MEET OUR STAFF
Tammy is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement. She previously worked as assistant to the Associate Director of Gift Records, where she was responsible for processing and recording all gifts made to the university. Before joining the AU team, she worked 18 years as an Administrative Assistant within the student loan industry.
Tammy Badger has been working at AU since 2008.
In June of 2017, Brent Baker returned to his alma mater, Anderson University, as Development Officer for major gifts. Brent previously served as Vice President for Student Affairs/Student Life at AU from 2001-2016. Brent received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from AU, a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education from Indiana State University. Brent’s career in higher education has spanned over 30 years and in addition to Anderson University he has worked previously at Taylor University, Colorado Christian University, and Georgetown College.
Brent has a long family history and tradition at Anderson University. His mother and father (Sandy and HL) met at AU as students and HL spent his whole professional career working at Anderson. Brent graduated in 1985 and he and his wife Allyson’s three sons have or are currently attending AU. Brent has a love for the University and its impact on students’ lives through many generations. His primary role is to connect donors who share a passion for AU with meaningful giving opportunities.
Elyse came to Anderson University with managerial experience in addition to having successfully run her own business for eleven years. She works to promote Annual Giving initiatives which support many areas of the university, but most importantly provide necessary funds for student financial aid.
In addition, her efforts serve to strengthen relations with alumni, donors, parents, students, and other constituents to further the work of the university. As an AU alumnus, Elyse has a strong commitment to raising annual support and facilitating programs which bring others alongside the university as partners in supporting the mission of AU.
Elyse Cromer has been at Anderson University since 2006.
Missy is the Associate Director of Data Management and Donor Research. She has her BS in nursing and worked for 17 years in the oncology field. She then worked for over 11 ½ years for a Christian non-profit in the volunteer coordinator role at first, moving to the gift processing, donor relations, development, and communications roles. Her passion for serving others and God has been a common thread in her various positions. She and her husband live in Muncie and have two sons. The oldest graduated from AU in 2019.
In October of 2016, Jen Hunt returned to her alma mater, Anderson University, as Director of Development. Since September 2017, Jen has served in the role of Vice President of Advancement.
Jen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from AU and her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Her career in development began in 2000, when she joined Deaconess Hospital Foundation in Evansville, Indiana as the Annual and Planned Giving Officer. Prior to coming to AU, she served as the Director of Development and Communications for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention in Indianapolis for more than 10 years.
A native of Indianapolis, Jen lives on the northeast side of Indy with her husband, Steve, and their two daughters, Abby and Cassie.
Her passion for Anderson University stems from the positive academic and spiritual foundation she received while a student here. She is excited about the opportunity to provide those same kinds of experiences for students today. Her primary role is to connect donors who share a passion for AU with meaningful giving opportunities.
Jen has been at Anderson University since 2016.
Vice President for Advancement
Linda Imel currently serves as a Development Officer, working closely with donors to help them connect their passion for AU with meaningful giving opportunities. Linda has been involved in various capacities at Anderson University since 2008.
As a student, she earned her Bachelor of Organizational Leadership and Master of Business Administration degrees through the Department of Adult Studies and Falls School of Business. Linda also worked with the Department of Adult Studies as an adjunct professor where she gained a deep appreciation for the mission of AU and the impact it has on the lives of all students.
Linda Imel has been working at AU since 2013.
Allison Ludwig is the project manager for Anderson University’s Office of Advancement. She coordinates with members of the Advancement, Alumni, Development, and Annual Giving staff on events, communications, and projects for AU donors and alumni.
Allison graduated from AU in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations. After graduation, she began working for a local nonprofit healthcare agency as the community outreach and marketing coordinator. There she planned and coordinated events, created marketing material, wrote for the company’s blog and social media pages, and built community relations.
Allison has been with Anderson University since 2018.
Brian Martin is a development officer for Anderson University. He earned his bachelor's degree in Bible and religion and has been serving as a minister with the church in Anderson since 1992. He is married to his best friend, with whom he has 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). He has been serving God at AU since 2014 when he began working as an admissions counselor focused on the School of Theology.
His focus is on connecting donors with meaningful opportunities that enrich the university community.
Trent Palmer is the Director of Alumni Relations at Anderson University. Trent earned his BA in Physical Education and Health at Anderson University and an MS in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University.
Trent began his career at AU as the Resident Director of Smith Hall in 2007. He continued as a Resident Director for the apartments after his 4-year stint in Smith Hall. Palmer also previously served as the Director of Student Engagement, where he oversaw the Campus Activities Board, Intramurals and Social/Service Clubs. In 2019, Palmer became the Director of Young Alumni Engagement and in March of 2020, took over as Director of Alumni Relations. Trent is also the public address announcer for Anderson University men’s basketball games.
Trent is married to Becca (Pruett ’07) Palmer and has two children, Mae and Bly.
Trent has faithfully served at Anderson University since 2007.
Jennifer is responsible for receipting and recording all gifts made to the university. She also manages the university's employer-matching gifts. Jennifer joined the AU staff in 1978 and has been working in Advancement and gift records since 1981. She is very knowledgeable about all aspects of gift management and the advancement area's database system.
Jennifer Steiner has been at Anderson University since 1978.
Associate Director for Gift Records
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