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 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.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good talks with Linda Chorice, manager of the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  

Chorice talks about her 30 years of service with the Center in various capacities, the history of the conservation mission, and the impact of natural resource management on Springfield and throughout Missouri.


This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier continues her discussion with Jason Ray, executive director at the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments or SMCOG.   

Ray speaks today about SMCOG’s role as regional planning commission,  discussing local partnerships related to community development management projects and homeland security.    

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