Jarvis Purnell is a true Huskie at heart, having received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Technology, as well as his Masters of Science degree in Adult & Higher Education, from Northern Illinois University. Jarvis is concurrently serving as Director of Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services. Outside of work, Jarvis enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active by playing sports, and volunteering locally within his community. As an alumnus of NIU, Jarvis says he hopes new, current, and future Huskies “take an active approach in designing their future by seeing every new experience as an opportunity to teach and learn. This can help leave a lasting impact and legacy on NIU’s campus and the world beyond.”
Bridget, who is originally from F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming, acts as the Assistant Director of Military Student Services. Bridget graduated as a military student from NIU with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics. Throughout her undergraduate studies at NIU, Bridget worked as a military benefit counselor for MSS and also served (and continues to serve) in the Illinois Air National Guard as an Aircraft Fuel System Specialist. Bridget works to ease the transition for veterans into college and to support and advocate for veterans, military members, and their families. She enjoys organizing social, academic, and career-focused events for the veteran and military population attending NIU and within the NIU community.
Assistant Director, Educational Benefits
Michael is originally from Hanover Park, Illinois, and is currently serving in the role of Assistant Director of Educational Benefits for Military Student Services. Michael originally attended Elgin Community College and transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Michael started working in Higher Education in 2005; he was responsible for helping students find funding for school and for processing military benefits and financial aid. Besides helping students reach their goal of graduation, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and 2-year-old daughter.
Assistant Director, Counseling Services
Sheryl Frye is currently the Assistant Director of Counseling for Military Student Services at Northern Illinois University. She provides case management and academic support services for veterans and military students. Ms. Frye has 15 years’ social work practice experience. Her clinical experiences include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, couples counseling, Dialectical Behavior therapy, play therapy, drama therapy, recreational therapy, and crisis intervention. She has practiced in university counseling centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, and community agencies. Sheryl’s clinical areas of interest include PTSD, mind/body health, anxiety, and depression. In addition to her Master's degree in social work, she has a Master of Science degree in kinesiology and recreation from Illinois State University. Ms. Frye is currently pursuing her doctorate in adult and higher education at Northern Illinois University.