Alumni Board of Directors 2023-24

Pictured are the 2023–24 IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors. Front Row: Scott Rhoades M'06, Aaron Felter '01, Marc Hutzell '97, George Kelly '82, Chad Jurica '07, M'09, Kevin Bailey '86, M'90, Jenn Dunsmore '98.
Back Row: Kathie Basehore '71, Tina Steffy ’03, Sara Lawer '06, M'08, Heather Reed M’13, Leslie Purser ’80, Emily Smeltz ’01, Lisa Schlosser ’86, Debra Evans Smith '81, Mary Morgan '91

2023–24 IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Alumni Association Board of Directors looks for opportunities and programs that will enable graduates of IUP to stay connected to their alma mater.

Leslie Miller Purser ’80, President

Leslie earned her bachelor of arts degree in studio art in 1980 and, upon graduation, was awarded her Army commission as a second lieutenant and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate. After 37 years of service, she retired at the rank of major general. Her last assignment was as acting principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. In 2018, Leslie received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for her career achievements. She now lives in Dandridge, Tennessee, with her husband, Joseph. They have two children, Jennifer and Justin.

Debra Evans Smith '81, Vice President 

Debra Evans Smith joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1984 and underwent new agents training in 1987 after serving in a support role at FBI Headquarters. Her early assignments included conducting investigations in New Orleans, focusing on civil rights and white-collar crime, and later, learning Russian at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Throughout her career, she worked extensively on Russian foreign counterintelligence and organized crime matters in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Smith was promoted to supervisory special agent in 1998 and led espionage investigations, notably overseeing the case of former FBI Agent Robert P. Hanssen. She received several awards for her contributions to national security. After various leadership roles, including assistant special agent in charge in San Diego and chief of the Counterespionage Group at the CIA, Smith retired from the FBI in 2014. She returned in 2015 to work on diversity and inclusion initiatives before joining the Department of Energy as an inspector in 2019. Smith is currently the vice president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Alumni Board of Directors and is a proud mother of one son.

Tina Steffy '03, Treasurer

Tina earned her bachelor of arts degree in economics in 2003 and, upon graduation, began her career as an energy industry analyst in the Office of Administrative Litigation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where she has served as an expert witness, analyzing issues pertaining to the energy sector.  She is currently a branch chief in OAL, tasked with determining the strategic direction of diverse project teams of financial analysts, economists, accountants, and engineers. In 2007, Tina received the Young Alumni Achievement Award. She lives in Alexandria, Viriginia, with her husband, Ken (Accounting, 2003), and her daughter, Kathryn.

Lisa Schlosser '86, Secretary

Lisa resides in Delaware and volunteers on the board of directors for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Clear Space Theatre, and Humane Animal Partners. She also serves as a technology instructor at two universities and as a therapy dog handler for Pets for People. In her full-time career, Lisa was a technology executive at the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President; the Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Department of Transportation; Ernst & Young LLP; and other companies. Lisa also served as an officer in and retired from the US Army Reserves. Lisa holds a BA degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MS degree in administration from Central Michigan University.


Kevin Bailey ’86, M’90
Kathie Kuvinka Basehore ’71
Aaron Felter '01
Marc Hutzell ’97
Chad Jurica '07, M'09
George Kelly ’82
Mary Morgan '91
Sara Lawer '06, M'08
Heather Camp Reed M’13
Scott Rhoades M'06
Emily Smeltz ’01, M’02


Michael Driscoll
President, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Dunsmore ’98
Interim Vice President for University Advancement 
Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Constituent Engagement, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Christina Lyttle
President, IUP Ambassadors

Abigail Hancox
President, Student Government Association

All past presidents of the IUP Alumni Association

New Members Welcome

Interested in volunteering to the board of directors for the Alumni Association? Review the job description and submit an application.

Know of an active alumnus or alumna who would make a great addition to the Alumni Association Board of Directors? See our Board of Directors Nomination Form.