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.
Katelyn Sussli, Student Director
Katelyn's job entails a lot of organizing and facilitating goals
and objectives the staff. She 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.
Before coming to Butler, Katelyn never had a single social issue
that she was most passionate about. However, within her first week
on campus, she fell in love with Damar Services. She have worked
with people with disabilities in several environments including
summer camps, in the classroom, and for sporting teams.
Katelyn believes these individuals have a special gift to
share with the world and that we should learn to focus on their
abilities and talents, instead of their disability.
"Every time I have worked with clients from Damar, I have been
truly amazed at their gifts and talents. They are true role models
and examples of inspiration for all people!"
Katelyn is a junior, Organizational Communication &
Leadership and Political Science major from Cincinnati, Ohio. In
addition to the Volunteer Center, she has the privilege to work in
the Office of Admission and Office of Student Affairs. On campus,
Katelyn is a member of the Council on Presidential Affairs, the
President for Butler University Student Foundation, and
participates in Spring Sports Spectacular, Timmy Global Health,
Blue Key Honor Society, and the Honors Program.
Sarah Clary, Student Liaison
As the student liaison, Sarah's job is to market to the students
different events and service projects that the VC has going on
throughout the year. Her main responsibility is to keep
communication between students and the volunteer center flowing
Sarah's passion for volunteering dates all the way back to
middle school when she became involved with a youth philanthropy
organization through her local community foundation. Through
grant-making and planning/participating in service events, this
organization allowed her to see the importance of meaningful
service and of making a lasting connection with her
community. Sarah most enjoys service that is done as a
long-term partnership with an organization. This way she
is able to see the lasting effects made.
Sarah is a sophomore Elementary Education
major from Angola, Indiana. On campus, she is involved with
the Butler University Student Foundation, the Student Government
Association's Council on Presidential Affairs, and Alpha Chi Omega
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 is passionate about the issue of civic engagement and is
also involved with the alternative breaks.
"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 Senior Political Science major from Laura, OH. She is
a member and executive officer 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 my audience on theirtoes. Sometimes they
can'tnaildown the joke though, and I wonder if they
areunderstanding. It's tough because you have to make sure
there's ajointbetween each joke...you get the point? They call me a
punster, and thekickeris...if the shoe fits..."
Courtney Hittepole, Volunteer Project Coordinator
As the Volunteer Project Coordinator, Courtney's job involves
coordinating monthly volunteer projects with various organizations
in the Indianapolis community. She organizes volunteer projects
that cover a broad scope of social issues, to all everyone to find
something they're interested in attending.
Courtney's favorite place to volunteer is Gleaners Food Bank of
"Food insecurity is a social issue that I am incredibly
passionate about. Being able to contribute to the work that
Gleaners does brings joy to my heart."
Courtney is a junior Psychology and Sociology major with a
specialization in social work and social policy. She is from Troy,
Ohio, a northern suburb of Dayton. Outside of the Volunteer Center,
she is the Vice President of Philanthropy for Alpha Chi Omega, an
Exec member for Alternative Spring Break, and a proud dancer for
Kevin Rhinesmith, Communications Coordinator
As Communications Coordinator, Kevin's main responsibility is to
inform the Butler community about different volunteer opportunities
occurring both on and off campus. This is done by sending out a
weekly email about volunteer opportunities and also keeping the
social media sites updated and current. Kevin loves his position
because he has the opportunity to inform Butler's campus about
volunteering opportunities and work with the "coolest cats around"
in the Volunteer Center.
Kevin really did not have a passion for service until he went
through the Ambassadors of Change program when he was a freshman
here at Butler. "The program made me fall in love with helping
others and really search for ways to make a difference in people's
lives." Since that week, Kevin has enjoyed most every type of
service, but has a particular passion for physical labor where you
can see the difference you make with your efforts. "There is
something extremely satisfying about taking before and after
pictures at service projects and realizing how much you helped
improve a site in a span of only a few hours."
Kevin is a sophomore Marketing and Entrepreneurship &
Innovation double major from Broomfield, CO. In addition to the
Volunteer Center, Kevin works in the Office of Admission on campus
as a Butler Student Ambassador. He is also serving as the Executive
Assistant for the Butler University Student Foundation this year as
well as being an active member of the Sigma Nu chapter on
Sam Thomas, Events Coordinator
As Events Coordinator, Sam is responsible for planning the
large-scale projects the Volunteer Center sponsors. Sam plans
Bulldogs Into the Streets, also known well as B.I.T.S., which is a
program that allows incoming Butler students to get out into the
community before the academic year starts. He is also responsible
for coordinating the Volunteer Opportunities Fair, which takes
place in the fall semester and brings non-profit agencies to campus
so students can learn more about volunteer opportunities in the
Sam is concerned with the issue of accessible health care and
basic socioeconomic equality, and is looking to get more
involved with the cause as he develops his Butler career.
Sam is a freshman from Wabash, IN majoring in Political Science
and Economics. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta, Amnesty
International, Circle K, and Dance Marathon. Sam enjoys trying new
foods and has enjoyed exploring all Indianapolis has to offer. Sam
also enjoys recreational soccer and is a big fan of the
Indianapolis Pacers, the Chicago Cubs, and Arsenal FC.