Young Alumni Board

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 task forces 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 task forces 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 2021-2022 year are listed below.

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

 

Young Alumni Board Membership

Sandy AnEducation:

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.

Education:

Butler University, B.S. Finance

Profession:

Venture Capital

Current Civic Activities:

  • Volunteer Tutor (Tutoring Chicago)
  • Volunteer Mentor (BRAVEN)
  • Techstars Lead Operations Associate
  • Member (Trader’s Point Christian Church)

Personal Interests:

  • Event planning
  • Building travel itineraries
  • Reading
  • Bible study
  • Exercising
  • Hanging around the Rathskeller!
  • Trying new Mexican restaurants and coffee shops
  • Live music
  • Watching binge worthy documentary series

Favorite Butler Memory:

Being the first Butler team to win the CFA Midwest Regional Research Challenge in 2017!

mary CasinoEducation:

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.

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.

Education:

Butler University, B.S. Marketing

Profession:

Senior Convention Coordinator, Ashfield Event Experiences

Personal Interests:

I spend my free time entertaining my two kiddos and trying out new Indy bars and restaurants with my husband. I also run a small business on Etsy, I love to bake, and I indulge in bad reality TV as often as possible (sorry).

Favorite Butler Memory:

My favorite memory is traveling through Latin America in 2010 with the GALA study abroad program. I learned so many new things about the world and about myself, and I made some wonderful friends

kristen dayEducation:

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

Profession:

Senior Business Assurance and Advisory Specialist, NextGear Capital

Current civic activities:

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 davisEducation:

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 activities:

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.

Education:

Butler University, B.S. Marketing, Minor in Healthcare Management

Profession:

Senior Marketing Association, Eli Lilly & Company

Current Civic Activities:

  • Girls on the Run Coach
  • Healthcare Businesswoman Association (HBA) Member
  • Wheeler Mission Volunteer

Personal Interests:

  • Running, walking, hiking in new cities
  • Outdoor music
  • Reading a good book
  • Trying Indy breakfast sandwiches

Favorite Butler Memory:

Cheering on my big brother and the Butler Men’s Soccer team in the Bowl!

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!

kailey eatonEducation

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!

katie edwardsEducation:

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.

emily ericksonEducation:

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!

Education:

Butler University, B.S. Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Profession:

Nanny & Butler University Innovation Lab Fellow

Current Civic Activities:

Parishioner at St. Simon Catholic Church

Personal Interests:

  • Baking
  • Flowers
  • Escape Rooms
  • Country Music and Taylor Swift
  • Game nights with friends and family
  • Cheering on the Colts, Cubs, and Dawgs of course!

Favorite Butler Memory:

My favorite Butler memory is all of the late night game nights and chats with close friends at our dorm’s front desk when I was an RA- really spending any time with friends on/off campus. You can’t beat making memories with friends that will last a lifetime.

hope hagenEducation

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.

Education:

Butler University, BS Finance & MIS

Profession:

Financial Planning

Current civic activities:

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

Profesional organization 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.

Education:

B.S. Political Science (Butler), Juris Doctor (Notre Dame Law School)

Profession:

Litigation Associate Attorney at Ice Miller LLP

Current Civic Activities:

Volunteer at Indiana Youth Group

Personal Interests:

  • Trying Moscow Mules at every local spot
  • Hot yoga
  • Bird watching with my cat, Leslie

Favorite Butler Memory:

My favorite Butler memory was traveling to Selma, Alabama with my political science class for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday march for voting rights. We heard President Obama speak, stood next to Representative John Lewis, and met some really wonderful people.

Education:

Butler University, B.S. Health Sciences

Profession:

Market Access Strategy & Analytics, Eli Lilly & Company

Current Civic Activities:

Butler University Young Alumni Board Member

Personal Interests:

  • Staying active
  • Cooking new recipes
  • Baking a weekly sweet treat
  • Reading
  • Attending concerts
  • Solving the New York Times Daily Crosswords

Favorite Butler Memory:

My favorite Butler memory is really a combination of many experiences thanks to all of the organizations I was involved in and wonderful people I met!

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.

jaret rightleyEducation

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!)!

kaitlyn sawin

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!

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.

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 sussliEducation:

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.

Education:

Butler University, B.S. Health Sciences, Master of Physician’s Assistant Studies

Profession:

Physician’s Assistant at Ascension Medical Group ENT

Current Civic Activities:

  • Trader’s Point Christian Church – Kids Ministry volunteer and small group member
  • Indiana Sports Corp – volunteer
  • 500 Festival – volunteer

Personal Interests:

  • Teaching weekly at Cyclebar
  • Attending country concerts at Ruoff Music Center
  • Trying new and local restaurants with friends and family
  • Cheering on Butler basketball
  • Traveling to new places and reading new books
  • Taking walks with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Wellington

Favorite Butler Memory:

Watching Roosevelt Jones hit his game-winning floater vs. Gonzaga live at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 2013

Education:

Butler University, B.A. Strategic Communication and Web Design & Development

Profession:

Project Coordinator at Lev

Current Civic Activities:

  • Butler University Young Alumni Board
  • Orr Fellow
  • Currently in the process of becoming a CASA!

Personal Interests:

  • [solidcore]
  • Finding the best margarita in Indy!
  • Reading
  • Cheering on the Dawgs!

Favorite Butler Memory:

Too Many!! Cheering on and storming the court after defeating Villanova or welcoming the class of 2024 during Orientation fall of 2020.

Education:

Butler University, B.A. Spanish (2017) and Masters of Business Administration (2021)

Profession:

Member Services Director, West Indy Racquet Club

Personal Interests:

  • Travel!
  • Coach high school tennis
  • Check out new places around Indy

Favorite Butler Memory:

Studying abroad in Spain.