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Young Alumni Board

The Butler University Young Alumni Board

Young alumni programming aims to assist recent graduates in Central Indiana in maintaining strong connections with their alma mater. Young alumni are defined as alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years.

The Young Alumni Board provides an opportunity for young alumni living in Central Indiana to connect with their fellow graduates, network for career opportunities, and serve both the community and Butler University. The Board consists of 24 recent graduates who have volunteered 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
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Student Connections

Taskforce volunteers do not need to be members of the Board in order to participate.

In addition to Board meetings, selected members will be 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 membership again in early 2020. Candidates should live or work in Central Indiana and have received their Butler degree within the last 10 years. All applicants must submit an application, a letter of recommendation, and a copy of their resume for consideration during the process. Current board members for the 2019-20 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 Alumni Newsflash, along with announcements about special events and programs for young alumni. 

Kate (Caroll) Allen '15

picture of Kate Caroll Allen, young alumni board memberEducation

Butler University, Bachelors of Science: Marketing & Finance

Profession:

Eli Lilly & Co - Finance

Current civic activities:

Butler University Young Alumni Board
Guardian Ad Litem, Kid’s Voice of Indianapolis
Business Cluster Planning Committee, Junior Achievement JobSpark
Recruitment Advisor, Delta Gamma - Purdue

Professional organization memberships:

 

Personal interests:

Spending time with my husband (also a fellow Bulldog) and our Pomsky, Cooper
Playing sports (mainly volleyball)
Crafting
Spending time with friends
Getting involved in the community around me
Watching / participating in anything Butler!

John Brady MS '09

Education

Northland College: Bachelor of Science Secondary Education, Biology
Butler University EPPSP: Masters Science Education Administration

Profession:

Head of Middle Division, St. Richard’s Episcopal School 

Current civic activities:

ROW Education Committee
HASTI Board Member: High School Representative
Joseph Maley Foundation
Indy Do Day Site Coordinator
St. Thomas Aquinas Greeter and Sausage Fest Volunteer

Professional organization memberships:

HASTI
ASCD
ASCA
ISCA
EEAI

Personal interests:

Hiking with my wife Jen, daughter Katy and 3 dogs.
Photography
Cooking- especially grilling
Butler Basketball
Butler Bulldawg Crawl

Kelsey (Adams) 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.

 

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

Jacqui Dunivan '09

Information to come. 

Jacqueline Eckhardt '13

Education:

Butler University, Bachelor of Arts: Integrated Communication – Public Relations & Advertising, 2013

Profession:

Communications Manager & Program Associate, Indiana Humanities

Current Civic Activities:

Levo League – Local Levo Indianapolis Leader
Integrating Woman Leaders, Marketing Committee
Member IndyHub
IndyVolved, Marketing Committee Member

Professional organization memberships:

Public Relations Society of America

Personal interests:

All things Indy!
Spending time with family and friends
Butler Bulldogs!
Travel & tourism
Being active!

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

Monica Holb '09

Education:

Butler University, BA- English, Creative Writing and Journalism, Public Relations
Georgetown University - Master of Professional Studies, Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Profession:

Senior Communications Lead, Salesforce 

Current Civic Activities:

Indy Reads Books volunteer

Fletcher Place Neighborhood Association

Professional Organizations:

Governor Bob Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Personal interests:

Yoga
Running
Reading

Andrew Kazmierczak '13

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

Olivia Lahr ’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

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

Paige Newman ’13

picture of young alumni board member paige newmanEducation

Butler University, Bachelor of Arts: English Literature and Spanish

Profession:

NCAA - Enforcement 

Current civic activities:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
Junior Achievement

Professional organization memberships:

Women Leaders in College Sports

Personal interests:

Exploring Indy with friends and family
Reading, reading and more reading
Chipotle aficionado
True crime podcasts

Ainsley Paton ’16

picture of young alumni board member ainsley patonEducation

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 Entr'acte Board of Directors, Secretary 
Butler University Community Outreach Pharmacy, Volunteer Pharmacist 
Butler University Marching Band Alumni Association, Member 
Traders Point Christian Church, 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:

Playing bass guitar 
Butler Basketball (GO DAWGS!) 
Musical theatre 
All things Indy

Stephen 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.

Maggie Phelps '13

heashot of Maggie Phelps '13, member of the Young Alumni BoardEducation

Butler University: Bachelors of Science: Marketing

Profession:

Leadership Initiatives Manager, United Way of Central Indiana

Professional organization memberships:

Association of Talent Development - Central Indiana Chapter

Personal interests:

Traveling
Spending time with family and friends
Exploring outside & chasing new adventures

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

Matt Rhinesmith '14

picture of young alumni board member Matt RhinesmithEducation

Butler University, Bachelor of Arts - Electronic Media & Journalism
Clemson University '16 - Master of Arts - Sports Administration & Athletic Leadership

Profession:

CSM Sport & Entertainment - Experiential Marketing & Account Management

Current civic activities:

Young Professionals of Central Indiana

Personal interests:

Butler basketball
Clemson football
Colts football
Pacers basketball
Traveling
skiing
swimming
water polo
Everything Indy & Butler! 

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

Douglas Roolf '10

Education:

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.

Caleb Schmicker '15

picture of young alumni board member Caleb SchmickerEducation:
Butler University, Bachelor of Science: Chemistry, 2015
Spanish Minor

 

Profession:

Scientist 1 at AIT Bioscience in Indianapolis, IN

Personal interests:

Traveling
Hiking
Spending time with my fiance(also a Butler grad) and our dog

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

picture of young alumni board member Kendall TheileEducation:

Butler University, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education 

Profession:

Elementary School Teacher, Avon Community School Corporation, Sycamore Safety Committee

Current civic activities:

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Member
Volunteer at Avon Community School Corporation Food Pantry
Tri Kappa Philanthropic Sorority

Professional organization memberships:

Avon Community School Corporation, Bridges Math Program Committee

Personal interests:

Traveling
Spending time with friends and family
Singing, Dancing and Music
Mexican and Italian food
Reading and crosswords
Cheering on Butler Basketball

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.