DSP Leadership

The Deaton Scholars Program takes pride in empowering students through leadership roles, the program directorship role, and as members of our Scholar Advisory Board. Each year we adapt our model to best fit the needs and interests of our students. Each semester the University of Missouri program is organized by a Program Director(s), the Scholar Advisory Board, Drs. Deaton, and logistical support provided by CAFNR International Programs. Likewise, a team of Faculty Advisory Board members and the Faculty and Staff Resource Network provide support to the scholars in their learning and project activities.

The DSP Cohort Facilitator and Scholar Advisory Board facilitate the planning and implementation of all Deaton Scholars Program events and activities. Many of our SAB members also serve as coaches to DSP teams at the University of Missouri.

For general questions, please contact the Deaton Scholars Program leadership directly: DeatonScholars@missouri.edu.

Deaton Scholars Program Leadership Archives

DSP has benefited from amazing leaders over the years. Program leaders have included the following individuals, the semesters they led DSP, and their university affiliation at the time of their leadership (under construction):

Anadil Iftekhar

Fall 2022

Graduate student in Rural Sociology

Rishabh Mahendra

Fall 2022

Graduate student in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Jessica Osaze

Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Graduate student in Health Administration and Health Informatics

Summer (Higdon) LaRose


Graduate student and Researcher in School of Natural Resources

Holly Enowski

Engaged since 2017 in many leadership roles.

Undergraduate in Science and Agricultural Journalism

Jenifer Pilz


Yanu Prasetyu


Graduate student in Rural Sociology

Maria Rodriguez Alcala


Post-Doc in Rural Sociology

Yassine Dguidegue

Graduate student in Rural Sociology

Chuka Emezue


Graduate student in Public Health