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As Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Steve Schlenk leads a team of more than 20 professionals while overseeing editorial, design, and multimedia efforts. He previously served Purdue for Life as senior director for content strategy, editorial, and project management.

Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication and an MBA from Purdue’s Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business. He also has a certificate in fundraising management from IU’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

He joined the University Development Office in 2014 as a member of the philanthropic communications team and was responsible for various projects, including managing social media for the Ever True campaign. Before that, he served eight years on staff with Purdue Musical Organizations.

He has presented as a guest lecturer at Purdue and on topics ranging from social media marketing to international advancement during the Big Ten Development Conference, an Association of Fundraising Professionals luncheon, and the CASE District V Conference. He has also served as a CASE awards judge, and he has participated in a case study by Hootsuite about the record-setting Purdue Day of Giving.

Outside of the office, Steve has served on the Purdue Convocations Friends Advisory Board, the Lafayette Symphony Foundation Board of Directors, and as president of the board for the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus.

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.