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 junior 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
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 junior Finance major with a MIS
minor 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 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 junior Political Science and Journalism major from
Laura, OH. She is Class of 2015 President, a member of Alpha
Chi Omega and is currently interning in Washington, D.C. 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..."
Hannah Cianci, Volunteer Project Coordinator
Hannah'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 so everyone should be able to find something that they're
interested in attending!
Her favorite place to volunteer is Wheeler Mission Services.
"Domestic violence has always been a social issue that really
tugs at my heartstrings. Being able to help out at Wheeler Mission
and help those women and children that are no longer able to live
life the way they imagined possible really makes me happy. They
deserve so much better than how they've been treated, and being
there to help them out in any way is so important to me."
Hannah is a sophomore Chemistry pre-med major with a Spanish
minor. She is from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois and
works at a toy store back home. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega
and an Exec member for Dance Marathon, Circle K International, and
Bulldogs for Life. She cannot hold a straight face to save her life
and loves rapping and singing as loud as possible (which is always
on pitch). She also loves visitors at the Volunteer Center so
definitely stop by and say hi!
Katelyn Sussli, Communications Coordinator
As Communications Coordinator, Katelyn'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.
Katelyn really enjoys position because she has the opportunity to
work the different members of the Volunteer Center staff to help
publicize different volunteer projects and ideas.
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. No matter
their age, their background, or their disability, Katelyn believes
these individuals have a special gift to share with the world.
"Every time she has 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 sophomore Exploratory Studies major from
Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to the Volunteer Center, She has the
privilege to work as a Butler Student Ambassador in the Office of
Admission. On campus, Katelyn is a member of the Council on
Presidential Affairs, the Alumni co-chair for Butler University
Student Foundation, and participates in Dance Marathon, Spring
Sports Spectacular, Help Heal Haiti, Circle K International, and
Timmy Global Health.
Emily Svetnoff, Events Coordinator
As events coordinator for the Volunteer Center, Emily plans
Bulldogs Into the Streets and the Volunteer Opportunities Fair-the
two biggest projects the Volunteer Center sponsors.
Emily has a very unique passion. Her favorite place to volunteer
is the Trinity Free Clinic.
"I am really passionate about providing free but necessary
dental work to local populations who otherwise do not have access
to that healthcare."
Emily is a senior with majors in Biology and Spanish. Emily
keeps busy as a member of Pi Beta Phi, the president of the Biology
Club, and serves as the Panhellenic Vice President of