As the faculty offices coordinator, Diane Wetzold helps keep the hive of the 4th floor buzzing. Learn more about the new grandmother and what brought her to Indy from Queens, NY 20 years ago.
Q: How long have you been at Kelley?
Diane: It was six years in August. Before that, I worked for 15 years in the elementary school my three daughters attended. It was a great set up for a mom – I was off work when they were and I worked in the office and served as the treasurer.
Q: How did you get into your first role in education?
Diane: My husband’s job relocated our family to Indianapolis from New York in 1997. It was fall time in Indiana so it was rainy and gloomy and I missed my family and friends. Someone suggested that I volunteer in the elementary school. I went one day and ended up volunteering for a year and a half, after which they hired me.
Q: What were some of the biggest differences moving here?
Diane: New York is crowded and always busy. Indiana is much less so. I’d never visited Indiana before moving here, but it turned out to be a great place to live and raise our three daughters.
Q: What do you do at Kelley?
Diane: I recently transitioned from faculty secretary to office coordinator and have a great team here. We support the faculty in something as simple as making copies all the way to setting up exams and quizzes. We are the liaisons to students – helping them to set up meetings with faculty or resolve issues.
There are four of us on the team and everyone gets along really well. Associate Dean Phil Powell referred to our area as the “sanctuary.” We like to say what happens in 4033 stays in 4033 because it’s nice for faculty and staff to come in and share with us the good and the bad of their work. It’s nice our colleagues feel comfortable spending time with us and letting us help.
Q: What do you like about your job?
Diane: My officemates. I couldn’t do what I do without them and we all pitch in for each other. I think it reflects in our work and the faculty’s comfort level with us. It’s a little bit more than just “Hello, how are you?” up here; we enjoy hearing about everyone’s families and where they went on vacation. We sit here eight hours a day together - it helps that it’s not a regimented environment.
Q: How do you spend your time outside of work?
Diane: Mostly with my family. My husband, Ray, travels a lot for work so when he’s home, we enjoy spending time together.
On October 25, we became grandparents for the first time. My daughter, Danielle gave birth to Evelyn Patricia. We recently moved to Fishers to “right size” our home and we now live only 3.7 miles away from our new granddaughter.
We enjoy spending time with all of our daughters: our middle child, Megan, is an RN going for her NP, and Erin, the youngest, is finishing up nursing school in May at IU Kokomo.