Alumni Regional Chapters
Drury University has more than 26,000 alumni located in cities and countries around the world. Our Alumni Regional Representatives keep you connected with the university and fellow alumni across the country.
How can you stay connected?
We want you to stay connected with Drury - even if you live thousands of miles away! We encourage you to attend Drury Alumni events in your area and to make plans to join us in Springfield, Missouri for Drury Homecoming and Drury Alumni Reunion each year. You can also stay involved by attending community service activities, concerts, networking events, hosting prospective student events, athletics competitions, and other activities.
If you would like to become more involved, we encourage you to serve as a volunteer Alumni Regional Representative in your area to help the Office of University Advancement coordinate events, communicate with alumni, and support university initiatives - like taking admissions packets to a local High School.
To get started and to find event opportunities in your area, please click on your alumni regional chapter below. If you don’t have a chapter listed but would like to learn more about starting one in your city, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hargraves currently resides in Kodiak, Alaska with his wife, two boys
andgirl, and works in the Kodiak Island Borough School District as the Director of Technology. He was previously the administrator of Kodiak’s distance learning program and middle school assistant principal.
Damon has worked to develop blended learning environments and
project basedlearning environments (i.e. Student Broadcasting) for kids since 2005 when he started his education career in the Bering Strait School District. He then went on to work at Drury University and Missouri State University to develop onlinecurriculum and facilitate professionaldevelopment of learning tools.
Since being in Kodiak, Damon has helped to develop the
Pickrapp, which has greatly increased schedulingefficiency of needed interventions for students. This has empowered students to pursue the enrichments that interest them and allow them to go deeper into content. Further development of the Pickrapp is being done in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Damon is also a founding member of #akedchat, so join the conversation on Twitter, and follow him at @damonhargraves.
Davis is the Director of Medical Staff Services at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Holly holds
a MBAin Health Administration from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from Drury University (2006). She is passionate about advancing the healthcare environment by improving the delivery of quality services.
Holly has recently passed her Board of Governors Exam and is a Fellow applicant with the American College of Healthcare Executives. She currently serves on the Colorado Association of Medical Staff Services Board as the Outreach Coordinator. She has served as an advocate for individuals in the medical staff services profession, especially in rural Colorado. She is passionate about empowering individuals to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Holly is a member of the Colorado Healthcare Professionals Credentials Application Committee, delegated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and works to help make credentialing more efficient, less costly, and less duplicative through the use of a single application form. Holly is also a Board member for Global Health Connections, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to connect, engage, and solve global health issues.
Holly travels to Haiti about once a year, where in July of 2014, her nonprofit helped open a birthing center that provides clean and safe care to women and infants throughout the Leogane region. Holly loves spending time with her two dogs (Einstein and Shakespeare), camping, hiking, playing soccer, traveling, and attending baseball, football, and soccer games.
Amy graduated from Drury University - Hammons School of Architecture in 2006. After
she moved back to Texas, where she started her professional career in Dallas. For the past ten years, Amy has worked almost exclusively on education projects at, both K-12 and Higher-ed projects, from elementary schools, outdoor classrooms, natatoriums, early college high schools to higher ed classroom and lab buildings. Amy is married to an architect (they met at work and still work together) and they have a baby girl. Amy enjoys gardening, renovating her house, traveling, and wine. graduation
Alicia Schulze graduated from Drury in 2005 with a degree in French and minors in Political Science and Sociology. After earning her Master of Arts in International Relations, she embarked on her career with Aptitude Inventory Measurement Service (AIMS), a Dallas, TX-based non-profit that uses aptitude testing to make recommendations related to educational and vocational paths for its clients. She focuses her efforts on helping (mostly) high school and college students determine which careers and college majors best fit their inherent strengths and weaknesses. Alicia and her husband live in Plano, TX with their daughter.
Kansas City, Missouri
Suhrheinrich graduated from the Breech School of Business at Drury University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Marketing. In 2011, he also graduated with his Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Strategy. Kevin was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity while on campus. He has worked for Cerner Corporation, a Kansas City-based healthcare information technology company since 2011 and
served various roles including Consultant, Strategist, and now Solution Leader. Since graduating from Drury University, Kevin has remained active as a member of the Kansas City Alumni Council. He travels extensively for both business and has has and enjoys spending time with friends and family. pleasure,
Steve Fleischaker is a 1994 graduate of Drury where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. During his time at Drury he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, served on the Student Senate for 3 years and played on the golf team. Today Fleischaker serves in the position of Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Business Development with the Bank of Blue Valley in Overland Park, Kansas. Fleischaker has been with the Bank since February 2001 and in his current position since January 2015. Prior to that he served as the Olathe Market President for the Bank 9 years. Fleischaker began his banking career in 1994 in Springfield, MO working for Great Southern Bank where he served in various capacities including Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking.
In addition to his role at the Bank, Fleischaker is the founder and Executive Director of Natalie’s A.R.T. Foundation, a non-profit devoted to pediatric cancer. Fleischaker is heavily involved in the Kansas City Civic and Philanthropic community. He has served on the boards of Cancer Matters, as treasurer and Chair of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is a former director of the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri and a former director for KidsTLC. Fleischaker is a graduate of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City’s Kansas City Tomorrow leadership program and was recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a NextGen Leader in 2014.
Fleischaker resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife former Drury student Ashley (Smith) and their children Natalie (deceased), Jack (10) and Emily (10).
Patti Jo White Gaughan
Patti earned her degrees in business, communications and French in 1985. After working for several association management firms and a speakers bureau, Patti started her own company. Meeting Management & Consulting. She provides domestic and international meeting/event planning services for organizations throughout the country. She is s 25-year member of Meeting Planners International, holds a CMP designation and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Patti resides in Kansas City with her husband, Captain Tim Gaughan (KCMO PD). They are parents to Laura Gaughan, a 2015 Drury graduate.
Other Representatives Include:
- Tori Fugate
- Audrey Morrison
- Kelsy Allison
- Sarah Younger
- Rick McClellan
- Alisha Mahnken
Joseph Thuku Njenga '03
Njenga graduated from Drury University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He also holds a Masters of Public Health MPH (2007) as well as Masters of Health Administration MHA (2010) from Missouri State University, Springfield. He is married to
Nganga 2002, a fellow Drury graduate and has two children, Elizabeth and John. Njenga currently lives in Kenya. He has previously worked in various public health and healthcare capacities around Missouri and is involved in various community organizations, volunteer and charity work. Jackline
Owen (class of 2000) was just recently named the Executive Director of Renew Missouri, a not-for-profit dedicated to creating opportunities for renewable energy and energy
efficientprograms throughout the state. Prior to that, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed James to serve as Missouri’s Public Counsel, a position charged with representing the public in all matters involving utility companies regulated by the State.
Before that position, James worked for the Office of Administration (OA) in order to establish the Contract Oversight Office for the State. Prior to this, James served as an Associate Circuit Judge for Webster County where he handled criminal and civil dockets and helped the court to establish a Mental Health Treatment Court. Before that, he was in private practice handling probate and estate planning matters for a law firm in Springfield. James primarily served as General Counsel to both the Greene County and Webster County Public Administrator offices. Previous to this practice, James served as a law clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals, a Policy Fellow for the Kansas Governor’s office, and the Executive Director of the University of Kansas’ Graduate and Professional Association.
James obtained his law degree from the University of Kansas as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Political Science from Drury University in Springfield. He is originally from Elkland, Missouri where his family still operates a cattle farm. James is actively involved with NAMI of Missouri as well as the Boone County and Springfield Bar Associations. He also writes a weekly film column for the Columbia Daily-Tribune. Currently, James lives with his wife Claire in Columbia.
Nancy Shook Monteer
Monteer, class of 1981, is proud to be part of a multi-generational Drury family. My grandparents took Masters’ level classes at Drury in the 1950’s. My parents both attended Drury and my dad tells the story of first seeing my mom studying in the library and wondering who that girl was, but knew he had to get to know her. Both of my younger sisters attended Drury. My daughter Amy Monteer is a graduate from the class of 2004. While at Drury, Nancy was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha and continues that involvement today with having held advisor and alumnae chapter leadership roles with the Zeta chapter at Mizzou.
Currently, Nancy is the Associate Director of Campus Dining Services at the University of Missouri. This is an active role with the responsibility for overseeing 29 different dining options across the campus. Nancy currently serves her professional organization as a national Board member with the National Association of College and University Foodservices.
David A. Townsend
Townsend is President and CEO of Agents National Title Insurance Company, a regional title insurance underwriter based in Columbia, Missouri. Agents National Title Insurance was founded to meet the needs of independent title agents. Mr. Townsend is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and Drury University and has many years of experience in the areas of real estate and title law. Mr. Townsend is the current President of the Missouri Land Title Association and Chair of the Title Industry Political Action Committee, a Federal PAC. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, and the US Attorney’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force for the Eastern District of Missouri. He is active with the American Land Title Association and sits on the Underwriter Executive Committee. Mr. Townsend is the author of the Missouri Bar Insurance Practice Series: “Title Insurance” and the Missouri Bar Journal article “Mechanics Lien Law: Section 429.016 establishes New Notice Requirements.” Named the Missouri Land Title Young Title Professional for 2009. David was awarded the National Title Professional designation in 2013 by the American Land Title Association. David is married to Kerry Townsend, has one daughter, Blair and one son, Charlie, and lives in Columbia, Missouri.
Cochran, Ph.D. is the Entrepreneurial Programs Manager for the University of Missouri System and an Adjunct Professor for the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. She oversees the Entrepreneurial Scholars and Interns Program (ESIP) and the Entrepreneurial Educator Summit (EES) and helps to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem across all four campuses. Sara holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Missouri where she completed a dissertation titled, “The Role of Gender in Entrepreneurship Education.” Additionally, she holds a B.A. in accounting and arts administration and a M.A. in integrated marketing communications from Drury University. She owns two businesses: Treehouse Treasures, an online boutique at www.treehousetreasures.net, and Pomegranate Enterprises, providing consulting in entrepreneurship education. Sara is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Columbia and has recently been published in the Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange, and the Columbia Business Times.
Tran is a second generation Vietnamese American, born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She is a 2011 graduate of Parkview High School and 2015 Drury graduate. Her major was History with a Pre-Law focus and double minor in Asian Studies and Law & Society.
Since graduation, Tran has worked as a Legislator Aide to a Democrat who represents part of Jackson County and Independence in the Missouri House of Representatives. She is actively involved in the community by participating in the Catholic Charites Refugee & Resettlement's in-home English tutoring twice a week to an Ethiopian refugee family. She is also a volunteer and Drury Alumni Mid-MO regional council member, handling communications outreach. She currently resides in Columbia, Missouri.
Dierksen, class of 2015, graduated with a degree in Accounting and Marketing. She began working with the Missouri State Auditor's Office in Jefferson City upon graduation. She currently resides in Jefferson City. Outside of work, Erin is studying to take her CPA exam and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Matt Brown is the Chief Operating Officer of McAfee & Taft law firm, the largest law firm in Oklahoma. He received his degree in A
ccountingand Business Administration from Drury University in 1986. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Matt was a Senior
Mangerfor KPMG, LLP in Oklahoma City from 1986 to 1995. From 1995 to 2014, Matt worked for the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City. He served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as well as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Matt is active in the community having served as President of the Oklahoma City All Sports Association, as well as on the Boards of Leadership Oklahoma City, the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, and the Committee of 100. Matt joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2016.
Matt and his wife, Jill, reside in Oklahoma City, and have two adult daughters.
Teresa Brekke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University in 1983 and a Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. She has held a range of positions, including marketing and public relations positions, throughout her career. Most recently, she was a development director, special events coordinator and announcer for the radio stations KCSC 90.1 FM and KBCW 91.9 FM.
Teresa is a volunteer organist at the Mercy Convent Chapel adjacent to the Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, a community advisory board member for the Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, and a member of St. Gregory’s
universityboard of directors.
Ryan Faust is a native of Illinois and graduated from Drury University with an Architecture degree in 2005. After graduation Ryan worked with Springfield local firm Jack Ball Architects focused on K-12 education. In 2011, he relocated to Northwest Arkansas and worked for HFA, a large architecture firm focused on national retail work. In 2015, he opened the Northwest Arkansas office for Springfield-based Bates and has grown that office from himself to 13 people. Ryan is a Principal at Bates and is in charge of the operations of the Northwest Arkansas office and on a committee that serves the operations of the entire firm across all three offices. Faust was voted into Northwest Arkansas Business Journal's 2016 40 under 40 class and won Best Architect in Celebrate Arkansas. At
Ryan has two children with his fiancée, Shannon Faulkner, who he spends most of his free time with. Wyatt was born in 2015 and Madelyn followed in 2016. home
Jason S. Trenary
Jason Trenary, class of '95, graduated Drury with a Bachelor of Arts and continued his education at the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU, which he graduated in 2010. Since 2014, he has been employed as the CFO of Generations Bank in Rogers, AR.
Other Representatives Include:
- Craig Hacker
- Charissa Stewart
- Lindsay Mounce
- Hilary Bouteille
- JD Mahaffey
San Francisco, California
Diana Bugg '69
Bugg has more than 35 years of financial services experience and has held senior sales positions with IBM, KMPG Consulting and Hewlett Packard. For the last 23 years, she served as Corporate Account Manager for Hewlett Packard, managing major accounts, such as Wells Fargo Bank, in San Francisco. She is currently involved in sales development and consulting, along with serving on various board organizations.
Bugg graduated from Drury in 1969, where she received a B.A. in Business, with a minor in Economics and Psychology. She currently serves on Drury University's Board of Trustees and is also, the Chair of the Sonoma International Film Festival Board. Bugg is a member of Impact100, a philanthropic organization of leading business women in the Bay Area and previously served on the Board of Trustees for St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco.
She currently lives in Sonoma, California, where she is actively involved with the Junior League of San Francisco and Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
Joe Freund '90
Joe is an insurance consultant specializing in helping individuals to create a custom insurance plan that provides protection, security and longevity. Joe educates his policyholders about the potential risks we face in owning or renting a home, driving a car or owning a small business. Joe provides a detailed analysis of an individual’s unique needs and offers short and long term solutions to assist his clients to attain their goals, realize their dreams and leave a legacy for those they left behind.
Joe’s personal attention and care of his customer’s fosters a trusting relationship that continues through one’s life. A relationship based on trust, integrity and respect of all people.
Megan Waterman '13
Megan Waterman was raised in a military family and graduated from Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Illinois. She then attended Drury University to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing, with minors in Global Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Design Arts. While at Drury, Megan was active in Greek Life, serving as Parent/Alumni chair and Ritual Chair of Zeta Tau Alpha. She was a member of the Arts LLC, the Drury Panthers Dance Team, and was a performer in the University’s annual production of The Vagina Monologues. Academically, Megan was active in the English for Academic Purposes program working with international students, and she served as President of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and Vice President of Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-Law Club. She worked at the front desk of the Martin Alumni Center for all four years at Drury. Her favorite events at Drury are the Back-to-School Fireworks and Finals Week Late Night Breakfast.
Following her time at Drury, Megan began her legal career at The University of Tulsa College of Law. During a study abroad term in Dublin, Ireland, Ms. Waterman served as an intern to a senator, where she contributed to housing legislation aimed at obtaining affordable housing for hardworking families. During law school, she interned with the Boesche Legal Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, representing victims of domestic violence, clerked for The Denton Law Firm, aiding clients harmed in personal injury cases, and she was published in the Tulsa Law Review. Megan returned to Edwardsville, Illinois, and now works as a workers’ compensation attorney at Gori Julian and Associates, P.C., working on behalf of injured employees.
Paula Hopkins McBurnett '97
Paula has 20 years of experience in development and fundraising for public and private education, including 16 years in higher education. She joined Washington University in St. Louis as Senior Associate Director of Development for the School of Engineering & Applied Science in January 2014. From 2007 to 2013, she served as Director of Development for Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO (formerly UMR and Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy). From 2001 to 2007, she served alumni and development for Drury University. Paula began her fundraising career in 1997 as the first executive director of the Springfield Public Schools Foundation (now Foundation for Springfield Public Schools).
She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professional-St. Louis Chapter, the St. Louis Council on Planned Giving and has held the Certificate of Fundraising Executive since 2008. Paula resides in Eureka, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, where she volunteers with the Jefferson County Master Gardeners. Paula has two children, Natalie ’05 and Taylor ’08 Hopkins.
Lynn Chipperfield '73
Lynn Chipperfield graduated from Drury in 1973 and from Washington University School of Law in 1977. He retired in 2008 after a career with Furniture Brands International in St. Louis, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. He is now engaged in numerous volunteer and non-profit interests., including as General Counsel of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He Served as Chairman of the Drury Board of Trustees from 2010-2014.
Lynn lives in St. Louis with his wife Kathy, who is also a full-time volunteer. Their daughter Amanda is a graduate of Washington University and currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and their son Andrew is a graduate of University of Denver and Saint Louis University School of Law, and practices law in St. Louis.
- Kim Kassel '01
- Natasha Sanford '15
- Jeff Bradley '89
- Jill Struemph '91
- Jeana McFerron-
Walter Haskins '77
Walt Haskins, Class of '77, is a partner in the law firm of Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Brittingham, Gladd & Fiasco, P.C. a 25 attorney firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in trial and appellate litigation, primarily medical malpractice defense. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Courts for the States of Oklahoma and Arkansas, and the State Courts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Walt earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Drury in 1977 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas in 1980. He has been married to Nan Lea Dickerson since 1987, and they have three children, Emily, Zachary, and Amy Caroline.
He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is originally from Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Other Representatives Include:
- Brad Moulder '00
- Amanda Bretz '09
Cordonnier earned his Masters of Architecture from Drury in 2013. He became a licensed architect in 2016 and is licensed in Missouri and Utah. Jacob lives in Salt Lake City, UT. He works as a manager for the architecture firm Upwall Design which specializes in
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Beth Pile '80
A 1980 graduate of Drury, Pile is chief risk officer at Promontory Interfinancial Network in Arlington, Va. Previously, Pile worked for nearly two decades with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Jeffrey Kottmeier '96
Jeffrey Kottmeier is a 1996 Drury graduate with a degree in business administration and German. He currently lives in Washington, DC where he leads the multifamily practice group for real estate consulting firm John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Jeffrey focuses on
business strategy, market forecasting, competitive analysis, and product design for residential and commercial real estate. Before joining John Burns, Jeffrey worked at global real estate service firms CBRE and Cassidy Turley (now Cushman & Wakefield). Outside of work, he spends time mentoring and teaching real estate at local universities and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute. Jeffrey and his wife have a son, Philippe. Jeffrey is a dual US and French citizen.
Ashley Holst '12
Ashley earned her degree from Drury in 2012 majoring in Sociology and Political Science and minoring in Global Studies. She interned in Washington, DC during her senior year though The Washington Center. Ashley returned to DC to completed her Masters
Degree in International Development from the School of International Service at American University and now works as a Research Associate at the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council. Ashley also serves as the Vice President of Programming for Pi Beta Phi's Nation's Capitol Alumnae Club.
Other Representatives Include:
- Austin Seaborn '13
- Phil Page '78
- Wendy Drake '93