Deb has been with Juanita K. Hammons Hall since August, 1993. Prior to that, she was promotions manager at KY3-TV, where she also served as a regional representative on the NBC Network Affiliate Promotions Advisory Board. She also worked as creative director at Young and Company Advertising and continuity director at KTTS AM/FM radio. Deb currently serves as President of the Plains Presenters booking consortium, and is a founding member of the Springfield chapter of the Association for Women in Communication. She volunteers for KOZK public television and the Ozark Empire Fair. Deb graduated from Missouri State University with majors in Speech and Theatre and English.
Tom Kile has been the Director of Operations for the Juanita K Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts since March 1, 2001. Prior to this, he was the Technical Director for the Hall since it’s opening in 1992. He received his Bachelor degree in Speech & Theatre from Southeast Missouri State University in 1976. Tom has worked for theatres in Los Angeles and lived in Mainz, Germany for four years, working for the Army as a Theatre Specialist in the Community Theatre program that served the Army and dependent community there.
Tom has served as a lighting designer for the Springfield Regional Opera productions of “Carmen,” “Girl of the Golden West,” “The Magic Flute,” and “Rigoletto,” as well as productions of “Tommy” and “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” for Springfield Little Theatre. He also designed lighting for Tent Theatre’s production of “The Boys Next Door,” as well as lighting for numerous dance shows.
Tom earned his private pilot’s license in 2003.
He married Tina Baumgartner in 2002, with whom he acted within theatre productions in high school. Tom's daughter, Ashley is a Drama Therapist in NYC, having received her Master's Degree from NYU.
Ed moved to the Ozarks from Louisiana in 1992 as a staff member for Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Arts in Theatre from Louisiana Tech. He worked at the Hall till 2001, when he moved to Arizona to take a job as Cultural Services Administrator. He spent the next few years touring with many National Acts and working for Silver Dollar City as Technical Support and Lead Technician at Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. He returned to Hammons Hall in 2005. In 2011 he was sound designer for Tent Theatre and MSU Theatre and Dance production of White Christmas.
Jack, a native of the Springfield area, came to Hammons Hall in January of 1999. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Missouri State University, he helped create "Senior Living", a Senior Citizen Publication and later worked at Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine in their creative services department. Jack enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with his daughter.
Shannon is a Springfield native who graduated from Missouri State with degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. After working as an assistant in the Hammons Student Center Box Office and in the Bursar’s Office at Missouri State she joined the Hall in July 2007 as Assistant Box Office Manager. In her spare time she enjoys playing in the University Community Band as well as in the pit orchestra for many local theatrical productions.
Dian has been blessed to grow up in Springfield. She joined the Missouri State TIX Box Office staff as a student in 1996. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2001, she continued to work for Hammons Hall as an Assistant Box Office Manager. Dian is responsible for the box office at Juanita K. Hammons Hall and assists with events at the JQH Arena, Hammons Student Center, Plaster Stadium, Coger Theatre, and Tent Theatre. Dian resides in Fair Grove with her two children, Kelsey and Joshua. She enjoys going to flea markets / swap meets, used book stores, collecting children’s books, and spending time with her nephew, Daniel, and niece, Katlyn.
Originally from Kansas City, MO, Kyle graduated from Missouri State University in 2011 with a degree in Entertainment Management. He was originally hired in 2007 as a student worker, and currently oversees all ticketing aspects of Women's Basketball, Theatre and Dance events, as well as assisting with events at JQH arena. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys playing softball, wakeboarding, golfing, and watching his brother play baseball.
Kay Litchy returned to Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in April 2015 as the Group Sales Coordinator, having worked for the Hall as the Director of Development & Sales from 2004 - 2010 before staying home with her daughter. Kay has a B.S. in Marketing from Missouri State University and an M.A. in Communications from Drury University. Prior to the Hall, Kay worked in Marketing for Hallmark Cards at their corporate headquarters in Kansas City. She recently retired from the Air Force Reserves after over 20 years with the 442d Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base. She is the President of The Deana Kendrick Foundation. Her husband Adam works for BKD and her daughter Ella is an aspiring gymnast. They live near Battlefield with their cat Morticia and an aging beta fish named Sharkie.
Anjie has been part of the Hammons Hall staff since September 1998, heading up the Hall's education and outreach programs. New for fall 2016, she is adding sponsorships and advertising to her repertoire! She serves on the Education Committee for Springfield Regional Arts Council, and is an active participant in Springfield's Any Given Child initiative with the Kennedy Center, and the statewide Arts Education Collaborative through the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education. Anjie holds degrees from Missouri State University in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. In her spare time, she is a freelance musician and enjoys performing in the MSU Community Band, the Ozark Festival Orchestra, and pit orchestras for local theatre productions.
Nancy joined the Hall in early October of 2006. For over 22 years she was the Administrative Secretary for Bears Basketball at Missouri State University. The Hall was fortunate to “sign” Nancy and our recruiting efforts paid off. Her multi-tasking skills and ability to work with the public at all levels were keys to her joining the Hall. She has taken several credited courses at Missouri State University, is a Certified Professional Secretary, a University Staff Ambassador, and a Certified Jazzercise Instructor, and recently (September 2014) inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Nancy and husband Randy are long-time Springfield residents and support events at Missouri State University, as well as the Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.
Josh began his work at the Hall as a House Manager in 2008 before moving to his current position in 2013. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Drury University, where he also holds the title of Director/Choreographer in their Theatre Department. Josh is also the choreographer of Springfield Little Theatre's Y.E.S. Troupe. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Josh has directed and choreographed over 25 productions for area theatres and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Missouri State University. In 2014 Josh was named one of 417 Magazine's "20 under 30" for his contribution to the area's artistic community.
Samantha has worked for Missouri State University since May of 2012. Originally she was a float on the academic side of campus, covering buildings from Strong Hall all the way over to Craig Hall. A year and a half later she became a permanent custodian in Siceluff. Starting April 3rd she began working at JQH. Her multi colored hair makes her easy to find, and she could talk all day about her pets which consists of 3 dogs and 1 cat.
Will joined the Hall as a House Manager in August 2015. He was promoted to Head House Manager in April 2016. He is from Dadeville, MO. He is majoring in Biology with a pre-dental emphasis, along with a minor in Chemistry. He also works as a S.O.A.R. Leader on campus during the summer. He enjoys working at the Hall because of the opportunity to interact with the arts and people who are passionate about the arts.
Peggy joined the staff at HHPA 2014 after volunteering with Partners in Performance for five years. She worked in the insurance industry as a property and casualty service representative for 12 years, and was a board member and Doula Coordinator for The Doula Foundation of Mid-America. Peggy and her husband Mike are avid basketball fans for both the women's and men's teams at MSU. She loves traveling to Texas to spend time with her two grandchildren. In her spare time, Peggy enjoys the pool, reading and being outdoors.