"The Bucket family always thinks positive!
Write that in purple ink, Charlie. Purple ink."
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?
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!
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.
- JoDee CurtisOwner
- Caitlin AlerdingCollaborator
- Amy BoysenCollaborator
- Christine BurrowsVice President
- Linda ComerfordCollaborator
- Yasamin DahlstromCollaborator
- Jordyn DinwiddieConsultant
- Kim DinwiddieVP of Coaching & Consulting
- Heather GustafsonCollaborator
- Peggy HoganVP of Talent Services
- Sage KlingerOperations Specialist
- Denise McGonigalCollaborator
- Emily MillerDirector of Marketing
- Laura NorthConsultant
- Misty ResendezConsultant
- Stacy RuminerConsultant
- Jetta VaughnConsultant
- Diana VidaCollaborator
- Adrienne WaikelExecutive Assistant
- Susan Tinder WhiteSenior Collaborator
- Jeremy YorkVP of Talent Strategy & Success
- Timber CurtisDirector of Security
- Simba CurtisAssistant Director of Security
Maximizer | Arranger | Positivity | Strategic | Futuristic
JoDee Curtis is the Founder of Purple Ink, Powered by Purple Ink, and the ink pad and an author of four books in the JoyPowered® series. JoDee has a passion for helping organizations and individuals discover their talents and do more of what they do well through speaking and training.
Prior to founding Purple Ink in 2010, JoDee spent 21 years in public accounting as a practicing CPA and, later, as a Director of HR. JoDee also has experience as a CFO, 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 CPA, a SHRM – Senior Certified Professional, an Everything DiSC® Certified Trainer, and a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach. She is a faculty member for National SHRM, a member of the National Speakers Association, the Association for Training and Development, serves on the State Council for HR Indiana SHRM, and is co-host of The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast. JoDee was named the HR Indiana SHRM Volunteer Leader of the Year in 2019.
JoDee is a wife and mother of three humans and two labradoodles, and she loves to read and travel. She serves on the board of Forum Credit Union, is a mentor for Pass the Torch for Women and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and co-hosts the Salted Carmel podcast.
Strategic | Relator | Competition | Includer | Ideation
Caitlin is a Collaborator with Purple Ink. She is also a CliftonStrengths specialist and serves as a CliftonStrengths coach. Caitlin is passionate about discovering and helping to implement the mechanisms necessary for a team to achieve their goal or an individual to thrive in their position.
Caitlin joined the team in 2017. She previously worked as a commercial real estate appraiser for Valbridge Property Advisors, while also devoting time to one of her greatest passions – coaching. She spent two years in Philadelphia as part of Teach for America. Caitlin earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish from DePauw University, where she captained the 2007 national championship winning women’s basketball team. She earned a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Purdue University. She is a certified EQ-i 2.0 + EQ360 trainer.
Outside of work, Caitlin loves adventuring with her husband and four young children.
Communication | Relator | Woo | Achiever | Discipline
Amy is a Collaborator with Purple Ink. She is passionate about people success, results-oriented, influential, and an enthusiastic change agent.
Amy has a diverse HR background as a tactical, consultative team player and collaborator. She is a relationships expert and strategic planner. Before she joined the Purple Ink team, the majority of her career was spent in healthcare. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a certified MBTI trainer. She is a member of SHRM.
Amy is a proud wife and mother of three children, as well as a proud pet mom to Lyla, a mini Aussie Doodle. When she’s not working, she enjoys boating and beach vacations.
Woo | Communication | Connectedness | Positivity | Activator
Christine is a Vice President at Purple Ink. She has a passion for supporting HR across the country and expanding Purple Ink across the national stage.
Christine started her career as a high school history teacher and has gained experience in a variety of roles since then, including school administrator, web and video-based curriculum development for the Discovery Channel and other clients, business marketing (especially content development), and now business development and leadership for the HR industry. She graduated from Randolph-Macon College with bachelor’s degrees in Religion and Philosophy and earned a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum Development from Harvard University.
Outside of work, Christine enjoys playing tennis and pickleball, reading, walking, and lunching with friends. She is married with four adult children spread across the country, and she, her husband, and their dog Louie bi-locate between Carmel, IN and Carolina Beach, NC. She is a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Haiti Committee, Merciful Help Food Pantry, and Island Women (Carolina Beach).
Empathy | Strategic | Achiever | Woo | Communication
When Linda Comerford was asked if she’d like to become a collaborator with Purple Ink, her joyful response was to reach for a purple pen and say, “Oh, yes, sign me up!”
Linda Comerford has been training for 30 years, specializing in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Comerford Consulting workshops include Professional Writing Skills, Email Gems, Taking the “Grr” out of Grammar, Powerful Presentations, Speak Smart: Oral Grammar, and Exceeding Excellence: Personal Customer Service including Call Center coaching. Client requests led to her newest program, Communicaring, a unique series that can be customized for increased confident, competent, and compassionate communication. Her latest achievement is becoming a certified trainer and coach in EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence with life-changing results.
Linda’s academic background includes a BA degree in English, Speech, Drama, Journalism, Literacy, and Secondary Education from Valparaiso University followed by an MS degree from Indiana University in English and Journalism. Her teaching experience started in middle school followed by an adjunct faculty position in the Indiana University system. Once she started Comerford Consulting, she blended theoretic academic principles with practical experiences in the business world.
Add a great sense of humor to Linda’s savvy business sense, and her clients rave about how much they learn while enjoying themselves. Participants enjoy their learning experience while mastering information immediately transferrable from the workshop to the workplace and beyond.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, writing (no ‘rithmetic), jogging, swimming, wine tasting, volunteering at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and as well as traveling and socializing with her fantastic family.
Responsibility | Learner | Achiever | Futuristic | Positivity
Yasamin Dahlstrom is a Collaborator with Purple Ink. She is passionate about being action-oriented and determined to initiate and deliver high quality results while working with business leaders.
Before she joined the Purple Ink team, Yasamin spent over 15 years in human resources across many different industries. She is well-versed in all facets of HR, including workflow process improvement, full-cycle recruitment, payroll, benefits, HR policies, and more. Yasamin graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies, then earned a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Purdue University. She is a SHRM – Certified Professional.
Outside of work, Yasamin spends time with her husband cheering on their three kids during cross country, track and field, and swimming seasons. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools, taking family vacations, and running 5Ks and the Indy Mini-Marathon. She is a volunteer in the Pike Parent Network and serves on the board of the Swedish School of Indianapolis.
Jordyn is a Consultant with Purple Ink. She has a passion for organization, helping others live life to the fullest, skill development, and motivating others to do their best work.
Before she joined Purple Ink, Jordyn gained experience as a Human Resources Generalist recruiting for various healthcare and administrative positions, auditing to ensure compliance, creating informational employee packets, and ensuring strong communication at all levels of the organization. She attended Indiana University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Spanish. She is currently attending IUPUI pursuing her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy.
In her free time, Jordyn enjoys exercise, traveling, and trying new restaurants and bakeries with her family.
Strategic | Maximizer | Futuristic | Developer | Individualization
Kim is Purple Ink’s Vice President of Coaching and Consulting. She passionately believes in the unconquerable power of people. That each person is born with every bit of energy, know-how and opportunity to accomplish anything desired in life! Her mission is to help individuals find fulfillment by knowing who they really are, why they are here, and sharing their gifts with the world; without worry, fear, doubt or hesitation.
Kim has held and consulted in several corporate HR leadership positions in non-profit, manufacturing, healthcare, broadcast, insurance and government which provide her the opportunity to mentor up-and-coming professionals by sharing her knowledge and passion for HR and people development. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including coaching, engagement, leadership development, culture awareness and training. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of Indianapolis. Kim also holds Professional Coach Certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), Certification in Energy Leadership, Senior Professional in Human Resources and SHRM Senior Certified Professional.
Outside of work, Kim enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and mentoring young professionals.
Individualization | Achiever | Relator | Responsibility | Learner
Heather is a Collaborator with Purple Ink. She is passionate about people, compliance, and policy development.
Heather is an HR professional with 16 years of experience and has worked in a variety of different industries, including technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, and transportation. Heather has experience in many facets of HR, including employee relations, policy development, benefits administration, recruiting, and performance management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy and a pre-law concentration from Marian University. She is a SHRM-Certified Professional and a certified Professional in Human Resources
Heather has been married for almost four years and has two mischievous five-year-old cats, Hope and Stella. When she’s not at work, she enjoys reading, traveling, crafting, and exercise. She is a big sister with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
Ideation | Woo | Includer | Communication | Adaptability
Peggy is the Vice President of Talent Services at Purple Ink and a co-author of The JoyPowered™ Team. Peggy enjoys connecting the right person to the right place, whether she’s career coaching, recruiting, or working on-site with a client. She is motivated to help create positive workspaces by offering creative solutions to problems in the workplace, resulting in reduced turnover, higher employee engagement, and increased productivity.
Peggy joined the team in 2014 and has over 15 years of experience in HR. Much of her experience has been in full lifecycle recruiting with additional work as an HR generalist working on employee relations issues, training, OFCCP compliance, benefits administration, and employee engagement programs. She has worked in the banking and advertising industries, and has consulted with various nonprofits as well as clients in the consumer products, technology, finance, insurance, manufacturing, and construction industries. Peggy earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and English from The University of Michigan. She is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional, a member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches, a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, a Certified Professional Career Coach, a certified Strong Interest Inventory® interpreter, a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiter, and a member of SHRM and IndySHRM. Peggy was named the HR Indiana Professional of the Year in 2020.
Peggy volunteers on the board of the Indiana Dual Careers Network and volunteers for Dress for Success. Peggy loves playing tennis, vacationing in Michigan, tinkering with projects around the house, and spending time with friends and family.
Input | Learner | Analytical | Achiever | Intellection
Sage is an Operations Specialist at Purple Ink. While on her journey to discovering her work-related passions, she enjoys analytical thinking and ensuring all of the operational needs of organizations are met. She loves networking with new people and helping others develop an abundance-mindset to reach their business goals.
Before joining Purple Ink, Sage earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish from DePauw University. While in college, she held various customer relations positions and was a social worker intern.
In her free time, Sage loves exploring the outdoors, hanging out with her baby nephew, and taking care of her two long-haired cats, Bella and Aspen. She has volunteered at Keep Tucson Together.
Achiever | Arranger | Learner | Connectedness | Responsibility
Denise is a Collaborator with Purple Ink and co-author of The JoyPowered™ Family and The JoyPowered™ Team. With Learner in her top 5 Strengths, she is passionate about continuous learning both for herself and others.
Denise joined the team in 2016. Before that, she spent her career as a teacher and trainer; first as a high school teacher, and later in adult education. 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.
Denise has been married to her husband Joe for forty years. They have four daughters, four sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, and another on the way.
Intellection | Input | Achiever | Consistency | Learner
Emily is Purple Ink’s Director of Marketing. She enjoys being able to exercise both her creative side and her analytical side, and as a Learner, loves helping to create new services and tactics and discovering the best ways to share them with the community.
Emily joined the team in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant. She has over five years of experience helping Purple Ink and other small businesses hone and execute their marketing and branding strategies. She’s had a hand in publishing the JoyPowered series of books and produces The JoyPowered Workspace Podcast. Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, with minors in Apparel Merchandising and Spanish.
When she’s not at work, Emily loves reading, traveling, running, and being an auntie to her two nephews.
Responsibility | Arranger | Relator | Belief | Learner
Laura is an HR Consultant at Purple Ink and a co-author of The JoyPowered™ Team. She thrives for all levels of employees to understand and truly utilize their benefits to the fullest potential.
Laura joined the team in 2016. Before that, she gained over 10 years of experience in the healthcare and insurance sectors. As a Benefits Specialist, she coordinated the administration of all employee and physician benefit programs for over 800 lives. She also held a high-level claims position for United Parcel Service handling Family Medical Leave and worker’s compensation. In addition to benefits, she has experience with recruiting, onboarding, new hire training, payroll, and employee relations. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University, with a minor in business. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a SHRM-Certified Professional, and a member of SHRM.
Away from work, Laura enjoys being outdoors, traveling and staying active with her two young boys and husband.
Responsibility | Achiever | Strategic | Belief | Intellection
Misty is a consultant with Purple Ink. She is passionate about DEI and women’s leadership.
Misty has over 15 years of professional experience in human resources, business administration and leadership methodologies. She has practiced in for-profit and non-profit arenas holding both clinical and management roles, allowing her to utilize her expertise coaching and mentoring leaders to increase organizational performance. Her experience enables her to strongly grasp the interworking of people and the organization to positively affect talent acquisition, cultural diversity and inclusion, organizational change, and leadership development. Misty earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. She earned a master’s degree in Management and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Certified Administrator and an Organizational Culture Inventory (OCI) Certified Administrator. Misty is an Assistant Professor in Leadership Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University, a Board Member of Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana, and a member of SHRM, the International Leadership Association, and the Women’s Leadership Affinity Group.
Misty has three children and one grandson. She loves spending time with her grandson, watching her family play basketball, and listening to live jazz.
Belief | Developer | Futuristic | Positivity | Includer
Stacy is a Consultant with Purple Ink. She is passionate about approaching daily challenges as opportunities to provide a positive and encouraging approach when working with clients to provide innovative and practical solutions. Stacy has a special interest in employee relations, performance management, policy development, career coaching, and full life cycle recruiting and uses her strengths to connect the right person to the right opportunity.
Stacy joined the team in 2016. Before that, her primary focus was providing complete Human Resources Generalist support in matters including recruiting, employee relations, policy development, FMLA, and benefits administration. She worked in the medical device manufacturing and food manufacturing industries, managing the HR functions for a diverse customer base including Engineering, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, and Information Technology. Stacy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Movement Sports Science from Purdue University.
Stacy enjoys spending time with her family. She loves meeting new people and cheering on her kids at one of their many activities. She enjoys helping her husband at the garden at their church, where the produce is donated to local food pantries. She enjoys spending time at the lake, hiking, and exploring Indiana with family and friends.
Relator | Responsibility | Analytical | Deliberative | Learner
Jetta is a Consultant at Purple Ink. She believes in the power of truth and service and takes pride in providing innovative solutions and unwavering customer service to her clients.
Jetta brings over 10 years of experience in Grants and Contract Management, Benefit Administration and Audits, Job Analysis and Development, Recruitment and Retention, Risk Management, and HR Policy Development and execution for clients in vast industries. Jetta has created training, development and performance management solutions spanning the entire employee life cycle, from intern to C-Suite. She has also led clients through resource and succession planning and through HRIS implementations assisting with data and knowledge transfer as well as payroll administration. Her aim is to bring the “human” to Human Resources by guiding clients toward creating and sustaining impactful cultures that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jetta is a graduate of Hult International Business School with a Master’s in International Business and North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is a SHRM – Certified Professional.
Jetta is an avid volunteer with Starfish Initiative and Rebuilding Together Indianapolis, assisting with fundraising and sponsorship efforts, and has been recognized as an Indy ROSE (Recognition of Service Excellence) honoree for her philanthropy efforts in the City of Indianapolis.
Responsibility | Achiever | Discipline | Focus | Relator
Diana Vida is a Collaborator with Purple Ink. She is passionate about people – both in and outside the workplace. Her genuine care and concern for helping people achieve their best enables her to use her knowledge and skills in developing people strategies that benefit both the individual and the organization.
Progressive HR leadership is Diana’s mantra. With over 15 years of human resource experience from Fortune 500 companies, Diana’s expertise lies in helping leaders identify how human capital (people) can most effectively contribute to organizational growth and success. Her leadership roles in strategic HR and talent management have provided her the experience of leading efforts such as succession management, talent acquisition, workforce planning, performance and change management, merger and acquisition integration, and organizational development. Diana graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management. She is a SHRM – Senior Certified Professional, a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Sherpa Leadership Institute Certified Trainer, and an Achieve Global Certified Trainer.
Diana is a wife and mother to two young children. She has a strong passion for fitness and you can find her daily attending a yoga, barre, or OTF class. In the summer, you will likely find her on a tennis court, and she is even teaching her little ones the love of the game. Diana is heavily involved in her children’s schools as a volunteer and is also an active member at her church.
Developer | Empathy | Includer | Arranger | Positivity
Adrienne is an Executive Assistant at Purple Ink. She is passionate about helping others.
Before joining Purple Ink, Adrienne spent several years as an administrative assistant at one of our area schools. She has always really enjoyed administrative work. Adrienne earned a degree in business from Indiana University.
Adrienne’s family includes her husband, four kids, a very old dog, and three cats. They often foster kittens that are waiting to be big enough for spay/neuter surgery. Outside of work, Adrienne enjoys biking, cooking, walking, being outside, and spending time with her kids. She volunteers at several Humane Shelters in the area, some private rescues, and Grace Care Center.
Susan Tinder White
Woo | Significance | Individualization | Positivity | Maximizer
Susan White is the CEO of Susan Tinder White Consulting, a Senior Collaborator with Purple Ink, co-host of The JoyPowered Workspace Podcast, and co-author of The JoyPowered™ Team. Susan has a passion for identifying, developing, coaching, and retaining talent.
Susan’s experience includes 30+ years as a Senior Vice President & Human Resource Executive at JP Morgan Chase. Currently, she consults with executives in a variety of industries, government entities, and not-for-profits. She is a faculty member of SHRM. Susan is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a member of National SHRM and IndySHRM, and has been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Indianapolis. She holds an Employing Abilities @Work Certificate and a Workplace Investigations Specialty Credential, both through SHRM. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Indiana University and has completed numerous post-graduate courses.
In her free time, Susan enjoys reading, funny movies, and traveling. She is a volunteer at Newfields Indianapolis Museum of Art, is a Trustee at Christ the King Catholic Church, and serves on the United Way Human Services Professional Renewal Committee.
Strategic | Communication | Achiever | Activator | Input
Jeremy is Purple Ink’s Vice President of Talent Strategy and Success and co-author of The JoyPowered® Organization. His expertise in defining and understanding the “big picture” enables him to translate business needs into tangible solutions.
Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in human resource strategy and operations. Holding various HR leadership roles, he has worked with and advised all levels of management on critical business and people-related issues. These items include HR strategy, performance management, strategic planning, talent management and acquisition, leadership, and more. With his guidance, organizations have improved employee relations, increased performance, and developed cultures based on mutual trust and respect. Jeremy earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University and a master’s in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Jeremy is an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Organizational Leadership at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and is involved in SHRM, HR Indiana SHRM, and IndySHRM.