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.

Strengths: Achiever, Activator, Empathy, Individualization, Strategic

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.

Kate AuBuchon
Volunteer Services Coordinator

I joined Drury's staff in June of 2016.  Before coming to Drury, I completed FIDM’s Professional Designation Program in Visual Communications in 2012 at their downtown Los Angeles campus.  After attending school in Los Angeles, I served on staff at several churches, worked overseas as a missionary, and started a nonprofit.  I still continue to run my nonprofit, but also get to serve as Volunteer Services Coordinator here at Drury.  My main focus in my role here is community outreach.  I coordinate the majority of our volunteer opportunities and oversee several different areas of programming our office offers. I love getting to see students realize the importance of community service and begin to develop a true passion for serving others. I believe college is such a crucial time in a person's life and is one of the best seasons of life to develop a zeal for service. I’d love to help you find ways you can be passionate about serving!

Outside of my life at Drury, I am a wife, an artist, a blogger, and I absolutely love spending time outdoors! I am an avid rock climber and love to spend my weekends sleeping in a tent out in the wilderness.  My husband and I love exploring and adventuring together… and more often than not, we bring our sweet little rescue pup, Abraham, along with us.  We also both love music (we met because I sang in his brother’s band) and most importantly, we love serving together and genuinely value community outreach.  We both live in the heart of Springfield and truly love this city!

Before I forget... it's pronounced like "Aww-Buh-Shon" (I know you were wondering).  

Strengths: Empathy, Strategic, Developer, Belief, Responsibility.

Come visit me in the Findlay Student Center, room 117! I’d love to get to know you and help you get involved in the community! You can also email me at or call me at (417)-873-7809.

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