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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 2021-May 2024 membership term from February 1 - February 28, 2021. 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 2020-21 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

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 - Secretary

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.

 

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.

Claire Couch ’11

picture of young alumni board member Claire CouchEducation:

Butler University, Electronic Journalism and Public Relations

Profession:

Director of Field Marketing, Conga
Emerging Marketing Leaders Indianapolis
Governor Bob Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship Alumni

Professional organization memberships:

Edge Mentoring

Personal interests:

Exploring Indy
Health & Fitness
Traveling 
Cooking

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 '19

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.

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.
 

Kyle Frantz ’15

picture of young alumni board member kyle frantzEducation:

Butler University, Doctor of Pharmacy, 2015

Profession:

Clinical Research Scientist, Oncology Business Unit, Eli Lilly & Co

Current civic activites:

Lilly Day of Service Site Coordinator, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Personal interests:

Traveling and exploring new cities
Trying new restaurants and foods
Butler basketball
Running, biking, & walking around Indianapolis

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.

Andrew Kazmierczak '13 - President

photo of andrew kazmierczak, member of young alumni boardEducation:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science: Marketing and MIS

Profession:

Senior Solution Architect, Salesforce

Current Civic Activities:

Chapter Advisor, Phi Delta Theta (Indiana Gamma)

Personal interests:

Indianapolis Colts
Notre Dame Football
Butler Basketball
Traveling
Spending time with family and friends

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

Ainsley Paton ’16

picture of young alumni board member ainsley patonEducation

Butler University Lacy School of Business, Masters of Business Administration Candidate

Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Doctor of Pharmacy, 2016

Profession:

Staff Pharmacist, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health 

Current civic activities:

Footlite Musicals 

Butler University Community Outreach Pharmacy, Volunteer Pharmacist 

Butler University Marching Band Alumni Association, Member 

Pride of Indy Bands

New Palestine United Methodist Church, Contempory Worship Musician - Bass Guitar

Butler University Marching Band Alumni Association, Member 

Professional organization memberships:

American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)
Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) 
Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity 
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc, Indiana Grad Chapter 

Personal interests:

Orangetheory fitness

Playing bass guitar, pedal harp, cello, and singing
Butler Basketball (GO DAWGS!) 
Musical theatre 

 

Steven Pelych '10

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.

Olivia (Lahr) Pennington ’14

Olivia Lahr, young alumni board memberEducation:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science: Risk Management and Insurance

Profession:

Risk Transfer Specialist, MJ Insurance.

Current Civic Activities:

Westfield Youth Assistance Program Mentor
Spencer Educational Foundation Mentor

Personal interests:

Showing Horses
Spending time with friends and family
Loving on my bulldogs

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

Brian Rochford '10

picture of young alumni board member brian rochfordEducation

Butler University, Bachelor of Science: Spanish and Chemistry, 2010
Indiana University School of Dentistry, DDS, 2014
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, MSD: Orthodontics, 2017

Profession:

Owner/Orthodontist, Glander Rochford Orthodontics

Current civic activities:

Butler University Pre-Health Advisory Board

Professional organization memberships:

American Association of Orthodontists
Indiana Dental Association

Personal interests:

Travel
Hiking
Skiing
Spending time with my family and two dogs

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!

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. 

Nate Swick ’16

Education

Butler University, Bachelors of Arts: Strategic Communications – Public Relations and Advertising

Profession:

Communications Coordinator, Visit Indy 

Current civic activities:

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mentor
IndyHub, 1828 Project Member
Indiana Sports Corp, Volunteer
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, WWoC Committee Member
Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Committee Member

Professional organization memberships:

Public Relations Society of America
Midwest Travel Journalists Association

Personal interests:

Being active and being outdoors
Camping/Hiking
Traveling
Attending sporting events both near and far
Butler Basketball
Notre Dame Football
All things Indy

Kendall Theile ’17 - Vice President & President-Elect

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!

Brandon Wiley ’11

picture of young alumni board member Brandon WileyEducation:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Minor in Public Relations

Profession:

Change Management for Business Transformation Strategy at Cummins Inc.

Current Civic Activities:

Ambassador, Develop Indianapolis Resource Group (DIRG) at Cummins Inc.

Professional Organization Memberships:

Member, Indy Hub
Member, Sigma Chi Fraternity

Personal interests:

Tennis
College football
Traveling with friends and family
All things Indy!

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.