Volunteer Center

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 House."

Alex is a junior Business and Organizational Leadership double major from Woodstock, IL. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta, BUSF, and Fall Alternative Break Exec among many other things, and enjoys the outdoors greatly.

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 smoothly.

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 clients 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. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and on the 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 the Class of 2015 President and 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 their toes. Sometimes they can't nail down the joke though, and 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 is able to find something that they're interested in attending.

Hannah's 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. 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 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 enjoys her 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.

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 Indianapolis community.

Sam is concerned with the issue of accessible health care, 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 and the Chicago Cubs.