Meet the Staff
Dan 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.
Carrie Henry, Office Coordinator
Carrie Henry graduated from Cabool High School in 1987 and 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 was proud to return to her alma mater as an Office Coordinator in 2016.
Aaron Schekorra, Research Assistant
Office: Springfield Hall, Room 220
Phone: (417) 873-4071
Aaron graduated from Texas A&M University as part of the Class of 2014 with a B.S. in Leadership Studies. While pursuing his bachelor's degree, Aaron volunteered with many local and national organizations, worked as a youth mentor and head counselor for an at-risk youth leadership program, and served as a program and volunteer services intern for the United Way of the Brazos Valley.
After graduating from Texas A&M, Aaron worked as a volunteer coordinator at a food bank in Bryan/College Station, Texas before moving to external agency relations and program coordination. Outside of work, Aaron served as a member of the board of directors for the Pride Community center of the Brazos Valley and worked with other community members to establish and grow new nonprofit organizations to serve those in need.
Aaron relocated to Springfield to be closer to his husband's family in August of 2017, and joined the Center for Nonprofit Leadership in September. He is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management online with Texas A&M.
Kaitlyn Greenwood, Special Events Coordinator
Office: Springfield Hall, Room 220
Phone: (417) 873-3014
Kaitlyn is a freshman at Drury University, studying behavioral neuroscience and biochemistry. In May of 2017, a week before graduating from Circle High School, Kaitlyn graduated Butler Community College with an associate degree in applied sciences. Along with working for the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, she is also involved in the Honors Program, Behavioral Neurosciences Club, Drury Volunteer Corps, and Pre-Health Club. After Drury, Kaitlyn plans to attend medical school and become a pediatric neurosurgeon.