Leadership Team


Each of the 27 chapters in the Missouri Region are lead by five regional officers elected by the regional membership from the various chapters within the region.

The Regional Coordinator and Co-Coordinator help guide the Missouri Region officers and act as liasons between the Missouri Region chapters and PTK International.

The Missouri Region leadership team is pictured below.


Regional Officers


President







Vice President of Communications


Tye Hale
Tye Hale

Hi! My name is Tye Hale. I am 20 years old and a 2014 graduate from Mountain Grove High School. I am currently enrolled in Ozark Technical Community College working on my Associates of Arts degree and am a member of the Alpha Psi Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. After graduating from OTC I plan on transferring to a four year university to get a Masters in Psychology.

My favorite foods are pizza, steamed broccoli, cashew chicken and homemade pasta. A few of my hobbies include swimming, lifting weights and playing guitar.

I am happy to be the Vice President of Communications and look forward to serving the Missouri Region to the best of my abilities.


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Vice President of Phi District


Justuss Golden
Justuss Golden

I am currently attending Blue River Community College in Independence, MO. In the fall of 2015 I was inducted into my local chapter, Alpha Pi Sigma. In spring of 2016 I had the honor of being elected Vice President of Phi District of the Missouri Region.

I will be graduating in the spring of 2017 and plan to transfer to UMKC to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in preparation for law school.

I place high value on an honest day’s work and take pride in my work ethic. I look forward to serving the members of the Missouri Region with his fellow regional officers.



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Vice President of Theta District


Nora Browne
Nora Browne

I am currently attending Ozark Technical College (OTC) in Springfield, Missouri.  I joined Phi Theta Kappa in the Spring of 2015 and has been very active in the organization ever since.  I am currently serving as President of our chapter, Alpha Psi Tau.

I plan to graduate from OTC in the Spring of 2017 and transfer to Missouri State University.  There, I plan to pursue a degree in special education. I have been working for the past five years as a teacher’s aide in a school for autism.  This experience has influenced my dream to become a special education teacher in a middle school.

I am very excited to serve the Missouri Region in the coming year. If you have any questions or concerns, do no hesitate to contact me.  I want to help in anyway I can.

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Vice President of Kappa District


Rashell McDermott
Rashell McDermott

Rashell McDermott attends Jefferson College in Hillsboro Missouri, where she is president of the Xi Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She plans to get her nursing degree at Jeffco, then transfer to a University to major in Biology, while getting her BSN in nursing. Rashell has been homeschooled most of her life and is currently a senior in high school.

After college she plans to be a marine biologist or forensic scientist, and use her Nursing degree to do volunteer medical work in developing countries. In addition to Phi Theta Kappa she is involved in multiple campus organizations and is a student senator. On her spare time she enjoys acting in plays, spending time with her family, singing, playing piano and viola, and cosplaying.



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Regional Coordinators


Jo Fritts


Jo Fritts
Jo Fritts began her education at Fort Scott Community College and continued her education at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and it was there that she was invited to join Phi Theta Kappa and started her journey which included learning all of the amazing things that Phi Theta Kappa had to offer members, especially in the area of Leadership. After graduating from JCCC, her journey continued when she transferred to the University of Kansas (KU) and it was here that she completed my Bachelors and Masters in the area of Human Development and Family Life with a minor in Anthropology. Upon graduating from KU, she was offered at job at Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in Springfield, Missouri and yet another journey began. She is currently the Instructor for the Special Academic Programs.  She is a certified Leadership Development Studies instructor through Phi Theta Kappa, and also teaches Leadership and American Sign Language.  During her tenure at OTC she has completed a Specialist Degree in Education Administration and has been one of the Phi Theta Kappa advisors for the past 17. She is currently serving as the Social Science Representative for the International Honors Program Council and has been a Faculty Scholar for the Honors Institute. She received the a Mosal Award in 2010 and is working on completing her project of creating a sign language curriculum for preschool teachers.  Jo was appointed the Missouri Regional Coordinator in March  and as she states, “This is truly an honor and I am thrilled to have been chosen and yet again I am getting ready to start another journey which should be as exciting and memorable.”

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Steve Fritts


Steve Fritts
Steve Fritts began his educational journey at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.  Discovering a love for sign language and working with the deaf, he relocated to Kansas City where he attended Johnson County Community College earning his Associate of Arts degree.  He then attended the University of Kansas where he received his Bachelor of General Studies double majoring in Human Development and Psychology.  Continuing his interest in working with the deaf, he then obtained his Master of Arts from the University of Kansas specializing in Human Development and Behavior Analysis.  His graduate research was on reading education and deaf students. After completion of his degree, he relocated to Springfield, MO where he served as both a disability advocate and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  During this time, he completed his second Master's at Missouri State University in Counseling and his research focus at this time was on gender identity issues. Steve has been with Ozarks Technical Community College since 2005 and currently serves as the Lead Instructor for American Sign Language.  These duties also include counseling and serving as a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid as well as a certified Leadership Development Studies instructor. Steve has been a Faculty Scholar for the Honors Institute and is currently serving as the Past Chair of the Association of Chapter Advisors. Steve was appointed the Missouri Regional Associate Coordinator in March and looks forward to working with the advisors and members of the Missouri Region.

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