Old Masters Central Committee


Directing serves as the primary means of communication between Purdue University and the Old Master’s Program. Directing oversees and approves the planning and financing of all program events, manage timelines of the other co-chair pairs on the central committee and ensure that all preparations for the 2017 program are progressing as necessary. Clay and Katie also coordinate the selection of the Old Masters and extend invitations to all candidates.

Clay Jarzombek

Clay is a senior pursuing his Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Clay is originally from Oklahoma City, so he is the first in his family to attend Purdue University. He is an active member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he is a member of the founding class of the fraternity and has served on the executive board and in many different chair positions. Clay enjoys serving the community as well, and has volunteered regularly for Habitat for Humanity and UnitedWay, as well as participating in large community service events hosted by university organizations.

During his free time, Clay enjoys playing intramural sports, primarily football and handball, as well as cooking, and spending time outdoors. Clay will be interning with Siemens in Atlanta, Georgia this summer. In the future, he hopes to pursue graduate studies in the field of mechanical engineering and eventually teach at the collegiate level. Clay is beyond excited to serve on this year’s Old Masters Central Committee and is looking forward to being able to focus his passion for Purdue University on working with the Central Committee to make the 2017 program unforgettable.

Katie Zlajic

Katie Zlajic is currently a senior in the Brian Lamb School of Communication pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision and a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is from Chesterton, IN; although she spends a majority of her time in Chicago. Immediately upon visiting Purdue’s campus, Katie knew this was the place for her…instantly wanting to get involved in any ways she could. Aside from Directing for Old Masters, she serves as an Ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts, was an Student Orientation Team Leader, Member of the PRSSA, Women in Communications, College Mentors for Kids volunteer and President of her sorority.

Katie is a city girl at heart who enjoys spending as much time as she can in Chicago when away from Purdue. In her free time she loves exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, spending time with family and friends, beach days and all things fashion. In the future, Katie hopes to pursue a career as a Public Relations specialist in a global communications/marketing firm. Although her heart will forever be in Chicago, she hopes to branch out and follow her dream of moving to New York City or Seattle. As she gains more experience she would love to eventually pursue a Master’s degree furthering develop her skills in PR and Corporate Affairs. She is so incredibly honored to serve as the Directing Co-Chair for the 2017 program and is excited to see how the programs grows this upcoming year. 

Day Scheduling

Day Scheduling creates and oversees schedules for the Old Masters during the program. Day Scheduling’s goal is to facilitate effective interactions between the Old Masters and the student body in the form of events such as classroom talks, student panels, and meetings with student organizations. Kai and Michael are very excited to plan Day events for the 2017 program!

Kai Strubel

Kai is a junior in the College of Engineering pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Economics. He grew up in Noblesville, IN, and is a third generation Boilermaker. In addition to his involvement with the Old Masters program, Kai develops code for Purdue Electric Racing, was a Host for the first Rising Professionals program, and serves as an ambassador for the College of Engineering and the Honors College.

Outside of his involvements, Kai has spent a lot of time traveling with his family, which developed a passion for travel and learning cultures that has translated tremendously into his current life and aspirations. Being outdoors, whether he is hiking, skiing, or mountain biking, is where he is most content. Kai is proud to continue on the tradition with Old Masters and excited to see what the 2017 program will bring.

Michael Fouch

Michael is a second year graduate student pursuing his Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management. Born and raised in Indiana, Michael is the proud to have graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Purdue, with minors in Biology, Spanish, and a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has a great passion for Purdue University, and giving back to the community. During Michael’s time at Purdue he has been involved in Purdue’s New Student Orientation Program as a Team Leader, Team Supervisor, and Student Orientation Committee member. In addition to his involvement with Old Masters, he has served on the executive board for Purdue University Dance Marathon in charge of new student outreach, as Vice President of Recruitment and Outreach for Purdue Foundation Student Board, and as President of the Society for Human Resource Management at Purdue. Furthermore, he has worked with Purdue University Residences as a Resident Assistant, and with Purdue Conference division as a Conference Coordinator for Summer Conferences.

Michael enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, reading, and drinking tea and coffee. He has loved his time working as a barista at the local Greyhouse Coffee shop for the past year, and loves visiting and traveling to different coffee houses across the world. Michael also has a strong love of photography, and enjoys taking photos of nature and the outdoors, especially when traveling. This upcoming summer, Michael will be working in General Electric’s Human Resource Leadership Program within the GE Digital business in San Ramon, California. He is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be apart of the Old Masters Organization, and to learn and grow with the rest of the Central Committee throughout the year.


Evening is responsible for the events taking place on the Monday evening of the program. They plan “An Evening with the Old Masters” and coordinate “Dining with the Dignitaries”. An Evening with the Old Masters gives the general community the opportunity to hear from Old Masters’ outstanding group of distinguished alums, and Dining with the Dignitaries allows student leaders to dine with the alums and other campus officials. Jacob and Claire are excited to plan their large-scale events for the 2017 program!

Jacob Crain

Jacob is a seniors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Engineering.  He is the first in his family to attend Purdue and grew up in O’Fallon, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis.  In addition to being involved in the Old Masters Program, Jacob is a part of the Purdue Rising Professionals Program, has served on the Residence Hall Association, and has worked as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant at Purdue.  He has also spent 7 months doing undergraduate research at Purdue observing the chemical interactions between crude oil and surfactant-polymer solutions.  To demonstrate his passion for conservation and sustainability, he volunteers for the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.

Despite being a first generation Boilermaker, Jacob is an avid fan of Purdue Sports.  Being from St. Louis, he also loves cheering on the Cardinals and the Blues.  In his free time, he enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, golfing, fishing, or even just sitting beside a campfire.  Jacob is incredibly honored to be a part of the Old Masters Central Committee, and he can’t wait to see the program unfold in November.

Claire Lee

Claire Lee is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts pursuing a degree in Political Science and Economics with a minor in Management and Certificate in Public Policy. She grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a proud third generation Boilermaker. In addition to being involved with Old Masters, Claire is heavily involved in campus leadership. She currently serves as Vice President of Philanthropy and Stewardship for Purdue Foundation Student Board, Secretary of Mortar Board Senior Honorary, College of Liberal Arts Representative to the Honors Leadership Council, Honors Ambassador, Liberal Arts Dean’s Ambassador, a mentor to first-year Honors Students, and previously was the Scheduling Chair on the 2016 Rising Professionals Central Committee. Claire is also honored to be on the 2017 Homecoming Court.

In her free time, Claire loves to sew, travel, and spend time with her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and friends. Claire pursued her love of travel and has studied abroad twice, spending a Maymester in Venice, Italy and spring break in London studying Harry Potter Culture. In the future, she hopes to further her education by going to law school, hoping to focus on corporate law. Claire is excited to work with the rest of the Old Masters Central Committee and is looking forward to the 2017 Old Masters Program!

Host Coordinators

The Host Coordinators are responsible for bringing 50 fantastic hosts into the program. The Old Masters Hosts are outstanding student leaders assigned to one of the Old Masters to facilitate their visit to campus for the program. The Host Coordinators run the Host Selection Process as well as Host Meetings leading up to the program. Lawson and Allie are very excited to select and train the 2017 Old Masters Hosts!

Lawson Drury

Lawson Drury is a senior studying Supply Chain Management, Information and Analytics in the Krannert School of Management. He was born in the suburbs of Chicago and is also the first to attend Purdue University from his family. In his four years at Purdue University, Lawson has striven to become involved on campus as well as in his industry of choice. On campus, Lawson is an active member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity where he has taken on many leaderships positions. As well, he has been a Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader which helps new students transitions into Purdue. He now serves as a Boiler Gold Rush Team Supervisor which mentors and trains the Team Leaders of the next program. Additionally, Lawson has taken on multiple internships in industry which include The J.M. Smucker Company, BMW Manufacturing and Amazon.com.

Growing up in Chicago, Lawson was a die-hard Blackhawks, Bears and White Sox fan. During the summers he can be found on the range practicing his golf game and in the winter he enjoys skiing. He has been on the Purdue Ski and Snowboard trip multiple times to Colorado and survived the 25-hour bus ride each time. Furthermore, Lawson likes to stay active in the Greater Chicago Food Depository where he has been volunteering since Middle School.  Lawson wants to spend his last year at Purdue by creating many lifelong friendships and making an impact on Purdue’s campus for generations to come.  

Allie Abney

Allie is a senior in the College of Agriculture pursing a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Marketing and Agricultural Communications and is working towards a certificate in Leadership Development. She grew up in Bargersville, Indiana on her family’s farm. In addition to her passion for Old Masters, she is an active member of Delta Gamma, where she serves on the Honor Board and as the Anchor Splash Chair, she is a teaching assistant for AGEC 331, a grader for AGEC 330, and a College of Agriculture Ambassador. She is a member of the Ag Week Task Force and recently completed her term on the Purdue Agriculture Council. While at Purdue Allie has had the opportunity to spend spring break and St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland in addition to spending a semester studying in Venice, Italy. Allie has grown tremendously through these experiences.

She loves spending time with her family and friends, photography, blogging, and traveling the world. When she isn’t busy, you can find her enjoying a good book with a cup of coffee. This summer Allie interned for Hormel Foods at their Global Headquarters within their marketing department. After graduation, Allie is excited to work for Hormel Foods as a Foodservice Sales Representative in Denver, Colorado. Allie is excited to be a part of the 2017 Old Masters Central Committee and cannot wait to contribute to the success of the Old Masters tradition.

Program Arrangements

Program Arrangements is responsible for organizing details of the 3-day program including reserving locations, catering, and photography. Program arrangements is also responsible for the first day of the program as well as creating the 101 packet, which introduces the Old Masters to the program and its objectives each spring. Virginia and Nate also order apparel and make all of the Old Masters program buttons!

Virginia Deig

Virginia is a junior in the Krannert School of Management studying Finance and Management. She is a Presidential Scholar from Evansville, Indiana and grew up with a family of Boilermakers. Virginia interned with MetroNet Inc. following her freshman year and will be participating in the Financial Management Internship program with General Electric Healthcare this summer. In addition to the Old Masters Program, Virginia is involved in numerous organizations around campus.

Virginia is a member of Delta Gamma sorority where she currently holds the position of Vice President of Membership. Additionally, she is an Ambassador for the Krannert School of Management where she provides tours and sits on information panels for prospective students. She also participates in various service projects at University Lutheran Church. Virginia enjoys designing and making her own clothes, playing the violin, and attending Purdue football and basketball games. She is very humbled to be a part of the 2017 Old Masters Central Committee and is looking forward to another successful program!

Nate Graber

Nate is currently a senior pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a minor in Construction Management. Having grown up in Palatine, Illinois Nate is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys cheering on the home team with his mom, dad, and younger brother. In addition to his involvement with Old Masters, Nate has held positions in Purdue Student Government, Purdue University Dance Marathon, and College Mentors for Kids. Nate is also an active member of the Delta Delta chapter of Sigma Chi and has held a number of positions including Annotator, Recruitment Chairman, and Vice President. He also serves as the fraternity’s Grand Prix Chairman, helping to prepare two high performance go-karts for the 60th running of the Purdue Grand Prix.

Outside of his involvement at Purdue, Nate enjoys going on hikes, skiing, scuba diving, and fishing with his dad. Along with this, Nate loves to volunteer and give back to the community whenever possible. After graduating, Nate hopes to pursue a fast-paced and challenging career that provides him with the opportunity to both grow himself and help those around him. As a first generation Boilermaker, Nate relishes all aspects of Purdue life and is thrilled to see what the 2017 Old Masters program has in store!


Publicity is responsible for raising awareness for the Old Masters program across campus, publicizing the large-scale events and are in charge of the Old Masters Promotional Officers (OMPOs). With the Promotional Officers, Publicity visits student organizations, housing units and student leaders to showcase Old Masters, one of Purdue’s oldest and oldest of traditions. Maggie and Arman are excited and committed to reaching more students than ever before for the 2017 program!

Maggie Robinson

Maggie is currently a senior in the Krannert School of Management pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Management & Marketing with a concentration in Finance. She grew up in Crown Point, IN, and is the first in her family to become a Boilermaker. Beginning her time here at Purdue, she knew she wanted to get involved and make an impact. In addition to her passion for Old Masters, she once served as the Vice President and currently serves as the Treasurer of the School of Management Employers Forum, and is an active member of the Chi Omega Fraternity. In the past, she was a part of the Purdue Student Orientation Program as a team leader, and showed her immense passion for pediatric cancer by working on Purdue’s Love Your Melon campus crew, and helping raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation by previously holding the role of Internal Philanthropy Chairman for her sorority.

Maggie is an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and enjoys making the trip up to Wrigley Field as much as she can. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, traveling, spending time with friends and family, being outside. She recently took up a love for serving abroad and learning new cultures on a recent mission trip to Kenya. This past summer she served as a marketing intern for Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis, IN. In the future, Maggie hopes to pursue a career that makes her step outside her comfort zone and continues to inspire her everyday. Additionally, she hopes to go back to school to obtain her MBA. Maggie feels so blessed to be a part of the Old Master’s organization, and grow alongside this year’s Central Committee.

Arman Kavalekar

Arman is a senior pursuing his Bachelor’s degrees in Economics (B.S.) and Political Science (B.A.) with concentrations in Analytical Consulting and Marketing. Having been born and brought up in Kuwait, Arman is the first in his family to attend Purdue University. He has found tremendous joy in sharing his passion for Purdue and Old Masters in particular. In the three years of Arman’s time on campus he has been involved in the New Student Orientation Program as a Team Leader and Supervisor for new domestic and international students. In addition to his involvement with Old Masters, he is currently an active member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, in which he used to serve as a justice on the chapters’ Judicial Board. Furthermore, he works with Purdue University Residences as a tour guide.

Arman enjoys camping, biking and playing soccer. He has always been a fan of Chelsea FC; a soccer club based in London, England. However, Arman has slowly grown to understand football and supports the Chicago Bears. Arman is always open to new experiences and is very fond of travelling. He has traveled to a total of 23 countries, with his most memorable places being the ancient city of Petra in Jordan and the United Nations Human Rights Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Arman is very passionate about community service and philanthropic opportunities and enjoys giving back to the community around him as much as he possibly can. He is truly inspired by the rest of his peers on the Central Committee and is excited to see what OMCC 2017 can do for the program.

PDF of Former OMCC Members