Career Planning Staff

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20161005-jlh-gail-peshel-004Gail Peshel, Executive Director

Gail has been active in Career Planning for over 30 years and returned “home” to Valparaiso in 2014 after directing the career planning program at a national law school.  She earned both her Law and Bachelor of Science degrees from Valparaiso University. Gail is a past president of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and her writing includes co-authoring two early studies for NALP covering the nationwide data on NALP’s Employment Report and Salary Survey.  Gail also served on the Indiana Board of Governors, the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Board, and Indiana’s IOLTA Board.  She chaired three Women in the Law conferences for the State, and co-chaired the Indiana Legal Education Conclave in 2011.  She was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2000.  


Victoria Ryan, Senior Director

Vicki joined the Career Planning team in 2012. She received her B.A. from Indiana University and her J.D. from University of Cincinnati College of Law. Prior to entering the field of law school career services, Vicki practiced law in Michigan for many years. In her current role, Vicki counsels students and alumni on a wide range of career development issues. She conducts employer outreach and assists with career-related programming for students. In her spare time, Vicki enjoys hiking, gardening and travelling around the U.S.


20150304 JLH Julia Bochnowski-005Julia Bochnowski, Associate Director

Julia joined the Career Planning Center in 2015, and she also serves as the law school’s Director of Federal Judicial Externships. Previously, Julia served as a judicial law clerk to a federal judge, before practicing with a large national law firm as an associate attorney in its Indiana office and later with a prominent Northwest Indiana firm in its Chicago office. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, a law degree from Notre Dame Law School, and is licensed to practice in Indiana and Illinois. When not working, Julia enjoys traveling with her husband and being bossed around by their rescued rough collie, Maizey.


Robyn Rucker 2012Robyn Rucker, Associate Director

Robyn joined Valparaiso University School of Law in the fall of 2010. Prior to this, she was an attorney with the Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration, where she served as program coordinator for the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). She has also worked for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office as a Deputy Attorney General and coordinator of Victim Services.  She is a former chair of the Diversity Committee for the Indiana State Bar Association.  She was the 2013-2014 Secretary of the Indiana State Bar and is currently a member of the Association’s Board of Governors.   Robyn received her undergraduate degree from Earlham College in 1997 and her J.D. from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law-Indianapolis in 2002. She was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2002.


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