Purdue Alumni Association Elections
Board of Directors and Trustee
For more than 140 years, the Purdue Alumni Association has existed to connect graduates to each other and to advance Purdue University. Through the Purdue for Life Foundation, the alumni association offers exciting ways for alumni and friends to engage with Purdue across a lifetime.
With the responsibility to connect, inspire, and serve more than 575,000 alumni, the board strives to represent the diversity and broad interests of all Purdue alumni—in the United States and around the world. Board members possess a wide variety of skill sets, executive competencies, and strategically aligned experiences to lead the organization.
We thank Purdue Alumni Association members for helping to identify and select the next class of alumni to serve in this vitally import role.
The 2023 Purdue Alumni Association board and trustee elections will take place online from 8 a.m. ET on Monday, April 10, to 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 14.
The worldwide alumni population is divided into geographic districts. Members are eligible to vote for a director from the district in which they reside. All members are eligible to vote for the trustee.
Members must first register to vote by creating a Purdue Connect online account. This website is managed by the Purdue for Life Foundation and verifies membership in the Purdue Alumni Association. Visit connect.purdue.edu/s/login to register.
Alumni Trustee Election
The trustee, one of three elected by current members of the Purdue Alumni Association, will serve a three-year term on the Purdue University Board of Trustees commencing July 1. As stated in the Purdue Alumni Association bylaws Article IX, the board of directors serves as the nominating committee for alumni representatives of the corporation on the Purdue University Board of Trustees as provided by law. As such, the board has endorsed one candidate through an election conducted at the fall 2022 board meeting. Other members of the alumni association may also run for the position of alumni trustee as defined in the bylaws by certifying their nomination at least 90 days prior to the annual meeting. For the 2023 election, no additional nominees were submitted.
Theresa Carter (IE’85)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Carter was appointed to the Purdue University Board of Trustees in July 2020. She is a distinguished military graduate of Purdue’s Air Force ROTC program and served 31 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, retiring at the rank of major general in 2016. She was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumna by the Purdue College of Engineering in 2013, inducted into the Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame in 2011, and earned the Outstanding Industrial Engineer award in 2010. Carter currently serves as a board member for Purdue Global and the Purdue Applied Research Institute. She previously served on Purdue’s Industrial Engineering Advisory Council and was the commencement speaker for Purdue’s 2018 winter commencement ceremonies. Carter holds master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and National Defense University and a doctorate in business administration from Drexel University. She currently works as an independent consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense and corporate clients. Carter also serves as an executive in residence with Drexel’s business college.
Board of Directors Candidates
Indiana (All 92 counties) // One Opening
Drew Garretson (A’05)
Garretson, chief marketing officer at Ceres Solutions Cooperative, has worked as a team leader in agricultural technology development and strategic digital business enablement across the country. A graduate of the Indiana AgrIInstitute Leadership Program, he serves as a leader for many local and statewide organizations, including the Agribusiness Council of Indiana, the Knox County Community Foundation, the Knox County Indiana Economic Development, the Knox County Rural Broadband Taskforce, and the Pantheon, a business and innovation theater that partners with the Purdue Foundry. Garretson currently serves as secretary for the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association board of directors, and he has been the president of his local Purdue Ag Alumni chapter for the last 10 years. Garretson and his wife, Tiffany (Vieck) Garretson (EDU’05), have two children. He is an annual member of the Purdue Alumni Association.
Greg Jung (M’94)
Jung is chief growth officer at Seven Corners, a travel insurance company based in Carmel, Indiana. While at Purdue, he served as a student representative on the West Lafayette City Council and participated in campus organizations such as Mortar Board, the School of Management Council, and Grand Prix. Prior to graduation, Jung earned the Eugene Cernan Scholarship and the Charles O. McGaughey Leadership Award. He was also a finalist for the G.A. Ross Award. Jung has remained active with the Purdue Alumni Association since graduating, serving on the Young Alumni Advisory Board, helping found the Purdue for Life Foundation’s LGBTQ+ affinity network, and participating in numerous local alumni clubs. Jung has held senior marketing positions at major companies and startups throughout his career. He received his MBA from Butler University in 1998 and served on Butler’s alumni board from 2018 to 2022. He graduated from the executive MBA program at Notre Dame in 2022. Jung is a member of the John Purdue Club and an annual member of the Purdue Alumni Association.
Andrew L. Stainko III (T’09)
Stainko is president of ACPP Construction Services and Accurate Property Management. A lifelong entrepreneur, he founded one company as a freshman at Purdue and another immediately after graduation. Stainko recently helped launch the Purdue Alumni Entrepreneurship Network, a Purdue for Life Foundation affinity network. He also works with numerous local organizations—including Habitat for Humanity, Lafayette Transitional Housing, and Northview Church—and serves as vice president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Tippecanoe County. Stainko has established two endowments at Purdue: the Miss Boilerette Twirling Scholarship and the Stainko Family Scholarship Endowment. He and his wife, Rachael (Bazzell) Stainko (S’12), have two children. Stainko is a life member of the Purdue Alumni Association and a member of the John Purdue Club, President’s Council, and the 1869 Society.
United States East // One Opening
Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; and West Virginia
Michelle (Hannas) Crabtree (HHS’90)
Crabtree, director of human resources for the Town of Vienna, is running for her second term on the board of directors. She is a fourth-generation Boilermaker and former president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Washington, DC. Crabtree received the Purdue Alumni Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2004. She distinguished herself as a student leader, serving as director of personnel for the Purdue Student Union Board and as an executive member of Golden Gavel. After graduation, Crabtree established a career in human resources with Walmart, Hilton, and Hyatt. She is philanthropically motivated through her involvement with Disability:IN DC Metro, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and many organizations that focus on childhood cancer awareness, advocacy, and fundraising. Crabtree and her husband, John (E’96), have two children. She is a life member of the Purdue Alumni Association.
Joseph Pabst (AT’00, MBA’05)
New York City, New York
Pabst built a 15-year career at American Express—including his current position as vice president of U.S. commercial charge risk strategy—after working at American Airlines and Continental Airlines. As a student, Pabst was a research assistant for the Division of Financial Aid and also worked in the residence halls and at the Purdue Memorial Union. Pabst currently serves on the finance board of advisors for the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology and holds leadership positions on numerous committees focused on diversity and employee engagement. Pabst volunteers for various activities with Purdue, including student-engagement roles with the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business and Purdue Polytechnic Institute. In 2022, he participated in the executive-in-residence program with Purdue University Residences. Pabst and his wife, Glenda, have one child. He is an annual member of the Purdue Alumni Association and a member of President’s Council, the Griffin Society, and the R.B. Stewart Society.