Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is the governing body of the Alumni Association and consists of alumni leaders from a range of class years, a member from the Drury faculty and a member from the administrative staff. The Council meets collectively six times per year to serve as the voice of all alumni, coordinate alumni communication efforts, plan activities and support alumni engagement and connection programs.

Alumni Council members also play an important role as representatives of Drury in their communities, as well as offering financial support to the Annual Drury Experience Fund, department programs and special projects to support the growth and success of the University.

Alumni Council Goals for the 2017-2018 Year:

  1. Strengthen the relationship between the council and the regional alumni groups to improve alumni engagement.

  2. Continue the development of opportunities for alumni to interact with and mentor current students.

  3. Encourage alumni to promote Drury within their communities and identify and recommend future students.

Apply for Alumni Council

Alumni Council accepts applications for new members each April.  Each Alumni Council member serves a four-year term and has distinct responsibilities as part of their position.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Alumni Council, apply with the online Alumni Council application. 

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Alumni Council Members

Brandon Adamick '09, '11

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2017

Brandon received his degree in Management and Marketing in 2009 and his Master's in Business Administration in 2011 from Drury. His current position is Post-Acute Sales with Medline Industries. Prior to working for Medline, he held numerous sales positions in the construction and building industry. Brandon is active within his church community at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton and previously was involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of southwest Missouri. He has remained active in the Breech School of Business and has been a mentor in the MBA program. He also enjoys being on the Dapper board and stays active in the downtown business growth and revitalization.

Joel Alexander '83 

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Joel Alexander earned his communications degree from Drury in 1983. Working not far from Drury, he serves as the Manager of Communications for City Utilities of Springfield. Currently he serves on local boards of the American Red Cross and Ozark Trails Council – Boy Scouts of America, and assists with other community organizations. His wife, Lisa, is President of the CoxHealth Foundation.

Joann Dahlke Banner '74 

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2015

Joann Dahlke Banner, a 1974 Drury graduate, earned her degree in Home Economics. She is a self-employed bookkeeper at her own company, which serves several companies in the Springfield area. She is married to Gary Banner, a fellow Drury graduate and former Alumni Council member. She is an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church and a frequent volunteer at Ronald McDonald House.

Michele Duvall Boswell '90 
Executive Committee Member At-Large

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Michele Duvall Boswell is a 1990 Drury graduate with a communications degree and minors in Business Administration and English. She is the sales director for Collegiate Awards in Springfield, Missouri. She is one of the creators of Drury Basketball’s annual "Overflow the O" event and has volunteered for Drury in many other capacities. Michele is married to Drury graduate Dr. Craig Boswell ’91. They have three sons who attend Springfield Public Schools, where she volunteers with the Springfield Council of PTAs.

Patti Callaway '09

Patti Callaway graduated from Drury in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She currently works as the Payroll Manager for The Payroll Company in Springfield. Patti is actively involved with Springfield Aquatics, the youth swim club, led by Brian Reynolds at Drury. She is also the Board Treasurer for Global Community Works, a grassroots mission effort assisting families in Guatemala. Her family is actively involved with the student exchange organizations EF and AFS and has hosted a few exchange students over the years. Patti and her husband Frank live in Ozark with their two children, Arianna and Bryant. 

Ron Carrier '86

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 1998-2001; 2017

Ron Carrier earned his B.A. in Political Science at Drury University in 1986. He went on to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and received the title of Juris Doctor in 1988. Currently, Ron serves as the Associate Circuit Judge for Greene County. He is also a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Board for Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. He is married to Leslie Carrier, a 1987 graduate of Drury.

Will Cologna '99

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2014

Will Cologna, vice president of Product Solutions for Springfield-based Guaranty Bank, has nearly two decades of banking experience. Currently, Cologna is responsible for new product and service development as well as implementation and deposit regulation compliance for Guaranty Bank. Cologna started his banking career in 1997 with then-Empire Bank and has held positions in operations and deposit administration, retail banking management and Bank Secrecy Act compliance. He has spent the past 17 years with Guaranty Bank. He also serves as President of the Jack Henry and Associates Core Director National Board. Locally, Cologna is actively involved in the Sunrise Rotary Club of Springfield, having served as the chapter’s president, and Schweitzer United Methodist Church.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Drury University and a Master of Business Administration in Logistics and Transportation from Missouri State University. He and his wife live in Springfield with their daughter.

John Everett '94
Immediate Past President

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2013

John Everett is President and CEO of Legacy Bank and Trust Company. He began his banking career in 1991 while attending Drury University. He graduated from Drury in 1994 with a degree in Business Administration. He was one of the founding employees of The Bank in 1997, where he served as CFO. He was hired as CFO in 2004 by Legacy Bank and Trust and was later promoted to President and CEO. In addition to serving on the Drury University Alumni Association, John has served on the Breech School of Business Advisory Committee since 2015. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Rogersville and is the treasurer of the organization. He served on the Board of Directors for the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2014 while filling the term as President of the chamber for 2 years.

Gail Fredrick 69', '72
Board of Trustees Liaison

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Gail Fredrick graduated from Drury in 1969 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics, and received a Master in Business Administration from Drury in 1972. He received a Juris Doctor degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1975. He practices law in Springfield and has been active in Drury activities, including stints as a past president of the Drury Booster Club and a member of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee. He has served as a member of the Missouri Public Defender Commission, Missouri Arts Council and currently serves on the Springfield Sports Commission and Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame board of directors.

Janell Manley '75, '78

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2017

Janell received degrees in Business Administration and Economics in 1975 and her Master's in Business Administration in 1978 from Drury. Following stints managing investments for AT&T and owning her own residential construction and development business, Janell currently serves as the Administrative Director for Police Officer’s and Firefighters Retirement System for the City of Springfield. She is active with organizations involving Springfield Public Schools and animal rescue and care.

Kaitlyn McConnell '11
Communications Committee Chair

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Kaitlyn McConnell, a 2011 Drury graduate, is employed as CoxHealth’s Media Relations Coordinator. She recently returned to the Ozarks after living in Norway for nearly three years, where she worked in the subsea oil and gas excavation industry. In her spare time, she manages Ozarks Alive, a website featuring the unique people, history and culture of the region. She also serves the community through various civic organizations including the Writers Hall of Fame, Junior League of Springfield and as an ambassador for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kayce Morton '99
Programs Committee Chair

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Kayce Morton, D.O., earned her degrees in Biology and Chemistry with minors in Journalism and Spanish from Drury in 1999. After completing medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences in 2005, she attended the University of Missouri and completed her pediatric residency. She has been a pediatric hospitalist for CoxHealth since 2008. Morton has been married to her husband, Brandon, for 17 years. They have two children, Ashlyn and Cooper. Kayce is involved with several area philanthropies including Care To Learn, Isabel’s House and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Kim McCully-Mobley '94, '00 

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2015

Kim McCully-Mobley, an adjunct faculty member with Drury University and Crowder College, graduated from Drury with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1994 and a Master’s in Education in 2000. She currently works as an educator at Aurora High School, as well as a freelance writer. She writes for several publications around the Midwest and owns a small, home-based publishing company called The Ozarkian Spirit. Her husband, Al Mobley, graduated from Drury with an associate's degree in Environmental Studies in 1993 and a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1995. Her son, Jake McCully, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in 2012. She is active in the Aurora community and received the Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award for 2016. She is currently president of Main Street Aurora and serves as secretary for Habitat for Humanity and the Aurora Economic Development Committee.

Mickey Moore '95, '02
Vice President

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2015

Mickey Moore earned Business and Economics degrees from Drury in 1995 and an MBA from Drury in 2002. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Mickey is now an active Springfield entrepreneur, owning and operating Tomo Drug Testing since 2007.  Moore has been an active Drury alumnus for several years, including participation in #DruryBusinessNetwork events, support of the Breech School of Business and serving as a mentor for Drury students. He is also actively involved in multiple non-profit and civic organizations in the Springfield area.

Lori Johnson Murawski MBA '13
Recognition Committee Chair

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2015

Lori Johnson Murawski graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Drury in December 2013. She began working for TelComm Credit Union in 2006 and is currently Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. Murawski is heavily involved in the community. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, is an incoming Board Member of the Junior League of Springfield and volunteers with several other non-profit organizations. She remains involved with Drury University and Breech School of Business.


James Owen '00
Regional Representatives Liaison 

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2015

James Owen, Drury University class of 2000, graduated from University of Kansas School of Law in 2003 and received his law license in 2004. He has clerked for the Missouri Court of Appeals, worked in his own private practice, and was appointed to be Webster County Associate Circuit Judge in 2014. Currently, he and his wife, Claire, reside in Columbia, Missouri and he works for the state of Missouri’s Office of Administration in Jefferson City.

Andrea Battaglia '01, '12

Andrea graduated from Drury in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Advertising. She returned to Drury in 2005 to work in Greek Life & Student Activities and during that time completed her Integrated Marketing Communications Masters in 2012. She now happily spends her days as the Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations immersed in marketing, fundraising strategy, leadership development, alumni engagement and volunteer management. Andrea is married to Matt Battaglia ’01, MBA ’09 and they have three children.  She is an avid runner; slow but dedicated. And she loves mysteries, especially Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie characters. 

David Beach '97
Faculty Representative 

David R. Beach is an architect and assistant professor of architecture at Drury's Hammons School of Architecture. At the Hammons School of Architecture, David teaches in the design studio, the Center for Community Studies working at the urban design scale, and both the introductory and advanced digital design technology courses.  David also maintains an active architectural practice. Along with teaching, practicing architecture, and researching digital design technology, David can often be found with his family training Morgan horses on his farm in rural Missouri.

David Beach

Emelia Enquist '14
Staff Representative 

Emelia graduated from Drury in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising & Public Relations and a minor in Music. While at Drury, she served as the Springfield Regional Opera's Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator. She has worked in marketing and nonprofit program management in Oregon, northwest Arkansas and Minnesota. As Drury's Web Editor, Emelia collaborates with the marketing team and across various departments. She enjoys music, theatre, and any combination of the two.