Director of Community Outreach and Leadership Development
I have served as the Director for Community Outreach and Leadership Development for the past three years, but have been part of the Drury family since 2006 when my husband joined the athletic department as a soccer coach. Go Panthers!
I earned my Master’s in Public Affairs from the Truman School at the University of Missouri and my focus was organizational and community change. I majored in Psychology and Spanish at Westminster College. I am very fortunate that I am able to combine what I am passionate about with my professional career. I started right out of college as an Americorps/VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) and have worked at a variety of educational institutions focused on community engagement and leadership development as well as serving as the director of a nonprofit. In my current role, I work with a wonderful team and we are dedicated to promoting active citizenship and leadership development through collaborations with our wonderful community partners, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
In my free time, I enjoy taking my son to cheer on the Drury Men’s Soccer team, playing outside, watching movies, reading and volunteering.
I hope you will visit us in Findlay Student Center 117. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with questions, suggestions, or ideas.
I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science in Geography. I enjoyed learning about different cultures and their unique community issues, as I still do. I believe that as citizens we must take ownership of our communities and how they are functioning. I enjoy helping others become informed of social issues, especially through service. Service is a humbling experience that breathes understanding into all of us.
Outside of work and well inside of work as well, I like to have fun. Hemingway said, “When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.” I agree. Canoeing, bike riding, backpacking, playing with my children, supporting local businesses, traveling, compartmentalizing, and having friends over are all on my top list of fun things to do. I feel at home volunteering at the Boys and Girls Clubs, my favorite color is green and every time I go to a sushi restaurant I overeat.
I am the graduate assistant for the Department of Community Outreach and Leadership Development. I graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 2012 with majors in Non-Profit Leadership and Social Justice & Religious Studies. Since then, I worked at Westminster as the Fellow for Community Engagement & Service-Learning, and now I am in the Masters in Communication program here at Drury. When I was in college, I was heavily involved in a lot of community service and social justice programming, so this office is a great fit for me! When I’m not working with Emily and Courtney, you can find me on Missouri State University’s campus taking a couple of art courses to further my design skills, at home taking care of my turtle doves, or I am out in nature somewhere hiking, kayaking, canoeing, or camping. I am also an avid traveler, which comes out in many different ways: visiting family and friends all over the country, taking trips overseas, or simply heading out for a weekend to a place I’ve never been. My roles at Drury have me coordinating many different projects in the office, from Soak Up Springfield to Drury Impact Project. Come visit me in the Findlay Student Center, room 117, to talk about how you can get involved with all of our activities!
The Department of Community Outreach and Leadership Development is very grateful for the student workers and their dedication. These students carry out many duties for the department by assiting, planning and implementing programs for the students at Drury University.
My name is Charleen Sims and I am a sophomore here at Drury. I am currently majoring in Biology. I plan to graduate and begin nursing school at Cox North in spring of 2015 as part of the duel-degree program. I grew up in Raytown, MO where I graduated from Raytown High School. So far, I have become involved at Drury through Zeta Tau Alpha, Panther Passport Program, Leadership Drury, and volunteering with DVC. I plan to get the most out of my time at Drury through participating in as many activities as possible and I work in the office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development so I can help others to do the same. After graduation from the duel-degree program, I hope to attend Rockhurst University for Nurse Practitioner school and then follow my dream of leading medical missions to help children in other countries.