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
Recruitment and Communications Specialist
Caitlin is a 2012 graduate of Purdue University’s Brian Lamb School of Communication with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Human Relations. While an undergraduate, she was a featured vocalist for four years with the Purdue Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. In 2009, she completed a Disney College Program Internship, making magic through impeccable guest service at the Emporium on Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom. While at Disney, Caitlin also completed ACE courses in Marketing and Public Relations at Disney University. In 2012, she was honored to represent Purdue Bands & Orchestras as the Sudler Prize for the Arts award winner, proudly receiving the recognition from Purdue University’s eleventh President, France A. Córdova, at commencement.
After graduation, Caitlin has continued her participation in the local music community by performing as a vocalist with Lafayette’s Big Swing Band and the Lafayette Citizen’s Band. She performs regularly with Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette and serves as their Volunteer Coordinator. 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 has also created social media content for various clients including: Greyhouse Coffee, Hot House Market, Treasures Untold Trove, the Lala, and DizRadio – a Disney on Demand podcast. She and her husband Caleb, who performed together in the Purdue Jazz Band, just celebrated their sixth anniversary 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.