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Student Disability Services Alumni
Moving Forward, Achieving Success
Ryan Alsman - Finance, Management Information Systems (2014), & Master of Business Administration (2018)
Ryan is a two-time Butler graduate, having returned to complete his MBA after completing his undergraduate studies in business in 2014. He credits his Butler education for preparing him for life post-graduation, highlighting that Butler’s “emphasis on experiential learning, internships, and professional development has led me to be significantly more prepared for a full-time role than many of my peers.” Ryan feels that utilizing SDS during his time as a Butler student helped to simplify his conversations with professors about accommodations he needed in the classroom. Ryan is currently working as a Senior Financial Analyst at Salesforce.
Ryan Kelly - Majors in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance
Ryan correlates his time as a student at Butler with his confidence in who he is and who he wants to be: “Butler supplied the tools to allow me to get to where I wanted to be in the future…and had a strong focus on teaching students how to learn and how to apply the knowledge you gain to your everyday life.” Ryan feels that working with SDS for accommodations as a student further improved his ability to be a good student and “taught me how to have a balance in my life.” He met with a disability specialist freshman year who “went over my schedule step by step. This taught me how to be more effective with my time,” and he used those skills throughout his four years at Butler. After graduating in 2016, Ryan moved to Ferdinand, Indiana and worked briefly for the Supplemental Income Department at the Social Security Administration. He is now a Pricing and Promotions Supervisor with MasterBrand Cabinets, having received a promotion to that position after only one year with the company.
Meg McIlvenna - Actuarial Science Major with a minor in Business
Meg feels that Butler University prepared her for life after graduation in more ways than one. She attributes the education she received at Butler to her preparedness for both her professional life and adult personal life, but also to her confidence in and understanding of her passions. Because of this confidence, Meg felt prepared to step into a multitude of different career paths.
Meg credits her use of services at SDS for some of her success, stating “I know that utilizing SDS not only aided the GPA I feel proud of today, but made me feel confident in my abilities to conquer college. SDS gave me a comfortable and quiet space to take exams, ask questions, or receive extra help in certain situations. They have helped me feel comfortable asking for help.”
After graduation in 2018, Meg started her career as a Cyber Account Manager for an insurance wholesale brokerage firm in Chicago, but she feels that the Butler community is still with her no matter where she goes: “Butler truly cultivates a community of C.A.R.E on a worldwide scale…the Butler community reaches beyond the Butler campus, because you can always find a fellow dawg within any city to connect.” Meg is currently studying for her producer license to keep up her education within the insurance agency, and feels that her background in actuarial science has been a real benefit in aiding her team and acquiring new accounts. “I was full of pride to be a student at Butler in my time there, but more importantly, I am honored to be a lifetime Butler graduate.”
Katey Kelleher - Communication Sciences & Disorders, Special Education Mild Intervention Minor, 2017
Katey Kelleher credits Butler as the main reason for her success in graduate school. After graduating cum laude from Butler with her undergraduate degree in 2017, Katey entered a master’s program in Speech Pathology at Miami of Ohio University and graduated with her degree in May 2019.
Katey explained that the Butler environment in her undergraduate experience really helped prepare her for graduate school and beyond, explaining that “classwork and extracurriculars are the reason why I became so organized and passionate about the work I want to do! Butler fostered my love of volunteering and service.” Katey has continued to grow that love throughout her graduate experience, spending time teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to Miami students, as well as completing clinical rotations at a hospital in Chicago and a pediatric outpatient clinic in Cincinnati, and a school for the Deaf in Cincinnati.
She credits SDS for helping her feel accepted on campus, explaining that SDS “truly made me feel like a vital part of the Butler community. They helped me to advocate for my disability to professors and other students on campus.”
Katey recently accepted her dream job, a position as a Speech Language Pathologist at the Indiana School for the Deaf, where she is really grateful to have the opportunity to utilize her ASL skills to make a positive difference for kids in the Indianapolis community.
Melanie (Shrontz) Zegar - Health Science & a Master of Physician Assistant Studies, 2018
Melanie credits her time at Butler and the challenges she encountered as a student for preparing her to handle real-life challenging situations. Indeed, she feels that the Physician Assistant program truly prepared her well for taking her national board certification exam; she passed that exam on the first attempt after graduation. Melanie utilized SDS accommodations for all six years of her program at Butler, and feels that doing so really helped her perform to the best of her ability on exams. “SDS also helped teach me to advocate for myself as a person with a disability.” In instances where she needed some additional support, “SDS rose to the challenge and helped advocate for me to attain the resources I needed to be successful.” She fondly remembers her role as a founding member of the SDS Student Council (now morphed into the honor society Delta Alpha Pi), as one of her favorite SDS experiences. As a member of that council, Melanie had the opportunity to help decrease stigma around the idea of disability and raise awareness of SDS services at Butler. Melanie adds, “I feel so fortunate to have had the support of SDS since I was a freshman at Butler. They practically watched me grow up. I truly would not be where I am today without them.” After graduating with her Master’s in 2018, Melanie got married and moved to Cincinnati with her husband. She recently started a new job as a Hospitalist at Atrium Medical Center with the Premier Health Network.
Communication Sciences & Disorders Major with a Minor in Spanish, 2019
Cecilia Moore feels that her experiences at Butler prepared her to have the tools and knowledge that she’ll need to build upon in the future.
“The faculty at Butler were always willing to help me and showed a genuine interest in my learning and success,” Cecilia says. “Butler gave me opportunities to become a leader,” and she feels those experiences helped her learn valuable lessons she can use in the future.
Cecilia considers her time utilizing SDS at Butler a helpful factor in her academic achievements, stating, “It allowed me to flourish and continue to be a strong, successful student. Each semester, SDS helped work with me individually to get my textbooks on tape and allowed me to take exams in SDS, which helped tremendously.”
After graduating Cum Laude from Butler in May 2019, Cecilia plans to utilize the knowledge and tools Butler helped her to develop as she heads to Purdue University to pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.