Community Outreach & Leadership Development Staff

Ryan GipsonRyan Gipson

I graduated from Missouri State University in 2013 with my Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication. I started at Drury in the summer of 2015 as the Volunteer Services Coordinator and took on the role of Director in the spring of 2016. While I oversee all operations of the Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development, my main focus now lies in the leadership programming. I have a passion for helping students improve their soft leadership skills and encouraging them to overcome obstacles that stand in their way of being a successful leader. My leadership programs are designed so students can utilize the skills they learn in their future careers and everyday life. I also believe that students should explore the importance of being an engaged citizen while in college and encourage nonprofit internships and volunteer opportunities to most students searching for their future career aspirations.

In my free time I enjoy movies, music, and anything outdoors. You can usually find me watching sports, especially baseball (GO CARDS!!) or enjoying the different activities and food in Springfield with friends.

I hope you’ll come meet me in the Findlay Student Center room 117 to find out how you can get involved with our leadership programming! You can also email me at or call me at (417) 873-7608.

Strengths: Achiever, Activator, Empathy, Individualization, Strategic

Ellen Herbig
Volunteer Services Coordinator 

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Missouri State University  and am currently working to complete a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Missouri State University.

I hope to provide opportunities for the Drury community to engage in meaningful service and active citizenship in the Springfield and greater communities. I manage volunteer efforts and develop community engagement and service programming for Drury students, faculty, and staff. This includes the Alternative Break Program, Service Plunge, Panther Service Days, National Volunteer Week, America Read America Counts, and other local service opportunities.

Please visit me in FSC 117 to learn more about engaging with the community! I can be reached at or (417) 873-7809.

Strengths: Deliberative, Analytical, Relator, Learner, Intellection 


Hannah Bunch
Graduate Assistant

I graduated from Drury University with my Bachelor’s in Arts Administration and Fine Arts with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I am now enrolled in the Masters in Nonprofit and Civic Leadership program at Drury. I have a passion for nonprofits and hope to either run or work for a nonprofit organization. I am an artist with a focus on painting. In my undergrad I had an internship at a retirement community in Tulsa, Oklahoma creating arts programming as well as teaching art classes to seniors. In my free time I love painting and hanging out with friends! 

My graduate position includes coordinating: Soak Up Springfield, Real World Leadership, Heifer Global Gateway Program, and the Drury Impact Project. I love visitors so feel free to come by my office in FSC 117 to ask any questions you may have! Or you can email me at