Harre Union

Our Staff

Chris Marshall Director of Union & Student Life Operations christopher.marshall@valpo.edu 219.464.5413 M.S. Organizational Leadership
B.A. – University of Nevada, Reno

Chris joined our team July 2021 as the director of the union and student life operations. Chris is a native of Nevada, attending high school in Las Vegas and earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. Upon becoming a student employee at his campus’s student union, Chris discovered his passion for higher education, student affairs, and college unions; beginning his path to becoming a higher education professional. He has since obtained a master’s degree in organizational leadership and worked as a student affairs professional at California State University, Northridge, Sierra Nevada University, and Xavier University.

Fun Facts:
Chris is a lover of all things sports, enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid disc golfer. Chris and his wife have a young son and two dogs, and are ready to explore Northwest Indiana and become part of the Valparaiso University Community.

Jennifer Lanfear Assistant Director of Union Operations jennifer.lanfear@valpo.edu 219.464.5413 B.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University Northwest

Jenn joined our team in July 2021 as the assistant director of union operations. She graduated in 2017 from Purdue University Northwest with a degree in hospitality and tourism management. Jenn has three years of experience working in higher education and ten years working in customer service.

Fun Facts:
In her free time, Jenn enjoys painting, bike riding, and cheering on her husband’s hockey team!

Jazmyn Thomas Event Services Manager jazmyn.thomas@valpo.edu 219.464.5413 BS, Tourism, Conventions, Sports Management from IUPUI Indianapolis

Jazmyn joined our team in July 2021 as the event services manager. Jazmyn received a business certificate and BS in tourism, conventions, sports management from Kelley School of Business, IUPUI Indianapolis.

Fun Facts:
An interesting fact is that Jazmyn loves to serve her community. She’s part of two non profit organizations that help with both youth and women in northwest Indiana communities. She is the marketing director for The Roots Foundation and the chairperson for a new non-profit called Ask About Her. A hobby she enjoys is helping educate women to achieve healthy hair. She turned this hobby into a business, and now owns a healthy hair care product company.


Theresa Kark Facilities and Event Set-up Coordinator theresa.kark@valpo.edu Hometown: Valparaiso, IN

Theresa started working at Valparaiso University in 1994 on the Building Services team – she joined the Union team in 2018. As part of the Union staff team Theresa oversees all of the set-up operations in the Union and spaces reserved by the Event Manager. Theresa works with the student event services team.

Fun Facts:
Theresa coached gymnastics in Valpo and Laporte for a total of 19 years.
Theresa took some flying lessons while belonging to Civil Air Patrol.

Brandi Kneifel Administrative Assistant brandi.kneifel@valpo.edu 219.464.5413

Brandi joined Valpo in 2018. She received her undergraduate degree in communication students and public relations from Ball State University, and her MBA from Valparaiso University.

Fun Facts:
In her spare time, Brandi likes to spend time with friends and family, read, travel, and plan out her next vacation destination.