Theresa Bettman

News Producer, Announcer, Host

Theresa received her undergraduate degree in sociology at Missouri State University, as well as her  Master's degree in Social Work at MSU. Theresa enjoys writing, drawing, reading, music, working with animals, and most of all spending time with her family. She wishes to continue to use her experiences, combined with her pursuit of education, to foster a sense of empowerment and social awareness in the community. Theresa loves working with KSMU and attributes her passion for NPR, and love of learning, to her father.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Ilga Vise speaks with Claudia Crighton, Coordinator of the Citizen’s Resource Center (CRC) for the City of Springfield.

The CRC is located in the Busch Municipal Building, and works to connect citizens and neighborhoods with available services that address area needs and concerns.    

Crystal Quade

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Crystal Brigman-Mahaney speaks with Representative Crystal Quade, of Missouri’s 132nd District.

Rep. Quade shares about the Missouri legislative session, the state budget process and important lessons she is learning during her time in Jefferson City. 

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer speaks with Diana Sheridan who is a district conservationist, working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services.  

Sheridan talks about the history of the non-regulatory agency that assists local farmers with technical and financial assistance. 

Greene County

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley talks with Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller.

Schoeller  provides updates and insights on the voting machine selection process, and anticipated date of implementation.


Courtesy of 911 Emergency Communications

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier talks with Zim Schwartze, director of Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications. 

Schwartze unveils new technology and shares insights into the behind-the-scenes operations at the 911 emergency center.