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., Community Agency Counseling (Missouri State University ‘05), B.A., Psychology and Spanish (Drury University ‘02)
Areas of Interest: Career- Self and Social Identity, Interpersonal Relationships, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, PTSD, EMDR, Sexual Identity. Personal- Culture and language, salsa music and dance, trying new foods, hiking, traveling, and anything outdoors!
Fun Fact: Jena met Brad Pitt when he came in to the restaurant she was waitressing at and got to take a picture with him!
Quote I Work By: Have integrity, be kind, do what you love, and act with intention. If all of these exist, you cannot fail.