Staff


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Randall Ward
DRC Director &
Associate Director of Student Success
765-494-1245 ward176@purdue.edu 

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
Assistant Director
Testing Center Manager
765-494-2031
kjorda00@purdue.edu

Kelsey Jordan serves as one of the Disability Resource Center's (DRC) Assistant Directors, overseeing the Accommodated Testing Center and its daily operations. In addition to her role as Testing Center Manager, she also serves as the Social Committee Chair for Student Success Programs. 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!



Susan Lausier
Assistant Director
765-496-2858
slausier@purdue.edu

 


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Marisol Sarkkinen
Administrative Assistant
765-494-1247
msarkkin@purdue.edu

Marisol joined Purdue’s DRC in October 2021. Before joining the DRC, Marisol spent eight years working with youth 16 and older and adults seeking to earn their high school diploma, improve their computer skills, and obtain job readiness training. In addition, Marisol spent nine months working with families who were financially impacted by Covid-19, helping them receive financial assistance. Marisol enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs; Marisol is currently enrolled at Purdue University Global working towards earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.


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Lisa Yates
Access Consultant
765-494-4321
ldyates@purdue.edu

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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Eli Van Sickel
Access Consultant
765-494-1248
eavansic@purdue.edu

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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Hunter Duncan
Access Consultant
765-496-4801
hduncan1@purdue.edu

Dr. Duncan joined the DRC in May 2020 after the completion of her PhD in English literature at Marquette University. Prior to working in Purdue’s DRC, Dr. Duncan taught rhetoric and composition, literature, and Disability Studies courses at Marquette. In addition to her background in teaching, Dr. Duncan also works in student services and higher education administration, which she began in 2016 as the Graduate Assistant in Marquette’s Office of Disability Services. At Purdue, Dr. Duncan’s work in the DRC is uniquely positioned through her Disability Studies scholarship and her passion for teaching, writing, and research. As a disabled scholar, teacher, and practitioner, Dr. Duncan enjoys working to promote an inclusive and accessible campus for all students, staff, and faculty.


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Jackie Heymann
Access Consultant
765-496-6445
jheymann@purdue.edu

Jackie (she/her) joined the Disability Resource Center in May of 2021. Prior to joining the DRC team, Jackie coordinated intergroup dialogue programs at Michigan State University. She earned a master's degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Drake University, and is working toward an advanced certificate in Disability Studies from CUNY School of Professional Studies. As a disabled person, Jackie is passionate about taking an intersectional approach to furthering access with/for fellow disabled students, faculty, and staff. In her free time, Jackie enjoys kayaking, traveling, trying new recipes, and playing with her cat, Shmuly.


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Bonnie Huckaby
Access Consultant
765-494-0852 

Bonnie joined Purdue University as an Access Consultant for the DRC in June of 2021. Her educational experience includes a B.S. in Special Education from Ohio University and an M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Boilermakers, Bonnie spent 4 years working for the Residential Life Office at Indiana State University. She is passionate about strengths-based approaches to advising and concepts of Universal Design. Bonnie has presented on these topics at Michigan State University and Indiana State University. Bonnie’s favorite corner of campus is the Great Hall of Purdue Memorial Union, where the scale model of the West Lafayette campus is displayed. She also enjoys watching the starship robots as they make deliveries. When Bonnie is not on campus she is hanging out with her dog, a pug named Parker.



Pete Celeste
Access Consultant
765-494-1144
pceleste@purdue.edu

Pete joined the DRC team in February 2022.  He graduated from Purdue University in the “COVID Class” of 2020.  He earned an Associate’s in Education and a Batchelor’s in Psychology.  He also earned a minor in Critical Disability Studies and English during his time at Purdue University. 

Prior to returning to school, Pete was in the United States Navy and worked in Emergency Medical Services on the east coast.  After an accident that created mobility issues, Pete returned to school with the hopes to work in disability services.  During his time as a student, Pete was very involved in Purdue Student Government (PSG) holding the position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Pete has always been a disability rights advocate and currently is an active member of the professional organization AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability).

Pete enjoys grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting outside when the weather is nice.  He loves sitting near the Lobe fountain and watching the hustle and bustle of campus.  When Pete is not on campus, he loves to spend time with his family and taking short day trips.  Pete is currently studying to get his Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.



Danielle Territo
Access Consultant
765-496-6890
dterrito@purdue.edu

Danielle joined the Disability Resource Center as an Access Consultant in March of 2022. Prior to coming to Purdue, Danielle worked as a School Psychologist for 6 years in the K-12 setting in New Jersey and North Carolina. Her areas of expertise lie in psychoeducational evaluation, consultation, individual and group counseling, academic and behavioral interventions, and special education policies. Over the years she has worked with many students with diverse backgrounds and needs. Danielle attended Montclair State University and earned a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology and certification as a School Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Kean University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, shopping, exercise, and spending time with her two Shiba Inus, Rudolph and Blitzen.


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Maggie Wetzel
Accommodated Testing Coordinator
765-494-2058
mlwetzel@purdue.edu

Maggie Wetzel joined the Disability Resource Center in November 2021 as the Accommodated Testing Coordinator. A 2017 graduate of DePauw University, Maggie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish. She gained experience serving her Greater Lafayette community in the social services sector through case management, first supporting family reunification, then facilitating services for people living with HIV. Maggie’s professional interests include health literacy, intersectionality of identities, and public policy. Outside of work, Maggie enjoys walking her dog, spending time with family, and exploring nature.


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Theo Bernt
Test Proctor
765-494-3497
tbernt@purdue.edu

Theo Bernt first started working with the Disability Resource Center in Spring 2021 and joined the team full time in the DRC Testing Center in Fall 2021. Theo serves as the DRC Test Proctor and oversees the facilitation of evening exams. Theo was born and raised in Nebraska. He spent time at the University of Nebraska studying Sports Administration and Business Management. Theo enjoys sports, movies, games, and many other hobbies. He spent most of his adult life in the hospitality & service industry prior to working at Purdue.


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Alfredo Rosales
Access Facilitator
765-494-6673
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 Purdue Global with a B.S. in Liberal Studies and an A.S. in Business Management from Ivy Tech. Alfredo was part of a team to win the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition in 2007.


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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 is an Alternative Formats Coordinator who started at Purdue in 2001, originally as a Tactile Graphics Specialist, and still maintains her skills in braille and making raised line, tactile, graphics. Heidi works with students, instructors, authors and publishers to acquire and/or convert printed textbooks and course materials into accessible formats. She also provides training to faculty and staff on how to create or remediate their course materials for students to use with different types of assistive technology. Heidi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a graphic design emphasis from Indiana State University (Go “Trees”!) and recently achieved her Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Purdue University Global.


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Katie
Service Animal

Katie is Dr. Hunter Duncan’s guide dog. She is a 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever. Katie was born in California and received her formal guide dog training from Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) in San Rafael, CA. Hunter and Katie were paired together as a team in October 2021. Katie loves to work. Katie’s favorite tasks include finding things for Hunter, like doors, stairs, curbs, elevators, and escalators. Katie is a quick learner, eager to guide, and loves taking initiative when she’s working. Katie is energetic, joyful, and playful. In her downtime, Katie enjoys playing with her toys and taking naps.


Contact Us

Phone: (765) 494-1247 
Email: drc@purdue.edu 

YONG Room 830 
155 S. Grant St. 
West Lafayette, IN 47907