Administration
Mark LaBarbera
Director of Athletics
Kris Sanders
Administrative Assistant for Athletics
Kim Smith
Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator
John Kuka
Associate Director of Athletics
Dr. Shannon Yates
Associate Director of Athletics for Event Management
Erik Weiler
Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities
Anne VanKeppel
Associate Director of Athletics for Corporate Partnerships
Rin Seibert
Director of Recreational Sports/Associate Director of Athletics
Candy Jessen
Assistant Director of Athletics for Business Services
Melissa Van Dygriff
Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Services
Phil George
Associate Director of Digital Media for Athletics
Lexi Nichols
Assistant Director of Marketing for Athletics
Ron Blatz
Broadcast & Streaming Manager
Erica Fedornock
Athletic Ticket Operations Manager
Ben Boggs
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Renee' Turpa
Group Sales Ticket Coordinator
Jamie Anthony
Compliance Coordinator
Merel Nelson
Operations Coordinator
Lissa Yogan
Faculty Athletics Representative
Full List
Candy Jessen

Candy Jessen

Assistant Director of Athletics for Business Services

Phone (219) 464-5242
Email Candy.Jessen@valpo.edu

A fixture in Valpo Athletics since 1998, Candy Jessen was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics for Business Services in September 2017. Jessen previously served as the department’s administrative assistant (2003-2017), recruiting secretary (2001-2003) and football administrative assistant.

In her role, Jessen provides thoughtful management of the department’s financial resources and oversees the department’s budget. She has deep knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, expertise in the administrative and financial processes of the University and a strong commitment to the mission of the Valparaiso University Athletic Department.