The Butler University Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Julie Russell Dilts ’92 of Indianapolis, legal counsel with Roche Diagnostics Corporation; Gary Butkus ’88 of Indianapolis, director of health education for Eli Lilly and Company; and Gary Aletto of Carmel, Ind., owner and executive officer of GSA Investment Co. and Bright Sheet Metal Co.
Elected president of the Butler Alumni Association in June, Dilts will serve a two-year term as the Alumni Board of Directors’ representative on the Board of Trustees. Butkus and Aletto will serve three-year terms.
Board of Trustee officers for 2012-2013 are Chair Craig Fenneman, Vice Chair Keith Burks, Secretary Dennis Bassett, Assistant Secretary Carol Wroblewski, Treasurer Sherri Alexander Richey, and Assistant Treasurers Bruce Arick and Susan Westermeyer. These individuals will serve the same term and offices for the Butler Foundation, working with University President James M. Danko.
New Butler Foundation directors include Butkus, Claude Davis, Jim Johnston, James P. Lill and Howard Schrott. They will serve through 2015.
Trustees re-elected for three-year terms include Fenneman, Burks, Lill, John Dunn, Keith Faller, Jamie Phillippe, Jim White and Billie Lou Wood. Corey McPherrin and Bob Myers are going off the board. Mike Henderson received trustee emeritus status.
Aletto has been owner and chief operating officer of Bright Sheet Metal Company, Inc. since 1986. The company manufactures and installs commercial and industrial sheet metal ductwork systems for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry.
As owner and president of GSA Investment Company Inc. since 1992, Aletto develops and owns real estate, including office, industrial and retail properties.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
A member of Butler University’s Ovid Butler Society, Aletto serves on the Hinkle Fieldhouse Campaign Leadership Committee.
He is a member of the boards of The Community Health Network Foundation, the 500 Festival and The Experiential Learning & Entrepreneurship Foundation. He has previously served on boards for Methodist Sports Medicine and Research Foundation, and Carmel Dads Club.
He and his wife, Rebecca, have three grown children. Their daughter Ashley Aletto holds bachelor’s (’06) and master’s (EPPSP ’11) degrees from Butler in education.
Butkus received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Butler University in 1988. During his years at Butler, he was recognized for his academic and extracurricular achievement by being named the Butler University Most Outstanding Male Student two years in a row. He also holds certifications in Health Care Compliance (from Seton Hall Law School) and Corporate Citizenship (from Boston College) and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
For the majority of his career, Butkus has worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently the director of health education for the U.S. Medical Division at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, he has held various positions in Medical, Ethics and Compliance, Six Sigma, and Sales. Previously, Butkus served as director of external affairs for G. D. Searle and as vice president of civic affairs for Comerica Bank.
In 1996, Butkus received the first Butler University Young Alumni Achievement Award (since renamed the Joseph Irwin Sweeny Service Award). In 2004, he was named a Butler University College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus. He has played an active role in alumni groups in Minnesota, Michigan and Florida. He was a founding member of the Butler College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Board of Visitors, on which he served for 13 years. He recently completed his second term on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the two-year term as president.
An active volunteer, Butkus has served on various boards and committees in such organizations as the American Pharmaceutical Association, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Opera Theater and Giving Sum.
His husband, Jason T. Range, is the director of grants and budgets and an assistant professor for the Butler College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Butkus hails from Waukegan, Ill., where his parents, Daniel and Theresa Butkus, still reside.
Julie Russell Dilts
Dilts received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Butler University in 1992 and her juris doctorate from Duke University School of Law in 1997.
Dilts has served as corporate counsel for Roche Diagnostics Corporation since 2007. She was recently selected to take a leadership role in Roche’s newly launched Women’s Leadership Initiative, and serves as chair of the mentoring committee. Prior to joining Roche, Dilts practiced in the Business Department of Barnes and Thornburg LLP, where she focused on securities law and mergers and acquisitions, and was active in the firm’s recruiting program.
Her passions for Butler and for mentoring are evident in her civic activities. She has served on the Butler Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2007. Previously, she served on the Advisory Board for the Butler chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity for 10 years. She also volunteered as a youth leader for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
She and her husband, Clay, live in Indianapolis with their two young children.
Other trustees continuing their service to the University are Bassett, Davis, Johnston, Richey, and Schrott, along with Kathryn G. Betley, John D. Cooke, Rick Cummings, Rollin Dick, Dr. Thomas J. Fischer, John Hargrove, Betty L. Lofton, Stephen E. McKenzie, Bryan A. Mills, Robert N. Postlethwait, Jatinder-Bir Singh “Jay” Sandhu, Howard L. Shearon, Steven F. Walker and Eugene White.