association Jellison Award, the Purdue Class of 1937 Leadership Scholarship, the Grand Prix Foundation Scholarship, Purdue Debris Yearbook Outstanding Senior, the 1994 Sigma Chi Chapter Balfour Award, the 1994 G.A. Ross Award, and was voted by his Boilermaker peers to be the 1993 Purdue Homecoming King. 

Trica J. Hackleman

Tricia J. Hackleman

Tricia Jonas Hackleman was the first member of her immediate family to attend college and arrived at Purdue in the fall of 1990. Majoring in psychology with a focus on premedical studies, Tricia began her time at Purdue as a School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Freshman Scholar. 

Upon graduation from Purdue, Tricia attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of the University of Cincinnati Law Review. After completing her law degree, Tricia served as a judicial clerk for Judge Mark P. Painter of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals, for Judge Michael L. Close of the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals and for Justice Deborah L. Cook of the Supreme Court of Ohio. 

Tricia practiced law in Atlanta for five years. She also served as an Alumni Mentor to the Emory University Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. She joined the ranks at the University of Georgia School of Law, serving in a variety of roles including Assistant Director of Student Affairs as well as an instructor overseeing judicial externs as part of the Civil Externship Clinic. 

Currently, Tricia is a lecturer of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. She has been married to fellow Boilermaker, Jeff, for 21 years and is the mother to Claire and Paige.

Grace Lechtenberg

Grayce Lechtenberg

Grayce Lechtenberg moved to West Lafayette with her husband in 1967. She and her husband Vic have four children. Three graduated from Purdue, as well as their spouses. 

Her personal mission statement includes the elimination of poverty, by working for a quality education for all and assisting women and their children by making the home a safe and valued environment. She has volunteered at all levels. She was a stay-at-home mom until all four of her children were in school. 

A Title I reading teacher position became available at her children’s school and she was asked if she would like the job teaching at-risk children to read in grades one to four. She accepted and enjoyed working at the school. As her children got older, her volunteer activities expanded around them. 

She feels fortunate to live close to Purdue University and has been involved with the Purdue Women’s Club, serving as their president in the early 1980’s. She has also served as leader of the International Friendship special interest group. One of the goals of this group is to welcome international women and help them adapt to living in Indiana. 

She retired after 11 years as the Development Director of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Center at Purdue. During her tenure they raised $2.9 million for an addition of classroom and meeting rooms to the building. 

She now has 10 grandchildren between the ages of 2 to 18.

Thomas Lester

Thomas W. Lester

Thomas W. Lester earned all of his mechanical engineering degrees from Purdue (BSME with Highest Distinction in 1970, MSME in 1972, and Ph.D. in 1974). Tom is professor emeritus and dean emeritus at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his tenure at Kentucky, Tom served as professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University and professor of Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University. 

A specialist in combustion of fossil fuels and incineration of hazardous wastes, Tom worked as an experimental engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, a visiting scientist at the EPA’s Research Triangle Park research laboratories, and as a visiting scholar at the Karlsruhe (Germany) Institute of Technology. He served on numerous scientific advisory panels for the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency, testified before the House Armed Services Committee on chemical munitions disposal and was a co-editor of EPA’s monograph on the formation and control of pollution from pulverized coal combustion. 

While at Purdue, he was a percussionist in the “All-American” Marching Band and the Symphony Band, a tenor saxophonist in the Variety Band, and served as supply officer his junior and senior years. He was a member of Tomahawk, Omicron Delta Kappa, and was president of Purdue’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the all engineering honorary. He was named a Purdue University Fellow in 1970. 

Tom and his late wife, Susan Ballard Lester (BSHE with honors 1970, MSHE 1972), are the parents of Dr. Christina S. Lane (BSIDE 1996) of New Albany, Indiana and Elizabeth A. Lester of Atlanta, Georgia. Tom and his wife Frances have four grandchildren, ages 8 to 12. Tom is also a step-father to Frances’ daughter, Amy Johnston Peabody, of Los Angeles.

David Martin

David Martin

David Martin graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1987 with a BS in Applied Mathematics and Industrial Management. David retired in 2015 after spending nearly 30 years in the financial services industry. David last worked for BTG Pactual, a Brazilian headquartered firm, from 2009 to 2015 and was co-CIO of a multi-billion-dollar macro hedge fund. Prior to that, he worked for UBS AG for 18 years in a variety of roles, ultimately running the global interest rate business and serving on the board of directors of the investment bank. 

David was born and raised in New Jersey and has been married to his wife Jacqui since 1991. Their two sons, Kyle and Zack, attend Purdue University and The George Washington University, respectively. 

Jacqui and David are active in supporting charities, both domestic and international, that are involved in expanding educational opportunities for younger people. They also are very involved in supporting the education of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and helping inform the public about this rapidly spreading disorder.

Jacqui Martin

Jacqui Martin

Jacqui received a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985, an MS from New York University in 1986, and has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 21 years. Prior to that she worked in systems and accounting for financial firms in New York City. 

Since leaving paid employment, she has been involved with several domestic and international charities surrounding education. She served on the board of directors of the McCarton Foundation for Development Disabilities and The McCarton School, the Parents Association Board of The Browning School, and on the NY Advisory Board of Room to Read (builds schools and libraries in the developing world). 

She and her husband, David, have been involved with scholarships at both of their alma maters, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Carnegie Mellon University. They have two sons, Kyle and Zack, who are attending Purdue University and The George Washington University, respectively. She and Kyle first visited Purdue in March of 2012.

Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Bob Miles is a 1963 Purdue alumnus in civil engineering. While on campus, he was a member of Fairway Cooperative and the Student Cooperative Association, where he held several leadership positions in both.  He was also an active member of the Purdue Reamer Club.

Bob started his career with the Ceco Corporation, a national supplier of construction materials and concrete forming services. He was Regional Manager of three offices in Florida. Following his employment with Ceco, he owned his own company, Bob L. Miles and Associates, a manufacturers’ representative selling to the construction industry. He sold the business in 2001 and retired in 2002.

Upon retirement and a subsequent move to Maggie Valley, North Carolina, Bob remains active with the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville, North Carolina, serving as the club’s newsletter editor and chair of the 3rd Grade Dictionary Project. He also chaired the advisory council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County and served on the Haywood County Child Abuse and Neglect Task Force. He is an active supporter of Clothes to Kids, providing clothing wardrobes to disadvantaged school children.

Bob is a staunch supporter and advocate for the College of Human Sciences. He co-chaired, with his wife Joyce, the College of Consumer and Family Sciences (CFS) development team for the $13 million planned-giving campaign. Bob and Joyce are both on the Purdue Center for Families Advisory Council and are advocates for the Center. Both Bob and Joyce served on the President’s Council Leadership Council. As a result of Joyce’s influence as a Purduette, Bob has become a supporter of PMO. They have a practice room named in Bailey Hall and also mentor several Purduettes. They have endowed two scholarships at Purdue and maintain relationships with their scholarship students while at Purdue and following their graduation. 

Joyce Beery MilesJoyce Beery Miles

Joyce is a Purdue graduate in Health and Human Sciences with a major in Home Economics Education. Her professional career was spent in Jacksonville, Florida for 31-1/2 years with the Duval County Schools. She and alum husband, Bob, have been active in numerous Purdue organizations including the College of Consumer and Family Sciences (now the College of Health and Human Sciences), Center for Families Advisory Board, PMO (Joyce is a former Purduette) and Women for Purdue. Joyce and her husband were both members of a co-op house during their years on campus. 
In retirement, Joyce has focused on preserving the history of home economics as she has portrayed the founder, Ellen Swallow Richards throughout the country for the 100th Anniversary. She has been honored as the modern biographer of Ellen Swallow Richards. She also has been active with Women for Purdue, and as a Trustee for the Florida State University Foundation, she was responsible for initiating the Women for Florida State University, modeling the Purdue organization. Joyce and Bob currently live in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. 

Lorrie Newhouse

Lorrie Newhouse

Lorrie Newhouse graduated from Purdue in May 2015 with her degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. During her time at Purdue, Lorrie served in a number of roles within Residential Life; notably as the Governess of Windsor Residence Hall Club her junior year, on the Student Life Student Advisory Council her junior and senior years, and as president of the Residence Hall Association her senior year. 

Highlights of her tenure include organizing an overnight retreat for all of the residence hall clubs, organizing a fall break trip to Washington, D.C. for 112 residents, attending and presenting at state, regional, and national conferences, bidding to host the regional conference at Purdue, as well as leading exceptional groups of young student leaders. 

Lorrie now lives in Washington, Indiana, where she works for Grain Processing Corporation as the Alcohol and Utilities Division Engineer. She has been quite active in the community in the short amount of time she has called Daviess County home. Lorrie graduated from the Leadership Daviess County program in June of 2016, is a 4-H Club Leader, and serves on the Daviess County Purdue Extension Board.

John Pierce

John Pierce

John Pierce graduated from Purdue in 1980 with a BS in Economics from the Krannert School of Management. He received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1984 and began his law career in Los Angeles. After three years of civil litigation with the Los Angeles firm of Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, John joined the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego as an Assistant United States Attorney. 

During his 14 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, John investigated and prosecuted complex frauds, organized crime, and homicides. He conducted more than 70 trials in multiple jurisdictions, coordinated international investigations and extraditions, presented hundreds of investigations to grand juries, and briefed and argued appeals. He served on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Health Care Fraud Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. 

John left the government in 2000 to re-enter private practice. He is a trial attorney headquartered in Washington D.C., whose practice focuses on sophisticated criminal defense and civil litigation. 

John founded his current firm Themis in 2010. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, several United States Circuit Courts of Appeal and District Courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, California, and Illinois. He has served as General Counsel to The Woods Academy, a private school in Bethesda, Maryland, and coaches several youth sports teams. 

John is married to his lovely wife of 22 years, Roxana, and has two beautiful daughters, Amanda (junior in civil engineering at University of Michigan) and Natalie (8th grader at The Woods Academy). He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

James Rieth

Dr. James Rieth

James N. Rieth earned all of his degrees from Purdue University (BS Mechanical Engineering 1962, MS Industrial Administration 1963, PhD. Agricultural Economics 1970). James’ involvement with Purdue continued as Capital Funds Drive Chair for the Purdue Crew Boathouse facility. In addition to this position, James was an Old Master in 1996 and was named a distinguished alumni by Purdue’s College of Agriculture in 1997. 

James is retired from Jennie-O Foods, Inc. after having served as president & CEO from 1989- 2000. During his tenure, he grew the business from sixth-largest to largest in the United States, increasing poundage processed and sold to a level three times that of which was processed and sold in 1989. Prior to serving as CEO at Jennie-O, James had an extensive career at Hormel Foods Corporation from 1963-1989 with positions ranging from industrial engineer trainee to vice president-engineering from 1986-1989. 

Along with his Purdue and industry accolades, James has instructed courses at Purdue, Southwest State University and Ridgewater College. He is also the past president of Willmar Area Quality Council in Willmar, Minnesota; YMCA in Austin, Minnesota; YMCA Camp Olson in Longville, Minnesota; and United Way in Fremont, Nebraska. 

James currently serves on several advisory boards and committees. James and his wife Theresa Lippert, who share six sons, were married in 2001 and reside in Spicer, Minnesota.

Greg Sinise

Greg Sinise

Greg Sinise completed his BS and MBA degrees in Industrial Management at Krannert. Wanting to be close to Purdue, his first assignment was in Indianapolis with Indiana National Bank, where he spent time in their Investment Banking division as well as Information Technology. He went on to work at Eli Lilly, where he enjoyed a career in IT, manufacturing and procurement. 

Wanting to enter consulting, he joined Ernst and Whinney (which became Ernst and Young), spending a very fruitful consulting career in manufacturing, marketing and IT consulting. His last three years were spent with seven other partners, launching the strategic planning practice for the firm. After spending five days a week on the road for 10-plus years, he decided to come back home to Indianapolis, where he managed a number of IT consulting firms. In 2000, he started his own marketing firm and ad agency, which he still owns today. His current assignment is the chief business development officer - North America for a UK-based IT consulting company, trying to create a presence in the U.S. 

When not working, he tries to spend as many minutes as he can on Purdue’s campus in some volunteer capacity. He has been deeply involved in the Greek system, both with his own chapter, his son’s chapter as well as at the national level. For the last two years, he has been the chair of the Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Advisory Council for Purdue, a very rewarding experience, in part because at the same time, his son has served as president of IFC, which has allowed them to work together for the betterment of some 6,000-plus Purdue students.










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