M.Ed. Higher Education Leadership – University of Idaho
B.A. – University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Steve joined the Harre Union in the Fall of 2013 after about 20 years of experience in higher education. He directs the Union and programming, oversees the staff, works with customers, oversees summer camps and conferences, and many other fun projects and tasks around campus!
Steve tends to need to wander from time to time.
Steve loves a rocking chair, anywhere, anytime!
M.B.A. – Purdue University
B.A. Psychology & Sociology – Valparaiso University
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN
Jessica started working with the Union in the Fall of 2010, she previously served as the Assistant Director of Student Activities. In her new role Jessica oversees the student employment program, day to day supervisor of Evening Events and Operation Coordinator as well as Event Manager, coordinates and manages the summer camps and conference program and daily operations of the Harre Union.
Jess wanted to be a professional Ice Skater when she grew up.
Jess was born with an extra finger.
M.Ed. Higher Education Administration – Texas Tech University
B.S. Geography – Northern Arizona University
Hometown: Dublin, CA
Ryan started working at Valparaiso University in the Fall of 2013 in Residential Life. He is excited to be now working in the union overseeing the Student Organization Suite, advising the University Programming Council, working with the Spring Service Trip program (talk to me if you’re interested in being an advisor!), and many other student activities projects!
Ryan is fluent in American Sign Language and has deaf parents!
There is a 16 year age difference between Ryan & his youngest brother.
M.Ed. College Student Affairs Administration – University of West Florida
B.A. International Studies – University of West Florida
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, FL
Michelle joined the Union during the summer of 2016 from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. Michelle is the proclaimed queen of reservations and is assisting with the transition to the new reservation software. Lucky for us Michelle has extensive knowledge of working with EMS (reservation software)!
When Michelle was a kid, she was convinced she would one day move to Antarctica to live with penguins.
Michelle went to elementary school in Guatemala.
Coordinator of Operations & Evening Events
M.A. Liberal Studies – Valparaiso University
B.A. Religious Studies – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Hometown: Peru, Indiana
James started his career in the Union as a Building Manager & has recently graduated with his masters degree from Valpo! James oversees union equipment inventory and repairs. He also works with on and off campus groups to finalize setup and technology and programmatic needs and is the on site manager for many evening and weekend events.
James owned two Harley Davidson’s before he was 21.
James won gold in a state level art show in high school for ceramics.
Business Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
B.A. Business Administration – Indiana University
Hometown: Gary, IN
Merri has been working with the Union & the university for two years now. She is the office manager and administers aspects of billing and manages the office functions. Merri also serves as the administrative assistant for Steve.
Merri was a Junior High English Teacher for 3 years.
Merri doesn’t drink coffee.