Mechelle Bakula

Associate Director, Employer Relations

Mechelle grew up in the Chicagoland area and is an avid sports fan of all Chicago teams.  She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Columbia College Chicago with aspirations of being a news writer. Upon graduation, Mechelle landed a job with a F500 company and she never looked back.  She would go on to spend more than fifteen years of her professional career in various HR roles with the majority of that time spent in Talent Acquisition and management.

Mechelle’s involvement with students and young adults coupled with her passion for career education and coaching were the impetus for her writing a new chapter in her career.  She returned to school and received a Master’s in Organizational Leadership with a major in Higher Education from Lewis University.  Mechelle joined Indiana University in 2016.

Outside of work, Mechelle enjoys volunteering with organizations that provide services in underserved communities.  On any given Saturday, you can find her bargain shopping, taking on renovation projects or catching up on TED Talks.