Kelly Wilson, M.S.
Director  417.625.9324

I believe that our students are our most valuable resource.  Helping Southern students make good decisions about their choice of major, encouraging their involvement in college activities and in taking ownership of their education is what I am about.  I am always reminding students to "BREATHE!"  I am an Alum of Missouri Southern Class of '83 and in my 29th year at Missouri Southern.  I have a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and have completed course work for my Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership.  My husband Mike and I have three children, and three grandchildren. In my spare time I love reading a book while sipping a good-hot cup of coffee.

Faustina Abrahams, M.S., LPC,NCC
First Year Advising Coordinator/Clinical Counselor   417.625.9324

Hello, I was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa and so as I have been often told by many honest Americans, I have an accent. This always makes people who meet me the first time, ask me where I originally come from. I am often tempted to say "from my parents", but I usually tell them I am from Joplin, which then leads to the next question, "for real, where do you originally come from". I am fluent in multiple Ghanaian languages including Fanti, Twi and Ga. I moved to the US many years ago. I am married and have two young men I call my sons. I love these three men in my life! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor by profession, having graduated from the MSSU Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. I worked for Ozark Center New Directions for a period of time and joined the MSSU staff in January of 2006 as an advisor and clinical counselor. I enjoy working with students as they navigate college life and press on in the face of challenges to reach their college goals. I usually participate in the MSSU graduation ceremonies and it always gives me great pleasure and satisfaction when I see students that I have worked with walk across the stage to receive their diploma. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and walking. I am also actively involved in my church. I can cook, but lately, I don't enjoy cooking as much, but I still cook because I have to eat. I try to believe the best in people and do my best to encourage and support those that I come into contact with.


Heather Bullock Ed.S.,LPC 
Clinical Counselor/Academic Advisor   417.625.9324

I was born, raised, and educated in Kansas. I had the most unconventional, yet unbelievable college experience; those experiences are what make me excited to be a part of Missouri Southern State University. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Science and an Education Specialist in Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I work in the Advising, Counseling, & Testing office as a Clinical Counselor/Academic Advisor, serving the mental health needs of students as well as the academic needs of undecided majors. Prior to coming to MSSU in 2008 I was a Clinical Program Coordinator at Heartland Behavioral Health Services in Nevada, MO. Cooking is my passion, and collecting cookbooks is a hobby of mine. I have deemed myself a Master Chef. My wonderful husband and stepson enjoy tasting my recipes. Trying new recipes and putting my own spin on them makes for an interesting meal at dinner time. I have a brain full of useless trivia information that comes in quite handy at the most unusual times.


Alex Gandy, B.S.
Academic Advisor   417.625.9324

 The path I have taken to be at Missouri Southern has been a roller coaster of opportunities. I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and before you ask, the answer is yes: I am a die-hard Cardinals fan! I went to Missouri State University where I earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. After college, I honed my skills as a marketing and public relations professional, working at a Christian non-profit organization, a marketing agency, and a city before stumbling upon a wonderful opportunity to work for Missouri Southern State University in the Admissions Office in 2011. There I fell in love with the idea of helping students find their next step. I fell in love with Missouri Southern, and I haven't looked back since. I'm married to the girl of my dreams. I like Joplin so much that I built a house here. In my spare time I enjoy golfing, playing Ultimate Frisbee, driving my 1965 Ford Falcon hot rod, and watching a good movie.


Jeannie Gilbert, M.S.
Testing Coordinator/Academic Advisor  417.625.9324

I was born in Arkansas and moved to Missouri during my pre-teen years. I am a first generation college student and always knew that I would get a college degree. I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology here at Missouri Southern and went on to get a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. I love working with and helping people. All my education and experience led me to Missouri Southern where I am currently the Testing Coordinator and Academic Advisor. I also teach a Career and Life Planning class. Teaching is my true passion. I love education and being a part of the education process. Of course I wouldn't be who I am today with the support of my family. I have a wonderful husband whom I've been married to for 60% of my life and we have a daughter and grandson. I lead a very blessed life and am fortunate to work in the ACTS office.


Mary Parker, M.S.,NCC, CCMHC, LPC
Clinical Counselor/Academic Advisor  417.625.9324

I have been a student of Missouri Southern State University for many years. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in business. I graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Master of Science in community agency counseling. I am a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked since 2006 in the Advising, Counseling, & Testing Services (ACTS) department. I teach one of the Career and Life Planning classes and continue to enjoy taking classes at MSSU.


Lauren Powell
Administrative Assistant    417.625.9324

I am a graduate of Joplin High School, attended Crowder College and have worked at Missouri Southern State University since 2011. I am the Administrative Assistant in the Advising, Counseling, & Testing (ACTS) office; it is my responsibility to oversee the student workers and to ensure that the office runs smoothly. I enjoy working with the variety of students that utilize the ACTS office. My husband and I have a son and enjoy spending my spare time with family.