Student Life Advisory Council - Emeritus

Meet Our Emeritus Members

Grayce Lectenberg

Grayce Lectenberg

Grayce Lechtenberg moved to West Lafayette with her husband in 1967. She and her husband, Vic and I have four children. Three graduated from Purdue as well as their spouses.

Her personal mission statement includes the elimination of poverty, by working for a quality education for all and assisting women and their children by making the home a safe and valued environment. She has always believed in the value of a quality education – whether it be preschool, elementary or high school and of course college. She has volunteered at all levels. She was a stay-at- home mom until all four of our children were in school.

A Title I reading teacher position became available at her children’s school and she was asked if she would like the job teaching at-risk children to read in grades one to four. She accepted and enjoyed working at the school. As our children got older, my volunteer activities expanded around them.

She feels fortunate to live close to Purdue University and has been involved with the Purdue Women’s Club, serving as their President in the early 1980’s. She has also served as leader of the International Friendship special interest group. One of the goals of this group is to welcome international women and help them adapt to living in Indiana.

She retired after 11 years as the Development Director of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Center at Purdue. During her tenure they raised $2.9 million for an addition of classroom and meeting rooms to the building.

She now has ten grandchildren between the ages of 2 to 18.

Dr. Jeffrey S. Hackleman

Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman

Jeffrey Hackleman is a third generation Boilermaker and majored in neurobiology. Upon graduation from Purdue, Jeffrey moved to Cincinnati to join Procter & Gamble’s Brand Management program where he managed brands including Pringles, Folgers, and a first-ever collaborative initiative between Procter & Gamble and McDonald’s Corporation. 

In 1997, Jeffrey returned to academia, receiving his doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2001. Jeffrey is a private family practice optometrist with two offices in Northeast Georgia. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association, where he has served in various leadership roles. Most recently, Jeffrey has served as president of the Georgia Optometric Association, representing his profession and eye health causes throughout Georgia and the United States. Jeffrey has been honored to receive the Georgia Young Optometrist of the Year Award and, last year, the Early Professional Achievement Award from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. 

Jeffrey enjoys time in the woods, on the water and with his family. Jeffrey, his Boilermaker bride of 21 years, Tricia, and their two girls, Claire and Paige, call Athens, Georgia, home. 

Tricia J. Hackleman

Trica J. Hackleman

Tricia Jonas Hackleman was the first member of her immediate family to attend college and arrived at Purdue in the fall of 1990. Majoring in psychology with a focus on premedical studies, Tricia began her time at Purdue as a School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Freshman Scholar. Tricia became a member of the Order of the Iron Key and Kappa Alpha Theta. She served the Greek community in a variety of roles, including a stint as President of the Panhellenic Association.

After graduating from Purdue, Tricia attained numerous scholastic honors on her way to graduation from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, including serving as the Executive Editor of the University of Cincinnati Law Review. After completing her law degree, Tricia served as a judicial clerk for Judge Mark P. Painter of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals, for Judge Michael L. Close of the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals and for Justice Deborah L. Cook of the Supreme Court of Ohio. 

Tricia practiced law in Atlanta for five years. She joined the ranks at the University of Georgia School of Law, serving in a variety of roles including Assistant Director of Student Affairs as well as an instructor overseeing judicial externs as part of the Civil Externship Clinic. 

Currently, Tricia is a lecturer of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. She has been married to fellow Boilermaker, Jeff, for 23 years and is the mother to Claire and Paige.

David Martin

David Martin

David Martin graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1987 with a BS in Applied Mathematics and Industrial Management. David retired in 2015 after spending nearly 30 years in the financial services industry. David last worked for BTG Pactual, a Brazilian headquartered firm, from 2009 to 2015 and was co-CIO of a multi-billion-dollar macro hedge fund. Prior to that, he worked for UBS AG for 18 years in a variety of roles ultimately running the global interest rate business and serving on the board of directors of the investment bank.

David was born and raised in New Jersey and has been married to his wife Jacqui since 1991. Their two sons, Kyle and Zack, attend Purdue University and The George Washington University, respectively.

Jacqui and David are active in supporting charities, both domestic and international, that are involved in expanding educational opportunities for younger people. They also are very involved in supporting the education of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and helping inform the public about this rapidly spreading disorder.

Jacqui Martin

Jacqui Martin

Jacqui received a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985, and an MS from New York University in 1986 and has been a stay at home mom for the past 21 years. Prior to that she worked in systems and accounting for financial firms in New York City. Since leaving paid employment, she has been involved with several domestic and international charities surrounding education. She served on the board of directors of the McCarton Foundation for Development Disabilities and The McCarton School, the Parents Association Board of The Browning School, and on the NY Advisory Board of Room to Read (builds schools and libraries in the developing world).

In addition, her husband, David, and she have been involved with scholarships at both of their Alma Maters, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Carnegie Mellon University. They have two sons, Kyle and Zack, who are attending Purdue University and The George Washington University, respectively. She and Kyle first visited Purdue in March of 2012. From their very first interaction with Purdue, it was obvious that Purdue was different. It may be a big school, but it acts like a small one – a place where each student matters.

Dr. James Rieth

Dr. James Rieth

James N. Rieth is retired from Jennie-O Foods, Inc. after having served as President & CEO from 1989-2000. During his tenure, he grew the business from sixth largest to largest in the United States, increasing poundage processed and sold to a level three times that of that which was processed and sold in 1989.

Prior to serving as CEO at Jennie-O, James had an extensive career at Hormel Foods Corporation from 1963-1989 with positions ranging from Industrial Engineer trainee to Vice President-Engineering from 1986-1989.

James earned all of his degrees from Purdue University (BS Mechanical Engineering 1962, MS Industrial Administration 1963, PhD. Agricultural Economics 1970). James’ involvement with Purdue continued as Capital Funds Drive Chair for the Purdue Crew Boathouse facility. In addition to this position, James was an Old Master in 1996 and was named a distinguished alumni by Purdue’s College of Agriculture in 1997.

Along with his Purdue and industry accolades, James has instructed courses at Purdue, Southwest State University and Ridgewater College. He is also the past president of Willmar Area Quality Council in Willmar, Minnesota, YMCA in Austin, Minnesota, YMCA Camp Olson in Longville, Minnesota, and United Way in Fremont, Nebraska.

James currently serves on several advisory boards and committees. James and his wife Theresa Lippert, who share six sons, were married in 2001 and reside in Spicer, Minnesota.

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