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Alumni Relations & Engagement

Class Acts

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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 Alumni Relations and Engagement at or (317) 940-9946.

December 2020

Kim Kraska '15

A bride and groom pose in front of the Chicago skyline

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

A male and female ballet dancer pose mid-dance.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

An author headshot of Nathaniel Turner '88Nathaniel 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


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

A photo of two young children holding their infant sister. They are all wearing Butler gear.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

A photo of a bride and groom kissing each other on the Hinkle Fieldhouse Basketball CourtKarina 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!


July 2020

Mary SeRine '05

Mary SeRine '05 was recently named Executive Director of Advancement Services and Prospect Development at Ball State University Foundation. She joins the foundation after 13 years as Senior Director of Advancement Services at the University of Indianapolis.

Brooke Patz '05

Brooke Patz '05 welcomed Audrey Clara on May 9 of last year. She joins future Bulldogs John (age 3) and Caroline (age 6).






Nichole Freije '04 and Joe Copple '90

Nichole Freije '04 married Joe Copple '90 June 8, 2019 at the Brown County Inn in Nashville, Indiana.

Pictured: Julie Steele '97, Joe Schaffer '91, Amy (Eskew) Schaffer '92, Jack Fillenwarth '88, Nichole Freije '04, Joe Copple '90, Tony Annee '90, Mike Williams '90, Joe Annee '88, Jenny (Rodino) Annee '88, Alissa Wetzel '04, Mike Caskey '90.

A group of people at a wedding, posing as a group with a Butler University flag.










June 2020

Morgan (Schied) Clarkson '14, MS '18

Taylor '13 and Morgan (Scheid) '14, MS '18 Clarkson  welcomed Peyton Mae Clarkson to the world on December 5, 2019 at 9:59 PM, weighing 9 pounds and 6 ounces. She is a future Bulldog! Taylor played football at Butler and Morgan was a cheerleader. Morgan also received her master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Butler in 2018.




May 2020

Amy Michel Magan '92

Amy Michel Magan, '92, earned a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from the University of Indianapolis. Her coursework included a concentration in home and community-based services, reflecting her passion for older adults in adult day and hospice settings. Magan has worked for UIndy's Center for Aging & Community since 2005 and also currently serves on the Board of Directors at Joy's House, an adult day services organization.

Renée Nicholson '94

Renée K. Nicholson, associate professor in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, was named the coordinator of the Programs in Multi- and Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as the Director of WVU's Humanities Center. Nicholson will build on the Center’s success in fostering and supporting innovative faculty projects in the Humanities as well as original programming aimed at engaging WVU students and communities throughout the state of West Virginia.

April 2020

Kara Greenup-Post '86

Kara Greenup-Post '86 is the chorus director at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City, Georgia. A teacher there since 2012, she recently completed her Education Specialist in Vocal Music degree at Auburn University.

Jessica Harbison Weaver '05

Jessica Harbison Weaver '05, currently Deputy Athletic Director at Concordia University, has accepted a position as the Associate Commissioner/SWA for the PacWest Conference beginning in May 2020.

March 2020

Robert Leonard '04

Robert Leonard '04, an attorney with Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC in Atlanta, was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2020.

Katherine Planas '09

Katherine Planas '09 was recently promoted to the position of Chief Development Officer for the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

February 2020

Taylor Pearson '17

In January, I was promoted to Clinical Risk Management Project Coordinator at Indiana University Health, where I have been working for the past two years. My duties include coordinating interdepartmental efforts to align medical record, incident reporting, and insurance claim management software programs; conducting high-level data analyses to identify incident trends related to State Department of Health and Joint Commission guidelines; and continuing to provide general administrative support to a team of 32 people across the state.

Lucy (Cetin) Dollens '98

Lucy (Cetin) Dollens '98 of Quarles & Brady LLP was named to the list of top 25 female "Super Lawyers" for the state of Indiana for 2020 and the top 50 "Super Lawyers" for the state of Indiana for 2020.

Krista (Miller) McElhatten '13

My husband Brien and I were married last September 28! We met in Fort Wayne, working in the news industry, and got engaged in late 2018. We're excited to start our life together after being long-distance for the past two years.A wedding photo of a man and a woman. The woman in behind the man and leaning on his shoulder. Both are smiling.






January 2020

Sherie Scott '15

A picture of a family wearing Christmas sweaters, posing in front of a Christmas tree.The family of Sherie and Maurice Scott recently welcomed Miss Olivia Reese Scott to the world. Big brother Maurice Scott II is extremely excited and full of joy. Our princess is what we needed to make our family complete.







Courtney Considine '16

Courtney Considine '16 has recently accepted a position with the New York Giants as the suite services coordinator after completeing four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. This will be her fifth NFL season.

Kelsie (Mitchell) Miller '14 and Carl Miller '13

A group photo of people at a wedding.

Kelsie (Mitchell) Miller '14 and Carl Miller '13 were married in October 2018 in Indianapolis, and Butler alumni friends and professors joined in the celebration. The couple purchased a home together in Indianapolis and are expecting their first baby in May 2020. In November 2018, Carl Miller '14 joined the Lessonly Enterprise Sales Development team and is enjoying the opportunity to work alongside many fellow Bulldogs!

Jessica (Hatfield) McClanahan '02

Jessica (Hatfield) McClanahan '02 was recently named Director, Office of Corporate Communications for Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla. Jessica also recently completed her Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from American University in Washington, DC. Jessica is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on active duty as a vocalist and vocal instructor from 2004-2015. Her husband continues to serve the Navy's music program as a bandmaster at Navy Band Southeast.

Karen DeToro '92

Karen DeToro ’92 was named chief actuary of CNO Financial Group, Inc. in the fall of 2019. She joined CNO from New York Life, where she held executive leadership positions in finance operations, product development, underwriting, strategy, and governance.

DeToro previously was a principal at Deloitte Consulting and served as a practice leader for its Insurance ERM and Actuarial Transformation group. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).

"Karen is an accomplished insurance industry leader who brings more than 25 years of actuarial, finance and product management experience to CNO," said Gary C. Bhojwani, chief executive officer of CNO, in a press release. "As CNO continues to execute against our strategic priorities to grow the franchise profitably and launch new products and services, Karen will bring significant technical expertise and consumer-focused product experience to our management team. I am confident her leadership will play an important role in our continued success."

November 2019

Kate (Korslin) Kennedy '04

A photo of a baby in Butler gear with a stuffed bulldog next to her.Kate (Korslin) Kennedy '04 and Michael Kennedy '04 recently welcomed their daughter, Cora Evelyn Kennedy, to their family in August.








September 2019

Grace Douglass '11

Grace Douglass '11 recently joined the Maryland Department of Health as their epidemiologist.

August 2019

Joe '15 and Lindsay (Higginbotham) Anderson '14

A photo of a wedding. The bride and groom stand in the center of the aisle and are holding raised hands above their heads. Family and friends sit in chairs and are clapping.Joe '15 and Lindsay (Higginbotham) Anderson '14 were friends since Welcome Week of freshman year (2011), studied abroad together in Sydney, Australia in 2013, and married on August 24, 2019, after six years of dating.




Erin O'Neil '17

I am thrilled to inform my Butler family that I have just finished publishing my first book! I am incredibly grateful for the role Butler University played in not only preparing me for the adventures and experiences that would form the foundation for this narrative, but also for its direct impact in making this story possible in the first place. “Gui ren” is a written Chinese phrase that encompasses the synchronicity of people entering your life with purposeful timing to help guide you through difficult challenges. My book, Gui Ren: Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People, is a personal narrative about my post-graduate experience living in Shanghai, China and traveling throughout Southeast Asia when my first dream job turned upside down. This book serves as a reminder that there is always a choice; that it's possible to perceive a devastating loss as an opportunity to grow. It's about the synchronicity of adventure and the people who impacted my life along the way. Throughout this experience I discovered meaningful connections and unanticipated friendships as I traveled through China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Gui Ren is about travel, love, vulnerability, and transformation. It is about the places that left me breathless and the people who changed my life forever. Check it out on Amazon, or for signed copies and pre-sale packages you can visit

Erin (Sheehan) Downey '17

Erin (Sheehan) Downey '97 was recently named the Executive Director of the Westfield Washington Library Foundation. Her mission in this role is to fundraise as well as increase awareness for the Westfield Washington Public Library.

Neil Vandegrift '01

Neil Vandegrift '01 serves as the Director of Account Management at Octane5 International, LLC with his wife, Laura, and they are grateful for the opportunity to work at Octane5 with such a great group of people. They are enjoying the move to Georgia with their two daughters, Allie (4) and Ashley (2).

Natalie (Jones) Grundy '02

Natalie (Jones) Grundy '02 is the Senior Compliance Officer and Regulatory Counsel for Guggenheim Life and Annuity. She studied spanish and political science while she was a student here at Butler.

July 2019

Peter Xander '10

A photo of a baby with a bow on its head and wearing a Butler onsie with the bulldog logo on it.Peter '10 and Sara Xander welcomed their daughter, Quinn Bea Xander, to their family on July 6, 2019.








June 2019

James "Jim" White '82

A man in a suit viewed from the chest up. He is looking at the camera and smiling.After more than 50 years of public safety service, Jim White '82 retired from the faculty of the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs on May 31, 2019.