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 received both a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Missouri State University. I work to provide opportunities for the Drury community to engage in meaningful service and active citizenship in the Springfield and greater communities.

I oversee Service Plunge, Alternative Breaks, America Reads/America Counts, National Volunteer Week, service hour tracking, and other local service opportunities. I also work with the Panthers First Mentoring Program and co-advise Drury Volunteer Corps. 

In my free time, I enjoy reading, finding new restaurants in Springfield, and lounging at Table Rock Lake. 

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