Patricia (Trish) Sipes began her tenure in IPIA as Secretary in 2008 and has progressively taken on more responsibility. She has been Program Assistant since 2013 for programs largely related to Afghanistan, Egypt and Pakistan, but also includes projects in Africa, Peru and South America. She provides day-to-day logistical support and assistance of these projects; including facilitating the arrival of short-term and long-term visiting scholars, coordination of third-country training events, quarterly reporting, communicating with various US and international collaborating institutions, and planning and scheduling travel. Trish serves as resource for information to the faculty, staff, students and general public. Trish holds a BS at Purdue University in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in International Leadership.