Graduate Student Advisory Board


The Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) serves as the primary liaison between the graduate student body and the administration of the Breech School of Business Administration. As such, the board members provide a conduit for graduate business students to express their needs, concerns, and suggestions as they pertain to future planning and decision making within the Breech School of Business Administration. In addition, it is intended that the board will provide real-time evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the administrative and educational processes of the graduate business programs and will assist the administration in the formulation of initiatives for growth and improvement of the MBA program. The GSAB meets once a semester with the director/assistant director of the MBA program at the Breech School of Business.

Membership Selection Guidelines

To the extent feasible, the seen members of the GSAB will represent the diverse nature of the graduate student body. Members will normally be appointed in the fall to serve for one academic year unless removed at the discretion of the director of the MBA program. If a member does not complete the year of service, the director of the MBA program will seek nominations from existing board members and will appoint a replacement to serve for the remainder of that year. The GSAB will be reformed each fall shortly after commencement of graduate classes. New members of the GSAB will be nominated each year by the graduate administration and faculty of the Breech School of Business. The general criteria for appointment to the GSAB are high aptitude and academic achievement as reflected in GMAT test scores and GPA data, professional experience and a willingness to serve in this advisory capacity.

Jose Azurdia

Jose is from Guatemala and graduated from Drury University in May 2017 with a triple major in Management, Finance, and Economics. When Jose was in Guatemala, him and his father started a rubber recycling company, EZ Home, the first company to recycle rubber in whole Central and Latin America.  Currently, Jose is working as the graduate assistant for the Drury MBA Program.

Rikki Adams

Rikki is from Ozark, Missouri and graduated from Drury with a Bachelor's of Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics and Finance. Currently, Rikki is a graduate assistant for the Breech School of Business. She also works part-time at O'Reilly Corporate Offices.

Jessica Cook

Jessica is the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator at CNH Industrial Reman. A native to the Springfield area, she is a collegiate athlete and graduate from Evangel University where she received her Bachelor's in Business Administration Management. She has her OSHA 30-Hour Certificate and currently sits on the Missouri Association of Manufacturers ProtectSource Advisory Board. 

Rian Keith

Garrett Lea

Samir Pandey

Samir is from Nepal. He graduated from Amity University, India with a Bachelor's of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, in 2016. After graduating, Samir returned to Nepal and completed an internship with a bank. He was later hired to work in their Customer Service and Cash Departments. Samir has 11 months of banking experience. He also likes to go trekking and has even gone to Mt. Everest Base Camp!



Heather Parker

Heather received her associate degree in science from Drury University in 2013. She went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2017. Heather is currently attending Drury University for her Master’s in Business Administration and Cyber Security. Heather has a wide range of professional business work experience. She currently works as the Director of Human Resources for Haven Healthcare. In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. Heather and her family like to be very active. They spend most of their time league bowling, traveling, or at the ball field.

Roberto Villalobos

Laura Waters

Laura Waters, MD FAAP, is a Springfield native and Drury alumna from 2005 with a degree in Biology. She attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, graduating with her MD in 2009, and went on to complete her pediatric residency training at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center/Saint Louis University in 2012. She returned to Springfield where she is a board-certified pediatrician with Mercy Healthtracks. She has served on Drury’s Alumni Council from 2012-2016. In 2018, Dr. Waters was selected as Springfield Business Journals' Top Doctor. She received Drury's 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for Young Alumni.