Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Community Outreach & Leadership Development Staff

Courtney Swan

Courtney Swan
Director of Community Outreach and Leadership Development

I have served as the Director for Community Outreach and Leadership Development for the past three years, but have been part of the Drury family since 2006 when my husband joined the athletic department as a soccer coach. Go Panthers!

I earned my Master’s in Public Affairs from the Truman School at the University of Missouri and my focus was organizational and community change. I majored in Psychology and Spanish at Westminster College. I am very fortunate that I am able to combine what I am passionate about with my professional career. I started right out of college as an Americorps/VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) and have worked at a variety of educational institutions focused on community engagement and leadership development as well as serving as the director of a nonprofit.  In my current role, I work with a wonderful team and we are dedicated to promoting active citizenship and leadership development through collaborations with our wonderful community partners, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

In my free time, I enjoy taking my son to cheer on the Drury Men’s Soccer team, playing outside, watching movies, reading and volunteering.

I hope you will visit us in Findlay Student Center 117. Feel free to email me at with questions, suggestions, or ideas.

Ryan GipsonRyan Gipson
Volunteer Services Coordinator

I graduated from Missouri State University in 2013 with my Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication. Since graduating, I have completed several internships at local nonprofit organizations here in Springfield and more recently finished an interim role at Missouri State in the Office of Student Engagement.  I started at Drury in the summer of 2015, so I am excited to hit the ground running. My passion for helping students grow and the Springfield community inspires me to help students become active citizens and find service projects that are beneficial to both them and our community. I hope you will come visit me to learn how you can serve in the community and how it will benefit you.

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. You can also email me at to find out how you can get involved in the community and how our office can help!


Hannah Minchow-Proffitt
Graduate Assistant

I graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 2012 with majors in Non-Profit Leadership and Social Justice & Religious Studies. Since then, I worked at Westminster as the Fellow for Community Engagement & Service-Learning, and now I am enrolled in the Masters in Communication program here at Drury. When I was in college, I was heavily involved in a lot of community service and social justice programming, so this office is a great fit for me! When I’m not working or studying, you can find me at home taking care of my tortoise, Clark, or out in nature somewhere hiking, kayaking, canoeing, or camping. My roles at Drury have me coordinating many different projects in the office, from Soak Up Springfield to Drury Impact Project. Come visit me in the Findlay Student Center 117 or email me at to talk about how you can get involved with all of our activities!


The Department of Community Outreach and Leadership Development is very grateful for the student workers and their dedication. These students carry out many duties for the department by assisting, planning and implementing programs for the students at Drury University.

Charleen Sims
My name is Charleen Sims and I am a sophomore here at Drury. I am currently majoring in Biology. I plan to graduate and begin nursing school at Cox North in spring of 2015 as part of the duel-degree program. I grew up in Raytown, MO where I graduated from Raytown High School. So far, I have become involved at Drury through Zeta Tau Alpha, Panther Passport Program, Leadership Drury, and volunteering with DVC. I plan to get the most out of my time at Drury through participating in as many activities as possible and I work in the office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development so I can help others to do the same. After graduation from the duel-degree program, I hope to attend Rockhurst University for Nurse Practitioner school and then follow my dream of leading medical missions to help children in other countries.