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Dean's Advisory Council

Below are the ever-dedicated Dean's Advisory Council members. The advisory council provides support and advisement to the Dean regarding the growth and development of the Honors College. Particular attention is paid to developing the Honors College as a standout community and industry partner.

Anthony Denhart
Anthony Denhart

Anthony is the Global University Relations Director for GE. In this role, He is responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of university relations, full-time and internship university hiring needs, internship, military and diversity recruitment initiatives, developing a unified presence on campus, branding strategy and execution, campus recruiting teams, and research collaboration at GE’s executive schools. He partners with the GE businesses across the company in the development of diversity goals, best practices, workforce planning and research collaborations to meet strategic objectives as it relates to GE’s annual hiring of 9000+ interns, co-ops and full-time entry level hires. He works closely with GE’s Global Brand Marketing and Communication teams to drive disruptive awareness and emotional connections in the university space. He is active with GE Government Affairs’ activities, as the GE Champion for the State of Indiana.

Anthony started his GE career in 1989 as a field engineer, in the Field Engineering Leadership Program with GE Power. After several roles of increasing responsibility at GE Power, he accepted a role as the senior services leader, GE Power in 2007, where he led the P & L for the Midwest. In addition to his GE Power role, he was appointed to a volunteer role, the Purdue Campus Relations Leader, that he held for six years. As the CRL he had full ownership of the recruiting cycle, relationships with the deans, faculty, administration, student organizations and research collaboration. He drove the partnership to new levels where student interaction increased, hiring increased and collaborative research increased by ten times. He has been engaged with university recruiting and relations for almost 30 years.

Anthony also serves in an advisory capacity with the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers IPC, Purdue Honors College Dean’s Advisory Council and Purdue Student Life Vice Provost’s Advisory Council. He is also active with the National Association of Corporate Relations Officers, National Association of Colleges and Employers and Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers.

Anthony is a native of Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He is the recipient of the Purdue Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the Cooperative Education Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Rhonda are the proud parents of two wonderful children, Jake and Nicole. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, DIY, being outdoors and spending time improving his golf game.

Linda Felt
Linda Felt

Linda Sergent Felt (Liberal Arts ’70) is recently retired after 25 years as Vice President of Development of Doylestown Hospital in Pennsylvania. Her prior fundraising experience included positions with Delaware Valley College, Miami Valley Hospital, Michigan State University and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In retirement, Linda is the volunteer fundraising chair for the Bucks County Choral Society, with her husband, Lee, who is the Executive Director.

Linda has a son, Clint (ChemE ’96) and his wife, Janeen (ElemEd ’92), who are raising granddaughters, Chloe and Paige, in Houston, TX. The new Honors College captured Linda’s imagination, so she has left the college a bequest in her will and hopes others will join her in supporting this amazing college.

Jeff Hackleman
Jeff Hackleman

Jeffrey S. Hackleman, who majored in biology, is a third-generation Boilermaker. 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. He is a private practice optometrist specializing in ocular surface disease with a primary office 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 been president of the Georgia Optometric Association, representing his profession and eye health causes throughout Georgia and the United States and continues to serve as chair of the Georgia Optometry Leadership Academy. He has been honored to receive the Young Optometrist of the Year Award in Georgia and the Early Professional Achievement Award from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. In 2019, Dr Hackleman was appointed by the Governor to serve his first term on the Georgia State Board of Optometry.

Jeffrey enjoys time in the woods, on the water and with his family. He, his Boilermaker bride of 25 years, Tricia, and their two girls, Claire and Paige, call Athens, Georgia, home.

Tricia Hackleman
Tricia Hackleman

Tricia Jonas Hackleman was the first member of her immediate family to attend college; she arrived at Purdue in fall 1990. Majoring in psychology with a focus on premedical studies, Tricia began her time on campus as a School of Liberal Arts Dean's Freshman Scholar. She became a member of the Order of the Iron Key and Kappa Alpha Theta. Tricia 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 earning her law degree, she 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 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 a fellow Boilermaker, Jeff, for 25 years, and she is mother to Claire and Paige.

Daniella Landers
Daniella Landers

Daniella is a partner in Reed Smith's Energy & Natural Resources practice group with over 20 years experience. She represents energy, chemical, commercial and industrial clients on a broad range of environmental, health & safety and land use issues, with a focus on dispute resolution, risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, and transactional matters (mergers, sales, acquisitions, joint ventures). In addition, she helps clients navigate environmental crises and investigations and develop tailored legal response strategies. She has taught related courses for 13+ years as an adjunct law professor at South Texas College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center. She is also a prolific speaker and writer on environmental, energy and litigation issues.

Derek Mauk
Derek Mauk

Derek currently serves as Vice President, Commercial at Drinkworks Home Bar by Keurig—a joint venture between Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig. Prior to his current role, Derek held several brand marketing and innovation positions of increasing responsibility at Anheuser-Busch InBev; he became a Partner in the company in 2017. Before joining Anheuser-Busch InBev, Derek was both a Brand Marketer and a Finance Manager at Procter & Gamble.

Derek was born in Indiana and graduated from Purdue with a B.S. degree in Management & Accounting and an M.B.A. with focus in Finance, Strategy, and Innovation & Technology. Derek served in leadership roles for the Purdue Alumni Association of Cincinnati, on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Purdue Libraries, and as a mentor/coach to students in several disciplines at Purdue.

Derek met and married his wife, Anne, at Purdue. They currently live in the Boston area with their son, Everett.

Karen Moschetto
Karen Moschetto

Karen A. Moschetto first came to Fredericksburg Academy in 1996 as the Athletic Director. She went on to serve as Dean of Students, Head of Middle School, and interim-Head of School before a national search concluded she was the ideal candidate to become the Academy’s fourth Head of School, a role she has held since 2010.

Karen is a relational leader who has made diversity and inclusion a particular focus of her administration. Karen is also the Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach and has led FA teams to six State Championship titles. She competed at the Division I level while studying at Purdue University, where she completed both under-graduate and graduate degrees. As a four-year member of the field hockey team, Karen earned All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten distinctions, was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor for demonstrating proficiency in scholarship and athletics and was named to Purdue’s All-Decade team for 1981-1991.

Karen has served on the board of the Virginia Diversity Network and is an active member of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also holds positions of leadership with the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association and Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

Elaine Nagey
Elaine Nagey

After graduating from Purdue in 1970, Elaine went on to earn a masters degree at Duke University. Working in the newly created position of Adjunct Administrator for Academic Affairs in the School of Nursing, she began doing what she would do throughout her career—solve problems in new ventures for organizations. She cut her doctoral work short of her dissertation as she and husband, David (BSE ’69), began their family. Volunteer work at her sons’ school quickly turned into a position as Director of Development. During twenty-years in development and five years in policy and communications in independent education, Elaine oversaw the annual fund, two capital campaigns, several accreditation reviews, the volunteer organization, long-range planning, school-wide communications, emergency management, and published several articles on aspects of independent school development. Working with the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, she chaired the development committee and, with the executive director, was responsible for establishing an on-line professional journal for independent school teachers. Now, retirement has turned into “rewirement.” She is using her years of education and experience with volunteer groups and working in property management/development. Elaine looks forward to contributing to efforts to continue the development of Purdue’s Honors College.

Brendan Owens
Brendan Owens, LEED Fellow, P.E.

Chief of Engineering, U.S. Green Building Council Brendan oversees technical development and integration of rating systems at USGBC. In this role Brendan collaborates with teams developing LEED, PEER and other rating systems and led the team that established the over-arching system goals for LEED v4. He is currently working to integrate this thinking into the other programs USGBC collaborates with.

Brendan is a member of the integration committee working to align Standard 189.1, the IgCC and LEED. He is board member of the New Buildings Institute and is deputy director of the center for cycling technology at USGBC. Additionally, Brendan is a board member of the foundation USGBC is partnering with to build the William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port au Prince, Haiti. Brendan is a proud Boilermaker, a licensed Professional Engineer and was honored as a LEED Fellow in 2012.

Cathy Russell
Cathy Russell (Broker/Owner)

Energy, enthusiasm, and experience combine to make Cathy Russell the number one agent in the Lafayette area. In 2015, she earned the spot as the number one agent in the Lafayette Regional Association of Realtors by successfully closing more than 225 properties for more than $35M in sales volume in her 42nd year in the business.

Cathy began her Real Estate career in 1974 after graduating from Purdue University in home planning and working in the building industry. After raising her three children, she returned to Coldwell Banker Sycamore Realty in 1989. Putting heavy emphasis on further education led Cathy to break several top-producing records, including being named one of the top 10 agents for Coldwell Banker International from 1992-1996, and she eventually became the number one agent. During that time, she also served as a member of the Chi Omega Alumnae group, and President of the Lafayette Symphony Guild.

In 1998, she established her own Real Estate Agency—Cathy Russell Team Real Estate. Her team once achieved more than $42M in closed sales volume and more than 300 closed properties.

She’s not retiring, but now enjoying watching her oldest and youngest children take the helm as the 2nd generation owners of the company she started, which is now renamed “The Russell Company.”

Cathy is a loyal Purdue University Alum who bleeds black and gold. She has given one scholarship per year for the last 30 years, and is a 44-year member of the John Purdue Club.

Mother of three and grandmother of eight now, she continues to emphasize learning, doing your best and helping people get what they want out of life, all the while having FUN!

Roger Stewart
Roger Stewart

Roger graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in Biology in 1971 and an M.S. Industrial Administration (MSIA) in 1974. After 30 years of service, he retired in 2015 as the Vice President of Global Treasury at Procter & Gamble. Since then, he has been adjunct faculty in the Krannert School of Management MBA program, been the Executive Director of Krannert’s Career Services, and is currently advising a number of student organizations.

His passions for student growth are leadership development, diversity and inclusion awareness, and thinking strategically He is honored to be on the Honors College Advisory board and hopes his passions can only be a small portion of his support.

Tiffany Weinzapfel
Tiffany Weinzapfel

After graduation from Purdue in 1996 (B.S. International Agriculture/B.A. Russian Language/M.Agr. Public Horticulture), Tiffany worked in local government in Indiana in Planning and Zoning for several years. Ivy Tech Community College offered her a chance to work with local industry planning and administering specialized continuing education for their employees. After several years, two children, and a transition-to-teaching program, she currently is a chemistry teacher in Columbus, Indiana. When not teaching or grading, her free time is spent staying active, reading or watching her sons run and play hockey.

Richard Wien
Richard Wien

Dr. Richard Wien is a retired R&D manager currently serves as a mentor for student teams at Purdue U. and the U. of Canterbury. He serves on the boards of Quad A for Kids, KEEP(Pittsford School Foundation), Pittsford Food Cupboard, Brighton Food Depot, and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of The First Baptist Church of Rochester.

Dr. Wien, who received a BS from Purdue University and a PhD from Stanford U., currently serves on the board of directors of two medical device startup companies. He was named a Hero of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society, received a technical EMMY and a technical OSCAR, and awarded the NASA Public Service Medal. In 2015 he was named an outstanding Purdue chemistry alumni.

Sally Zoll
Sally Zoll

Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D, is an award-winning CEO, entrepreneur and corporate strategist internationally recognized for spearheading significant organizational growth and program sustainment at the organizations in which she has served.

As the CEO for the nationally acclaimed nonprofit United Through Reading, Dr. Zoll serves as the chief guardian and spokesperson for the organization’s vision and mission, builds and sustains relationships with stakeholders and partners, and leads programs, finances, and internal team. In her distinguished career, Dr. Zoll’s values for education are always evident. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and management, a master’s degree in special education from the University of San Diego and a BA in elementary education from Purdue University. From her first position as an elementary school teacher to her present leadership role, Dr. Zoll has integrated her knowledge of education, educational technology and the military with her talents for building and leading organizations of all sizes in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Dr. Zoll is an Army spouse of over 30 years and her son, an Army reservist, has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prior to joining United Through Reading, Dr. Zoll was President of LearnStar and Vice President of Jostens Learning Corporation, both education software companies. She has worked extensively with the US Department of Education for 30 years as a consultant, has served on her community library's Board of Trustees for almost 9 years, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences. She was honored by the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award, the YWCA's Tribute to Women & Industry Award and the Navy Region Southwest Fleet-Fighter-Family Champion Award. She was also the recipient of the Tech Titan CEO of Emerging Company Award in Texas, was nominated by Intel CEO Craig Barrett to be a ComputerWorld Honors Program Laureate, and was inducted into her Greenfield, Indiana high school’s Alumni Hall of Fame. She was most recently nominated for San Diego Magazine’s 2015 Woman of the Year.

Dr. Zoll has been CEO of, United Through Reading, since 2007. Since that time, she has brought the organization to a national stage with appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN with Wolf Blitzer and other major media outlets. Dr. Zoll’s expertise in developing strategic alliances between the corporate and nonprofit sectors has created nationally-recognized collaborations with corporations including Target, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Kellogg’s®, the USO, Carters/OshKosh and a myriad of other organizations. In 2015, United Through Reading received the Library of Congress American Award for Literacy and in 2016, under her leadership, UTR received the inaugural Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Hero Award for Community Service.

She lives in Coronado, California with her family.


Inaugural Dean's Advisory Council Members

    • Fred Andrews

    • Richard Grace

    Terry Kungel