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,
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
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
"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
Sam is concerned with the issue of accessible health care, and
is looking to get more involved with the cause as he develops his
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.