About the Educator

My name is Dr. Katrina L. Dowell, and I am a Licensed Clinical Worker (LCSW) with a Doctoral of Social Work degree. I have over 10 years of experience in the social work field. I have provided an array of services to individuals, families, law firms, employers and non-profit organizations.

I am a native of Charleston, Missouri, where I attended and graduated from Charleston High School in 1997. I graduated from the Three Rivers Community College in 1999; graduated from Southeast Missouri State University (Bachelor of Social Work degree) in 2001; graduated from Southern Illinois University-

Carbondale (Master of Social) in 2005, and completed my Doctoral of Social Work degree in December of 2018 (Capella University).

If you have a need for any of the services that I provide, I would love to assist you. I have completed a number of private adoption placements/home studies with a 100% success rate. I have worked with local attorney (s) in the area such as John David Moore, Sue Schuerenberg and Dennis Wilson of Dexter, Missouri.

Also, I have provided professional development/trainings to organizations such as Bootheel Counseling Services, Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium and Chamber & Associates in Grand Chain, IL.

I look forward to meeting with you and hope to exceed your expectations of service.


Dr. Katrina Dowell, DSW, LCSW


About the Educator

Alan M. Beck, PhD is a project manager at Washington University in St. Louis’ Prevention Research Center. Alan hails from a rural town and has experienced, first hand, how difficult it can be to remain physically active. After sustaining injuries in Iraq, Alan became interested in how the body adapts to various stressors and injuries. Alan went on to pursue his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in exercise science and exercise physiology, respectively. After working clinically as a clinical exercise physiologist, he went on to complete his PhD in health education. Alan’s passion is to increase physical activity in rural populations to reduce the burden of disease. At Washington University in St. Louis, Alan manages the Heartland Moves project, aimed at increasing physical activity in rural southeast Missouri.


About the Author

Hello! My name is Lisa Munger, and I am the children’s librarian at the Sikeston public Library. I’ve only been in this position since January 2, 2020, but I have lots of experience with kids. I have 7- and 8-year-old boys who enjoyed A LOT of preschool story times here at the library, and I also have about 20 years of preschool through elementary teaching experience as well as 6 years of teaching reading and writing classes for Three Rivers College. I was the library/media specialist at Saint Mary Elementary in Paducah, KY for three years. I have a BS from Murray State in Speech-Language Pathology, MS from the University of Memphis in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, and I even have time toward a Doctorate in Early Childhood Education. Originally, I’m from Paducah, KY but I have lived in Memphis, Denver, and on the Atlantic Coast of Florida on an island! In 2010, I moved to Sikeston when I married my husband who is originally from Sikeston and is a software designer/programmer at the New Madrid Power Plant. I love my job as a librarian! I thoroughly enjoy helping people find books, coming up with programming ideas, and instilling a love of reading in kids!


About the Educator

My name is John Fuller. I am a Human Development and Family Science Specialist with the University of Missouri. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. I served 10 years in the Army. In 2019 I was selected as the National Extension Association Family and Consumer Science Past Presidents’ New Professional of the Year. I provide local education classes for the counties of Butler, Carter, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, and Wayne. I provide classes all across the lifespan. I help facilitate a support group in Butler county for kinship.

My presentation last month was on our Building Strong Families curriculum. This program is evidence based material. This program is explored within the framework of nine particular strengths identified by researchers. These can be found in any family, regardless of its particular makeup or circumstances. They are: caring and appreciation, time together, encouragement, commitment, communication, coping with change, spirituality, community and family ties, and clear roles. We understand parenting can be difficult as most of us are parents.

This month’s discussion will cover our program Taking Care of You. I am a state co-leader of this program. This program is designed with self-care in mind. We are all faced with daily stressors that if not appropriately dealt with can have some long term effects on our health. This program is given in a couple of format options. Option A: 8 – 1 hour sessions that can be done once a week for 8 weeks. Option B: twice a week for 4 weeks or Option C: 4 – 2 hours sessions for 4 weeks. We discuss from how the brain operates and how are brains wire for stress. Options for people to include in their daily lives to reduce the amount of stress and how to respond other than react to stress. In order to take care of those around us at times, we need to take time to take care of ourselves.


About the Educator

Terrico Johnson is the Project Director for the Childhood Wellness Program at Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium (MBRC) in Sikeston, Missouri. Terrico is responsible for implementing a system to decrease risk factors for Childhood Obesity, increase family engagement in Childhood Obesity Prevention and improve physical activity opportunities for children in the service area.  Terrico provides oversight and administration for the Childhood Wellness project from an operational perspective.  Terrico previously worked as the Project Coordinator for the Adult Diabetes and Obesity Prevention program at MBRC with the primary aim, improving the overall well- being by overcome health disparities by addressing obesity and diabetes. Terrico successfully completed the Community Health Worker Training Program at Southeast Missouri State University with 100 hours of training and 60 hours of practicum learning as well.

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