Fran Ritchey served as a provisional member prior to her induction into the Alpha Psi Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in October 2011. As an active member of the chapter Fran served as Communications Chair, Vice President of Communications, and was an International Officer Candidate.
Fran graduated from Ozarks Technical Community College in May 2012 with an Associate of Arts degree and currently attends Drury University working towards a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication and Development which she anticipates achieving by end of her Spring 2016 semester.
Her professional goals include:
1. Serving as a leadership development coach for college students and for women; teaching them and helping them grow in the areas of personality theory, positive psychology, and well-being
2. Working for Walt Disney World again at the Disney Institute
3. Being the keynote speaker for a women's empowerment conference
4. Meeting Kid President, Wes Moore, Shawn Achor, and Martin Seligman
5. Becoming a Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies instructor and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach
Why I am an active alumna?
"Once we graduate from community college, we are excited to be moving on to our next big adventure but deep down, we realize that we also feel a keen sense of loss. I have often heard Phi Theta Kappa alums say that they felt something was missing from their lives and their university experiences after graduating from community college. I certainly felt the same way once I graduated from OTC. After some soul searching, I've discovered what is missing is the sense of "connection" Phi Theta Kappa provides-the fellowship and fun, the joy and accomplishment we've all experienced by being a part of Phi Theta Kappa. In my opinion, Missouri Alumni Association is the key to keeping that elusive spark of connection alive after we've graduated from community college.
Since its inception in 2000, the MAA's mission has been centered on one thing: To give back to our organization by awarding scholarships. Now instead of replacing that mission, we hope to expand it by 1) developing MAA into a continuing educational forum for leadership and professional development, 2) serving as a foundation and resource to the Missouri Region, and 3) continuing to give scholarships to deserving Phi Theta Kappans.
I've decided to be an active alumna because I want to see the Missouri Alumni Association flourish into an association that graduating students are excited to join. We want to help the society as a whole, and especially our region, grow so that every Phi Theta Kappan, current student or alumnus, has a more satisfying and life-changing experience."
Past President (2016-2018)
Debbie Zamora graduated from Webster University with a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication. She went on to achieve her Master's degree in HR Training and Development from Webster University.
Her professional development includes the following milestones:
Executive VP for Xi Epsilon of St. Louis Community College
Chapter President for Beta Rho Epsilon of St. Louis Community College
Phi Theta Kappa Missouri Region President
Founder of a Tau Sigma chapter, an honor society for transfer students at Webster University.
Member of Omicron Delta, graduate honor society for Webster University
Vice President of the MAA
President of MAA
Past President of MAA
Gary Webb is the Chief Financial Officer of Active Lawns of Mid Missouri, Inc. Gary has been teaching business and computers to college students for over 25 years. Currently on sabbatical from teaching, he now mentors entrepreneurs one-on-one, helping them establish and grow their businesses. A Fellow Phi Theta Kappan, Gary accepted membership in the Society as a student at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and finds that membership continues to open doors for him. He earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Kansas and a Master's Degree in Business from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Gary founded and operated several successful businesses in the Kansas City area before relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks region.
"I love what I do. My mission is to help students obtain new skills so they can have more choices to make their lives better.
Accounts Secretary (2015-2019)
Hi, my name is Jean Stoops. I started my long and arduous journey through college in 2004 at the age of 48 and I now have an Associate of Science degree in Business and Marketing and an Associate of Arts degree, both from Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, MO. I graduated from Drury University with my Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Development, which is just a long name for Leadership Development, in spring of 2016.
I was invited and declined to join Phi Theta Kappa eleven times before I was roped in by Mr. Steve Fritts. I am forever grateful to him that I was voluntold to be an active member. After I was inducted in the spring of 2011, I served as a Committee Chair and then Vice President of HIA. I didn’t get enough of PTK during that time, so I am continuing my journey with the Missouri Alumni Association. I love this organization and the opportunities that it gives to continue my development and to watch the development of others.
Currently, I am a Managing Partner and the Chief Financial Officer for GHN Architects + Engineers. I have been with GHN since 1997 and have 17 years of experience prior to that, working in various jobs related to accounting and business management. In a previous life, I have also been a janitor and a midwife.
My immediate family consists of my three rescued “babydogs”. In addition, I have three grown children, three grandchildren, and one grandcat that keep me busy.
As for some other assorted trivia: I was born and raised in Texas but have lived in the Springfield area since 1989. Texas is a good place to be from. I strive to "be the change I wish to see in the world" (thanks to Mahatma Gandhi for this inspiration). My burning desire is to be the winner of “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Christina Gant became a member of PTK in 1999 and served as president of the Alpha Xi Chi Chapter at St. Charles Community College. She became a chapter advisor in 2003, and joined the full-time faculty at SCC in 2011. Christy teaches English – composition, literature, and creative writing. Her favorite type of writing is poetry, and she’s had nearly 30 poems published. Her other hobbies include hiking, photography, and gardening.