Student Affairs Departments
Dr. Frank E. Ross, III is a student advocate who has spent his career committed to enhancing the student experience. He brings nearly 30 years of leadership in higher education administration at both private and public universities, and also contributes to the student affairs profession through both his scholarship and service.
Frank joined Butler University in 2017, after serving as Vice President for Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Before that he was the Vice President for Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University.
Frank is a national leader in the student affairs profession with involvement in NASPA, the preeminent international association dedicated to the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. He served as a member of the NASPA Board of Directors, was the national director of Knowledge Communities, and served as chair for the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference. He also was a member of the James E. Scott Academy Board for senior student affairs officers. Currently, Frank is the Chair of the NASPA Advisory Services steering committee.
Frank earned his PhD in higher education from Indiana University, and then completed the higher education management development program at Harvard University.
The majority of his scholarship has focused on student development and success in the first college year, with a special emphasis on creating conditions for success for students from underrepresented backgrounds and identities. Frank previously served as the Editor of the Journal of Learning Communities Research. His latest publication is a book focusing on professional competencies in student affairs.
Frank has received awards and recognition from NASPA, the National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, the National Academic Advising Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the American College Personnel Association for his work and research. In addition, he received the 2016 Robert H. Shaffer Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University.
Dr. Beltran is a scholar and practician in the field of Health Sciences. He completed his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, but his work experience extends beyond academia. He completed his post-doctoral training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Adolescent and School Health and in the Division of STD Prevention. He also served three years as the deputy director of a binational, non-profit,community-based organization that provided healthcare to underserved populations. Dr. Beltran’s research and practice focuses on HIV/STI prevention, substance use/abuse, Hispanic/LatinX health disparities, and behavioral health. At Butler University, he engages in teaching, research, and service around these topics.
Author of a couple of novels, The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson and Do Not Go On. Co-author (with Sarah Layden) of The Invisible Art of Literary Editing. Editor of a few anthologies, My Name was Never Frankenstein: And Other Classic Adventure Tales Reanimated and An Indiana Christmas. Co-editor (with Michael Martone) of the anthology, Winesburg, Indiana. Stories have appeared in Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Southeast Review, and elsewhere, including New Stories from the Midwest and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Wishes he was a hawk, believes that breakfast burritos are the perfect food.
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Pharmacy Practice Professor
Jane Gervasio is the Butler University Pharmacy Practice Professor of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist and a Fellow in the American Colleges of Clinical Pharmacy. She completed a Specialty Residency in Critical Care and Nutrition Support and a Research Fellowship in Metabolic Support at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Dr. Gervasio is nationally recognized for her expertise in the area of Nutrition Support. She speaks both locally and nationally and has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on various nutritional and gastrointestinal related topics. Dr. Gervasio continues to serve on various committees for several nationally recognized organizations, including the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Specialty Council on Nutrition Support Pharmacy Practice for the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.
Dr. Karina Hamamouche joined the faculty at Butler University in 2021 after teaching for two years at Belmont University. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Boston College in 2019. Prior to attending Boston College, she received her BA in Psychology and French from Butler University. She primarily teaches Life Span Development and Psychological Inquiry, but also enjoys teaching Research Methods courses. Dr. Hamamouche’s research focuses on how children learn about number and time. She is interested in how these abilities develop and how an understanding of quantities relates to formal academic achievement. She loves to travel and is an avid college basketball fan.
Student Involvement and Leadership
Josiah values providing holistic education for students with particular interest in facilitating support to students in transition. Josiah completed his Higher Education & Student Development Master of Arts in 2012, worked in first-year residence life for ten years, and joined the Butler University team in January 2023. He enjoys all things pop culture, hanging out with his cat Eleanor, and exploring the city.
Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and her Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her APA-accredited doctoral internship at Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services and her post-doctoral fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Christine is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Grief Educator, and a Pet Loss Grief Counseling Trained Professional. Christine works primarily from a Humanistic-Existential, Psychodynamic, and Internal Family Systems framework. Christine’s clinical interests include working with clients experiencing existential anxiety and existential concerns, grief and loss, trauma, self-compassion, family of origin concerns, relationship anxiety, identity development, fostering authenticity and meaning making, and phase of life changes. Christine works with Bella, an 8 year old English Bulldog, as part of the Animal Assisted Therapy program at CCS.
Michael completed his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology (PhD) from Purdue University in 2022. He completed his APA-accredited doctoral internship at Butler University and post-doctoral training at Integrated Psychological Center of Indiana. His training has prepared him to work with a variety of presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, family-of-origin concerns, and trauma-related symptoms. Michael is guided by an interpersonal process and emotion-focused approach to therapy and strives to create an authentic and genuine relationship with each student he supports. In his free time he enjoys distance running, podcasts, and reading.
Dr. Madinger earned a bachelors degree from Valparaiso University and a masters from Ball State University. She then studied nutrient cycling in western streams at the University of Wyoming, earning a PhD. After graduate school, Dr. Madinger taught environmental science at Concordia University Wisconsin before beginning at Butler. Her current research collaboration is with the Friesner Herbarium at Butler University. Previously she has investigated many local phenomenon including 17 year cicadas, local water quality, and biofilm diversity. She teaches Ecology and Evolution (BI 230), Ecology and the Natural Environment (NW 207), and Conservation Biology (BI 419).
Counseling and Consultation Services
Director/Training Director, CCS
Keith received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester in 1996. Prior to working at Butler, he worked in community mental health, and he maintains a private practice outside of his work at Butler. Keith works from an emotionally-focused, interpersonal perspective in therapy. He is interested in mentoring, supervision, and professional development. His clinical areas of interest include suicide prevention, grief/loss, identity development, mindfulness, and trauma recovery. Outside of the office, he enjoys engaging in just about any sport when he is not spending time with his partner and three children.
Madison received a B.S. degree in psychology from Drake University in 2014 and a M.S. degree in clinical/community mental health from Western Illinois University in 2017. Prior to working at Butler, she worked in private practice working with children, adolescents, and adults. Madison works from a humanistic and integrative perspective in therapy. Her clinical areas of interest include neurodiversity, mood lability, suicide prevention, grief/loss, identity development, family of origin, trauma-informed care, and social justice work. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking/backpacking, camping, traveling, and reading thriller novels.
Have you ever inflated a life-sized blue whale in a school parking lot? Talked with astronauts in real-time aboard the International Space Station with 200 third graders? Led science and social studies explorations with one thousand fourth graders around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? If you’ve had class with Dr. Catherine Hagerman Pangan – most likely you have!
Dr. Pangan is a Professor in the College of Education. She is honored to work with first-years through graduate students and many community partners around the city. Her work focuses on science and social studies methods, teacher leadership and innovation, and pre-service teaching. She is also an Innovation Fellow for Butler’s Transformation Lab.
She also has a unique role as a “Faculty-in-Residence and lives with 630 sophomores in Fairview House with her family. Dr. Pangan contributes as a columnist in The Teacher Advocate magazine as “Dr. P.” and has written curriculum for teachers for exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. She wrote a children’s book titled“No Peanuts for Me!” about her son’s peanut allergy. She also authored chapters for “The Power of Teacher Leaders” and “Connecting Children to Nature” and advised on a student-led publication “The Gifts of Indiana.” She serves as president of the Board of Trustees for Sycamore School. Formerly, Dr. Pangan was an elementary teacher in St. Louis, MO and Indiana. She traded in her “golden apple” teaching award for the Big Apple and helped start the NewTeacher Academy at Columbia University and worked with teachers in Harlem and Brooklyn. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education, Master’s in Educational Administration at Butler University, an endorsement in Gifted Education, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on policy and education law. Dr. Pangan has been working in education for over 25 years.
- Master of Science in Education, M.S. Ed. – Baylor University, 2000
- Bachelor of Science in Recreation – Indiana University, 1998
- Executive Director, Student Well-being – Butler University, 2018-present
- Director of Recreation – Butler University, 2005-2018
- Assistant Director of Recreation – City of Greenwood, Indiana, 2003-2005
- Coordinator, Intramural and Club Sports – University of Texas at Dallas, 2000-2003
- Executive Council (as Chair of Staff Assembly rep.), Butler University, 2018-2022
- Senior Management Team (SMT), Student Affairs, Butler University, 2018-present
- Staff Assembly Executive Committee (Chair), Butler University, 2018-2022
- Staff Assembly Executive Committee (Vice-Chair), Butler University, 2016-2018
- Staff Assembly Executive Committee (at-large), Butler University, 2014-2016
- House Corporation board member – Indiana University Delta Tau Delta fraternity, 2006-2023
- House Corporation board member (President) – Indiana University Delta Tau Delta fraternity, 2012-2018
Professional Organization Involvement
- ACHA, American College Health Association, 2018-present
- NIRSA, Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, 1997-present
- NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Ed, 2018-present
- National Wellness Institute, 2019-present
- Wellness Council of Indiana, 2022-present
- IRSA, Indiana Recreational Sports Association, 2005-present
- IPRA, Indiana Parks and Recreation Association, 2003-2005
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- Online – https://www.butler.edu/well-being/
Counseling and Consultation Services
Assistant Director, CCS
Casiana received a Bachelor’s degree in psychological science from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She was born and raised in Indianapolis within a large, multiracial family. Casiana is interested in providing culturally sensitive and affirming mental health treatment and enjoys facilitating values identification, acceptance, and self-compassion in her clinical work with students. In her spare time, she enjoys having fun with her partner, toddlers, and three dogs, and sharing meals with her large extended family. Her favorite self-care activities include trying new food, listening to live music, practicing mindfulness, and taking long walks.
Health and Recreation
Health and Recreation
- B.A. Psychology, Indiana University-Bloomington (2016)
- Master of Public Health (MPH), Indiana University-Bloomington (2018)
Katie joined the Recreation and Wellness team in 2019. As a born-and-raised Hoosier, Katie attended Indiana University-Bloomington, where she earned both her B.A. in Psychology and her Master of Public Health (MPH). She also earned her certification as a Health Education Specialist (CHES). Her time at Indiana University fostered her passion for college student well-being & ultimately prepared her for her career in university health promotion.
In her role as Assistant Director for Health Promotion and Wellness, Katie reinforces and supports a culture of well-being at Butler through specific prevention and health promotion strategies. Her professional interests include mental health advocacy and sexual health promotion.
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Bridget Yuhas has more than 15 years of experience in higher education functional areas such as student activities, alumni engagement, development, housing, and assessment. During her doctoral studies at Indiana University, she worked at the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) where she frequently wrote experimental item sets for NSSE’s partner survey, the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. Since arriving at Butler University in 2018, Dr. Yuhas has created ways to measure the efficacy of BU|BeWell, Butler’s framework for student well-being, and share results of those measurements to inform stakeholders’ practices across campus. She has presented original research on student well-being at NASPA Strategies, NASPA Annual Conference, Assessment Institute, NIRSA Annual Conference, AAC&U Annual Meeting, the Annual Conference on the First-year Experience, and NIRSA’s Summer of Learning; and has partnered with the National Wellness Institute to study professional well-being practitioner competencies both within and outside of higher education. Dr. Yuhas developed the Student Well-being Institutional Support Survey (SWISS) and is that project’s primary investigator. She frequently consults with colleges and universities on how to take action based on student data in order to increase student well-being on their campuses.
- Joe Graves, General Manager
- Chad Melinger, Campus Executive Chef
- Matt Barnes, Director of Operations
- Katy Maher, Registered Dietician
- Lenisha Lipsey, Human Resources Generalist
- Katelyn Cowden, Marketing Specialist
- Keegan O’Connor, Controller
- Jordan Hall, Executive Chef Residential Dining, Marketplace & ResCo
- David Espenoza, Executive Sous Chef, Marketplace
- Angeline Martin, Sous Chef, Marketplace
- Nate Atkins, Sous Chef, Marketplace
- Mark Thompson, Café Manager, Marketplac
- Julie Alexander Executive Sous Chef, ResCo
- Travis Willis, Sous Chef, ResCo
- Rob Lints, Chef Manager, Plum Market Kitchen at C-Club
- Wes Mullins, Jr., Sous Chef, Plum Market Kitchen at C-Club
- Nathan Smith, Banquet Chef, Catering
- Brian Jefvert, Director of Catering
- Mike Scott, Retail Manager, Starbucks & Butler Brew
- Kim Abbadini, Retail Manager, Hinkle Concessions & Trip’s Corner Market