Counseling Services Staff

Ed DerrEd Derr, MS, LPC, NCC

Job Title: Director, Counseling, Testing, and Disability Services

From: Native Iowan! However, have lived in Springfield the past 10 years.

Education: M.S., Guidance and Counseling (Missouri State University ‘91), B.A., Journalism and Public Relations (University of Northern Iowa ‘89).

Areas of Interest: I enjoy riding my bicycle, fishing, reading mystery novels, traveling with my family and listening to live music!

Fun Fact: I like to make Ice Cream!

Quote I Work By: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix 


Jena SteeleJena Steele, MS, LPC

Job Title: Mental Health Counselor

From: Springfield, MO

Education: M.S., Counseling (Missouri State University ‘05), B.A., Psychology and Spanish (Drury University ‘02)

Areas of Interest: I enjoy dancing, being outdoors, traveling, culture and language, trying new foods, and spending time with my two precious kids!

Fun Fact: Some of my favorite things include: my kids, coffee, ice cream, Christmas, and what is now “old school” hip-hop.

Shameless confession: I teach myself different dance moves by watching YouTube!