Jefferson City Public Schools

Learning. Partnerships. Stewardship.

John Ruth, President

ruth John Ruth is a Financial Advisor at Wallstreet Group. He focuses on financial planning and investment strategies for families, businesses and individuals as well as works with businesses on their overall employee benefit programs.

Mr. Ruth graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration degree in Marketing. He is also a graduate of Jefferson City High School.

In 2011, Mr. Ruth was elected to the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education. He serves on the Jefferson City YMCA’s Board of Directors and various other community service organizations.

Mr. Ruth’s securities and insurance licenses and certifications include Series 7, Series 66, Health, Life, Property & Casualty, and he is Missouri Long-Term Care Partnership Certified.

He is married to Kasey Ruth. They have two daughters and attend Faith Lutheran Church in Jefferson City.
Mr. Ruth's current term on the Board ends in 2017.

Steve Bruce, Vice President

Steve Bruce Steve Bruce was elected to the Board of Education in April 2014. Mr. Bruce graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1994, and in 2012 earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, graduating with distinction and an emphasis in organizational leadership. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Truman Fellowship, a scholarship awarded to public service professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and dedication to creating public value for citizens. He is also a 2014 graduate of the JCPS Vanguard Program.

Mr. Bruce possesses over 15 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning and project management in public service, including serving as a former Cole County juvenile officer at the Prenger Family Center and a federal grants manager within the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Office of the Director. Mr. Bruce is currently employed within Missouri’s Division of Developmental Disabilities, working in fiscal management and administrative services as part of a small team of senior managers and analysts responsible for managing an annual operating budget of over $900 million and supporting the operations of over 3,000 staff.

He and his wife Kim, a JCPS teacher and 15-year veteran of public education, were married in 2000 and together the couple has two daughters who attend Jefferson City Public Schools.
Mr. Bruce’s term ends in April 2017. To contact him directly, email him at

Ken Theroff, Treasurer

Theroff Mr. Ken Theroff was appointed to the Board of Education in late November 2013 and then elected to the Board in April 2014. He is a 1984 graduate of Jefferson City High School and a 1988 graduate of Westminster College. Mr. Theroff currently serves as President/CEO of Jefferson Bank of Missouri, having over 26 years of experience in the banking industry.

He serves the Jefferson City community by volunteering with a number of civic and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Theroff has been married to his wife Susie for 25 years. Their daughters attend Helias Catholic High School and St. Peter Interparish School.

Mr. Theroff's current school board term ends in April 2017. He can be reached personally on his cell phone: 573.690.9675.

Pam Murray, Member

Pam Murray Pam Murray was elected to the Board in April 2015. She is a retired healthcare worker who currently also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Health Center of Central Missouri (CHCCMO) and as Chair of the Callaway Advisory Board to the CHCCMO.

Ms. Murray’s previous service includes: JCPS’ Long Range Facility Planning Committee (September 2013-November 2014), formulating a 20-year plan for educational facilities; Holts Summit Board of Aldermen (June 2005-April 2012); Holts Summit Community Betterment Association (HSCBA) Board of Directors (2005 – 2012), President (June 2010-May 2012), Newsletter Editor (2005 – 2012); Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors (April 2008-2012), Economic Development Advisory Committee (July 2010-2012), Transportation Advisory Committee (2006-2012); Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Board of Directors (2007-2013); Callaway County Election Judge (November 2004-2010).

Prior to her retirement, Ms. Murray worked in both the public and private aspects of healthcare, starting with neighborhood clinic patient care and progressing to epidemiology at County and State levels in New York. In the private sector, she worked in quality assurance/utilization review in hospital settings (including the old Memorial Community Hospital) and as a project manager. She also worked in regulatory compliance for pharmaceutical research studies in the U. S. and Canada.

Ms. Murray moved to the Jefferson City area in 1982. Following her husband’s transfers, they also made their home in Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. Following his retirement, they returned to Missouri in 2004 and reside in Holts Summit. The Jefferson City area is home to three of his four children and four of six grandchildren. Two grandchildren attend JCPS, while one attends Calvary Lutheran High School and another attends the University of Missouri following graduation from Helias Catholic High School.
Her school board term ends April 2018. She can be reached directly at either or 573.230.9691.

Michael Couty, Member

Michael Couty Michael Couty was elected to the Board in April 2015. Mr. Couty has been involved in the Jefferson City community for 37 years working in a number of administrative roles. Currently, he serves as Juvenile Court Administrator for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court. Prior to this position, he was employed with the Missouri Department of Mental Health for 28 years. He retired as Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He has worked for the State of Missouri for a total of 33 years.

Mr. Couty holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sioux Falls University in Sioux Falls, SD, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.

He was elected to the School Board in April 2015. His community involvement includes: Parks and Recreation Commission Member, JCPS Long Range Facility Planning Committee, Rotary Club Jefferson City West, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Past President of The Heart of MO Girl Scout Council, Past Member of Boys and Girls Club, Past President of The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and Past President of The Board of Regents for St. Mary’s Hospital.

Mr. Couty and his wife Belinda, a retired elementary teacher and principal for the Jefferson City Public Schools, have two sons, Mickey and Kevin. Both are graduates of Jefferson City High School.

Mr. Couty’s school board term expires April 2018. He can be reached directly at either or 573.659.0432. 

Lorelei Schwartz, Member

Schwartz Lorelei Riley Schwartz is a certified public accountant with Schwartz & LeCure, LLC, focusing on small businesses and individual tax and accounting needs. She is a proud 1986 graduate of Jefferson City High School and a 1990 graduate of Austin College in Sherman, TX.

Lorelei has served JCPS in many capacities over the last 15 years. She served on every PTA and PTO for each of the schools her children attended. She served on the full-day kindergarten committee and co-chaired the long range facilities planning committee. She served on the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation Board for six years, then the Jefferson City Public Schools Alumni Association. Currently, she also serves on the Capital Region Medical Center Board of Directors.

Lorelei and her husband, Jason, have a junior and a freshman attending Jefferson City Public Schools. Lorelei’s current term on the Board ends in 2019. She can be reached at

Rich AuBuchon, Member

Rich AuBuchon is the owner of the AuBuchon Law Firm, LLC in Jefferson City. Rich specializes in business advocacy within all forums of Missouri state government. He represents numerous clients in court, before the Missouri legislature and within state and local administrative agencies.

Rich has a strong pro-business background, having served as the General Counsel for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. His political experience was earned while working on the senior staff for Governor Matt Blunt and as Chief of Staff & General Counsel for Lt. Governor Peter D. Kinder. His management and government experience was honed while running the Office of Administration, which is the business arm of Missouri government. This lobbying, political and management background is all based on strong litigation skills learned while litigating in complex cases throughout Missouri and the western United States.

Rich AuBuchon's current term on the Board ends in 2019.