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.
Priscilla Nakkungu was born in Kampala, Uganda and studied there for her primary and secondary education and then came to United States in 2016 to study at Ozarks Technical Community College. Her current major is Bio clinical Science and hopes to join a program in the Allied Health Program. She is passionate about people’s well-being because the health conditions in her country are not good enough for example women delivering in the hallways. She wants to make a difference in her country with the knowledge she will have acquired. She is the newly elected Missouri Regional President for Phi Theta Kappa and also former Chapter President for Phi Theta Kappa. She enjoys singing and reading.
Vice President of the Phi District
Hi, my name is Timothy Vanderheyden and I’m the Vice President of Phi District for Missouri. After recently graduating with my Associates in Arts Degree I am now majoring in Radiologic Technology with an associate’s degree in Biology. I’m passionate about staying health and fell in love with studying the sciences after taking my first class in Organic Chemistry. I stay busy as a Peer to Peer Counselor, a Personal Tutor, and a Senator for the student council at Maple Woods Community College. I enjoy passing the time with my family and friends, drawing, and volunteering at my local food pantry. It’s an honor and a privilege to be serving members of Phi Theta Kappa in my home state, let’s have an amazing year!
Vice President of the Theta District
My name is Hannah White. I’m currently enrolled at Ozark Technical Community College as a Middle College student. After this year, I will be staying at OTC to finish out my associates degree. I plan to transfer to Mizzou into the Journalism program to work towards my masters. My passion is to be a news reporter one day. My mom always told me that I thrive in front of a crowd, as I’ve gotten older I’ve found that to be true. I find that my most fulfilling moments are finding a solution for a problem. As of now, I’ve only been in PTK since the fall of 2018. In that short amount of time I’ve found myself enjoying every moment of my time spent with PTK. It all started with the simple question, “why not?” That led me to having the honor of being a Missouri Regional Officer.
Vice President of the Kappa District
Hey everyone! My name is Andrea James and I am currently the Regional Vice President for Kappa district. My journey starts at home where my parents had made the decision to homeschool me after I had been bullied in the first grade. Once I graduated high school I was hesitant to go to community college because I feared I was not ready. However I decided to overcome my doubts and give community college a try. From there I had attended (and still attend) Metropolitan Community College Blue River and Penn Valley to earn my associates in Graphic Design. It was during my second year of college that I had been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa. I had never imagined myself being part of an international honors society. So, I thought to myself, why not let’s do this! I started out as a member of the Alpha Pi Sigma chapter, and eventually became the chapters Vice President. It was through Phi Theta Kappa that I had learned much about leadership, team work, and confidence. Not to mention the many wonderful people I had met, and the memories I will always have with them. However I had the desire to do more and learn more about leadership. It was at my first trip to the Missouri Regional Branson convention where I had the inspiration to run for a regional position. Looking back I never would've dreamed a shy homeschooled girl such as myself would be a Regional Officer for an international honors society. But it was through Phi Theta Kappa that I had learned to ask the question "why not".
Vice President of Communications
I’m a student at Ozark Technical Community College (OTC) working toward my Associate of Arts degree. After OTC, I intend to pursue a double major in psychology and painting at Missouri State University. My ideal future would involve me working as a therapist after achieving my masters in counseling with a focus on art therapy. When I’m not in class or participating in PTK activities, I work as a barista in the coffee shop at my local library branch. I’ve been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since Fall of 2018 and after the first chapter meeting, I longed to be involved and make my time in college be more than just grades and deadlines. As soon as I received the paperwork, I ran for a regional officer position. Before PTK, I was filled with thoughts and excuses as to why I shouldn’t challenge myself in new ways, but fellowship with my chapter replaced the negativity and self-doubt with renewed confidence I use every single day. In the time I’ve known my PTK family, they’ve filled my life with laughter and purpose, but most of all, they’ve helped me become the version of myself I’ve always wanted to be. As a regional officer, I can’t wait to set an example for others to do the same.
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.