PBL Archives

Past PBL Leadership Events:


Wally Renfro, NCAA (retired)

Robert L. Flott, Professional Writer, Journalist, Writing Teacher, Editor, Event Promoter and Entertainment Consultant.

Lisa Papperworth, Executive Director of Human Resources at Clabber Girl Corporation

MoneySmart Conference: Focus Our Financial Future

PBL Earth Day

The PBL Club planted flowers and trees, pulled out weeds, and fixed bushes around Hulman Hall.

Terre Haute Young Leaders Monthly Meeting: April 5th, 2012

Past PBL Leadership Speakers:

March 21, 2012: Jean Prather

Jean_Prather.pngJean Prather currently serves as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  She possesses 20+ years of experience in leadership positions in human resources and customer service in corporate and academic environments.  Her expertise includes staff recruitment, employee engagement and retention, employee relations, training and development, coaching and performance management, change management, and organizational and strategic planning. 

Jean’s passion resides in contributing to the success of others by providing professional development opportunities and performance management.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal/Psychology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development from Indiana State University.  Jean is a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resource Management.  She is a past president and membership director for the Wabash Valley Human Resources Association; is on the Professional Development and Scholarship Committees for the Indiana Industry Liaison Group in Indianapolis; was a past advisory board member for the Business Leadership Network and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.  Jean is an active member of Union Baptist Church.

February 15, 2012: Andreas Widmer

Speaker-AWidmer.jpgAndreas Widmer is the author of "The Pope &The CEO John Paul II's Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard".

"John Paul II showed me what real leadership looks like. He modeled for me how to pursue our God-given potential. Not coincidentally, this also makes us and those around us better employees, more capable of and more willing to work hard at building a stronger company. That's something that makes both good human sense and good business sense." 

November 16, 2011: David Mitchell

Speaker-DMitchell.jpgDavid received an Honorary Doctorate’s Degree from Rose-Hulman in 1983.  He has been on the Board of Trustees at Rose-Hulman since 1988.  David was the Honorary Consul for the Government of Bolivia in Cincinnati for 18 years.  He joined SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) in 1997 in Cincinnati.  He is a founding member of SCORE in Terre Haute.  Among various civic organizations, he has been president of the American Association in El Salvador and president of the US Chamber of Commerce for Bolivia in Bolivia.  Currently, he is the Past President of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and is Chapter Chair of the SCORE chapter here in the Wabash Valley.


October 12, 2011: Roger Eddy

Speaker-REddy.jpgRoger Eddy has been Superintendent at Hutsonville CUSD # 1 for the last 16 years and is completing his 9th year as State Representative of the 109th District in east-central Illinois. He has been a coach, teacher, principal and now Superintendent in Illinois for the past 30 years. His committee assignments in the Illinois House include: Elementary & Secondary Education, Labor, Bio-Technology, Health Care Disparities and he is the Minority Spokesman on the Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee. He also served on and played a leading role in the House Impeachment Committee that resulted in the removal of former Governor Rod Blagojevich from office. 

September 21, 2011: Dr. Janet Clark, Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA)
Speaker-JClark.jpgTopic:  Leadership in Changing Times

Dr. Janet Clark currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  She is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and prior to her present position acted as the Chair of the Department of Sciences & Mathematics, as well as the President of the SMWC Faculty Assembly.  Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University and was a Senior Research Chemist for ExxonMobil before returning to the classroom to pursue her love of teaching.  She holds many patents and has published numerous articles for her work with hydrocarbons; is a member of the American Chemical Society; and served as the National Secretary for Iota Sigma Pi National Honorary for Women in Chemistry. 

Past PBL Leadership Webinar Recordings:

  Dr. Janet Clark                                                                  Diana Bell & Missy Rafter  

Jennifer, Intro                                                                   Amy Wardlow  

  Dr. Dennis Bialaszewski Part 1 & Part 2                     Christine Wilkey  

Darla Hopper

ISU Investment Club representees

SMWC PBL club awards & recognitions


Past PBL Officers:

2011-2012 PBL Officers


Pictured left to right:  Jennifer (Mcleish) Marietta, Diana Hernandez, Bailey Birt, Katelyn Duke, and Patti Jones.

President:                           Bailey Birt

My name is Bailey Birt. I am a senior at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and will be receiving my bachelor degree in Fine Arts with Marketing and Graphic Design minors. My career aspirations are to acquire a job where I can best use my business and creative skills. At this point, my main interests are in the advertising and marketing fields.

Vice President:                   Katelyn Duke

My name is Katelyn Duke. I am a Junior at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and I will be receiving my bachelor degree in Art and Design with an emphasis in Art and Graphic Design and a degree in Advertising.  When I graduate I intend on working somewhere where I can maintain leadership skills as well as learn knew leadership skills.  I joined PBL last year and was chosen to represent The Woods at the PBL National Conference in Orlando, Florida this past summer in Project Management.

Secretary:                           Diana Hernandez Cruz           

I was born on August 14 in Mexico and moved to the U.S. at the age of nine.  I'm a senior of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and will graduate with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Information Systems.  I serve as the secretary of PBL, and as my project, I'm in the BU490 - Virtual Team Internship.  When I graduate, I want to work in the business field, and eventually work in a financial field.

Treasurer:                           Jennifer Marietta

I am a senior here at the Woods and will be graduating this coming May with a degree in Business Administration.  I transferred to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in the fall of 2010, and I am a member of the SMWC basketball program as well as a commuter student.  My career aspirations include a challenging and fulfilling position in the competitive business world.

Public Relations:                  Patti Jones

I live in Oblong,Il. This is my senior year at SMWC as a distance student. My major is Advertising/Professional Communications minor. I joined PBL last semester and was chosen as part of the BU 490 Intenrship to present at the national conference this past summer. My hopes are to continue working in the Communications/Ad field and leadership positions.

Past Rotary Club Meetings:


February 21, 2012: Patricia Jones, Sister Denise, Tiruo Liu


February 21, 2012: Patricia Jones, Tiruo Liu, and the Rotary President


November 3, 2011: Bailey Birt, Young Leaders Speaker, Katelyn Duke, Ashley Tharpe, and Patricia Jones


October 25, 2011: Katelyn Duke and Ashley Tharpe with the Rotary President

Past Terre Haute Young Leader's Meetings:


December 1, 2011: Diana Hernandez-Cruz


November 3, 2011: Bailey Birt, Ashley Tharpe, Katelyn Duke, Patricia Jones, and Young Leaders President