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Meet Our Management Team

Dustin Davis
Cafe & General Manager

Dustin’s journey in the coffee industry began with a strong passion for coffee and a desire to make a difference. He leads our team with empathy and patience, as well as a heartwarming commitment to create a supportive work environment while advocating for equal opportunities and breaking down barriers in the workplace.

Beyond his work with Love Coffee, Dustin’s life is enriched by his hobbies and time spent with his younger sister. As an avid cyclist, he often takes to the scenic routes, embracing the freedom and mindfulness that biking offers. In his free time, he also channels his creativity into making papercraft items, finding joy in bringing his imaginative ideas to life.

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Karen Morgan
Trainer / Community Relations

Karen Morgan is a retired Special Education teacher of over 30 years, teaching life / job skills. Her passion has been to help students learn to believe in themselves and their abilities so that they can be successful transitioning into the marketplace after graduating from high school. Karen has been married to Mark for 40 years, has two grown children and 3 grandsons. She enjoys singing, painting nails at the nursing home, "hunting for treasures" at thrift stores and helping others reach their fullest potential. 

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Katie Beth Scott Assistant Manager

Katie Beth moved to Columbia in July 2023 after graduating from Union University in Jackson, TN. Her husband was born and raised in Boone County; now he attends University of Missouri as a medical student. Katie Beth’s passion for coffee developed in college where she worked at a specialty coffee shop for two years. Her favorite part of that job was training new baristas, a skill that she has pursued postgrad through working at Love Coffee. Between Katie Beth’s work at Love Coffee and Ben’s studies at Mizzou, they enjoy baking together, reading books, and exploring the wonderful trail system around Columbia.

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Samantha VanEssendelft
Assistant Manager

Samantha is a senior at the University of Missouri, studying Public Health and Psychology. She is planning to pursue a master's degree in Social Work after undergrad. Samantha is passionate about inclusion, kindness, and growth! When she's not working at Love Coffee or in class, Samantha enjoys playing the guitar and piano, reading, and hiking. She is also the president of Reformed University Fellowship, a student ministry at Mizzou!

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Lily Wilcox
Assistant Manager

Lily is a senior at the University of Missouri, studying Textile and Apparel Management. Between classes and work, Lily enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with her friends. For most of her life, she has been involved in things like Best Buddies, Partner P.E., and volunteering at camps for people with disabilities. At Love Coffee, she hopes to combine her love for coffee and sweet treats with her love for community and bringing people together. 

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