Department Chair
Brenda Quincy
Brenda Quincy
Department Chair, Medical Science and PA Studies

Dr. Quincy has been a physician assistant for more than 30 years.  She completed her PA education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After working clinically in Family Practice for 15 years, she completed a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology concentration) and worked for one year in epidemiology research at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. She was a faculty member in two different Physician Assistant Programs and completed a PhD in Health Sciences (International Health) prior to relocating to Indianapolis in late 2014.  

She joined the Butler faculty in the Health Sciences program in 2015. At Butler, she has taught Health Science, Healthcare & Business, Physician Assistant, and Pharmaceutical Science students. Her primary teaching assignments have involved evidence-based medicine and biostatistics. Dr. Quincy joined the Doctor of Medical Science Bridge Program in May 2021, with teaching responsibilities including DMS-BR 780 Biostatistics and DMS-BR 782 Research Design. In September 2021, she stepped into the role of department chair for the Department of Medical Science and PA Studies.

Dr. Quincy’s professional service includes membership on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Physician Assistant Education(JPAE). She has also served as a feature editor for the Evidence-based Medicine column in the journal and on the Physician Assistant Education Association’s Faculty Development Institute.  Her research and scholarly interests range from cervical cancer screening options in developing countries to issues affecting accredited PA programs. Her current interests include the impact of prenatal and early childhood trauma on the health and wellbeing of children, as well as the importance of a trauma-informed approach to care. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of journals including the JPAE, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, World Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Advance for Physician Assistants, in addition to textbook chapters on evidence-based medicine for physician assistants and infectious disease questions for a review text for PAs.

Outside of work, she and her husband, Mike, have fostered children in North Carolina and Indiana. They have 2 feline fur babies and are actively involved in their church.

Faculty & Staff
Andrew Chastain
Andrew Chastain
Assistant Professor – Physician Assistant Studies

Andrew Chastain is an Assistant Professor in PA Studies.  He graduated from Indiana University School of Allied Health Sciences with a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy.  He completed his PA training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Primary Care Associate Program with Foothill College in Palo Alto, California. Andrew previously held a Clinical Assistant Professor appointment within the Stanford University School of Medicine as a faculty member for the Master of Science in PA Studies Program.  He currently sees patients at Ascension St. Vincent Women’s Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Current teaching assignments include:

  • Summer:  Physiology for PAs
  • Fall:  History & Physical Exam Laboratory; Lectures within Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics 2
  • Spring:  Pediatrics; Clinical Procedures Laboratory

Andrew is the current President of the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants, and holds fellow membership in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Physician Assistant Education Association, and the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics.  He enjoys spending time traveling with his wife Jenny and their wire fox terrier, Charley.

*Office hours are currently being held virtually via Zoom at:  https://butleru.zoom.us/j/335511850



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Karen Corby
Karen Corby
Experiential Education Liaison

Karen comes to us from the state of Michigan where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from Central Michigan University.  She spent eight years working in Cardiac Rehabilitation and eleven years as a pharmaceutical sales representative.  Her familiarity with the healthcare environment, as well as her experience interacting with medical professionals in a multitude of clinical settings, prepared her to serve as a College of Pharmacy & Health Science’s Experiential Education Liaison.   Karen supports both the Physician Assistant and Pharmacy Program through developing and maintaining relationships with current clinical sites/preceptors, pursuing new opportunities for experiential learning and facilitating the legal contracts necessary for student placement.

Kristine Defalque
Kristine Defalque
Administrative Specialist
Lori Fauquher
Lori Fauquher
Assistant Professor and Assistant Director Experiential – Physician Assistant Studies

Lori Fauquher, MS, PA-C, is a life-long Hoosier, born and raised in Muncie, IN.

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Jennifer Guthrie
Jennifer Guthrie
Associate Professor and Director Experiential – Physician Assistant Studies

Jennifer Guthrie was born and raised in Beech Grove, IN.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Xavier University in 1998 with a Bachelors of Natural Sciences, and then went on to graduate Cum Laude with High Honors from Butler University in 2000 with her Bachelors of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  Jennifer completed her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree in May 2014 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

Jennifer has practiced as a PA in family medicine since 2000, and continues to see patients at Family Medical Center in Seymour, IN one day per week.  She accepted a full-time faculty position teaching in the PA Program at Butler University in January 2012, and currently serves as the Director of Experiential Education and Associate Professor for the program.  Jennifer married her high school sweetheart, Joe Guthrie, in 1999 and they have been blessed with two wonderful children, Sydnee age 19 years (a current Butler University student majoring in Biology) and Clayton age 17 years (a senior at Columbus North High School). Jennifer and her family currently reside in Columbus, IN.   

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Mark Lutz
Mark Lutz
Assistant Professor – Physician Assistant Studies

Mark Lutz, MPAS, PA-C earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Butler University in 2006 and Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Nebraska University in 2010.  Prior to coming to Butler in 2019, Mark worked as a Physician Assistant in Cardiology for 13 years with a focus in Electrophysiology for the last 5 years.  Professor Lutz particularly enjoys sharing his passion for the Physician Assistant profession with his students and continues to keep one foot in the clinical setting at Franciscan Physician Network – Indiana Heart Physicians in Indianapolis.

Chris Roman
Chris Roman
Associate Professor Physician Assistant Studies

Christopher Roman is an Associate Professor in PA studies. He graduated from Xavier University with a biology degree before spending several years conducting neuroscience research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned a MA in psychology. He completed his PA training at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois, and completed a Doctor of Medical Sciences (DMS) at Butler University in 2021. He has practiced in the areas of dermatology and infectious disease, and now sees patients in an urgent care clinic in Indianapolis.

Professor Roman enjoys instructing students in clinical medicine and evidence-based medicine, as well as precepting them in the urgent care clinic where he sees patients. He has authored several journal articles in both medicine and basic sciences, and has delivered presentations at state, regional, and national conferences. He spends his spare time having fun with his wife and two boys, as well as their erratically behaved Goldendoodle.

Betsy Schmidt
Betsy Schmidt
Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies Program and Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of PA Studies, Assistant Program Director

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Carol Sitzman
Carol Sitzman
Assistant Professor – Physician Assistant Studies

Carol Sitzman joined Butler’s Physician Assistant  faculty in the Fall of 2019.  She worked in family medicine, for over 20 years in the Indianapolis area.  She is a graduate of the Butler University Physician Assistant Program, BS, in 1996, after completing a BS in Biology also from Butler in 1992.  She completed a  Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies in 2017 through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Carol Served as a clinical preceptor for the Butler Physician Assistant Program prior to joining the faculty.  

Current Teaching responsibilities:  

Fall:  Healthcare Communications, course director

Spring:  Clinical Integration & lab

Summer:  Clinical Anatomy & lab

Carol is a member of the IAPA, AAPA and PAEA Carol enjoys spending time with her family including husband and 4 children in her free time as well as handful of hobbies including sewing and crafting.  

Jennifer Snyder
Jennifer Snyder
Professor and Associate Dean

Dr. Snyder graduated from the Butler University physician assistant program in 1997 and earned a PhD in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University in 2014.  She has worked in both Family and Emergency Medicine as a physician assistant.  She is a tenured professor.  She has served within the PA program as the Academic Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator,  Program Director, and Chair of the Department.  Dr. Snyder was the founding Chair and Program Director of the Doctor of Medical Science Program in the Department of Medical Sciences.  On June 1, 2020, she assumed the position of Associate Dean Academic and Administrative Services of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  She has served as a University Faculty Senator and on the College and University Professional Standards Committees while at Butler University.

Dr. Snyder has been active in the national professional organizations of the PA profession. She served as Director at Large and President of the Board of Directors of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).  She has served as a site visitor for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant.  Dr. Snyder has served as chair of the Public Relations Committee of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).  She has served on several Reference Committees and the Standing Rules Committee within the House of Delegates, AAPA.  In addition, she has served on numerous other committees and workgroups in both the PAEA and AAPA.

She has remained active as a member with her state physician assistant organization. In the past, Dr. Snyder was elected to positions within the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants as President, Secretary and on numerous occasions as a Delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates.  

Dr. Snyder was awarded the  PAEA Master Faculty of the Year Award in 2019 and the President’s Award in 2011 by the Student Academy of American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is a Distinguished Fellow Member of the AAPA. 

Dr. Snyder has presented and published several articles on clinical, professional, and research topics associated with the PA profession and education.

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Daniel Sturm
Daniel Sturm
Associate Professor – Physician Assistant Studies

     Daniel Sturm is a licensed Physician Assistant with 15 years of experience in primary care.  He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology in 1995 and a Masters of Medial Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 1997.  Mr. Sturm specializes in providing outpatient comprehensive primary care services including minor routine office procedures.  His clinical interests include travel medicine, patient education, health promotion and disease prevention.

     He joined Butler University 2011 as an Assistant Professor for the Physician Assistant Program within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Mr. Sturm has taught the following courses: Introduction to Imaging Studies, Clinical Medicine, Social and Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Integration, and provided lab instruction for History and Physical Assessment, Clinical Procedures, and Diagnostics and Therapeutics labs.  In addition, he is the course coordinator for the Community and Mental Health Rotation.  He tries to create an open and active learning environment that fosters the development of clinical reasoning using a common sense approach.  He enjoys working with the students in small groups in the lab where he can get to know them on a more personal level.  

     Mr. Sturm is a strong advocate of the PA profession and co-chairs the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants.  In addition, he has been instrumental in organizing and promoting the Indiana’s first Student Medical Challenge Bowl for PA students. 

    His personal interests include rooting for Butler’s athletic teams, disc golfing, and camping. He resides in Westfield, Indiana with his wife, two children, a rabbit, and six chickens.  


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Kali Veness
Kali Veness

Kali Veness, PA-C, joined the Department of PA Studies faculty in 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Physician Assistant Studies here at Butler University. As a licensed PA in Indiana, she has clinical experience in both orthopedic s and pediatrics. As a former NCAA Division I volleyball player, she enjoys keeping active with her husband and 3 young children.

Olivia West
Olivia West
Administrative Specialist