Institutional research assistant - Office of Institutional Research
What do you do at Purdue?
I am responsible for publishing the University's Data Digest. I also help to produce the Strategic Plan Report and various other reports and requests from executive offices about Purdue students, faculty and staff.
Which woman has inspired you most? Why?
I have been inspired by several women throughout my life. As a child I was fascinated by Amelia Earhart. I was very inspired by the fact that a woman from that era would dare to compete in such a male-dominated environment when women weren't suppose to do things like that. As an adult, I have been inspired by motivational speaker Joyce Meyer. She has overcome some very difficult circumstances in her life and now shares her story and her faith to help encourage others. But the woman who inspired me the most has got to be my mother. No matter what the difficulty or situation, I never saw her lose her positive outlook. She had a "roll up your sleeves and get the job done" mentality that she passed on to me, and that work ethic has served me very well in life. I learned from her that there are no situations in life that cannot be overcome by a cool head, positive attitude, a little work and a lot of love.
What are your goals and experiences with mentoring or encouraging others?
I have been very blessed throughout my life -- and especially in my career at Purdue -- to have so many people be willing to pass on their knowledge and experiences to me. I believe that knowledge is a gift to be shared and passed on, and I will certainly look for any opportunity to pass along what I have learned in the hopes of benefiting others as well as the University.