Jason Aaron Spilbeler ’07 and Anne Stephens Spilbeler ’08
Annie Spilbeler says philanthropy is a vital part of her family history, a tradition she is proud to continue. Her grandparents, Kay Leonard and John Lewis Stephens (both ’53), met at DePauw in 1950 and were an extremely charitable couple. “My grandfather frequently said, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ I was always raised with a sense of service to others, and DePauw strengthened that,” Annie says. “My parents blessed me with a wonderful upbringing and a DePauw education, and it has given me so much: a loving husband, lifelong friends and a greater view of our world. The least I can do is give back.”
Annie met Jason Spilbeler during a retreat weekend for campus leaders. He was vice president of Delta Tau Delta. She was social chair of Pi Beta Phi. “It was like summer camp,” Annie recalls, “with games, breakout sessions, campfires and s’mores. We got to know one another, and later that month Jason invited me to the Jazz Night Informal at Delt.”
The couple says their DePauw experiences provided life-long friendships, defining opportunities and more. “During my junior year, I planned a personal Winter Term to Guatemala for myself and two other girls. We took Spanish classes and volunteered at the nonprofit community development organization, Common Hope,” Annie says. “It was my first experience abroad, and it inspired my post-graduate decision to live and teach abroad,” she says.
Jason says, “The men I met at DePauw have lived with me post-college, vacationed with me and stood up in my wedding. I didn’t realize it in college, but looking back I cherish the time to have met so many individuals of character and quality.”
After graduating in 2008 with a degree in history and minor in education studies, Annie spent a year living and teaching English in Cuenca, Ecuador, with WorldTeach. She currently teaches middle school students at St. Luke Catholic School in Indianapolis. Jason was recruited by J.P. Morgan after graduating with degrees in economics and communication. He participated in Morgan’s six-year asset management global analyst and associate training program (finishing at the top of his class) and earned a CFA (chartered financial analyst) designation, after which he was promoted to vice president.
The couple married in 2012 and remain involved with DePauw through the Indianapolis Regional Alumni Council, Hubbard Center for Student Engagement Special Program for First-Year Seminar Mentors and Jason’s service on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. As Graduates of the Last Decade, the Spilbelers participate in the GOLD Challenge, an annual, one-day online event encouraging recent graduates to give to DePauw and challenge their peers to give. The GOLD Challenge takes place in November via @DePauwAlumni on social media. The Spilbelers contribute a recurring monthly gift, which they say is easy to set up and provides consistent support to DePauw’s mission. Annie says they are thrilled to help the University and its students through The Fund for DePauw.
“We love DePauw and truly believe it’s a place of magic!” she says.
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