Purdue Engineering Staff Leadership Academy


Through real-world case studies, small group discussions, and interactive presentations, PESLA encourages you to think beyond your own administrative area and lead in ways that support larger institutional objectives. PESLA provides the tools and insight to think more strategically, balance competing demands on your time, and engage in more forward - thinking leadership.

Please contact Will Sondgerath at wsondgerath@purdue.edu with questions about PESLA.

Cohort 3.0

Cohort 2.0

Cohort 1.0

Graduation Photo Gallery



Eric VandeVoorde

Eric VandeVoorde

Director of Professional Engineering Master's Programs, CoE

Nina Robinson

Nina Robinson

Administrative Director, EEE

Marsha Freeland

Marsha Freeland

Director, Faculty Success Programs

Janet Beagle

Janet Beagle

Senior Director of Graduate Programs, CoE

Will Sondgerath

Will Sondgerath

Assistant Dean for Staff & Director of Administration

Leadership Academy Members - Cohort 2.0

Sarah Allard

Senior Academic Advisor, AAE

Will Gwin

Manager, Web Communications, COE

Isabel Jimenez-Useche

Assistant Head of First-Year Engineering, ENE

Susan Khalifah

Director of Student Experience, CE

Elizabeth Pearson

Senior Academic Advisor, IE

Andrew Pierce

Academic Administrator, EPICS

Xiaomin Qian

Senior Graduate Program Manager, ME

DeEtte Starr

Digital Communications Specialist, COE

Aurie Swartz

Assistant Director, OFE

Sheri Tague

Graduate Program Manager, ME

Joseph Tort

Assistant Director, Global Professional Practice, OPP

Chad Wright

IT Relationship Manager, ITAP (formerly ECN)

Leadership Academy Members - Cohort Archive

Leadership Academy Members - Cohort 1.0

PESLA Team Member participating in a planning activity