The Honors College 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.
Tony started his GE career in 1989 as a field engineer in Indianapolis, Indiana, with GE Energy. After several leadership roles at GE Energy, Tony accepted a role as the senior district services manager for GE Energy in 2007. Tony’s strong external and operations focus was demonstrated frequently, as he developed meaningful relationships delivering results with key customers and stakeholders and is a true customer advocate. In January 2012, Tony was appointed to the role of University Relations Manager – GE Corporate Global University Recruiting. In this role, Tony is responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of university relations, entry level hiring, internships, military, and diversity recruitment initiatives, developing a unified presence on campus, branding strategy and execution, campus recruiting teams and research collaboration across his portfolio of schools. He also partners with the GE businesses across the company in the development of diversity goals, best practices, workforce planning, branding strategy and execution and programs to meet strategic objectives.
Tony also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Purdue Honors College, Purdue Science Bound Program, Purdue Parents and Family and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Tony has been engaged with university recruiting and relations for over 20 years. He is a native of Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He is married with two children, Jake, and Nicole. As a true Boilermaker, Tony’s wife Rhonda is also a Purdue graduate of the Krannert School of Management. He is a native of Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Jake is a junior at Purdue studying Industrial Management and Nicole is a senior at Noblesville High School.
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.
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, 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 (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 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.
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 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 Advisroy Council Members