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Jillian HenryJillian Henry is the Vice President of Engagement for the Purdue for Life Foundation. She is responsible for all alumni engagement efforts, including alumni clubs and affinity networks, volunteerism, alumni travel and international networks, mentorship, and lifelong learning. Prior to her role at Purdue for Life, Jillian served four years as Vice President of Organizational Development and Strategic Leadership at the Purdue Alumni Association. 

Before coming to Purdue, Jillian served as Senior Director of Regional Training and Capacity Building for the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, a statewide program administered by the Indiana United Ways. She has presented and developed curriculum on board governance for governing and advisory boards, strategic planning, leadership, employee motivation, and volunteerism. 

Jillian has received extensive training in facilitation for strategy—including the Effective Facilitator and Leadership Strategies (focusing on facilitating strategy for government and nonprofits)—as well as in grant writing, fundraising (from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University), creative problem-solving, accelerated learning for adult learners, and Appreciative Inquiry. Jillian holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue University and a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership development from Saint Mary of the Woods College.

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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.