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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.

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

An image of an infant wearing a Butler cap and Butler onesie.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

A young woman in a blue blazer with arms folded looks at the camera. She is smiling.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

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!