Harre Union

Our Staff

Jenn Zakrzewski Assistant Director of Union Operations jenn.zakrzewski@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!

Taylor Smith Event Manager taylor.smith1@valpo.edu 219.464.6787

Taylor graduated from Valparaiso University in 2022 with a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education. She joined our team as the Event Manager in June 2022.

Fun Facts:
In her free time, Taylor enjoys assistant coaching, babysitting, running, and spending time with family, friends, and her dogs.
Taylor was born on Valentine’s Day.


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.