Alumni Chapters: St. Louis, Missouri

You can stay connected to Drury and classmates no matter where you live.  Just get more involved with our Regional Alumni Chapter in your area.  To get involved, all you have to do is attend alumni events and stay connected with our office and your Regional Alumni Representatives. Events and meetings are offered in throughout the year in your alumni region, with a variety of different programs and opportunities to continue to peak your interest. You can even volunteer and serve as an Regional Alumni Leader for Drury and provide activities, communication and leadership for alumni in the region.

If this is something that strikes your interest, please contact the Office of University Advancement at alumni@drury.edu. We want to hear your ideas so you can connect with alumni in your area!

To ensure that you receive messages from us about regional events, make sure we have your updated contact information on file.  You can contact our office at alumni@drury.edu or 417-873-7217 to make updates.

Contact Your Regional Representative


Megan Waterman '13

Year Appointed: 2017

Megan Waterman was raised in a military family and graduated from Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Illinois. She then attended Drury University to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing, with minors in Global Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Design Arts. While at Drury, Megan was active in Greek Life, serving as Parent/Alumni chair and Ritual Chair of Zeta Tau Alpha. She was a member of the Arts LLC, the Drury Panthers Dance Team, and was a performer in the University’s annual production of The Vagina Monologues. Academically, Megan was active in the English for Academic Purposes program working with international students, and she served as President of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and Vice President of Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-Law Club. She worked at the front desk of the Martin Alumni Center for all four years at Drury. Her favorite events at Drury are the Back-to-School Fireworks and Finals Week Late Night Breakfast.

Following her time at Drury, Megan began her legal career at The University of Tulsa College of Law. During a study abroad term in Dublin, Ireland, Ms. Waterman served as an intern to a senator, where she contributed to housing legislation aimed at obtaining affordable housing for hardworking families. During law school, she interned with the Boesche Legal Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, representing victims of domestic violence, clerked for The Denton Law Firm, aiding clients harmed in personal injury cases, and she was published in the Tulsa Law Review. Megan returned to Edwardsville, Illinois, and now works as a workers’ compensation attorney at Gori Julian and Associates, P.C., working on behalf of injured employees.


Paula Hopkins McBurnett '97

Paula has 20 years of experience in development and fundraising for public and private education, including 16 years in higher education. She joined Washington University in St. Louis as Senior Associate Director of Development for the School of Engineering & Applied Science in January 2014. From 2007 to 2013, she served as Director of Development for Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO (formerly UMR and Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy). From 2001 to 2007, she served alumni and development for Drury University. Paula began her fundraising career in 1997 as the first executive director of the Springfield Public Schools Foundation (now Foundation for Springfield Public Schools). 

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professional-St. Louis Chapter, the St. Louis Council on Planned Giving and has held the Certificate of Fundraising Executive since 2008.  Paula resides in Eureka, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, where she volunteers with the Jefferson County Master Gardeners. Paula has two children, Natalie ’05 and Taylor ’08 Hopkins.


Lynn Chipperfield '73

Lynn Chipperfield graduated from Drury in 1973 and from Washington University School of Law in 1977. He retired in 2008 after a career with Furniture Brands International in St. Louis, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. He is now engaged in numerous volunteer and non-profit interests., including as General Counsel of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He Served as Chairman of the Drury Board of Trustees from 2010-2014.

Lynn lives in St. Louis with his wife Kathy, who is also a full-time volunteer. Their daughter Amanda is a graduate of Washington University and currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and their son Andrew is a graduate of University of Denver and Saint Louis University School of Law, and practices law in St. Louis.


Other Representatives Include: 

  • Kim Kassel '01
  • Natasha Sanford '15
  • Jeff Bradley '89
  • Jill Struemph '91
  • Jeana McFerron-Berron '98