DRC Director &
Associate Director of Student Success
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. Ryan recently was elected President-elect for the Indiana Association on Higher Education and Disability. 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 service dog and Newfoundland Kodiak.
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.
Alternative Formats Coordinator
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.
Alternative Formats Coordinator
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.
Kathy is the Access Facilitator for the Disability Resource Center (DRC), making sure all of the requests made for interpreting for the Deaf, CART, as well as other services get scheduled and properly filled. Kathy attended Cincinnati Christian University, where in 1995 she obtained her AA in Deaf Ministry with an emphasis in Interpreting for the Deaf. She continued her education at William Woods University and obtained her BS in Interpreting for the Deaf in 2015. She has had most of her experience in interpreting in the higher educational setting facing the challenges that it presents, which is her passion. Kathy joined the DRC staff in March of 2019 and is proud to serve the students here at Purdue with the services that they request. She enjoys working with Deaf, Hard of Hearing students, and community to ensure equal access on this wonderful Purdue campus. Boiler UP!!
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.
Alex Mason works in the Accommodated Testing Center. He has worked in the Disability Resource Center since 2013. Alex graduated from Purdue with a degree 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 Lafayette area. Alex also enjoys traveling and experiencing the food, music, and culture of every destination he travels to. He is also an avid weather enthusiast and is obsessed with new and emerging technologies.
Document Conversion Clerk
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 Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Alfredo was part of a team to win the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition in 2007.
Kodiak began his career as a Service Dog at Purdue University in September 2018. Kodiak is a five year old, 140 lb Newfoundland Dog who received his service dog training in Michigan to help his handler, Ryan McCombs, with mobility support, including tasks like balance, pull up support, and gait stability. Kodiak loves to spend his down time chasing tennis balls, going on nature hikes, camping, swimming, and sleeping. Kodiak loves to work in the DRC and most of the time you can find him lounging around Ryan’s office and greeting any new friends. Kodiak looks forward to seeing you around the DRC and campus and apologizes in advance for any slobber you may receive when interacting with him. Please remember to ask Ryan prior to interacting with him!
Sahali is a service dog for one of the Access Consultants in the Disability Resource Center. She is a Pointer / Great Pyrenees / Lab mix who was born in a shelter in South Carolina. She received her training through Animals Deserve Better in Marietta, GA. Sahali is trained to do several tasks for her handler - one of those tasks is to bark at specific things and in specific situations. Don’t let her bark frighten you, she is just doing her job! Sahali will not bite, but please do not pet her unless you ask her handler if it is okay. Sahali and her handler have been together for four years. Sahali enjoys running, long walks, and long naps.
Olie (rhymes with cannoli) is a Vizsladore (half Vizsla and half Labrador Retriever) who works as a dog guide for his handler, Lisa Yates. He began his career at Purdue when he was only eight weeks old and can navigate campus like a pro! He is an alumni of Stepping Stone Animal Training and continues to work on guide dog skills with a private trainer. When he isn’t working, he enjoys long walks, a good squeaky toy, Starbucks puppuccino’s, playing with his canine siblings, Gracie and Chato, and visiting the Original Frozen Custard for a pineapple cone. Olie loves people and welcomes tummy rubs during office visits. To prevent distraction related accidents, it is important not to speak to him when he is working. Olie looks forward to seeing you at the DRC office.
Phone: (765) 494-1247
YONG Room 830
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907