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College of LAS Board of Visitors

The purpose of the Board of Visitors is to advise and support the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in fulfilling its mission: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences seeks to extend knowledge and understanding and to convey the excitement of lifelong learning. The College offers students ways to lead creative and thoughtful lives and to be useful and sensitive citizens of the community, the country and the rapidly changing world. The College affirms the essential role of liberal education and also provides students a variety of opportunities for specialization in a major field, preparing them for graduate or professional schools or for more immediate career goals.

Nancy Brown

Nancy BrownNancy Brown was graduated from Butler in 1972 with a major in English (although, to her advisor's dismay, she also spent a lot of time in the College of Music). Her first job in the public information office of the Indiana Department of Education was the beginning of a 35-year career in public relations, enhanced by Investor Relations and B2B marketing assignments. She also served as Public Information Officer for the Indianapolis Public Schools and in the public relations, investor relations and marketing departments of Indiana National Bank and its successor institutions. She retired in the summer of 2007 from the post of Director of Corporate Relations for ITT Educational Services, Inc., a NYSE-traded company that operates more than 90 technical colleges across the US.

Community service included terms on the Boards of the March of Dimes and the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and was a founding member of the board of the Virtual Chapter of the National Investor Relations Society.

Nancy and her husband, Darrell Pieczko, live a half dozen blocks from the Butler campus and very much enjoy the atmosphere that the carillon contributes to the neighborhood.

Karen Colglazier

Karen GolglazierKaren Colglazier is originally from Indianapolis where she was reared. Her father, Bob Dietz '42, played basketball at Butler where he was an all-American, and served as the assistant men's basketball coach under Tony Hinkle from 1947–1970. Karen was going to basketball games at the fieldhouse before she was born, so it was no surprise that she would attend Butler University. She earned her BA ('70) and MA ('74) in history at Butler, and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for study and travel throughout India. She was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.

After graduation, Karen taught social studies in IPS, Washington Township, Noblesville Schools and Hamilton Southeastern High School. She also coached girls' high school tennis and youth soccer. Karen has been very active in the community, serving on various educational and community boards including the Butler University Parent-Faculty Council (2002–2003), Noblesville Schools Community Advisory Council (1985–1992; President, 1986–1988), and Noblesville Boys and Girls Club Auxiliary. She is currently a member of Butler University's Liberal Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors as well as the Ovid Butler Society Executive Committee.

Karen lives in northeastern Hamilton County with her husband Bud (owner, Don Hinds Ford); along with their three horses, three dogs and a cat who thinks he's a dog! They have three children... John is 29 and lives in Bozeman, MT; Mark, 26, lives in Indianapolis; and their daughter Carrie, who was killed by a drunk driver on June 6, 2003. Carrie had just completed her freshman year at Butler where she was studying in the pre-Physician Assistant program, a member of the women's soccer team, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She was 19 years old.

Carrie has always been the inspiration for Karen's participation in marathons, half-marathons and triathlons. When Karen has time to slow down, you will find her quilting in her studio in Indiana or in their home in Montana, putting her Master Gardener certification to work in the garden, and supporting Butler athletics, especially women's soccer and men's basketball.

Emily DeBrosse

Emily DeBrosseEmily (Brown) DeBrosse graduated from Butler in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in English (Creative Writing emphasis). She's a Hoosier born and bred, and arrived on campus without a declared major or chosen profession. This 'open-mindedness' led to a natural fit in the English department. Complementing the creative writing track, Emily enjoyed non-major ballet classes. As graduation loomed but a professional spark eluded her, Emily earned a Public Relations/Marketing internship with the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. This opportunity provided the revelation that great organizations, causes, and companies needed more than subject matter experts - they needed creative thinkers to deliver on their potential.

Her professional experiences (while definitely non-linear) built to her current role with Charles Schwab & Co. Picking enjoyable aspects and jettisoning the mundane from each progressive step, Emily now manages logistics and provides HR services and solutions for internal training programs. Past professional endeavors have included producing special events at Accent on Indianapolis and Print Communications and fulfilling public relations/marketing duties at the Indianapolis Private Industry Council.

Emily and her husband J.J. '95 have two boys at home. Their daughter, Catherine, died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The family honors Cat through "Count It!" for Cat, an organization that raises awareness of SIDS and funds an endowed scholarship at Butler for female student-athletes.

Kathy Harrison

Kathy HarrisonInformation coming soon.

Patrick Havens

Pat HavensInformation coming soon.

Alex Kor

Alex KorInformation coming soon.

Susan Kucer

Susan KucerA native of Fort Wayne and a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School, Susan started her academic pursuits at Indiana University, where she spent 1 1/2 years before finding scholastic challenges and lifelong friendships at Butler University. Susan has been with PNC Bank (the official bank of Butler Athletics) for 30 years, most recently as a Senior Vice President responsible for Business Banking for the state of Indiana. In this role she leads a team of 54 Business Bankers, Treasury Management Officers, Merchants Services Account Executives, and 135 Branch Managers to help clients improve the cash flow of their businesses. She also was the Engage Program Director, a strategic initiative designed to deliver simple, systematic solutions to our bankers and customers at point of sale. Susan also held various positions in Residential Real Estate, including portfolio, construction, and sales management.

Susan is a Certified Financial Planner and NASD Series 7 designee. She has served as an Associate Professor at Ivy Tech Community College. She is a graduate of United Way's Ardath K. Burkhart Executive Board Leadership series. Susan is a member and past President of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association, and the Indianapolis Board of Realtors. She is a volunteer and former Director of the American Cancer Society, a Resource Volunteer for working mothers for Mothers of Supertwins (M.O.S.T.), and a Neighborhood Coordinator for the March of Dimes Mother's March.

Susan and her husband Jeff, (a BOV member for Butler's College of Education), live in Indianapolis and have six children, Andrew, Patrick, Joseph, Sammy, Maxwell, and Elizabeth.

Mark Murray

Mark MurrayIndianapolis native Mark Murray developed his love of broadcasting while working at Ben Davis High School's WBDG-FM. He chose Butler for its excellence in broadcast education and sought a curriculum and degree in this area. Because he had been working as an air personality at top rated WIRE-AM since age 17, he quickly began to desire a broader educational experience. During his sophomore year, he switched to a new major then offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1980 he was one of the first Butler grads to attain a B.S. in Public and Corporate Communications. Upon graduation he became General Manager for WTRE AM & FM in Greensburg. After three years he moved to WAMJ-AM in South Bend where he was General Manager and morning call-in talk show host. During the 1980s he produced and hosted a live, prime-time call-in talk show on the local PBS station, WNIT-TV. With a strong aspiration to go into non-profit work, and to better use his Butler Liberal Arts education, he made a career change in 1990.

Following seven years as vice president, he has served the last 15 years as President/CEO at Center for Hospice Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of living through hospice care, home health care, bereavement services, and community education. Now the largest hospice program in Indiana, and ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation, Center for Hospice Care has offices in South Bend, Elkhart and Plymouth, two seven-bed Medicare certified hospice inpatient units, a freestanding community bereavement facility, and separate Administrative and Foundation offices.

Murray is currently serving his second term as Board Chair for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in Alexandria, VA. With 52,000 members, including 3,700 hospice and palliative care provider members, NHPCO is the oldest and largest such membership organization in the world. He also currently serves on the boards of the National Hospice Foundation; FHSSA (formerly known as the Foundation for Hospices of Sub-Saharan Africa), and the Hospice Action Network, a Washington, DC-based political advocacy organization. He is a member of the National Hospice Executive Roundtable, a group of eleven CEOs from across the country who meet three times per year to develop and share industry best practices. A former Board Chair for the Indiana Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, he continues to serve on the board. By appointment of Governor Mitch Daniels, he was a member of the Indiana Home Health Services and Hospice Services Council from 2006–2011.

He lives in Granger, Indiana with his wife Deborah, daughter Michelle, and granddaughter Emily.

Keith Phillips

Keith PhillipsKeith Phillips is a native of New Jersey, graduating from Point Pleasant Boro High School in 1978. He received a B.A. from Butler University in 1982 majoring in psychology. Keith worked in retail management for five years after graduation before entering the publications business in 1987. Keith helped start two publications early in his career; Cash Book magazine, a coupon magazine in the Indianapolis area and Indianapolis Weekly Update, a weekly tabloid newspaper targeting households with high income. Keith has been with Indianapolis Monthly since 1991 starting as an account executive (1991–1997), advertising director (1997–2000), associate publisher (2000–2003), and currently as publisher.

Keith is involved in a variety of organizations, serving on a number of boards and committees including: Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, City and Regional Magazine Association, American Society of Interior Designers/Indiana Chapter.

Keith lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Virginia and their four children, Evan, Andrea, Eric, and Alyse.

Sandy Rader

Sandy RaderSandy Rader was born in Newark, New Jersey, August 3, 1931; admitted to bar, 1960, New Jersey, United States District Court for New Jersey and Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

EDUCATION: Butler University (B.A., 1953); Rutgers University Law School (Juris Doctor 1959), Municipal Prosecutor, Township of East Brunswick, 1963-1965.

MEMBER: Middlesex County Bar Association (Trustee, 1979) and New Jersey State Bar Association; Trial Lawyers Association of Middlesex County (Vice President, 1966-1967; President, 1967-1968); Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, President Middlesex County Bar Foundation 2001-2002; (With U.S. Air Force, 1953-1957): Colonel, USAFR, 1975-1984, Strategic Air Command and Military Airlift Command); Chair-Military Law Committee and Veteran's Affairs Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association-1993-1996; presently on staff at Retiree Assistance Office, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, Member NJSBA Lawyers Assistance Program Committee; (1995-2000); Member N.J.S.B.A. Elder Law Section.

Clients have included Asarco, Inc., Travelers Indemnity Insurance Company, Motor Club of America Insurance Company, National Westminster Bank, Bankers Savings, J.I. Kislak Mortgage Corporation and Commerce Bank, N.A.

Rader is at present Of Counsel to the Law Firm of James P. Nolan and Associates, 61 Green Street, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095 since January 1, 1995. His present practice is in the areas of Respondent and Petitioner Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Elder Law, and is Counsel to Asarco, Inc. in defending Occupational Injury and Occupational Exposure claims; and City of Perth Amboy in defending Workers' Compensation Injuries, Negligence, Tax Appeals and Zoning Appeals.

He served on the Alumni Board of Directors of the Butler University Alumni Association from 1998 to 2002; and represented Butler University at the inauguration of Dr. Richard McCormick as the President of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey on April 13, 2002; he was selected as the United States Air Force Volunteer of the Year for 2001 at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey on February 15, 2002. On May 5, 2003, he was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Rader is also a Volunteer with "Trial Lawyers Care" representing victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks at the Worlds Trade Center, Pentagon and Pennsylvania in claims to the "Victim Compensation Claim Fund".

On March 15, 2004 Col. Rader was elected Vice President, Sister Service of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. He is a member of the Melvin H. Motolinsky Research Foundation in recruiting leaders of the foundation to perpetuate its goals in research of blood diseases for the next generation.

Rader recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Trial Lawyers of American-New Jersey for his service to and legal representation of the New Jersey Families and victims of September 11, 2001 as a volunteer attorney for Trial Lawyers Care. On May 6, 2004, Mr. Rader received the Lawyer Achievement Award for 2004 presented by Middlesex County Bar Association. This was in recognition of his activities, to inform and education the public about our American and New Jersey legal system; to encourage and promote reform and modernization; to improve the relationship between the legal profession and the general public; and for his service to the community of Middlesex County as the outstanding Attorney in Middlesex County.

Rader presently serves on the Board of Visitors of the School of Liberal Arts and Science at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Donna Reynolds

Donna ReynoldsDonna Reynolds is Principal of C:3 Consulting, which provides strategic communications counsel, planning, assessment and services, specializing in the areas of communications and community relations. Clients have included a major airline, Fortune 500 international manufacturers, a global engineering firm, international retailers and a large metropolitan area community foundation. She has authored several books for corporate and individual clients. Her professional experiences include financial and employee communications, media relations, publications, community affairs, communications strategic planning, communications counsel to senior management, budget administration and staff supervision.

Prior to C:3, she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Indiana Humanities Council. She also served in executive and manager level positions in public relations and communications for a number of companies, including Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc., Mallinckrodt Veterinary, Inc., TRW Inc., Montgomery Ward and Co. and International Harvester.

She is active in a number of civic organizations, and currently chairs the board of The Children's Bureau, Inc., and serves as vice-chair of the board of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Public Relations from The Ohio State University. She also attended the Graduate School of Business at Indiana University. 

Kent Rollison

Kent RollisonInformation coming soon.

Maria Smietana

Maria SmietanaInformation coming soon.

Jeremy Stephenson

Information coming soon.

Michael Swarzman

Michael SwarzmanMichael Swarzman is a lifelong Chicago resident, having graduated from New Trier High School in 1970, Butler University in 1974. After working in manufacturing and materials management consulting, he began a career in health care, and has worked in that industry for over 25 years in variety of positions and organizations. Michael received a Master of Arts degree (English) in 1980, and a Master of Business Administration in 1985, both from Loyola University of Chicago.

Currently Michael is the regional vice president of physician services and business development, Chicago region, for Advocate Health Care. Michael is a faculty member of the graduate school of public health at the University of Illinois, Chicago, is an active member of the advisory committee of Loyola University's MBA Health Care Management Program, and is a frequent speaker on health care reform and its effect on business development in health systems.

Michael is active in a variety of civic organizations, including Vice Chairman of Hispanocare, Inc., volunteer coach in his community, and has been awarded a Chicago Community Builder Award. He is an avid chess enthusiast, and plays for the North Shore Chess Club and Touch Chess.

Michael is married to the very lovely and talented Barbara Grier (for 29 years), and they have two adult children, Rachel and Sarah.

Michael is the chairperson of the Board of Visitors.

Harry Todd

Harry ToddInformation coming soon.