Speed Networking

Do you want the opportunity to talk with current Valpo students? How about the chance to give insider information and teach students how to network and effectively leverage professional relationships? All this is possible if you attend Speed Networking 2016! 

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Friday, April 8, 2016
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Community Room, CCLIR


The Career Center Needs Professionals!!

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Professionals who will attend Speed Networking 2016:

Do you want the opportunity to talk with professionals in a wide variety of industries? How about the chance to receive insider information and learn how to network and effectively leverage professional relationships? All this is possible if you attend Speed Networking 2016! 


Spring 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Community Room, CCLIR 

Connect with professionals in a wide variety of industries!!

Click here to register today!


Professionals who will attend April 8, 2016 Speed Networking event:

  • Adam Brown - Talent Director @ Chick-fil-a
  • Adam Rundh (Alumnus) - Senior Associate, International Tax Service @ PWC
  • Amanda Herren - HR Coordinator, Lakeside Wealth Management
  • Angela Morris - Account Representative/Sales Representative @ Imagetec
  • Beth Brown (Alumna) - Partner @ Kelly Law Offices
  • Bruce Lindner (Alumnus) - Executive Director Porter County Aging and Community Services
  • Christine Rumbaugh - AmeriCorps Program Director @ United Way of Porter County
  • Cliff Havens - Regional Manager @ Healthcare Solutions Team
  • Daniel Kudrna - Chief Revenue Officer @ Go Yodel
  • Darby Straw - Financial Advisor @ Edward Jones
  • Dan Ormsby - HR Director @ Dwyer Instruments
  • Erik Kispert (Alumnus) - Director of Engineering Information Systems @ Valparaiso University
  • David Moulton (Alumnus) - Experience Strategy Lead @ Salesforce
  • Garner Tullis - Executive Director @ Our Greater Good, retired pastor
  • Heidi Radford- Human Resources Representative @ Opportunity Enterprises
  • Hwan Hill - Human Resources @ International Medical Group
  • Ivonne Zimmer - Director of Development/Business @ St. John Lutheran Church & School
  • Jenn Krol (Alumna) - Services Operation Manager @ Kelly Services (Recruiting IT, Engineering and Finance)
  • Jamie Mazepa - Recruiter @ Centier Bank
  • Jennifer Hatfield (Alumna) - MHS,ccc/slp Speech Language Pathologist Therapy and Learning Services, Inc.
  • Joseph Neal - Founder @ Rock Rabbit Guitars
  • Katie Reynolds - Human Resources @ PhysAssist Scribes
  • Kimberly Coticchia (Alumna) - Guest Relations Coordinator @ MillerCoors
  • Linda Newman (Alumna) - Financial Representative @ Primerica Financial Services
  • Mackenna Schon (Alumna) - Director of Volunteer Engagement @ United Way of Porter County
  • Mallory Wales - Chiropractic Physician @ Chiropractic Care& Wellness
  • Merideth Scott - IT Supplier Relationship Marketing Director @ Zoetis
  • Michele Irzyk - (Alumna) - Self-Employed Marketing Director @ Shaklee Corporation
  • Michelle Barnhart - Owner @ Barnyhealth
  • Mike Haarer - Director @ Compass Rose Academy
  • Pam Gumns- Inventory Manager @ Free the Girls
  • Robert Ordway (Alumnus) - Owner/Operator @ Rusted Oak 
  • Rue Pattison - Probation Officer @ US PreTrial and Probation
  • Shaun Wehle - Licensed Psychologist & Adjunct Professor @ Calumet College of St. Joseph
  • Stephanie Revere - HR Director @ Behavioral Learning Solutions
  • Suzanne Kolasa (Alumna) - Senior Account Executive at Spirit Cultural Exchange
  • Troy Sandidge(Alumnus) - Global Communications Specialist @ Eastek International

Professional Volunteer Information

Volunteers are needed to serve as the Speed Networking contacts. Even though you will be modeling effective networking techniques for participants, we hope you will also find the experience useful for your own professional development.

The 4th Annual Valpo Speed Networking event is a social networking opportunity that brings together Valpo students and professionals.  If you are not familiar with Speed Networking, it is a tool now being utilized to help professionals create intentional connections. As a professional, you will have five minutes to network with a number of students over the course of an afternoon.  The benefits for you are numerous!  Most importantly you have the chance to help current students learn the art of making meaningful connections that will help them grow professionally, and that will serve them now and in the future. Finally, you can get a "sneak peek" at future graduates and potential employees. This is all done in a fast paced and exciting environment! 

As you know, most opportunities for employment are never posted and you will need networking skills to find out about job opportunities in the future. So, please come and enjoy this opportunity to meet students, network with other alumni and help students gain information and advice on how best to position themselves after graduation.  Below you will find information about who to contact if you would like to participate in this event:


Holly L. Simpson, LMHC, LPC, NBCC
Assistant Director
Valparaiso University Career Center
1509 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-464-5005


Wondering how it works? 

Networking software will match you with students based on mutual interests and career paths. Opportunities for professional participants include:

  • Immediately compare potential job candidates
  • Build connections with students with almost no pressure or stress for either party
  • Network with a pool of fresh, new talent
  • Help students learn how to start building or build upon professional networks
  • Provide expert industry knowledge to future graduates
  • Help students practice and perfect their "elevator pitches"
  • See a large volume of potential candidates in a short period of time, allowing you to recruit quietly and watch for potential matches for your organization

Professionals who are attending Speed Networking 2014:

  • Lindsey Gargas (Alumna) - Special Events and Community Relations Manager @ Lakeshore Public Media
  • Ryan Perri (Alumnus) - Promotions Producer @ NBC 5 Chicago
  • Zach Denny (Alumna) - Experienced Consultant @ West Monroe Partners
  • Brent Park (Alumnus) - Experienced Associate @ Huron Consulting Group
  • Jill Schlueter-Kim (Alumna) - Council Director @ Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana
  • Nikki Kuss - Human Resource Generalist @ Centier Bank
  • Patrick Slattery (Alumnus) - Orr Fellow @ Orbis Education
  • Habi Mojidi - CPT Healthcare Recruiting Manager @ US Army
  • Kristen Steeves (Alumna) - Owner/Attorney @ Steeves Law Office
  • Rita O'Brian - HR Business Partner, Vice President, PHR @ Fifth Third Bank
  • Armeter Ivory - HR Manager for Boys & Girls Club of Porter County
  • Stan Pissarski - Managing Director @ Central States Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Michelle Murphy Wise (Alumna) - Home HealthCare and Hospice Program Coordinator @VNA Phoenix Center
  • Bruce Lindner (Alumnus) - Executive Director @ Porter County Aging & Community Services and 2001-02 recipient of Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Brandi Anstine (Alumna) - Director of Marketing @ HealthLinc
  • Tracey McElree - VP, Account Planning & Branding, AC Incorporated
  • Gina Palmera - Assistant Branch Manager @ Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Gina Gervais - Employment Specialist @ Centier Bank
  • Dennis Wendt (Alumnus) - Customer Business Manager @ McCormick
  • Linda Newman (Alumna) - Financial Representative @ Primerica
  • Sarah Satkus- Senior Staffing Specialist @ Dwyer Instruments
  • Michael Suarez (Alumnus) - Training Manager @ Four Winds Casino
  • Pam Saylor (Alumna) - Employment Services Manager
  • Lisa Rice (Alumna) - Executive Assistant @ Fortune Brands Home & Security VUAA Board Member 
  • Roger Wexelburg - VP of Development & Public Relations @ Lakeshore Public Media and past President/General Manager Chicago Rush-Business Development AFL
  • JP Avila - (Alumnus) - Chair & Associate Professor @ Pacific Lutheran University VUAA Board Member
  • Jennifer Campbell (Alumna) - Partner @ OlsonCampbellLtd.  VUAA Board Member
  • Dan Ormsby - Senior Human Resources Manager @ Dwyer Instruments
  • Bruce Brandel - President @ Packaging Team
  • Adam Rundh - (Alumnus) Experienced Associate, Transfer Pricing @ PwC 

Professionals who have attended Speed Networking event:

  • Bryan Van den Bosch (Alumnus) - Manager of New Business Development @ WNBA team Chicago Sky
  • Adam Rundh (Alumnus) - Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)
  • Mark Zimmerman (Alumnus) - Human Resources Coordinator at Porter Starke Services
  • Raquel Evaristo- Radar Meteorologist at Valparaiso University; graduated in Meteorology and Oceanography from the University of Lisbon (Portugal), post-graduate degree in Earth Sciences (University of Lisbon) and PhD at the University of Versailles (France) in Radar Meteorology.
  • Roger Wexelberg - VP of Development & Public Relations @ Lakeshore Public Media and past President/General Manager Chicago Rush-Business Development AFL
  • Tracy Fronk - (Alumna) Director of Strategic Initiative at Valpo Law. She is also an engineer who worked as the test engineer -for F22 Raptor at Honeywell and worked on Hydraulic Boosters at Bosch
  • Matt Wells- Opera Singer/Career Counselor at Valparaiso University
  • Alison Levar - (Alumna) Recruiting Manager at Royal United Mortgage
  • Fred Thompson - Tech Recruiter at Panduit Corp
  • Ryan Perri (Alumnus) - Promotions Producer at NBC Chicago
  • Stan Pissarski - General Manager of Operations Central States Manufacturing
  • Pam Saylor - (Alumna) Employment Services Manager at Michiana Resources, Inc.
  • Tara Teeple - (Alumna) Director of Data and Technology Services Valparaiso University previously a software engineer at Motorola
  • Melissa Washburn - Artist and graphic designer with a BFA in studio art from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a Master's Degree in Arts Administration from IU Bloomington
  • Tracey McElree - Director, Branding & Marketing, AC Incorporated
  • Ryan Dykes - Vice President, AC, Incorporated
  • Steve Rahn - (Alumnus)  Area Maintenance & Reliability Manager at BP
  • Michelle Maravilla HR - OD Business Partner at Centier Bank
  • Mary Kate Garner - Talent Acquisition Specialist at Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Stephanie Truchan (Alumna) - Operations Manager at Gary Bridge & Iron Co
  • Andrew Dalpini (Alumnus) - Account Representative/Sales Recruiter at Countrywide Transportation
  • Kyle Goltz (Alumnus) - Assistant Manager at Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Brandi Anstine (Alumna) - Director of Marketing & Special Events Lakeshore Public Television
  • Dennis Wendt (Alumnus) - Customer Business Manager @ McCormick & Company
  • Jennifer Wright - Executive Director for Hilltop Neighborhood House
  • Kelly Warren - District Cordinator at Aflac
  • Debra Townsend - AFL/CIO Coordinator for United Way of Porter County
  • Andrea Proulx Buinicki - Founder & President of Giving Focus, LLC
  • Bruce Lindner (Alumnus) - Executive Director of Porter County Aging Services
  • Linda Newman (Alumna) - Representative for Primerica Financial Services
  • Jennifer McIntosh-Elkins - Founder & President of Discoveries Unlimited
  • Dan Kudrna - Regional Sales Coordinator for Aflac & served as Exchange Officer for the Brazilian Army
  • Michelle Steuer - HR Officer /Employment Manager at Centier Bank
  • Martha Walsh (Alumna) - Retail Leadership Development Program @ Verizon Wireless
  • David Hibbs (Alumnus) - Consultant for Forest Ridge Academy