Parent and Family Advisory Board

Who they are

Pierson photoRoger & Dawn Pierson, co-chairs
Wildwood, MO
Children at Purdue:
Bryan — Alumni 2018, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Connor — Sophomore, Polytechnic Institute

Akerele PhotoOlusegun Akerele
Carmel, IN
Child at Purdue:
Oluwatobi— Senior, Polytechnic Institute

Campbell Photo Brenda Campbell
Lafayette, IN
Children at Purdue:
Joshua — Alumni 2018, Polytechnic Institute
Jeremiah — Junior in Engineering

Carter photoStephen Carter
Indianapolis, IN
Child at Purdue:
Chris — Alumni 2018, Liberal Arts

Cowie Photo Bridget & Michael Cowie
Chevy Chase, MD
Child at Purdue:
Colin —  Junior in Polytechnic Institute

Lisa and Grant Harlan photoLisa Harlan
Kettering, OH
Child at Purdue:
Grant — Senior, Engineering

Lorenc PhotoSteve & Ginny Lorenc, past co-chairs
Hinsdale, IL
Child at Purdue:
Tom— Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Mudd photoChris & MaryJane Mudd, co-chair elects
Houston, TX
Child at Purdue:
Juliette — Senior, Chemical Engineering

Prechtel photoKathleen Prechtel, past co-chair
Indianapolis, IN
Children at Purdue:
Eric — Alumni 2014, Selling and Sales Management
Allison — Alumni 2015, Pre-Occupational Therapy
Bryan — Alumni 2017, Technology/Building Construction Management
Mark — Junior, Management

Rodriguez photoDavid & April Rodriguez
Phoenix, AZ
Child at Purdue:
Noah — Sophomore, Computer Engineering

Tarkington Photo Linda Tarkington
Lafayette, IN
Children at Purdue:
Travis — Alumni 2017, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Joseph — Alumni 2018, Finance

Vaid photoBharat & Manisha Vaid
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Children at Purdue:
Pushkal — Alumni 2018, Computer Engineering
Harivansh — Freshman, Engineering

Carlos & Maureen Vasquez- West Lafayette, IN; Child at Purdue: Grant, Freshman, Health & Human SciencesCarlos & Maureen Vasquez
Rensselaer, IN
Children at Purdue:
Grant — Junior, Health & Human Sciences (Pre-Med)
Christian — Sophomore, Engineering

Not pictured:
  • Janet McBee — Owensville, IN
    • Luke — Alumni 2018, Computer Engineering
    • Ryan — Alumni 2018, Computer Engineering
    • Alan — Junior, Polytechnic Institute
  • Laura Nairon — Brentwood, TN
    • Caitlin — Freshman, Polytechnic Institute
  • Beth Schuller — Downers Grove, IL
    • Daniel — Junior, Mechanical Engineering
  • JoyLynn Whitfield
    • DeShaun — Junior, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Jeff & Eva Woodruff
    • Alexander — Junior, Physics
    • Julia — Sophomore, Psychological Science

What they do


To ensure that Purdue parents and families are equipped to provide the best support to enhance their student’s campus experience.


The Purdue Parent and Family Advisory Board provides feedback on parent and family programs and experiences, communicates with parents and families, serves as a liaison between parents, families and the University, and supports the Purdue Parent and Family Connections financial needs through fundraising. The board seeks to engage parents and families as stakeholders in their student’s campus experience.

Parents Fund

Monies collected for the Purdue Parents Fund supports areas of critical concern to parents, educators and students alike. Make a gift

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