Our Team



Eva joined the OLC in July of 2015. Eva graduated from Missouri State University with a M.A. in Communication. Before joining the OLC, she taught at Missouri State University and at Ozarks Technical Community College. Ozarks Literacy Council combines the two things Eva is most passionate about: education and non-profit work. She believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn how to read and write.


Janelle Andrus joined Ozarks Literacy Council in November 2016. She has a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Missouri State University and a master’s and specialist degree in Educational Administration from Missouri State University. Janelle has a doctorate from the University of Missouri in Program Analysis and Leadership. She has been an elementary teacher for 13 years and a principal for 14 years with Springfield Public Schools. Janelle has three children, two in college and one in high school. She is responsible for managing all OLC programs and assisting with coordination of fundraisers. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her family.

Grant Writer

Ethan Bryan is an author, musician, storyteller, and passionate fan of the Kansas City Royals. Ethan is a Springfieldian through and through, moving to the Queen City at the beginning of his second grade year where he attended Delaware, followed by Jarrett, and Kickapoo. He earned a full-ride scholarship to then-SMSU, graduating from the Honors College with a degree in psychology and communication. He earned his Master’s of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. After working in churches for fifteen years, Ethan took a leap and jumped into the world of freelance writing. He has ghost-written books, articles, and blogs, as well as completed a 400,000 word, four-year project detailing innovative approaches for adolescent development, leadership, and faith formation. He has written five non-fiction narratives and two children’s picture books. Ethan still dreams of playing baseball for his beloved KC Royals.


Volunteers are a crucial part of our organization! Quarterly OLC recognizes one of our amazing volunteers. They are the hands and feet that carry out our mission!

Amanda Jones


Dana Mallory

Jack Henry & Associates

Tracy Haertling

Mercy Hospital Springfield

Casey Daugherty

Republic School District

Sarah Curl

Penmac Staffing Services

Kenny Gott

Piatchek and Associates

Randall Gann

Missouri Ozarks Community Health

Jami Dressler

Arvest Bank

Reggie Harris

Arvest Bank


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