Alumni Council

Drury Alumni Council serves as the leadership board and governing body of the Alumni Association, with members from a range of class years, including 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:

  1. Participation in local and regional University events
  2. Engagement with current students through increased mentorship, internship and community involvement opportunities.
  3. Increase engagement of Drury alumni with campus leadership, to promote opportunities in student recruitment and rollout of the campus master plan.

Interested in serving on Alumni Council?

Alumni Council accepts applications for new members each spring.  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

Joel Alexander '83 
Fundraising Support Committee Chair

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, Ozark Trails Council – Boy Scouts of America, Good Dads, Springfield Police Foundation, and assists with other community organizations. His wife, Lisa, is President of the CoxHealth Foundation.


Joann Dahlke Banner '74 
Secretary/Treasurer

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 
Communication Committee Chair

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

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2017

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 received a Juris Doctor degree in 1988. Currently, Ron serves as an 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
Past President, Ex-Officio

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2014

Will Cologna, vice president of Product Solutions for Springfield-based Guaranty Bank, has over 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 18 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 from Missouri State University. He and his wife live in Springfield with their daughter.


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.


Walter Haskins '77

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2018

Walter received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from Drury in 1977 and then attended the University of Kansas Law School receiving a J.D. degree in 1980. He began practice in 1980 in the field of civil litigation with the same firm with which he is now, Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Brittingham, Gladd & Fiasco, P.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and all federal courts in the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas. He and his wife, Nan Lea, have been married for 31 years and have three children. He has been active in Boy Scouts of America and numerous conservation organizations, being designated as Conservationist Landowner of the Year in 2018 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. He serves in a pro bono capacity as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Tulsa. He and his family live in Tulsa.


Kerstin Landwer

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2018

Kerstin has worked with large national and small local nonprofits for over twenty years in fundraising and operations. She is also the owner of Sweetbrier Designs, a small gift and decor business. Kerstin enjoys volunteerism, the arts, hiking with her dogs, and learning primitive survival skills. She is a total pop culture junkie, and regularly keeps up with the Kardashians, fears the Walking Dead, and always votes for Pedro. 


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

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
Events 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, now serving as Pediatric Section Chair. Morton has been married to her husband, Brandon, since graduating Drury in 1999 and they reside in Nixa. They have two children, Ashlyn and Cooper. Kayce is involved with several area philanthropies including Mayor’s Commission for Children Advisory Board, Care To Learn, Isabel’s House board member, Trailspring board member and  Children’s Miracle Network.  Kayce also serves on the Greene County Medical Society and is the Communications chair for the Missouri American Academy of Pediatrics.


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
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
President-Elect

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, a 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.

 


Nate Reed '09

Nate Reed is a 2009 graduate of Drury with degrees in Marketing and Criminology. After nine years of active engagement in the Springfield community through development work with nonprofit organizations and volunteerism, Nate has relocated to the Twin Cities. His hope is to spread the love of Drury to this region and recruit new students. 


Jane Sellars '70

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2018

Jane Sellars considers attending Drury to have been one of the most proactive and positive decisions she made in her life. "Moving into McCullough Cottage, meeting new friends, pledging Alpha Phi and starting classes just a week later was a pivotal point in my life," she says. After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education, she continued to be active as a chapter rush advisor. She ended her 37-year teaching career at Central High School, just across the street from Drury. Over the years, she has been active in civic and professional groups including Springfield Alpha Phi Alumni, P.E.O. International, Relay for Life, the Executive Committee of LAD of Southwest Missouri, the Alzheimer's Association, ALS of Southwest Missouri, Southwest Missouri Museum Associates, and Drury Women's Auxiliary. Jane is thrilled to be a part of Drury's future and looks forward to her time on the Alumni Council. 

She and her husband John are grandparents to seven grandchildren and enjoy the interaction they have with them and their adult children. 


Mark Stillwell '67

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2018

Mark Stillwell, a native of Springfield, is a graduate of Central High School, Drury University and the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. After graduating from Drury in 1967, he served on Navy active duty for three years with assignments in the Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier USS Princeton and in Vietnam, Korea and Taiwan. He returned to Springfield in 1970 as Sports Information Director and Publications Editor at Drury, and did radio play-by-play of Drury basketball for a year before moving to become SID at Missouri State in 1972. Stillwell spent 37 years with the Bears, receiving more than 60 publications and writing awards. He is the recipient of a CoSIDA 25-Year Award and a CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference, Missouri State Athletics, Springfield Area Sports and Missouri Sports Halls of Fame. His sports information career has been paralleled with more than 28 years in the Navy and Navy Reserve, with his retirement from the Navy in 1991 with the rank of Captain. 


Andrea Battaglia '01, '12
Ex-Officio

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

Rosalyn Thomas
Staff Representative 
 

Rosalyn Campbell Thomas is a 1974 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She earned her Master's of Education degree in 1996. Rosalyn retired from the Springfield Public School System in 2008 and presently works as the Coordinator of Diversity in Student Affairs at Drury. Her husband Eddie, class of 1976, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Arts in Education in 1985. They have one daughter who resides in Florida and a son who resides in Springfield. Their grandson attends Springfield Public Schools.

David Beach