IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education

 

Staff members:

 

Teresa A. Bennett, Director

Teresa Bennett is Director of Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  She has also served as the Founding Director of the IUPUI Solution Center (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), the campus’s office of Outreach and Community Engagement since 2004. Since the creation of the Solution Center, Ms. Bennett attracted and administered more than $6 million dollars in grants and other support for IUPUI’s work in the community, resulting in over 3,300 specific student and faculty engagements with business, nonprofit, and government leaders, and thousands of additional community connections. Ms. Bennett joined the Solution Center after serving as the Director of Strategic Relations for the Purdue University Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Technology (CERIAS) in West Lafayette, where she was responsible for the planning and management of international industry relationships with a combined program portfolio of over $1 million invested annually in the Center. Prior to her appointment to CERIAS, Ms. Bennett called the IUPUI campus home for nearly 12 years, serving in two schools: the Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology and the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Ms. Bennett also teaches the Graduate Capstone course for SPEA at IUPUI in which graduate students have conducted over 60 socially relevant research projects for Indiana nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to date.
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Connie Anoskey, Assistant Business Manager

Connie Anoskey is Assistant Business Manager for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  She was formerly the Assistant Business Manager for the IUPUI Solution Center. She came to the Solution Center after a 13-year career with Kiwanis International Foundation, where she served as grants administrator, planned giving associate, scholarship administrator, and event planner. At the Solution Center, Ms. Anoskey is in charge of grant administration and fiscal operations and is your first-point-of-contact for the office.
Laura Barahona, Registration and Payroll Specialist Laura Barahona is Registration and Payroll Specialist for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement. She is in charge of processing payroll for the department’s staff and instructors, processing individual and sponsored registrations and billings and providing administrative and accounting support to the Fiscal Officer. She also enjoys using her bi-lingual skills via outreach events in the community. Previously, Laura was the Finance Manager for a national media relations company.

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Shohn Beeson, Program Manager

Shohn Beeson is Program Manager for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  He has been programing classes for six years and his class portfolio includes Computer Software, Education, Veterinary Medicine and Motorsports. Shohn has worked at IUPUI since 2001 in various offices throughout the university, he worked at the IUPUI Community Learning Network as the Contract Training Coordinator, General Studies as a Recruiter, The Enrollment Center as an Enrollment Advisor, and Continuing Studies Department as the  off campus Center Manager of the IUPUI Greenwood Learning Center.

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Sherry Blackburn, Program Manager

Sherry Blackburn is Program Manager for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement. Her main portfolio is Business and Project Management, and is a Certified Program Planner (CPP).  She assists in event planning and contract training. She has been the liaison between the American Bus Association and IUPUI for an online CTIS program since 2003.  She holds a B.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and has worked at IUPUI for 26 years.

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Janie Faulkner, Fiscal Officer

Janie M. Faulkner is Fiscal Officer for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  Ms. Faulkner was the Fiscal Officer for IUPUI Community Learning Network and has been employed with IUPUI since February of 1998.  She  previously  worked for the State of Indiana as a Grants Manager with the Indiana Commission on Community Service and a Senior Contract Auditor with the Indiana Department of  Transportation.  She  holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Account from Ball State University.   Ms. Faulkner is in charge of human resource, fiscal and budgetary management and operations for the Office of Community Engagement.
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Teresa Francis, Communication Assistant

Teresa Francis is Communication Assistant for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  She was formally the Communication Assistant for the IUPUI Solution Center. She assists in coordinating internal and external communication and reporting efforts.  Teresa holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from IUPUI.  Previously, she was Media Relations Intern for Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Film Programming Intern for Heartland Film.

Silvia Garcia, Research & Evaluation Specialist

Silvia Garcia, Research & Evaluation Specialist

Silvia Garcia, Ph.D., is Research & Evaluation Specialist for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  She was formerly the Research & Evaluation Specialist for the IUPUI Solution Center.  Dr. Garcia conducted two assessments on the overall impact of the Solution Center and the impact of the center’s JPMorgan Chase Near Eastside Legacy Initiative. She is a Master of Nonprofit Management student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Dr. Garcia was a professor in the School of Education at the Universidad Simon Rodriguez in Venezuela, and has received international grants for development and evaluation of educational programs in Latin America. She was Director of Planning and Institutional Research, and Director of Development at the Universidad Simon Rodriguez. Before coming to IUPUI, Dr. Garcia was a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University-Bloomington in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Department.
Sara Griffin,      Community & Business Relations Manager Sara Griffin is Community & Business Relations Manager for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  She was formerly the IUPUI Community Relations Manager in the Office of External Affairs where she worked with external partners to fulfill sponsorship requirements and coordinate events. Sara holds a B.A. in Theater and English from Franklin College, and is a currently a graduate student at the IU Lilly Family of Philanthropy.

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Kathryn (Kitty) Hughes, Program Manager

Kitty is Program Manager for Professional Development and Corporate Education, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  Her current portfolio includes Medical, Health, Language, Pharmacy Technician, and Goodwill Excel Center classes.  She has been programming Continuing Education classes since 1990, and is a Certified Certified Program Planner (CPP).  Prior to that, she was a Business Manager for a major Real Estate company.  She attended IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis.
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