Announcement of Strategic Planning Task Force membership

March 20, 2019

To: PNW Faculty and Staff

From: Ralph O. Mueller, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Provost
Stephen R. Turner, Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration

Date: March 20, 2019

While the Imagine PNW Strategic Resource Allocation Task Forces are finalizing their analyses and preparing reports for release to the university community (on track as scheduled for April 12), the second phase of Imagine PNW kicked off recently during open forum sessions with our consultant, Larry Goldstein.

We are pleased to announce the colleagues from throughout Purdue Northwest who have agreed to serve on the Strategic Planning Task Force. This Task Force includes broad representation from across the institution and is comprised of future-minded, dedicated individuals who are committed to the continued progress of the institution and our students. The Task Force members were selected from nominations by the vice chancellors and deans.

The Strategic Planning Task Force members are:


  • Lori Feldman, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs – Academic Impact, and Professor of Marketing
  • Andrew Pettee, Interim Dean of Students

Faculty Members

  • Michelle Block, College of Nursing
  • Renee Conroy, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • Colin Fewer, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • Cathy Gillotti, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • Patti Ludwig-Beymer, College of Nursing
  • Lash Mapa, College of Technology
  • Cheryl Moredich, College of Nursing
  • Russ Mulligan, College of Business
  • Megan Murphy, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • Karen O’Brien, College of Nursing
  • Yu Ouyang, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • Vanessa Quinn, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Dietmar Rempfer, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • George Stefanek, College of Technology
  • Pitparnee Stompor, College of Business
  • Nicolae Tarfulea, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Shengyong Zhang, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Lin Zhao, College of Business


  • Kathleen Williams, Associate Director of Enrollment Management Reporting, serving on behalf of APSAC


  • Rhonda Lanfear, Secretary for Athletics, serving on behalf of CSSAC

Academic Affairs

  • George Kacenga, Executive Director of Global Engagement
  • Matthew Wells, Director of Career Management, College of Business
  • Tara Sullivan, Executive Director of Academic Success and Transition


  • Julie Wiejak, Interim Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services, Senior Woman Administrator and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

Information Services

  • Joe Coates, University Archivist
  • Heather Zamojski, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Learning Technologies

Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

  • Korey West, Associate Director, Housing and Residential Education
  • Karen Stachyra, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Natalie Connors, Director, Career Development and Services

Institutional Advancement

  • Ashley Gerodimos, Executive Director of the PNW Alumni Community
  • Jamie Manahan, Executive Director of Development

Finance and Administration

  • Omar Sahmoudi, Business Manager
  • Michelle Claus, Associate Director of Employee Development
  • Brian Miller, Director of Public Safety
  • Scott Parsons, Interim Director of Buildings and Grounds
  • Stephanie Blackstock, Executive Director, Gabis Arboretum

Office of the Chancellor

  • Sheila Brillson Matias, Executive Director, Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest, and Executive Director, Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest

The Task Force will begin its work next week with two days of training with consultant Goldstein. The group’s initial work will primarily focus on data gathering from internal stakeholders.

Imagine PNW continues to be guided by the Steering Committee comprised of Provost Mueller; Vice Chancellor Turner; Rebecca Stankowski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness; and Kim Thomas, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Services. The Imagine PNW website has been updated to reflect dedicated sections for the Strategic Resource Allocation (SRA) and Strategic Planning processes.

Within the Strategic Planning section of the website, you can find resources including a video of one of Larry Goldstein’s open forum sessions, his presentation, and the participant responses shared during both open forum sessions.

Please join us in thanking the Strategic Planning Task Force members for their willingness to serve the university in this important work, and support them in their efforts.