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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 three-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


John Pope '10
President

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2018

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.


Joel Alexander '83 
President-Elect

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.


Lori Johnson-Murawski MBA '13
Past President

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.

 


Ron Carrier '86
Secretary/Treasurer

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.


Jay Titus '93
Fundraising Committee Chair

Jay Titus has banking in his blood. He’s worked in the industry for 26 years and, perhaps surprisingly, at only three banking institutions during that time. Titus is currently Missouri division president for BancorpSouth Bank, where he’s served for 12 years – the longest stint of his career. He spent about seven years each at U.S. Bank and Bank of America. At U.S. Bank, he was a four-year recipient of the Pinnacle Award recognizing the top 10% of producers bankwide. Managing BancorpSouth’s operations in Springfield and St. Louis the past five years, Titus is responsible for commercial lending, credit administration, retail branch administration, private banking and strategic planning. He also leads the bank’s wealth management, mortgage and insurance lines of business. What most people might not know, the Drury University graduate came up through a Sam Walton scholarship and worked for Walmart and Sam’s Club stores for the first seven years of his career.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


Lauren Brooke ‘05

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2020

Lauren Brooke received her Bachelor’s degree from Drury in 2005 majoring in Business Management. She spent 10 years in retail management then in 2015 she began a career as a Realtor with her brother and mother who are both Drury graduates. Currently, she a full time Salesperson and Operations Manager for the J.R. Hutcheson Team, ReeceNichols Real Estate. Lauren is also a partner in Heritage Post LLC which includes an event venue and investment properties in Rogersville. A founding member of Rogersville Friends of the Park and organizer of the Rogersville Farmers Market as well as Treasure of the Rogersville PTA. Lauren is a mother of two young children, has been married to her husband Jesse for 11 years, is active within her community and enjoys spending her free time cooking and being outdoors.


Frances Presley Rice ‘73

Year of Election to the Alumni Council: 2020

Frances Presley Rice is an Army veteran who retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1984 after twenty years of active duty service. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California and a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California. After graduating from Drury University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree, she was honored as the Distinguished Young Alumna in 1977.

Subsequent to her military career, Frances worked for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, serving first as a member of that company's "think tank," and then as a government contract advisor. She later taught Business Law for the European Division of the University of Maryland in Brussels, Belgium.

Starting in the early 1960s, Frances began her independent studies of black history and acquired a depth of knowledge that proved invaluable as she co-founded the Yocum African American History Association (YAAHA), an IRS section 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Frances collaborated on the research and writing of the book BLACK HISTORY 1619 – 2019: AN ILLUSTRATED AND DOCUMENTED AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY. This inspiring and educational book is an in-depth look at the events which shaped the lives and contributions of the African American community in America. It advances the goal of YAAHA, which is: Changing Perspectives of Black History in America.


Jennifer Silva Brown, Ph.D.
Faculty Representative

Dr. Silva Brown, professor of psychology, was appointed Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Drury University in 2017. Prior to her appointment, she served as Assistant Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Dr. Silva Brown earned her Ph.D. in adult cognition and health psychology from Louisiana State University in 2009. Her absolute favorite thing about Drury is how she is able to fuse her passion for research with her love of teaching to provide meaningful and hands-on experiences for students. Dr. Silva Brown teaches courses in health psychology, health behavior interventions, psychoneuroimmunology, and an advanced behavioral research thesis. Lastly, she maintains a research lab and has authored work in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, & Behavior, Healthcare for Women International, Memory & Cognition, Ecopsychology, and Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters: Coping with Katrina, Rita, and other Storms.


Bonnie Wilcox
Executive Assistant to the President
Assistant Secretary of the University

Bonnie Wilcox began her career at Drury University in 1990 and retired in 2010 after holding several staff positions on campus – Alumni & Development, Academic Affairs, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and the Breech School of Business Administration. She retired from the University in 2010 and moved to South Carolina where she worked for the President and Board of Trustees at Coker College (now University). In 2014 she returned to Drury to provide administrative support for the Board of Trustees and was elected by the Board to serve as Assistant Secretary of the University. In 2017 she became Executive Assistant to the President, working directly with President Cloyd, the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees.

As a long-standing staff member, Bonnie has served on numerous committees and councils through the years, e.g., Athletics Council (2009-2010), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Business Advisory Board (2000-2010), and Staff Advisory Council (Member 2007-2009, Chair 2008, and Member 2017-2020). She received the Distinguished Staff Award in 2008.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Bonnie has lived and worked in many places through the years, including California, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Each of those experiences have provided her with first-hand knowledge of, and appreciation for, the uniqueness of each area.

Bonnie and her husband, John, live in Springfield and have been avid Drury basketball fans since 1990. They have two adult daughters, Wendy ’01 and Holly ’03, and four grandchildren. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys reading, Netflix binge-watching, and crocheting.


Abbie Bliss
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Ex-Oficio

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.