Staff in Alumni & Family Engagement

Location Howard House, 131 West Park Street
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Steve Crawford, Executive Director ~ 614.823.3200
Stacey Rusterholz, Assistant Director ~ 614.823.1466
Ben Schwarz MBA ’19, Associate Director ~ 614.823.1429
Becky Smith ’08, Administrative Assistant ~ 614.823.1650


Crawford Steve

Steve Crawford

Executive Director

Steve Crawford serves as the executive director of Alumni & Family Engagement at Otterbein University, joining the team in September 2018. In this role, he oversees outreach and programming to alumni, families, and friends in the Cardinal community. He received his MA from The Ohio State University and his BA from Capital University. A long-time CASE V volunteer, he chaired the DV conference in 2011 as well as chaired the 2016 joint conference with partners from DVI. He has presented…

Read More >


Stacey Rusterholz

Assistant Director

I graduated from Elon University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I went on to complete my Masters in Higher Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After a few years of working in Student Affairs at Elon, my family moved up to Columbus, OH and I began work at the Center for Community Engagement at Otterbein. In September 2019, I began my role in Alumni Relations!In my role,…

Read More >

Ben Schwarz Headshot  1

Ben Schwarz

Associate Director

I have a BS in Psychology from Heidelberg University, MSE in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, MBA from Otterbein. I joined the Otterbein Alumni & Family Engagement team in 2019 after working for Otterbein’s Center for Student Involvement for 5 years. In my role in Alumni & Family Engagement, I advise the Young Alumni Board, the Student Alumni Board, Greek Alumni Council, coordinates Homecoming & Family Weekend, and plan regional events. My favorite thing about Otterbein is…

Read More >

Dsc 6394

Becky Smith, ’08

Administrative Assistant

I received my associate degree in Business from Central Ohio Technical College where I then worked from 2009 to 2014 in the Office of Student Life at Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University Newark. I’m still an active member of the COTC Alumni Council. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in Business Administration from Otterbein “College” in December of 2008. In June of 2019, I was delighted to join the staff in…

Read More >