Director of External Relations
Aaron Yoder is a 2017 graduate of the Krannert School of Management. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management along with a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is a former member of the “All-American” Marching Band, the Purdue Wind Ensemble, and the Purdue Jazz program. He also worked as a Marketing and Communications intern for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In his time at Purdue, Aaron served as an Admissions Ambassador, giving tours of Purdue’s campus to prospective students, their parents, and alumni.
Caitlin Cotten Benner
Manager of Recruitment and Student Success
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Caitlin is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Human Relations (2012) and Master of Science in Higher Education-Student Affairs (2019). While an undergraduate, she was a featured vocalist for four years with the Purdue Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. In 2009, she completed the Disney College Program, making magic through impeccable guest service at the Emporium on Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom. At Disney, Caitlin also completed courses in Marketing and Public Relations. Through her prior customer service work as a representative of Quinlan & Fabish Music Company, she coordinated with area school music directors to support seamless participation by students and parents in local band and orchestra programs. Caitlin was honored to represent Purdue Bands & Orchestras as the 2012 Sudler Prize for the Arts award winner.
In her free time, Caitlin is writing a novel and is active in the local arts community. She is a vocalist for Lafayette’s Big Swing Band and the Lafayette Citizens Band and performs regularly with Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette also serving as their Volunteer Coordinator. Caitlin is a member of the Lafayette Writer’s Studio and serves as a Social Media Consultant for various clients: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Big Swing Band, and Lafayette Citizens Band. She and her husband Caleb, who performed together in the Purdue Jazz Band, have been married since 2012, and live in Lafayette with their fearsome cat Giselle.
Assistant Director of Development and Donor Relations – Student Life
Trudy started in Development ten years ago as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Advancement in the College of Engineering. Since then, she has held positions in Principal Gifts/Donor Relations and Campaign Programs, President’s Council, and most recently Annual Giving and Stewardship where she has been responsible for coordinating the central stewardship efforts. She recently earned her BS in Organizational Leadership from Purdue Polytechnic Institute and also holds an Associate Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue. She is proud to be in the middle of a three generation Purdue family. Her dad was a Mechanical Engineering alumnus (and a trombone player in the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band), and three of her children hold Purdue degrees (Communication, Animal Science and Food Science).
In her new role, Trudy will be helping the many loyal constituents of Purdue Bands & Orchestras advance their philanthropic interests as well as manage donor relations for the department. She will be reporting to the Director of Advancement for Student Life, and will be part of the team advancing Purdue Student Life’s overall philanthropic strategy.