DRC Staff

The following professional and student staff help to facilitate the daily work of the Disability Resource Center. To learn more about our team, click on the gray dropdown boxes below to show each team member's contact and biographical information.

Leadership Team
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Randall Ward

Director

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-1245

Email: ward176@purdue.edu

About

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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Sandra Cash

Deputy Director

Contact Information

Email: skcash@purdue.edu

About

Sandra joined the DRC in October 2022. She has 17 years of experience in higher education. She started her career in higher education as a Resident Director where she lived and managed a residence hall. This role included creating and fostering a residential community while mentoring and training student staff. For the past eight years, she worked as the Director of Accessibility and Accommodations at Indiana Wesleyan University. Sandra has led psychoeducational groups that focus on ADHD and Autism with college students. Sandra attended Indiana Wesleyan University and earned a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and School Counseling. She has a passion for mental health equity and inclusion. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English with a minor in Biology from Indiana University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Psychology. When Sandra is not on campus, she loves to spend time with her husband and three boys. She is a nature enthusiast and enjoys swimming.

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Kelsey Jordan

Assistant Director, Testing Center Manager

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-2031

Email: kjorda00@purdue.edu

About

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!

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Susan Lausier

Assistant Director

Contact Information

Phone: 765-496-2858

Email: slausier@purdue.edu

About

Susan joined the DRC as Assistant Director in March, 2022 and will manage the Usable Materials Center. She began her career in disability resources at Aurora University, recording books on tape for blind students. After a succession of promotions, Susan ended her 15-year career there as Director of the Disability Resource Office and the Academic Support Center. Susan holds an MA in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University and a BA in English from Aurora University. Her professional development activity includes participation in Project ShIFT (Shaping Inclusion through Foundational Transformation), a US Department of Education funded three-year research grant and presenting at national AHEAD and NASPA conferences.

Access Consultants
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Eli Van Sickel

Senior Access Consultant

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-1248

Email: eavansic@purdue.edu

About

Senior Access Consultant Eli Van Sickel has been with the DRC since 2019. A native of Indiana and California, he holds master’s degrees in College Student Personnel (Western Illinois) and in Theatre History & Criticism (Illinois State). Before coming to student affairs, Eli spent over 10 years working for professional theatre companies throughout America’s Heartland. Eli is always looking for new ways to help students build their academic and executive functioning skills while pursuing their passions. He is also a firm believer in developing the next generation of student affairs practitioners. Outside of the work environment, Eli is an avid musician, singer, photographer, writer, and uncle. He is a loyal fan of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball and all Purdue sports teams.

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Lisa Yates

Access Consultant

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-4321

Email: ldyates@purdue.edu

About

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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Bonnie Huckaby

Access Consultant

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-0852

Email: bghuckab@purdue.edu

About

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.

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Pete Celeste

Access Consultant

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-1144

Email: pceleste@purdue.edu

About

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 Bachelor’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.

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Danielle Territo

Access Consultant

Contact Information

Phone: 765-496-6890

Email: dterrito@purdue.edu

About

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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Nicole Martin

Access Consultant

Contact Information

Phone: 765-496-3293

Email: mart1184@purdue.edu

About

Nicole joined the Disability Resource Center in April 2022. Nicole graduated from Purdue University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Developmental and Family Science with a minor in Organizational Leadership. Post-graduation Nicole gained experience working with mothers and new babies in the social services sector. Nicole has as passion for disability inclusion and mental health awareness. In her free time she likes to spend time with her dog Koda and is working towards her professional dog training certification.

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Eileen White

Access Consultant

Contact Information

Phone: 765-496-6445

Email: ebwhite@purdue.edu

About

Eileen joined the Access Consultant Team in August of 2022 after spending over a decade in public education. Originally from Whiting, Indiana (Home of Pierogi Fest and the Mascot Hall of Fame), Eileen graduated from Saint Joseph's College in 2011. After earning her BS in Elementary Education and Special Education, she returned to her hometown for 3 years as a teacher before relocating to Lafayette in the fall of 2014. Eileen has worked with students of all backgrounds and ability levels, and has extensive experience working with students who struggle with emotional regulation. She is passionate about helping all students actualize their full potential by helping to remove barriers to their success, and by encouraging others to incorporate universal design. Eileen is passionate about the Social Model of Disability and creating a more equitable and inclusive world. She is very excited to be working at Purdue to continue this important work with the students and faculty. You can often find Eileen out in the community enjoying the rich musical and theatrical culture around Lafayette. She enjoys attending live performances and supporting all of the small businesses in town, especially during the Mosey Down Main Street.

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Alise Montgomery

Access Consultant

Contact Information

Email: armontgo@purdue.edu

About

Alisa joined the Disability Resource Center as an Access Consultant in October 2022. A native of Indiana, Alisa holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Master of Education in Special Education, and is completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, currently All But Dissertation (ABD). Alisa worked as a Special Educator for 17 years, within diverse educational environments, in the K-12 academic setting in both Maryland and New York. Alisa also spent the start of her professional career deinstitutionalizing adults with disabilities, opening group homes, and providing quality assurance throughout the Washington D.C. area through Georgetown Child Development Center and other private corporations. Alisa also evaluated both children and adults for assistive technology throughout the State of Maryland, using a team approach, to address individual communication needs while working at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. Alisa is passionate about educational law to ensure all students have equal access to learning. She also believes in an inclusive approach where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all.

Alternative Formats
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Cindy Hedgecough

Alternative Formats Coordinator

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-8661

Email: hedge@purdue.edu

About

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

Contact Information

Phone: 765-496-3931

Email: hsmart@purdue.edu

About

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.

DRC Testing Center
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Position Vacant

Accommodated Testing Coordinator

This position is currently open.

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Theo Bernt

Test Proctor

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-3497

Email: tbernt@purdue.edu

About

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.

Access Facilitator
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Alfredo Rosales

Access Facilitator

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-6673

Email: rosales5@purdue.edu

About

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.

Usable Materials Center
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Nanda Dhananjaya

Usable Materials Center Coordinator

Contact Information

Email: ndhananj@purdue.edu

About

Nanda Dhananjaya is a new Coordinator for the Usable Materials Center (UMC) which is a part of Purdue’s Disability Resource Center. Nanda graduated with an MS in Special Education from Pennsylvania State University. She has worked as an Instructional Paraprofessional with elementary school children in State College, Pennsylvania.

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John Targett

Production Assistant

Contact Information

Email: jtargett@purdue.edu

About

John's bio is coming soon.

Contact Us

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

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