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Young Alumni Board

Young Alumni Board

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The Young Alumni Board provides opportunities for recent graduates living and working in Central Indiana to connect with fellow alumni, network for career opportunities, and serve both the community and Butler University. The Board consists of at least 24 members who work together to advocate for a stronger University and collegiate experience for students. Members volunteer to serve three-year terms, meet four times a year as a group, and plan activities for Butler’s largest concentration of young alumni.​​ 

Within the Board, there are four taskforces that help communicate with and plan programming for recent graduates:

  • Alumni Engagement
  • Fundraising
  • Communications
  • Student Connections

In addition to Board meetings, members are asked to participate on one of the taskforces listed above and to complete a series of action items outlined in the Action Plan for each year of his/her term. The Board will accept applications for the June 2022-May 2025 membership term in early 2022. Candidates should live or work in Central Indiana and have received their Butler degree(s) within the last 10 years. All applicants must submit an application and reference(s) for consideration during the process. Current board members for the 2021-22 year are listed below.

Please email us for more information, and follow the official Butler Alumni Association social media accounts (linked on the right). Be sure to update your information to receive the Butler Newsflash, along with announcements about special events and programs for young alumni.

 

A Special Message for the Class of 2020

Sandy An '16 - Secretary

Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science: Arts Administration, Music concentration and Business minor

Profession: 

Development, Kiwanis International - Kiwanis Children's Fund

Current civic activities:

Butler University Young Alumni Board
EDGE Mentoring
Leadership United

Professional organization memberships:

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Personal interests:

Traveling
Trying different cuisines: love Japanese curry!
Arts & Culture: museums, botanical gardens, symphony concerts (I play violin & flute), musical theatre, architecture tours, and any fun experiential lifelong learning
Community engagement and sharing the beautiful city of Indianapolis with visiting friends and family
Tech & SaaS innovation

Favorite Butler memory:

Tutoring students at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and watching their confidence grow from mentoring and education throughout the years.

Kelsey Briggs '11

Education: 

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Indiana University, Master of Business Administration in Marketing ’16

Profession:

Sales Operations Manger, Conga

Current civic activities:

Delta Gamma Fraternity - Alumni

Volunteer and Chapter Advisor

Personal interests:

Trying out new local restaurants and foods, especially tacos
Home DIY projects
Travel anywhere near the water
Binge-worthy podcasts or docuseries
Karaoke and trivia, but I'm not good at either
Working on my piano and photography skills
Listening to live music, preferably on a patio with a cold drink in hand

Favorite Butler Memory:

All of March 2010 and March 2011 - The back-to-back runs to the NCAA men's basketball national championship games have to be near the top of my list. I had never seen campus so alive! Besides all of the fun cheering together and celebrating the wins, we made some epic memories road tripping to all of the games.

 

Mary Casino ’20

A young woman in a blue top is seen from the chest up looking at the camera. She is smiling.Education:

Butler University, Doctor of Pharmacy

Profession:

Global Pricing, Reimbursement & Access, Eli Lilly and Company

Current Civic Activities:

IndyHub – IndyVolved Committee Member
IndyHub – Meet Indy Ambassador
American Pharmacists Association – New Practitioner mentor
Butler University Dance Marathon – Alumni Board

Personal Interests:

Traveling
Spending time with family and friends
Cheering on Butler Basketball
Exploring restaurants and coffeeshops in Indy

Favorite Butler Memory:

Leading student leaders to fight for the kids during my time as co-president of the Butler University Dance Marathon.

Katie Cessna '15

Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication

Profession:

Senior PR Manager, BLASTmedia

Personal interests:

Traveling

Sports (especially Butler Basketball!)

Cooking

Experiencing Indy

Favorite Butler Memory:

My favorite Butler memory is either when Jimmy Fallon filmed on campus during Super Bowl XLVI or being front row for the buzzer beater against Gonzaga.

Kristen Day ’13

A young woman is seen from the chest up. She is looking at the camera and smiling.Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, with a minor in MIS, 2013
Master of Professional Accounting, 2014

Profession:

Senior Business Assuance and Advisory Specialist, NextGear Capital

Current civic activites:

Stay Positive
Kappa Kappa Gamma Finance Advisor
Institute of Internal Auditors

Personal interests:

Spending time with my husband, Eric; son, Owen; and dog, Pozzy.
Going to Butler Basketball games
Biking on the Monon
Going to farmer's markets

Favorite Butler Memory:

Cheering on the Dawgs in back-to-back National Championship games.

Adam Davis '14

A young man with glasses and a beard wearing a lab coat with a stethoscope around his neck. he is facing the camera and smiling

Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2014
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, IUPUI
Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Marian University

Profession:

Family medicine physician

Current civic activites:

Indiana Osteopathic Association Legislative Committee, Resident Member
Butler Mentorship Program

Personal interests:

Anything outdoors
Playing with my adorable corgi named Barry Allen
Cooking
Traveling
Board games
Video games

Favorite Butler Memory:

My favorite Butler memory has got to be watching the NCAA final four and championship games in Houston, TX in the student section. Though the outcome was not what we would have wanted, the experience was once-in-a-lifetime and so many close friendships came of that trip.

Abbey DiSano '17

Education:

Butler University, Bachelors of Science in Marketing

Profession:

Marketing Coordinator, BGBC Partners, LLP

Current civic activities:

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, parishioner 
Indy Thrive Dance Community
IndyCatholic

Professional organization memberships:

Association of Accounting Marketing

Personal interests:

Health & fitness
Traveling
Dancing
Food & wine

Favorite Butler Memory:

My summer on campus interning with the Office of University Events! I loved every minute of it!

Katie Edwards '18

Education:

Butler University, Bachelors of Science in Marketing & Finance

Profession:

Market Access Strategy & Analytics, Eli Lilly & Company

Current civic activities:

United Way LINC Steering Committee Member
United Way Read-Up Tutor
Make-A-Wish Volunteer

Professional organization memberships:

Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

Personal interests:

Exploring Indy and traveling to new places

Cheering on Butler Men's Basketball and visiting campus

Eating pizza

Spending time with family and friends

Playing intramural sports

Favorite Butler Memory:

My favorite Butler memory is a combination of the big and small things. It is the late night study sessions that turned into fast food runs or life chats. It is the major events like AOC, Homecoming, or Spring Sports. Butler is a special place with incredible people.

Kailey Eaton ’17

A headshot of a young woman with dark hair in a circular frame. She is looking at the camera and smiling.Education

Butler University, Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication, 2017

Profession:

Account Executive, The Basement - An Integrated Agency

Current civic activities:

Indiana Sports Corp Volunteer
Butler University College of Communication Mentorship Program

Personal interests:

Playing tennis (or pickleball!)
Traveling
Cheering on Butler Basketball
Live music
Exploring new restaurants in Downtown Indy

Favorite Butler Memory:

Playing in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, and senior-year Homecoming!

 

Emily Erickson ’20

A young woman in a white shirt is shown from the waist up. She is looking at the camera and smiling.Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Finance

Profession:

Finance and Operations Associate, Woven

Current Civic Activities:

Butler University Young Alumni Board
Traders Point Christian Church, member
St. Vincent Food Pantry, volunteer

Personal interests:

Running
Traveling to new countries
Vacationing in Siesta Key, FL
Enjoying life at the lake
Spending time with family and friends
Trying new Mexican restaurants
Going to summer concerts
Butler Basketball

Favorite Butler Memory:

There are too many Butler memories to count, but some of my favorites were decorating the lawn for Homecoming until 2:00 AM, midnight IHOP runs with friends, and Butler once again beating Villanova with a buzzer-beater shot!

Ben Evans '18

Butler University Alumni Ben EvansEducation:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Profession:

Orr Fellow and Operations Analyst at DuraMark Technologies

Current civic activites:

Butler Young Life Advisory Board

Zionsville Middle School Baseball Coach

The PourHouse Inc. volunteer

Professional organization memberships:

Governor Bob Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Personal interests:

Backpacking

Playing piano and guitar

Reading

Butler Basketball

Favorite Butler memory:

Participating in Butler University's Dance Marathon all four years.
 

Hope Hagen '17

A young woman in a blue shirt and green necklace is seen from the waist up, she is looking at the camera and smiling.Education

Butler University, Bachelor of Science, Dance Arts Administration

Profession:

Institutional Giving Coordinator at Newfields

Personal interests:

The arts
Environmental sustainability
Baking

Favorite Butler memory: 

Performing in Butler Ballet's The Nutcracker each year.

Matt Howard '11

Education:

Butler University, BS Finance & MIS

Profession:

Financial Planning

Current civic activites:

Volunteer youth coach (FBA/North Central); volunteer youth team church; in the process of joining "A Kid Again."

Profesional organizatoin memberships: 

Working toward a CFP.

Personal interests:

Basketball

Sports

Traveling

Family

Favorite Butler Memory:

Outside of the great memories of playing at Hinkle Fieldhouse, the memories are countless and involve all the amazing people who make Butler what it is.

Joel Leichty '13

Joel Leichty '13Education: Butler University, Bachelor of Science

Profession: Cybersecurity and Privacy Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Professional Organization Memberships: ISACA and ISC^2

Personal Interests:

Sports
Traveling
Butler Baseball
Concerts
Technology

Steven Pelych '10 - Vice President

Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Secondary Education

Marian University, Master of Arts in Teaching

University of Indianapolis, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Profession:

Principal at Cardinal Ritter High School

Adjunct lecturer at Indiana University

Current civic activities:

Butler Young Alumni Board

Lilly Scholars Network

Sigma Nu Fraternity

Parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary

Teach for America, alumni

Professional organization memberships:

National Catholic Education Association

Indiana Association of School Principals

National Association of Secondary School Principals

Personal interests:

Spending time with family and friends

Golf

Butler Athletics

Chicago Bears football

Craft beer

Favorite Butler memory:

Rooting on the Bulldogs during the back-to-back National Championship runs.

Brett Reardon '11

picture of young alumni board member Brett ReardonEducation

Butler University: Bachelors of Science in Middle/Secondary Education

Concordia University – Portland: Master’s Education in Educational Leadership

Profession:

Academic Advisor, Admissions at Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Current civic activities:

Indy Honor Flight
Hancock County Community Foundation

Professional organization memberships:

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) 
Bloomington Academic Advising Council (BAAC)

Personal interests:

IndyCar Racing
Running
Local sporting events
Traveling

Jaret Rightley ’20

A young man in a dark suit with a blue tie is seen from the waist up. He is looking at the camera and smiling.Education

Butler University, Bachelors of Science, Accounting and Finance

Profession:

Market Access Strategy & Analytics, Eli Lilly and Company

Current civic activities:

Boy Scouts of America, Lilly Business Post Advisor
Indiana Sports Corp, volunteer
UPWARD Basketball, volunteer referee
New Palestine United Methodist Church, member

Personal interests:

Sports (especially Butler Basketball, Golf, and Baseball)
Running
Purdue Athletics
Board games
Ice cream
All things Indy

Favorite Butler Memory:

Storming the court in Hinkle after beating #1 Villanova (twice!)!

Rachel Rogers '17

Education

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Finance

Profession:

Senior Financial Analyst, Eli Lilly and Company

Current civic activities:

Board member, Infinity Giving Works Inc.

Ambassador at Eli Lilly and Company for United Way of Central Indiana Annual Campaign

Personal interests:

Travel
Fitness

Cooking
Trying local restaurants

Favorite Butler memory:

Participating in Homecoming week activities each year.

Douglas Roolf '10

Young Alumni Board member Doug RoolfEducation:

Butler University, Masters Of Professional Accounting
Butler University, Bachelor of Science: Accounting

Profession:

Ethics and Compliance at Cummins Inc.

Current civic activities:

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Professional organization memberships:

Indiana CPA Society

Personal interests:

Butler Basketball
Movies
Cooking
Gardening 

Favorite Butler memory:

Going to back-to-back National Championship games.

Kaitlyn Sawin '18

Education:

Marketing (Major), Strategic Communication & Spanish (Minors)

Profession:

Marketing Manager at Vibenomics

Current civic activities: 

Alpha Chi Omega sorority - local and national volunteer

Professional organization memberships:

Orr Fellowship

Personal interests:

Cooking, being active, college football, live music, spending time with friends and family, exploring Indianapolis and beyond, and all things Butler!

Favorite Butler memory:

My time as a co-chair on SGA's Concerts Committee was certainly a highlight, especially as a music lover. I was able to meet (and fulfill crazy requests for) T-Pain, Kesha, American Authors, Parachute, DNCE, Quinn XCII, and more!

Maria Scarpitti ’20

Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Profession:

Associate Success Guide at Salesforce

Current Civic Activities:

Special Olympics, volunteer
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Sister

Personal interests:

Reading
Practicing yoga
Spending time with family and friends

Favorite Butler Memory: 

My favorite Butler memory is planning/participating in Polar Plunge and Spring Sports for Special Olympics Indiana.

Logan Schwering '18

Education:

Butler University, Bachelors of Science in Finance & Marketing

Profession:

Eli Lilly & Company, Finance

Current civic activities:

Butler University Young Alumni Board of Directors
Second Helpings, Volunteer
Traders Point Christian Church, Member
Eagles Way Homeowners Association, Executive Officer

Personal interests:

Butler Men's Basketball
Traveling
Running/Biking/Walking
Boating
Exploring Indy and New Restaurants

Favorite Butler memory:

Participating in a variety of organizations and having the opportunity to meet many fellow Bulldogs!

Katelyn Sussli '16

Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication & Leadership and Political Science

Profession:

Community & Events Manager, IndyHub

Current civic activities:

Board Member, Magnified Giving

Volunteer, School on Wheels

Committee Member, Indy Ultimate/ Indiana Sports Corp

Personal interests:

Exploring parks and trails in Indy 

Spending time with friends and family

Traveling 

Cooking & reading 

All things Indy

Favorite Butler memory:

Participating in the pre-welcome week program Ambassadors of Change as a first year student, and then as a team builder. It was my first introduction to the incredible city, and now home, of Indianapolis. 

Kendall Theile ’17 - President

picture of young alumni board member Kendall TheileEducation:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education 

Profession:

Teacher at Sycamore Elementary/Avon Community School Corporation

Current civic activities:

Butler University Dance Marathon, Alumni Mentor

Tri Kappa, Inc. Philanthropic Organization, Member

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Member

Bloomington South Dance Team, Assistant Dance Coach

Professional organization memberships:

Bridges Math Program Grade Level Representative 

DreamBox Online Math Program, Pilot Teacher/Steering Committee

Indiana Science Initiatve Gread Level Representative

Sycamore Safety Committee Grade Level Representative

Student Council Sponsor

Personal interests:

Cheering on the Dawgs
Traveling with friends and family
Eating Mexican food
Completing crosswords

                                                                       Watching movie trailers
 

Halie Vining '12

Education: 

Butler University, English, Creative Writing

Profession: 

Product marketing

Current civic activities: 

CASA, Neighborhood Parks Association Board

Professional organization memberships: 

Revenue Collective

Personal interests:

Reading, cooking, and exploring new places and cultures.

Favorite Butler memory: 

My favorite Butler memory is really a compilation of memories. Going for car rides, studying in Jordan Hall late, celebrating basketball victories all have one thing in common — friendships. The people at Butler make up my favorite memories. And to this day, I do a weekly virtual happy hour with an awesome BU crew. For all I learned at Butler, I'm most grateful for the people I met and how they've continued to impact my life.

Jennifer Welch '10

Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Integrated Communications

Profession:

Account executive at Well Done Marketing

Current civic activities:

Leadership board member, FORTE, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Young Professionals Group

Member, IndyHub

Volunteer for Indianapolis Habitat for Humanity Women's Build

Professional organization memberships:

Member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts

Personal interests:

Cooking

Trying new restaurants

Walking/hiking

Attending concerts

Spending time with family and friends

Soaking in all Indy has to offer

Favorite Butler memory:

Rushing Hampton Drive in 2010, when Butler made it to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship!

Emily Wilkerson '18

Butler University Alumni Emily WilkersonEducation:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Profession:

Teacher at IPS/The Butler Laboratory School #55

Current civic activities:

Traders Point Christian Church, member and small group leader

Personal interests:

Being active outdoors

Cooking breakfast foods

Cheering on the Bulldogs

Learning about life from children

Exploring Indy

Favorite Butler memory:

Sitting with professors and talking about assignments, life, and big dreams in the old College of Education in Jordan Hall.