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Dean's Advisory Council

Members of the COE Dean's Advisory Council participate in the following:

  • Advocate the mission, goals and objectives of the College of Education to external constituencies
  • Create supportive linkages between the college and persons and organizations in the Indianapolis community and beyond
  • Assist in identifying and soliciting financial, human and other types of resources to support the work of the college, as appropriate
  • Provide personal support through sharing of time, expertise, or other resources.

Dean's Advisory Council Handbook for 2017-18 (downloadable PDF)

Roger Boop '62 MS '65

EdD., Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1971
Major:  Educational Administration
Cognates:  Teacher Education in Higher Education, Foundations of Education.

M.S., Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1965
Major:  Educational Administration (Secondary).

B.S., Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1962
Major:  Secondary Education (Social Studies and English)

Current Profession
Professor emeritus, Butler University, COE
Indiana Registered Clockmaker

Honors and Awards
Commencement speaker December 2012


Fulfilling the Charter: The Story of the College of Education at Butler University and More
  iUniverse Publishing, Bloomington, IN. 2008.

Professional Organization Memberships
Indiana Coalition for Public Education
Indiana Middle Level Education Association

Clock repair


Marcia Capuano

B.S., Education, Wittenberg University, 1965
M.Ed., University of Delaware, 1985
Ed.D., Indiana University, 1997

Honors and awards
Milken Family National Educator Award, 1995
Petra Foundation Award, 1993
Salute to Women of Achievement, 2000

Past civic activities
Marion County Mental Health Association Board of Directors
IU School of Education Alumni Association Board of Directors
IUPUI Council on Teacher Education

Professional organization memberships
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Enjoying the grandchildren


Elizabeth Cierzniak '79

B.S., Public & Corporate Communications, Butler University, 1979

Current Profession
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels

Honors and Awards
Best Lawyers in America –Education Law, 2012-2014

Present Civic Activities
Advisory Board, Avondale-Meadows YMCA
Board of Governors, Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series
Board of Directors, Old Northside Neighborhood Association

Past Civic Activities
Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Indiana Advisory Commission – U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Professional Memberships
Government Affairs Society of Indiana
Indiana State Bar Association

Indianapolis History-write a bi-weekly column for
Historic Preservation

Caterina Cregor-Blitzer

B.A., Honors, Indiana University, 1969
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, 1970
Butler University, Teaching Certificate (French & German), 1972

Honors and Awards
Sagamore of the Wabash
Indiana Commission for Women Torchbearer Award
Simon Award, Central States Conf. on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Global Champion, Indiana Department of Education
Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Recognition Award
Hoosier Hero Award, Indiana Pacers & Veolia Water LLC
Key Person Award, American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese
National Network for Early Language Learning (NELL); Advocate Award
Indianapolis Association of Chinese Americans Outstanding Community Member Award

Present Civic Activities
Immigrant Welcome Center
Indiana Sister Cities
Indiana German Heritage Society
Indianapolis Association of Chinese Americans

Past Civic Activities
Visit Indy Tourism Tomorrow Board
Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Board Officer
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Board Officer
Indianapolis Cologne Sister City Committee, Past Chair
City of Indianapolis, Deputy Mayor

Professional Organization Memberships
Alpha Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa
National Council of State Supervisors for Languages
Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association

Hiking & swimming!

Scott Deetz '96 MS '01

Ph.D., Educational Administration, Indiana State University, 2015
M.S., Education & Administration, Butler University, 2001
B.S., Elementary & Technology, Butler University, 1996

Current Profession
Superintendent of Madison-Grant United School Corporation

Present Civic Activities
Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
Indiana Association of School Superintendents
United Way of Madison County
Knights of Columbus
Grant County Economic Growth Council

Past Civic Activities
President of the LeGore Boys and Girls Clubs Unit Board Executive Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis

Early Childhood Education
Being a Father
Butler Basketball
Soccer Dad

Amy Knerr '92

BS degree from Butler, 1992. Elementary Ed. major with endorsement work in Math, French, and Middle School
MS degree from IU, 2003. Language Education
Gifted/Talented License through Purdue, completed in 2007 (15 hour program)

Current Profession
Teacher Development Specialist, Hamilton Southeastern Schools (2016-present)
Intermediate Math Coach, Greenfield-Central Schools (2014-2016)
Past - Teacher at Clay Middle School, Carmel (1992-2014)

Honors and Awards
Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, 2008
Butler University Distinguished Alumna Award, 2010
Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics Mathematical Association of America, 2007
Nominated for Carmel Clay Schools Teacher of the Year, 2007 Carmel Clay Education Foundation Honor Roll, 2007, 2005

Professional Affiliations
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics

Professional Activities
Hoosier Association of Math Teacher Educators Leadership Conf. Co-presenter, 2016
Apple Mania Technology Conf. Co-presenter 2015, 2016
ICTM Regional Conf. Presenter, 2013
School Improvement Committee
Team Leader

Family (2 children, Megan - Purdue Univ. class of 2020, Mitch - Carmel HS class of 2018)
Husband Karl (HSE teacher & Brebeuf Jesuit coach))
Sports –Butler Basketball, Cubs, Colts, Pacers

Jeff Kucer

Bachelor of Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
Graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy of Indianapolis
Graduate of Ardath Burkhart.

Current Profession
Employed with PNC since 1989
As Client and Community Relations Director, Jeff serves as a strategic partner to all lines of business in the Indianapolis market.  He is primarily responsible for setting strategy for the Office of the Regional President, including budget management, charitable contributions and sponsorships, market communications, ticket and suite coordination, multi-line of business events and administering campaigns and programs initiated by the Regional Sales Office. 
Jeff held a variety of Human Resources positions, most recently the State Human Resources Executive, prior to being named the Director of Client and Community Relations in March of 2009.

Professional Activities
He has involvement in many organizations including the Purdue Alumni Association, the John Purdue Club, a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Education at Butler University, a board member of Simon Youth Foundation, a member of the United Way Community Impact Committee and Chair of the United Way Early Childhood Workgroup. 

Early Childhood Education Reform
Spending time with wife and children

Christie Kile Love '79

B.S. Butler University, Elementary Ed, Music minor, 1979

Current Profession
Consultant for Nonprofits

Honors and Awards
James L. Kittle Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award – YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
Honorary Chair Lawrence Township School Foundation Gala
Top 10 Outstanding Butler Students, 1978 & 1979

Present Civic Activities
Communities in Schools Board Member
YMCA Board Member, Benjamin Harrison
YMCA of Greater Indpls. Trustee
Chair of YMCA International Committee
Arts for Lawrence Board Member
Fortune Academy Strategic Planning Committee

Past Civic Activities
Chair of YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Board of Directors
Co-Chair Capital Campaign Benjamin Harrison YMCA
President of IN Association of Education Foundations
Chairman Castleton United Methodist Nursery School
Development Chair of $1.5 million Hear IN Capital Campaign
Health Dept. Health Weight Initiative Comm.
Lay Leader for CUMC
Co-Chair for Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser
Butler Alumni Committee
Chairman, Benjamin Harrison YMCA

Personal Information
Husband - Jay, (3 children; Brad (Liz), Katie (Ross) & Patrick), (5 grandchildren, Eleanor, Annabel, Hadley, Nathan, Betsy & 1 on the way!)

Spending time with friends & family

Taught elementary music, Wayne Township
13 years Executive Director Lawrence Township School Foundation (retired)

David Marcotte EPPSP '91

Administration Certificate ,EPPSP, Butler University, 1991
Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Indiana State University

Current Profession
Superintendent, Mooresville Consolidated Schools

Honors and Awards
Jerry Dewitt Award – Butler University, EPPSP

Present Civic Activities
Mooresville Chamber of Commerce

Professional Memberships
Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents
Indiana Association of School Principals
Indiana Association of School Business Officials
Indiana School Boards Association

Personal Information
Daughter – Nicole, Primary Life Skills Teacher, West Allis, Wisconsin
Son – Austin, Software Engineer, Edison, New Jersey

Outdoor Activities

Kevin McDowell '72 MS '77

B.S., Journalism, Butler University, 1972
M.S., Education, Butler University, 1977
J.D., Indiana University, 1981

Current Profession
Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis

Honors and Awards
Douglas F. Bates Distinguished Service Award (National Council of State Education Attorneys (NCOSEA), 2003
Bell Ringer Award from the Indiana State Superintendent of public Instruction for exemplary service to publicly funded education, 2000, 2009.
Friend of School Psychology Award awarded by the Indiana Association of School Psychologists, 1998
Friend of IN*SOURCE (IN*SOURCE, a parent training and family support group, 1998)
Dr. Thomas Howard Summer Institute Speaker (Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education, MAASE, 1998)
Paul Harris Fellow (Indianapolis Rotary), 1995
Ed-Med Award (1994)
Order of the Kentucky Colonels ,1991

Professional Organization Memberships
Family Advisory Committee, The ARC of Indiana Master Trust
Former Chair of the National Council of State Education Attorneys (NCOSEA), an affiliation of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Past member of the NASBE Board of Trustees
Served as a member of the Advisory Board for The Children’s Law Center of Indiana Serve on the Advisory Board for the Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana

Baroque and Renaissance Music; play descant, alto, and tenor recorders and the flute. Long distance running: Ran cross country and track for Butler University.
Writing: Publish a number of law-related articles each year, mostly addressing legal issues affecting publicly funded education or disability concerns. Publish for national distribution a weekly on-line article (Case of the Week) for attorneys who represent state agencies, Attorneys who represent schools, parents, and education professionals.   Speaking: Speak around the country and within the State of Indiana on law-related topics. Training: Provide in-depth, comprehensive training for complaint investigators and administrative law judges, both in the State of Indiana and around the country.
Teach - School Law for Principals and Ethics and Law, MBA in Educational Leadership

Philip Metcalf

B.S., Ball State University, 1970
M.S., St. Francis College, 1975

Current Profession
Lead Evaluator for AdvancED
Retired, Education Consultant

Honors and Awards
ISTA Pacesetter Award
Outstanding Educator/Ball State University Alumni
Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor O’Bannon
2009 Tom Paul Outstanding CTE Director of the Year for the state of Indiana 2009 ACTE District 3 Award of Merit for the Midwest states
Outstanding International Educator/ 2014 AdvancED

Present Civic Activities
Teachers College Ball State University, Dean’s Advisory Committee
President, Regional Board of Trustees, Ivy Tech Comm. College, North Central
President, N Webster Library Board

Past Civic Activities
Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA)
National Education Association (NEA)

Weight lifting
Movie watching
Yard work

Colleen O'Brien

B.A., Political Science, Knox College

Current Profession
Education Policy Consultant
Coordinator of the Student Financial Aid Research Network (SFARN)

Present Civic Activities
Member of the Executive Committee, Orchard School Parents Association (2012-14)
Events Chair, Orchard in Bloom (2012, 13, 14)
Knox College, Alumni Development Committee Past Chair, Indiana Dollars for Scholars Board of Directors

Professional Organization Memberships
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Past Chair of the Public Policy Council

Children 10 and 5

Spending time with my kids
Attending sporting events and concerts
Reading/ buying books
Getting together with friends and drinking good wine

Tom Oestreich '99

B.A., Music Education, Butler University

Current Profession
Director of Human Resources – MSD of Washington Township

Present Civic Activities
Marian University Education Neuroscience Advisement Board  
Indiana University Career Services Advisory Council

Past Civic Activities
Vice President of Grants – Washington Township Schools Foundation

Professional Organization Memberships
American Association of School Personnel Administrators
Indiana Association of School Business Officials
Indiana Association of School Principals

Butler Basketball
Green Bay Packers
Milwaukee Brewers

Marsha Reynolds MS '78 EPPSP '87

B.S., Elementary Education, Indiana University/Purdue University, 1973
M.S., Education, Butler University, 1978
Administration Certificate, EPPSP, Butler University, 1987

Current Profession
Director of Elementary Education, MSD of Washington Township, retired
Currently Education Consultant

Honors and Awards
Recipient of 2010 Champion of Indiana Network for Early Language Learning Award
Principal of School of 2006 National Blue Ribbon Award
Recipient of 2003 Administrator of the Year Award of MSDWT
Recipient of Lilly Endowment Administrator Creativity Grant
Business Week Economic Literacy Award
Recipient of Joe Nygaard Award, Butler University
Received 1st Place Award for Olin Davis Exemplary Teaching of Economic Education in State of Indiana
Named Indianapolis Public Schools ―Teacher of the Year
Professional Organization Memberships
Board of Visitors, Butler University
Indiana Council for Economic Education Advisory Board Member
Member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church Governing Board
Member of Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation

Faye Snodgress

B.S., Honors, German and French, Indiana University, 1975
M.B.A., Marketing, Indiana University, 1976
Certification, American Society of Association Executives

Current Position
Executive Director, Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education
Honors and Awards
Certified Association Executive 2005 – ASAE

Present Civic Activities
The Judische Kulturbund Project - Board Member
U.S. Teachers of Education for Sustainable Development - Executive Board Member
UNESCO Committee of Asia-Pacific Institute for Education for Sustainable Development
Altrusa - Secretary

Past Civic Activities
Terre Haute Women’s Club – Service organization – Board member and president
Professional Memberships
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)


Denny Southerland

B.A. DePauw University, American History, 1972

Current Profession
Salesman, Senior VP, Partner, Cripe Architects & Engineers

Past Civic Activities
Board of Directors, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership - member
Board of Directors, Teacher Treasures - member
Ft. Benjamin Harrison Base Closure Task Force – member
Vice Chairman, State of Indiana Commission for Proprietary Education, - member

Professional Memberships
Cripe Architects & Engineers Board of Directors
Paul I. Cripe Charitable Foundation Board of Directors

Personal Information
Married 44yrs, to Catherine Musk-Southerland
5 children, 4 sons in-law, 11.5 grandchildren
Wife & daughter (Katie Southerland Luck) both Butler grads

Butler Basketball
DePauw University Football 

Cathy Springer-Brown '76

B.A., Psychology, Butler University, 1976, M.S., Adult Education, Indiana University, 1991

Current Position
Retired (2010), Education Director, Indiana Judicial Center
Education Consulting Work for Indiana Supreme Court Agencies

Honors and Awards
Leadership Institute in Judicial Education Faculty
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Founders Circle Award

Present Civic Activities
Board Member, Indianapolis Art Center
Advisory Board Member, Herron School of Art & Design
Commission Member, Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education


Past Civic Activities
Board Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Member, Indianapolis Mayor’s Commission on Family Violence
Member, American Society for Training & Development
Indiana Bench/Bar Advisory Committee
National Judicial College Review Committee
YWCA Women’s Fall Games Planning Committee

Professional Memberships
National Association of State Judicial Educators

Volunteer Work

Nick Sproull '02

B.A., Music with Honors, Butler University, 2002
M.A., K-12 & Postsecondary Leadership, Michigan State University, 2012
Ed.D. Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education, Johns Hopkins University, 2016

Current Position
Director of High School Review, NCAA

Honors and Awards
Butler University “Top Ten Outstanding Male Student”, 2002

Present Civic Activities
Youth sports coach- Zionsville

Past Civic Activities
Board of Elders, Common Ground Christian Church, 2005-08

Professional memberships
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Family time
Education Policy
Butler Basketball

College Athletics Advisory Committee
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) 2009-present
Advocacy and Issues Committee
International Association for K-12 On-Line Learning   (iNACOL) 2011-2013

Trish Whitcomb '75

B.S. Butler University, Elementary Education, 1975

Current Profession
Investment Banker, George K. Baum & Company

Personal Information
Spouse, Russ Sipes

Jennifer Williams '98 MS '00

B.S., Elementary Education, Butler University, 1998
B.A., Secondary Major Spanish, Butler University, 1998
M.S., School Counseling, Butler University, 2000

Current Profession
Guidance Counselor at North Central High School

Present Civic Activities
Young Alumni board Member — Butler University
Minority Alumni Council Mentor Program – Butler University

Professional Organization Memberships
American School Counselor Association NBCC - National Certified Counselor

Attending concerts
Working with young people
Spending time with my family and friends