WELCOME TO OZARKS LITERACY COUNCIL

Our Team

OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mitch Henderson began his voyage with Ozarks Literacy Council in October of 2017 and is excited about the opportunity to assist others with their journey into reading improvement. Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Mitch made his home in Springfield in 2016 and loves experiencing all four seasons and the lush landscape that is Missouri. Mitch received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Prior to coming to Springfield, Mitch spent 20 years in the field of education as a teacher and school administrator. Most of the last decade was spent as a principal of non-profit schools serving special needs students. When he is not furthering the mission of the OLC, you can find Mitch scouring local auctions for deals on vintage items, sweating through his wife’s Advanced Cross-Training Class at the Pat Jones YMCA, conquering obstacles in a variety of mud runs, and enjoying all of the sights that Missouri has to offer. Improving literacy has always been a passion of Mitch’s and he is honored to be leading such a tremendous organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of so many wonderful children and adults.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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.

OLC PROGRAMS & DATA MANAGEMENT

Kelsey McQueary joined the Ozarks Literacy Council team September of 2017 as a Curriculum and Database VISTA. Kelsey has also been a tutor for OLC since August of 2016.  She’s currently a graduate student at Missouri State University focusing on both Defense and Strategic Studies and International Relations/Global Affairs. She has a bachelor’s in Political Science with an emphasis in International and Middle Eastern Politics. Her hobbies are a lot but the consistent are crafts, hiking, traveling, playing with her dog, horseback riding when she can, writing, meeting and learning about new cultures, hanging out with her friends and family.