Honors Staff

Below are the dedicated Honors College staff.

Dean Phillips
Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP

Dean

Rhonda is committed to “value-added” learning expe

Rhonda is committed to “value-added” learning experiences, combining educational, research, and engagement opportunities. She provides interdisciplinary teaching and research experience across a range of diverse topics, including sustainability, community well-being, development and planning, and world urbanism. Rhonda joined Purdue in 2013, the inaugural year of the Honors College, from Arizona State University where she served as Associate Dean for Barrett... Read more

Dr. Emily Allen
Dr. Emily Allen

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Emily Allen is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Purdue's Honors College, a position that allows her to work with undergraduates from all over the university. She is also Associate Professor in the English Department, where her primary scholarly area is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, particularly the novel... Read more

Dr. Diane Facinelli
Dr. Diane Facinelli

Assistant Dean for Global Affairs

Dr. Diane Facinelli was a faculty member in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University from 1993 to 2014. She was the first recipient of ASU’s Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring and has been a finalist for the Professor of the Year Award. Read more

Catharine Patrone
Catharine Patrone

Director of Student Services

Catharine Patrone completed her B.A. in communication and minors in women’s studies and human development and family science and M.A. in higher education and student affairs at Ohio State University. While in graduate school, she worked as a research consultant in the Student Support Office at Lancaster University in Lancaster, England during the summer of 2002. Prior to coming to Purdue University, Catharine served in the capacities of Graduate Associate and Program Coordinator at the University Honors & Scholars Center at Ohio State University.

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  • cpatrone@purdue.edu
  • 765-494-2906
Rebecca Krylow
Rebecca Krylow

Lead Honors Advisor

Rebecca Krylow received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. Before joining the Honors College at Purdue in June 2014, she worked in Residence Life and spent two years supervising a residential complex that housed upper-division honors students. Outside of work Rebecca enjoys exploring West Lafayette with her husband and two sons.

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  • mkrylow@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-7348
Rebecca (Becki) Bleikamp
Rebecca (Becki) Bleikamp

Honors Advisor

Becki Bleikamp earned her B.S. in Elementary Education at Ball State University, where she was also a graduate of the Ball State Honors College. She completed her M.S. Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University where she worked in Residence Life and the Office of Student Ethics. Previously Becki has worked with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati as a Program Coordinator for Leadership Programs, directing summer programs for high school and college students.

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  • rbleikam@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-0532
Justin Sena
Justin Sena

Honors Advisor

Justin Sena holds a B.A. in political science and theology from the University of Notre Dame as well as an M.A. in the social sciences from the University of Chicago.  In his professional and academic work, he seeks to find ways to align the practical with the aspirational, especially in the fields of student success, non-profit administration, practical ethics, and retirement savings. Justin enjoys learning more about his personal passion: commercial aviation. 

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  • senaj@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-0534
Mike Morton
Mike Morton

Honors Advisor

Mike Morton earned his B.S. in Public Relations and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Central Missouri. As a graduate student, Mike worked in the university president’s office and in alumni relations. Prior to coming to the Purdue Honors College, Mike spent two years in the College of Nursing & Health at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He served as an academic advisor, recruiter and social media manager for the college. In his free time, Mike enjoys golfing and learning about historical political figures.

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  • morton35@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-1884
Nathaniel Coghlan
Nathaniel Coghlan

Director of Outreach

Nathaniel Coghlan received a dual B.A. in philosophy and women’s studies from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. He completed his M.Ed. in higher and postsecondary education at Arizona State University. His graduate research focused on the impact that need-based scholarships have on undergraduate enrollment and retention at public universities. Before joining the Purdue Honors College, Nathaniel worked at Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs where he coordinated student recruitment.

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  • ncoghlan@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-0168
Yanan Tao

Data Coordinator

Yanan Tao received her M.B.A. with concentration in Marketing and Finance from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Before coming to U.S., Yanan worked as a Business Planner and Budget Analyst in Golden Eagle International Group in China. As the data coordinator, Yanan supports the Honors College by organizing various data needs and requests of the Honors College administrators, staff and faculty to better serve students.

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  • yt@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-3790
Sashaun Wood
Sashaun Wood

Director of Community and Student Engagement

Sashaun Wood received her B.A. in communication and minors in business and family and human development and completed her M.Ed. in higher and postsecondary education at Arizona State University. As a part of her graduate research, she completed her practicum with a summer scholars initiative focused on programming for high ability students. Sashaun joined the Purdue Honors College following her work at Barrett, the Honors College where she held positions at both the ASU Tempe and ASU Downtown campuses.

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  • sashaunwood@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-1146
Asia Thomas AKA Awesomeness
Asia Thomas

Digital Design Specialist

Asia Thomas is an Indiana native from Gary. In 2013, they gained their B.A. in Visual Communications Design with a minor in History from Purdue University. During their undergraduate studies, they spent time as the Art Director of Sycamore Review, Purdue University’s internationally acclaimed literary journal. They also worked as the web designer for the Black Cultural Center while working as a graphic designer at Krannert School of Management at Purdue. Outside of work, they create both webcomics and graphic novels.

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  • arthomas@purdue.edu
  • 765-494-1783
Sherry Hardebeck
Sherry Hardebeck

Assistant to the Dean

Sherry Hardebeck graduated with her B.S. in Human Resource Development in 2007 from Indiana State University. She completed her M.S. in Career and Technical Education in 2009 also from Indiana State University. Before joining the Honors College, she worked at Purdue in the Physical Facilities Administration Department. As Assistant to the Dean, Sherry is responsible for the smooth management of the educational administration, public relations/outreach, and discovery-related roles of the Dean.

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  • sahardebeck@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-3021
Tracy Hieatt
Tracy Hieatt

Administrative Assistant

Tracy performs general day to day office duties as well as serving as the schedule deputy for HONR courses. In addition, she assists the Student Services Director in the coordination of special events for students in the honors college including co-curricular activities.

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  • hieatt@purdue.edu
  • 765-494-7340
Jamie Moffatt
Jamie Moffatt

Secretary

Jamie serves as the first point of contact for students and visitors of the Honors College. She grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana and lived in Lafayette for ten years. As the secretary for the Purdue Honors College, she works to ensure everything runs smoothly on a daily basis. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and her English Mastiff named Titan. She is simultaneously a soccer and dance mom.

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  • jmoffat@purdue.edu
  • 765-494-2929
National and International Scholarships Office
Dr. Rosanne Altstatt
Dr. Rosanne Altstatt

Dean's Fellow

Rosanne Altstatt is Dean’s Fellow for National and International Scholarships. She was brought to Honors College from Purdue’s School of Visual and Performing Arts where she was Visiting Scholar. Rosanne has worked internationally as a curator, writer and the director of several art institutions that specialize in media art. She researched the media art institution in our information-filled atmosphere for her Ph.D. in Art and Media Studies from Carl-von-Ossietzky University, wrote about early video art for her M.A. in Art History from University of Cologne, and received a B.A. in Art History and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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  • altstatt@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-1303
Veronica Schirm
Veronica Schirm

Director

Veronica Schirm graduated with her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from Purdue University in 2000. She completed her M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Development with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling in 2003 also from Purdue. While in graduate school, she worked as a teaching assistant in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and as a graduate assistant to the Learning Communities Coordinator. Through those experiences, she discovered her interest in academia and decided to pursue a university career rather than become a practicing therapist.

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  • vaschirm@purdue.edu
  • 765-494-1727
Christy Hoover
Christy Hoover

Secretary

Christy Hoover is an Indiana native and proud Boilermaker who joins the Honors College after happily returning to Indiana from Silicon Valley. Christy collaborates with faculty and students in support of National and International Scholarships Office cohort building, scholarship application, selection and award efforts as well as facilitating NISO data management, events and communication. Outside of work, Christy is very active in equestrian activities and agricultural advocacy.

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  • hoover41@purdue.edu
  • 765-496-3389

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