Center for Faith and Vocation

Advisory Board

Fr. Thomas Baima

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School of Theology, University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary

Areas of expertise: Ecumenical and interreligious affairs, Higher education administration, Catholic systematic theology, nonprofit management.

Fr. Thomas Baima

The Reverend Thomas A. Baima is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.  He is the former ecumenical officer of the Archdiocese of Chicago and former President of the Illinois Conference of Churches.  He is internationally known for his work with the Parliament of the World's Religions.  His most recent ecumenical book is Understanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper.  Father Baima did his undergraduate studies at Butler University, graduate studies at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and post-graduate studies at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

What it is about the CFV that resonates with you and your deepest concern?

The idea I find captivating is that  at Butler there can be a university center, on a secular campus, which actively promotes student, faculty and staff engagement of religion: spiritually, intellectually, socially and vocationally.

Dick Eagan

President of DMI Organizational Services

Areas of expertise: organizational development and management.

Mr. Dick Eagan

Dick & Cheryl have lived in Vienna, Virginia for over 25 years. Married for 36 years, they have two married sons and four grandchildren who also live in the Washington, D.C. Area. Dick & Cheryl both attended Butler University. Dick graduated in '70 and worked at the University as an Assistant Director of Admissions until '74. He received Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Butler. In Indy, Dick started a successful 20 year career with Century 21 Real Estate working with master franchisors in Indiana, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic states which relocated him to the D.C. Area.

In 1996 Dick started his own organizational development and management service business. Dick is currently President of DMI, Inc and Director of Development with The Community Coalition for Haiti. He is also on the Board of Directors of a number of emerging for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises. He has been involved in spiritual development activities for years and stays active hiking, biking and playing tennis. He and his family still enjoy vacationing at Lake Wawasee every summer.

What it is about the CFV that resonates with you and your deepest concern?

College life should be a more normal spiritual formation and development experience. Many student's bring fairly strong faith traditions to college with them but are thrown into academic and social life rhythms which are not friendly to nor support of daily and weekly spiritual practices. CFV serves as an advocate for all students at Butler who are seeking a more consistent spiritual growth.  By establishing relationships with faith-centered organizations and local church congregations the Center can become the link between these organizations and activities and the students wishing to participate. The practices of worship, prayer, study, serving and witnessing are valuable parts of a student's life in college and beyond into career and family.

Ed Engledow

Chairman of Engledow Group, a 79-year-old Indianapolis-based horticulture services firm.

Areas of Expertise: In addition to his role with the Center for Faith and Vocation, he currently serves on the board of the Indiana Wind Symphony and is president of the Phillips Music Guild, an organization which mentors young underserved student musicians. He is a past president of the Indiana Association of Nurserymen, served on the Purdue University Dean of Agriculture's Advisory Committee, is a Sagamore of the Wabash, and is a member of the Downtown Indianapolis Rotary Club.

Ed Engledow

Ed is an Indianapolis Shortridge High School and Butler University graduate. He and his wife Carol attend St. Luke's Methodist Church, have two children and five grandchildren all living in the Indianapolis area.

What it is about the CFV that resonates with you and your deepest concern?

Being a part of a vital campus entity such as CFV that facilitates students' self-discovery - is in itself a rewarding journey of further self-discovery for myself.

 

 

Kara Faris

Education Director at the Center for Congregations

Areas of expertise: Congregational life, event planning, adult education

Kara Faris

Originally from Garrett, IN; graduated from Butler in 1996 with a BS in Marketing; worked for the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler for 5 years; graduated from Christian Theological Seminary in 2004 with a Master of Divinity degree. Worked as Associate Pastor of Indianapolis First Friends Meeting for two years. I've been with the Center for Congregations since 2007. I'm married to Nate Faris and we have a daughter, Elaine.

What it is about the CFV that resonates with you and your deepest concern?

The lifelong process of discerning one's vocation is oftentimes highlighted for the first time, or most acutely, during the college years.  Vocation can be what a person does to make money. However, I also see vocation as an individual's quest to make meaning out of the world and how his/her life intersects/meshes with/enhances the world.  College students are oftentimes open to exploring the world and their interior life in order to make meaning of what they're going to do. They are making real decisions that will impact their life and their community. The CFV is positioned to step into the lives of college students and offer them resources and a place to explore vocation.  I also appreciate that the CFV, as part of the Butler community, can give voice to the important role of faculty and staff in the lives of students - it's not only the CFV staff and Blue House that leads the conversation/provides the space.  CFV is positioned to model/teach faculty and staff how to create the space for vocational conversations/meaning making conversations with students.

Dr. Mark Foglesong

Executive-in-Residence, College of Business, Butler University

Areas of expertise: Change management, leadership development, strategic planning

Dr. Mark Foglesong

Mark has 28 years experience with Eli Lilly and Company and has held positions in discovery research, drug development, manufacturing process development, technical management, manufacturing strategic planning, supply chain management, and manufacturing management.  As General Manager of Lilly's European, Middle East and South African manufacturing operations, he lived in London and has vast international experience.

What it is about the CFV that resonates with your deepest concern?

I believe strongly in the Center mission of providing Butler University students a place where they can discover lives of purpose, meaning, and contribution (vocation).

Linda Hegeman

K.P. Singh (Kanwal Prakash)

Owner K.P. Singh Designs

Areas of expertise: Architectural Drawings, Public Speaking, Writing

K. P. Singh

Educated in India and at the University of Michigan with degrees in Architecture and City Planning, KP Singh have devoted much of his life to learning and advocacy of the place of historic and cultural preservation and need to learn about other faiths, cultures, and communities to enhance and advance the strengths of our City and the Nation.  KP Singh's distinctive pen & ink drawings of historic architecture and monuments from the Far East, India, Europe, the USA, and Indiana attempt to reflect the spirit and original elegance which inspired the design of these architectural landmarks. KP's finely executed drawings combine the skills of an architect, artist, historian, and an educator.

KP's drawings are represented in many public and private collections in the USA and abroad and are often featured on the covers of online and print publications. Over 250 of KP's drawings and photographs along with his writings (poems, essays, and reflections) are published an elegant coffee table volume book, The Art and Spirit of KP Singh~ Selected Drawings and Writings. KP is a frequent guest speaker and participant in community, cultural, and interfaith events and celebrations. For additional information, visit: www.KPSinghDesigns.com

What it is about the CFV that resonates with you and your deepest concern?

Center for Faith and Vocation is a very unique, timely, and important initiative at Butler University to enhance a student's understanding of spiritual, cultural, and humanistic concerns as a person and as a professional. I am fascinated by this extraordinary area of instruction and passionate about its significance in the emerging fiercely competitive and interdependent world for American workforce and leaders. The discipline being introduced by CFV  to Butler students pursuing various fields of studies has the potential to prepare the student in rewarding and holistic ways as our students cross the threshold from the sanctuary and comfort of University life into real life situations and expectations. CFV is a friendly station, with brilliant mentors - Judith Cebula and Marguerite Stanciu , for reflection, introspection, and self-examination of our values and how they may interface with the real world, beyond the Pharmacy Lab, Basketball Court, School of Business or Music and Dance, but in real life where one has to interact and relate with others with very diverse ideas and experiences.

Kate Healey Snedeker, Butler Class of '89

Corporate Communications Consultant

Areas of Expertise: Kate Snedeker has 20 years of experience in public and corporate communications in Indianapolis, having worked at the Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis Mayor's Office, and international media company Emmis Communications.

Kate Snedecker

An '89 graduate in Public and Corporate Communications, Kate Snedeker has served as Butler Alumni Board President (2000-2002) and as a member of the Presidential Search Committee (2000-01). She has been named to the Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40 list and recognized with Butler's Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award (2004). Snedeker is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XXIX) and the Hamilton County Leadership Academy (2008-09). She currently serves on the Indiana Sports Corporation's President's Council and as the Communications Co-Chair of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl.

What it is about the CFV that resonates with you and your deepest concern?

I believe Butler's CFV offers a necessary and important voice on campus. I believe Butler's CFV serves as a safe haven for people of any age who are curious about life's difficult questions. I believe in the passion and energy of Judy Cebula. I believe in the CFV.

Dr. Jerry Toomer

Title: Executive in Residence, College of Business, Butler University

Areas of Expertise: Works closely with key leaders to design effective strategies that clearly link individual and team effectiveness to total organizational performance. With 30+ years as a Human Resources Executive, Educator, and Psychologist, Dr. Toomer has effectively worked with a wide range of individuals and work groups in achieving their professional and personal goals in complex organizations.

At Butler University, he has been actively involved in the development of a "Real Life, Real Business" curriculum and also serves as an Executive Partner in the College of Business as well as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program.

Dr. Jerry Toomer

Jerry Toomer's academic credentials include a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Wartburg College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa. For over 25 years, Jerry worked at The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences, where he held senior leadership positions in Human Resources. He was a key member of Dow executive management teams that have successfully completed several corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and global diversification initiatives. His effective blend of teaching experience, executive coaching & consulting skills and highly successful corporate work experience has provided a basis for sound, fundamental transition management.  Included among his recent clients are General Mills, Coca Cola, Cheminova, YourEncore, Boeing, Aearo Technologies and TriMedx.

What it is about the CFV that resonates with you and your deepest concern/

It is very gratifying to help students, faculty and staff, through our work at the Center, determine for themselves what it means to discover a life of Purpose, Meaning and Contribution....and to seek ways to connect the CFV in a meaningful dialogue with the broader Indianapolis community.