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Alumni Council

Drury Alumni Council serves as the leadership board and governing body of the Alumni Association, with members from a range of class years, including a member from the Drury faculty and a member from the administrative staff. The Council meets collectively six times per year to serve as the voice of all alumni, coordinate alumni communication efforts, plan activities and support alumni engagement and connection programs.

Alumni Council members also play an important role as representatives of Drury in their communities, as well as offering financial support to the Annual Drury Experience Fund, department programs and special projects to support the growth and success of the University.

Alumni Council Goals:

  1. Participation in local and regional University events
  2. Engagement with current students through increased mentorship, internship and community involvement opportunities.
  3. Increase engagement of Drury alumni with campus leadership, to promote opportunities in student recruitment and rollout of the campus master plan.

Interested in serving on Alumni Council?

Alumni Council accepts applications for new members each spring.  Each Alumni Council member serves a four-year term and has distinct responsibilities as part of their position.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Alumni Council, apply with the online Alumni Council application. 

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Alumni Council Members

Joel Alexander '83 
Fundraising Support Committee Chair

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Joel Alexander earned his communications degree from Drury in 1983. Working not far from Drury, he serves as the Manager of Communications for City Utilities of Springfield. Currently he serves on local boards of the American Red Cross, Ozark Trails Council – Boy Scouts of America, Good Dads, Springfield Police Foundation, and assists with other community organizations. His wife, Lisa, is President of the CoxHealth Foundation.

Michele Duvall Boswell '90 

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Michele Duvall Boswell is a 1990 Drury graduate with a communications degree and minors in Business Administration and English. She is the sales director for Collegiate Awards in Springfield, Missouri. She is one of the creators of Drury Basketball’s annual "Overflow the O" event and has volunteered for Drury in many other capacities. Michele is married to Drury graduate Dr. Craig Boswell ’91. They have three sons who attend Springfield Public Schools, where she volunteers with the Springfield Council of PTAs.

Doyal Bryant '75

Doyal Bryant graduated from Drury with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1975. He serves as Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Business Development at Fulcra Innovations in North Carolina. 

Patti Callaway '09

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2017

Patti Callaway graduated from Drury in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She currently works as the Payroll Manager for The Payroll Company in Springfield. Patti is actively involved with Springfield Aquatics, the youth swim club, led by Brian Reynolds at Drury. She is also the Board Treasurer for Global Community Works, a grassroots mission effort assisting families in Guatemala. Her family is actively involved with the student exchange organizations EF and AFS and has hosted a few exchange students over the years. Patti and her husband Frank live in Ozark with their two children, Arianna and Bryant. 

Ron Carrier '86

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 1998-2001; 2017

Ron Carrier earned his B.A. in Political Science at Drury University in 1986. He went on to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and received received a Juris Doctor degree in 1988. Currently, Ron serves as an Associate Circuit Judge for Greene County. He is also a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Board for Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. He is married to Leslie Carrier, a 1987 graduate of Drury.

Gail Fredrick '69, '72
Board of Trustees Liaison

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Gail Fredrick graduated from Drury in 1969 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics, and received a Master in Business Administration from Drury in 1972. He received a Juris Doctor degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1975. He practices law in Springfield and has been active in Drury activities, including stints as a past president of the Drury Booster Club and a member of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee. He has served as a member of the Missouri Public Defender Commission, Missouri Arts Council and currently serves on the Springfield Sports Commission and Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame board of directors.

Walter Haskins '77

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2018

Walter received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from Drury in 1977 and then attended the University of Kansas Law School receiving a J.D. degree in 1980. He began practice in 1980 in the field of civil litigation with the same firm with which he is now, Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Brittingham, Gladd & Fiasco, P.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and all federal courts in the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas. He and his wife, Nan Lea, have been married for 31 years and have three children. He has been active in Boy Scouts of America and numerous conservation organizations, being designated as Conservationist Landowner of the Year in 2018 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. He serves in a pro bono capacity as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Tulsa. He and his family live in Tulsa.

Janell Manley '75, '78

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2017

Janell received degrees in Business Administration and Economics in 1975 and her Master's in Business Administration in 1978 from Drury. Following stints managing investments for AT&T and owning her own residential construction and development business, Janell currently serves as the Administrative Director for Police Officer’s and Firefighters Retirement System for the City of Springfield. She is active with organizations involving Springfield Public Schools and animal rescue and care.

Kaitlyn McConnell '11

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Kaitlyn McConnell, a 2011 Drury graduate, is employed as CoxHealth’s Media Relations Coordinator. She recently returned to the Ozarks after living in Norway for nearly three years, where she worked in the subsea oil and gas excavation industry. In her spare time, she manages Ozarks Alive, a website featuring the unique people, history and culture of the region. She also serves the community through various civic organizations including the Writers Hall of Fame, Junior League of Springfield and as an ambassador for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kayce Morton '99
Events Committee Chair

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2016

Kayce Morton, D.O., earned her degrees in Biology and Chemistry with minors in Journalism and Spanish from Drury in 1999. After completing medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences in 2005, she attended the University of Missouri and completed her pediatric residency. She has been a pediatric hospitalist for CoxHealth since 2008, now serving as Pediatric Section Chair. Morton has been married to her husband, Brandon, since graduating Drury in 1999 and they reside in Nixa. They have two children, Ashlyn and Cooper. Kayce is involved with several area philanthropies including Mayor’s Commission for Children Advisory Board, Care To Learn, Isabel’s House board member, Trailspring board member and  Children’s Miracle Network.  Kayce also serves on the Greene County Medical Society and is the Communications chair for the Missouri American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mickey Moore '95, '02
Past President, Ex-Officio

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2015

Mickey Moore earned Business and Economics degrees from Drury in 1995 and an MBA from Drury in 2002. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Mickey is now an active Springfield entrepreneur, owning and operating Tomo Drug Testing since 2007.  Moore has been an active Drury alumnus for several years, including participation in #DruryBusinessNetwork events, support of the Breech School of Business and serving as a mentor for Drury students. He is also actively involved in multiple non-profit and civic organizations in the Springfield area.

Lori Johnson-Murawski MBA '13

Year of Election to Alumni Council: 2015

Lori Johnson Murawski graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Drury in December 2013. She began working for TelComm Credit Union in 2006 and is currently Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. Murawski is heavily involved in the community. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, a Board Member of the Junior League of Springfield and volunteers with several other non-profit organizations. She remains involved with Drury University and Breech School of Business.


James Owen '00

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2015-2016, 2019

James Owen graduated from Drury University in 2000 with a BA in Business Administration and Political Science. He is currently the Executive Director of Renew Missouri, a statewide organization committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency law and policy.

Previously, James has served as Missouri’s Public Counsel, a role tasked with representing the public on utility ratemaking matters before state regulators. Before that, he was tapped by Governor Nixon’s administration to create a contract oversight office for the State of Missouri. While he was in Southwest Missouri, James was appointed as an Associate Circuit Judge in Webster County in 2014. Prior to that, he was in private practice where he represented clients on probate and and estate planning matters.

James graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in law in 2003. He enjoys writing in his spare time and is currently the film columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune

He currently lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife, Claire, and their daughter, Cecile.

Caron Parnell '99

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2019

Caron Parnell graduated from Drury University in 1999 with a degree in French and History. She moved to France after graduation where she taught English. Upon her return to the U.S., she went back to school for her Master’s in the Art of Teaching, which she obtained from Webster University in St. Louis. She has been a French teacher since 2006. She has taught at all levels (elementary, middle & high school).

Caron is a native of St. Louis and a lover of baseball and toasted ravioli. She is married to fellow Drury Alum Patrick Parnell and they have 2 daughters, ages 5 & 7. Caron serves as the Board president for her neighborhood association as well as Discovery Garden Montessori School. She also serves as Vice President of the Ozarks Foreign Language Association. In her free time, Parnell enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors.

John Pope '10

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2019

John Pope graduated from Drury in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Prior to attending Drury, John served seven years in the Army with 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. He deployed seven times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. John now serves as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Rogersville, MO. His wife Alicia teaches third grade at Logan Rogersville. They have two daughters, Kaitlin and Bella. John and his family are avid sports enthusiasts, and enjoy anything outdoors. John has served as Rogersville Chamber of Commerce President, LR Sports Booster Club President, and works to support several Veteran Charities.

Hugo Sanchez 

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2019

Hugo Sanchez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drury with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as an Associate degree in Communications. He has worked for O’Reilly Auto Parts since 2001 where he started in a part time role in the Houston, TX distribution center. He’s progressed through the company, primarily working in the marketing department in coordinator, supervisor, manager and director roles. He is currently the Vice President of Marketing/Advertising. His areas of responsibility are retail marketing, B2B marketing, sports/events marketing, loyalty marketing, media, creative and digital/omnichannel. 

Jane Sellars '70

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2018

Jane Sellars considers attending Drury to have been one of the most proactive and positive decisions she made in her life. "Moving into McCullough Cottage, meeting new friends, pledging Alpha Phi and starting classes just a week later was a pivotal point in my life," she says. After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education, she continued to be active as a chapter rush advisor. She ended her 37-year teaching career at Central High School, just across the street from Drury. Over the years, she has been active in civic and professional groups including Springfield Alpha Phi Alumni, P.E.O. International, Relay for Life, the Executive Committee of LAD of Southwest Missouri, the Alzheimer's Association, ALS of Southwest Missouri, Southwest Missouri Museum Associates, and Drury Women's Auxiliary. Jane is thrilled to be a part of Drury's future and looks forward to her time on the Alumni Council.

She and her husband John are grandparents to seven grandchildren and enjoy the interaction they have with them and their adult children.

John Mark Stillwell '67

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2018

Mark Stillwell, a native of Springfield, is a graduate of Central High School, Drury University and the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. After graduating from Drury in 1967, he served on Navy active duty for three years with assignments in the Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier USS Princeton and in Vietnam, Korea and Taiwan. He returned to Springfield in 1970 as Sports Information Director and Publications Editor at Drury, and did radio play-by-play of Drury basketball for a year before moving to become SID at Missouri State in 1972. Stillwell spent 37 years with the Bears, receiving more than 60 publications and writing awards. He is the recipient of a CoSIDA 25-Year Award and a CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference, Missouri State Athletics, Springfield Area Sports and Missouri Sports Halls of Fame. His sports information career has been paralleled with more than 28 years in the Navy and Navy Reserve, with his retirement from the Navy in 1991 with the rank of Captain.

Joel Thomas '06

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2019

Joel received his BA in Architecture from Drury University in 2006. His entire architectural career has been rooted right here in Springfield MO. Licensed in Missouri, Joel has found his place as a Studio Leader at the Lamar Johnson Collaborative, working on projects here in Springfield as well as across the country. He served on the board of the Harmony House, was a member of the Landmarks Board, is a founding member of the Springfield Identity Project and currently has a seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission. His wife Amanda is a Senior Manager at BKD and they have one daughter, Bradley.

Abbie Bliss
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Abbie is passionate about event planning, communication strategies and building meaningful relationships. Abbie began at Drury University in 2019 and spends her days supporting alumni engagement, coordinating special occasions and gatherings, and working with volunteers. Abbie graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Abbie’s father graduated from Drury University in 1982 and her sister graduated in 2015 so she feels a strong connection to the Drury community. In her free time, Abbie loves to play tennis, bake new recipes, travel to new destinations and organize gatherings with her friends and family.

Dr. Allin Sorenson
Faculty Representative 

Allin is the Dean of the School of Communication, Fine and Performing Arts and Professor of Music specializing in voice and choral studies. He was the Director of Choral Activities for 28 years and Department Chair of Music and Fine and Performing Arts for 12. He holds bachelor and master degrees in Music Education from Truman State University. In 1988, he completed a doctorate in Voice Performance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. His choirs have performed throughout the United States and in Europe. An active church musician, clinician and adjudicator, Allin is known throughout the region as an expert in vocal pedagogy. He is married to Ruth, a retired music teacher, and they have two daughters, Deanna and Lora.

Allin Sorenson

Debbie Goosey
Staff Representative 

Debbie began her employment in Human Resources at Drury in December 2011. Currently, she is the Executive Officer Assistant for David Hinson, the EVP, Chief of Staff, COO and CIO since September 2016. Debbie started serving on Drury's Staff Advisory Council in June 2016 and currently serves as Ex-Officio of SAC and as the Staff Representative of the DU Alumni Council. She lives in Ozark. Her daughter graduated from Drury with an undergraduate degree in Advertising & Public Relations in 2016 and a Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership in 2018. She currently is employed at Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Debbie Goosey