CEO & Managing Partner (Oak Brook, IL)
Ryan D. Butt currently serves as the CEO & Managing Partner of The Constaré Group, LLC, an Oak Brook, Illinois based social-venture firm for the past fifteen years. Ryan’s past professional experiences range from providing regional expansion of direct services to at-risk individuals, working with street-children in Kenya, to developing and establishing innovative social venture initiatives with non-profit and for-profit entities. These experiences eventually led Ryan and a few friends to launching a consulting firm in 2004 focusing on nonprofits which evolved into the Constaré Group.
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor Degree in Government & International Studies, with a second major in African and African-American studies. He also earned a Master of Science in Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame, a course of study that is focused on nonprofit organizational administration. Ryan completed his academic journey by attaining a Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law with concentrations in nonprofit, business and international law. During his time at Valparaiso he actively researched and wrote extensively on issues related to nonprofit tax issues, compensation and regulation of the sector.
B. Riku Ahluwalia Esq., CCEP
Corporate Counsel & Senior Consultant, Ethics and Compliance (River Forest, IL)
B. Riku Ahluwalia brings to our team over a decade of experience working with nonprofits and public entities. A licensed attorney and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, Ms. Ahluwalia helps organizations enhance compliance with relevant laws, policies, and regulations through formal and informal compliance programs. With particular expertise in higher education, Riku has frequently addressed entity boards and leadership teams regarding potential initiatives and risk mitigation measures. She has worked closely with all levels of management and delivered training programs to organizational stakeholders in the areas of discrimination/harassment, data privacy, and disability law. Prior to serving in a legal and compliance capacity, Riku spent five years in internal marketing for a financial brokerage firm and six years in legal placement. A member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Riku has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of College and University Law and has been a guest speaker at several universities and public education conferences. A graduate of Notre Dame Law School and Loyola University Chicago, Ms. Ahluwalia has extensive experience in the following areas: policy and policy framework development; regulatory agency correspondence; corporate governance; internal investigations and procedural best practices; mandatory employee training; and discrimination/harassment.
Ms. Ahluwalia also serves as Constaré’s legal officer and provides legal advice to Constaré and its employees acting in their official capacities.
Associate (Charlottesville, VA)
Andrew Lynn is a Notre Dame graduate with several years experience working in the Michiana nonprofit sector. Prior to Constaré, Andrew managed the day-to-day operations of Make a Difference Michiana and oversaw their website and marketing efforts. Andrew has a degree in political science and is passionate about results-based, grassroots efforts to alleviate social problems. His experience includes helping nonprofits engage their supporters more directly in their mission through social networking and other creative communication channels. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Virginia with a focus on cultural and social forces that influence generosity and notions of the common good.
Associate (South Bend, IN)
Bill Killilea originally hails from Northern California but has called South Bend/Mishawaka home for over fifty years. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame (1960), Bill worked at and eventually owned a car dealership in Mishawaka. He moved on to becoming Vice President of Marketing for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and during the past decade has been a consultant to many organizations seeking assistance in their fund-raising goals. His experiences include creating and maintaining highly profitable raffles, special events and capital campaigns. He currently sits on several local nonprofit boards.
Associate (Columbus, OH)
Kelley Krstich is a certified English teacher who earned her BA in English Writing and a minor in French from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. After graduation from Pittsburgh, she went on to work in public relations and design layout in Capital University in Columbus, OH. At this time she also wrote extensively as a staff editor and assistant news editor for several of the local newspapers, before moving on to teach writing skills to parochial and public schools to students grades seven to twelve in the Columbus area. Kelley, being fluent in both French and Spanish, is an asset to Constaré for her writing and editing skills. Her position at the Constaré Group allows her to follow both her creative writing spark and her desire to use her talents to give back to the community.