If you are considering stepping up your leadership, have a desire to serve on our team. Please read and fill out the questionaire and the candidate speech requirements.
Regional Candidate Questionaire / Regional Officer Speech Requirements
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.
Sarah Rife is a student of Ozarks Technical Community College who is majoring in Business and Marketing. She is hoping to transfer to a university in the future where she will pursue a bachelors in business and later become an academic adviser for students who are attending college. Sarah has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since the fall of 2017 and she is actively serving her chapter and her region. Outside of school, she is currently assisting in her local martial school where she instructs students of all ages in the art of Taekwondo. She herself is a second-degree red belt with a plan to receive her black belt in December of 2018 with hopes to one day instruct her own school of martial arts.
It is by breaking the ground for higher education in her family that she is chasing after her dreams of earning a degree. Sarah is living proof that higher education can open endless doors of opportunity. And by looking at the simple question of "why not?", Sarah has see the many opportunities for scholarships as well as leadership experience that can be found through Phi Theta Kappa.
Vice President of the Theta District
Born in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, I graduated high school but could not immediately go to college because of the death of my mother. I went on to volunteer with different foundations, organizations and raised funds to come to the United State of America to fulfil my dreams of becoming a nurse and a college graduate.
I attend Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC). I am currently enrolled in the Biological Clinical Sciences and my current classes are preparing me for the nursing program. I am a College Ambassador and the President of International Student’s Association at OTC.
“Joining Phi Theta Kappa has been a blessing and a source of pride for me. Serving as your Regional Vice President for the Theta District is the greatest honor of my life. PTK has taught me that true leaders use their platform for the betterment of all and that transformation is a step by step process up on the mountain top, and down in the valleys of adversities and triumphs.”
Vice President of the Kappa District
I began studying at St Louis Community College-Meramec fall of 2015 and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa-Xi Lambda fall of 2016. I am working to earn my Associates in Arts; media communications concentration. I hope to graduate in 2019 and I am wanting to transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) shortly following graduation. I never thought I would be a part of the PTK community much less a chapter officer and now a regional officer. I am honored and I cannot wait to see what this year in regional office holds for me and the Missouri Regional officer team.
Vice President of the Phi District
I am Haley Hughes. I grew up on a farm in southern Illinois. I go to school at State Technical College of Missouri. I Graduated on May 5, 2018 from the Outdoor Power and Sports Technology program. I am returning to State Technical College of Missouri for the Precision Machining Technology program. In high school I was in FFA and 4-H. In college I compete with Skills USA and our Air riffle team. This summer I am going to be working in Georgia as a boat mechanic. I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone this next year.
Ozarks Technical Community College
Alpha Psi Tau Chapter
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.”
Associate Regional Coordinator
Ozarks Technical Community College
Alpha Psi Tau Chapter
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.