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.

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 smoothly.

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 Sorority.

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 Indiana. 

"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 Dance Marathon.  

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 campus. 

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 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.