Student Leadership

Michael Bender

Grand Knight
Michael is a junior from Plano, Texas, majoring in History with a supplementary major in Medieval Studies. Michael resides in Pangborn Hall, on the same floor as Chaplain Fr. Ching and Trustee Brenden Quirk. As Grand Knight, he serves as the council’s chief executive, providing leadership and ensuring that the council’s many parts operate smoothly.

Buddy Williams

Deputy Grand Knight
A junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Buddy is from Houston, Texas, and lives in Alumni Hall. He previously served as Faith Events Coordinator. As Deputy Grand Knight, Buddy oversees special projects and helps the Grand Knight with day-to-day tasks. Buddy also serves as the President of the Children of Mary.

John Paul Butrus

John Paul is a junior from Birmingham, Alabama. He lives in O'Neill Hall. As Warden, J.P. helps maintain our beautiful building.

Reinhardt Bartsch

Rein is a sophomore residing in Keough Hall.

Marcus Espeland

Evan is a sophomore Physics and Philosophy major with concentrations in Advanced Physics and the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics.

Andrew Foote

A sophomore from the great state of Kansas, Andrew is a resident of Dillon Hall. As Treasurer, Andrew is responsible for keeping track of council finances with the oversight of the Financial Secretary.

Joseph london

Inside Guard

Joseph is a sophomore living in Keough Hall. As Inside Guard, he coordinates the council’s religious activities in conjunction with Fr. Brian Ching, CSC.

John Soza

Outside Guard
A sophomore from Los Angeles, California, John is majoring in Finance and Political Science and lives in Morrissey Manor. As Outside Guard, he is responsible for coordinating events with Notre Dame clubs and keeping in touch with the council's off-campus partners.

Finnian Sweeney


Finn is a sophomore residing in Sorin Hall. He previously served as the Council's interim Outside Guard. As Recorder, Finn is responsible for keeping the minutes of General Business Meetings and creating the 'Knights Weekly' newsletter.

Brenden Quirk, PGK

Student Trustee
A senior from the great state of Kentucky, Brenden served as the Grand Knight of Council 1477 in 2021, and Recorder from 2020-2021. He is majoring in Medieval Studies.

Bob Siegfried

Membership Director

 Bob is a junior from Tulsa, Oklahoma, majoring in Medieval Studies


Faith Events Coordinator


Faculty and Alumni Leadership

Prof. Michael Pries

Financial Secretary
The College of Arts and Letter's Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and a popular economics professor, Dean Pries is focuses his research and teaching on macroeconomic labor markets and financial economics. A Notre Dame alumnus, Dean Pries provides oversight over the council's finances and serves as the council's faculty adviser with Notre Dame.

Martijn Cremers

K.J. Martijn Cremers is the Martin J. Gillen Dean and the Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance at ND's Mendoza College of Business. His research and teaching areas are investment management, corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate law, business ethics and Catholic social thought. He serves as a trustee helping govern and advise the council. The council's former Financial Secretary, Dean Cremers frequently stops by Steak Sales to cheer members on.

Fr. Brian Ching, CSC

A Holy Cross priest and a double Domer, Fr. Brian serves as the Rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Priest-in-Residence of Pangborn Hall. Fr. Brian provides spiritual guidance for the council, helping to keep the Sacraments and prayer at the heart of the council's work. Feel free to reach out to him at any time to set up a time to talk or with any questions you might have. Make sure to check out Old College's Tuesday post-Mass soirees for food and fun.


Andrew Weiss

An Alumni of Holy Cross College and Council #1477, Andrew Weiss is a member of the Supreme Knight's Club for Field Agents and the Million Dollar Roundtable – the premiere association of financial professionals. He is responsible for providing guidance on the Financial and Fraternal Benefits of membership in the Knights of Columbus to its members.