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 as well as Event Manager, coordinates and manages the summer camps and conference program and daily operations of the Harre Union.

Fun Facts: 

Jess wanted to be a professional Ice Skater when she grew up.

Jess was born with an extra finger.

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.


WomenMichelle Lawson
Event Manager

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)!

Fun Facts: 

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.

James Marconi
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.

Fun Fact:

James loves Indian food.
James typically drinks more coffee during the summer months and tea during the winter.

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 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.

Fun Fact:

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


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