Meet the Team
PUDM is the largest philanthropic organization on campus, and it is filled with hundreds of students who want to make a difference for the kids at Riley Hospital for Children.
The organizational structure of PUDM is broken down into four different focuses. Each focus controls certain aspects of PUDM including- internal affairs, external relations, finances and membership. The Presidential Board, which is comprised of our dedicated leaders who help coach, teach and motivate everyone involved in PUDM and oversee the focuses. Finally, each focus is broken down into committees who have certain jobs to ensure PUDM is as successful as it can be. Meet the leaders of our 12 hardworking committees.
The President of PUDM is in charge of leading the team of 4 Vice Presidents, 18 Executives, and 50 Chairs throughout the course of the year. The President will lead strategic goal setting conversations, plan and help execute retreats and development workshops, and work closely with the University, Riley Hospital, and Children’s Miracle Network advisors to make sure that PUDM is on the right track towards success. The President handles many of the administrative aspects of organizational management and will make sure that PUDM is in compliance with all University and Hospital policies at all times. The President helps to make sure that everything runs smoothly all year long!
Nate GrabnerVice President of External Relations
Colleen ShanahanVice President of Internal
Kayla HaltermanVice President of Finance
Bailey RansburgVice President of Membership
The VP External for PUDM is the vice president position that controls the outward appearance of PUDM to the student body. This VP oversees the PR, Campus Relations, Productions, Special Events, and Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life committees. This VP is in charge of coordinating all recruitment efforts throughout the year, creating messaging and content that ensures all members of the student body know and understand what PUDM is. The VP External will head all diversity and inclusion initiatives for PUDM, attempting to bring all communities together within PUDM including, but not limited to, the Greek communities, the cultural communities, athletics communities, and student organization communities. This position will also oversee website / social media channel maintenance projects, digital media content creation projects, and community events planning.
The VP Internal for PUDM is the vice president in charge of planning an executing the best marathon possible each year! This VP serves as the main liaison between PUDM and all Purdue/non-Purdue facilities and vendors that PUDM uses for the main event. This VP oversees the Logistics, Morale, Hospitality, and Riley Relations committees and manages everything that goes into planning the main event. This position works to secure sight and sound equipment staging, food, and entertainment for the main event, as well as make sure that those running the event and leading others during the event are prepared and able to do so to the best of their ability. This position will also works closely with all of our Riley families and kids, making sure they have the best time at the event possible!
The VP Finance for PUDM is the vice president that oversees all of the financials for the organization. This VP serves as the main liaison between PUDM and the Student Activities Office / Business Office for Student Organizations (alongside the President). This VP oversees the Fundraising, Corporate Partnerships, High School Marathon Relations, and Accounting committees. This position is in charge of managing all of our student organization bank accounts, processing all checks and monetary donations, as well as managing all E-commerce platforms. This VP will create and manage our peer-to-peer fundraising platform as well, tracking and organizing data all year long. This position focuses heavily on creating strategies and implementing best practices for our organization when it comes to fundraising and successful financial management. This position works closely with University advisors and with Riley Hospital advisors.
The VP Membership for PUDM is the vice president that is in charge of planning and taking care of participant experience at every level of involvement for our organization. This VP oversees the Dancer Relations, Stewardship, and Development committees. This VP runs and manages all of the application processes for positions within PUDM, plans and executes the on-boarding of all members into PUDM and coordinates all communication and engagement with participants throughout the year. This VP works to develop donor and participant stewardship plans as well as communicates with the alumni board to engage and interact with our alumni in as many meaningful ways as possible.
Kristen BurgerSpecial Events
Katie StephensFraternity, Sorority, Cooperative Life Outreach
Madison WestphalCampus Relations
Jon GaidePublic Relations
PUDM raises money all year long, as well as, organizing events to help us fundraise in entertaining, exciting ways. Kristen is in charge of putting on these events. She organizes multiple Special Events throughout the year with her amazing team so people on and off campus can come together for an amazing cause.
Greek life is a huge part of Purdue’s campus, and many of our PUDM members are a part of fraternities, sororities or cooperatives. Katie and her team inform Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life members about the latest updates on PUDM and their events, and they even organize events specially geared towards FSCL- associated students.
Purdue is a very diverse campus with people from different backgrounds with different views on life, and PUDM prides itself on being a place where everyone is welcome. Maddy is in charge of making sure everyone on campus knows about PUDM’s mission. Her goal is to provide each Purdue student with an opportunity to help the kids at Riley in their own personal way.
If you do not follow us on our social media, you are missing out. Our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are all run by Jon, our Public Relations executive. He posts everything pictures from our events to stories of our amazing Riley kids. As the Public Relations executive, he keeps our social media fun and interactive while informing the public on the latest news and current events happening within PUDM.
If you are on Purdue’s campus, you have seen our fabulous PUDM apparel from sweatshirts to t-shirts to hats. All of our clothing is designed to represent our organization loud and proud. Our graphics and merchandise are overseen and approved by our Design executive. Savannah ensures all designs and graphics are matching our theme and staying on brand to who we are as an organization.
Lights. Camera. Action! Our stunning photos and beautiful video productions that you see on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook are all lead by Rachel. Other than leading photo and video shoots, she oversees website updates, livestream and our app as the Productions Media executive. She runs the group in charge of creating the content posted on our social media and website.
Lexie ElliottHigh School Marathon Relations
Pat ColeCorporate Partnerships
We raise a lot of money for the kids at Riley, and Connor and his chairs keep the money controlled. He is the executive who contacts business for us to fundraise at, and after a long day of canning, Connor and his team count and sort all the money for us. He is the money man.
Purdue University students are not the only students who help us raise money for Riley. There are amazing schools around the Indianapolis area who raise money all year long and have their own dance marathon to help the kids at Riley as well. Lexie helps guide these schools in every way possible from fundraising strategies to marathon festivities. She even celebrates all their hard work at their dance marathons with them.
Fundraising- it’s what we do. A large part of PUDM involves asking friends, family and strangers to donate to Riley Hospital for Children, and Kayla is the girl who gives advice on what works best when it comes to asking for donations. Kayla and her team come up with fun and unique ways to get people to donate as well as mentoring on how to make a general ask in hopes of raising the most money.
PUDM would not be where it is today without people who support us. We have numerous business on and off campus who donate their time, money and merchandise to help us succeed. Our relationship with these businesses are very appreciated and important to us, and Pat Cole is the man who makes and maintains relationships with corporate sponsors.
We do everything is for our amazing Riley kids. Suzie and her committee create special bonds with Riley kids and families. Riley Relations does everything in their power to keep our Riley kids included by inviting them to all of our special events and athletic games throughout the year. We want the families in on everything PUDM is up to, and we want them along with us on this amazing journey.
Every year members of the Morale committee choreograph a dance to teach everyone at the marathon. This dance unites everybody in the room from parents to students to Riley kids. The morale committee is led by Austin. Other than showcasing their awesome dance moves, the morale committee is in charge of keeping the energy up and alive all night.
Zac is the man behind the scenes. He likes to refer to his group as the secret service of PUDM. Zac and his team run the security at the marathon, in addition to scheduling the performances and activities during the marathon to make it the best night of the year. His team ensures everything is running safely and smoothly all night long.
At our marathons, we serve food and drinks all night to make sure everyone is fed and happy. These wonderful people are led by Ellen. Ellen and her committee put the people at the marathon before themselves to make sure everyone is having the best night celebrating the hard work they have done all year.
Kiley TevlinExecutive Secretary
Gus DunbarDancer Relations
Kiley is the one who keeps us organized. She works hand-in-hand with the university when we plan events on campus, schedules rooms for our weekly meetings, sends out our Miracle Maker Messenger every week and more. Kiley is our worker bee behind the scenes.
Making the ask is an important part of fundraising, but showing thanks to our donors and supporters is just as important. Amber is the mastermind behind the perfect thank you to send to our supporters. She also is the person who gets our PUDM Alumni involved in activities and events throughout the year.
Other than our amazing dancers, we have committee members, chairs and executives who raise money and awareness for Riley all year long. Ali and her team are in charge of making sure these groups of people are having a great experience while fundraising. This group wants everyone to feel important and loved here in PUDM.
There are a lot of people involved with PUDM, but the largest group of people are the Participants. We had over 2,000 Participants at the marathon in 2017, and Gus is in charge of providing dancers with the best experience possible and making them feel appreciated and important. Gus ensures the articipants feel included on what PUDM is doing all year long and informs them on their financial duties.