Graduate Student Advisory Board
The Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) serves as the primary liaison between the graduate student body and the administration of the Breech School of Business Administration. As such, the board members provide a conduit for graduate business students to express their needs, concerns, and suggestions as they pertain to future planning and decision making within the Breech School of Business Administration. In addition, it is intended that the board will provide real-time evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the administrative and educational processes of the graduate business programs and will assist the administration in the formulation of initiatives for growth and improvement of the MBA program. The GSAB meets once a semester with the director/assistant director of the MBA program at the Breech School of Business.
Membership Selection Guidelines
To the extent feasible, the seen members of the GSAB will represent the diverse nature of the graduate student body. Members will normally be appointed in the fall to serve for one academic year unless removed at the discretion of the director of the MBA program. If a member does not complete the year of service, the director of the MBA program will seek nominations from existing board members and will appoint a replacement to serve for the remainder of that year. The GSAB will be reformed each fall shortly after commencement of graduate classes. New members of the GSAB will be nominated each year by the graduate administration and faculty of the Breech School of Business. The general criteria for appointment to the GSAB are high aptitude and academic achievement as reflected in GMAT test scores and GPA data, professional experience and a willingness to serve in this advisory capacity.
Rikki is from Ozark, Missouri and graduated from Drury with a Bachelor's of Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics and Finance. Currently, Rikki is a graduate assistant for the Breech School of Business. She also works part-time at O'Reilly Corporate Offices.
Diana is the Chief Business Officer for People Centric Consulting Group, a Springfield-based business consulting firm. She moved to Springfield in 2002 and got her Bachelors of Science Degree in Consumer and Family Studies from Missouri State University in 2006. Diana is also an active member in the Springfield Community and serves on several boards and committees. She has been honored by the Springfield Business Journal as one of Springfield's Most Influential Women and 40 Under 40. She was also awarded the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Young Professional of the Year.
Justin is from the West Plains, Missouri area. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis is Accounting. He has previously worked in a various finance and management roles including Accountant, Associate Administrator, and Development Director. He currently spends his time as a freelance Business Consultant and enjoys being civically engaged in the Southwest Missouri region.
McKenzie was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. She graduated from Drury University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Visual Communications. Currently, she works as a graduate assistant in the College of Graduate Studies.
Jose is from Guatemala and graduated from Drury University in May 2017 with a triple major in Management, Finance, and Economics. When Jose was in Guatemala, him and his father started a rubber recycling company, EZ Home, the first company to recycle rubber in whole Central and Latin America. Currently, Jose is working as the graduate assistant for the Drury MBA Program.
Samir is from Nepal. He graduated from Amity University, India with a Bachelor's of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, in 2016. After graduating, Samir returned to Nepal and completed an internship with a bank. He was later hired to work in their Customer Service and Cash Departments. Samir has 11 months of banking experience. He also likes to go trekking and has even gone to Mt. Everest Base Camp!
Yousra Alaoui Sosse
Yousra was born in United Arab Emirates and grew up in Qatar, but originally from Morocco. Growing up, she attended a French High School and later attended Drury University for her undergraduate degree. Yousra graduated from Drury in May 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry. Yousra can also speak four languages: French, English, Arabic and Spanish.
During her undergrad time at Drury, she was an Admissions Assistant, a Drury Tour Guide, a member of of Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity, an Ambassador for the International Student Association, Fanthers president and a member of the Drury Dance team.
Laura Waters, MD FAAP, is a Springfield native and Drury alumna from 2005 with a degree in Biology. She attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, graduating with her MD in 2009, and went on to complete her pediatric residency training at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center/Saint Louis University in 2012. She returned to Springfield where she is a board-certified pediatrician with Mercy Healthtracks. She served on Drury’s Alumni Council from 2012-2016 and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as a member of the Assembly of God’s CompassionLink Advisory Council.