Truman State University has selected Stephanie McGrew (Class of 2022) into their inaugural class of Echo 25 honorees.

The Echo 25’s inaugural class features 25 exceptional alumni under the age of 40. Recipients of The Echo 25 were selected based on the ways they live out Truman’s characteristics of graduates. Truman graduates are creative, socially responsible leaders and engaged world citizens. They are responsible, informed, and compassionate. They have the characteristics that enable them to be active, successful participants in their worlds.

Stephanie McGrew is the Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusion at A.T. Still University of Health Science (ATSU). She collaborates with campus and community constituents to advance diversity department initiatives. Her responsibilities include student recruitment, strategic partnerships, and campus programming. She oversees the soon-to-be trademarked “Dreamline Pathways™” program that provides access and opportunity for prospective students through campus and community touchpoints. Due to the initiatives and programming of the Dreamline Pathways™ program, Stephanie is the recipient of the Inspiring Programs in STEM for 2021 and 2022.

Stephanie provides Safe Zone For All and Cultural Proficiency education presentations and workshops for students, employees, and community organizations. She is the ATSU lead for the ATSU/Truman State University (TSU) Healthcare Academy partnership. She also serves as a program manager for the Graduate Health Professions Scholarship (GPS). Stephanie sits on various boards and committees.  She sits on the Advisory Council on Diversity (ACOD), Diversity Enrichment Committee (DEC), Diversity Enrichment in Education Committee (DEEC), and the Diversity Enrichment in Education California Committee (DECC).  She is also the co-chair of the ATSU Staff Council committee. Stephanie is a member of professional organizations like the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the National Association of Minority Medical Educators (NAMME). Stephanie is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Stephanie is a native of Texas but moved to Missouri to earn a Master of Healthcare Administration from ATSU in 2017, a Bachelor of Science, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Truman State University.  She is currently working on her Ph.D. from ATSU in Health Sciences.

Stephanie is also an entrepreneur, and has owned, and maintained several businesses in the Kirksville area since 2013. She is the owner of Lone Star Physiques, a fitness facility that provides one-on-one personal training and group, fitness classes.  She also is the owner of The Ville Escape Room & Axe Throwing. She owns and manages commercial and residential real estate properties throughout the Kirksville area.  Stephanie and her sister created the non-profit 2315 ELM to help assist her community with educational, leadership, healthy living, and cultural proficiency initiatives. She also had her first published article in 2012, “Tetrodotoxin-resistant voltage-dependent sodium channels in identified muscle afferent neurons” in the Journal of Neurophysiology. Stephanie has been published four additional times.  Stephanie is also the Vice President of Fairy Godmother, a local Kirksville non-profit organization.  She is also on the board of NAF for University City High School.  She was the co-campaign chair for the Kirksville United Way in 2021. She is also on the board for the Kirksville City Wide Martin Luther King Jr. Citywide Celebration.

Ms. Stephanie McGrew enjoys multi-day endurance races, ultra-marathons, hiking, and camping. She has completed several 100-mile ultra-marathons. Stephanie has helped to raise over $100,000 for various non-profit organizations across the country.  She is also a fitness instructor and teaches Yoga in her spare time. She has a dog named Riley and Jazz who are her pride and joy.