Staff

Editor - Dr. Kristene Sutliff

Dr. Kris Sutliff is Director of Missouri State University’s Ozarks Studies Institute and editor of OzarksWatch magazine. A native of the Ozarks, she grew up in Cabool, Missouri, and earned her bachelor’s degree at (Southwest) Missouri State University. She has been back as a teacher since 1979; she teaches Technical & Professional Writing and serves as Assistant Head of the English Department, as well as Academic Ombudsman.

Manager - Vicke Kepling

Vicke Kepling began writing about Ozarks' culture in high school as a staff member forBittersweet, the legendary magazine of Ozarks history and culture, published by Ellen Gray Massey at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Missouri. This first job led to other positions in journalism over the years: photographer for two daily newspapers and editor of a weekly newspaper. Most recently, Kepling has served as an editorial assistant for OzarksWatch. Kepling holds an MBA and CPM from Missouri State University and is currently working towards a master's degree in professional and technical writing.

Design Editor - Jonathan Sims

Jonathan Sims came to Missouri State University from the state of Washington. He discovered his passion for writing and editing while working toward a degree in Classical Antiquities and is now in the Technical/Professional Writing program. After editing two published nonfiction books, two journal articles, and serving as a copy editor for Missouri State University's on-campus newspaper, The Standard, he began working with OzarksWatch in the Fall of 2014. Sims is pursuing a career in publishing.