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CPSF announces latest grant for Family Welcome Center

 (COLUMBIA, MO) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) announced its latest 2017 grant for a Family Welcome Center for the Columbia Public Schools (CPS) with a ribbon cutting and tours of the new center.   The $22,793 CPSF grant is for the Family Welcome Center, located inside the CPS Aslin Administration Building at 1818 W. Worley in Columbia.  Grant funds went to renovating the area and providing new furniture to create a more welcome space for families of English Language Learner (ELL) students who are being evaluated.   “The Columbia Public Schools Foundation is pleased to provide funding toRead More…

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CPSF grant provides True/False screening for CPS 10th-graders

(COLUMBIA, MO) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) and the Ragtag Film Society are co-sponsoring a field trip for all Columbia Public Schools (CPS) 10th-graders to attend a screening of a True/False (T/F) featured film. This is the second year of the CPSF-funded Ragtag Film Society Media Literacy Initiative, which teaches students how to be more critical media consumers. This year students will view a screening of 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary film “I Am Not Your Negro” on Friday, March 3. The film is based on American writer James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript and is narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson.Read More…

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CPSF announces new board members

(COLUMBIA, MO) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) is pleased to announce new additions to its board of directors. Abe Bahadori is an insurance producer at The Naught-Naught Agency. Bahadori is a CPS graduate, having attended Lee Elementary, Gentry Middle School, Jefferson Junior High and Hickman High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lincoln University. Gale “Hap” Hairston is director of educator preparation in the Office of Educator Quality for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He previously served as principal at New Haven Elementary School and Rock Bridge Elementary School. Hairston hasRead More…

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RAGTAG FILM SOCIETY MEDIA LITERACY GRANT

(COLUMBIA, MO) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) and the Ragtag Film Society are co-sponsoring a field trip for all Columbia Public Schools (CPS) 10th-graders to attend a screening of a True/False (T/F) featured film. This is the second year of the CPSF-funded Ragtag Film Society Media Literacy Initiative, which teaches students how to be more critical media consumers. This year students will view a screening of 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary film “I Am Not Your Negro” on Friday, March 3. The film is based on American writer James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript and is narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson.Read More…

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Gardening Inside Our Schools Grant

CPSF announces grant for elementary science program (COLUMBIA, MO) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) announced its latest 2016 grant for a program to bring indoor gardens to every Columbia Public Schools (CPS) elementary school. The Gardening Inside Our Schools program will provide entire elementary school buildings the opportunity to learn about and experiment with aeroponic gardens, a gardening system that does not use soil and instead uses a nutrient solution for roots. The $18,270 CPSF grant provides one garden tower aeroponic system for each elementary school. The towers will be placed in school lobbies, media centers or cafeterias,Read More…

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Authors Grant Press Release

20 for 20: Columbia Public Schools Foundation announces 20th anniversary grant COLUMBIA, MO – As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) announced a $20,000 grant for author visits and novels for all Columbia Public Schools middle schools. The 20 for 20 grant was announced at Jefferson Middle School by Nischelle Turner, Jefferson Junior High alum and “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent, who was in Columbia to serve as the emcee for the Foundation’s 20th anniversary event. Turner was joined by her former principal Nyle Klinginsmith as well as CPSF Board members and members of the ChamberRead More…

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Ragtag Grant Press Release

CPSF kicks off its 20th anniversary, announces more than $1 million in total grants funding (COLUMBIA, MO) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) kicked off its 20th anniversary year by unveiling a new logo and announcing a grant to the Ragtag Film Society that brings its total grant allocation to more than $1 million. CPSF board members, CPSF founders, Columbia Public School teachers and administrators, Ragtag and True/False board members, Ragtag film staff and Columbia Chamber of Commerce representatives were all on hand for the film reel ribbon cutting and new logo unveiling for CPSF. CPSF was founded inRead More…

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CPSF announces new board president and member

(COLUMBIA, MO) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) is pleased to announce its new board president and a new addition to its board of directors. Lynn Barnett was installed as the CPSF board president at the Feb. 24, 2016 meeting. 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, allRead More…

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CPSF kicks off its 20th anniversary

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) kicked off its 20th anniversary year by unveiling a new logo and announcing a grant to the Ragtag Film Society that brings its total grant allocation to more than $1 million. CPSF board members, CPSF founders, Columbia Public School teachers and administrators, Ragtag and True/False board members, Ragtag film staff and Columbia Chamber of Commerce representatives were all on hand for the film reel ribbon cutting and new logo unveiling for CPSF. CPSF was founded in 1996 by a group of community leaders who shared a vision for quality public education. Created as anRead More…

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2015 Grant Award

Columbia Public Schools Foundation Presents 2015 Grant Award for MakerSpaces in Columbia Public Schools (COLUMBIA, MO) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) presented its 2015 grant award at Eliot Battle Elementary School Wednesday, Dec. 9. The nearly $35,000 grant will provide funds for MakerSpaces in media centers at ten CPS elementary schools.   Attendees toured Battle Elementary’s newly-opened MakerSpace classroom where students were engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities. Battle Elementary’s MakerSpace was established at the beginning of the 2015 academic school year with a grant from CPSF. Battle Elementary media specialist Kristen Burkemper was responsibleRead More…

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Nominate Your Leader By May 1, 2015!

Best wishes for the new year to all.  We are already beginning to plan for our 2015 Hall of Leaders!  If you would like to nominate an outstanding retired educator, CPS alumni, or dedicated volunteer please download and send us your nomination form.  We look forward to hearing from you and to meeting our 2015 Hall of Leaders nominees!

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2011

The 2011 Grants awarded: Mathematics- Fast Math, Fraction Nation and SMI programs funded for $24,449. The programs support mathematics in at West Boulevard and Smithton Middle School.  Projected students supported = 1,346. Fine Arts- Smart Boards funded for $23,371.Smart boards for Hickman High School music rooms, Rock Bridge High School Piano lab, Jefferson Junior High School art room, Oakland Junior High School music and art rooms, West Junior High School art rooms, Gentry Middle School orchestra room, Lange Middle School band room, and Smithton Middle School art room.  Projected students supported – 1,934. Practical Arts/Science – STEM Kits- Funding for EngineeringRead More…

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Columbia Public Schools Foundation Grant Program

Columbia Public Schools Foundation Grant Program 2010-2011 Grant Guidelines Grant Program Description The Grant Program allows applicants (Columbia Public Schools District Curriculum/Program Coordinators or Cohort Principals) to apply for funding of projects costing up to $25,000. Applicants must demonstrate how their proposals support the Columbia Schools Foundation goals: • Enhance academic excellence in the public schools by providing funding not available through public sources. • Expand learning opportunities for our children. • Stimulate creativity and innovation. • Enrich the school district’s curriculum. • Encourage community and business involvement in the public schools. Grant proposals must align with Columbia Public SchoolsRead More…

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Columbia Public Schools Foundation

Dear Parents, Alumni, and Friends: There has never been a better time to demonstrate your support for the children and teachers in Columbia’s excellent public school system. The Columbia Public Schools Foundation established an endowment to fund classroom and curricular materials and innovations that serve children in our school district. Because community tax dollars barely cover “fixed overhead” – salaries, benefits, utilities – there are few dollars left to invest in innovative materials, experiences and other necessary programs that contribute to an excellent public school system. Commencing with the 1997-98 school year, the Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in grantsRead More…

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Columbia Public Schools Foundation

Dear Parents, Alumni, and Friends: There has never been a better time to demonstrate your support for the children and teachers in Columbia’s excellent public school system. The Columbia Public Schools Foundation established an endowment to fund classroom and curricular materials and innovations that serve children in our school district. Because community tax dollars barely cover “fixed overhead” – salaries, benefits, utilities – there are few dollars left to invest in innovative materials, experiences and other necessary programs that contribute to an excellent public school system. Commencing with the 1997-98 school year, the Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in grantsRead More…

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Columbia Public Schools Foundation Grant Program

Columbia Public Schools Foundation Grant Program 2010-2011 Grant Guidelines Grant Program Description The Grant Program allows applicants (Columbia Public Schools District Curriculum/Program Coordinators or Cohort Principals) to apply for funding of projects costing up to $25,000. Applicants must demonstrate how their proposals support the Columbia Schools Foundation goals: • Enhance academic excellence in the public schools by providing funding not available through public sources. • Expand learning opportunities for our children. • Stimulate creativity and innovation. • Enrich the school district’s curriculum. • Encourage community and business involvement in the public schools. Grant proposals must align with Columbia Public SchoolsRead More…

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Support the Endowment

Dear Parents, Alumni, and Friends: There has never been a better time to demonstrate your support for the children and teachers in our excellent public school system. The Columbia Public Schools Foundation has established an endowment to fund classroom and curricular materials and innovations that serve children in all of the schools in the district. In the last 12 years we have awarded over $450,000 to purchase books, materials, and technology requested by educators to help our children learn better, faster, or easier. This year we funded $53,435 for projects ranging from enhancing math and literacy in elementary schools toRead More…

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EXCELLENCE IS SWEET

CPS teachers and staff enjoyed sweet treats from students and parents when Columbia Public Schools Foundation volunteers delivered chocolate bars to their schools and offices during TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK last week. Over 800 orders were placed to send messages of chocolate appreciation to CPS teachers and staff. The chocolate bars, custom blended by The Candy Factory, are embossed with “Continue the Excellence”, a message that encourages and affirms each recipient’s contributions to education. In addition to providing a sweet moment for a favorite teacher or staff member, donors helped raise over $4,000 to help fund enrichment projects that directly benefitRead More…

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CPSF Honors Retiring Board Members and Welcomes New Board Members

Members of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors met on February 28 to honor retiring board members and welcome new board members. Retiring board members honored were Greg Hill and Lisa Reed. CPSF Board President Jan Swaney welcomed new members David Ballenger, Jill Cox, Rita Schulte and Kim Weber.

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CPSF Announces New Board Members

Columbia Public Schools Foundation Announces New Board Members For Immediate Release For more information, contact: Jan Swaney at 442-3172 or Lynnanne Baumgardner at 874-9055. March 24, 2007 (Columbia, Missouri) – The Columbia Public Schools Foundation, a private foundation established by community volunteers dedicated to the enrichment of public education through community giving, recently expanded its executive board. Board members are responsible for advancing the goals of the Foundation and will serve a 3-year term. These ten new volunteers will join the current board as the organization continues to fund curricular enhancements in every school in the district, while growing theRead More…

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Susie Adams
Abe Bahadori

Abe Bahadori believes that education is fundamental for the success of our youth. Abe is an insurance producer at The Naught-Naught Agency. He previously worked for Shelter Insurance for ten years and considers himself fortunate to have worked for an organization that was heavily involved with the community and CPS. Abe is a CPS graduate, having attended Lee Elementary, Gentry Middle School, Jefferson Junior High and Hickman High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lincoln University. Abe is involved with Rock Bridge Elementary School and has volunteered for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, the United Way, the American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army.

Abe joined the CPSF board in 2017. “Having experienced all of my K-12 education with CPS and with two children of my own following suit, I have an appreciation of what CPSF does for CPS,” he says. “The Naught-Naught Agency is a proud sponsor of CPSF and CPS, and I am honored to serve on the board.”

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.

Michelle Baumstark
Les Borgmeyer

Les Borgmeyer is a local sales manager for the Fox and Myzou TV stations. 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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Gale “Hap” Hairston

Gale “Hap” Hairston has spent his career in education and has watched the CPSF grow since its inception, seeing firsthand how teachers and students benefit from its grants, including “one of the most notable… CPSF’s rescue of the Critter Program.” Hap currently is director of educator preparation in the Office of Educator Quality for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He previously served as principal at both New Haven Elementary School and Rock Bridge Elementary School in Columbia, and as a principal in Fayette. He also has served as the chair of the department of education at Central Methodist University. Hap has a bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University, a master’s degree from Truman State University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Hap joined the CPSF board in 2017 as an “opportunity to give back to education and most importantly to the Columbia Public Schools. CPSF plays a vital role in providing extra support to students, teachers and schools. CPSF also plays a vital role in communicating the great things that are happening in our classrooms while providing a vehicle for individuals, organizations and other interested parties to support CPS in a very meaningful way.”

Jenn Book Haselswerdt

Jenn Book Haselswerdt is an educator in institutions around Columbia, including The Atelier, Talking Horse Productions and Yoga to Grow.­ With her son enrolled in CPS, she sees firsthand how important it is that schools get the funding they need to support a rigorous curriculum that engages and enriches every child. Jenn has served as a drama teacher for the Wild Swan Theater, a professional children’s theater in Ann Arbor, MI, and an education program manager at Imagination Stage, a professional children’s theater in Bethesda, MD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theater with a minor in education studies from American University and a master’s degree in theater history and criticism from Catholic University of America.

Jenn joined the CPSF board in 2017 because “all children deserve a great education, and I see CPSF as a way to help provide that. I see CPSF as an important means to engage every child in a full, enriching, exciting education, regardless of socio-economic status, where they live (in the district), family life, race or ethnic background.”

Shatenita Horton

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.

Nyle Klinginsmith
vice 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.”

Jan Mees
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.”

Jason Ramsey

Jason Ramsey is a commercial loan officer at the Callaway Bank. He is a mentor/coach at the Small Business Incubator, hosted by REDI, and is on the PTA of Grant Elementary and Jefferson Middle School. Jason is president of the board of directors for Central Missouri Community Action and treasurer of the board for the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Truman State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jason joined the CPSF board in 2017 to “help Columbia’s public schools provide a broader and deeper educational experience for its students.”

Tom Rose
Treasurer

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.”

Kristen Schulte

Kristen Schulte has dedicated her professional and academic career to education and a lifelong love of the outdoors. She is the education coordinator for Missouri River Relief, a non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River. She has served as a member of the board for the Missouri Environmental Education Association and the Ozark Trail Association. Kristen has a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in natural science education and environmental and natural resources from the University of Wyoming.

Kristen joined the CPSF board in 2017 as part of her “commitment to connecting students and teachers to the outdoors and passion for promoting stewardship. It means an opportunity to collaborate with community members who are passionate about education.”

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.”

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.”

Peter Stiepleman
Catey Terry

Catey Terry has watched her two children move through Columbia Public Schools and believes that anything we can do to help public schools improves the quality of life for us all. She is outreach director for the Novak Leadership Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Catey has been a member of the CPS PTA and CAGT for 16 years, including serving as president of the Grant Elementary School PTA. She is the vice chair for communications for the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and the spokesperson for the Columbia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Catey has a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Catey joined the CPSF board in 2017. “As my time as an active parent in CPS winds down, I am interested in finding ways to continue to support the mission of our public schools. With my own children as success stories, I believe in paying back. It is important to recognize that our schools are funded at a basic level but that so much more is possible with extra resources. The success of the Tetons trip is an example of this.”

David Townsend

David Townsend is proud of his educational experience at Columbia Public Schools and wants to “give back to the schools that meant so much to me.” David is the president and CEO of Agents National Title Insurance. David is a CPS graduate, having attended Fairview Elementary, West Junior High and Hickman High School. He is on the board of the Family Counseling Center, a member of the Columbia Sunrise Southwest Rotary, and is co-chair of the Boys and Girls Club annual campaign. He also serves as the chair of the American Land Title Association Federal Political Action Committee and as the president of Missouri Land Title. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and education from Drury University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Missouri.

David joined the CPSF board in 2017 as a way to continue the legacy of his mother, Shirley Townsend, who was heavily involved with CPS. “CPSF is a vehicle by which we as a community can support and augment the educational opportunities of CPS students,” he said. “It is also a way to give the excellent staff of our public schools additional resources to work with students and help them achieve their educational goals.”