Man, shirt and tie, glasses

Steven Janowiak

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!

Fun Facts:

Steve tends to need to wander from time to time.

Steve loves a rocking chair, anywhere, anytime!

women, brown hair

Jessica Wilson
Assistant Director,

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, Facilities Coordinator and the Event Manager, coordinates and manages the summer camps and conference program and oversees daily operations of the Harre Union.

Fun Facts: 

Jess is married to her high school sweetheart and has two kids, each named after US Presidents!

Jess went to college thinking that she wanted to work for the FBI.

Blue shirt, glasses, manRyan Bye
Assistant Director,
Student Activites

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!

Fun Facts:

Ryan is fluent in American Sign Language and has deaf parents!

There is a 16 year age difference between Ryan & his youngest brother.


Anna Wardlow
Event Manager

B.S. – Valparaiso University



Fun Facts:


Merri Roddy
Business Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

B.A. Business Administration – Indiana University
Hometown: Gary, IN
Merri has been working with the Union & the university for four 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.

Fun Fact:

Merri was a Junior High English Teacher for 3 years.
Merri doesn’t drink coffee.

Theresa Kark
Facilities and Event Set-up Coordinator

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.


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