Meet our Staff

Joyce R. Bateman
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Joyce R. Bateman

Director, Counseling Services

Licensed Professional Counselor
Master's Degree

Office: ICW 219   Phone: (417) 447-6973

Joyce received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education (minor in music) from Millikin University (Decatur, IL) and then went on to complete her Master's in Education (Counseling) from Western Illinois University. Previous to working in the profession of college counseling, Joyce worked as a secretary and office assistant as well as a part-time piano teacher. Upon graduation with her Master's, Joyce began her first counseling position at Casper College in Casper, WY. After serving four-years as a college counselor in Casper, she was hired by OTC in 1997 to develop a personal/career counseling service for the young college. She has been at OTC ever since!

Currently, Joyce serves as Director of Counseling Services and is also the Chair of OTC's Behavioral Intervention Team. She has also served as Counselor, Director of Counseling & Career Resources and Director of Counseling & Advising during her tenure at OTC. Joyce is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has served actively with the American College Counseling Association as both a volunteer and as an elected Executive Council member.

Joyce's proudest professional accomplishments include initiating the development of OTC' Counseling department, developing and implementing OTC's Behavioral Intervention Team, involving herself in the leadership and mission of the American College Counseling Association and most recently, introducing OTC to the internationally recognized Mental Health First Aid initiative. 

James Carpenter
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James Carpenter

Coordinator of Counseling Services

National Board Certified Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor
Master's of Science

Office: ICW 219   Phone: (417) 447-6981

James received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology with a minor in Global Studies from Drury University. He then went on to complete his Master's in Counseling from Missouri State University. Upon graduation with his master's, James began working full-time for Ozarks Technical Community College in 2005.  James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is Nationally Certified.  He has served as a member of the Underage Drinking Task Force and a member and volunteer of the American College Counseling Association.

Currently, James serves as Coordinator of Counseling Services and is a member of OTC's Behavioral Intervention Team.  He is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor.

James enjoys collecting all things Superman (feel free to stop by and view a small portion of his collection located in his office on the main OTC campus).  His favorite shows are "The Big Bang Theory", "Fast and Loud", and "American Pickers".  James is also interested in motorcycles and all things vintage!

Heather Lewellen
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Heather Lewellen

Part-Time Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor
Master's of Science

Office: ICW 219   Phone: (417) 447-6980

Heather started her college education at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.  She transferred to Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.  Heather then completed her Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Community Agency from Missouri State University. 

Heather has worked at OTC for several years and prior to working with the Counseling Department she worked in Student Services in their phone bank.  She also has worked at a local non-profit agency working with clients with Autism. 

Heather completed her Master's Seminar paper on the Effects of Animal Assisted Therapy Techniques on Individuals in Institutionalized Settings.  One of her future goals is to work in the community with animal therapy.  She also plans on completing the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer program so she can assist in the aftermath of crises. 

Outside of OTC, Heather is married to Jacob Lewellen, Director of the Speckman Tutoring and Learning Center.  She is active in her church and spends free time at home with her many dogs and cats.

 

Jennifer Holum

Jennifer Holum

Part-Time Counselor

Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor
Master's of Art

Office: ICW 219   Phone: (417) 447-6980

Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science Honors Degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1997. She completed her Master's Degree in Counseling from Forrest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2012. She is currently working part-time on her school counselor certification at Missouri State University.

Jennifer is a member of American Counseling Association and American Professional School Counselor Association.  She is actively involved with her church, volunteers at Rare Breed, and a facilitator for a Transgender Support Group.  In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, traveling, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Jennifer is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential, maintain balance, and a feeling of satisfaction and happiness. Her goal is to create a safe, accepting and trusting environment where a person can be open and honest about their struggles and challenges. We will work together to set goals and deal with personal challenges.

Becky Dalton
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Becky Dalton

Secretary to the Directors of Counseling Services & Academic Advising

Bachelor of Science

Office: ICW 219   Phone: (417) 447-6974

Becky has received her Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in psychology and sociology in May of 2011 from Drury University. She is currently working on her Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Missouri State University.  Becky is also a student member of the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association.

Becky began working at Ozarks Technical Community College full-time in July, 1993. Becky is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer. Prior to working in Counseling Services, Becky worked two years part-time in the JTPA Office Occupations Program as a teacher aide at OTC.