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Dave Wilkinson (Human Resources) BSIM, president and CEO of Highland-based Strack & Van Til, was inducted into the Northwest Indiana BusINess and Industry Hall of Fame. The annual induction program lauds individuals who have made a substantial contribution to business and industry in the Northwest Indiana region and who have demonstrated their involvement in the community.

Dr. Victoria Merrill-Washington


Dr. Victoria Merrill-Washington (Education and School Counseling) MS, recently joined the Purdue Alumni Calumet (PAC) board. Victoria received her Ed.D from the University of Phoenix and is a professional school counselor with the Gary Community School Corporation and an adjunct instructor for University of Phoenix and Indiana Wesleyan University.

Natalie Shadowen


Natalie Shadowen, (Social Sciences) BA, joined the Purdue Alumni Calumet (PAC) Board. Natalie is a social studies teacher at Highland Middle School and head coach of the Purdue Calumet’s women’s volleyball team.


Christine Drapac (Communications) BA, is working as an assistant to Robert J. Varga, attorney at law, in Munster. Her duties include reception, secretarial and paralegal work in criminal defense and personal injury cases.

Michelle MillerMichelle Miller
(Human Resources) BS, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President at Centier Bank. Miller has been an employment officer for the Human Resources department and manages a variety of daily projects, including recruitment, compensation and associate relations. Miller received her MBA from Keller Graduate School with an emphasis in Human Resources.

LaShawn Jones2002

LaShawn Jones (Marketing, Human Resources and Management) BS, was promoted from Access Services Manager to Assistant Director of Learning and Research Services in November 2010 and is currently working for Information Services/University Library at Purdue University Calumet.

Thomas Corey2003

Thomas Corey (Education) MSED, (History) BA 1995, was appointed Assistant Superintendent for Lake Station Schools in Fall 2011.


Jennifer Hupke, (English) MA, (English) BA 1998

Mari Gallas Plikuhn, (Sociology and Clinical Psychology) BA 2001, (Marriage and Family Therapy) MS 2004, earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology from Purdue University. Dr. Plikuhn is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Evansville.

Donna Lail2005

Donna Lail, (Management) MBA, has joined the Merrillville office of Wells Fargo Advisors as a financial advisor. Donna also has joined the board of directors of Purdue Alumni Calumet (PAC) and resides in Cedar Lake with her husband.

Bill Trowbridge2006

Bill Trowbridge, (Management) MBA, has been named President/CEO of Opportunity Enterprises in Valparaiso. Trowbridge has a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years.

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