The number of OPHI staff expands and contracts depending on the size and need of current projects.  The staff housed in the OPHI office are listed below:


Dr. Dalen Duitsman

Dr. Duitsman received his doctorate in Health Education/Public Health and his M.S. from Indiana University located in Bloomington, Indiana. He received his duel undergraduate degrees in Health Education and Physical Education from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.  

Prior to his arrival at Missouri State University in the fall of 1996, he was a Health Studies faculty at Iowa State University.  During his tenure there he helped revise the Community Health Education curriculum and was instrumental in the growth of the program.  At Missouri State, he implemented and administered the M.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness Management graduate program and also developed, implemented and administered the Master of Public Health program. 

In February of 2001 Dr. Duitsman was appointed by the Board of Governor’s to serve as Director of the OPHI.  In this position he has served as the principle investigator of numerous contracts and grants that have focused on solving community public health issues in Missouri.  He has been successful in uniting university resources and community stakeholder resources to develop and implement targeted interventions to address community health related needs.  Dr. Duitsman’s expertise also extends to creation of partnerships and coalitions.  He is known in the state for his leadership on state-wide, regional, and local boards, committees and coalitions.  He currently serves as President of the Missouri Institute of Community Health, Immediate Past President of the Missouri Public Health Association and is on the steering committee for the Transforming the Future of Public Health in Missouri initiative.  

Project Coordinator

Delores Joyce

Delores Joyce has over 20 years of program management experience in the University and non-profit sector. Ms. Joyce received her Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in not for profit administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She assumed her position as Project Coordinator at OPHI in 2001. Prior to that time, she was the Project Coordinator for the American Lung Association for seven years.

Her passion to improve the health of people in Missouri through advocacy is evidenced by the roles she has undertaken in the state. She has been an active member of the statewide tobacco coalition for the past 15 years and served as a Board member for Tobacco Free Missouri for seven years. She was a founding member of breathe easy Springfield/One Air Alliance and continues to serve on numerous coalitions and advisory boards dedicated to improving the health of people in Missouri. In her role as Project Coordinator, she collaborates with community members and organizations to write grants to provide evidence based programs to improve community health, implements grant funded initiatives and serves as the budget officer on several OPHI contracts and grants.

Graduate assistants

Yashica Reddy Mopala                                                                                                                                                                         417-836-3271                                                                                                       

Yashica Reddy Mopala is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health Program and a Graduate Assistant at the Ozarks Public Health Institute. She has a Bachelor’s degree in dentistry. Her work experiences includes, patient care, administrative duties, research and organizing oral health awareness programs in rural communities and schools in India. Her interests include community health education, women’s health and international health.

Selina West                                                                                                                                                                             417-836-3271                                                                                                           

Selina West is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health Program and a Graduate Assistant at the Ozarks Public Health Institute. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Previous employment includes positions in animal medical care, and as laboratory manager, technical writer, and data analyst.  Her interests include community health, program development, and epidemiology.