Meet the Staff

Dan PraterDan Prater, Director

Office: Springfield Hall, Room 225
Phone: (417) 873-7443

Dan has a diverse background in communication, ranging from working as a member of the media, to corporate and nonprofit communication.

He taught communication and leadership courses as an adjunct instructor at Drury from 2007-2010. In June of 2011, he became a full-time faculty member of the communication department.

Dan is the founder and director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Drury University. In this role, he consults and trains local nonprofit organizations on communication-related issues. In addition, he oversees Drury students who assist nonprofit organizations.

He volunteers for several area nonprofit groups, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Carol Jones Recovery Center for Women, and The Pregnancy Care Center. His passion is to help these organizations be better at achieving their missions, and to engage students in this type of work.

His research is in the area of child abuse/neglect and domestic violence. He has led two studies:

  • “Child Rearing Attitudes of the Ozarks” (2007)
  • “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (current)

Currently, Dan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of communication.

Irene Kanthan, Graduate Assistant

Office: Springfield Hall, Room 224
Phone: (417) 873-4071

Irene Kanthan moved to Springfield, Missouri, in 2011 from Singapore. She received her undergraduate degree in advertising/public relations with a minor in marketing from Evangel University.

Irene has lived in Singapore, Philippines, as well as a short stint in Malaysia, and she has traveled within Asia and the U.S. Her experience as a creative marketing communicator includes working in tech, university communications and publications, advertising, and in the music retail business.

Irene is currently working toward her Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in integrated marketing communications.

Carrie Henry, Office Coordinator

Office: Springfield Hall, Room 220
Phone: (417) 873-4071

Carrie Henry graduated from Drury University in 1991 with a degree in Communications. Married that same year she moved to Iowa City, Iowa to further a career in the banking industry.

After moving back to Springfield in 1994 her focus shifted to family in 1996 after the birth of a daughter and later two sons (in 1999 and 2002).  She has maintained multiple responsibilities over many years in the family businesses (Henry's Towing Service), including almost all aspects of accounting management.

She is an active member of Schweitzer United Methodist Church as an attendee and volunteer, and is proud to return to her alma mater in 2016 as an Office Coordinator.