The Hub Crew

Meet our team of problem solvers, connected networkers, and innovators.

Our crew makes our mission possible.

Meet Our Team

Ryan D. Butt

Dean of College of Business

Office Location: SB-101-E
Phone: (815) 836-5267
2009 J.D., Valparaiso University
2002 M.S., University of Notre Dame
2000 B.A., University of Notre Dame
Ryan D. Butt, JD, MSA is the Dean of the College of Business & Graduate School of Management at Lewis University.
In the late 1990's, Ryan worked in Kenya for an NGO that provided training and resources to create sustainable business enterprises for street children. This experience was followed by a senior administrative position with a regional nonprofit organization in Northern Indiana, where he began to develop frameworks for social enterprises to be implemented within the organization. This passion for building social ventures led Ryan to establish The Constaré® Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in developing social ventures within and between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors both domestically and internationally. It was during these years that Ryan's work with diverse global clients enabled his research initiatives to focus and discern how non-profit organizations conceive, execute and grow effective sustainable income strategies grounded in for-profit frameworks while strengthening their missions.
Most recently Ryan served as the Dean of the College of Business & Leadership at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio. During his tenure at Lourdes, his successes included the design and implementation of an undergraduate business internship program, launching an entirely new, innovative and global MBA program that placed an emphasis on real-life immersions for the MBA candidates. Ryan worked with both undergraduate and graduate students to successfully grow and expand the on-campus fair trade store into a financially sustainable enterprise as well as secured grant funding that allowed him to lead various teams of graduate students to develop and launch viable social-venture entities for regional NGOs.
Ryan earned his BA and MSA from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law, where his concentrations included nonprofit, business, and international law. During his time at Valparaiso, he extensively researched and wrote on issues related to tax, compensation, and regulation of the nonprofit sector. Ryan is a frequent presenter at international, national and regional conferences on the topics of global and professional MBA programs; innovative 21st century business curriculum; trends in higher education; sustainability strategies and social entrepreneurship. Ryan has served on several nonprofit boards, at the local, regional, state, and international levels and has traveled for business on five continents.

Kari Orseske

Coordinator of CoB Operations

Office Location: SB-101-D
Phone: (815) 836-5621
Kari Orseske is currently the Coordinator of CoB Operations in the College of Business at Lewis University. Previously, she served in the School of Graduate, Professional, & Continuing Education as the Administrative Assistant to Advising and then moved on to become the Administrative Assistant to the Dean in the College of Business. Prior to working for Lewis University, she spent seven years working in an insurance defense law firm. In her role as Coordinator of CoB Operations, she acts as the liaison between Lewis University’s College of Business and the Innovation Hub. In this capacity, Kari is responsible for the planning, project management, and implementation of CoB and Innovation Hub Events.