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Christine Armes

Christine Armes serves at the Chief of Staff for the Purdue for Life Foundation at Purdue University. She provides leadership to advance organizational priorities and manages a wide range of strategic, operational, and administrative matters of organizational importance. Christine is responsible for developing, managing, and maintaining all policies and procedures for the Purdue for Life Foundation and manages difficult and complex projects on behalf of the President and CEO. Additionally, she builds and nurtures relationships to serve as a resource for the President and CEO and a point of contact as designated by key constituents to resolve complex issues and help move forward strategic priorities. She also leads operations that support the Purdue for Life Foundation in the areas of centralized administrative support, talent development and facilities management. 

Christine has over twenty years of experience in higher education working in administrative services, project management and senior leadership roles in areas of information technology, university development and alumni engagement. Early in her career, she worked at the University of Houston-Downtown in the Information Technology department as an office coordinator and was later promoted to project manager. At Purdue, she began working as an assistant in Ag Communications and later transitioned to special projects part-time to pursue her undergraduate degree at Purdue full-time. She graduated from Purdue in December 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. 

Upon graduation, Christine worked for the Tippecanoe School Corporation before budget cuts impacted the teaching industry. In 2011, she returned to Purdue in the University Development Office, where she has served as an administrative assistant to the Vice President for Development, the Executive Manager to the Vice President for Development, and has been serving as the Chief of Staff for the organization since April 2019.

Purdue for Life Foundation

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.