Foundation Award for Service
College of Health and Human Services
I. Philosophy of Service
As a community leader, health educator, small business owner, non-profit manager, and university instructor, I desire to make a difference in my community here in Springfield. My philosophy of service is to offer quality community programming and engagement to benefit families in northwest Springfield and students and staff at Missouri State University. I am committed to engaging with the community through social, physical, and educational activities. Through these activities, I hope to create a more engaged community, improve the quality of life in northwest Springfield, and engage staff and students with unique and diverse experiences. I take my role as a community leader very seriously and work hard to partner with organizations in Springfield to create optimal opportunity for positive change. I am thankful for the chance to be intimately involved in the lives of northwest Springfield residents and MSU students and staff. Raising community awareness of gaps in service, coming alongside families facing difficult challenges, and inspiring students to engage in their communities are among my greatest aims.
II. Examples of service including service to University, discipline and community
I am involved in a wide-variety of broad experiences in health initiatives, education, community engagement, and entrepreneur skills. I work closely with the Springfield community organizations of all kinds and have a passion for making things happen. I have served as faculty advisor for student groups at Drury University and Missouri State University and as SAC president for Drury University. I work collaboratively with coworkers, staff and faculty, and students. I enjoy using my experience in the community as a Mercy employee and resident to bring a holistic perspective, understanding that the decisions we make can impact more than those directly involved.
I serve on the Advisory Boards of both the Medical Wellness Association and the Springfield Community Gardens. I am a member of the Grant Beach Neighborhood Association, where The Drew Lewis Foundation headquarters are located. I am also involved in the Childhood Obesity Action Group.
Through my vocational experiences in the community and with the university, I’ve employed and managed teams throughout my educational and vocational career. I currently supervise service-learning students at Missouri State University, advise students as an instructor, and oversee two full-time employees, five graduate assistants, and several interns through the Northwest Project.
III. Future Commitment to Service
I am committed to Springfield and Missouri State University’s mission, vision, and values. Ethical leadership, cultural competence, and community engagement are not only university visions I am committed to. They are also passions I seek to live out personally and professionally everyday through my work with students, education, community partners, and our northwest Springfield neighbors. I am committed to helping create positive and life-changing experiences for students and stronger neighborhoods and improved quality of life for all Springfield residents, especially those underserved in Springfield’s northwest side.
IV. Topics related to service for which you are available for presentations and/or consultations (e.g., public affairs, relationship of service to teaching, and relationship of service to research).
- Community Collaboration
- Community Engagement
- Community Programming
- The Drew Lewis Foundation
- Entrepreneur Skills
- Goal Setting
- Health & Wellness
- Non-Profit Management
- The Northwest Project
- Obesity Management
- Organizational Leadership
- Poverty Alleviation