Melanie TrowbridgeMelanie Trowbridge, Associate Director of Continuous Improvement

Melanie (MBA ‘14) is passionate about supporting students, faculty, and staff in creating a positive and enduring Valpo experience. Her diverse background and familiarity with different functional units helps support the University’s efforts toward being good stewards of our human, physical, and technological resources. She started at Valpo in 2011 and has served in both staff and faculty roles in several departments, including initiatives to help connect and prepare students for the many outstanding employment opportunities in Indiana through a Lilly Endowment grant. Melanie received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and prior to joining Valpo, worked in the corporate world. She’s a frequent community volunteer and currently serves on the Valparaiso Parks Foundation Board of Directors.


Sue Kukurugya, Assistant Director of Continuous Improvement

Sue (MBA ’18) started with the University in 2015, coming from the business community. Using this experience has guided her toward a tactical, common sense approach to problem solving. She works to help departments across campus improve processes, identify waste, implement systems, and manage projects. She’s also a member of the Administrative Computing Team (ACT), a group that assist with the analysis of new software proposals. Sue has worked in various departments across campus and serves as a member of SEAC. She has a love for hockey and is an avid Blackhawks fan.



Rachel RiveraRachel Rivera, Technical Documentation Specialist

Rachel has been in the Information Technology field for 15 years primarily as a computer programmer. She has been with Valparaiso University for over 8 years. As a computer programmer here at Valpo, Rachel has worked with many different departments on a variety of different projects. She has been privy to some of the behind the scenes business here. In her role as Technical Documentation Specialist, Rachel has the opportunity to continue working with the various departments and individuals to document their current systems and identify problems as well as potential solutions.


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