Meet our Staff
The Butler Volunteer Center is completely student-staffed, a
unique trait compared to other universities. The staff is very
involved on campus and is a great resource to find out about not
only volunteer opportunities but also campus happenings as well.
Feel free to use this page to learn a little more about them.
Alex Petersen, Student Director
Alex's job entails a lot of organizing and facilitating goals
and objectives the staff. He generates monthly reports about what
the Volunteer Center is doing and helps our staff coordinate their
positions. Another major part of his role is helping to educate
Butler's population about service and what it means to be both and
Active Citizen and a Servant Leader.
"A social issue that is of great importance to me is the issue
of affordable housing. I have worked and enjoy working with groups
such as Habitat for Humanity, the Fuller Center, and Horizon
Alex is a sophomore Business and Organizational Leadership
double major from Woodstock, IL. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta,
BUSF, Fall Alternative Break Exec, among many other things and
enjoys the outdoors greatly.
Jess Strong, Volunteer Projects Coordinator
As the Volunteer Projects Coordinator, it is Jess's job to plan
volunteer projects several times a month. She is responsible for
all of the details that go into the trips, from where to go to how
the students will get there.
Jess is a senior from Peoria, IL and keeps very busy on
Butler's campus. A Science, Technology and Society major, Jess is a
member of Pi Beta Phi, works as a tour guide, and has a passion for
Fall Alternative Break
Claire Frisella, Communications Coordinator
As the communications coordinator, I help keep campus informed
about volunteer opportunities on campus and in Indianapolis through
our weekly listerv. I also maintain our bi-monthly blog and plan
posts that feature guest bloggers, highlight volunteer events and
opportunities, and raise awareness about social issues
relevant to our community. One of Claire's most memorable volunteer
experiences was being a part of the Ambassadors of Change program
her first semester at Butler and she also enjoys volunteering at
the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.
"I like volunteering at the NCLC because I like being a part of
an organization that is part of a bigger cause, especially one that
is helps our local community."
Claire is a senior organizational communication & leadership
and Spanish double major from St. Louis, Missouri. She is a tutor
at the Butler University Speaker's Lab and is also a member of the
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Claire enjoys running and traveling and
last year, she spent 6 months abroad and hopes to travel more
Taylor Clark, Student Liaison
As the student liaison, Taylor's job is to market to the
students different events and service projects that the VC has
going on throughout the year. His main responsibility is to keep
communication between students and the volunteer center flowing
His favorite place to volunteer would be St. Vincent De Paul and
is concerned with the social issue of hunger.
"My favorite place to volunteer is St. Vincent De Paul because I
love being able to interact with the customers while giving them
groceries that they will be able to use to feed their families. Not
only do I get to bring a smile to their faces, but they bring a
bigger one to me."
Taylor is a sophomore Economics and Finance major from
Shaker Heights, OH and also works as a tour guide for the Office of
Admissions. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and
on SGA Finance Exec Board. He is a mint chocolate chip ice
cream enthusiast, loves to backpack and hike and is also a big fan
of Air Heads.
Molly Swigart, Web Developer
As the Web Developer, Molly is charge of adding agencies to the
site, posting announcements about upcoming events, and maintaining
the general functionality of the website.
Molly enjoys volunteering at Kaleidoscope Youth Center and with
children in general. She is also involved with the alternative
"I like utilizing the opportunity to do something meaningful
with my fall and spring breaks. I come back and feel like I made
the world better while I had some time off from school."
Molly is a sophomore Political Science and Journalism major from
Laura, OH. She is Class of 2015 President, Education and Reflection
Co-Chair for Alternative Spring Break, an Emerging Leaders Mentor,
and member of Alpha Chi Omega. Molly enjoys hanging out around
campus and inspiring laughs, and is making a name for herself as
quite the "punster."
"I really like to pun. I like the challenge of thinking on my
feet...it keeps the audience on their toes,
sometimes they can't nail down the joke though, sometimes
I wonder if they are understanding, it's tough because you
have to make sure there's a joint between each joke...you
get the point? They call me a punster, and the kicker
is...if the shoe fits..."