Laura French (Brand) graduated from Drury University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in arts administration and music. During her time at Drury, Laura was actively involved in university’s music and theater departments.
Laura currently serves as the Coordinator of Public Information for Ozarks Technical Community College. At OTC, Laura supports the Marketing and Communications department by writing OTC communications and managing the college’s social media accounts. Prior to her appointment at OTC, Laura worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks in fundraising and development.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys performing as the lead singer for the local band – The Wings of Swing Big Band.
Current Position: Development Associate for Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO
Abby Glenn grew up as a performer having a background as a violinist, vocalist, and being involved in theatre. This background and involvement in the arts developed her passion for pursuing a degree in arts administration. Abby earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration, Vocal Performance and Theatre Performance in 2011 as well as her Masters in Nonprofit Communication in 2013. Abby has also earned a certificate in leadership studies, social media, and grant writing.
While in school, Abby had the opportunity to work with several local nonprofit organizations in both a professional and volunteer capacity including Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Ozarks Food Harvest, and C.A.S.A. of Southwest Missouri. Her specialty within the nonprofit industry is focused on event planning, development, and volunteer management. Abby currently serves board member of the Pi Beta Phi Springfield, Missouri Alumnae Club and is the Public Relations Director for Rotaract Springfield. Abby began her current position as the Development Associate for Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO in December 2014. When she is not working or volunteering, Abby enjoys reading and baking her famous chocolate chip cookies.
Caitlin Golike graduated from Drury University in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration, focusing on Fine Arts and Art History. During her time at Drury, Caitlin was an active member of Drury’s Enactus team (formerly SIFE) and interned with both the Urban Districts Alliance and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Her internships established her love of Springfield and its arts community. Caitlin was thrilled to recently accept the position of Office Manager at the Springfield Regional Arts Council, a job that allows her to actively be involved in all facets of Springfield’s art scene.
Elizabeth Hurst is Development Manager for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra specializing in strategic fundraising. Her main objectives for the organization are to continue pursuit of sustainable and diverse funding sources for the Symphony and to communicate added value of having a regional professional orchestra in this community. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Arts Administration and is currently finishing her Master of Business Administration degree from Drury. As an undergraduate, she studied voice and piano and was a member of Drury Singers, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and Opera, Treasurer of Student Advocates for the Arts where she helped to implement the first Self-Employment in the Arts Conference, and interned for the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks and SDCO. After five years of corporate work, Elizabeth is glad to be working and advocating in her chosen field. Elizabeth and her husband Justin are Springfield natives and enjoy spending time with their dogs and entertaining friends. She is an active member of South Street Christian Church, a Drury affiliated Disciples of Christ Church.
Kristy Ladd joined the Kansas City, Missouri Arts Council in 2010 after serving as an intern. As Grants and Development Coordinator, Kristy works on raising funds for the Arts Council as well as managing the grants process of the ArtsKC Fund. Kristy serves the development team in grant writing and research, special event planning and donor relationship building. She works with those seeking money from the ArtsKC Fund, the Arts Council’s United Fund for the Arts, to talk budgets, project ideas and timelines to craft the proposals. In December of 2011, Kristy made it priority to ditch the archaic paper application and review system for ArtsKC Fund Grants and moved the entire process online. She identified a foundation interested in the project, wrote the grant and received the funding. In April of 2012, organizations were applying for funds through the new online system and all evaluations were done electronically. Moving ArtsKC Fund Grant application process into the 21st century in 2012 was the highlight of her year.
Katie (Schirmer) Maltais is a 2008 graduate of the Arts Administration and Theatre programs at Drury. Currently, Katie serves as the Marketing Director for the Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC), a multi-disciplinary arts venue in the Denver metro area. There, she oversees all earned income operations and front-of-house staff for the four-year-old facility. LTAC produces over 150 performances year-round and is the only LEED Certified theater in Colorado. Before joining the LTAC team, Katie worked for the international consulting firm TRG Arts, which was founded by Drury alumnus and arts marketing pioneer Rick Lester. At TRG, Katie held the title Manager of Accounts and Services. There, she worked with such notable organizations as Nederlander Alliances, Center Theatre Group, Alley Theatre, and Arts Club Theatre Company. Katie currently sits on the Public Awareness committee for the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and is actively involved in the arts and cultural community in Denver.
Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration in 2006, which led to her position as Finance Director for the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC), a post she held from 2007-2013. In that position she performed all bookkeeping functions for SRAC and seven other nonprofit organizations. She also managed SRAC's membership program. In Springfield, Amanda enjoyed being a member of The Network for Springfield's young professionals.
Amanda moved to Kansas City, MO, in 2013 where she now works for Nonprofit Connect as Office Manager, a position that allows her to continue her passion for finance, while exploring the rest of the nonprofit sector. She has joined the Kansas City chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and is excited to get to know the nonprofit community and experience all that Kansas City has to offer.
Following her graduation from the Arts Administration Program, Allison moved to Saint Louis after accepting a position at the World Chess Hall of Fame. Currently serving as the institution's Administrative Assistant, she gains experience working alongside a variety of museum professionals who create an ever-changing variety of chess inspired art and history exhibits.
During her first few years in Saint Louis she gained additional experience at the Saint Louis Regional Arts Commission. Initially beginning work as a grants intern, she was eventually brought onto the team as their Gallery Manager. In this role she assisted curators and artists with rotating exhibits showcasing the Saint Louis creative community. Allison eventually left this position to work at the Hall of Fame full time and continues to explore avenues to engage in the Saint Louis arts environment.
Alexandra Saner graduated from Drury University in 2011 with degrees in Arts Administration, Theatre, and Global Studies. She currently serves as the Membership Development Coordinator at the Springfield Regional Arts Council and on the Board of Directors for the Springfield Sister Cities Association. She has worked as a Stage Manager for several local production companies including SRO Lyric Theatre, Springfield Contemporary Theatre, and A Class Act Productions. In September of 2013, she co-produced Nocturnal Bloom, Springfield’s first electronic music and performing arts festival on Park Central Square.
Jonathan Thomas is the Assistant Manager for Major Gifts and Trustees at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. On a team of almost 70 fundraising professionals, Thomas maintains a portfolio of approximately 100 major donors to the Center, including 36 presidentially appointed Trustees. “Working for the National Cultural Center is a dream,” said Thomas. “Each day I walk into a building that impacts millions of people every year through excellent artistic and educational programs—I could not imagine a better career.”
Jeana Varney is the Marketing Manager for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Drury University. Prior to her appointment at the Symphony, Jeana interned with the Springfield Little Theatre, as well as, working for Walmart as a Customer Service Manager for the past seven years.
Denise Lanser '03- Senior Operations Coordinator, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
William Petrie '04- Digital Media Manager, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Samantha Snodgrass '04- Marketing Director, Studio Gang Architects
Sarah Newman '05- StrateJy Marketing
Mia Joe '08- K-12 Art Teacher, Gloria Deo Academy
Stephanie Weddell '11- Drama & Dance School Administrator, Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Laura Irwin '12- Customer Service Specialist, Starlight Theatre
Min Choi '14- Licensing Coordinator, Level Music Entertainment