Class Acts

Butler grads love seeing what their fellow Bulldogs have been accomplishing since graduation! Class Acts provides Butler alumni with a place to share information about what is going on in their lives. You can submit a Class Act by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at classacts@butler.edu or 317-940-9946.

November 2021

Vaal baby announcement
Samantha Vaal ’11

Samantha Vaal ’11

Samantha Vaal ’11 and Lucas Vaal celebrated the birth of their son earlier this year.

O'neal and King wedding
Jessie (O’Neal) King ’14 and Bennett King

Jessie(O’Neal)King

Jessie (O’Neal) King ’14 married Bennett King in August 2021.

Walter baby
Ashley ’14, Tanner ’14 and Jack Walter.

Ashley Walter ’14 and Tanner Walter ’14

Ashley Walter ’14 and Tanner Walter ’14 welcomed their son (and future Bulldog) Jack Walter earlier this year.

Taylor Stuckert ’05 was named to the Wilmington College Board of Trustees in April 2021.

Stark wedding
Alex Stark ’20 and Morgan (Kohler) Stark ’21

Alex Stark ’20 and Morgan (Kohler) Stark ’21

Alex Stark ’20 and Morgan (Kohler) Stark ’21 were married in October 2021.

Melanie Carter ’01

Melanie Carter ’01, a recently elevated partner at Blank Rome LLP, was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a 2021 recipient of the Best of the Bar award for her work in business litigation. Based in Philadelphia, she works with local, national, and multinational clients.

Koteff wedding
Robert Koteff ’12 and Faith (Griffaw) Koteff

Robert Koteff ’12

Robert Koteff  ’12 married Faith (Griffaw) Koteff in August 2021.

Damian Siler wedding
Emily Damian ’15 and Matthew Siler ’13

Emily Damian ’15 and Matthew Siler ’13

Emily Damian ’15 and Matthew Siler ’13 were married in October 2021.

Karen (Miller) Holt ’98

Karen (Miller) Holt ’98 was recently promoted to Global Director, Continuous Improvement at Vertiv.

Aleea Perry ’96

Aleea Perry ’96 was promoted to tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, located in Indiana, PA.

Mary Kate (Daniels) Moskal '16 and Blake Moskal '16
Mary Kate (Daniels) Moskal ’16 and Blake Moskal ’16

Mary Kate (Daniels) Moskal ’16 and Blake Moskal ’16

Mary Kate (Daniels) Moskal ’16 and Blake Moskal ’16 were married in June 2021.

Claire Rutledge ’12

After receiving her MBA from West Texas A&M in December 2020, Claire Rutledge ’12 accepted the role as Director of Community Relations and Business Solutions at Sycamore Services, Inc., responsible for communications and development for thousands of Hoosiers with disabilities served in 27 counties. Claire previously served in community outreach at Marian University’s Leighton School of Nursing and as Interim Executive Director at NCSG.

Pat Petrus '18
Pat Petrus ’18

Patrick Petrus ’18

Pat Petrus ’18 is proud to announce the release of his new book, Sextet, a collection of six short stories about family ties, tesseracts, trauma, and tornadoes. He can’t wait to share his work with the Bulldog community.

Darin Smith ’91

Darin Smith ’91 opened Oasis Senior Advisors Carmel this fall. Oasis Senior Advisors Carmel connects seniors with housing communities that best fit their needs and acts as a liason between housing communities and families navigating a housing transition. Smith currently sists on the board for the American Lung Association of Indiana and assists with Hero Reward, a statewide organization that provides a therapeutic retreat for injured veterans and first responders.

Chris Beaman ’12

Chris Beaman ’12 has accepted the position of Corporate Relations Advisor for the Sigma Foundation for Nursing. Sigma Nursing (formerly Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere and is the second-largest nursing organization in the world, with approximately 135,000 active members. In this role, Chris will be developing and implementing strategies to cultivate and secure sponsorships and corporate philanthropic support for Sigma events and programs.

October 2021

Kim Roudebush Kenneson
Kim Roudebush Kenneson ’80

Kim Roudebush Kenneson ’80

Kim Roudebush Kenneson ’80 was named a Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the Year in Tennessee for her work in bringing Holocaust education to her region and school and for organizing the Northeast Tennessee Holocaust Education Council. The award, one of three across the state, is given by the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, in which she serves as a teaching fellow. She was recognized by the Tennessee General Assembly. Kim has taught middle-school language arts and history for the past 18 years at St. Mary’s School following a career in journalism. She and her husband, Philip Kenneson ’81, live in Johnson City, Tennessee, where they raised their five children.

Lindsay Martin ’05

Lindsay Martin ’05 joined the DePaul University staff earlier this fall as the Associate Athletic Director for Merchandise & Licensing at the Lincoln Park campus.

Anastasia Luc '15, '19 and Thomas Petersen '15
Anastasia Luc ’15, ’19 and Thomas Petersen ’15

Anastasia Luc ’15, ’19 and Thomas Petersen ’15

Anastasia Luc ’15, ’19 and Thomas Petersen ’15 were married in early October 2021.

Christopher Herron ’11

Christopher Herron ’11 recently accepted the position of pediatric cardiology interventional fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

JoJo Gentry ’15

JoJo Gentry ’15 recently joined Bar Communications as the firm’s director of strategic communications. Most recently a sports anchor/reporter for CBS4 and FOX59 in Indianapolis, Gentry earned an Emmy nomination for covering the Colts, Pacers, WNBA, IndyCar, and NASCAR, as well as Big Ten teams and athletes across central Indiana. She serves on the board of the Indiana Golf Foundation and will become board chair for the Indiana Epilepsy Foundation beginning in 2022.

Matthew Byzet ’07

Matthew Byzet ’07 was recently promoted to partner at Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A. He has been working in the firm’s Charleston, South Carolina office since 2014, focusing his practice on construction and civil litigation. Byzet earned his juris doctorate degree from Charleston School of Law. He was named to Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2021.

Sheryl Selvey ’09

Sheryl Selvey ’09 recently opened The Corner Bazaar, a vintage/antique store in Indianapolis specializing in mid-century furniture, vintage clothing, high-end records, and an assortment of home furnishings.

Craig Longardner MBA ’85

Craig Longardner MBA ’85 was recently named the North American Rail Shippers Association 2021 Person of the Year at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago.

Kara Greenup-Post ’86

Kara Greenup-Post ’86 recently received the Education Specialist in Vocal Music degree from Auburn University. She is in her 10th year as chorus director at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City, Georgia. She lives in nearby Fayetteville and serves on the steering committee for the Atlanta Butler community. She also performs with the Peachtree Wind Ensemble and with her church worship team.

Paul Freeman ’77, MBA ’82

Paul W. Freeman ’77, MBA ’82 was named a Distinguished Hoosier by Governor Eric J. Holcomb on October 12, 2021. The award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the state of Indiana, was given to Freeman in recognition of his contributions to Indiana’s banking community. Freeman retired from the Indiana Bankers Association in September 2021 after 34 years of service.

September 2021

Kimberly Van Wyk '15 and Daniel Dewar '13
Kimberly Van Wyk ’15 and Daniel Dewar ’13

Kimberly Van Wyk ’15 and Daniel Dewar ’13

Daniel Dewar ’13 married Kimberly Van Wyk ’15 in September 2021. They had their first look at Holcomb Fountain with their dog Walnut.

Gregg Husa ’15, ’16

Gregg Husa ’15, ’16 married Ellen Plew in Indianapolis in late September 2021.

Brittany (Foerg) Wentz ’13

Brittany (Foerg) Wentz ’13 and husband Scott Wentz ’11 celebrated the brith of their son, Julian, in September 2021.

Brady Ripperger ’13

Brady Ripperger ’13 was recently promoted to Deputy Director of Administration & Advocacy at the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI). He has been with FHCCI since December 2013 and was previously Director of Fair Housing Programs.

Greg McManus '69
Greg McManus ’69

Greg McManus ’69

Greg McManus ’69 recently published his debut book, The Bug Light Room. The thriller tells the story of two Hoosier hunters who have a violent encounter with an extraterrestrial just weeks before a hotly-contested presidential election. As the President and a secret government agency try to contain the fallout from the alien encounter, Indiana’s governor searches for the truth behind the mysterious events. The book is available at thebuglightroom.com.

Ryan Galloy ’00

Ryan Galloy ’00 recently started a new position as an athletic trainer with Ascension St. Vincent Sports Performance, primarily working with IndyCar racing teams based in Indianapolis and traveling to races to provide athletic training care. He also works in the sports performance clinic and is an athletic trainer covering Zionsville Middle School.

August 2021

Haley Carwile '10 and Matthew Carwile '07
Haley Carwile ’10 and Matthew Carwile ’07

Haley Carwile ’10 and Matthew Carwile ’07

Haley Carwile ’10 and Maj. Matthew Carwile ’07 welcomed their new son, Logan, this month. He joins big brother Griffin.

Nathaniel Hall '18 and Natalie (Jacobs) Hall '19
Nathaniel Hall ’18 and Natalie (Jacobs) Hall ’19

Nathaniel Hall ’18 and Natalie (Jacobs) Hall ’19

Nathaniel Hall ’18 and Natalie (Jacobs) Hall ’19 were married in August 2021.

Marcella Mangan ’12

Marcella Mangan ’12 is the host of Beating Goliath: A Plaintiff’s Pursuit of Justice, a new podcast that takes an inside look at some of the biggest trials in Illinois history. The first three episodes follow an Iraq War veteran’s recovery after a serious injury at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. The episodes are available to stream on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other podcast platforms.

July 2021

Kristen Fuhs Wells ’05, MBA ’12

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), based out of Greencastle, Indiana, has hired Kristen Fuhs Wells as its executive director. APPE is an international non-profit membership organization founded in 1991 dedicated to advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics.

June 2021

Chip Powers '85
Chip Powers ’85

Chip Powers ’85

On June 5, 18 Butler alumni attended the wedding of Chip Powers ’85 and Gina Williams ’85 gathered for this photo, which was followed by a rousing rendition of the Butler War Song!

Justin Rustle ’13

Justin Rustle ’13 has joined the ranks of Wonderbound, a contemporary dance company based in Denver. He has perviously danced with Ballet Arkansas in Little Rock and with Bowen-McCauley Dance Company in Washington, DC.

Daryl Barnes '17
Daryl Barnes ’17

Daryl Barnes ’17

Daryl Barnes ’17 married Adam Vocalino-Szymanski in June 2021.

April 2021

Jonathan Manning ’02

Jonathan Manning ’02 married Brook Lameo in August 2020.

March 2021

Ida Rose Nininger ’09

Ida Rose Nininger recently joined Parlatore Law Group as a partner specializing in employment, real estate, civil rights, and disability law. Parlatore Law Group is a cloud-based, full-service law firm prividing legal representation nationwide. She completed her legal studies at Vermont Law School in 2013.

Emily (Newell) Keller '11
Emily (Newell) Keller ’11

Emily (Newell) Keller ’11

Dr. Emily (Newell) Keller ’11 and Benjamin Keller welcomed their first son, Manuel, in February 2021. The newest Bulldog is enjoying life in Portland, Maine with his parents and is eagerly awaiting his first trip to Boston to watch Coach Stevens and the Celtics.

Chip Powers ’85

Chip Powers ’85 and Gina Williams ’85 are engaged and will be married in June of 2021.

February 2021

Clark Collier ’17

Clark Collier ’17 was recently promoted to senior donor engagement officer at the Central Indiana Community Foundation. With CICF since 2019, he previously served on the development staff at Kiwanis International.

Erin O’Neil ’17

Erin O’Neil ’17, owner of  Fishtail Publishing LLC, was recently named a “30 Under 30” honoree of the International Literacy Association for her work in publishing and storytelling. Fishtail recently published Marvelous Margaux, a children’s book by Liz Subrin ’16.

Cristina McNeiley '17
Cristina McNeiley ’17

Cristina McNeiley ’17

Cristina McNeiley ’17 passed the 2020 Illinois bar exam and began her career as a first year litigation associate in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. She was not only the first lawyer in her family, but also the first person in her family to graduate from college.

January 2021

Matt Braun ’07

Matt Braun ’07 joined Walker Information in Indianapolis as a vice-president/CX consultant in January 2021. Walker Information is an experience management services firm and is part of the Qualtrics Partner Network, deploying technology and advisory services to companies leveraging Qualtrics as their XM platform.

Ellie (Webster) Bright ’07

Murielle “Ellie” (Webster) Bright ’07 was elected to serve as Jennings County Circuit Court Judge in November 2020 and took the oath of office on January 1, 2021, at the Jennings County Courthouse in Vernon, IN. She resides in North Vernon, IN with her husband, Johnny, and their four sons, William, Thaddeus, Abraham, and Phinehas.

Bill Grover ’06

Bill Grover ’06 was recently hired as director of total rewards for Heaven Hill Brands, one of the world’s largest family-owned distilleries and spirits companies. In his new role, Bill leads compensation, benefits, wellness, and culture initiatives for Heaven Hill.

December 2020

Mary Slade ’87

Mary Slade ’87 joined Pulte Group as vice president and national underwriting counself of its subsidiaries, PGP Title and Premier Title Insurance Company.

Kim Kraska '15
Kim Kraska ’15

Kim Kraska ’15

Kim Kraska ’15 and Stevan Tomich ’15 were married in Chicago in November after celebrating their 10-year dating anniversary! Despite the craziness of 2020, they couldn’t pass up the memorable date of when their relationship started on Butler’s campus.

Ken Shiozawa '20
Ken Shiozawa ’20

Ken Shiozawa ’20

Ken Shiozawa ’20 recently filmed and performed in his first professional ballet production with the Minnesota Ballet.

Theo Leverenz ’74

Theo Leverenz ’74, owner of E.P.P.A. Consulting, officially retired in 2020. After receiving his degree from Butler in 1974, Leverenz went on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D and established a successful consulting company. During his career, he worked with businesses, schools, churches, and non-profits to develop long-range strategic plans, build project management capacity, and facilitate team building.

William Ginn ’78

William Ginn ’78 recently celebrated his 36th year as a family physician in his hometown of West Milton, Ohio. He was also recently elected to a second term as Miami County Coroner in Southwest Ohio.

October 2020

Phillip Dawalt ’00

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Phillip Dawalt ’00 took command of USCGC Sea Devil in Silverdale, WA, on September 3, 2020.

Lucy (Cetin) Dollens ’98

Attorney Lucy (Cetin) Dollens ’98 has been elected to the Executive Committee of Quarles & Brady, LLP. She begins her term on Dec 1, 2020.

Thulani Smith ’20

Thulani Smith ’20 has joined creative and PR agency Borshoff as a video editor. In his new role, Smith will work closely with other members of Borshoff’s full-service video, digital and creative teams as they use video to tell client stories in creative and meaningful ways. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production, with a concentration in Media Studies, from Butler University. “Thulani was an intern with us in the spring and quickly made his mark on our client work. We’re thrilled he’s now joined our team full time and is using his storytelling skills to expand our video services,” said Borshoff CEO Karen Alter. “His hard work and dedication to his craft will enhance the work we’re able to provide our clients.”

September 2020

Nathaniel Turner '88
Nathaniel Turner ’88

Nathaniel Turner ’88

Nathaniel Turner ’88 and his son, Naeem K. Turner-Bandele, published their new children’s book, The Amazing World of STEM, in September. The book, inspired by Naeem’s unique childhood, follows the adventures of Stuart Tyson Elmo Morgan, a burgeoning engineer and humanitarian. The father-son team of co-authors hope the book will show children of all ages that it’s possible for them to be anything they want to be: a scientist, an engineer, a mathematician–and, most of all, a real-life hero. The book is available online at nathanielaturner.com.

Mollie (Bates) Walton '14
Mollie (Bates) Walton ’14

Mollie (Bates) Walton ’14

Mollie (Bates) Walton ’14 and Kyle Walton welcomed their son, Charlie, in February 2020. He is already learning about Butler from his big bro Oliver and can’t wait to see campus.

Jacqueline Murphy ’20

After two semester-long internships, Jacqueline Murphy ’20 was hired as Level365’s assistant marketing director in September.

Aaron Blades ’20

Aaron Blades ’20 and his brother opened their business, Blades Fitness and Performance, in Indianapolis in August 2020.

Ken Shiozawa ’20

Ken Shiozawa ’20 has joined the Minnesota Ballet as a company dancer for the 2020-21 season.

Troy Weldy ’93

After 23 years with The Nature Conservancy, Troy Weldy ’93 is moving to the Hudson Valley to serve as the Columbia Land Conservancy’s president.

Christopher Booher ’87

Chirstopher Booher ’87 is celebrating 10 years of government service in September 2020. He is a project management specialist with the Defense Finance and Accounting service. As a PMP and PMI-ACP, he develops, deploys, teaches, and administers a variety of training courses serving “newbie” project leaders at DFAS.

Libby Doublestein '07
Libby Doublestein ’07

Libby Doublestein ’07

Talia Doublestein joined big brother Caleb and big sister Elsa in December 2019.

August 2020

Ashley Jones ’17

Ashley Jones ’17 married Garrett Charton on July 11, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse. Hall of Famer Joe Gentry was the officiant and Dave Peach (voice of the Bulldogs) announced the wedding party at the reception. Ashley’s parents, Dean ’87 and Sara ’89 Jones, are both Butler grads. Ashley and Garrett were engaged at center court in Hinkle Fieldhouse in April 2018.

Jonathan Manning ’02

On July 1, 2020, the International Monetary Fund promoted Jonathan Manning ’02 to the position of senior information management officer.

Karina Hamamouche '14 and Eric Rupenthal '15
Karina Hamamouche ’14 and Eric Rupenthal ’15

Karina Hamamouche ’14 and Eric Rupenthal ’15

Karina Hamamouche ’14 married Eric Rupenthal ’15 on July 31, 2020 in Indianapolis. They are forever grateful to their friends and fellow Bulldogs, Miranda (Crain) and Austin Weaver, for introducing them!