"The Bucket family always thinks positive!
Write that in purple ink, Charlie. Purple ink."

- Grandpa Joe, Willy Wonka, Jr.

Can our work be joyful?

Employees who feel positive about their company spread the joy around, which improves teamwork, leverages internal resources, and bolsters creativity and innovation. They’re more resilient through negative events, and they attract more enthusiastic labor and increasing loyalty. What’s not to love?


Processes with Heart

People have simple needs. They want challenge, stability, progress, appreciation, recognition, safety, and confidence in leadership. These things aren’t magic…they can happen in your organization if you put processes and procedures in place that are focused around bringing joy to the workplace. Lucky for you, we know how to create those processes!

Creative Solutions

Small things matter. That’s why we don’t have a menu of one-size-fits-all HR services. Whether you’re looking for recruiting assistance, compliance help, or employee training, we listen to what you need and tailor our solutions to your company. What we won’t change? Our JoyPowered™ approach.

Our Team

JoDee Curtis, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPA

Owner
Maximizer | Arranger | Positivity | Strategic | Futuristic

JoDee Curtis, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPA

Owner

JoDee Curtis is the founder of Purple Ink and author of JoyPowered™: Intentionally Creating an Inspired Workspace.  JoyPowered™ helps organizations and individuals understand how to structure their relationships and environments to focus on their strengths, bringing out the best in others and themselves. Most people settle for a tolerable workplace, but JoDee challenges you to help make yourself and your workspace JoyPowered™! It starts with you, and with understanding your strengths!

Prior to founding Purple Ink in 2010, JoDee spent 21 years in public accounting as a practicing CPA and as a Director of HR. JoDee also has experience as a CFO and controller thereby bringing a unique financial and overall business approach. JoDee obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Evansville. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a SHRM - Senior Certified Professional, and a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach.  She is a faculty member for National SHRM.

JoDee serves on the State Council for Indiana SHRM, is Chair of the Strategic planning committee and Strengths ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, serves on the board of The O’Connor House, is a member of IndySHRM, and serves on the fine arts, finance, and compensation committees for Guerin Catholic High School.  JoDee was previously named the IndySHRM Professional of the Year.

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Catherine Schmidt, SHRM-CP, PHR

Director of Client Services
Ideation | Deliberative | Intellection | Input | Restorative

Catherine Schmidt, SHRM-CP, PHR

Director of Client Services

Catherine brings nearly a decade of experience managing various HR functions, including recruiting, creating training programs, compliance, performance development initiatives, and providing career consulting to individuals at all levels. Her previous experience includes a combined HR and social work background, and for many years she has provided coaching and training on achieving successful career searches and enhancing employee or team development. She services the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

Catherine earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Michigan State University. She is a Predictive Index Analyst and certified Strong Interest Inventory interpreter. She is a member of SHRM and has served on the board of IndySHRM as the Director of Workforce Readiness.

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Emily Miller

Marketing Manager
Intellection | Input | Achiever | Consistency | Learner

Emily Miller

Marketing Manager
Emily oversees Purple Ink's marketing strategy. She manages all company social media accounts, maintains the Purple Ink blog, designs print materials, and more. She loves being able to exercise her creativity while tapping into her more analytical side.
 
Emily graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and minors in Apparel Merchandising and Spanish. 
 
 

Peggy Hogan, SHRM-SCP

Consultant
Ideation | Woo | Includer | Communication | Adaptability

Peggy Hogan, SHRM-SCP

Consultant

Peggy Hogan joined Purple Ink in 2014 as an HR Consultant. As an HR professional with over 15 years of experience, her primary focus has been on full lifecycle recruiting with additional experience as an HR generalist working on employee relations issues, training, OFCCP compliance, benefits administration and employee engagement programs. Peggy started her career on the corporate side, working in the banking and advertising industries, managing college recruiting programs, recruiting for all professional level positions, as well as sourcing nationally for executive positions. As a consultant, Peggy has worked with various not-for-profits as well as clients in the finance, Insurance, manufacturing, construction and travel industries.

With a special interest in talent acquisition and retention, Peggy enjoys connecting the right person to the right place, developing effective onboarding programs, increasing employee engagement and reducing turnover.

Promoting and embodying Purple Ink’s core characteristics of Positivity, Flexibility and Creativity, Peggy helps resolve client challenges with innovative and practical solutions. Whether it’s recruiting, training or consulting, Peggy builds rapport with other HR professionals and business executives by maintaining a true interest in their success.

Peggy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and English from The University of Michigan. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, a member of SHRM, IndySHRM, volunteers for Dress for Success, is a leader in the Strengths ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and is a Strengths coach.

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Laura North, SHRM-CP, PHR

Consultant
Responsibility | Arranger | Relator | Belief | Learner

Laura North, SHRM-CP, PHR

Consultant
Laura has over 10 years of HR experience. As a Benefits Specialist, she coordinated the administration of all employee and physician benefit programs for over 800 lives. Serving as the liaison with outside insurance carriers and providers, Laura negotiated contracts and resolved complex claim issues. She thrives for all levels of employees to understand and truly utilize their benefits to the fullest potential.

Previously, Laura held a high level claims position for United Parcel Service handling Family Medical Leave and worker's compensation. She also has experience with recruiting, onboarding, new hire training, payroll, and employee relations. Through her passion for wellness, employee engagement, and retention, she chaired her former company's Corporate Challenge event. Laura received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from Indiana University. She is a SHRM member.
 

Denise McGonigal, MA

Corporate Trainer
Achiever | Arranger | Learner | Connectedness | Responsibility

Denise McGonigal, MA

Corporate Trainer
Denise joined Purple Ink in 2016 as a corporate trainer. Denise has spent her career as a teacher and trainer; first as a high school teacher, and later in adult education. As an educator/trainer with almost 30 years of experience, Denise’s primary focus is on StrengthsFinder training and coaching.

With Learner in her top 5 Strengths, Denise is passionate about continuous learning both for herself and others. She spent 22 years as the Adult Faith Formation Director at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, where she designed and led individual learning, group studies, retreats, and workshops, and even wrote a nationally published bible study series.

Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and Literature from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, also in Philadelphia. She is a leader in the Strengths ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, as well as a Strengths coach, and has volunteered and worked in Marriage Prep and Marriage Enrichment ministries in the Church for over 35 years.
 

Stacy Ruminer

Consultant
Belief | Developer | Futuristic | Positivity | Includer

Stacy Ruminer

Consultant

Stacy Ruminer joined Purple Ink in 2016 as an HR Consultant. As an HR professional with over 15 years of experience, Stacy’s primary focus has been providing complete Human Resources Generalist support in matters including recruiting, employee relations, policy development, FMLA, and benefits administration.  Stacy worked in the medical device manufacturing and food manufacturing industries, managing the Human Resources functions for a diverse customer base including Engineering, Quality, Regulatory Affairs and Information Technology.

Promoting and embodying Purple Ink’s core characteristics of Positivity, Flexibility and Creativity, Stacy is passionate about approaching daily challenges as opportunities to provide a positive compassionate and encouraging approach when working with clients to provide innovative and practical solutions. 

Stacy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Movement Sports Science from Purdue University.  Stacy can often be found cheering on one of her sons’ at their many activities, or their school sharing Team Building exercises with the students.

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Terri Shea

Consultant
Harmony | Positivity | Woo | Responsibility | Includer

Terri Shea

Consultant

Terri Shea joined Purple Ink in 2016.  Terri previously worked as an HR Generalist with Sallie Mae for several years.  Her experience includes recruiting, employee relations, training and benefits. Terri received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Purdue University. 

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Caitlin Alerding, MS

Project Manager
Strategic | Relator | Competition | Includer | Ideation

Caitlin Alerding, MS

Project Manager

Caitlin Alerding joined Purple Ink in 2017 as a Project Manager. She previously worked as a commercial real estate appraiser for Valbridge Property Advisors, while also devoting time to one of her greatest passions - coaching. With a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Caitlin finds great joy in discovering and implementing the mechanisms necessary for a group of people to achieve their goal, and loves cheering them on along the way.

In her role as Project Manager, Caitlin will help manage existing office projects, explore new opportunities for Purple Ink, create systems for maximizing the team’s efficiency, and, as Purple Ink continues to grow, help adjust the game plan to ensure success for our clients.

Caitlin earned Bachelor of the Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from DePauw University, where she also captained the 2007 national championship winning women’s basketball team. After two years in Philadelphia as part of Teach for America, she earned her masters at Purdue University. Having coached girls high school basketball locally, she now focuses her coaching on her three boys under the age of three.

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Kira Witt

HR Coordinator
Discipline | Achiever | Developer | Maximizer | Responsibility

Kira Witt

HR Coordinator
Kira Witt is a recent college graduate who is passionate about people, family-oriented, and dependable. She joined the Purple Ink team in 2017 filling the role of HR Coordinator. In college, Kira was part of residence life as a Resident Assistant (RA) for 2 years and as an Assistant Resident Director (ARD) for her senior year. She loves getting to know new people and hear their stories and needs.
 
Kira graduated from Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership.
 

Susan Tinder White, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Collaborator
Woo | Significance | Individualization | Positivity | Maximizer

Susan Tinder White, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Collaborator

Susan has established a reputation for identifying, developing, coaching, and retaining talent. Her experience includes over 30 years as a Senior Vice President & Human Resource Executive at JP Morgan Chase. Susan offers knowledge across business disciplines, insights into team dynamics, and experience in problem solving that enhances clients' leadership effectiveness. She is a faculty member of SHRM, serves as a Senior Career Consultant with international outplacement and career coaching firms, and works directly with clients to solve complex human resource issues. Susan is a frequent contributor to the Inside Indiana Business e-newsletter.

Susan earned a B.S. in Business from Indiana University and has completed numerous post-graduate courses. She has been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Indianapolis. Susan is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Business Leadership Network, Trustee and Finance Committee Member for Christ the King Parish, member of National SHRM and IndySHRM, and serves on the United Way Human Services Professional Renewal Committee.

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Timber Curtis

Director of Security

Timber Curtis

Director of Security

Simba Curtis

Assistant Director of Security

Simba Curtis

Assistant Director of Security

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