Director of Marketing

Kristy Vaughan

Kristy Vaughan has more than 20 years of advertising and marketing experience gained from roles in advertising agencies, higher education, and nonprofits. She has helped to shape and lead two start-up companies – as well as having her own business. In previous roles at nonprofits, Kristy worked to bring social entrepreneurship stories to life for an international organization and created impactful engagement opportunities for Habitat for Humanity. As the Director of Marketing for Drury University, she lead marketing efforts aimed at enrolling undergraduate and graduate students for numerous locations, as well as the online education program.  

She earned a Master of Arts in Communications from Drury University and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Missouri State University. Kristy is currently working towards a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry through Phillips Theological Seminary.  

Kristy serves as the president of her church council and volunteers with an organization that assists the unsheltered population in Springfield, Missouri. She and her husband have six children and two very spoiled dogs. 


Getting to Know Kristy

Why do you feel “called to care” about Disciples health and social service ministry?

As a Christian, I am called to care for others in the ways that Jesus taught us. This not only includes essential needs like spiritual education, food, clothing, and shelter – it includes being a voice for, and equipping, others.  

Who is a hero of yours, and why?

I have so many heroes – from those who created waves of change like Alice Paul and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to those everyday heroes who dare to rock the boat in their daily lives. I truly admire those who have gone before us who used their voices and talents to advocate for, and create, change. Their vision for a better world combined with the bravery to put actions to that vision is an inspiration for all.  

If I tried to find you in a supermarket, what aisle would you be in?

To be honest, I rarely enter grocery stores anymore. With so many kids, we order our groceries online and have them delivered (it helps avoid “extras” in the shopping cart). If I do go inside, I like to check out seasonal produce, as well as the selection of teas, coffee and cheese.