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Outstanding Alumni

Jim Beasley

  • Is Senior Vice President of Willbros USA, Inc., managing pipeline projects around the world including a 220-mile crude oil and products system in Iran, a high-pressure water pipeline in Colorado, and a heated fuel oil system in Georgia.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the MU Alumni Association.
  • Received the Missouri Honor Award from the College of Engineering and was in the first class of the MU Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
  • Provided leadership for Boy Scouts of America activities, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Trout Unlimited, and a number of conservation organizations.

Carolyn Cochran Clark

  • Became the first woman partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy, a noted Wall Street law firm, in 1977 and has spent her entire career with the firm.
  • Was the first woman named president of the Harvard Law School Association.
  • Is or has been on the advisory boards of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Central Park Conservancy, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Public Library.
  • Has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, is a member of the American Law Institute, and a Regent and Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Leo Lewis III

  • Is the Associate Athletic Director at the University of Minnesota.
  • Was a star football player at Hickman and the University of Missouri, going on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals professional football team, and the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Has received numerous athletic awards.
  • Established the Lewis Sports Foundation, a service organization dedicated to providing young people with the necessary life skills to be successful in education and sports.

Richard Mendenhall

  • Is owner of ReMax Boone Realty in Columbia and Jefferson City.
  • Served as president of the National Association of Realtors, the largest professional trade association in the world and was recognized for his service to the real estate profession as Missouri Realtor of the Year.
  • Served as president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and president of the Regional Economic Development Commission.
  • Received the Athena Award of the Women’s Network of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award of the Great Rivers Council for his service to Boy Scouts.

Retired Educators

Michael Bancroft

  • Served as an English teacher at Rock Bridge High School for over 20 years and also as the District Language Arts Coordinator for 5 years.
  • Appointed Assistant Professor of Education at Central Methodist College to be the Director of Clinical Experiences and teach methods courses upon his retirement from Columbia Public Schools.
  • Served on numerous leadership teams at the building and district levels and has been described as a leader of teachers.
  • Shared his expertise though developing curriculum at the district and state levels, placing and supervising student teachers, publishing articles in professional journals, and serving as an instructor for the Missouri Scholars Academy, Truman State University, and Columbia and Central Methodist Colleges.

Mary Ann Gates

  • Taught English (all levels) at Hickman High School for 27 years.
  • Selected as national merit Presidential Scholar Teacher of Influence in 1990 and 1996 and the Columbia Community Teachers Association Outstanding Educator.
  • Shared with the profession through presenting at state writing conferences and participating in the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Developed a course, Man and Myth, for the MU Independent Study Curriculum.

Vernon 'Hap' Whitney

  • Named Director of Physical Education and Athletics for Columbia Public Schools in 1981 and then Director of Competition for Show Me State Games after his retirement.
  • Held various positions at MU including Head Wresting Coach, Assistant Athletic Director, Director of Support Services, and Assistant Professor of Physical Education.
  • Recognized as Columbia Public School Educator of the Year and the Missouri State Athletic Director of the year by the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
  • Received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Award of Merit and the Gerald Linneman Lifetime Achievement Award and was a finalist for the National Athletic Director of the Year Award.

Mary C. (Khaki) Westerfield

  • Taught English (all levels) and chaired the Language Arts Department at Hickman High School and was the Secondary Language Arts Coordinator for the Columbia Public Schools.
  • Serves as the Coordinator of Field Experiences, the Liaison for Fellows Program, and Instructor in the MU College of Education.
  • Received the “Most Influential Teacher” Award from University of Missouri and University of Chicago, 1990, 1991, and 1992 and recognition as the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence Outstanding Senior High Teacher.
  • Contributed to numerous professional development activities for teachers including publishing in professional journals, presenting at state and national meetings, and advising the State Board of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Volunteers

Amelia Cottle

  • Served as president of the Rock Bridge High School Bruin Booster Club, an organization supporting all student athletes.
  • Took the role of the team parent who organized buses, tailgates, team meals and the football program for the Football Booster Club.
  • Supported the Rock Bridge High School Choir and Show Choir Boosters by putting together the music booster program and attending all school plays and musicals.
  • Attended every PTSA meeting and worked to encourage all of the supporting groups of Rock Bridge High School to work together in an efficient and effective manner.

Lisa Lang

  • Has been actively involved in the Columbia Public Schools - Grant Elementary, Smithton, West Jr., and Hickman - for the past 25 years.
  • Made all of the costumes for one of the plays at Grant, cutting, sewing, and fitting until each was perfect.
  • Served many years as chair of the teacher appreciation committees for Grant, Smithton, West, and now Hickman.
  • Chaired “Funesta” at Grant, helped with the theater productions at Smithton, and assisted with registration at West and Hickman.

Lynn McIntosh

  • Served as co-chair for many years of the Hickman concession stand, the major fund raiser for the Hickman PTSA.
  • Has co-chaired the set-up for the Hickman Hog Roast for three years.
  • Is a long-time supporter of Hickman musicals.
  • Has persuaded volunteers to continue to work for schools for years after their children have graduated from Hickman.

Reggie Rieger

  • Served as the Volunteer Coordinator for PTSA at West Junior High, recruiting volunteers and organizing all volunteer efforts.
  • Was known as one of the most dependable volunteers for the music department at West Junior High, Smithton Middle School, and Rock Bridge High School.
  • Donated countless hours to help students who came to the health room at Fairview Elementary and Smithton Middle School.
  • Helped coordinate and assist with the health fairs and school health screenings.

Special Service

Charley Blackmore

  • Developed and maintains a database containing more than 32,000 Hickman Kewpie graduates.
  • Assembled and administers the Kewpie Classmates Web site with more than 3,600 registered Kewpies, which brings everyone who goes to the site a little closer to Columbia regardless of where they live.
  • Provides an invaluable resource for reunion committees.
  • Instigated and coordinated two very successful major fund drives for Hickman High School.

William (Bill) L. Fairman

  • Founder of FairCom Corporation, headquartered in Columbia, which supplies a full range of database software to programming professionals worldwide from school library systems, 911 emergency systems, credit card processing, factory automation, accounting systems to space agency data tracking.
  • Served as President of the Columbia Public School Foundation Board for several years.
  • Was treasurer of the Foundation for many years, producing financial records and numerous reports for tax purposes, district business office, and portfolio updates.
  • Developed and maintained data bases as needed by the Foundation.
  • Assisted in the review of requests for Foundation grants.

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Jolene Schulz

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

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.

Ted Webber
Ted Webber has been a Realtor at RE/MAX Boone Realty since 1999. Ted previously worked for an international franchise that provided advanced education. He is a past board member of the Columbia Board of Realtors and has served as a board member of the Voluntary Action Center since 2010. Ted also works with students through the Columbia Public Schools Mentoring Program. In addition to his work in support of schools, Ted is involved with the Missouri Horse Show Association community and has served as the organization’s past president. Ted has been a CPSF board member since 2010. He believes “a proper education is the foundation that takes you through all of life. The Columbia Public Schools Foundation affords student advancements they would never get without its support as well as support from the community.”
Les Borgmeyer
Les Borgmeyer is the vice president of sales for Columbia Daily Tribune/ Tribune Publishing Company. He manages the print and digital advertising departments for the Columbia Daily Tribune and the commercial print sales division for Tribune Publishing Company.  He recently assumed management of the Tribune marketing services division for the Tribune. Les is the president for the Missouri Ad Managers Association and serves on the Advertising, Marketing and Communications Committee for the Missouri Press Association. He teaches an MBA entrepreneurship class for the University of Missouri, evening MBA and undergraduate courses at Columbia College in marketing and management, and has taught marketing for William Woods University’s undergraduate, online and MBA programs. This is Les’ 2nd time to serve on the board for CPSF. Les serves on the board because “public education is the foundation by which we build the future of Columbia. All three of my children graduated from CPS and have all achieved masters and professional degrees. My wife, Ann, had a wonderful career as an elementary teacher and Reading Recovery specialist. I saw the dedication she had in helping children and have experienced that same dedication with most of the teachers I have met with CPS. Serving on the board of CPSF allows me to ensure future generations will have similar great experiences with support from our Foundation.”
Tom Rose
Tom Rose graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in private small animal practice in Columbia ever since. He is managing partner of Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospitals in Columbia. Tom has been a longtime volunteer with Columbia Public Schools, both as a mentor to several students throughout the district and as a Partner in Education with Mill Creek Elementary. He also was a member of the CPS Board of Education from 2007-2014, serving as president from 2011-2013. Tom joined the CPSF board because he believes the Foundation is a “vital part of helping the school district achieve its goals and overall mission of providing an excellent education for all students.” He believes that high-quality early childhood experiences are the key to success in school and in life. Tom feels the CPSF board has a “significant role to play in assisting CPS with establishing and maintaining relevant programming that will lead to greater student achievement and success.”
Sally Silvers
Secretary
Sally Silvers taught special education in the St. Louis County Special School District and then with the Columbia Public Schools and as an instructor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Sally holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from Washington University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University and the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award (now the Hero Award) for service to the community. Sally serves as vice president of the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri. Sally is a founding member and longtime board member of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. “Twenty years later, the contributions of so many have impacted the lives of countless students and educators within the Columbia Public Schools. I can only imagine what will be accomplished in the next twenty years—and beyond.”
Cindy Mustard
Cindy Mustard is co-owner of Tiger Trolley Tours and is the former executive director of Voluntary Action Center in Columbia. A Columbia native, she attended the University Lab School, Jefferson Junior High School and Hickman High School, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She serves on the board for the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, the Missouri Symphony Society and the Family Impact Center, among others, and is active as a Chamber of Commerce ambassador and a member of the Columbia Downtown Rotary Club. Cindy has been honored for her service and volunteerism with the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, Athena Award from the Chamber of Commerce, MU Outstanding Faculty-Alumni Award, the League of Women Voters Citizen of the Year and the CPSF Hall of Leaders, among many others. Cindy joined the CPSF board of directors in 2012 and feels that CPSF is “truly a unique organization and it is an honor and privilege to serve on it.” Cindy believes “so strongly in the Columbia Public Schools that being on the board of CPSF is one way I can give back to the schools. I was so fortunate to receive such an excellent academic background that prepared me for college over 50 years ago that being a part of CPSF will ensure that today’s students will continue to receive the very best educational opportunities.”
Lynn Mcintosh
Lynn McIntosh was actively involved with the Columbia Public Schools when her five sons were in attendance, spending time at each of their schools through PTA, sports, theater and fundraisers. Following their graduation from CPS, Lynn spent time as a substitute teacher for CPS for eight years. She is a recipient of the Hall of Leaders Volunteer Award from CPSF. Lynn joined the CPSF board in 2007. “I believe wholeheartedly that the public school system in each community defines that community. One cannot have a healthy community without solid, innovative public schools,” Lynn says. “To this end I joined the Columbia Public Schools Foundation nearly ten years ago to help support our public schools through community outreach.”
Nyle Klinginsmith
Past President
Nyle Klingsmith is known throughout the community for his time at Jefferson Junior High School, now Jefferson Middle School, where he first began his education career as a student teacher. Nyle later served as a social studies teacher, counselor and director of guidance and principal at Jeff Junior before retiring in 2008 after 38 years with the Columbia Public Schools. Nyle joined the CPSF board in 2009 and served as board president in 2015. “As a CPS employee, I always felt that the community valued what we were trying to do for its young people. One of the ways I knew that to be true was the work of CPSF,” Nyle says. “Here was a group of community-minded people who were willing to support innovative ideas aimed at improving our kids’ experiences. During my last decade in the schools I saw firsthand the good work of the Foundation, and now I have the opportunity to be on the other side of the table as a Board member, reading those grants and being excited once again by the opportunities they will provide to our teachers and their students.”
Shatenita Horton
Treasurer
Shatenita strives to lead by example in both her professional life and her volunteer activities. Shatenita has been in banking for 20 years and is currently vice president, security officer and Forum Banking Center manager at Providence Bank. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and her master’s degree in business administration from Stephens College. She is involved with several local organizations such as the Chamber Ambassadors, Columbia Metro Rotary Club, True North and Women’s Network, and previously served on the board for the Voluntary Action Center, the Women’s Network Steering Committee, the Stephens College Alumnae Association and the Missouri Bankers Association Young BankersLeadership Division. She is the co-chair for the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia Program for 2017 and received the Athena Young Professional Award in 2012. Shatenita joined the CPSF board in 2014 and is very passionate about her role on the board. “Our schools and their future progress should be top priority because giving our children the best education in turn builds the best communities,” Shatenita says.
Jean Gurucharri
Jean Gurucharri is a founding member of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. An active community volunteer for more than 30 years, Jean also is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and a diploma in nursing. Because Jean’s three daughters received an excellent education from Columbia Public Schools, she is committed to continuing that “excellence so that all our students can succeed in life.” Jean initially served on the CPSF board from 1995-2003 and then rejoined the board in 2015. “I truly believe that outstanding schools are what make a strong city and community,” Jean says. “If our schools are not strong, then our community will not grow.”
Sondra Flaker
Sondra Flaker was extremely active in the Columbia Public Schools during her daughters’ education and remains so after they have graduated. Sondra holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in counseling, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has served as an information specialist for the Division of Mental Health and a medical social worker at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. In addition to her work for the school system, Sondra has been an active volunteer throughout the community, earning her the J.C. Penney Volunteer of the Year Award (now the Hero Award) and the Volunteer of the Year Award in the State of Missouri. She also has been inducted into the CPSF Hall of Leaders as a Volunteer. Sondra joined the CPSF board in 2012 as “an opportunity to give back to the Columbia Public Schools and its teachers for providing such a great education to our family.” She believes “providing excellence in public school education is extremely important to a community.”
Jill Evans
Jill Evans dedicated her career to public education, serving as a professional school counselor for 20 years in the Columbia Public Schools. She also has worked as an elementary school teacher and as director and teacher at Three by Four Preschool in Columbia. Jill earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass., and her master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has served as president of the Mid-Missouri School Counselor Association and is a member of the Boone County Retired Teachers Association. Jill joined the CPSF board in 2011, the year after she retired. “The strength of CPSF is that it allows the school district to implement exciting programs that they would not be able to fund on their own,” Jill says. “I think it is exciting for students to have opportunities in all areas that wouldn’t be available to them otherwise.”
Lynn Barnett
President
Lynn Barnett retired in 2009 after a 28-year career with the Columbia Public Schools, serving as an assistant superintendent for student services, secretary for the board of education, director of special education, and special education teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, a master’s degree in learning disabilities and a doctorate in education administration, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lynn is an active member of the community, having served as chair of the City of Columbia’s Cultural Affairs Commission, chair of the Family Health Center, vice president of the Columbia Downtown Rotary and as a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Services for Independent Living, among many others. Barnett also is a Columbia Public Schools alum, having attended Parkade Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School and Hickman High School. Her five daughters also attended and graduated from the Columbia Public Schools, and now she has four grandchildren enrolled in CPS. She joined the CPSF board in 2014. “I am proud to have been a part of the school district and feel that through my work with the CPS Foundation I can continue to support the excellent teaching and learning that is going on in our public schools,” Lynn says.