DRC Staff


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Randall Ward
DRC Director &
Associate Director of Student Success
765-494-1245

Randall started in higher education disability services in 2007, spending the first 5-years at Lake Michigan Community College. Additional stops included Northern Illinois University and Eastern Michigan University prior to arriving at Purdue in February 2016. Before higher education, Randall spent 18 years as a private Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor performing medical case management and return to work consulting with private/public employers, insurance companies, and attorneys. He earned a BS from Michigan State University and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Northern Michigan University. Professional Development activity includes participation in a US DoE Funded 3 year research grant: Project ShIFT (Shaping Inclusion through Foundational Transformation). A member of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), and frequent presenter nationally. He earned the AHEAD Diversity Recognition Award in 2014 for “…outstanding service in promoting diversity within our profession and places of work.”


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Kelsey Jordan
Testing Coordinator
765-494-2031
kjorda00@purdue.edu

Kelsey Jordan serves as the Disability Resource Center (DRC) Testing Coordinator, overseeing the Accommodated Testing Center and its daily operations. In addition to her role as Testing Coordinator, she also serves as the Staff Advisor for the Student Advisory Committee (DRC-SAC). Kelsey joined the DRC team in 2015 as a campus transfer from Purdue University Northwest (PNW) where she worked in a supervisory position in the Student Success Center. In 2016, Kelsey earned her Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate education at PNW with a concentration in Natural Sciences. Kelsey enjoys working with students and faculty to help identify and breakdown disability related barriers across campus. Kelsey is a true Boilermaker as she loves this campus and never misses a Purdue Basketball or Football game. Boiler Up!


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Julie Alexander
Access Consultant
765-494-1144
alexa166@purdue.edu 

Julie joined the DRC in July 2017 after spending 10 years as an educational counselor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Her role at Ferris included providing disability accommodations. Originally from Port Huron, Michigan, she earned both her BS in Psychology and MA in Professional Counseling at Central Michigan University. Through her work with students with disabilities, she became very passionate about working toward an educational environment that is welcoming and inclusive to all students including those with disabilities. She is a member of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). Julie chose to work at the Purdue University Disability Resource Center because of the DRC’s strong commitment to social justice for disabled students.


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Rhonda Adams
Access Consultant
765-496-4401
adamsrj@purdue.edu

Rhonda joined the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Purdue in January 2018. Rhonda has spent 25 years working with persons with disabilities. She has experience working with all ages and a variety of disabilities. Rhonda began her experience by working as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist with the blind and visually impaired. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee. Rhonda spent 13 years working overseas in primarily underdeveloped countries and in some cases very remote regions. There she helped to develop and promote educational programs for children with disabilities and employment options for disabled adults.


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Amanda Bell, PhD 
Access Consultant
765-496-2858
bell229@purdue.edu

Dr. Bell arrived at Purdue in November 2017 following the completion of her PhD in Educational Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to Purdue, Dr. Bell held positions in Disability and Student Services at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, and Michigan State University. Currently, Amanda is a member of the Association of Higher Education (ASHE) and the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). As a disability scholar-practitioner, Amanda is passionate about helping break down barriers and supporting students of all abilities in their full participation in higher education.


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Lisa Yates
Access Consultant
765-494-4321

Lisa worked as an electrician before an acquired disability forced her to retire in 2003. She returned to school and received her BA in 2005 and MS Ed. in 2011 from Purdue. As a student with a disability, Lisa learned the importance of appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to the educational opportunities afforded to her. Prior to joining the Purdue DRC in July 2017, Lisa taught special education and worked as a State of Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Lisa is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and the state affiliate IN-AHEAD.


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Mandie Waling
Access Consultant
765-496-6840

Mandie joined the DRC at Purdue in February of 2019. Prior to coming to Purdue, Mandie held disability support positions at the University of Notre Dame for 5 years and Emory University for 3 years. Mandie earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Franklin College and a M.S. in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership for Student Success from Walden University. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Walden as well. Mandie is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and the Indiana AHEAD affiliate. Mandie is committed to working within higher education to address and help break down barriers that may impact a student’s path to success. Growing up around Purdue, Mandie is excited to be back in Boiler country.


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Ryan McCombs
Access Consultant
765-494-0852

Ryan started work in the Disability Resource Center at Purdue in June 2018. Previously he was a Disability Services Advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Prior to entering higher education disability work, he spent some time in K-12 as an educator in Michigan, Alaska, and Australia. He earned his B.S. in Elementary Education with a major in Integrated Sciences and minors in Leadership Studies and Language Arts from Central Michigan University and an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. He was a student with a disability in college, which is where his passion for advocating for student access started. He enjoys meeting with students and working with them on eliminating everyday barriers. He spends his spare time traveling, hiking, kayaking, fishing, woodworking, as well as spending time with his family, friends, and Newfoundland Kodiak.


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Eli Van Sickel
Access Consultant
765-494-1248

Eli joined the Disability Resource Center in the Summer of 2019. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Eli brings a unique background and skillset to the DRC. He holds an M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, where he spent two years working in almost every facet of disability services. Before that, Eli spent over 10 years in the performing arts world, receiving a B.S. in Theatre from Indiana State University and an M.S. in Theatre History & Theatre Studies from Illinois State University. He has extensive experience working for professional theatre companies in Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee. While Eli is hard of hearing and has worn hearing aids throughout his life, he is also an avid musician, singer, and performer. Eli's professional interests include: disability in performance, d/Deaf theatre, and the social justice model of disability.


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Cindy Hedgecough
Alternative Formats Coordinator
765-494-8661
hedge@purdue.edu

Cindy got her start at Purdue in the library system in 1980. In this role, she searched a variety of topics for the library system. She was promoted to a copy cataloguer prior to being hired into the DRC in 1998 as a braille clerk. Cindy has trained and learned a variety of braille code over the years. She can read braille as well to maintain quality standards.  As braille demand increased, Cindy became production manager for braille. As reliance on braille has decreased, Cindy has become involved in the DRC accommodated testing center, as this area has seen significant growth. She also assists with alternative formats.


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Heidi Smart
Alternative Formats Coordinator
765-496-3931
hsmart@purdue.edu

Heidi has multiple years of experience in her role having started at Purdue in 2001. In the early days, she was employed as a Tactile Graphics Specialist and has maintained her skills in making materials tactilely accessible. Heidi works with students, instructors, authors and publishers to acquire and/or convert printed textbooks and course materials into an accessible format for students. She also provides training to faculty and staff on how to create or remediate their course materials for students to use with screen reader and text-to-speech software. Heidi graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Graphic Design emphasis from Indiana State University. She is a Community Partner representative for Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) DRC Teams at Purdue.


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Kathy Dyke
Access Facilitator
765-494-6673
kdyke@purdue.edu

 


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Trina Higgins
Administrative Assistant
765-494-1247
krhiggin@purdue.edu

Trina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to joining Purdue University, Trina spent five years working with children in the special education resource room at Klondike Elementary School in West Lafayette, IN. Outside of work, Trina enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and their children. She is a proud Boilermaker Mom and says her greatest accomplishment is raising three boys.

 


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Alex Mason
Test Proctor
765-494-2058
mason3@purdue.edu

Alex works in the Accommodated Testing Center. He has worked in the Disability Resource Center since 2013. Alex graduated from Purdue with a BS in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, which gives him a unique perspective, as he knows Purdue through-and-through. While at Purdue, he participated in Purdue’s All-American Marching Band, as well as many other musical ensembles. Outside of work, Alex plays many musical instruments and performs regularly around the Greater Lafayette area. Alex also enjoys traveling and experiencing the food, music, and culture of each destination he travels to. He is also an avid weather enthusiast and is obsessed with new and emerging technologies.


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Alfredo Rosales
Document Conversion Clerk
rosales5@purdue.edu 

Alfredo joined the DRC in 2018 bringing 9-years of experience working with Accessible Electronic Media. He will be working with students and instructors to provide accessible textbooks and educational materials to students. Alfredo has developed knowledge and insight to offer students, faculty and staff on how to make their materials more accessible as well as compatibility issues. He graduated from Ivy Tech earning an AS degree in Business Management. Alfredo was part of a team to win the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition in 2007.


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Junia McDole
Financial Aid Administrator
765-494-0596
jimcdole@purdue.edu

Junia McDole is the Financial Aid Administrator for Student Success programs at Purdue University. She graduated from Indiana State University with her Bachelors of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She worked as a Financial Analyst prior to coming to Purdue. She is certified through the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators in the application process, student eligibility, and direct loans, among other things. She has worked exclusively with low income populations and first generation college students at both private and public four year universities. Her primary role is the education and guidance to students and families regarding financial aid, the application process, financial literacy and budgeting.

Junia is available by appointment or visit her during office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m. in Krach 462.

Contact us: 

Phone: (765) 494-1247
Email: drc@purdue.edu 
YONG Room 830 
155 S. Grant St. 
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Student Success at Purdue, KRCH 4th Floor, 1198 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-9328

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