Our Team

Meet the Executive Board

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 11 hardworking committees.

Presidential Board

Elise Winn

Elise Winn

President
Email: president@pudm.org
Hometown: Carmel, IN
Major: Biology
Previous PUDM Involvement: Hospitality Committee Champion, Fundraising Education Chair, Vice President of Membership
Why did you want to be an executive? 
I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because anytime I was doing anything PUDM related, it brought so much joy to me because I knew I was able to make a difference in the lives of Riley families. Learning about and being able to understand the impact of PUDM, Riley Hospital for Children and the research that happens there, and the Children’s Miracle Network, inspired me to want to be as involved as possible in changing the future of children’s health across the globe.
What are your main duties in your position? 
My main duty is to help everyone to think of the organization as a whole when making decisions. I directly oversee my 4 Vice Presidents and provide support for the entire leadership team. I run meetings for Pres Board, the Executive Board, and Chamber weekly. I organize and plan representation of PUDM at events on campus and in the community. I also am in close contact with our advisor at Riley, our CMN advisor, and university advisor and have a big focus on contacting and collaborating with other dance marathons across the country.
What is your favorite PUDM memory? *
My favorite PUDM memory is a tie between my first final total reveal as a champion in 2018 or sharing all of the PUDM 2020 and 2021 Executive whys at Exec Retreat.

What is your favorite dinosaur and why?
Rex from Toy Story

Favorite Quote
“At the end of the day, we can all endure much more than we think we can.” -Frida Kahlo
Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

VP External

Email: vpexternal@pudm.org


Hometown: Carmel, Indiana


Major:  Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine (Biology Minor and Chemistry Minor)


Previous PUDM Involvement: 2018: Morale Champion, 2019: Morale Conductor, 2020: Campus Relations Athletics Outreach Chair


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I started participating in Dance Marathon in High School for my Grandma who passed away from breast cancer and then decided to keep fighting for cause at Purdue with PUDM not only for my grandma bu also for all the kids who have such bright and promising futures ahead. I come back each year because I know first hand what it is like to lose someone you love to cancer and I can’t image going through that with your child, sibling, friend, classmate. I see how positively what we do impacts the kids at Riley Hospital for Children and there is honestly no reason to not fight for them while they are fighting so hard everyday.


What are your main duties in your position? 
In my position, my main responsibility is to organize and execute all external recruitment efforts. I work through our recruitment strategy in order to find the best way to recruit campus and to make the surrounding community aware of who we are and what we do. I also oversee all social media and promotional material that PUDM puts out. I oversee a team of 5 amazing execs in our efforts to recruit people and to raise awareness for PUDM and our cause.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite memory is hands down the 2018 Riley Kid Talent Show. Watching Addison belt out Fight Song on the main stage was truly the most moving performance of the night. It really brought to light how much these children were going through simply to live their lives. I have never felt as connected with the cause as I did in the moment.


What is your favorite dinosaur and why?

Spinosaurus because they can swim and I can not.

Favorite Quote

“Be yourself and have fun with your life.” – JoJo Siwa
Lauren Kuhl

Lauren Kuhl

VP Internal

Email: vpinternal@pudm.org


Hometown: Warsaw, IN


Major: Nursing


Previous PUDM Involvement: 2018 Morale Champion


Why did you want to be an executive? 
I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because Riley Hospital has always been a big part of my life as my brother is a Riley kid himself. I continue to do PUDM because of the amazing and persevering families that I have met along the way. These families continue to inspire me everyday. I’ve also gotten close with one of our Legacy Families, the Romine Family, who encouraged me to sign up for Be the Match. Because of John and the legacy he has left, I continue to fight for the kids at Riley so no kid and family receives a cancer diagnoses.

What are your main duties in your position? 
As VP Internal, my main duties revolve around the marathon. I work with my executives to prepare for the marathon itself, support the special events surrounding it, and to stay cause connected with our families at all times. I work with a family-focused mindset to deliver a year-round experience that is best for our members, community, and Riley Families.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My first ever bucket blitz is my favorite PUDM memory because it was then and there where I realized that I was a part of an organization that did more than raise money for Riley Hospital for Children. It was then that I found a family of supportive friends and people who encourage me to be the best person I can be.


What is your favorite dinosaur and why?

Velociraptor because they are small, but fierce!

Favorite Quote

“Decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Believe you deserve it and believe it’s possible for you” -Jack Canfield
Bradley Nance

Bradley Nance

VP Membership

Email: vpmembership@pudm.org


Hometown: Newburgh, IN


Major: Materials Engineering


Previous PUDM Involvement: 2018: Logistics Champion, 2019: Morale Committee Member and Color Captain, and 2020: Morale Executive.


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined PUDM after being involved in my high school marathon for 4 years and hoping to find a family-like community on Purdue’s campus. Through PUDM, I know that the impact I can make on campus will reach far beyond West Lafayette and serve to better enhance the lives of children and family across Indiana and the nation.


What are your main duties in your position? 

My main duties are to oversee committee member placement and culture, as well as enhancing their experiences within PUDM. I assist with communication and engagement of all participants, team captains, and members of PUDM throughout the year. I facilitate and develop PUDM’s relationship with Riley Hospital for Children. I assist with internal, donor, alumni, and external organizational stewardship. Finally, I am constantly researching the best membership practices to implement into our organization and collaborating with other Dance Marathon programs to continually improve the experience of our members.


What is your favorite PUDM memory?

My favorite PUDM memory has been when the 2020 PUDM Executive Board volunteered to help staff the Valentine’s 5K last year in Indianapolis which was in benefit of Riley Children’s Foundation.


What is your favorite dinosaur and why?

Rats because who doesn’t love a rat?

Favorite Quote

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you discover why you were born”
Jill Kissinger

Jill Kissinger

VP Finance

Email: vpfinance@pudm.org


Hometown: Goshen, IN


Major: Design & Construction Integration


Previous PUDM Involvement: 2018 Campus Relations Committee Champion, 2019 Special Events Chair, 2020 Morale Membership Engagement Chair


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I became a part of Purdue University Dance Marathon because I wanted to be apart of something much bigger than myself. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have impacts on so many lives on the people you meet everyday. It’s so beautiful to see all these people come together for the kids and grow as individuals all at the same time.


What are your main duties in your position? 
There are many different facets of the role of Vice President of Finance. I have the opportunity to oversee 5 Executives, 13 Chairs, and over 100 Committee Members. In addition to this I am in charge of managing the organization’s expenses and budget, as well as tracking and processing over $1,000,000 donated to Riley Hospital for Children annually. To reach our fundraising potential I develop year-long fundraising strategies alongside my Fundraising Executive.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory is more of a feeling. It’s the moment right after the total goes up and you can feel the emotion of pure joy escalate through everyone in the room. You can’t help, but just cry tears of happiness and hold tight to those around you after seeing what you all just accomplished together for the kids.


What is your favorite dinosaur and why?

Mini triceratops

Favorite Quote

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

External

John Kruse

John Kruse

Productions Media

Email: media@pudm.org


Hometown: Crestwood, Illinois


Year: Junior


Major: Cyber Security


Previous PUDM Involvement: Participant, Riley Relations Committee Member


Why did you want to be an executive? 

The reason I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon is because I saw first hand the kind of care and dedication Riley hospital has for its patients. My roommate received care from Riley and was a strong supporter of their goal and now that he is no longer with us, I wanted to keep his fire for this wonderful organization alive and be able to help other children receive the unmatched care provided at Riley.


What are your main duties in your position? 

I am responsible for taking photos and at all PUDM events as well as editing these photos and videos to be released on various platforms. I am also in charge of all technology that is used within the organization.


What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory was in 2019 when I was a Riley Relations committee member. The thing I loved most about being on Riley Relations was personally getting to know another family’s story and being able to be let into their lives and sharing in the fun and amazing experience that is PUDM.

Favorite Quote

“Don’t give up. Don’t Ever Give up.” ~Jimmy Valvano
Abby Moon

Abby Moon

Productions Design

Email: design@pudm.org


Hometown: Chesterton, Indiana


Year: Senior


Major: Nursing, Human Development and Family Studies


Previous PUDM Involvement:

Morale CM, Morale Color Captain

Why did you want to be an executive? 
I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because I decided that this was a calling for me to do something greater than myself. I want so deeply to spread the passion and the word about what Purdue University Dance Marathon does for Riley Hospital for Children, and to help others grow in that passion as well.

What are your main duties in your position? 
The main duties of my position are to create the graphics and flyers for all PUDM events, merch, and social media. I am also co-responsible for holding committee meetings for the Productions committee.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
Going up to a Riley Kid in 2017 at the marathon and asking for her autograph. She said “who me?” And I replied “yes you, you’re my hero” and I haven’t ever seen a bigger smile on a kids face and it made what we do as an organization even more special to me.

Favorite Quote

“We can’t add more days to our life but we can add more life to our days.”

Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson

Public Relations

Email: pr@pudm.org


Hometown: Yorktown, Indiana


Year: Sophomore


Major: Elementary Education


Previous PUDM Involvement:

Fundraising committee member, HSMR chair


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because I wanted to make a bigger difference and do whatever I can to make PUDM as best as it can be. Riley Hospital is such an amazing place and the work they do there is truly outstanding and I wanted to be able to be a part of the great things that they do.


What are your main duties in your position? 
I run all PUDM social media accounts and also set up different flyering and chalking around campus as well as the promotional booths that happen throughout the year.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory is the exec retreat we had this year

Favorite Quote

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile” ~Albert Einstein
Katie Novak

Katie Novak

FSCL Outreach

Email: fscloutreach@pudm.org


Hometown: Keller, Texas


Year: Junior


Major: Management, Spanish Minor


Previous PUDM Involvement: Participant, sponsorship committee memeber, Sigma Kappa Team Captain, FSCL outreach

 


Why did you want to be an executive? 
I wanted to join Purdue University Dance Marathon because I want to continue to help raise money and awareness for the kids. I believe we all have the opportunity to make a difference and I want to do my part by fighting for more birthdays, more smiles, and more moments that take their breath away.

What are your main duties in your position? 
Recruit Greek and Cooperative Houses to be apart of PUDM and get them involved with the different events hosted by PUDM. Lead the FSCL committe & inspire them to inspire the members of their houses.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
In 2018, spending 18 hours with my committee and learning so much more about why we do what we do. Then being selected to go on stage and hold a number for final reveal really made me realize how much of an impact PUDM has for so many people.

Favorite Quote

Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that took your breath away.
Kip Touseull

Kip Touseull

Campus Relations

Email: campusrelations@pudm.org


Hometown: Fisher Indiana


Year: Junior


Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management


Previous PUDM Involvement: Morale Committee Member

 


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue Dance Marathon because I wanted to make a change in PUDM and spread my passion around campus. I wanted to give back to Riley Hospital after they saved my life and get people to join with telling them how amazing of an organization it is.


What are your main duties in your position? 

I am responsible in outreach to people on campus mostly through student organizations, athletic teams, and multicultural organizations. I also just do the general Purdue population and recruiting and building relationships with students.


What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
Going on Bucket Blitzes are the best memories because you get to bond with your committee so much and really get to know a lot more people.

Favorite Quote

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” ~Helen Keller

Finance

Lindsay Bell

Lindsay Bell

Sponsorship Monetary

Email: monetary@pudm.org


Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana


Year: Junior


Major: Retail Management, Statistics Minor


Previous PUDM Involvement: Fundraising committee member, Corporate in kind chair, Sponsorship committee member


Why did you want to be an executive? 
I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon during my first semester of college, I had a wonderful executive, Megan O’Brian. She taught me what it meant to be a great leader and to be selfless. By the end of our time together on the fundraising committee, I decided that I wanted to be like her one day. I wanted to inspire my own committee members and show them what being a great leader means while sharing a passion FTK. She showed me what it meant to be fully for the kids and I hope to emulate that.

What are your main duties in your position? 
I maintain and foster relationships with past corporate donors while trying to retain them for future years as well. I also connect with new businesses and work out a strategy that is beneficial to both the company and PUDM when it comes to corporate giving. I lead a committee with my co-executive, Hannah Pletcher, on a weekly basis that focuses on educating committee members on how the corporate donation and in-kind donation process works.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
Every year during the marathon, a Riley Kid Talent Show is put on for the Riley kids to show their talents. For the past two years, one of the kids, Bryson, has performed Baby Shark during the talent show. It is the coolest and cutest thing to watch, but what made it more special was everyone singing along with him as he gave on his best performance.

Favorite Quote

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” ~Ernest Hemingway
Skyler Musson

Skyler Musson

Fundraising

Email: fundraising@pudm.org


Hometown: Oakwood, Illinois


Year: Junior


Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs


Previous PUDM Involvement: HSMR committee member


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because as a conductor, I saw the impact I had on just my champions. Then, I saw the impact my chairs and exec had on me. I wanted to be an inspiration to more people and motivate more people to become part of our cause.


What are your main duties in your position? 
Create fundraising challenges and create fundraising workshops to inform committee members on the tools and resources they have to fundraise. Spread positive fundraising throughout our organization

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
Becoming a conductor

Favorite Quote

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” ~Nelson Mandela

Erin Stevens

Erin Stevens

High School Marathon Relations

Email: hsrelations@pudm.org


Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana


Year: Sophomore


Major: Elementary Education


Previous PUDM Involvement: High School Marathon Relations Champion, High School Marathon Relations Chair


Why did you want to be an executive? 
When I came to Purdue, I knew I wanted to be involved with an organization that valued me as an individual, but also had a higher goal and mission. I wanted to make a difference. I am so fortunate to have had great leaders and mentors within PUDM, and I wanted to inspire the next generation to work hard for this cause. Executive Board gives me the opportunity to be a role model to not only my chairs, my committee members & my high schoolers, but to every kid at Riley Hospital as well.

What are your main duties in your position? 
As the High School Marathons Executive, I am the liaison between our high school marathons and PUDM/Riley Hospital for Children. I work with active high school marathon advisory boards to provide them necessary tools (hospital communications, inspiration and fundraising strategy), and provide overall support throughout the year to ensure they run smoothly and are the best they can be. Their success is vital to our success, so our high schools are very important to the PUDM family. Purdue University Dance Marathon works directly with Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern, Herron, Franklin Central, Pioneer, Twin Lakes, Benton Central, Mooresville, West Lafayette & Harrison.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory was the 2019 marathon opening ceremonies. It was my first marathon as a chair and I invited my family to be a part of opening ceremonies with me. It was such a special time to be able to show them what we work on year-round and I’m so glad I could share that with them! Their constant support means the world to me, and might account for my second fondest PUDM memory.

Favorite Quote

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead
Hannah Pletcher

Hannah Pletcher

Sponsorship In-kind

Email: inkind@pudm.org


Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana


Year: Junior


Major: Biochemistry , Spanish for the Professions Minor


Previous PUDM Involvement:

Morale Committee Member, Morale Color Captain


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because this organization has given me so much over the past three years, and now it’s my turn to give back. I wanted the chance to impact change on such a large scale and do everything in my power for this incredible cause!


What are your main duties in your position? 
My main responsibility is to secure all in-kind donations for PUDM 2020. This includes meals for the marathon and food for all other PUDM events, which are acquired by contacting and maintaining relationships with local businesses. In addition, I am in charge of organizing Skip-A-Meals with the help of my chairs!

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory was at the 2019 marathon. My group taught the 4th section of the dance at around 1 am, and seeing all the committee members and participants do 1/2 of the line dance and have so much fun is something I’ll never forget!

Favorite Quote

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” ~Roald Dahl
Eve Gehlhausen

Eve Gehlhausen

Accounting

Email: accounting@pudm.org


Hometown: Santa Claus, Indiana


Year: Sophomore


Major: Construction Engineering and Management


Previous PUDM Involvement: High School Marathons Relations, Riley Relations Family Captain

 


Why did you want to be an executive? 
I wanted to join Purdue University Dance Marathon to reach a larger number of potential fundraisers and be able to motivate a bigger group of people and provide more opportunities for growth and development to people. I also wanted to get more involved with PUDM because I love the cause and have met the most amazing people through the organization.

What are your main duties in your position? 

I am in charge of securing all locations for cannings (from weekly local cannings to Bucket Blitz). I also ensure that people who work shifts are credited for their work! I’m creating as many opportunities for collecting money and fundraising locally and regionally as possible! I also oversee four chairs and motivate them as much as possible as they help me through the year.


What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory happened this past year at PUDM 2019 while listening to my family that I was paired with tell their story. Hearing how Riley Hospital has made such and impact on them and seeing it firsthand in my Riley Buddy, Owen, was very special and is something I will remember forever. Seeing them through their first ever Dance Marathon was so exciting and gave me a fresh perspective after having attended five myself. It’s exciting to be reminded about how awesome our cause is and the lasting effect our fundraising has on families every day.

Favorite Quote

“If I do but one thing today, may I be human sunshine for someone.”
Kyle Jensen

Kyle Jensen

Merchandise

Email: merchandise@pudm.org


Hometown: Rockville, Maryland


Year: Sophomore


Major: Finance


Previous PUDM Involvement: Participant for PUDM, Accounting Chair for PUDM


Why did you want to be an executive? 
I wanted to join Purdue University Dance Marathon because my goal in life is to make a difference in the world. I knew that there is no point in waiting to make a change so I wanted to take the next step and help lead a million-dollar organization. The friends and families I meet throughout this whole process along with the lives we change continues to motivate me to continue to do my best.

What are your main duties in your position? 
As Merchandise Executive, I am responsible for helping with the creation and designing of all merchandise for PUDM 2020. With our goal of high sales this year, I will be working with others on figuring out ways to get the highest profits. I am the head of two chairs who design all the merchandise and figure out the best pricing for any products we buy and sell.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory was during PUDM 2019 when everyone in the gym the morning of the reveal gathered around in huge circles and embraced each other. At that moment, I truly understood the impact we all have on the lives of so many. The love I had for the people around me escalated and I realized that I finally had a second family, my PUDM family.

Favorite Quote

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~Dr. Seuss

Internal

Alexis Puente

Alexis Puente

Logistics

Email: logistics@pudm.org


Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana


Year: Junior


Major: Kinesiology, Spanish Minor


Previous PUDM Involvement:

Outreach Committee Member, Logistics Committee Member, Event Operations Chair


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because ever since I was a freshman I have been dreaming of holding the role of Logistics Executive. I truly wanted to make a difference for PUDM and also the kids at Riley.I wanted to become more involved with PUDM. I had such a great experience with it and I wanted to step up. My nephew went to Riley this past year and I truly saw how it affected my family. I would never want any kid to go through that so that is mainly why I wanted to be an executive. I want to be a difference maker and to work toward raising money to find a cure.


What are your main duties in your position? 

I am responsible for the layout of the marathon as well as the booking of entertainment acts to participate in the marathon. I am also responsible for maintaining security at the marathon and assisting VP Internal with creating a timeline for the marathon.


What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory is having the opportunity to go to DMLC (Dance Marathon Leadership Conference) this past summer and learning about how different colleges plan for their dance marathons. I loved meeting new people who had the same passion as me and also learning about new ways to steward our participants.

Favorite Quote

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” ~Walt Disney
Bradley Nance

Bradley Nance

Morale

Email: morale@pudm.org


Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana


Year: Sophomore


Major: Materials Engineering Major, Political Science Minor, LGBT Studies Minor


Previous PUDM Involvement:

Logistics Champion, Morale Committee Member and Color Captain

Why did you want to be an executive? 
I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because I joined the Morale Committee in February of 2019 and fell in love with its culture and all the crazy members! Throughout the year I became increasingly more involved and felt like I was ready to tackle the role of an Executive position. I had endless support from the previous leadership team of Morale 2019 and I knew I would be able to bring all the necessary tools into this role for my committee to succeed and to leave a positive impression on this organization.

What are your main duties in your position? 
As the Morale Executive, it is my responsibility to create the 2020 PUDM Morale Mix, a mashup of songs approximately 10 minutes long that the Morale Committee will use to create a corresponding line dance that is taught at the marathon. I host weekly committee meetings so that I can effectively lead a 75-100 member committee and motivate them to stay active within our organization yearlong. I work to engage all members of PUDM and foster a positive culture throughout all committees and the Leadership Team. I also manage and track our yearlong activation and engagement activities to allow the members an outlet of friendly competition for a good cause.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite PUDM memory was at the 2019 marathon when a former member of PUDM told her story of donating to Be The Match and how she saved a man’s life and then the recipient of her donation came on stage and spoke to the crowd, thanking them for everything they work for.

Favorite Quote

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born.” ~Mark Twain
Campbell Boston

Campbell Boston

Riley Relations

Email: rileyrelations@pudm.org


Hometown: Palatine, Illinois


Year: Sophomore


Major: Film and Video Studies


Previous PUDM Involvement:

Productions Champion, Productions Chair

Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because I wanted to make a difference and carry on the legacy of David Feltner who was a brother of my fraternity who lost his battle to cancer years ago.


What are your main duties in your position? 
Running the Riley Relations Committee, Planning events for Riley Families, Steward and act as the middle man of communication between the families and the organization.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
Filming the Riley Kid Birthday party and getting to interact with all of the families.

Favorite Quote

“We can always be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal” ~Kobe Bryant
Megan Jurek

Megan Jurek

Special Events

Email: specialevents@pudm.org


Hometown: Johnsburg, Illinois


Year: Sophomore


Major: Chemistry, Psychology Minor


Previous PUDM Involvement: Campus Relations committee member


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because I wanted to become more involved in the behind the scenes of PUDM as a whole and inspire others at a larger scale. I also wanted to be in a position where I could make a greater impact not only for our cause, but with those I would get to work with.


What are your main duties in your position? 
I am in charge of planning and executing all special events hosted by PUDM leading up to the marathon to connect our mission to the Purdue community and get others excited for the marathon.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
One of my favorite memories of PUDM was being able to help reveal the final total at the marathon in 2019. I was the highest fundraising committee member on Campus Relations and I was fortunate enough to get this opportunity. It really made me realize how much of an impact my efforts made.

Favorite Quote

“Nothing will work unless you do”

Membership

Kate Stanko

Kate Stanko

Participant Communication

Email: communications@pudm.org


Hometown: Munster, Indiana


Year: Junior


Major: Human Services/ ASL


Previous PUDM Involvement: Participant, Participant Relations Chair


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because I want to be apart of the leadership team and ensure that everyone is included and having the best time possible. Also, being able to see the impact that we have on the family’s’ lives at the marathon and how much it means to them reminds me every year that this is a special organization.


What are your main duties in your position?

I handle the communication between participants and team captains. This includes making sure they are well prepared and know everything about the marathon before they get to the marathon

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
My favorite memory is being able to spend so much time with the people and friends that I have come to know and love so well.

Favorite Quote

“One day we will dance in celebration, but today we dance for a cure.”
Emma Kern

Emma Kern

Development

Email: development@pudm.org


Hometown: Newtown, Pennsylvania


Year: Junior


Major: Human Services


Previous PUDM Involvement: Community Strategy Chair


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because I wanted to take a bigger step in the organization and I wanted to find more ways to give back to PUDM since PUDM has been so good to me. I want to be able to give back to the organization and the families of Riley as much as they have given me throughout my time in PUDM.


What are your main duties in your position? 
Finding new ways to improve committee culture, providing a great experience for our committee members, placing people on committees, and conductor/champion program

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
Getting pied by my Public Relations committee last year

Favorite Quote

“Do small things with great love” ~Saint Mother Theresa
Erika Deming

Erika Deming

Stewardship

Email: stewardship@pudm.org


Hometown: Avon, Indiana


Year: Junior


Major: Brain and Behavioral Science, Japanese, Human Development, and Family Studies Minor


Previous PUDM Involvement: Special Events CM, Special events chair


Why did you want to be an executive? 

I joined Purdue University Dance Marathon because I’ve had the opportunity to meet the most inspiring people through PUDM and I knew that as an executive I would be able to give back to the organization that has given me so much.


What are your main duties in your position? 
Making sure that members feel appreciated for their efforts year round and ensuring that all external partners who contribute to PUDM 2020 are thanked.

What is your favorite PUDM memory? 
Every dance marathon has been distinct and has had unique memories! But if we are getting specific, my first special event, the ftkolor run, was memorable because I met so many amazing people and it started my PUDM journey.

Favorite Quote

“There isn’t a person you wouldn’t love if you could read their story.”