Jolene Schulz earned an associate’s degree from Christian College in 1961, followed by a bachelor’s and master’s of education from the University of Missouri. She has taught kindergarteners and college students alike, including some at Columbia College, where she was an adjunct professor from 1998 to 2001. Jolene served 34 years as an administrator for the Columbia Public Schools. She has held board positions with many organizations, including the National Association of Partners in Education, Central Missouri Leadership, Missouri Community Service Commission (appointed by the Governor), National Association of States Service Association (as a representative for the State of Missouri), Columbia Junior Achievement, Ronald McDonald House Charities of mid-Missouri, Community Foundation of Central Missouri, Voluntary Action Center and Mid-Missouri Tourism. She is also a Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work and dedication to the community, including the University of Missouri Faculty/Alumni Award, the Missouri Hazel Riback Volunteer Director of the Year Award for the State of Missouri and the Columbia College Alumni Association’s Community Service Award, among others. Jolene is currently the co-owner of Tiger Trolley Tours.
Jolene is proud to serve on the Columbia Public Schools Foundation Board as this service allows her to “continue my lifelong commitment to enriching public education and expanding learning opportunities for all students. By encouraging the business and general community to be more involved with the Foundation, I can help increase resources for teachers and opportunities for students in the Columbia Public Schools.”
Linda Duffy taught for 33 years in the Columbia Public Schools at Benton and Fairview Elementary Schools. She was teaching at Fairview when President Ronald Regan visited the school to present its award as one of the most outstanding schools in the U.S. Linda holds both a bachelor and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in curriculum instruction with an emphasis on gifted education. She is a co-author of the book The most-asked questions about gifted children. During her work in the schools, Linda served on numerous committees, including the North Central Evaluation Visiting Team and the Career Ladder Advisory Board, in addition to serving on writing teams to develop curriculum for the district in multiple subject areas. After retiring from her teaching career, Linda has enjoyed serving on the Missouri Community Service Commission, which serves as an administrator for AmeriCorps funding.
Linda serves on the CPSF board because she believes that “if you want something better for our children and community, you have to be actively involved.” She also enjoys the foundation’s work raising funds for schools as well as honoring our teachers, volunteers, educators and alums.